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Fishing in Long Beach

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Long Beach

Long Beach Nearshore Adventure

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21 ft 1 - 6 People From $600
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Fishing in Los Angeles

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Los Angeles

6 Hour Local Fishing

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $950
Fishing in San Diego

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

San Diego 3/4 Day Roundup

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28 ft 1 - 5 People From $1,375
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Fishing in Los Angeles

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Los Angeles

11 Hour Catalina Fishing Experience

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,750
Fishing in Dana Point

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Dana Point

Dana Point Extended Offshore Trip

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36 ft 1 - 4 People From $5,800
Fishing in Los Angeles

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Los Angeles

LA Inshore/Nearshore Classic

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48 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,150

Most Popular Types of Calico Bass Trips in California

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Fishing in Oxnard
Fishing in Oxnard
Fishing in Oxnard
trip description for Santa Cruz Island Adventure in Oxnard

Captain JT is an expert when it comes to sportfishing off of Santa Cruz! Your fishing trip will begin in the morning when the winds are low and the seas calm. On this trip, you'll be able to choose which species you'll target, and can select from wide range of fish, including Rockfish, Halibut, Bonito, Lingcod, Barracuda, Calico Bass, California Sheepshead, and more. These species inhabit the whole water column, from Barracuda up top to Halibut and Rockfish on the bottom. Many of these species are excellent eating, and Captain JT actually specializes in ikejime, a Japanese technique for quickly and humanely killing fish that also ensures the quality of the meat by preventing rigor mortis and cortisol build-up. He's happy to demonstrate the technique, and any keepers you want will be dispatched using this method. When you book a trip with Captain JT, you'll go aboard his 22' center console vessel and get after it! This state-of-the-art boat features a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a full suite of electronics including GPS, sonar, radio, and more, plus bait wells and ice boxes for your catches. Captain JT truly wants to make your time on the water special. Before the trip, he will get a sense of what’s important to your crew. If you have kids, be assured they will have a blast learning about fishing, what it is like to captain a boat and be on the sea. Let him know what you want to catch and he'll do what he can to put you on your target! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Oxnard

Santa Cruz Island Adventure

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22 ft 1 - 3 People From $975
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Nearshore San Diego in San Diego

Discover the Thrills of Nearshore San Diego Fishing with Guide Leng! Get ready for an extraordinary fishing expedition just off the stunning San Diego coast, guided by the expert, Leng. Prepare to be amazed by the picturesque Pacific Ocean and the excitement of catching a variety of impressive fish. Catch a Variety of Fish Your adventure with Leng promises a diverse catch, including the prized Rockfish with their vibrant colors and delicious flavor. Feel the adrenaline as you battle the powerful Yellowtail Amberjack, renowned for their size and strength. Don't forget the elusive Calico Bass, a local favorite that will test your angling skills. Why Choose Leng as Your Guide? Leng is not just a guide; he's a seasoned expert with extensive knowledge of San Diego's waters. With years of experience, he'll take you to the best fishing spots, ensuring you have the best chance of landing a trophy catch. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, Leng's patient and friendly approach will make your trip enjoyable and rewarding. Experience Natural Beauty and Adventure As you fish, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the San Diego coastline, and you might even spot some local wildlife. Equipped with a well-maintained boat and top-notch fishing gear, Leng ensures you have everything you need for an unforgettable day on the water. Book Your Adventure Today! Don't miss this opportunity for an exceptional fishing experience with Leng. Whether you're an experienced angler or just looking for a relaxing day on the water, this Nearshore San Diego fishing trip has something for everyone. Reserve your spot now and get ready for an incredible day of fishing with Guide Leng! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Nearshore San Diego

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29 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,200
Fishing in Dana Point
Fishing in Dana Point
Fishing in Dana Point
trip description for Dana Point Half Day Excursion in Dana Point

Whether you're new to fishing the Pacific Coast or already an experienced angler, this half-day trip with Captain Anton is a guaranteed blast. This area, between Dana Point and Catalina Island, is one of the most productive fisheries in California, attracting pelagic predators such as Tuna as well as nearshore species such as Barracuda, Yellowtail Amberjack, Rockcod, and more. Captain Anton is en expert when it comes to hooking fish out here, and he'll make sure to put you right on the fish. On this trip, you'll focus on the nearshore shelves and reefs, dropping lines to hook up Rockcod, Calico Bass, White Seabass, and Yellowtail. There are also opportunities to pull in a Halibut as well! You'll be fishing aboard his 36' Blackman sportfisher. She's a real beauty, and features a large bait capacity, a refrigerated fish-hold for your keepers, Furuno side-scanning sonar, depthfinder, bunks, full onboard bathroom, and a kitchen with a Keurig coffee maker! Plus, she has a wide deck to give you plenty of room to fight the fish. Captain Anton will provide everything you need for a blue-ribbon day out there! Just bring proper clothing and your California fishing license and you'll be set to go. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Dana Point

Dana Point Half Day Excursion

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36 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,500
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for 6 hr (AM or PM) in San Diego

