Record ocean temps luring fish closer to San Diego's coast

Posted at 6:42 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 22:56:10-04

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) - The warmest ocean temperatures on record are making things interesting for San Diego’s fishermen.

Local fisherman say they are seeing more game fish closer to the coast than even before.

“2018 is a season that has been off the charts,” said Frank Ursitti, the owner of H & M Landing.

Scientists recorded ocean temperatures at more than 80 degrees last week.

Ursitti says his tours are lining in more dorado, yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin this time of year than usual. 

 “Often time times anglers or recreational fisherman will have to venture 8 to 15 days at seas for certain kinds of fish,” said Ursitti, “but now some of anglers are venturing just 12 hours offshore for the fish of a lifetime.”

Fisherman Magnum Scuro says they have all noticed the warmer waters, but he is curious for what may be it consequences next year.

“There are some negative things that can happen with the warm water - it can kill the kelp,” said Scuro, “ (the) hot water is going to expose a lot of areas where there hasn’t been kelp so we can get to it, but there’s going to be be a lot of kelp that’s going to be gone.”