While away on a mini-vacation visiting family, I was able to make time to rent a skiff to fish the Quivara Basin area of Mission Bay in San Diego. $49.00 for 4 hours gets a you a very stable 14’ skiff that was great to fish from.
It was a nice break from fishing the surf. The fun of cruising around in the skiff, combined with the ease of casting on the calm bay waters made for a very enjoyable outing. With very little local knowledge to go by, we found a bridge where some boats were anchored and began casting our T-8 and T-11 shooting head rigs. Judging by the length of the anchor rope we dropped, our guess was were fishing in 25’ to 30’ of water. I had read about halibut, lizard fish and sand bass being the common catch, so the intent was to get down to the bottom with our flys.
After switching flys many times, adjusting our depths and retrieves etc., I managed to hook up with just one very scrappy sand bass. I could get used to catching these guys as it really tugged and put a respectable bend in the seven weight. The only consolation on the near skunking was that the boats around us fishing with bait did not seem to be catching many either. Here are a few photos from yesterday.