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Ghost Shrimp Locations IN Mission Bay

Post by philipbunch » Wed Aug 16, 2023 2:38 pm

Re: Ghost Shrimp Locations IN Mission Bay

Post by Neuroshima » Wed Aug 16, 2023 4:10 pm

Post by Carpkiller » Thu Sep 07, 2023 9:34 pm

Neuroshima wrote: ↑ Wed Aug 16, 2023 4:10 pm Bonita Cove

Post by Luc42 » Mon Oct 09, 2023 4:13 am

Post by Midnightpass » Mon Oct 09, 2023 3:22 pm

Luc42 wrote: ↑ Mon Oct 09, 2023 4:13 am Does anyone know if ghost shrimp are available all year round or is it seasonal like sand crabs ? I’m hoping the local shops will carry live ones throughout the year. The frozen ghost to me are just not the same. They just seem to fall apart instantly compared to fresh live ones.

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Post by Luc42 » Thu Oct 26, 2023 10:09 pm

Post by OOlicon » Fri Oct 27, 2023 12:07 am

Luc42 wrote: ↑ Thu Oct 26, 2023 10:09 pm I know some people use “magic string” or some thread to keep them on. Is it even safe for the fish or environment?

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Post by Carpkiller » Mon Oct 30, 2023 7:10 am

professionull wrote: ↑ Sun Oct 29, 2023 2:00 am I used to have an issue keeping the bait on the hook when casting. Now I've figured out around that but it doesn't stay on long enough once on the bottom because the wrasse gnaw it off. So I've always been meaning to do it with the thread but does that help with the wrasse?

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Fishing for San Diego Bonefish

  • By Jim Hendricks
  • Updated: November 6, 2012

San Diego bonefish

San Diego bonefish

Bonefish — synonymous with the shallows of Florida and the tropics — are also plentiful in the Pacific, if you know where to look and how to fish for them. San Diego Bay makes an excellent starting point for expanding your bonefish horizons.

Ah, a tap! A bonefish nailed the bait. I set the hook, and line hissed through the water as it melted from the light spinning reel. My hands trembled, and I felt my heart in my throat. Though the setting was unlikely, this was my first bonefish.

Mention bonefish and most anglers think of clear, radiant flats and tropical destinations like the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Christmas Island and San Diego. Wait. San Diego? For bonefish? Really?

Yes, really. We’re talking about ­California’s San Diego Bay and chrome speedsters that look nearly identical to bonefish of the tropics.

“Relatively few people realize that San Diego Bay has a healthy population of bonefish and that you can catch them year-around,” says Capt. James Nelson, who specializes in guiding anglers on San Diego Bay.

While they look like transplants from Florida, these bonefish aren’t the same variety you catch in the Keys, or even at Christmas Island in the Pacific. The species in San Diego Bay is known as the Cortez bonefish, more ­diminutive than its cousins but still a beautiful and challenging light-tackle quarry ­— one that has long held a spot on my bucket list.

A chance to cross it off came this year with Nelson, who targets bonefish aboard his 24-foot bay boat. Not only did I land my first bonefish, we went on to catch-and-release seven more of the hard-fighting bones in a single morning of fishing. Nelson says he has had days when guests have caught more than 20 bonefish, proving the vitality of the San Diego bonefish population.

But they are not always easy to catch. A number of ­elements help improve your chances of success, starting with the right bait.

** Baiting Up**

“I thought you’d want to see this,” says Nelson as he puts the bow of the boat on an exposed mud flat near the mouth of the Sweetwater River before we head out to fish. He pulls out a device that goes by names such as slurp gun, yabbie pump and mud sucker. It’s a tube with plunger inside. Stick it in the mud, and pull up on the plunger handle to suck up a cylinder of goo. Then push down on the handle to eject the mud, and paw through the muck to see if you caught one of the bonefish’s favorite foods: ghost shrimp. The technique works best on mud and sandy back-bay areas exposed at low tide.

Nelson hops out of the boat and goes to work, ­slurping up 50 ghost shrimp (the maximum daily limit per person in California) in about 15 minutes, putting the two-inch-long crustaceans in a small bucket of salt water to keep them alive.

According to Milton Love, Ph.D., with the Department of Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Cortez bonefish prey on a wide range of creatures, including amphipods, crabs, worms and even small gobies. However, ghost shrimp are relatively easy to obtain (you can also buy them at some bait shops), and so they have become the ­preferred bait among San Diego bonefish specialists.

With our bait on board, we motor out of the mouth of the Sweetwater River, and Nelson turns south and heads into the shallow lower reaches of San Diego Bay, an area encompassing approximately four square miles, separated from the Pacific by a spit known as the Silver Strand. To the east are the shores of Chula Vista, the last city before the Mexican border at Tijuana.

** Fish the Edges**

In this region of the bay, the bottom is pockmarked with craterlike depressions, according to Nelson. “There are big holes throughout the lower bay, 20 to 30 feet in diameter and 20 to 30 feet deep,” he says. “I often meter lots of fish in the holes on the fish finder, but these fish rarely bite. Instead, we usually catch bonefish up on the edges of the depressions.”

Water depths favored by bonefish in San Diego Bay vary with the time of year. Nelson finds that once you ­discover the right depth, the bites come fast. “I usually start in eight to 10 feet of water, but will move to six to seven feet if we’re not getting bit,” he explains. “If you’re not getting bites, try a different area, as the bonefish are always around, but you need to find them. Sometimes you need to go even ­shallower — say four or five feet.”

“Cortez bonefish like to poke around in eelgrass, as well as in sand and mud,” says Love. “So these are the types of habitats you should focus on if you want to catch bonefish in San Diego Bay.” The fish are generally looking down for food, so keeping the bait close to the bottom is important, Love says.

** Rig for Drifting**

Because these fish inhabit deeper, murky water rather than clear, shallow flats, traditional sight-fishing methods don’t work well in San Diego Bay. Instead, drift-fishing is the preferred technique. It’s an effective technique, as bonefish eagerly inhale the shrimp we drift past them, sometimes even jumping on just pieces of bait. “They don’t miss many chances to eat, even if it’s just a morsel,” says Nelson.

San Diego bonefish aren’t nearly as spooky as their East Coast cousins. “I tell people, don’t cast. Just drop the bait straight down and try to keep the line as vertical as possible,” he says. “Many times, they will get a bite right under the boat.”

** Currents and Clarity**

Surprisingly, water movement has little effect on the feeding habits of bonefish. “Current is unimportant,” says Nelson. “Unlike other bay species such as halibut, yellowfin croaker and spotted bay bass, bonefish seem to be out looking for food all of the time, whether or not there’s water moving.”

Love agrees: “My observations of the species in Bahia San Quintin on the Pacific coast of upper Baja California indicate that Cortez bonefish are not necessarily current driven. I also believe they don’t care about visibility, as we have caught them in turbid water.”

However, Nelson’s drift-fishing technique is aided by current and/or wind, as it helps keep the bait moving. The wind on San Diego Bay usually blows out of the west, and in the afternoon, it can get pretty strong. On these occasions, Nelson likes to deploy a drift sock to slow the boat’s drift. “This allows us to use a minimal amount of weight, and yet still keep the baits moving along on the bottom,” he explains.

** Lighten Up**

Tackle for San Diego bonefish is pretty light — usually 8- to 10-pound-test monofilament line on a 7-foot ­light-action spinning rod and matching reel. The biggest bonefish we catch is around two pounds, but as I fight my first San Diego bone, I marvel at its strength. It uncorks three blistering runs, and once it is close to the boat, Nelson warns me that the fight is far from over. He’s right. The fish continues to dive for the bottom with stamina that takes me around the boat twice before we put it in the net.

Yet even after that, I marvel at its strength. Just holding it for photos is difficult, a job made even tougher thanks to the fish’s copious coat of slime. During the spawning season — usually April and May — the Cortez bonefish get even slimier, but the action can also be spectacular. These are when Nelson’s 20-plus-fish days occur.

“The fish school-up during spawning season, and once you find them, the action can be nonstop,” says Nelson. “Still, you can catch them any time of year, and we release every single fish to help keep it that way.”

The next time someone mentions bonefish, watch his face when you tell him of the most unlikely yet ­productive destination for bones: San Diego Bay, home of West Coast chrome.

** San Diego Bonefish Tackle Box**

Nelson likes to use a Carolina rig with tungsten bullet weights that slide through eelgrass and shed weeds.

Weights range from 1⁄4- to 1⁄2-ounce, depending on the depth and speed of the drift, and Nelson puts a small bead between the sinker and swivel to help protect the knot. Leader length ranges from three to four feet. Nelson uses small, light hooks such as Gamakatsu’s size 4 Split Shot/Drop Shot hook or an equivalent hook size and style.

Threading the delicate ghost shrimp on the hook takes a bit of practice, but start by inserting the hook on top of the shrimp just in front of the tail, then inch the hook forward, and bringing the point out on top at the carapace. As a result, the bait drifts backward, as if kicking its tail to evade a predator.

Baits and Rigs: Live or frozen ghost shrimp

Rods: 7-foot light-action spinning rods

Reels: Light spinning reels such as Accurate SR-6 or Okuma Inspira 20

Line: 8- to 10-pound-test monofilament

Terminal Rig: 1⁄4- to 1⁄2-ounce tungsten bullet weight and bead on main line, swivel, and 4-foot, 8- to 10-pound mono leader, with a No. 4 Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot hook

** San Diego Trip Planner**

What: Cortez bonefish.

Where: Lower San Diego Bay south of the Sweetwater River. Focus on water ranging from five to 12 feet, fishing the edges of 20- to 30-foot depressions throughout the lower bay. For a list of area ramps, visit

When: Year-round, April to May for spawners.

Who: Private-boat anglers with reliable craft from 16 feet and up.

