Day At The Docks: Fun For All
Favorite Annual Event Welcomes Women, Men, Kids
This is the 40th year the San Diego Sportfishing Council has sponsored its special showcase of San Diego sportfishing. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join us and discover a bit more of what the Port of San Diego holds for you.
Now let’s get down to what’s happening. It runs Sunday April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is absolutely free! You’ll find plenty to see and do while you visit the San Diego Sportfishing Landings. Here are some of the highlights:
For the angler who wants to pick up a few tips for that next fishing trip, don’t forget to look for the seminar schedule. You’ll learn the “how to’s” and get “insider tips” from the San Diego fleet skippers and other industry experts.
Kids’ Fishing Adventure
Sponsored by Okuma Fishing Tackle & Everingham Bros Bait Company. From 9 am-4 pm. For kids 4-12 years old. The Kid’s Fishing Adventure is made up of areas set aside and stocked with fish, providing kids with the chance wet a line and make a catch. Expert assistance is provided by members of the San Diego Rod & Reel Club and the San Diego Anglers. Don’t miss out – there just might be a tasty fish biting at the end of the line.
Catch, Prep, Cook Center
Sponsored by Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce. Throughout the day on April 15th, our CATCH, PREP & COOK DEMOS will provide ideas and techniques to improve the enjoyment of your catch. There will be presentations on proper handling, storage and preparation of fresh fish to ensure that every fish caught and kept is fully enjoyed. Recipes and samples will be available at the seminars. Get the schedule here.
Sponsored By Seeker Rods & Avet Reels You’ve got to try your hand at this true test of an angler’s skill. If you have never cast a line in your life, don’t worry. This competition is for everyone, pro and novice alike. Competition is set for 11 am and 2 pm. Points are awarded for distance and accuracy. Fishing trips and tackle awarded to the winners!
Izorline Knot-Tying Competition
Young and old alike can try their hand at tying the strongest fishing knot with assistance from the pro staff at Izorline. Knot tying demonstrations will be followed by hands-on competition in which individual knots will be tested against the Izorline Knot Gauge, a device that measures a knot’s breaking point by pressure. Competition will take place in three divisions: Small fry (up to 10 years old), Juniors (11-16 years old) and Adults. A voluntary donation of $1-5 to enter the competition will benefit the The Friends of Rollo a non-profit organization that takes kids fishing. The contest runs all day at the Izorline exhibit booth. Winners in each division will be announced at the end of the day. Prizes include ½ day and full day fishing trips.
Look inside the Sportfishing Landings for continuous showings of dramatic sportfishing videos. From San Diego to Baja, Clipperton Island and Costa Rica … get a glimpse of the sportfishing adventures and action that are available on the San Diego fleet.
Boat Rides Around The Bay
The whole family will want to take a boat ride around San Diego Bay and it only costs $3. Trips run continuously throughout the day from the three sportfishing landings.
There is great variety to choose from… Seafood, Thai, Chinese, Mexican and more. Many local restaurants around the harbor will also be serving up DAY AT THE DOCKS specials.
Find out what’s hot on the fish equipment market. The top manufacturers will be there to show off their latest. Some really new technology has hit the scene. Be prepared this season with the latest and greatest! You’ll find some great bargains on fishing tackle from exhibitor retailers and in the landing tackle shops.
Lots Of Boats
You’ll find boats of all shapes and sizes. The modern sportfishers in the San Diego fleet will be hosting a grand open house. You are welcome to climb aboard and look around. Joining the fleet for the day will Thresher Boats and other local boat dealers.
Glory Giffen showcases her marine watercolors, Peter J Galleries art features painting atop marine charts and Gyotaku, the traditional Japanese method of printing fish. Bill Boyce displays beautiful marine photography and Sharon Schmidt will be displaying her Oils By Sharon. And, there are many other marine artists on display.
Open House On Fleet Boats
Step aboard and meet the captains in the San Diego fleet. Have you never been on a San Diego Sportfisher before? Well now is you chance. You’ll see that the accommodations are quite nice, with many of the comforts of home.
On the Main Stage things get going at 9:00 AM. The day will also feature three raffles benefitting The Burn Institute. Raffles will be drawn at 12:00 noon, 2:30 PM and 4:15 PM – all from the Main Stage. Great Prizes include fishing trips, tackle, tickets to area attractions and much more!
Come join in the fun and help us celebrate the season’s official start! There’s plenty more to see and do at The Port Of San Diego’s Day At The Docks 2019. We hope to see you there on April 14th and often through the Year 2019 season.