Sportfishing Yachts, Sport Fishing Boats, Excursions, Whale Watching
H M Landing Sport Fishing Charters - San Diego Sportfishing
Also see Long-Range Sportfishing
Sport Fishing in California
The waters off the coast of California (North Coast, San Francisco, Central Coast and Southern California), offer an abundance of year-round saltwater fishing for first-time tourists and veteran anglers alike. A sport fishing or deep sea fishing trip is probably one of California's most unique and thrilling adventures! One of the short sportfishing trips will give you a taste of the excitement -- and probably whet your appetite for more! We can wholeheartedly recommend sport fishing as a great adventure that's guaranteed to provide memories for a lifetime!
In San Diego, our personal favorite is H & M Landing Sport Fishing. They have fabulous 1/2-day and 3/4-day sportfishing trips that will introduce you and your family to the thrill of deep sea fishing! Their prices are very reasonable and the crew is great! We can enthusiastically recommend these trips as a great adventure that you and your whole family will always remember! (Ours certainly did!)
Join us on the open seas when you're ready to tackle some wonderful adventures! Boats depart every day, all year around. Make an advance reservation today to ensure your place at the rail!
Half-day trips cover the coastline from Imperial Beach to the Point Loma kelp beds according to the "best bite." Depending on season, you can may catch a variety including yellowtail, calico bass, sand bass, barracuda, bonito and mackerel.
Our three-quarter day trip to the Coronado Islands or offshore kelp beds provides a full-day of fun in less than 'full-day' time. A great option for those on a tight schedule! In spring, summer and fall trips target surface game fish including yellowtail, white sea bass, barracuda, bonito, and calico bass. Winter trips target sand bass and rock cod.
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Sportfishing and Whale Watching Trips
Throughout California there are a wide variety of short trips available for Sport fishing, Whale Watching, Cruises and Special Events. They include both public and private trips, and range in length from a couple of hours to a couple of days. The half-day trips are usually 5-6 hours. The ¾ day trips usually leave about 6-7am and return about 5pm. In southern California, targeted catch includes white sea bass, bonito, calico bass, barracuda and 2 dozen other species – some up to 40 or 50 pounds. It’s not uncommon to make hundreds of catches on a trip! These excursions are great for beginners and provide lots of action!
In southern California, there are a number of routinely scheduled public excursions or day-trips, for which you can make advance reservations (recommended). You can checkout several discount options in San Diego here or in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas here. For discount options in other regions, click here, select your desired region, and enter "fishing" in the "Attraction Name" box.
If you prefer, you can book a private excursion where you’d be traveling with only your family, friends or co-workers. If you have a small group (or for a family), you might try one of the 6-pak options. Advance arrangements must be made for private excursions and for large groups. For these larger events, you also might want to check out our Event Charters, Yacht Charters or Boat Rentals pages.
The overnight and two-day trips obviously last longer -- and are usually less crowded (limited load). They travel to less-visited locations (islands and offshore waters) and are geared to target the larger game fish, which might include yellowtail, albacore tuna, yellowfin tuna, dorado, white sea bass and blue fin tuna. In fact, trophy-sized catches are very common on these trips. They’re great for anglers going on their first overnight. You might be surprised at all the amenities – comfortable sleeping areas, full service kitchens and snack bars, indoor seating, restaurant-style booths for meals, nice bath rooms and other amenities that make the entire journey fun and relaxing.
The five main terms you'll hear to classify sportfishing trips are: Private Charters, "Six-Paks," Open Party, Limited-Load Open Party, and Long-Range Fishing Charters.
Private Charters reserve the whole boat for your own group of friends, family or co-workers. The price will vary depending on the size of the boat, seasons, weekends or holidays.
"Six-Paks" are smaller boats usually from 35-40' that hold up to 6 people and are usually private charters.
Open Party means the trip is open to the public and the boat is usually filled to capacity. Half-day trips can take up to 60 passengers, but most are around 35. Open Party tuna trips take up to about 30 people.