Here are guides who fish San Diego Bay, and can help you learn the most productive techniques:

1) Capt. James Nelson 619-395-0799

2) Capt. Bill Schaefer 858-277-8087

3) Capt. Barry Brightenburg 619-540-8944


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Challenging sight fishing for the "ghosts of the coast".

California's Corbinas

Corbinas ( Menticirrhus undulatus ) are members of the croaker or drum family, and they show up along 200 miles of the Southern California coastline during the warmest summer months. As their downturned mouths indicate, they feed mostly on sand crabs.

This article was originally titled "The Ghost of the Coast" in the Aug-Sept 2021 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.

I grew up fishing with my father for the once-plentiful barred surf-perch. While deploying our basket-like sand crab traps beneath a local pier, I occasionally saw ghostlike shapes in sudsy backwash that quickly disappeared with a swirl. Soaked to my waist, I remember asking my dad about those sleek, silvery fish.

All he could muster was a disgusted murmur hinting at their challenging demeanor: “Oh, those are corbinas,” he hissed, as though it was an off-limits topic. I think at the time he was trying to tell me something, a message that after almost a half century, I am only now beginning to understand.

Corbinas appear in the summertime along more than 200 miles of Southern California coastline. This fish of a thousand casts is without a doubt our most challenging surf species to catch. Since the pursuit is almost entirely visual, it’s extremely addictive, though rarely fruitful. It is a species with which only a small cadre of dedicated fly fishers find occasional success. And I do mean occasional.

Even when you find suitable feeding water, corbinas are often difficult to spot and follow. When you finally are in a position to make that all-important first—and probably only—cast, the presentation has to be pinpoint perfect. Even then, the corbina might spook at the sight of your artificial offering. On those rare occasions when you do entice a corbina into eating, you can only hope the hook stays pinned in its rubbery lip and the fish avoids the throngs of summertime swimmers as the silver cruise missile heads straight for Hawaii. Quite simply, corbinas offer outstanding sport for those willing to take on the challenge.

For fly fishers who have already had the opportunity to pursue other saltwater flats species, the transition is familiar. Corbinas are similar in profile and have a propensity to feed in the same types of shallow-water habitats as bonefish. But most anglers would agree that this is where their similarities end, because corbinas are much harder to find and fool than your average Caribbean bonefish. Most people who have caught both permit and corbinas agree that corbinas are at least their equals.

I caught my first corbina on the fly eight short seasons ago. In that first season, I made exactly 36 beach trips, walked hundreds of miles, and went home with mostly memories. I managed to spot dozens of fish and landed three of them. I was thrilled with my success and could not wait for the following summer. Since then, I’ve landed an additional 285 California corbinas and recorded three International Game Fish Association (IGFA) tippet world records in the 4-, 12-, and 16-pound-test categories.

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The California corbina ( Menticirrhus undulatus ) is a member of the croaker family found mostly along sandy beaches and in shallow bays. Its most telling physical characteristic may be its downturned, toothless, vacuum-like mouth, which strongly suggests how and what it feeds upon. Its favorite meal is soft-shelled sand crabs.

The corbina’s sloping forehead, large pectoral fins, and slim, flat-bottomed fuselage allow it to take full advantage of shallow surf line conditions. It rides waves in toward the edge where sand meets surf, sometimes with its dorsal fin and back fully exposed, like a redfish “crawling” in the salt marshes of Louisiana or a Bahamas bonefish tailing in the mangroves.

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Once they are in the shallow feeding zone where the turbulent waves are most likely to dislodge sand crabs, corbinas will often cruise parallel to the shore. Due to the surf’s microcurrents, the trajectory of a corbina can also be irregular, erratic, and difficult to predict. With smooth, gliding turns, they often ride in on a wave, grab a morsel, and recede along with the wash, then await their next opportunity to feed and venture back shoreward. Depending on the fish, corbinas may ride the wave back into that exact same patch of sand, or the length of a football field farther down the beach.

California corbinas

Corbinas also have an incredible sense of smell. Using scent and the single barbels on their chins, they can detect a bed of sand crabs well beneath the sand, as evidenced by the large divots they leave after burrowing half a foot into the hard-packed sand.

Corbinas have small, beady eyes, so it’s surprising how well they can see. I’ve seen them bolt from a stalking fly fisherman more than a cast away, or from a fish-hunting osprey floating high overhead.


They are also armed with an incredibly sensitive lateral line running almost the fish’s entire length that can quickly register your fly’s splashdown, even within the chaos of the surf zone. I’ve seen the worst of casts land well behind a corbina, and watched the fish turn to investigate what can only be described as a sixth sense. They are truly an amazing quarry.

Though every season varies significantly depending on weather patterns, corbinas traditionally start showing up along Southern California beaches in early June and remain until fall storms cause a significant drop in water temperature, and then they are gone. Where they go is a mystery—there has been very little scientific research done on this species.

You may want to check your local beaches prior to the regular June start, as it is not at all unusual for periods of warm spring weather to bring them to the beaches early. For example, during 2015’s El Niño, the corbinas showed up on a beach near me in early March. They fed heavily for a few days, and then a storm caused them to vacate that stretch of coast overnight.

Not surprisingly, the water temperature was not adversely affected by the fast-moving front, but the fish-holding structure was completely eliminated. Though that situation would be considered an anomaly, it’s worth noting that it’s not just the temperature corbinas prefer, but also the troughs and ditches of summertime conditions.

Our peak season seems to be July and August, when the fish become comfortable in their routine as summer water temperatures stabilize and food sources become consistently available. In 2020, they were roaming the beaches well into September as coastal temperatures remained favorable. The fish were extremely skittish by then, having endured an entire summer’s worth of human exposure, whether from beachgoers, swimmers, surfers, or anglers. Although very few corbinas were caught, they were still around.

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Not well known outside Southern California, corbinas generally range from Point Conception south, with tremendous opportunities available for those anglers willing to venture beyond the Mexican border and into Baja waters. Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties all offer fish-holding habitat and corbina potential. The fish tend to gather wherever their preferred food is most prevalent. Stomach sampling suggests that 90 percent of their diet is composed of sand crabs, with clams, ghost shrimp, and mussels making up the remainder. It is no wonder that mole crab flies work so well.

As their name suggests, sand crabs are found in sandy environments, moving up and down the beach with each tidal cycle, often changing their depth according to the size of the waves and the water temperature. When they are buried near the surface in large groups, their antennae leave noticeable “V” shapes in the wet sand as each wave recedes. I’ve seen groupings like this as small as a doormat and as large as a baseball field.

If you find these beds near fish-holding structure, it’s worth monitoring them during the proper tide to see if the corbinas have found them. Sand crabs make easy meals for shorebirds, and birds can reveal their locations as they race up and down the sand probing with their beaks.

Sand crabs are found in a variety of sizes throughout the season. Most often their color is matte gray, although molting or “soft-shell” sand crabs can take on an almost transparent beige appearance. Female sand crabs ripe with bright orange clutches of eggs offer attractive, nutritious meals to any surf zone predator, and their color is noticeable from a distance.

Sand crabs love to bury themselves near large jetty rocks, mussel-covered pier pilings, and concrete storm drain structures. Perhaps they seek the protection and feeding opportunities afforded by these large, immovable objects. In these areas, you may also see rays, leopard sharks, smoothnose guitarfish, and barred surfperch—all these fish also love sand crabs, and their presence is a good indication that prey is nearby.

Hunt for Structure

Assuming that you have the aforementioned food sources and proper water temperature—say in the mid-60s to mid-70s degree range—your success becomes completely dependent on finding fish-holding structures such as troughs, flats, pools, and rips.

The process for finding this structure is simple: Walk, walk, and walk some more. Your walking and scouting should be at low tide, and I often fully commit to these endeavors by leaving my fly rod at home so I can cover as much territory as possible.

California corbinas

Certain beaches can be observed best from high vantage points. A high cliff and a pair of binoculars can help expedite the data-gathering process, but most of the time you’ll need to hoof it.

Walking at low tide reveals all the subtleties of the sandy shore that can potentially hold fish. I specifically look for slightly deeper pathways leading into the beach from outside the surf, because corbinas use these lanes to arrive and depart from their feeding areas.

You will often hear veteran fly fishers use the term “keyhole” to describe a channel leading into a large, sandy depression. When they fill, these depressions form pools. These kinds of features can offer consistent sight-fishing opportunities. The channel might be only a few inches deep, but that can be enough to get corbinas into the pool.

Riptides or “rips” created by converging, retreating waves create more water depth and function in the same way a channel does. By providing more depth and therefore safety for corbinas, rips make the fish feel comfortable coming into the beach to feed.

Seemingly featureless, gradually tapering sand flats are among the best areas for pursuing corbinas. With waves breaking on an outside sand bar, and the remaining energy pushing in soft, rolling wavelets, these shallow expanses have the potential to hold large groups of feeding fish.

Such shallow stretches of beach might be a fly line’s length wide with one or two players, or they might be a mile wide, with schools of corbinas spread out on them.

Not all beach flats fish the same. Some are best on an incoming tide, while others are just the opposite. These differences may even occur from day to day for no specific reason that I can determine, though once you find a feeding pattern, it is likely to repeat itself the next day—only an hour later with the changing tide. This is especially true if there is consistent weather and no change in beach activity.

One time I found terrific action on a mostly empty beach, but when I came back the next morning anticipating a replay, I found an invasion of junior lifeguards numbering in the hundreds stampeding across the shallows ten abreast.

Flats, in and of themselves, are not spots. They also contain feeding areas such as edges and seams where converging waves gently collide, making dislodged sand crabs available to a feeding corbina. These areas are like foam lines in a trout stream—and indicate where the food might be concentrated—but instead of insects, the food source is dislodged crabs.

A big flat might also have gentle pools or depressions anywhere from a few inches to a foot deeper than the surrounding beach, which offer holding areas where corbinas can hover and expend the least amount of energy while awaiting the maximum amount of food. Sometimes a small shoreline lip is all you need to attract feeding corbinas. Like all fish, they are more willing to eat if they are comfortable, so key on those areas where food and security merge.

