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 13th against the colorful and dynamic backdrop of the world reknown sportfishing fleet on San Diego Bay.
This “family friendly” event will feature numerous exhibits geared toward kids and youngsters will be introduced to the fun and rewards of fishing at each of the three landings with pens of Pacific mackerel eager for bits of squid used as bait. Young anglers have the benefit of assistance by members of the San Diego Rod & Reel Club and San Diego Anglers.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the free celebration will have live local entertainment and raffles of fishing equipment valued at thousands of dollars donated by sponsors and exhibitors. Throughout the day, Contests sponsored by Avet Reels and Seeker rods where you’ll be able to match your casting abilities or your knot-tying skills at the Izorline booth against the best, taking home some fantastic prizes. Parking is at a premium around the Landings, but FREE parking and FREE round trip shuttle service to and from the festival is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For visitors coming out for the weekend, special ‘Day At The Docks’ rates have been arranged at several area hotels. The sportfishing industry’s leading manufacturers will display the latest in fishing tackle and several of the West Coast’s recognized experts will conduct seminars at the various stages, revealing their secrets on improved fishing techniques and results. Inexpensive introductory bay tours will be available for the entire family along with displays by marine artists and fishing tackle experts, food, entertainment, kid’s fishing, contests, prizes and an excess of 200 exhibitors!
Bringing back a popular attraction introduced last year, several times during the day, very large fish will be presented by skilled crews who will demonstrate the different ways there are to clean and prep a huge fish. Filleting demonstrations of local game fish will take place throughout the day on boats in the fleet.
Captains and crews, aboard their boats, will share their wealth of knowledge acquired over a lifetime; other experts will conduct “how-to-do-it” seminars covering different aspects of sportfishing as well as local chefs will offer tips on how to prepare and cook your catch.
BD Outdoors and FishDope will be in the same spot as last year. Stop by and say hello and grab some swag.
If you were not able to go to the Fred Hall shows, no sweat, all swag will be on sale! Get a T-shirt for just $15, or a hat and shirt combo for just $30. You can always go online and grab some swag too. Show prices will be in effect all weekend.
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