Tom Gatch


  • Writes "The Bayside Angler" column for San Diego Fishermen Magazine
  • Author of "Hooked on Baja," which explores the coasts of southern Baja California
  • Columnist of "South of the Border" for The Log magazine
  • Research editor for Saltwater Directions: Recon Maps & Charts
  • Featured in Baja Bound, San Diego Reader, Big Game Fishing Journal, and Sport Fishing Magazine.


Tom Gatch is a former writer for ThoughtCo who wrote about saltwater fishing, Californian oceans, boating, and cartography for two years. As a third generation San Diegan, Gatch has spent over half a century fishing in saltwater for a wide variety of gamefish species.

Gatch has built a solid reputation as one of the foremost writers and blog columnists whose work focuses on saltwater fishing in southern California and Baja. As former Research Editor for Saltwater Directions, he has created detailed coastal fishing charts for various popular angling venues around the entire continental United States.

Gatch’s regular blog postings on the, San Diego Readerand Baja Bound websites continue to offer an ongoing resource for those who love and pursue the sport of saltwater angling. Additionally, his "South of the Border" column appeared for over seven years in southern California’s well-read maritime newspaper, The Log, and his informative articles on saltwater fishing have been published in periodicals like Sport Fishing Magazine and Big Game Fishing Journal.


Gatch graduated from San Diego State University and has since made a living by pursuing one of his biggest passions: saltwater fishing. Along with penning several weekly and monthly columns as well as several books, Gatch also offers folks a chance to go on a guided fishing tour through his private company in San Diego.

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

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