Its no longer a secret in the fishing community that there are bonefish in San Diego Bay, and lots of them. Previously, as close as any San Diego fishermen got to the sleek sportfish was watching them on ESPN Saturday mornings where they were stocked while feeding on shallow flats by fly anglers. But that has all changed, bonefish are available right in our backyard, plentiful south of the Coronado Bridge. Most local anglers employ different tactics to catching them here, like the popular method of drifting live ghost shrimp on light spinning tackle. But one angler, Bob Day, has focused on catching them, and the other species of San Diego’s South Bay, on a fly rod.
Bob Day is a Coast Guard-licensed captain, a California Department of Fish and Game-licensed guide and an IGFA Captain/Guide. His specialty is fly fishing and light tackle fishing the bay for spotted bay bass, yellowfin croaker, the elusive Pacific bonefish and many other species.
I consider fly fishing my favorite form of angling – there is something entirely more fulfilling about catching fish on fly tackle. And I also contend that San Diego Bay, particularly the “back bay” is one of the premier fisheries in California, and certainly one of it’s most underrated. So what could be better than catching the fiesty fish of South Bay on a fly rod? The list is short.
If you’re more comfortable using conventional spinning tackle, En La Mosca Adventures can accomodate that as well. And of course, as a true angler, Day also runs trips to the local kelp beds depending on water and weather conditions. So if San Diego Bay doesn’t do it for you, there are bigger fish to battle in the kelp, and Day can take you there as well.
He also has one more interesting caveat to his business. Because he believes in introducing our youth to the sport of fishing, he offers 50% off on trips where the adult angler brings a young angler under the age of 16.
All of the necessary rods and reels, flies, lures and other necessary items are provided, or you can opt to bring your own. Water and soft drinks will also be provided along with some basic snacks. CPR (Catch, Photograph and Release) is preferred with all species, especially Pacific Bonefish.
For those of you who are also avid fly fishermen, you may have seen Day’s reports on the Orvis website in their reports section, and he will be providing local fishing reports for sdfish.com as well.
Bob Day made his career in athletic training, even having served as the Head Athletic Trainer of our hometown Padres and looking after the US Olympians at two Olympic Games. So rest assured, you’ll be well taken care of on your trip with him. And you might just be able to bait him into a conversation about your favorite Padres while you land bonefish and spotted bay bass just outside Petco Park.