The San Diego’s business continues to thrive for two simple reasons: She’s one of the last vessels from San Diego, run by a crew of native San Diegans who know the waters she fishes like nobody else. That is precisely why owner/operator Ryan Bostian — a third generation San Diegan — has caught more yellowtail at the Coronado Islands than any other skipper since running his maiden voyage in 1999.
It’s also the reason the San Diego was the first boat to address many of the long-running problems associated with local fishing. After decades of complaints about fish being stored in burlap sacks where they’re trampled at the bait tank or cooked into sun-dried boomerangs, Captain Ryan was the first skipper to listen. Incorporating the high-end customer service skills he learned working aboard long range sport fishers, he installed an R.S.W. fish hold on the San Diego, making it the first local boat to bleed and store every fish that comes over the rail in 35 degree sea water.
A 2006 remodel saw the improvements and list of “firsts” continue: From an air conditioned, full service galley to the installation of new engines that improved her cruising speed and efficiency. A huge advantage when covering the 100-miles of fishing grounds this U.S.C.G. inspected vessel is permitted to fish.
So whether you’re looking to jump aboard the 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. open party trip or book a private charter for you and up to 60 friends, if your goal is to catch fish off the coast of “America’s Finest City”, you need to be on the one vessel that personifies that moniker like no other: The San Diego.
Suggested Tackle For Offshore Trips
- A 20 lb. bait rod to fish an anchovy or small sardine.
- A 25 or 30 lb. bait rod to fish a regular size sardine. This will be your most used outfit on most trips.
- A 40 or 50 lb. outfit just in case we have a run in with some of the bigger bluefin that have been around.
- A pack of size 2 live bait hooks to fish small baits on 20 lb.
- A pack of size 2/0 or 3/0 live bait hooks to fish regular size sardines on your 25 or 30 lb. and your 40 or 50 lb.
- A couple of heavy chrome lures or a few Megabaits and a pair of pliers and you are all set for offshore fishing.
For 5:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Trips
Coronado Islands, Mexico
- A yo-yo outfit – this outfit should be a 20 or 30 size reel spooled with 40 lb. monofilament. Any 6-8 ft. rod rated for 40 lb. will work good.
- Deep water rock cod outfit. This outfit should be a 20 or 30 size reel spooled with 65 or 80 lb. spectra. Any 6-8 ft. rod capable of handling a 16 oz. sinker will work good.
- A 25 or 30 lb. live bait outfit. This outfit should be a 20 size reel spooled with 25 or 30 lb. monofilament. A 7-8 ft. rod rated for 25-30 lb. will be perfect.
- An assortment of torpedo sinkers – From 6-16 ounces.
- A dozen rockcod hooks – We really like Mustad EZ baiters in the 10/0 size.
- A pack of size 2/0 live bait hooks – We really like Mustad 94150.
- A couple of heavy lures – Salas 6x jr and Salas 6x in blue/white and scrambled egg are perfect.
YELLOWTAIL IS ALWAYS A PRIORITY ON THE SAN DIEGO.
As soon as we see yellowtail, the rock fishing will take a back seat.
Suggested Tackle For
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Trips
Local 3/4 Day
- A 25 or 30 lb. outfit to fish fly-lined sardines, sliding egg sinker and squid and a lead head and squid. This outfit can also double as a light dropper loop rod for shallow water rockfish.
- A 40 or 50 lb. outfit. This will be a heavy dropper loop rod for targeting yellowtail, white sea bass and halibut down on the bottom.
- A deep water rock cod outfit. A 20 size reel filled up with 65 lb. spectra and a 7 ft. rod stiff enough to handle a 16 oz. sinker.
- An assortment of heavy (yo-yo) jigs should always be in your tackle box. A 6x Jr. in blue/white and scrambled egg are perfect. These jigs will be fished on your 40-50 lb. rod
- Hooks – A pack of size 2 live bait hooks for fishing anchovies and small squid strips. A pack of size 2/0 live bait hooks for fishing live sardines and live squid on an egg sinker. A pack of size 4/0 live bait hooks for fishing live squid on your heavy dropper loop rod. A few long shank rock cod hooks may be useful but not mandatory on the days we fish deep.
- Sinkers – An assortment of sliding egg sinkers from 1/8-1 oz. an assortment of torpedo sinkers from 2-16 oz. Sinker size will be determined by depth of water and strength of current.
- Lead heads – An assortment of “banana” shaped lead heads from 1/2 – 2 oz.
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