Day At The Docks
A San Diego sportfishing tradition, The Port of San Diego's Day
at the Docks is the West Coast's largest public celebration of
sportfishing. Signaling the official start of Southern California's
spring saltwater fishing season, Day at the Docks takes place on
Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., against the colorful and dynamic
backdrop of the world-renowned sportfishing fleet on San Diego Bay.
This annual event provides marine attractions for the whole
family and especially the sportfishing enthusiast.
The serious fisherman can explore the latest fishing tackle
presented by the industry's leading manufacturers. Historical
displays underscore how far saltwater tackle design has come.
How-to seminars by expert fishermen reveal secrets on improving
both technique and results. Anglers can test their skills at casting
contests held throughout the day. Action-packed videos capture the
excitement of local and long range adventures.
Sportfishing captains will showcase their vessels and stand ready
to discuss plans for the upcoming season. There will also be boat
rides on San Diego Bay, displays by marine artists and fishing
tackle experts, great food, entertainment, fishing seminars, open
house aboard sportfishing boats, kids’ fishing, contests, prizes,
This is the 27th year the San Diego Sportfishing
Council has sponsored its special showcase of San Diego
sportfishing. Arizonans are invited to take this opportunity to join
the fun and discover a bit more of what the Port of San Diego has in
The highlights of the day are as follow:
- Fishing Seminars — These are for the angler who wants to
pick up a few tips for that next fishing trip: the "how tos" and
"insider tips" from the San Diego fleet skippers and other
- Kids’ Fishing Adventure — This event is sponsored by Wet
Marine and Okuma Fishing Tackle for kids 4-12 years old. From 9
a.m.-4 p.m., while dad is picking up valuable information, the
kids can take off for the Kids’ Fishing Adventure; expert
assistance is provided by members of the San Diego Rod & Reel Club
and the San Diego Anglers.
- Casting Contests — Sponsored by Seeker Rods, this
competition is for everyone, pro and novice alike. Competition is
set for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Points are awarded for distance and
accuracy, and fishing trips and tackle are 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 (to 10
years), juniors (11-16 years), and adults. A voluntary donation of
$1-$5 will benefit the Rollo Fund program to take kids fishing.
The contest runs all day from the Izorline exhibit booth. Winners
in each division will be announced at the end of the day; prizes
include half-day and full-day fishing trips.
- Fishing Videos — Inside the Sportfishing Landings and in
Tackle Central there will be continuous showings of dramatic
sportfishing videos from San Diego to Baja, Clipperton Island,
Costa Rica, and more.
- Boat Rides Around The Bay — The whole family will want to
take a boat ride around San Diego Bay; the cost is $1. Trips run
continuously throughout the day from the three sportfishing
- Gourmet Galley — There’s no need to go hungry here as a
variety of foods — seafood, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and more — is
available. Many local restaurants around the harbor will also be
serving up Day at the Docks specials.
- Hot Tackle — Find out what’s hot on the fish-equipment
market. The top manufacturers will be there to show off their
latest; you’ll also find some great bargains on fishing tackle
from exhibitor retailers and in the Landing tackle shops.
- Lots Of Boats — The modern sportfishers in the San Diego
fleet will host a grand open house. Visitors are welcome to climb
aboard and look around. Joining the fleet for the day will be a
U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the Harbor Police fire boat, Vessel
Assist towboats, some smaller fishing kayaks, and trailerable
- Marine Art — Cherry Sweig will be returning with some new
artworks featuring dorado and flying fish and local Pacific marine
life; Fran Koide’s collection includes wall sculptures that
utilize the barbless hooks used by San Diego’s commercial
fishermen at the turn of the 20th century. Kevin Pack,
an award-winning wildlife artist, shows his dedication to nature
and conservations through his paintings. Artist David Wirth will
display his life-size sculptures of marine fishes reproduced in
polished hardwoods and bronze.
- Entertainment All Day On Stage — On the main stage things
get going at 9 a.m. There will be three raffles benefiting The
Burn Institute: 11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Prizes
include fishing trips, tackle, and tickets to area attractions.