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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chirs Randel Tuna Update

Here's a short video blog from Skipper Chris Randel about the tuna fishing off San Diego right now.

US Marines Fishing Trip

Yesterday we took 20 US Marine drill instructors fishing from San Diego Marine Depot. I've been doing this for the past 14 years, this was the 10th time I've done it aboard the Indian out of H & M Landing in SD. Chris Randel  the owner operator has been kind enough to do this trip for free for us. Fishing was good early with schools of barracuda and later in the day we went rock fishing. The cuda didn't bite very hard and you had to work at it to get one to eat your bait. All they wanted to eat were sardines today. You can see pictures from this trip on our face book fan page.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Keep Your Fish Fresh

Here's a short video that shows you how easy it is to use a Gamesaver to keep your fish fresh for years. Everyone should own one of these units.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Tuna Take today out of San Diego and the fish are Close....

Several San Diego boats were out yesterday and found huge schools of tuna. The Indian as a tuna trip planned for 4th of July and still has a few opennings. Check out this awesome tuna fishing report.


Limited load tuna trips out of Ensenada

This is from a friend of mine that does 4 pax charters out of Ensenada, Mexico. Just in case you're looking for a trip like this.

For a limited time It's 4 Reels will be offering a Tuesday open party special tuna special. $150 gets you on the boat and we will run offshore with a minimum of 2 and max of 3. Call for details, 626-226-7908

Monday, June 27, 2011

circle hooks

you often hear me talk on my TV show about why you need to use circle hook when fishing for baracuda, well here's a warning about that. you need to make sure that for fish like barracuda and yellowtail and white sea bass that you don't use thin wire circle hooks for larger fish like these. I've beenon several trips this year where guys were using them and the hooks opened up on them an dthey lost fish, these thin wire hooks are fine on smaller sand bass and calicos, but for larger fish make sure you are using heavier hooks. I just thought I'd share this with you.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Our Kids Fishing Club House at Legg Lake

Here's a short video showing you our new Kids Fishing Club House at Legg lake. Our next meeting will be on July 23rd at 9AM.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Indian Fish Report

Yesterday I spent my birthday aboard the Indian about 120 miles south of San Diego. We were hoping to find some yellowtail, but what we found were huge rock fish, reds over 9 pounds and lots of lingcod too. It wasn't what we were hoping for, but spending the day on the water with 18 of my loyal vewers and Capt Chris Randal and his crew was the perfect way for me to spend my birthday.

All of my fish were taken fishing with a two or four hook gangion with 1oz B 52 bucktails with a strip of cut squid pinned on. everyone had limits of fish and one lucky angler even landed 9 lingcod! He kelp his two and gave the others away to other anglers on the boat. The rock fishing was about as good as it gets on some of our drifts. I did hope two nice fish on MM2 10oz jigs too.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Barracuda Turn Wide Open Again

I just got a report that the barracuda went wide ope again out of Newport Beach yesterday and that they are still biting today, it sounds like the fish are along the coast from Newport Beach to Long Beach and even the boats in Santa Monica Bay are getting them too.

If you plan to fish for them with live bait make sure you use a circle hook, that way the fish will not be able to cut you line with its teeth. The best thing to use would be a surface jig. if you not sure how to fish with one of these please go to my You Tube Channel and look at videos of me fishing with a Magic Metal Lite Jig. You want to use a MM7 for this type of fishing. Good luck and get out there before the fish move on.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our Kids Fishing Club First Meeting

This past Saturday we had a very first kids fishing club meeting at Legg Lake in S. El Monte. It was a small turnout and we kind of planned it that way, We wanted to see how the day would go and wanted to hear from the kids what they would like this club to be. Here's a short video from that first day.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Kids Fishing Club At Legg Lake Tomorrow

Tomorrow my youth foundation will be having it's first kids fishing club meeting at 9AM, the meeting will end around noon. Our club house is located over by the old boat dock on the larger lake. If you kids don't have any fishing tackle it's fine, we will have some loaner rods and reels there for the kids to use. I hope to see some of you there.

Ensenada Bay Yellowtail!

This fishing report came from a friend of mine who guides out of Ensenada, MX

It was a frustrating day on the water as the bay was lit up with hundreds of yellows that just would not bite. On this charter we had Scott and his son Zak Scornberg along with Scott's sister Marion. After meeting up the night before at Tequila's Sports Bar the plan was set to chase the yellows. We left the slip at Cruiseport and picked up a nice load of sardines from Ensenada bait. We headed out to the area where the yellows were and proceeded to chase school after school of boiling yellows. They came right to the boat on several occasions and we threw waxwings, tady's, salas, magic metals, live bait, dead bait, slow trolling baits etc. etc. and could not get bit. It wasn't for lack of effort because we went at it until 6pm. There were a couple of other boats experiencing our same pain. We did manage one on the troll on a Mirror lure and several barracuda trolling and on jigs. The fish bit around 2pm and a few minutes later I managed another hookup on boiling fish on an anchovy colored Magic Metal jig that resulted in a long release. About this time Zak got bit on a sardine as well. All in all it was a good time on the water with some very cool people.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today's Private Fishing Charter

