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Fishing in San Francisco

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Francisco

San Francisco Crab Trip (Only Available November/December)

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,200
Fishing in Bodega Bay

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay Roundup

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28 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,800
Fishing in San Francisco

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Francisco

Crabbing Trips

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21 ft 1 - 5 People From $350

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Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Half Day Inshore/Coastal in San Diego

Embark on an Inshore Fishing Experience with Captain Scottie's 23ft Parker Pilothouse in San Diego. Join a remarkable inshore fishing expedition led by Captain Scottie, a seasoned expert with 9 years of experience in navigating San Diego's waters. Step aboard the meticulously maintained 23ft Parker Pilothouse, where comfort, excitement, and angling prowess converge against the backdrop of San Diego's coastal charm. Target an array of captivating species during your trip, including Halibut, Rockfish, Leopard Sharks, and Yellowtail Amberjack. Each moment casts a spotlight on the vibrant marine ecosystem thriving beneath the surface. Whether you're embarking on a solitary adventure, quality time with loved ones, or a distinctive corporate outing, Captain Scottie tailors each trip to suit your preferences. Expect a personalized and unforgettable day on the water. Discover the epitome of inshore fishing excellence with Captain Scottie's 23ft Parker Pilothouse. Elevate your angling aspirations and forge enduring memories on San Diego's pristine waters. Reserve your spot today for an adventure that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Half Day Inshore/Coastal

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $975
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Inshore/Coastal (9 hr.) in San Diego

Embark on an exceptional nearshore fishing expedition with Captain Scottie's renowned 9-hour trip aboard his meticulously crafted 23ft Parker Pilothouse, situated in the picturesque waters of San Diego. With an impressive tenure of 9 years in the industry, Captain Scottie's seasoned expertise guarantees an unparalleled adventure. Join us for a day of angling that seamlessly blends the thrill of sport fishing with the serenity of the ocean. Our thoroughly maintained vessel offers state-of-the-art amenities, ensuring a secure and comfortable voyage for anglers of all skill levels. Experience the exhilaration of pursuing a diverse range of coveted species under the adept guidance of Captain Scottie. Throughout the trip, participants will have the opportunity to target a variety of captivating fish, including Halibut, Rockfish, Leopard Sharks, and Yellowtail Amberjack. Whether you're seeking the ultimate catch or simply craving a peaceful escape, our 9-hour journey promises an ideal fusion of excitement and relaxation. The rich marine life thriving in San Diego's nearshore expanse provides the backdrop for an extraordinary fishing encounter. Captain Scottie's profound familiarity with the local ecosystem and advanced fishing techniques ensures a rewarding experience for all on board. Engage with the best as you refine your angling prowess and uncover the intricacies of these remarkable species. Secure your spot aboard Captain Scottie's 23ft Parker Pilothouse for an unforgettable 9-hour excursion poised to craft enduring memories. Catering to avid anglers and leisure enthusiasts alike, our journey presents an exceptional blend of adventure and repose against the breathtaking canvas of San Diego's coastal allure. Reserve your adventure today and prepare to set sail on a remarkable chapter in the realm of nearshore fishing. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Inshore/Coastal (9 Hr.)

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,395
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for 3/4 Day - Offshore Banks (9 hr.) in San Diego

Embark on an extraordinary offshore fishing expedition with Captain Scottie's esteemed 9-hour trip aboard his meticulously maintained 23ft Parker Pilothouse, nestled in the captivating waters of San Diego. With an extensive 9-year tenure in the field, Captain Scottie's seasoned expertise ensures an unparalleled adventure. Participate in a day of angling that seamlessly melds the excitement of sport fishing with the tranquility of the open sea. Our thoughtfully appointed vessel offers cutting-edge amenities, guaranteeing a secure and comfortable voyage for anglers of all proficiency levels. Indulge in the thrill of pursuing a diverse array of sought-after species, expertly guided by Captain Scottie. Throughout the excursion, guests will have the opportunity to target an array of captivating fish, including Bluefin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Yellowtail Amberjack. Whether in search of a trophy catch or desiring a serene maritime escape, our 9-hour voyage promises an optimal fusion of exhilaration and repose. The thriving offshore marine ecosystem of San Diego forms the backdrop for an exceptional fishing encounter. Captain Scottie's deep familiarity with the local environment and advanced fishing techniques ensures a rewarding experience for all adventurers on board. Engage with the best as you refine your angling skills and delve into the intricacies of these remarkable species. Secure your place aboard Captain Scottie's 23ft Parker Pilothouse for an indelible 9-hour expedition poised to forge lasting memories. Tailored to passionate anglers and leisure seekers alike, our journey offers an exceptional blend of adventure and relaxation against the stunning panorama of San Diego's maritime allure. Reserve your adventure today and prepare to embark on an unparalleled chapter in the realm of offshore fishing. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in San Diego

3/4 Day - Offshore Banks (9 Hr.)