Keep it Simple

I love corbina fishing partly because it requires a minimal amount of tackle. A standard medium- to fast-action 9-foot 6- or 7-weight rod has enough flex to prevent hooks from pulling out during violent head shakes, but still has enough power to contend with afternoon winds. This is not a distance game, so being able to place your fly softly and accurately at a distance of 50 feet or closer is most important. I use an Orvis Helios 3F 6-weight. A lightweight, quality saltwater reel with a large arbor and smooth drag and capacity for at least 100 yards of backing is perfect. My reel of choice is a Galvan Torque 6.

Many of my peers use 7- and even 8-weight outfits. Your regular 9-foot 5-weight trout rod can work if you are just getting started corbina fishing, but you’ll find it’s a little light when it comes to propelling your average dumbbell-eyed corbina fly in the surf zone.

Your line is more important than the rod or reel. I’ve tried a number of fly lines over the past few summers, and the best one for sight fishing the surf is the Scientific Anglers Sonar Stillwater Seamless Density Sink 5/Sink 7 sinking line. This is a trout line, but it’s overweighted by two line weights. Unlike many other sinking-tip lines that have hinge points, this one sinks straight and “seamless,” giving you a straight-line connection to the fly—and it keeps your presentation on the bottom where it belongs. This fly line sinks and stays down below the swirling surge, allowing you to maintain a straight line and as much contact with your fly as possible. This is extremely important, as the subtle take of a corbina is easily missed if you have “S” curves in your line. To maximize every opportunity, I clean my fly line after every outing.

Leader construction is also simple. While you can buy 9- or 10-foot tapered fluorocarbon leaders and add tippet, I prefer to construct my own. Fluorocarbon has the abrasion resistance and sink rate you need for dragging your fly along the sandy bottom.

I always use 9-foot leaders. These keep the end of the fly line well enough away from the fish so as to not alert it, and that constant length gives me a much better idea of where my fly should be in case I lose sight of it—but can still see the corbina. If you can’t see your fly, at least you should be able to make an educated guess about where it is in relation to the fish.

The butt section of my leader is 5 feet of 15-pound test fluorocarbon with a perfection loop on the end of the fly line. I connect it to a 4-foot section of 10-pound-test fluorocarbon using back-to-back uni knots. I’m providing the pound-test ratings here—and not fluorocarbon diameter—because I buy 250-yard spools of Seaguar Tatsu. Over time, I save money and save myself the aggravation of running out of material from a 25-yard spool at the most inopportune time.

Fly fishing in the surf can be especially rough on leaders and flies. Periodically check your leader for frays and nicks. Rolling shells or stray backcasts can cause damage and cost you a fish, as will dull hooks or presentation-killing twisted dumbbell eyes. Do yourself a favor and check your terminal tackle often. The surf environment is harsh, so I replace my leader after every trip.

The most effective leader connection for any corbina fly pattern is a loop knot, which will allow your fly to move freely with each strip of line. There are a number of popular knots available—however, I prefer the nonslip loop knot because it is strong and quick to tie.

When it comes to corbinas, my approach to fly selection is to always keep it simple. Unlike trout, which feed on many different food sources, corbinas never lose their taste for sand crabs. Though there are literally dozens of different surf flies out there, I always find myself tying on a Surfin’ Merkin, created by fellow corbina addict Paul Cronin. I tie it with either silver gray or salmon pink Enrico Puglisi (EP) Fibers on a #6 Gamakatsu SL45 saltwater hook.

When I move it, I want that Surfin’ Merkin to create puffs of sand like an actively burrowing crab, so I use small to medium lead dumbbell eyes. I use small eyes in water less than a foot deep, and medium for deeper water or fast-moving tides.

I prefer the more natural-colored gray version, and use it most of the time. I switch to pink in low-visibility, silty conditions, or when I’m getting refusals. There are those occasions when a rolling or dislodged sand crab brings more strikes, so consider having a couple of Surfin’ Merkins with large beadchain eyes for the turbulent wash zones.

When a little more movement is required, I reach for my Bean Counter. Named after local slang for corbinas or “beans,” this pattern includes additional “triggers” that help entice aggressive strikes.

A stripping basket allows you to better manage your fly line by keeping it off the sand, out of the water, and away from your feet. I use one from Sondergaard ECOastal, and it is extremely lightweight, tends the line when it’s windy, and is soft to the touch when you bang your hand against it during a strip-strike.

While it looks great in photos, resist wearing brightly colored clothing—it will only magnify the fish’s ability to see you. I opt for dull colors such as gray, tan, or light blue because these serve to match sand and sky well. I wear sandals from the car to the sand, and walk the beach with bare feet. You will likely cover some distance, so wear what makes you feel most comfortable.

A quality pair of polarized sunglasses is absolutely essential. Fish-hiding glare must be neutralized in order to see and track your quarry, especially in the late afternoon as you face directly into the sun setting in the western sky. I’ve tried every lens color, and what works best for me this time of day are Smith Optics Guides Choice Techlite Ignitor lenses. These afford good glare reduction and excellent contrast between a silvery-gray corbina and a beige-gray sand bottom in low light or on cloudy days. On bright sunny days, I always reach for my Costa Caballito 580s with copper lenses. Spotting these fish is a major part of the equation. Get the best-quality polarized glasses you can afford.

Wash all your gear, flies included, with fresh water and let it air dry before you store it. Resist the temptation to use a harsh, blasting stream of fresh water, which often serves to drive salt into those small corners of your reel and reel seat. Given the opportunity, salt water will destroy your expensive equipment, so protect your investment.

Walk This Way

You’ve carefully selected your fishing location and assessed the conditions. Your fly gear is fully prepared, you are dressed for success, and are now ready for the stalk. So what do you look for? I begin by looking through the water with my eyes relaxed, trying not to fixate on any one thing. I then look for any kind of contrasting underwater movement, something that is different, an object that is out of place. Sometimes you might see an entire fish, at other times just a bit of dark gray pectoral fin or tail. I find that I spot fish best when I scan potential holding water using my peripheral vision, and then I pan back over that area if I think I saw a fish. Look where you can effectively hope to spot fish. You will cause frustration and eyestrain by looking too far forward.

Insufficient light early or late in the day—or especially in cloudy conditions—requires a change in strategy. Shift your approach to looking for surface pushes of cruising or tailing corbinas on shallow flats. They sometimes feed with their tails out of the water almost exactly like a bonefish, redfish, or the “fork-tailed devil.” In poor light, you may also need to walk a little closer to the flats and pools to see fish.

Seeing a fish is just a starting point. You need to be able to determine which way the fish is facing. If it’s facing you and moving toward you, you are already in position to make that all-important first cast. A corbina swimming away is only going to spook if you cast over it and strip your fly toward it.

If the fish is facing away from you, keep your eye on the prize, walk up the beach, and position yourself well ahead of the fish. Let it come to you, and try stay out of the water so as to avoid detection.

California corbinas

During the summer in Southern California, you will likely be sharing the sand with other folks. They might be surfers or swimmers, joggers or out-of-town visitors, shell collectors, or senior citizens on a walk. Always check your backcast zone before making a cast. On your local trout stream, you risk hooking a tree and losing your fly. On the beach you might hurt someone.

I prefer to present the fly ahead of the fish by about 4 feet to prevent spooking the fish and to allow the fly to sink into position. As the corbina approaches to within a couple feet of your fly, begin stripping with short, sharp strips to grab the fish’s attention. As they say, “Be the sand crab.”

Watch the attitude of the fish, and take note of any sharp or turning movements, which might indicate a strike. If you suspect a take, use a long, steady strip strike to drive the hook home. Don’t lift the rod, but be prepared to let line slip through your grip, as the fish may turn and rocket away. These are reaction bites, and as such, some will be aggressive and followed by a strong run. Resist the temptation to admire the bend in your fly rod or to watch the fish running off. Look down and clear your fly line, ensuring that it doesn’t leave your stripping basket in a tangled heap.

Every fish is different. Some of them eat the fly and swim directly toward you, creating slack and not allowing you to set the hook. Keep stripping until you feel the weight of the corbina.

Once you’ve cleared the line, you’ve got time to enjoy the moment and let that reel sing. Be ready to reel quickly. These fish can also surf toward you quickly at different periods of the fight. Corbinas have been known to charge right up the sand and beach themselves.

As the fish begins to tire, apply sideways pressure away from the ocean, and then quickly wind down. Keep the rod angle low to take advantage of the fly rod’s powerful lower section. To keep the fish off balance, always pull in the opposite direction. If the fish heads north, you pull to the south. The goal is always to land the fish quickly to minimize stress.

 When it’s finally time to land the fish, don’t raise the rod to a high angle. I keep the rod low and walk backward up the sand, away from the ocean. Try to use the push of an incoming wave to propel the corbina farther up the sand, and grab the tail of the fish before the suction of the receding wave takes it away. It can be tricky.

We all like to record our catches, especially when it’s a challenging fish like a corbina. Corbinas, though built for the harsh surf environment, are especially delicate after a tiring battle. To minimize stress on the fish, I try to apply the same general rules as when photographing other species. Keep your fish out of the water for less than the length of time you can hold your breath. Make it quick. Have your camera equipment ready so that it can be deployed in a few seconds.

My Orvis sling pack contains a point-and-shoot camera and folding monopod that can be fully deployed in less than 30 seconds. With the timer feature already set before I leave the house, I can have that wonderful fish posing for selfies with me, and then release it quickly back into the water. Revive the fish by facing it upright into gentle incoming waves until it kicks and swims away under its own power.

No one really knows what the status of the corbina population is, but old-timers will tell you there aren’t as many now as there were 20 years ago. The ocean is immense, but it’s not an inexhaustible resource. We should do everything possible to preserve this marvelous nearshore fishery.