Today I had a private fishing charter with the Amundson family, for the two women it was their first time ocean fishing. Fishing wasn't great. but we did catch 7 sand bass and a hand full of rock fish. We had squid and anchovies for bait, but all the fish wanted to eat were anchovies. If you'd like to book a private fishing charter with me check out my website at for all the details.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Native Son Fishing Recap

This past sunday we had one of the best fishing trips of the year. we fished and filmed aboard the Native Son out of Long Beach, CA. oue skipper but us on a large school of barracuda, it was awesome fishing. I caught all of my fish on a magic Metal MM7 lite jig. The fish were hungry and attached the jigs very hard. the key was not to wind the k=jig in too fast, which is hard to do when you see the fish boiling everywhere. These fish seem like they will be around for a while so pick up a MM7 jig at your local tackle shop and head out while the fishing is still hot. We have one more trip aboard the Native Son, it'll be next month, you can sign up for that trip on our website at


Monday, June 13, 2011

Lincoln Park Free Kids Fishing Event Report

We had a great turnout this pastSaturday at Lincoln Park in ELA, over 250 kids and the families attended the event and there were plenty of fish for the kids to catch too. Thank you all the brought your kids to the event and those of you who showed up to help, I couldn't put on these events without your help and support. Our next event will be in Oct in free kids fishing event will be in Cerritos, CA. This coming Saturday we will be having our first ever kids fishing club meeting at Legg Lake, you can find out more information on our website at or by calling our office at 562-865-3764.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

More Tips for Surf Fishing's a video blog with more tips for surf fishing.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dan Hernandez with tips for surf fishing


Young anglers ages six through 15 are invited to compete in the free 9th Annual Young Angler Tournament this summer at the Shelter Island Pier, located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive. This saltwater event is sponsored by the San Diego Sportfishing Council, the International Game Fish Association and the Port of San Diego.

The tournament will feature a points system to allow for catch and release. Winners-one in each age category between 6 and 15 — will be determined by adding up points for various fish caught. The angler with the most points overall will be recognized on the tournaments’ perpetual trophy. IGFA representatives and volunteers from the United Pier and Shore Anglers Club, San Diego Rod & Reel and the San Diego Anglers will be on hand to assist young anglers and to tally points. Young anglers in the competition are encouraged to bring their own gear, although a limited number of loaner rods will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Small quantities of bait will be provided each angler while supplies last.

The Shelter Island Pier Tournament is slated for Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Registration begins at 9 AM. Fishing begins at 10 AM and ends at 1 PM. Prizes are awarded by 2 PM. Hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be served to all registered anglers. Lunch provided courtesy of Stump's Village Market of Rancho Santa Fe and Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce.

The San Diego Sportfishing Council is California non-profit corporation established in 1979 which represents San Diego’s sportfishing industry. Their mission is to promote San Diego sportfishing as an attractive marine recreational activity, to increase awareness of sportfishing opportunities from San Diego Bay, to increase the availability of "how, when and where" information and access to sportfishing opportunities.

Last night I did a seminar at the Sport Chalet store in Porter Ranch. It was nice to see so many people there and I also liked that so many of you that attended are new to fishing. Thank you all for being there and supporting me last night and thanks again for watching my TV program. I hope to see you all out on the water fishing with me this summer.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Big Bear Lake and a $50,000 Trout

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif./ June 8, 2011 – The tagged trout worth $50,000 for Big Bear Lake’s Annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby was indeed caught last year. The only catch however (no pun intended) is the fish was caught one month later on July 4, 2010, after the event had expired June 6, 2010. Unfortunately Ash Buchan of Sierra Madre, the fisherman who caught the fish, was one month too late to collect the cash. The official rules state the $50,000 tagged trout must be caught during official dates and times of the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby, and presented to the tournament director with tag attached for claim verification.

“The tag was attached to the dorsal fin, and it reminded me of what you’d see on a shirt in a department store. It was a florescent colored, nylon tag with numbers on it. Unfortunately I was a month too late,” said Ash Buchan “Right of way I wanted to know what the tag represented. So I took it to Big Bear Marina, and the owner Alan Sharp verified the number. He said, ‘Yep, that’s it! That’s the tagged trout that was worth $50,000.’ He really emphasized the word ‘was’.”

Buchan will enter the 3rd Annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby for the first time. He plans to fish the lake like he always does from shore near Windy Point where he consistently catches fish. This year of course, Buchan hopes to catch the tagged trout worth $50,000 during the actual event so he can claim the big money this time around.

