When fishing San Diego Bay, I like to fish in the more remote areas, south of the Coronado Bridge. We generally launch from the Chula Vista Marina off I-5 at the J Street/Marina Way exit and arrive at the prime fishing area only 5-10 minutes from the Marina. When fly fishing the bay, I prefer to use a 6-weight fly rod with a 250-grain shooting head with a 6-pound test fluorocarbon leader. The water depths vary from 3 to 15 feet on the flats to 25 feet in the channels, depending on the tide. In water less than five feet deep, a floating line with a 6-8 foot leader can work well. Water less than 10 feet without much grass on the bottom can be fished very successfully with an intermediate line and 6-8 foot leader as well. The shooting head is always the number one option.
The fly of choice is the Clouser Minnow and its many variations in hook sizes 2, 4 and 6. My favorite colors are olive/white, orange/white, tan/orange, olive/black, black, chartreuse/white and many more. Surf style flies work well, also.
Light tackle fishing is done with light spinning or bait casting gear, using 6-8 pound test line. Small lead heads combined with Berkley Gulp Shrimp or curly tails work well. The Little George lure, fished slowly, can be a great set-up.
Fishing in the bay, as in other areas, is affected by the tides and water movement. I try to fish with a 3.5 to 4′ tidal exchange with incoming slightly better than outgoing tide. However, many fish have and can be caught on smaller tides.
FISHING FROM 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM
We can launch from a number of different ramps in San Diego Bay depending on the fishing conditions, target species and the plan for the day. We will determine our exact plan during the week before our trip. En La Mosca is a flat bottom bass-style boat that is designed for relatively calm days. If it gets windy we will move to protected areas or may ultimately come in early if things become dangerous or unfishable. Fortunately this does not happen often. Our safety is obviously the most important aspect of any trip.
Below are costs for En La Mosca Adventures trips. You will see a 50% discount if you bring a child under 16. One of my goals is for kids to learn and enjoy fishing at an early age:
A deposit of $50.00 is requested 30 days prior to confirming your day and time. If something happens and you must cancel your trip I will refund your deposit up to 7 days in advance of your trip. However, if I am able to fill your confirmed date with a paying customer I will gladly refund your deposit.
Fishing License Required:
A current California fishing license is required for everyone 16 years of age and older. If you do not have a fishing license you can purchase a limited license on-line at www.dfg.ca.gov. I can handle the license for you with payment in advance.