Amid the backdrop of world-renowned sportfishing fleets on San Diego’s stunning bay, more than 20,000 festival visitors will descend on the family-friendly event this year to enjoy goods and services from more than 200 exhibitors, free marine attractions, fishing seminars and hands-on demonstrations any sportfishing and marine enthusiast will enjoy.
From exploring the latest in fishing tackle from the industry’s leading manufacturers to uncovering insider tips on catching, prepping and cooking fresh catches, Day at the Docks offers a diverse range of valuable information packed into one event right on Point Loma’s picturesque harbor.
Exhibits showcasing the evolution of saltwater-tackle design will cater to mariner history buffs, while casting contests will test anglers’ skills. The event will feature free kids’ fishing adventures, boat rides around the bay and live entertainment to give the whole family plenty to do at the event.
“The festival started out to be just about fishing, but over the years, other fishing-related activities have joined the festival. They include artists, diving, kayaking, research, cooking, music and all things related to the ocean,” said event organizer Catherine Miller of Catherine Miller and Associates.
The family event will boast exciting hands-on activities and attractions at every turn, making it an interactive experience that both fishermen and landlubbers can enjoy.
“This event is for people who fish and people who have never fished. Even for people who don’t like to eat fish,” said Miller. “This is a great opportunity to go aboard the boats, see huge fish, see how beautiful it is on the harbor, meet people who are doing interesting things, learn new things, try new things. That’s what San Diego is all about.”
Admission to Day at the Docks is free with boat rides, gourmet foods, marine art and fishing gear available for purchase.
Free parking and shuttles are available on Shelter Island and red double-decker buses will shuttle festival attendees from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to and from the festival. Accessible handicapped parking is available on the street near the north end of the parking lot at Harbor Drive.
For more information, visit www.sportfishing.org/DAD00/dad2013.html.