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Rating - Very_Good   

Monday, Jan 30 2023
Del Mar to Imperial BeachGenerally quiet. Typical winter pattern No reports of any yellowtail, seabass, bonito or barracuda. Imperial Beach Pipe is where the best fishing for sand bass is happening. The bass are snapping using the knocker rig and a whole fresh dead squid. Plastics tipped with squid are working well too. Decent numbers of sculpin here as well. If you want to focus on the sculpin use a dropper loop rig with strips of squid, mackerel or sardine. Those baits pinned on a 100 gram Colt Sniper work excellent too. Fair sand bass fishing at the Buoy #3 on the leadhead or Knocker rig and whole squid. Most likely youll catch whitefish which are biting good. A dropper loop rig with small hooks and a couple strips of squid is the ticket for the whitefish.Coronado Islands / Rockpile / NE of the Coronados / Lower 9 Mile Bank / Upper Finger BankNothing new to report here. The Islands have been very slow for surface fish and are likely going to be blown out again with more rain and wind in the forecast for tonight and Monday. Right now it is all about rockfish and whitefish with a side order of lingcod. The Lower 9, NE of the Coronados and the Rockpile are working. This is a good zone to fish rockfish this time of year since its in Mexican waters and rockfish are still open here. Youll find vermilions and coppers (chuckleheads) in the 180-300 ft depths, with more green blotched and pink rockfish (both nicknamed boscos) as well as nice Mexican rockfish around 350-550 ft. You may need to bounce from rockpile to rockpile to find one that wants to bite, but you should at least be able to put together a nice mixed bag when the day is done. Watch for the fuzz marks on your meter to thin out and start showing a few slightly bigger, more defined marks near the bottom to let you know the bigger ones are in the area. Dropper loops with squid, live or dead sardines, and Gulp baits will all work great, and you can mix and match your rigs to figure out what the fish want to bite best on the particular day youre out.




Monday, Jan 30 2023




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Off Shore


Rating - Very_Good

Del Mar to Imperial BeachGenerally quiet. Typical winter pattern No reports of any yellowtail, seabass, bonito or barracuda. Imperial Beach Pipe is where the best fishing for sand bass is happening. The bass are snapping using the knocker rig and a whole fresh dead squid. Plastics tipped with squid are working well too. Decent numbers of sculpin here as well. If you want to focus on the sculpin use a dropper loop rig with strips of squid, mackerel or sardine. Those baits pinned on a 100 gram Colt Sniper work excellent too. Fair sand bass fishing at the Buoy #3 on the leadhead or Knocker rig and whole squid. Most likely youll catch whitefish which are biting good. A dropper loop rig with small hooks and a couple strips of squid is the ticket for the whitefish.Coronado Islands / Rockpile / NE of the Coronados / Lower 9 Mile Bank / Upper Finger BankNothing new to report here. The Islands have been very slow for surface fish and are likely going to be blown out again with more rain and wind in the forecast for tonight and Monday. Right now it is all about rockfish and whitefish with a side order of lingcod. The Lower 9, NE of the Coronados and the Rockpile are working. This is a good zone to fish rockfish this time of year since its in Mexican waters and rockfish are still open here. Youll find vermilions and coppers (chuckleheads) in the 180-300 ft depths, with more green blotched and pink rockfish (both nicknamed boscos) as well as nice Mexican rockfish around 350-550 ft. You may need to bounce from rockpile to rockpile to find one that wants to bite, but you should at least be able to put together a nice mixed bag when the day is done. Watch for the fuzz marks on your meter to thin out and start showing a few slightly bigger, more defined marks near the bottom to let you know the bigger ones are in the area. Dropper loops with squid, live or dead sardines, and Gulp baits will all work great, and you can mix and match your rigs to figure out what the fish want to bite best on the particular day youre out.


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