Words by: Cameron Gamble | Photos by: Ira Waldman
The fishing in San Diego continues to produce, the sportboat fleet is catching bluefin tuna in higher quantities than previous years and there is no sign of the bite slowing down. This year, bluefin showed up in numbers the second week of April. Multiple boats are coming home from trips with limits of tuna for every passenger on board, with most of the fish being caught during the night. The night-bite has changed the game for SoCal sportboats, forcing the crews to work around the clock to find and catch fish for their boat full of eager passengers.
This around the clock style of fishing gives anglers a larger window to fish, increasing their chances of touching the dock with their limit of bluefin tuna. Wave goodbye to the days of waking up at sunrise, and winding in the trolling rods when the sun sets. San Diego sport fishing is now a 24 hour fishery for the anglers willing to put in the rail time it takes to get bit.
BD Outdoors kicked off the 2023 season aboard The Pegasus with our first sponsored sportboat trip the second week of April. This 1.5-day trip left Fishermans Landing on Friday at 6pm, and returned Sunday morning at 5am. With new owner/operator Alec Stockfelt at the helm, 20 anglers had limits of bluefin tuna before the sun came up.
Calvin runs the galley like it is his home kitchen. In 2009, he joined the Navy and was stationed in Point Loma where he experienced cooking in a galley for the first time. From there, his skills grew and he started cooking on dinner cruises in San Diego Bay. He worked his way up to a Sous Chef and took his knowledge to various boats in the San Diego fleet. Calvin is a talented chef and a fun guy to be around. He is always stoked, even when he is cooking dinner for 20 people charging up swell.