Glenn Ueda lives in Huntington Beach with his wife Mona and their two dogs. He guides more than 200 days a year, fishing for everything from carp and corbina to peacock bass and roosterfish.

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Caused by stronger than normal gravitational pull from the moon and sun, king tides bring both high tides and low tides, by brooke martell - meteorologist • published 3 hours ago • updated 3 hours ago.

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San Diego, CA offers a massive buffet of fishing opportunities, ranging from offshore waters teeming with tuna to lakes and reservoirs bulging with bass. So grab your rods and reels, get your fishing license, book your fishing charter , and prepare for some awesome fishing fun.

Follow this beginner’s guide for tips and tricks for fishing in San Diego and other nearby locations.

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  • The open Pacific , for pelagic species. Inexperienced anglers will want to consider hiring a fishing charter, as heading out into the ocean requires experience and knowledge.
  • San Diego Bay , to target inshore species. San Diego Bay is a unique fishery and has the west coast’s lone stock of bonefish. Plus, you can rent a fishing boat here and strike out on your own.
  • In the surf , along the public beaches. This can be a very relaxing way to fish, but it can be frustrating at times too, because surf fishing forces you to stick to one spot and wait for the fish to come to you.
  • San Diego’s lakes and reservoirs . These waters are known for producing some monster bass, and several breaking the 20-pound mark have come from the waters around San Diego.

As well as learning where to fish in San Diego , you also have to find out where not to fish. California has a number of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) where fishing isn’t allowed. There are three types of MPAs including State Marine Reserves (SMRs), No-Take State Marine Conservation Areas (SMCAs), and State Marine Conservation Areas (SMCAs) where some fishing is allowed. The specific rules, regulations, and MPA borders can be confusion, so be sure to check out the San Diego MPA Fishing Guide before you set out to explore unfamiliar fishing grounds.

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  • Calico bass
  • White sea bass

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  • Sand and spotted bass
  • Sharks (multiple species)

Freshwater lakes and reservoirs in the area commonly have:

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  • Largemouth bass
  • Rainbow trout
  • Striped bass (limited to certain lakes)

When to Go Fishing

While most venues will offer year-round action to some degree, in the ocean and bay the best fishing generally takes place from spring through mid-fall with a slow period during the winter months when many species migrate away. That said, some species (such as sand bass, sharks, and yellowtail) can sometimes be caught right through the winter. And during the tougher fishing seasons, anglers who don’t own their own boats may want to opt for a fishing boat rental to expand their options, so they aren’t limited to a single location.

Freshwater fish, of course, don’t migrate (or at least not very far). However, their metabolism does slow down during the winter months and as a result, they chase baitfish with a bit less zeal. Fish like largemouth bass also tend to move deeper as the temperatures fall, forcing anglers to switch tactics and lures.

How to Fish in San Diego

As you might expect, anglers apply a wide variety of tactics and gear depending on the specific fishery they’re targeting.

  • In the case of fishing for pelagics in the ocean, the common techniques include trolling, fishing live baits, and kite fishing.
  • Close to shore and in the bay, using live bait, cut bait, and light tackle jigs and spoons is common.
  • Certain fisheries, such as the bonefish action in San Diego Bay, require specific techniques (casting small grubs and soft plastics or fishing ghost shrimp on egg sinker rigs) targeted towards the species.

Whichever fishery is being targeted, spinning and conventional gear can both be used in most cases just as long as the weight class is appropriate. In freshwater, fly fishing is often quite popular as well.

Okay: are you ready to hit the water and enjoy some southern California angling action? Gather up your gear, and get ready to have a blast while you cast.

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Jan 05, 2024

Second Seafloor Survey of Dumpsite off Coast of Southern California Completed

  • Coastal Dumpsite
  • Human Health
  • Marine Life

Image caption: Example munitions surveyed by the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) during the 2023 seafloor survey of the San Pedro Basin. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San Diego.

As part of ongoing efforts to understand the scale of the environmental impact from industrial waste dumping off the coast of Southern California, researchers from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography revisited two industrial undersea dumpsites in April 2023 to identify objects discarded on the seafloor. 

Map of seafloor survey area.

Led by Scripps oceanographers Sophia Merrifield and Eric Terrill, the 2023 survey used a deep water autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with state-of-art synthetic aperture sonar and a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) with an HD video camera, both capable of working up to full ocean depth of 6,000 meters (19,600 feet). The expedition took place with support from the U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and the Office of Naval Research.

Between the 1930s and 1970s, the site was a known location for industrial dumping , including byproducts from the manufacturing of the pesticide DDT, and was initially surveyed using robotic vehicles by the same team in April 2021 . The goal of the second survey was to extend maps of the seafloor using higher resolution acoustic sonar imaging techniques, to apply video imaging systems to classify objects in a previously mapped debris field, and to collect observations of deep sea ocean currents.  The 2023 survey mapped 350 square kilometers (135 square miles) and recorded more than 300 hours of video footage.

The 2021 survey, published in Environmental Science and Technology , documented thousands of barrel-sized objects organized in lines across the basin. Imagery collected in 2023 along debris lines found the majority of the objects to be multiple types of discarded military munitions and pyrotechnics. Barrels from the legacy of industrial dumping, and several old fishing vessels were also found. The barrels on the seafloor from the legacy of industrial dumping were found to be concentrated in two locations, and barrels were not pervasive across the dump site.   

“The resolution of the sonar provided by the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage provides us an unprecedented map of the seabed which will take some time to fully appreciate and analyze,” said Terrill.

The 2021 and 2023 survey findings have been received by the US Navy. According to a statement from the Navy, “these munitions are likely a result of World War II-era disposal practices. While disposal of munitions at sea at this location was approved at that time to ensure safe disposal when naval vessels returned to US ports, the Navy follows Department of Defense guidance for the appropriate disposal of munitions that aligns with state and federal rules and regulations.”

The Navy will also be reviewing the findings to determine the best path forward to ensure that the risk to human health and the environment is managed appropriately and within applicable federal and state laws and regulations. 

Additionally, scientists mapped whale falls, which are sunken whale carcasses. A total of seven whale falls were confirmed with video imagery, but the sonar data suggests more than 60 may exist in the footprint of the survey data collected by the AUV.

“The number of whale falls seems quite high relative to previous models of how many may occur on the seafloor off California,” said Scripps Oceanography marine biologist Greg Rouse, who has studied the ecosystems around whale falls. “However, the skeletons were mainly in very low oxygen water that likely slowed decomposition markedly and the burial rate by sediment may also be very slow there. This would mean the whale falls may have accumulated over many decades.”

The science team also deployed a seabed mooring at a location known as Dumpsite No. 2, outfitted with a deep ocean current meter and oxygen sensor. This mooring will measure seabed currents to help scientists better understand transport mechanisms that might impact the contaminated sediments.

“Our survey provides an opportunity to develop and apply analytical techniques to acoustic and optical imagery over wide-areas,” said Sophia Merrifield, an observational physical oceanographer who specializes in ocean robotics. “We anticipate these datasets will inform additional studies addressing impacts of dumping activities on the marine food web.” 

The survey was funded as part of a Congressionally-directed community project from the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Alex Padilla and supported by Congressmembers Mike Levin and Alan Lowenthal, and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which awarded $5.6 million in 2022 to further characterize, monitor and research potential ecosystem impacts of the DDT dumpsite. An additional $6 million directed by Sens. Feinstein and Padilla was awarded through NOAA in Sept. 2023 to fully assess contamination from DDT and other pollutants and bioremediation mitigation strategies.

The survey data follow ongoing studies by UC Santa Barbara’s David Valentine, who in 2011 and 2013 discovered concentrated accumulations of DDT in the sediments and visually confirmed 60 barrels on the seafloor.  Valentine is currently mapping DDT in sediments collected across the San Pedro Basin as part of the same project as the seafloor survey.

“Our preliminary findings of our analysis of sediments are showing that bulk dumping of DDT acid waste was the norm, that DDT immediately entered the environment and was likely not in barrels,” said Valentine, who in a 2019 study characterized the disposal of DDT waste as inherently sloppy. “Once dumped, DDT spread at the seafloor, expanding its footprint to at least the base of the Catalina slope. We are finding that original DDT remains abundant in the seafloor today, in both absolute and relative terms.” 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also stated that the majority of DDT found at offshore dumpsites was likely deposited through bulk-dumping rather than containerized barrels. The Merrifield and Terrill survey effort confirms EPA’s previous archive investigation based on historical shipping manifests and aerial photographs. 

Beyond the survey, the award funds additional research on the legacy of industrial dumping off Southern California. Updates from the additional research include:

“ Fingerprint” DDT Chemistry: Identifying the chemical fingerprint of DDT sludge from Dumpsite No. 2

Scripps chemical oceanographer Lihini Aluwihare, San Diego State University chemist Eunha Hoh, and Valentine are currently working to identify the chemical fingerprint of the DDT sludge from Dumpsite No. 2. By identifying a signature, researchers can better understand if DDT in the ecosystem is from the already-known Palos Verdes Shelf sediments, or if it is unique to Dumpsite No. 2.

This group has begun analyzing the historical archive of midwater fish samples from the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) collection to determine the time history of DDT products in the region, and to measure the bioaccumulation of the chemicals, as well as samples collected by the California Current Ecosystem-Long Term Ecological Research program , and from expeditions led by Scripps biological oceanographer Anela Choy. Valentine’s group at UC Santa Barbara also obtained an additional 200 sediment samples from across the San Pedro Basin for analysis, which could provide a greater understanding of how DDT is transported across the basin. 