Hop on board with Captain Shaun and prepare for an action-packed day of inshore fishing in San Diego! The San Diego inshores are home to plenty of reefs and kelp beds that support a great fishery. On this 6-hour trip, Captain Shaun will cruise you along San Diego’s pristine coastline to beautiful shallow waters in Point Loma, Mission Bay, and up to La Jolla. You'll be going after several exciting species such as Barracuda, Calico Bass, California Sheephead, Lingcod, Rockfish, Sculpin, Vermillion Snapper, and Yellowtail Amberjack. You'll be targeting these fish using light tackle, heavy tackle, bottom fishing and trolling depending on what you want to do or what you want to catch. If you have a method or fish in mind, just let Captain Shaun know and he'll get you set up! Captain Shaun fishes aboard a 30' Blackman Billfisher that can hold up to 4 guests. Powered by a 200 HP Volvo Penta engine , this vessel will have no problem traversing the beautiful San Diego coastline! She comes complete with GPS, Fishfinder, a Flybridge, Live Bait Well and an Ice Box to store your catches. Also on board is a Restroom, Bed, Kitchen, Refrigerator and Multimedia System to make you feel at home on your trip. Captain Shaun will provide all rods, reels, bait, tackle, ice, small snacks and water. All you need to bring is a California Fishing License for 16 and older, as well as sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and any food or drinks you might want. There's a cooler provided on board to store your food and drinks. Book your trip today with Captain Shaun! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

6 Hr (AM Or PM)

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30 ft 1 - 4 People From $975
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Coronado Islands Adventure in San Diego

Join Captain Leng on an unforgettable 10-hour deep sea fishing adventure off the stunning shores of San Diego, California. Setting sail on his expertly equipped 29ft Grady White vessel, you'll embark on an exhilarating journey in pursuit of a diverse array of prized marine species. San Diego Fishing Trips offers you the opportunity to cast your line into the bountiful waters of the Pacific Ocean, with a focus on targeting Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Amberjack, Bonita, Skipjack Tuna, and the vibrant Mahi Mahi. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice looking to experience the thrill of deep sea fishing, Captain Leng's years of experience and knowledge of the local waters will ensure an enjoyable and rewarding outing for all. Coronado Island's fishing San Diego is renowned for its abundance of marine life, and Captain Leng's deep-sea fishing excursions provide a prime opportunity to explore these fertile fishing grounds. With state-of-the-art equipment and a commitment to your safety and comfort, you can relax and focus on the thrill of the catch. Book your spot on Captain Leng's 10-hour deep sea fishing trip today and discover the unmatched excitement of fishing in the pristine waters of San Diego, CA. Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean while angling for some of the most sought-after species in the region. It's a fishing adventure you won't want to miss! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Coronado Islands Adventure

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29 ft 1 - 4 People From $2,000
Fishing in Newport Beach
Fishing in Newport Beach
Fishing in Newport Beach
trip description for Jetties, Reefs, and Kelp—Oh My! in Newport Beach

For this fun trip, you'll fish the local coast of Orange County with its reefs, man-made structures, kelp beds, and points. You can go wherever the fish are biting, but some favorite spots are the Santa Ana River Jetty and Newport Artificial Reef—both are famous for very large White Seabass, Yellowtail, and Halibut. Calico Bass can also be found at all these spots and are really fun to reel in. This is a great trip to maximize your fishing time, because you're staying fairly close to shore. This trip adds a few more options compared to the half-day trip. This puts some spots that are a little further away into striking distance. This trip can venture out to the famous 150-spot where Yellowtail fishing thrives, or run down south to the Barn Kelp where Seabass love to hang. A great trip for anglers who want to be back to land earlier in the afternoon if you have later obligations. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Newport Beach

Jetties, Reefs, And Kelp—Oh My!

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $850
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Everything to Know About Booking a California calico bass fishing charter

What are the best calico bass fishing charters in California?

Why should I book a calico bass fishing charter in California with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 20 calico bass trips in California, and the most popular trips in the area are Long Beach Nearshore Adventure guided by Kevin, 6-Hour Los Angeles Mixed Bag guided by Tom, and Dana Point Half Day Excursion guided by Anton.

Our guides in California are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3250 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly calico bass guides / fishing lessons in California? Check out our beginner and family friendly calico bass guides in California.

What types of calico bass fishing charters are common in California?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular type of fishing for calico bass in California as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in California are bottom fishing, heavy tackle fishing, and light tackle fishing but trolling and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do California calico bass fishing charters cost?

Prices for calico bass in California can range anywhere from about $850 to $1,965, but the average price for a half day trip for calico bass in California is $960. The average price for a full day trip for calico bass in California is $1,689.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for calico bass fishing in California?

The most popular season for calico bass fishing in California is fall, and most anglers book their trips 51 days in advance.

Do I need a California fishing license for calico bass and what are the bag limits for calico bass in California?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in California, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in California. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in California.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip wonderful time. We caught an astonishing variety of fish! Everyone had a great time.

    John H. with Shaun U. of San Diego, California

  • ★★★★★
    Bobby was our captain and he treated myself, my son and my grandson like we owned the boat. He was very professional and courteous and answered all our questions. He gave us choices which no other service has in the past. This was much appreciated and I plan on returning again.

    John P. with Shaun U. of San Diego, California

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