Fished San Diego Bay Saturday and Monday morning. Launched both times at 7am, in at 12 on Sat. and 1 on Sunday. Fished Shelter Island area both days. I tubed and my friend Steve used his Yak. It was fun both days but Monday was really fun.
Sat, I we both finished with around 15 legals, and 6+ shorts (mostly Spotties). Steve probably had closer to 20 legals by the end, plus 5 or so short 'buts. Most of the fish were in the first 2 hours. After the water stopped moving it died.
Sun, was better. I finished with 32 bass, 25 or so were legal (mostly spotties). Steve had 29, with a higher percentage of legals. What's so crazy about it though was that they were short biting, and generally being not so agressive. Plus, there was a 1.5 hour lull while the tide changed direction. Can't even imagine what would have happened if they'd been a bit more hungry. I had 13 of my legals in the last hour.
What were they biting you ask? Green mostly, weren't even picky about which kind. I stuck to Robo Zippers, freakbaits, and these 9" grubs that Steve let's me pour at his house. These things are giant, the body is 5" X 1/2" by itself. He stuck to smaller grubs he had poured. The two exceptions for me were my last Powerpulse worm in pumpkin/chart. and these XPS 5" Squids in purple spot. I had thought about trying 'em for a while, then a fellow tuber from Floattuber.com used them and did very well at a tourney. So I broke down and bought a pack. $5 for 4, that's why I waited almost 2 months before buying some (and I'm a rubber 'ho). They worked great C-rigged on a 4/O wide-gap (13 legals on 2 baits). My only complaint was that the eyes pop out way too easy. Usually, I lost an eye just getting them on the hook.
For those of you who have never tried S.D. Bay, you must some day. If you like fishing bass in a harbor, there is no better place. For what ever reason the bass there just aren't bugged by weather conditions. So even in mid-Febuary with 55 degree water and waterspouts all around, the fish will still bite. I konw this one from personal experience. Had limit that day. The only thing to watch for is the tide. They won't bite during slack, and when the tide is moving, it's at Mach 10. That does kinda suck for tubing, but little planning is all that's needed there. As for boat traffic, well there's no speed limit, so don't wander off into the middle of the main channel.
#3233, "RE: Word from down south." In response to Reply # 0
Cool report. Got some on the "five inch" grub eh? Shoot, I'd love to fish that bay sometime. I'm back in school now, so I'm pretty much limited to weekends, but if you've got an open couch sometime let me know. -Brian
#3234, "RE: Word from down south." In response to Reply # 1
Plenty of free couch for you. Weekends are it for me too. In fact normally I can only fish on Saturdays. Just checked the measurements, my guess was off. 8.5" total length, body is 3.5"+. It is one big grub never-the-less. I had originally asked him for a 5" grub (like the Kalins), I was horrified by what he brought me. But I finally tried it. WOW. After maybe 10 uses, only one short fish and lots of bigger models. The short was classic though, it was maybe a 5" Sand Bass. Obviously, it was very very hungry. I'll check the tides and see what dates look good. You're welcome to bring a friend too. Rob?
#3235, "RE: Word from down south." In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for the re-port Ed. Brian this sounds pretty super to me. Catching the spotties must be a kick. I have some Assalt baits you might be interested in Ed. I will send you a care package if you like. Just email your address.
#3237, "RE: Word from down south." In response to Reply # 0
Under and all around the Coronado brige, and the sailboat moorings to the northwest, are vast eel grass flats that have really kicked out the spotties when I've visited down there. I usually rent a skiff at Seaforth in Glorietta Bay for about $35 bucks.
#3238, "RE: Word from down south." In response to Reply # 5
Sounds like you and Steve had a good weekend down there. I will attest to the great fishing in S.D. Bay, and have even fished it with Ed a few times (tube & skiff). I may have to get a few of those new plastics from Steve to try on my next trip.
Ed, I got your message (finally, lol) and will give ya a shout soon. My first trip to Lake Barrett was great!! Paul & I put the pressure on almost 50 Largemouth between us (I got a nice 5 lber) from dawn till dusk. A few were on the topwater in early a.m. A smigdeon fell for 3/8 oz. jigs & pork and some on variations of shad pattern crankbaits. However, the majority were caught on the plastic worms. I can't wait to go back! LOL
#3239, "RE: Word from down south." In response to Reply # 6
Good to here from you. We're going again EARRRLY Sat. morn if you can come. We should be back by 1 at the latest. That's after hitting Squid Co for some blanks and guides. Got a new Kennebec to try out. Sportmart has a sale on tubes, %30 off. Very Sweet. Mine was $112 out the door. I was going to buy one in three weeks (my birthday present), but $45 off, even the wife wouldn't make me wait. Let's hit the water.
#3241, "RE: Word from down south." In response to Reply # 8
Cyberangel? What are you doing so far from the mystical world of Allcoast? LOL. I go as "highspot" on that board. Its good to hear you like tubing, Becky.
Happy Birthday, ED. Congrats on the new tube and I am looking forward to checking it out. This weekend is completely out for me because family is coming to stay for the weekend. Are there any afternoons next week that you might be able to do an afternoon bay run? If not then maybe an outing next weekend? We should go chase some Yellowfin soon. Talk to ya later.