Limited-Load Open Party is the same as open party, except the price per passenger is higher because they limit the number of people to provide more comfort. They are usually limited to about 15-20. This definitely a benefit for longer trips and does offer more personal attention from the crew.
Long-Range Sportfishing Charters are longer multi-day trips and usually leave from San Diego. They cover offshore San Diego, San Benito Island, Cedros Island, Guadalupe Island, Alijos Rocks and the waters off Baja and Mexico. Targeted catch includes: Albacore, Blue fin tuna, Yellowfin tuna, Yellowtail, Dorado and Wahoo. Click the following link for detailed info and an "Inside Look" at Long-Range Fishing Charters.
Sportfishing Yachts and Boats
Open Party and Limited Load Charters (Public)
Private Boat and Six Pak Charters (Private)
Dana Wharf Sportfishing - Charters for deep sea and sport fishing.
Half Moon Bay
Walters Coastal Charters - Perfect for groups of 6 or less. Que Sera Sera's crew does everything possible to make your angling experience happy and rewarding.
Tide Change Sportfishing - The Tide Change is a 60' deluxe Seaway Sportfisher. It's suitable for parties of 15-25 for an overnight trip or up-to 49 for a day trip. She has roomy decks and a full-service galley.
Marina del Rey
Paradise Bound Yacht Charters - Luxury sailing yacht cruises for 6. Beautiful 42-foot Catalina Sailing Yacht with three private, double cabins, 2 heads and 3 showers. Captain is a veteran of 40 years.
Mendocino Coast - Fort Bragg
Anchor Charter Boats - Crewed charters for fishing, whale watching, or crabbing for 20-40 people. Can also charter private trips on the Lady Irma II for up to 10 people.
Telstar Charters - Sportfishing (salmon, rock cod, ling cod, albacore) and whale watching adventures.
Stagnaros - The Stagnaro family has been serving Santa Cruz since 1879. It's still a primary player on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Fishing Excursions, Scenic Bay Cruises, Whale and Dolphin Watching and Private Parties. The fourth generation Stagnaros aim to make your outing perfect.
Newport Landing Sportfishing Charters - One of the main marine centers in Southern California. Their fleet of 5 has state-of-the-art electronics and lots of comforts including a full service snack bar and kitchen, plus spacious seating indoors and out.
Seaside Event Services and Luxury Yacht Charters - Offers options for many occasions: Corporate entertaining, private event planning, weekends, yachting getaways, fundraisers, etc.
Fish Taxi - Oceanside Harbor is a great deep sea and sportfishing destination. Capt. Don Nelson has a 6-passenger 32 ft. Radovich.
Malibu Charters - The Sun Rise and the Cobra run out of Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard. Malibu Charters runs overnight jaunts to the Outer Islands. In the Spring and Summer they target White Sea bass, Halibut, and Rockfish. In the Summer and Fall you might catch some Yellowtail too.
Captn Hooks - The Aloha Spirit and the Island Spirit offer 1/2- day to full-day trips for limited loads of 20-30 passengers. The Sea Biscuit runs open-party or charter overnight trips regularly.
Mirage Sportfishing - The Mirage operates charters as well as open-party trips. The open-parties are 2-day excursions departing on Monday nights, returning Wednesday evenings for 14 anglers.
San Diego Sportfishing - Because of its proximity to some of the world's most prolific ocean waters, San Diego is clearly the sportfishing capital of California! There are numerous year-round opportunities for outings in the offshore waters, as well as Baja and Mexico.
San Diego Landings - Landings are groups or fleets of boats that are located at various spots in the San Diego area. You can book excursions through any of the landings listed below.
Dana Landing - Offers a variety of watercraft from private charters to skiffs, kayaks, sailboats, power boats, jet skis and more.
Fisherman's Landing - Located on San Diego Bay, they have an extensive fleet of 21 Coast Guard-certified vessels range from 57' to 124' for private charter, open party and long-range charter.
