Inner Banks

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The Inner Banks consist of a number of spots that are all within 25 miles of San Diego, to the North, South, and West (strait out). The inner banks can sometimes be the best fishing of all, but generally favors the peak of the season months (like July and August). When its hitting, its hitting hard, and places like the 9 mile bank provide strong incentive for avid fisherman to find the big ones, without having to travel far.

In the summer, we were catching Bluefin Tuna at the nine mile bank. First time in a long time that the big blue was that close to San Diego. A good time was had by all. A quick ride from the bait barge to the North Nine Mile banks is only about an hour on a larger boat, and under 1 hour for our faster vessels.

The 9 Mile Bank stretches approximately 10 miles and is roughly 14 miles on a 220 degree heading from Mission Bay to the top of the 9 Mile Bank. It is an underwater mountain range that gets as shallow as 330 ft. Past the nine mile out to about 30 miles distance from Point Loma, San Diego, is considered the "Inner Banks"


Arguably the best fighting fish for its weight, and they can get up to 300 pounds each!

Although smaller than the Bluefin, this ferocious fish puts up a fight you will not soon forget.

This is the big one. If you hook up on this you will be in the fight of your life. These fish way hundreds of pounds!

Not technically a tuna, but in the same weight class, it  is known for the best tasting sashimi on earth.

The colorful skin of this fish is iridescent!
It is also known for its high flying antics.

This beautiful fish is an exotic species that you have to target at deep depths.