San Diego Sportfishing / Deep Sea Fishing / Saltwater Fishing

San Diego offers some of the best and most diverse saltwater sportfishing in the United States. Because of that, one of the world's largest sportfishing fleets calls San Diego home, offering sportfishing trips from 1/2 day to 21 days in length and covering fishing grounds from San Diego to the Baja Peninsula.

San Diego's sportfishing culture is so renowned, national outdoors magazine Field & Stream calls San Diego "the sportfishing capital."

American Sportfishing Association elects board of directors members

Alexandria, VA – July 5, 2011 – Six members of the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) board of directors were elected or re-elected to fill three regional seats and three at-large seats. Their terms begin October 1, 2011, and they will serve two-year terms. ASA’s board members may serve three, consecutive two-year terms.

Regional seats went to Martin MacDonald, Conservation director, Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, Mo. (re-elected), who will serve the South Central Region; Dick Pool, president, Pro-Troll Fishing Products, Concord, Calif. (re-elected), who will represent the West Region; and Aledia Tush, president, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Sarasota, Fla., who will serve the Southeast Region.

Southern California’s coastal waters still open to recreational fishing

Sacramento, CA – May 6, 2011 – Although the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) adopted regulations in December 2010, to close much of southern California’s best coastal waters to sportfishing, the regulations still must go through additional steps before they become law. The regulations, adopted as part of the state’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process, must still be submitted to, reviewed and approved by California’s Office of Administrative Law before legally going into effect.

Lobster season coming to an end in 10 days

The California Spiny Lobster fishing season will conclude for the season at the end of the day on March 16th, 2011. The season opened on October 1st. If you’re yet to make a trip this year for lobster, you better make plans soon. If you don’t own a boat, remember several of the local sportfishing boats have been doing lobster hoop-netting trips throughout the season so call your favorite landing and ask if they have trips available. You can read-up on lobster reports in our Seasonal Lobster Forum here on As a reminder, each angler must possess their own lobster gauge, and lobster report card. Here are some other regulations to keep in mind;

Report Card Due Date Approaching for Spiny Lobster

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) reminds anglers to turn in their 2010 Fishing Report-Restoration Cards by Jan. 31. This legal requirement applies to all holders of report cards for steelhead, abalone, Spiny Lobster, North Coast Salmon and sturgeon report cards. Information collected from the report cards provides DFG with data to monitor, restore and manage some of California’s most important fisheries.

Anglers Fight Back Against Unlawful Marine Closures

January 27, 2011 – Sacramento, CA – Member organizations of the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO), which represents California’s recreational fishing and boating community, have filed a lawsuit in the San Diego County Superior Court seeking to set aside regulations established by the California Fish and Game Commission in connection with the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). The commission approved regulations for the North Central and South Coast study regions in August 2009 and December 2010, respectively, establishing marine protected areas – essentially no-fishing zones – in large areas of the state’s coastal waters. The lawsuit, filed by United Anglers of Southern California, Coastside Fishing Club and Robert C. Fletcher, cites a lack of statutory authority for adopting the regulations, and, in the case of the South Coast regulations, numerous violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the commission’s environmental review of the regulations.

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