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South San Diego Bay Explosion - 10/15



It was one of those days where the fish were everywhere, and Kent Conklin and I were the lucky ones to be in the right place at the right time. After all the rain and stormy weather over the course of the previous weekend, we weren’t too sure of what to expect from the south end of San Diego Bay, especially with little to no tidal movement predicted,

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and the threat of big Santa Ana winds in the forecast for our outing. Still, “the tug is the drug,” and we were on the water by first light at 6am, and hanging fish over by the Sweetwater NWR from our first casts into the water, on the last of the dying ebb tide. The spotted bay bass were on the hunt for shallow-water ghost shrimp and crabs in the low light, and gradually moved down into the 5-15’ depths as sunlight crested the surrounding hills and the light southeast breeze faded away to flat calm conditions. We broke the (first) “century mark” of fish over the rail of the boat just after slack water around 8am, finding plenty of fish along the east side of the channel before and during the change of the tide.

Before shifting to the other side of the main channel to work the flats between the red “#10,” “10a,” and “12” marker posts, we dropped a few casts in deeper water to see if there were any halibut around feeding on the huge schools of baitfish we were marking on the fish-finder. We didn’t find any “butts,” but Kent did catch this interesting specimen who will be our “mystery fish” for the week:

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Lots of pretty spots on his belly,

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and fins similar to those of a kelp bass.

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I caught one of these guys in the Bay more than a few years ago up in the Tidelands area, but can’t rightly remember what we decided the fish was. The catch was posted up on our website, but I couldn’t find it in the archives. As I recall, that fish had more blue-green coloration than the orange-yellow hues of this one, though both had some pretty impressive sets of dentures!

The day’s bite never slowed down for us for more than 5-10 minutes (for more than 12 hours of fishing!), with adjustments made on a regular basis to align our drifts with the changing wind and current lines; quite the task as we saw breezes from every point of the compass until a westerly sea breeze finally filled in after 12:30pm, and held off the raging Santa Ana winds from the north and east that were battering the rest of So-Cal. Flatter water on the west side of the Bay allowed us to work the east side of the channel between the green “5,” “7,” and “9” marker posts after 3pm, with every cast along the drop off from the 6’ to 12’ depths a sure thing. Simply put, last Monday had nothing to do with “fishing” and everything to do with “catching” - our fish count was way off the charts! We had hoped to find a few more bonefish, in the end only getting one of the two hooked aboard.

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The two of us held out for that infamous “one last fish” until after dark, before finally surrendering to our stomach calls for burritos and tacos, and heading home just after 7:30pm.

Kim Z.

Conditions: Water Temperature- 71.3-72*F, the perfect range for bass fishing in San Diego Bay! Water Visibility- good to excellent until the wind stirred things up in the mid-late afternoon, when it deteriorated a bit in the fair direction - still no problem with the fish finding and inhaling our flies Weather- fair skies all day, with occasional clouds breaking up the bright light. Wind- a light SE breeze went to the north, around southwesterly, and backed to the east again between calm spots, before the more typical westerly sea breeze took charge around 1pm at a brisk 9-13 knots. The wind dropped back into the 3-5 knot range towards 5pm, and we finished the evening with a light southerly. Flies that got hammered- barbless ghost shrimp patterns and surfworms ruled the day, with crab patterns and Conkalinis also doing a great deal of damage. Honestly, I don’t think it would have mattered much what you threw at the spotted bay bass Monday, as long as it was around the edges and structure where they were hunting. Kent and I were fishing tandem flies on 8-9’ FC leaders, using intermediate lines in the 3-14’ depths, and T-11 shooting heads and Type VI lines when working deeper water (8-25’)/or using faster retrieves. It should be noted that the bass were spitting up clams, which is their #1 favorite food, according to researchers.

Key lessons of the day-

1) Just because you don’t have “optimum conditions” or tides shouldn’t stop you from going out fishing. The only thing I can tell you for sure is that you almost always never catch fish if your flies aren’t in the water. We didn’t have high expectations for the day because of the weak tides, possible water contamination from runoff, bright skies, and the threat of strong winds, but went out anyhow to have fun, and ended up discovering new things about the Bay we’d never imagined.

2) You had to vary your retrieve to suit the mood of the fish. Sometimes we’d get in a groove with a certain type of strip pattern for an hour or more (seriously, fish after fish on every cast!) and getting hammered, while at other times each fish showed a different preference every time you put your fly in front of them.

3) There were lots more fish up on the flats in the shallow water (7-9’ depths) than we’d ever seen during times of greater current movement in the South Bay, as long as there was at least a little wind to ripple the surface so the birds couldn’t spot them. Perhaps the ghost shrimp and crabs were more “out and about” without having to burrow against the flow of the water, or perhaps the weaker flows forced the fish to go out and hunt versus just lining up along the usual edges for their food to be swept off the flats to them.

4) Though there were lots of schooling baitfish around us all day, the bass were still keying in on crustaceans. It often takes fish a while to switch their dietary preferences, even though it would logically seem that what’s about everywhere should be what they’re chowing on. That said, if you’re not getting bit, change flies, and visa versa. Tight lines everyone!
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[*] posted on 25/10/18 at 12:03 Reply With Quote


What a great day for you two. Thanks for the report.

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[*] posted on 29/10/18 at 12:06 Reply With Quote


Great report!
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