DDT uptake, accumulation, redistribution by seafloor animals

Another team at Scripps Oceanography, led by deep sea ecologists Lisa Levin and Carlos Neira, and biodiversity researcher Greg Rouse, is identifying and quantifying organisms collected from the seafloor around waste barrels in Dumpsite No. 2, through an expedition in 2021 aboard R/V Falkor , and through sediment cores collected in the area. In the San Pedro Basin, the seafloor animals, which range from microscopic to large, may be capable of mixing DDT compounds downward by digging into the sediment or stirring it upward into the overlying water. This mixing has the potential to transport DDT compounds away from contaminated areas and into the food webs containing fish and mammals. 

The macrofauna, or small invertebrate, samples collected were assessed for their potential to  transfer DDT products up the food web. The team has been working to identify and better understand the seafloor and vertical distribution of these macrofauna, as well as gastropods, sponges, nematodes, copepods, flatworms, and more. Levin and Neira are also assessing the concentration of DDT in the organisms to help guide remediation efforts, and Rouse is sequencing DNA of the specimens to correctly identify the organisms and to determine if there are new species. 

Maintaining confidence in California's healthy seafood products

Scripps Oceanography marine biologist Brice Semmens is working to understand seafood health and safety. For the midwater fish studied by Aluwihare, Semmens’ team cataloged and digitized records of fish in the CalCOFI collection featuring marine organisms collected in the California current over the last 75 years. His group has also identified the best methodology for stable isotope analysis, which helps pinpoint the chemical fingerprint of the DDT products. 

Semmens’ lab is also looking at five key recreationally-fished species to analyze samples for DDT and Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), which are also highly carcinogenic chemical compounds. The recreational species include kelp bass, vermillion rockfish, chub mackerel, Pacific bonito, and Pacific sanddab based on their diversity of life history, characteristics, niches, and behaviors. In partnership with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Program (SCCWRP), the Semmens Lab is beginning the chemical analysis of liver and muscle tissue from individual fishes. Using the resulting data, researchers will generate models of toxin fate and transport in the coastal ecosystem, with the goal of scientifically demonstrating the safety of California seafood products, and providing guidance to fishing communities regarding best practices for minimizing the harvest of potentially unsafe seafood.

Microbiological effects and remediation strategies

Lastly, Scripps microbiologists Paul Jensen and Jack Gilbert are aiming to identify the microbes that are major contributors to DDT degradation, with the goal of finding microbes that may be useful for bioremediation. Their teams have extracted DNA from sediment samples, characterized the microbial community composition in the dumpsite, and identified DDT concentrations in the sediments. They will be doing additional analysis to assess the functional diversity of the microbial communities at the DDT site and far removed from the dumpsite. Jensen and Gilbert have also obtained a DDT degrading strain, and demonstrated its reliance on DDT as sole carbon source.

For more information and to follow continued updates on progress of the DDT research, please visit . The EPA has also created a website with more information on the history of the disposal site and the ongoing investigation, and NOAA has developed a question-and-answer overview on San Pedro Basin whale falls that can be found here .

Full Statement from Navy Region Southwest:

The US Navy has received the findings of 2023 survey and the 2022 Scripps Institution of Oceanography study, which revealed numerous legacy military munitions on the seafloor between Catalina Island and the Port of Long Beach. These munitions are likely a result of World War II-era disposal practices. While disposal of munitions at sea at this location was approved at that time to ensure safe disposal when naval vessels returned to US ports, the Navy follows DOD guidance for the appropriate disposal of munitions that aligns with state and federal rules and regulations.

The Navy is reviewing the findings and determining the best path forward to ensure that the risk to human health and the environment is managed appropriately and within applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The Navy is committed to continuing to balance our critical national defense training and mission requirements with environmental stewardship. Navy policy dictates that protection of the marine environment is mission-essential. Navy ships must conduct operations, in port and at sea, in a manner that minimizes or avoids adverse impact on the marine environment and its resources.

About Scripps Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego is one of the world’s most important centers for global earth science research and education. In its second century of discovery, Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet, and investigate our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps offers unparalleled education and training for the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders through its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. The institution also operates a fleet of four oceanographic research vessels, and is home to Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the public exploration center that welcomes 500,000 visitors each year.

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32 Most Haunted Places in San Diego

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For those that are interested in attempting to connect with the other side, or perhaps just enjoy learning of San Diego's darker history, it turns out that we've got many haunted locations out here. From old Victorian homes, abandoned cemeteries and haunted forests, we've compiled quite the list over the years.

Here is our list of the Most Haunted Places in San Diego:

1. Victorian Village

Heritage Park is a county park located near  Old Town San Diego State Historic Park  and measuring almost eight acres. It was developed to preserve examples of San Diego’s historic Victorian architecture including Italianate, Stick-Eastlake, Queen Anne and classic revival styles. The properties were all relocated from their original locations with the help of San Diego County and  Save Our Heritage Organisation .

There have been reports of footsteps making their way around the houses along with many other unusual and unexplained annoyances in these homes.

Many times these disturbances were loud enough to cause staff to peak around the corner to check out where the strange sounds were coming from – only to find hallways and rooms totally empty and silent.

Most Haunted Places in San Diego

2. Elfin Forest 

Elfin Forest , which neighbors  Questhaven  and  Harmony Grove , is not only great for hiking but also for delving deeper into the mysteries that surround this area. Like its popular neighboring communities, the Elfin Forest is rumored to be extremely haunted with hundreds if not thousands of stories and sightings to back up this claim.

The most popular myth is about the white witch. As the story goes, her husband and son were murdered out here a long time ago. Rumor has is she is still looking for her family, or possibly the person who murdered them.

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3. Cosmopolitan Hotel

he Cosmopolitan hotel is one of the oldest standing buildings in San Diego County. Built in 1829, this hotel was once the home of Juan Bandini and his family, whom are some of San Diego’s first settlers/colonizers.

There have been multiple witnesses who claim to have seen a woman in a long dress wandering around the upstairs balcony. She is said to move through closed doors. Whether or not there is any truth to that story, there is definitely a thick energy felt throughout Old Town. Employees also speak of lights flickering and randomly turning on and off.

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4. Tunnel 2

his is probably the “spookiest” tunnel I’ve explored so far with ghosts being the main theme around the artwork inside. It kind of feels like you’re going through a true “underground” art gallery with a sinister twist. My advice is watch the new IT movie and then head in here. 😉

The tunnel goes many miles with multiple chambers you can take. We did not go all the way but did go several miles deep. Try to bring water boots if you venture out here as there is at least some water inside year-round. Storm drains are never safe to explore within 48 hours after or during a rainfall

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5. El Campo Santo Cemetery

If you want to really get a glimpse into the past, here is a good place to stop by. El Campo Santo Cemetery began its story in 1849. There are 477 bodies buried here and unfortunately not all of them retain their tomb. Take a look at the sidewalk and street directly outside for grave markers.

Yep, some of the graves are literally in the street! If that isn’t going to upset the spirits here, how about injustice and grave robbers!

el campo santo cemetery

6. Cara Knott Memorial Garden

The 1986 murder of twenty year-old Cara Knott by California Highway Patrol Office Craig Peyer was a case that shook the San Diego region like an earthquake. It frightened women young and old, it horrified parents who wanted to believe their daughters were safe in our community, and it engendered a gut level distrust of police that persists in many to this day.

One tangible manifestation of the Knott tragedy is the San Diego Crime Victims Oak Garden  located near the site where Cara’s body was dumped just northeast of the intersection of Interstate 15 and Mercy Road.

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7. Carmel Valley Cemetery

The Carmel Valley Cemetery was established by the Sisters of Mercy around 1900 on land acquired from the McGonigle family. The McGonigles were the first Anglos to settle in what is now known as Carmel Valley and some were interred in the tiny cemetery, but their markers have long since been destroyed by fire or vandals.

Only 55 of the roughly 100 burials are marked. All wooden and handmade markers were destroyed long ago by fire. Catholics to the west, Protestants to the east, the division within Christianity is clear even in death. There are not many Protestant graves, but markers remain for the Knechtels, another pioneer family.

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8. Hotel del Coronado

The hotel has a history of over 130 years and it has packed both stories and notable guests in that time.  Movies such as Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Some Like it Hot’ was partially filmed here and a ton of presidents and celebrities have stayed here over the years.

Kate Morgan was found dead on November 29, 1892, on the exterior staircase leading to the beach, of what was believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. This was five days after checking into the hotel.

A  San Francisco  lawyer, the late Alan May, speculated in the 1980s that her death involved foul play. Evidence for the alleged homicide was a passing statement (or misstatement), during the coroner’s inquest, that the bullet found in her head did not match that of her own gun.

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9. Buena Vista Cemetery

This sadly isn't the first time we've written about a cemetery being bulldozed over by the city. Disrespecting the deceased is definitely not uncommon in San Diego when money is involved.  And that is exactly what happened to the people buried at what was known as the Buena Vista Cemetery in Oceanside.  Today we know that spot as Hunter's Steakhouse.  And yes, it is said to be extremely haunted.

In 1929, Vista Way was being widened which meant that some of the bodies would need to be removed. During the grading process to build a gas station and the Hungry Hunter, more bodies were discovered. Each body that was found would be exhumed and moved to a different cemetery.

Buena Vista Cemetery

10. Eichar's Grave

Rancho Penasquitos canyon beholds many hidden spots, such as a  pretty popular waterfall , an historic  ranch house , endless hiking trails and even and old gravesite you can pay your respects to.

Although it turns out Eichar’s Grave is not the actual gravesite of John Eichar (his true burial spot is unmarked) there is a sweet memorial set up for him that is fenced off with a tombstone.

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11. Gaslamp Museum

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District remains downtown’s oldest standing structure known as the Gaslamp Museum. Built in 1850 by William Heath Davis, this house is what was  known as a “salt box” family home, shipped from the East Coast to CA by boat around Cape Horn.

Any house that doubled as a hospital where many people died and suffered is going to up its chances of being haunted. A 1977 San Diego newspaper article featured interviews with the occupants of the house who reported stories of the lights going on and off by themselves.