“I appreciate the free entry and an opportunity to win the big prize this year. What are the odds that the same guy will catch the $50,000 fish? I know if I catch it they will certainly put me under a lie detector for validity,” added Buchan. “I just wish the tournament was on July 4th or July 5th like when I caught the tagged trout last year. Something good always happens to me on or around July 5th, which is the same day my mom passed away five years ago.”

On June 11 and 12 Big Bear Lake’s Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby gives anglers the chance to catch a tagged trout worth $50,000. There are a total of ten tagged trout at the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby including one particular fish worth the big bucks. The angler who bags the grand prize tagged trout will win $50,000.

Prizes for the other nine tagged trout are good for Big Bear lodging and adventure packages. In addition to tagged fish, anglers who catch the largest fish (by weight) in four different classes will be awarded prizes too. The four classes are adult male/female and child male/female (under age 16). A bonus prize of $500 is awarded to the overall largest trout (by weight) caught on Berkley PowerBait, sponsored by Berkley “Catch More Fish!”

Free entry is given to Fishin’ for 50K participants who stay at least one night at a Big Bear Lake Resort Association lodge from June 10 to June 12. The amount of free entries is based on lodging occupancy per reservation. Up to four free entries is also given to participants who rent a pontoon boat on either day of the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby at a participating marina in Big Bear Lake.

An awards ceremony takes place Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. in the Big Bear Visitor Center parking lot located at 630 Bartlett Road (in the Village). The awards ceremony includes a general raffle with thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear including Rapala and Luhr Jensen lures, Phlueger and Shakespeare rod & reel combos and Flambeau tackle boxes. Tagged fish that have not been redeemed, with the exception of the tagged fish for $50,000 grand prize, will be donated to the general raffle.

This year anglers can win a brand new Cobra fishing kayak as part of a separate raffle to raise funds for Big Bear Municipal Water District’s fishery programs. Also, merchandise will be available for purchase with all proceeds going toward the fishery programs in Big Bear Lake.

Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby will be held Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Entry is $40 for adults and $25 for participants under age 16. Entries are limited to the first 750 registered anglers. Each contestant receives a free jar of Berkley PowerBait and a wristband that provides discounts at participating Big Bear restaurants, shops and specialty services

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Free Fishing Seminar In Porter Ranch This Week!

Join me for a fishing seminar this Thursday in Porter Ranch.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Yellowtail and Barracuda Bite in Ensenada

Here's a fishing report from a friend of mine who runs a a 4 pax boat out of Ensenada, Mexico, He found large schools of barracuda and lots of yellowtail too over the weekend. He was able to catch most of his fish on MM7 lite jigs, use the link above to read the the full story.

Friday, June 3, 2011

We Need Your Help

If anyone is interested in volunteering to help out of our Cerritos office get ready for our first fishing club meeting please contact the office at 562-865-3764.

Club volunteers will be getting together Tuesday June 7, 2011 at 5pm to assemble rods.

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It's Offical we now have a kids fishing club and a club house!

it's offical, we now have our own club house and a kids fishing club based out of Legg Lake in South El Monte, CA. Our first meeting will be on June 18th at 9AM at our club house, call the number on the flyer for more details. We also need people to come top our warehouse this coming Tuesday at 5 PM to help get 100 rods and reels ready for our first fishing club meeting. call our office if you can help us out.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Kids Fishing Club

today we had our first planning meeting in our new club house at Legg Lake today. For me it was a special day, this is the lake that I used to ride my bike to three days a week to go fishing, it's where I first learned that I really love to fish! Now i'm starting a kids fishing club here. I have no idea if we are going to have 10 or 200 kids in our club, we have already got phone calls from  JR and high schools from the area asking if their kids can join our club. It's so cool that we have our own club house, i'm hoping the kids will like it and that it will be the the place where thousands of kids will learn how to fish. Our first club meeting will be on June 18th at 9AM. call our office for details, 562-865-3764.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

White Sea Bass Bit Today

Here's the fish count for Pierpoint Sport Fishing out of Long Beach. 49 White Seabass, 27 California Scorpionfish, 88 Rockfish, 1 Halfmoon, 21 Barred Sand Bass, 30 Kelp Bass, 1 Sargo, 2 California Sheephead.

I'm guessing that all the white sea bass came from Catalina Island and sand bass and rock fish were taken locally. So the limit on the WSB will be three per angler, right now it's only one. I'm glad to see the sand bass are starting to show up too. What all the boats and landings need if for both the barracuda and the sand bass to go wide open. The cuda have been on and off for a while now and if the water gets a little warmer who know, we might even see yellowtail around here too. let's hope it happens soon.

Too Much Wind

May was a weird month, we had flashes of great fishing to come and then came the wind. Schools of yellowtail in San Diego started to bite and then the wind killed it, the barracuda are going off up and down the coast and then the wind killed it, even the awesome bite we had at Santa Rosa Island for those monster halibut ended because of strong winds. now that June is here I'm hoping the winds will stop and the fishing will improve, the fish are here, we just need better conditions for them to bite, let's hope June is a better month for all of us.