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."

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Rockfish season (US water) closes for a few months

The 2010 California Recreational Groundfish (Rockfish) Season came to an end with the close of 2010 on December 31st. The closure affects water from Point Conception in Santa Barbara south to the US / Mexico Border. The 2011 season will start on March 1st for rockfish, and April 1st for lingcod.

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MLPA process comes to an end, closures ‘approved’

The tip of Point Loma which will become a new State Marine Reserve in 2011The California Department of Fish and Game Commission gathered today to vote on the MLPA’s (Marine Life Protection Act of 1999) new state regulated conservation areas and reserves. Of the 5 commissioners, 3 voted in support of the initiative’s IPA (Integrated Preferred Alternative), a proposed outline of MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) that was unanimously recommended by an appointed Blue Ribbon Task Force in June.Β The slight majority vote puts an end to the heated battle over Marine Protected Areas in California’s South Coast. The process of the MLPA began more than a decade ago, culminating tonight for the South Coast with the adoption of the new reserves.

East Cape fishing & tourism pioneer passes away

Robert Van Wormer, acknowledged as a pioneer of the sportfishing and tourism industry in Mexico’s East Cape passed away in his home Tuesday, December 7th at the age of 85. Van Wormer cultivated Baja California Sur’s East Cape area by founding Van Wormer Resorts which operate three large East Cape establishments; Hotel Punta Colorado, Hotel Playa del Sol, and Hotel Palmas De Cortez. His world-class fishing resorts sit adjacent to some of the most fertile sportfishing grounds in the entire world. Those resorts not only provide luxurious and safe lodging for American tourists, but provides a stable economy for the local Baja California residents.

$500 Drawing for White Seabass Head Collection

The Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) has released over 1.6 million hatchery-reared white seabass since 1986. Each of these fish has an internal tag implanted in their head. Most of these fish are now legal size and available to catch!

We are asking you to turn in the head of every white seabass you catch that is 28 inches in length or larger so that they can be checked for a tag. This will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a $500 cash prize. One entry will be selected every 6 months from the entries submitted during that period.

Sportfishing fleet shifts focus for Winter

The local sportfishing season has simmered down, and the fleet is shifting its focus for the slower (both fishing and attendance) Winter season. The long-range boats are just getting started with their season, as they target 200-400 pound Yellowfin Tuna deep in Mexican waters. However, the majority of the world’s largest sportfishing fleet are left looking for ways to keep their boats and crew in action after the majority of the popular fish species have moved through for the year.

25 year old lobster diver dies in Mission Bay

A 25 year old male was pronounced dead at UCSD Medical Center after an apparent diving accident Tuesday night in Mission Bay. The young man was pulled from the bay by his dive partner at around 8:30 PM, after being separated for approximately 10 minutes. The diver was unconscious when his friend located him in the water after spotting his dive light in the water. Emergency responders, including Lifeguards performed CPR on the man, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

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