What’s even more unusual about this is that the house was not wired for electricity until 1984 – the lights that went on and off were either gas or coal oil lamp flames which requires a match to light!

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12. Grant Hotel

The Grant Hotel’s elegant décor has been drawing in elite guests for over a century with ornate details filling every inch of the hotel. From the dazzling crystal chandeliers to the award-winning art gallery, no corner appears to have been overlooked.

The Grant Hotel is said to have at least one resident ghost . Her name is Fannie Chaffee Grant, the first wife of the hotel's builder who was instrumental in getting the hotel up and running. She died, almost a year to the day, before the hotel's grand opening. Her husband remarried a few years later and moved with his new bride into the hotel.

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13. Harmony Grove

On this one road alone you will find a  psychic village complete with little colorful homes & a séance room, ruins dating back to the early 1900’s, a two-story house on a hill with no doors or windows (only a garage and vents), a labyrinth and many other photo-worthy opportunities! This whole area is rumored to be haunted by a white witch and many other apparitions.

Drive through Harmony Grove, one of the most haunted places in San Diego!

14. Star of India

What makes the Star of India so unique is she is the world's oldest, active sailing ship, beginning her life in the Isle of Man in 1863. She was built during an experimental period of iron ships, during a time when most ships were made out of wood.

This is one of San Diego’s haunted hot spots.  If you’ve got the delicate touch of being able to feel such energies, make sure to give this place a visit and see what how you feel and perhaps what you witness!

One of the people said to haunt the Star of India was a young stowaway from 1884. His name was John Campbell and he was still a teenager when he died. When he was discovered hiding on the ship, he was immediately put to work.  One day while high in the rigging, he lost his footing and fell 100 feet to the deck below.

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15. La Punta de los Muertos

The  Seaport Village  that we know of today holds a much darker past, and thousands of people walk right over the grim history every day. Unbeknownst to most lays an old, forgotten La Punta de los Muertos (Dead Man’s Point).

There is some dispute of who, exactly, is buried underneath Seaport Village but some solid facts remain in tact: Beginning in 1769, two Spanish ships anchored across from this spot.  Within days, the sailors began to fall ill and die, most likely from scurvy.  These men are thought to be the first buried in this location.

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16. Mt. Woodson Castle

When one thinks of a 27-room castle with roots in the occult,  Ramona , San Diego most likely doesn’t come to mind.  And yet there it sits, the mysterious Mt. Woodson Castle. The castle was completed in 1921 during the Craftsman Movement for the successful dressmaker, Amy Strong.

Amy later developed deep roots in the occult and spirit realm. Many claim her house to be haunted for this reason.  She even had a zodiac room built! When I asked several of the employees working there if they thought it was haunted they unanimously shook their heads and said most definitely. There have been multiple employees who have abruptly quit due to frightening experiences in this home.

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17. Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos is a very special time, when once a year, the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate this holiday with friends and family. Over fifty local businesses, museums, and shops will create traditional Día de los Muertos altars that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Many of the altars will honor the historic figures from Old Town’s past, and others will reflect more current stories meaningful to that place of business.

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18. Berkeley Ferryboat

The Berkeley Ferryboat is a steamboat that was built in 1898 and operated for 60 years on the San Francisco Bay. For a ferryboat with as much chaotic history as it has, it should come as no surprise that it is rumored to be haunted.  In fact, the director of Marine Operations for the Maritime Museum has even had his own occurrences here!

When interviewed by the Union Tribune, he said “I was walking the upper deck of the Berkeley Ferry Boat making my way to the front and back deck, originally known as the Ladies Deck. It was pretty late in the night, and I saw a vivid image leaning against a door jamb.’

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19. La Casa de Machado y Stewart Museum

Jose Manuel Machado, a corporal in the soldados de cuera (leather-jacket soldiers) at the  presidio , built an adobe here in the early 1830s. All of Old Town State Park is said to be extremely haunted.  I do not doubt for one second that this old adobe is part of the supernatural lore.  Although I do not know any specific stories, if you have one to share, please leave a comment!

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20. Meadowlark Pioneer Cemetery

Just like  Pioneer Park  in  Mission Hills , all is not what it appears to be at this busy intersection.  If you look closely, you will notice a modest memorial for a group of Spanish settlers from  Ventura  & Ojai, CA.  There are 7 people buried at the Meadowlark Pioneer Memorial Cemetery total.  Nearby are two white, wooden crosses within a 20X20′ enclosure. This area is respectfully closed to the public.

The inhabitants of this cemetery are tied to some fascinating stories.  One of the couples lived on a 160-acre homestead near  Questhaven Rd.  and another was killed by a relative of Colonel Cave Couts.

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21. Old Point Loma Lighthouse

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is an historic structure located on the  Point Loma  peninsula inside the  Cabrillo National Monument . Although it hasn’t been in use since 1891, the public is still welcome to visit it and explore the grounds.

The lighthouse is said to be  haunted . There are reports of of heavy foot steps coming from upper rooms, cold spots, heavy breathing, lights turning on. This site is no longer considered an “active haunted” location though.

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22. Presidio Park Historical Spots

There are a lot of grounds to cover around here so bring your hiking shoes! Explore the mission, canyon, hiking trails, ruins, statues and more! This is a very interesting area with a lot of San Diego history. Given the history of Presidio Park, it should come as no surprise that this is believed to be one of the most haunted areas in San Diego.

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23. Oddfellows Cemetery

The Odd Fellows cemetery is the final resting place to many of  Fallbrook’s early homesteaders and community leaders. As of 2014, the cemetery appears to be in a state of disrepair and negligence, but from what I gather, maintenance is performed by family members of the deceased. If you’re a fan of rickety, old cemeteries brimming with historical personality then you will probably enjoy this place as much as we do.

I personally love these kinds of graveyards, with so many unique tombstones. Walk around and pay attention to all the tiny details this spot has to offer. You will notice that many of the markers are nothing more than a simple wooden cross or small brick with etchings.

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24. Pioneer Park

Over the years, Pioneer Park has become a popular spot for family picnics, summer concerts and various community events. It is not uncommon to see children from the school next door playing in the grass and families having outings. Take a stroll along the outskirts of the park though you will be in for an awful surprise.

A once prominent  pioneer cemetery  has now been reduced to a lone row of headstones which are displayed as a memorial for those buried at this park—yes, the bodies are still buried here. You can even find a plaque with the names of the 1800+ bodies whom are interred within, although it is rumored that there may be up to 4,000 bodies buried here.

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25. Proctor Valley

Proctor Valley is an extremely large, dry and mostly deserted area with one lone, dirt road taking you from  Chula Vista  to  Jamul  (UPDATE: It appears MUCH of this poor road is falling victim to development). The  ghost stories  of this area date back to over a century ago, with tales ranging from a large ape-looking beast to a screaming banshee to a hitchhiking lady dressed in blue.

You will also hear stories of a demon car chasing after you, small hand-prints on your car and your car mysteriously breaking down or crashing out here.

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26. Questhaven Rd.

Questhaven Rd., which is neighbors to the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove, is filled with haunted rumors. Whether or not there is any truth to these rumors will remain a mystery. What is undeniable about this place is the spooky feeling that it gives you when you drive on the windy, woodsy road.

Much of what used to be known as Questhaven is now known as the San Elijo Hills suburbs. Tons and tons of wooded acres were cut down to replace homes. Although this area is definitely scariest at night, I also recommend checking out the area during the day too because the surrounding area is actually filled with interesting spots to explore.

Questhaven Rd. has now partially been turned into a hiking trail which will give you the opportunity to get an intimate experience with the land in the day.

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27. Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

The original Buena Vista land grant of where the Rancho Buena Vista adobe now sits was issued in 1845 Gov. Pio Pico to Felipe Subria.  Felipe was a Luiseño man who was “awarded” the land grant due to converting to Christianity at the  Mission San Luis Rey .

We were told when we visited that this home is allegedly haunted with many creepy stories.  There is said to be a body buried in the walls of one of the rooms! That leaves a whole other list of unanswered questions such as WHO is buried in the wall and WHY were they put there?

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28. San Luis Rey Pioneer Cemetery

The cemetery was placed in use in 1869, its first sad burial being that of a one year-old girl. Its very existence arose out of a need for a burial site for non-Catholics, as they were excluded from burial in the Mission Cemetery.

The cemetery today is loosely protected by an iron-gate and barbed wire fence. On the day we visited, the gate was unlocked and we were able to pass through to walk the grounds.

Some of the graves are identifiable by a hodgepodge of flat and stone markers, the oldest of which have had their engravings worn away by winds and the sands of time. Others are unmarked and seemingly forgotten. There is no landscaping of any kind, and fledgling tumbleweeds are the most prominent vegetation growing among the markers.

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29. Villa Montezuma

Just on the outskirts of  downtown  stands an unusually-stunning piece of Victorian-era architecture. This intricate mansion known as the Villa Montezuma was built by several members of a local spiritual society in 1887 for famous musician and author Jesse Shepard.

Shepard was a worldly composer, known for giving elaborate performances, oftentimes for royalty. He was quite the eccentric, rumored to have held seances in his home in order to channel famous composers, musicians and even Egyptian spirits.

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31. Whaley House

For those whom are curious or into the paranormal side of things, the Whaley House definitely needs to be added to your list of places to visit.  Built in 1857, the Whaley House is actually the oldest brick structure in Southern California. It was also San Diego’s first commercial theater, general store and county courthouse.

The owners of this home went through many heartbreaks, losing multiple family members inside (and directly outside) these walls.  One would almost wonder if the Whaley House could in fact, be cursed?  And that is quite possible, considering it was built upon the city’s old gallow where the accused were hung from the trees in the backyard!

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This cave got its name after a tragic incident involving a young lady named Mrs. Hathaway.  The incident is believed to have happened in the 1800’s while Hathaway and her husband were collecting sea shells on their honeymoon.

