Fly Fishing San Diego Bay with Licensed Guide Capt James Nelson
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San Diego Bay on the Fly 

If you’ve been following my reports on fishing San Diego Bay, I’m sure by now you have read about the trips with Jesse and Mike. Watching these two gentlemen fish San Diego Bay on the fly is truly awesome. This trip however, was a bit different.

Although eager to fish San Diego Bay, and ready to catch a Bonefish, or Spotted Bay Bass, Jesse was not feeling healthy in the arms enough to be the fly guy he usually is. He left all the long rod work to Mike, and opted for spinning tackle for himself. He seemed quite at home with the medium light Quantum combo in his hand, and had no problem at all learning how to dropshot Berkeley Gulp! Jerk Shads and Shrimp. 

Mike, not swayed by Jesse’s success, after watching him get three in a row on one spot, kept his cool, and paid attention to the details. Once Mike caught on to the fact that the fish were definitely on a shrimp pattern, and saw that Jesse had gone nuclear on the Spotted Bay Bass, Mike found the ultimate fly for fishing San Diego Bay. Fish after fish came to Mike easy at one point – and good ones too. These Spotties were swallowing Mike’s fly, and eventually tore it up beyond use. Needless to say he swore he would tie about a dozen of these before his next trip out.

Aside from catching near two dozen Bay Bass each, these two fine fishermen each had a short Halibut, and several other noseums. It was a great day to be had by all.

Thank you for reading,


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