H M Landing Sport Fishing - Located on San Diego Bay near Shelter Island, H & M Sport Fishing is the oldest and most experienced company on the West Coast. If you're looking for the excitement of offshore fishing, a private charter or a luxury yacht, they can fulfill your needs all year round.
Helgren's Sportfishing - Located in Oceanside Harbor, this company has an excellent reputation for high quality and consistently good reviews about the crew. They're especially recommended during the spring for white sea bass at San Clemente and overnight or multi-day tuna trips. They sometimes run specials, so click to see if there are COUPONS available at this time.
Mission Bay Sportfishing (formerly Islandia) - Located on Mission Bay, they have 5 vessels. Private charter or open party. Half-day offshore or 3-4 day trips to Mexico.
Point Loma Sportfishing - Located on San Diego Bay near Shelter Island, they have 17 boats available for 1/2 day, 1-2 day, and long-range trips - open party or charter.
Seaforth Landing - Located on Mission Bay, they have 1/2-day to multi-day options for charter or open party.
San Diego Sportfishing Boats and Companies
Alexes Sportfishing Charters - A 38' custom sportfisher that runs out of Dana Landing. It's perfect for groups of six or less. From half-day to 1-day trips. Tackle, License, beverage, snacks, fish cleaning included. An especially family-friendly outfit.
La Jolla Fishing - With over 30 years of experience, these folks offer outings to the kelp beds for yellowtail, bonito, barracuda, calico bass and white sea bass. In San Diego Bay you can also catch sand bass, halibut and spotted sand bass.
Latitude Sportfishing - Specializes in light tackle fishing; fish inshore, offshore and the bays of San Diego. Offers half-day or full day 1-3 person charters.
Performance Charters - Has a fleet of 4 fishing boats for 1/2 day, full-day, overnight, whale watching and specialty charters. Open party or private charter.
Pizaz Sportfishing - The Pizaz is a 42' Uniflite available for private charter.
Prime Time Sportfishing - The Prime Time is a 50' sportfisher. It's perfect for private groups of six or less. Excursions include half-day kelp fishing to 1-day or 2-days off the Coronado Islands.
Sea Adventure Sport Fishing - They offer charter and open-party long-range trips on the 80' Sea Adventure. The 46' Alicia and the 54' Jig Strike are available for privately chartered 1/2-day to overnight excursions.
Sport Fishing San Diego - You can book outings for various boats through this site.
Boating San Francisco - A wide assortment of boats make daily outings. Most provide gear rentals and all have deckhands. Private charters also available. The type of excursion varies depending on what fish are in season and which ones are biting.
Executive Fishing Charters - For 1-6 people. San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Light tackle, fly and conventional.
Jim Cox Sportfishing Charters - A 30' boat available for charters in the Bay, the Delta or the Pacific Ocean for 3-6 people. Not a luxury yacht.
Lovely Martha - Primarily target salmon. Outside the Golden Gate - from the coasts of San Mateo to Marin - or out to the Farallon Islands. Also catch rock cod or halibut.
Riptide Sportfishing and Whale Watching - Targets include salmon and tuna; Whale watching off the San Mateo coast.
San Francisco Sportfishing - Two dozen boats available for excursions departing from San Francisco (Fisherman's Wharf), Emeryville and Berkeley Marinas.
Stardust Sportfishing - With a custom sun deck, this is a great choice for the family or a serious outing. Lots of room. Perfect for catching calico bass, sand bass, halibut and white sea bass. Serves complete breakfast and lunch; water, soda, juice and beer.
General Information - Sportfishing California
California Department of Fish and Game - The State of California's official website. Lots of useful information.
Moon Phases - A "Moon Calendar" for all dates, showing the complete cycle of moon phases.
Sea Surface Temp - Worldwide view. Very interesting.
Sportfishing Association of California - SAC is a non-profit organization consisting of landing owners, skippers, crews and boat owners whose home ports go from Morro Bay to San Diego.
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