The sport fishing industry has been hit hard since the pandemic closed in March, but over the weekend the county gave Point Loma’s H&M Landing and other companies the green light to resume fishing. throw lines.
The county calendar allows businesses and fishermen to catch up for the remainder of the season.
âOur phones haven’t stopped working since we made the announcement this weekend. They won’t stop calling. Everyone is very excited and very happy, âsaid Connor Jobson, employee of H&M Landing.
H&M Landing boats loaded up with sport fishermen on Tuesday on the first day of activity since the pandemic docked their boats.
âIt felt really good. I thought I was stuck in someone else’s line but I got a trap! said Shariny Salcedo.
Chris Hawkins, drove from Orange County to catch his overnight trip.
âIn my opinion, this is an essential business, you know that. It’s people’s livelihoods, and it’s a short window. Catching alien species isn’t a year round thing, âHawkins said.
Things are a little different now to enable compliance with health guidelines.
âSanitation, spacing. I really try to stay open, just to put people in a safe and fun environment, âJobson said.
Prices have increased as the boats will have fewer people to account for social distancing and these gaiters also count as face masks.
But you won’t hear any complaints from Salcedo.
âI’m going to fry it and eat it on my own,â she said of her catch of the day.