Blackcloud9's favorite links for planning a kayak fishing day in La Jolla. This page relates only to launching kayaks by the "Beach and Tennis Club" at La Jolla Shores. (Google Map)
Scripps Nearshore Buoy Link – If the wave height is reading under 3 feet just GO FISHING!!
*WARNING* Plan for rough launch conditions when the "Wave height" (top graph) shows over 3 feet and the "Average period" (bottom graph) shows under 10 seconds. The blue line is the current actual reading, the red line is the forecasted reading. Sample launch ratings are shown below***
Wind Forecast – reliable wind forecast at Scripps
Tide Graph – low tides below 2 feet diminish the surf, and very high tides can add some surf size
Current Wind – current wind conditions from Windy.com
La Jolla Launch Camera – live video feed at the La Jolla shores launch area
La Jolla Launch Camera 2 – (scroll down on page) live video feed of beach just south of the launch
La Jolla Launch Cameras 3 & 4 – live video of surf around Scripps pier
MPA Map - Do not fish in the RED or BLUE areas on this map!
BigwatersEdge.com Forums – kayak fishing information forum
*** Launch ratings (only apply to this single kayak launch spot at the Beach and Tennis Club)
2 feet at 10 seconds => VERY EASY
2 feet at 6 seconds => EASY
3 feet at 12 seconds => EASY
3 feet at 6 seconds => MODERATE
4 feet at 12 seconds => EASY
4 feet at 6 seconds => ROUGH
5 feet at 15 seconds => VERY EASY
5 feet at 7 seconds => EXTREME ROUGH
6 feet at 18 seconds => EASY
6 feet at 12 seconds => EASY
6 feet at 6 seconds => EXTREME ROUGH
Do you see the pattern?
Note: on the CDIP Scripps Nearshore buoy page you can set the displayed time zone to Pacific time by clicking the Settings Gear icon under the page banner! When you visit the site in the future then you will always see the buoy graph in Pacific time (not UTC).