Hathaway ventured into the cave while the tide was quickly swelling up and sadly did not get out in time. The waves swept her out to sea and she was never seen again. Let this be a stiff reminder of the power of the sea and the importance of common safety precautions while exploring seacaves.

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Full-Service Tackle Shops with Live Surf Bait

Hook line and sinker.

4010 Calle Real

Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 687-5689

Live Bait:   Lug worms

Frozen Bait:   Anchovy, sardine, squid

Surf fishing equipment:   A great collection of custom surf rods, terminal tackle and surf lures.  In Santa Barbara this is the place to go for the inside information on surf and offshore fishing.  Great selection of Lucky Craft, Rapalla, Krocodile, Kastmaster, sand dabs, Gulp! and swimbaits.

Eric’s Tackle Shop

2127 East Thompson Boulevard

Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 648-5665

  Live Bait:   Lug worms

Frozen Bait:   Sardine, anchovy, squid, mussel, clams

Surf fishing equipment: Excellent selection of surf lures including Lucky Craft, Rapalla, Kastmasters, flys and swimbaits.  Carries surf rods.  Very knowledgeable owner and employees.  Great place to visit for surf fishing advice in the Ventura/Oxnard area.

Hyun’s Tackle Shop

3695 East Harbor Boulevard

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 639-4131

www.fisherman- hyun .com

  Live Bait:   None

Frozen Bait: Sardine, anchovy, squid, mussel, octopus

Bob Sands Fishing Tackle

6743 Sepulveda Boulevard

Van Nuys, CA 91406

(818) 994-1822

www. bobsands

  Live Bait:   Lug worms, blood worms

Frozen Bait: Sardine, anchovy, squid, mussel

Surf fishing equipment:   Excellent collection of surf lures and accessories

Johnny’s Sport Shop

1402 Lincoln Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 797-8839

Live bait: Lug Worms

Frozen bait: Sardine, mackerel, anchovy, clam, mussel, shrimp

Surf fishing equipment: Yes, carries surf rods and and an extensive selection of Lucky Craft, Rapalla, Krocodile, Kastmasters and various swim baits.  Knowledgeable and pleasant employees and owner.  Great place for advice on all types of angling.

Wylie’s Bait and Tackle

18757 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 310-456-2321

Live Bait: Lug worms

Frozen Bait: Squid, anchovy, salted anchovy, mackerel, mussel, clams, sardine, shrimp

Surf fishing equipment: Since 1946 this iconic shop has been a historical landmark in the world of surf fishing.  Don’t be afraid to ask proprietor Ginny Wylie the hot tip—she’s surf fishing royalty and has all the inside info you’ll need to make your day on the beach.  Long time provider of good bait and great advice.  Extensive selection of grubs, Rapalla, Lucky Craft, Krocodiles, Kastmasters and swimbaits.

Joy Fishing

4918 Santa Monica Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90029 (323) 664-0808

Frozen Bait:   Ghost shrimp, anchovy, clam, sardine

  Just Fishing

2427 190th Street

Redondo Beach, CA

(310) 376-7035

Live Bait:   None

Frozen Bait:   Anchovy, squid, mussel, clams.

Surf fishing equipment:   Extensive collection of surf lures including Lucky Craft, Rapalla, Krocodile, etc.  This is your go to place for Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo and Torrance surf fishing info.

Ace Fishing Tackle

15119 Crenshaw Boulevard

Gardena, CA 90249 (310) 679-1228

Live Bait:   Lug worms, blood worm

Frozen Bait:   Anchovy, mackerel, squid, sardine, shrimp, mussel

Surf fishing equipment:   Ace carries surf rods and has great advice on local surf fishing in the South Bay and North Orange County area

Performance Tackle

4221 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (714) 826-1400

www. performancetackle .com

  Live Bait: none

Frozen Bait: Mussel, anchovy, squid, sardine

Surf fishing equipment:   Carries surf rods and tackle

Sav-on Tackle

9917 Orr and Day Road

Santa Fe Springs, CA

(562) 864-2911                                                                                                 Live Bait:   None

Frozen Bait:   anchovy, sardine, squid

Surf fishing equipment:   Carries Cousins surf rods.  This is a great shop for advice and equipment repair.

Fisherman’s Access

524 East Imperial Highway

Brea, CA 92821 (714) 674-0064

  Live Bait:  None

Frozen Bait:   Squid, anchovy, sardine, mackerel, cured ghost shrimp

Rainbow Bait

126 East Spruce Street

Compton, CA 90220 (310) 635-1494

www. rainbow

Frozen Bait:   Squid, mussel, shrimp, anchovy, sardine, mackerel

Best Fishing

4915 West Rosecrans Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250 (310) 679-1122

Norm’s Big Fish Bait and Tackle

1780 Pacific Coast Hwy Seal Beach, CA 90740-6209

(562) 431-0723

Live Bait:   Ghost shrimp, mussel, lug worms, blood worms

Frozen Bait: Clams, anchovy, sardine, mussel, ghost shrimp

Surf fishing equipment:   This is the most complete shop in Orange County for surf fishing equipment and advice.  They open early and carry the best selection on live surf bait in Southern California.

Fisherman’s Hardware

16942 Gothard Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (714) 841-6878

www.fishermens hardware .com

Frozen Bait:   Anchovy, squid, mussel, shrimp, mackerel

Surf fishing equipment:   Carries surf rods

  Young’s Tackle

4972 La Palma Avenue

La Palma, CA 90623 (562) 402-9191

Frozen Bait:   Cured ghost shrimp, anchovy, squid, sardine, mussel, shrimp, clams

Mahi Tackle

19031 Bushard Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92646 (714) 962-2907

www. mahitackle .com

  Live Bait:   Blood worms

Frozen Bait:   Sardine, anchovy, squid

Surf Fishing equipment:   Good selection of terminal tackle.  Good advice here for Huntington, Seal and Newport Beach anglers

Ketchum Fishing Supply

103 East 17th Street

Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949) 646-2585

Live Bait:  Blood, lug worms

Frozen Bait:   Anchovy, squid, mussel, clams, sardine, shrimp

Surf fishing equipment:   Great shop with friendly staff.  Lots of knowledge about surf fishing the Huntington/Newport area.  Extensive selection of Lucky Craft , Rapalla, Krocodile, Gulp!, swimbaits

The Longfin

2730 East Chapman Avenue

Orange, CA 92869 (714) 538-8010

www.the longfin .com

Frozen Bait:   Mussel, Shrimp, squid, clams, anchovy, sardine

Hogan’s Bait and Tackle 

34320 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Dana Point, CA 92629

(949) 493-3528

Live Bait:   Lug Worms, bloodworms

Surf fishing Equipment:   Great collection of surf lures.  This shop has great service and lots of local knowledge about surf fishing in the Laguna Beach to Oceanside area.

This one of the best tackle shops in south Orange County!

Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle

2110 S Coast Hwy Ste E Oceanside, CA  92054

(760) 439-3474

www. pacificcoast – baitandtackle .com

  Live Bait:   Bloodworms, Mussel, Lug worms

Frozen Bait:   Anchovy, Sardine, Squid, Shrimp, Clams, Mackerel

Surf fishing equipment:   Excellent selection of surf fishing tackle, lures and Cousins surf rods.  Most of the guys in this shop surf fish so they’ve got tons of free info they would love to tell you!

Angler’s Tackle

1413 North Coast Highway

Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 967-1897

Live Bait:   Blood worms, ghost shrimp

Frozen Bait:   Clams, mussel, sardine, anchovy, squid, shrimp, octopus

Blue Water Tackle/San Diego Fly Shop

124 Lomas Santa Fe Drive

Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 350-3111

www. sandiegoflyshop .com

Frozen Bait:   Mackerel, anchovy, squid, mussel, sardine, clams

Surf fishing equipment:   Selection on surf fishing flys and lures.

Angler’s Choice

1910 Rosecrans Street

San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 223-2324

Live Bait:   Ghost shrimp, blood worms

Frozen Bait:   Anchovy, sardine, clam, shrimp, mackerel, squid

Surf fishing equipment:   Offers a good selection of surf tackle and advice

California Surf Fishing Tips and Techniques

Safe Harbor Fishing

How do you catch bonefish in San Diego Bay?

Ghost shrimp are a top bait for California bonefish. Use a “slurp gun” to suck up crabs from the mud. Go Light: San Diego bones are well sized for light tackle. This map of San Diego Bay shows the best areas to bonefish, along with nearby boat ramps.

Is there fly fishing in San Diego?

San Diego Bay and Mission Bay provide year-round saltwater fly fishing for multiple species, most of which can be taken with gear commonly though of as trout fly fishing setups. There are miles of beaches that also produce every month of the year for the San Diego surf fly fisher.

Are there trout in San Diego?

At an elevation of 4,600 ft., Lake Cuyamaca is an active freshwater and fly fishing lake, and the only San Diego lake able to stock trout throughout the year.

Where is the best trout fishing in Southern California?

The San Bernardino Mountains offer some of the best trout fishing in California mountain lakes and streams for trout. Located primarily within the San Bernardino National Forest, this rugged mountain range is home to lakes that hold both wild and stocked fish.

What time of year is best for fishing in San Diego?

You won’t go wrong whenever you come out, but it’s generally considered that the high season in San Diego lasts from April–October. This also happens to be the peak of the San Diego deep sea fishing season. During this time, big game fish like Tuna and Marlin migrate through the area.

How is the fishing in Mission Bay San Diego?

Fishing Tips Spotted bay bass are abundant in areas with man made structure like marinas, but also eelgrass flats. Generally, if you find the eelgrass, you can find the bass. Typical bass lures like spinnerbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits or other similar baitfish imitators work well.

Can you fish at Miramar Lake?

