Outboard Boating Club of San Diego 11/04/2016

The Outboard Boating Club of San Diego had a guest speaker who represented the Port District and spoke on the Shelter Island Launch Ramp renewal project. Bob Woodard gave a summary of the presentation. Because this is a construction project, the dates are all subject to change. They are planning to move the boating entrance opening from the bay for the launch ramp to the middle of the breakwater. They will be removing some of the rip rap (rocks) and replacing the barriers with cement walls to provide more room. They will pour a new cement launch ramp. They intend to keep a lane open for the Seal amphibious boats due to contract obligations. There will be limited access for boaters after Memorial Day. The ramp will be closed on the fourth of July though. The ramp is expected to be closed next year from February until Memorial Day. Funding for the project comes from a $6.1 million grant from the California Division of Boating and Waterways Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund and $3.35 million in funding from the Wildlife Conservation Board for a total grant of $9.45 million.

You can get further updates at: https://www.portofsandiego.org/recreation/shelter-island-boat-launch.html

"SDRRC BIG FISH TOURNAMENT" News Release June 25, 2016

Well, it’s that time again. 33rd Big Fish Tournament. As you know, this is our biggest tournament of the year.

The Seminar will be on the 4th of August, (1 dollar fresh fish tacos).

The Captains Meeting on the 19th at the Wave in Shelter Island.

Fishing will be for two days starting at 7:01 pm on the 19th until 10 am of the 21st.

The banquet on the 21st starting at 1 pm in the lovely Bali Hai Restaurant.

Sardine limits April 29, 15

There has been a collapse in the Sardine population off of the West Coast which has led to a shut down on commercial fishing for them. This could be bad news for fish counts this summer during the normally productive El Nino unless an alternative bait type shows up such as red crab. The fishery management council, which is required by the Magnuson-Stevens Act to close ocean fishing if the number of fish do not reach conservation objectives, did not place limits on the sardine trade that supplies recreational fishers with bait. Nor are there additional limits on the quota for anchovies, which are also in decline.

Re alternate size limits for bass. April 29, 15 From DFG:

Question: For kelp bass, barred sand bass and spotted sand bass, the marine sport fishing regulations state that the size limit is 14 inches total length or ten inches alternate length. What is the difference between total and alternate length? (Tom R.) Answer: Total length is the longest straight-line measurement from the tip of the head to the end of the longest lobe of the tail. Tip of the head shall be the most anterior point on the fish with the mouth closed and the fish lying flat on its side. Alternate length is the straight-line distance from the base of the foremost spine of the first dorsal fin to the end of the longest lobe of the tail (California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 1.62).

New online fishing guide provides information to anglers Nov 11

Anglers now have a new reference guide when planning their fishing trips with the launch of the improved California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) Fishing Guide.

According to CDFW, the new guide is faster and proves detailed information about fish plants and fishing locations.

"We put a lot of effort into creating successful fishing opportunities across the state," said CDFW Fisheries Branch Chief Stafford Lehr. "The new Fishing Guide will be a major tool that lets us share the useful information we have with the public and to help anglers of the state find new places to enjoy the sport."

The map-based Fishing Guide allows users to research information about specific fishing locations by selecting from a drop down menu, clicking on the map or by searching for a specific address, city or zip code. Specific information about each location includes planting schedule, historical fishing information and comments about the terrain, local amenities, fish known to the location and links to lodging, camping and dining options.

Other information displayed includes a link to driving directions, locations known to have quagga mussels and links to other pages, including fish planting information, regulations, license sales, boat launch facilities and a "safe to eat" portal. The safe to eat portal displays advisories about contaminants known to the fish in a specific location.

In the coming year, CDFW plans to expand the Fishing Guide to include direct access to fishing regulations, license sales locations and boating facilities.

CDFW welcomes comments or suggestions to improve the guide. The new version of the guide can be found at wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Guide.

California Governor Brown signs Boater Safety Education Bill Oct 06

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill designed to increase the safety of California waterways by requiring boaters to pass a safety course and obtain a vessel operator card. The new law requires that boat operators pass a boating education examination and obtain a vessel operator card issued by the state Division of Boating and Waterways in order to operate a boat in California that is propelled by an engine.

The law is modeled on legislation that the Recreational Boaters of California previously sponsored. The new measure requires the state agency to issue a vessel operator card to people who have passed an approved examination. The requirement to obtain a vessel operator card initially will apply to operators 20 years old or younger, with a phased-in implementation date, depending on the age of the boater. The seven-year phase-in will begin in 2018 and will apply to everyone as of 2025.


Apparently the ban that was lifted on bluefin tuna fishing has not officially been lifted yet. So until we get an "Official Written" notice from Mexico City, we are still not allowed to keep Bluefin in Mexican waters. The official letter is coming, so we need to wait just a few more days. Sorry about the confusion as even the sportboats and SAC was caught off guard on this one.


Yes, Mexico has lifted the Bluefin suspension they set on July 14 that prohibited the take of Bluefin tuna in Mexican territorial waters through 2014.

Ken Franke of The Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) has been working with government officials in Mexico's fishery agency CONAPESCA since the ban went into effect. Ken Franke, the President of the SAC released the following press release; "This afternoon the SAC legal office in Mexico City received verbal notice from CONAPESCA that recreational fishing for bluefin tuna can resume in Mexican waters immediately. SAC has been informed that the written notification should be available on Monday morning for dissemination to the public. We appreciate CONAPESCA and their leadership for working hard to promote recreational fishing in Mexico. SAC will continue to work with their associate members in Mexico to promote Mexico sportfishing and improved regional tourism."

There was widespread confusion when the suspension of the fishery was first announced a few weeks ago about whether it included recreational fishing, or was just intended for commercial fisherman who reached their annual quota of bluefin (5,511 US tons). Not in recent years had the ban included recreational anglers in the ban until this year, in what was believed to be miscommunication between government officials in Mexico City, CONAPESCA and ICCAT.


BIG FISH SEMINAR August 26th, 2014

There will be a Big Fish Seminar on Tuesday August 26th starting at 6:30 p.m. at the majestic Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island. We are pleased to announce that we will have Darin Dohi, formerly CEO of Seeker Fishing Rods as our guest speaker. Darin is now with United Composites and FishandHuntBaja.com. United Composites manufactures high level rod blanks and finished rods. Darin is a leader in the fishing rod industry having devised innovative manufacturing techniques for Seeker. We will have a repeat of Pepe's delicious fish tacos. Michael, Rolly, Lou and Ellie have been hard at work getting donations for the super raffle at the Big Fish Seminar.

Also, we will have a huge raffle for great fishing gear. Early sign-ups for the Big Fish Tournament will have a chance to win a rod and reel. Contact Big Fish Director Michael Williams Michael@sandiegorodandreel.com or Big Fish Representative Lou Duchene at 619-990-5401.


The public is invited to enter the San Diego Rod and Reel Club's 31st Annual Big Fish Tournament. The tournament raises money for Friends of Rollo kids fishing programs. Additionally the San Diego Rod and Reel Club sponsors' kid's fishing trips and assists in kid's fishing events in the San Diego area. The tournament starts on Saturday, September 12th, and goes to Sunday morning, September 14th. Expected tournament winners will be the top ten weight of their largest fish. There will be cash and gear for prizes. There will be a Captain's Meeting, Friday evening, September 12th.


There will also be a Big Fish Tournament Banquet Sunday, September 14th, in the afternoon. All tournament entrants attend the banquet for free. The banquet includes a raffle for lots of great fishing gear, a ladies raffle and a silent auction as well as the awards for the tournament.