Robert Arends

Catch of the Day: Tuna Harbor Dockside Market on San Diego Bay!

Posing with a big box crab at Tuna harbor Dockside Market!

Posing with a big box crab at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market!

If you”ve ever been to Pike Place Market in Seattle or Fisherman”s Wharf in San Francisco, you know what a delight it is to see seafood as fresh as it gets from local waters.

San Diego now has its very own open-air seafood market called the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, located on Fish Harbor Pier on picturesque San Diego Bay between Seaport Village and Ruocco Park (across the street from the chic new Headquarters at Seaport District).

Folks checking out the new Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Folks checking out the new Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

I didn”t know what to expect when I ventured to the market a recent Saturday morning with my camera at the ready. Some fish on ice…perhaps an unusual sea creature or two. But when I saw spiky crabs clawing for attention and a massive 5-foot octopus wriggling for a close-up, I knew I was in for a treat!

Fresh catches of the day at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Fresh catches of the day at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Hours are from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and folks line up early for the best seafood picks online casino to purchase before they”re sold out. I opted to arrive a bit later (around 9:30 AM) and though the line was a few dozen people deep, it moved along at a nice steady pace.

For shutterbugs like me, there”s no line to wait in. Just aim your camera between folks as they shuffle by, zoom in on the bountiful sea life and click away!

What I saw was amazing! Albacore and skipjack tuna, yellow tail, blue fin, lots of bright red-colored rock fish, black cod, Mahi Mahi, halibut, sea urchin (San Diego”s known for delectably fresh sea urchin/uni – yum!)…

Sea urchin/uni, a local San Diego seafood delicacy!

Sea urchin/uni, a local San Diego seafood delicacy!

…three varieties of crab, including rock crab…

Rock crab at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Rock crab at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

…and my favorite, the feisty box crab; check out this cool video I took!

The weekly catch is posted here. The fisherman and women are very friendly and more than happy to pose with their catches and fishing boats anchored in the background!

If you”re looking for a fun, photo-worthy San Diego experience second-to-none, head downtown to the Big Bay on Saturdays and dive into the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market. San Diego”s legendary commercial fishing and maritime heritage come alive before your eyes! 🙂


Dive Along the Underwater Canyon Walls of San Diego’s La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Canyon School of Fish

An Abundance of Marine Life in the La Jolla Canyon. Photo Courtesy of OEX Dive & Kayak

Head to La Jolla Shores for a dive along the wall of La Jolla Canyon and witness the abundance of sea life unlike any other place in California. Add to that the constant reshaping of the canyon wall by the ocean and you have a fascinating area to dive whether you dive it once or several thousand times.

Below are a few highlights under the water of La Jolla Shores.

The Amphitheater

Depending on where you enter the water, you can dive a site known locally as the Amphitheatre, where you’ll find a sheer, semi-circle wall that descends from approximately 60 feet down to a depth of 110 feet or thereabouts.

South Wall

At the South Wall, you’ll find tiny Red Octopus, holes filled with lobsters so thick they’re stacked on top of one another, and yellow and white Gorgonian Sea Fans.

Vallecitos Point

Vallecitos Point, a popular destination directly out from the entry point at the foot of Vallecitos Street, teams with marine life including San Diego Dorids, Salted Dorids and other Nudibranchs, Sarcastic Fringeheads, Blue Banded and Black Eyed Gobies, Barred Sand Bass, Painted Greenlings and the occasional Sheephead.

The Secret Garden

For those possessing an Advanced Open Water diver certification or higher, there is the not so ‘Secret Garden‘ rich with Red Gorgonians.

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Have you been down the wall in La Jolla Canyon? If not, where is your favorite place to dive in San Diego?


Enjoy a Half-Day Saltwater Fishing Trip in San Diego

Saltwater Sportfishing - Seaforth Boat Rentals
Saltwater Sportfishing - Seaforth Boat Rentals

Time for some Saltwater Fishing. Photo courtesy of Seaforth Boat Rentals

I was fishing on a half-day trip aboard Captain Tim Green’s sport boat Premier when a large shadow cruised past a MC Swimbait lure I was retrieving to the boat.

“White seabass?” I asked Green, who was standing nearby.

“Sure looked like a white seabass,” Green said.

Seeing a 30- to 50-pound white seabass like that, or better yet, catching one like that, is part of the adventure of taking a half-day sportfishing trip out of Point Loma or Mission Bay. You never know what will tug the end of the line. And springtime means topwater time, the start of surface action for calico bass, barracuda and bonito or maybe a trophy yellowtail or white seabass.

There are other trophy fish in these waters, too, such as California halibut and even thresher sharks or mako sharks, making a half-day fishing trip out of San Diego one of the most diverse in the country. On most trips, depending on the season, you can expect to catch sand bass, calico bass, whitefish, sculpin, rockfish, sheephead, lingcod, mackerel, bonito or barracuda.

My personal favorite half-day boats are the Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing, the Premier out of H&M Landing and the New Seaforth out of Seaforth Boat Rentals. The Daily Double and Premier are based in San Diego Bay, and the New Seaforth is docked in Mission Bay. Parking can be a challenge in Point Loma. Seaforth has free parking.

Once you have picked your charter, the adventure starts at the Everingham Bros. Bait Barge, where the boat loads up on live bait, either anchovies or sardines and sometimes both. Don’t be afraid to drop a plastic swimbait or iron jig on the other side of the boat as the crew scoops bait. Some big fish lurk around the bait barges.

Once out to sea, just relax and take in the San Diego sunshine as you catch tonight’s dinner!

Cost and Other Information

All of the landings have rental gear and terminal tackle such as hooks and sinkers. You need a fishing license if you’re 16 and over. It costs $14.30. Trips run from $44 to $46 for adults, $36 for kids 15 and under. And seniors and active military get discounts. A rod and reel may be rented for $10, and there’s a charge for fish-cleaning, $1 to $5, depending on the size of the fish.

Tell us in the comments below, where is your favorite place/charter for saltwater fishing?