Fly Fishing Southern California. With hundreds of miles of coastline and plentiful lakes, creeks and rivers, there are an abundance of opportunities for fly fishing in Southern California. Here are some of the spots known for productive fly fishing in the area.

What kind of fish are in the San Diego River?

The daily bag limit for trout caught in California waters is five fish with an additional ten brook trout allowed for harvesting.

Can you fly fish in Southern California?

Depending on the season, yellowfin, bluefin, yellowtail, albacore, mahi mahi (dorado), marlin and mako can be caught offshore, while an inshore catch might include calico bass, halibut, rockfish, sheephead, croaker, corbina or white sea bass.

How many trout can I keep in California?

San Diego Bay is a great option for winter time fishing. It is personally one of my favorite places to fish when I’m not going on longer trips. I have caught halibut up to 30 lb from the bay. Also, there is a great Corvina bite, Spotted bay bass, mud Marlins or bat rays and the occasional Calico Bass and Barracuda.

What should I catch in San Diego?

It should be noted that bonefish are actually indigenous to Southern California, with their normal range reported to extend from Peru to San Francisco Bay. Some evidence of this could once be found at the Balboa Angling Club in Newport Harbor, where the mount of an eight-pound-plus bonefish hung until recently.

What can I fish in the winter in San Diego?

The recommendations for Mission Bay are less restrictive than for San Diego Bay, with no fish species listed in the “do not eat” category. However, children under 18 and women up to age 45 should limit consumption of spotted sand bass and brown smoothhound shark from Mission Bay to no more than one serving per week.

Are there bonefish in California?

A hammerhead shark was spotted in the waters near Mission Bay Tuesday, according to video shared with NBC 7. Domenic Bigini runs a photography business aboard a San Diego whale watching tour boat and said while out Tuesday afternoon, the group caught a glimpse of a hammerhead shark about six miles west of Mission Bay.

Can you eat fish from Mission Bay?

West Mission Bay: Fishing the Front Bay If you use ghost shrimp there you have an opportunity to catch pretty much every type of fish that’s down there. With all of my shore stompin’, the only good place to fish for spotties south of the West Mission Bay Dr. bridge, is in Quivira Basin around all the docks.

Is there sharks in Mission Bay San Diego?

Lake Poway Fishing Fishing is permitted from Wednesday to Sunday. View our boat rental fees online. Please check our weekly fish report for fishing conditions, stocking dates and discounts. State fishing licenses are not required; however, Poway fishing permits are required.

Can you fish anywhere in Mission Bay?

We stock our Lakes year round with over 35,000 lbs. of Catfish and Rainbow Trout on a seasonal basis! Bluegill and Bass are also prevalent. We have a catch and release policy on Large-mouth Bass.

Can you fish at Lake Poway?

Monitoring for bioaccumulation helps determine whether ish and shell ish are healthy and safe to eat. Fishing is common throughout the San Diego River, but its ish are exposed to pollutants from urban, industrial, and rural areas.

What kind of fish are in Santee Lakes?

It’s a misconception many have about the San Diego River, but any angler may fish it. Fishermen 16 and over need a fishing license.

What day is Lake Miramar closed?

Hours of Operation. Miramar Reservoir is closed the first Tuesday of each month.

Can you eat fish from the San Diego River?

Can you fish in San Diego Creek? San Diego Creek is a stream near Newport Beach. The most popular species caught here are Largemouth bass, Spotted sand bass, and Haller’s round ray. 26 catches are logged on Fishbrain.

Is it legal to fish in the San Diego River?

About Murray Reservoir Murray Reservoir is located within the boundary of the City’s Mission Trails Regional Park. When full, the reservoir has 171.1 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 95 feet and 3.2 shoreline miles.

Can you fish San Diego Creek?

A state fishing license is required. There is no camping allowed at Lake Murray.

How deep is Lake Murray San Diego?

Within the park: Please be aware there are daily parking fees now required throughout Lake Murray State Park. These fees start at $10 per vehicle per day. You can find more information on the parking fees on the website.

Do you need a fishing license at Lake Murray?

Answer: Corn is permitted as bait for carp – and any other species of fish and in any type of inland waters where bait is allowed.

Does Lake Murray cost money?

In California, trout fishing is one hour before dawn to one hour after nightfall. The remaining hours are night. You can catch trout day or night.

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Some are leaving earthquake-rattled Wajima. But this Japanese fish seller is determined to rebuild

In this undated photo provided by Yoshie Minamidani, Minamidani cuts a fish at her seafood store in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. Minamidani is a survivor of a powerful earthquake that hit western Japan on New Year’s Day. The seafood store she ran in Wajima, the hardest hit city, was seriously damaged, as was the storage filled with her precious preserved fish. She told The Associated Press Tuesday she is determined to bring Wajima back. (Yoshie Minamidani via AP)

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Yoshie Minamidani’s heart leapt when she saw the stray tabby cat, a mainstay of the famous Asaichi Dori shopping street in Wajima city on the western coast of Japan.

Like the cat, she is a survivor of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that shook Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture and nearby regions on New Year’s Day, leaving at least 202 people dead, scores missing and buildings in shambles — including Minamidani’s seafood store.

“We are coming back. I’m determined,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday. “There is so much we must protect, although we are starting from scratch.”

Her chest tightened and she couldn’t speak when she first saw the lopsided storefronts, roof tiles shattered on cracked pavement, and yellow tape blocking the way to an entire section burned down by a fire .

“The Asaichi Dori I’d grown up with had vanished,” she said.

Japanese-style anchovies were among the containers of fish processed in various sauces that tumbled down the hillside from her processing plant’s storage area. She wasn’t sure when they could be retrieved, if ever.

They were precious, she said, requiring many days of hard, loving work.

Her city was among the hardest hit . Of the deaths, 81 were in Wajima, and Suzu had 91, while 102 people were still unaccounted for, and 565 people were injured. Tens of thousands of homes lacked running water or power. Many, including Minamidani, found their homes too damaged to inhabit.

The floors had collapsed in Minamidani’s store and the processing plant, rendering them too dangerous to live in. Luckily, another nearby house was still standing and is now home to nine people, including her husband, two children, and other relatives who had lost their homes.

The power was back, but still no running water .

Ishikawa counted over 1,400 homes that were destroyed or seriously damaged. Evacuation centers housed 30,000 people . Heavy snowfall and the more than 1,000 aftershocks raised the danger of more landslides .

Minamidani counts herself lucky. She was in the car with her husband and two children, on their way to a temple to celebrate New Year’s and pray for good fortune, when last Monday’s big quake hit. None of them were injured.

The beeping warnings for quakes went off on their cell phones. She called her mother to make sure she was OK.

The recently spotted cat, Chi-chan, is a neighborhood celebrity of sorts. Her twin, Dai-chan, has not been seen.

Minamidani grew up watching her grandmother get on the train with heavy loads of seafood to sell at the market. She ran back from school to help her prepare the fish.

She opened her store when she was 17, three decades ago.

Her motto is to remember that business connects people with people. Customers come to buy her fish, not just for the fish, but because they want to buy the fish from her. So she can’t let them see a sad face. She has to keep smiling.

Minamidani has already gotten together with about a dozen others in Wajima to rent a place in nearby Kanazawa city, relatively unscathed by the quakes, to restart their fish businesses together. They may have to use fish caught in other ports, as Wajima’s port and the boats there were badly damaged. Fishers in Wajima say more time is needed before they can go back out to sea.

She realizes some in Wajima have given up and are leaving. She is staying and will bring Wajima back, she said.

Minamidani recorded a video of the damage from her car and posted it to YouTube, complete with English translations by an app. “May as many people see this as possible,” is her title. She hoped people would send donations to help rebuild.

When things settle, she wants everyone to come visit, from other nations and from all over Japan. What’s great about Wajima is not just the seafood and the people, she said.

“Time passes slowly here,” Minamidani said. “When you gaze at the sunset, thinking about nothing, your heart becomes clean and pure.”

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  17. Ghost Shrimp

    Ghost Shrimp. Kept and cared for at our massive aquarium fish store in San Diego, California. Our shop is filled with over 750 aquariums and houses one of the largest collections of aquatic creatures including beautiful freshwater fish for sale both online and in-store. Find a wide selection of tropical fish, shrimp, and more!

  18. Where to get Ghost Shrimp for bait

    Today, BD has grown into the leading digital media platform for all things saltwater fishing, bringing our large and passionate community the best and most authentic fishing information in the form of fishing reports, fishing gear reviews, fishing recipes, saltwater fishing articles, tackle tips and more from coast to coast.

  19. SoCal Fish N Tips: How To Pump For Ghost Shrimp

    Four Easy Steps. Place the bottom of the pump directly over the burrow. Push down on the pump. Approximately 1" down. Quickly pull up on the handle while pushing down on the pump. Lift the pump out of the sand and push down on the handle, releasing sand and hopefully ghost shrimp.

  20. Fishing in San Diego: Best Spots, Species, Licenses & When to Fish

    January 25, 2022 Table of Contents San Diego, CA offers a massive buffet of fishing opportunities, ranging from offshore waters teeming with tuna to lakes and reservoirs bulging with bass. So grab your rods and reels, get your fishing license, book your fishing charter, and prepare for some awesome fishing fun.

  21. Second Seafloor Survey of Dumpsite off Coast of Southern California

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  22. 32 Most Haunted Places In San Diego

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  25. PDF San Diego County Fish & Wildlife Advisory Commission

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  26. How do you catch bonefish in San Diego Bay?

    Ghost shrimp are a top bait for California bonefish. Use a "slurp gun" to suck up crabs from the mud. Go Light: San Diego bones are well sized for light tackle. This map of San Diego Bay shows the best areas to bonefish, along with nearby boat ramps. Table of Contents show.

  27. Where Can I buy Ghostshrimp in San Diego?

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  28. Some are leaving earthquake-rattled Wajima. But this Japanese fish

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  29. San Diego Bank Fishing

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