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $1,995
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Full Day Offshore Banks (12 hr) in San Diego

Embark on an unforgettable 12-hour offshore fishing expedition with the seasoned expertise of Captain Scottie, boasting a formidable nine-year tenure navigating the waters of San Diego. Aboard his meticulously maintained 23ft Parker Pilothouse vessel, adventurers are invited to partake in a meticulously planned journey that delves into the prolific marine ecosystems of the region. As the sun rises over the Pacific horizon, anglers will find themselves immersed in a meticulously curated experience designed to yield bountiful catches of the most sought-after species. With a laser focus on precision and success, Captain Scottie's adept guidance ensures that each participant is equipped with the essential techniques and tools to pursue the grand challenge of Bluefin Tuna, the vibrant allure of Mahi Mahi, the lightning-fast thrill of Yellowfin Tuna, and the powerful engagement of Yellowtail Amberjack. Captain Scottie's mastery of the oceanic realm, coupled with his passion for conservation and responsible fishing practices, results in a truly remarkable excursion. From the well-appointed confines of the 23ft Parker Pilothouse, participants can expect an expedition characterized by professionalism, expertise, and a deep respect for the marine environment. Whether a novice or seasoned angler, this 12-hour offshore voyage promises to etch indelible memories and prized catches into the annals of your fishing repertoire. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in San Diego

Full Day Offshore Banks (12 Hr)

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23 ft 1 - 4 People From $2,295
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 Long Beach
Fishing in Long Beach
Fishing in Long Beach
trip description for Long Beach Nearshore Adventure in Long Beach

If you've been wanting to explore the excellent fishing off Long Beach, CA, this trip with Captain Kevin might just be for you. On this nearshore trip, you'll fish the rocks, reefs, and keep forests right off the coast. Depending on the season and the weather conditions, you'll be able to target fish across the entire water column, from Pacific Barracuda near the top to Calico Bass in the middle, plus Seabass and Yellowtail Amberjack towards the bottom. With so many different species out there, you'll switch up the techniques quite a bit. That can include lures on light tackle, drifting, bottomfishing, and more. Captain Kevin will make sure you're hooked up with the right tackle for the job! Captain Kevin runs his trips on a 21' Bayliner center console that's perfect for nearshore fishing. She's driven by a 150-HP Mercury engine, and is decked out with amenities to make your trip as comfortable and successful as possible. Everything you need for a great trip is provided for you. Just remember to wear proper clothing and bring some sun protection, a cooler with some snacks and drinks, and a California Fishing License. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Long Beach

Long Beach Nearshore Adventure

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21 ft 1 - 6 People From $600
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 Dana Point
Fishing in Dana Point
Fishing in Dana Point
trip description for Dana Point 24-Hour Adventure in Dana Point

If you're an avid angler looking for the offshore trip of a lifetime, look no further than this adventure with Captain Anton! He's a true specialist when it comes to finding, hooking, and landing top-tier sportfish, including Giant Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin, and even Striped Marlin! On this trip, you'll spend two full days fishing, with one night in between. If you're aiming to catch a personal record, this is the way to do it! Plus, watching the stars at night from out deep on the Pacific is an experience like no other. 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. 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

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Dana Point

Dana Point 24-Hour Adventure

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36 ft 1 - 4 People From $4,000
Fishing in Dana Point
Fishing in Dana Point
Fishing in Dana Point
trip description for Dana Point Extended Offshore Trip in Dana Point

If you're an avid angler looking for the offshore trip of a lifetime, look no further than this adventure with Captain Anton! He's a true specialist when it comes to finding, hooking, and landing top-tier sportfish, including Mahi Mahi, Giant Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin, and even Striped Marlin! On this trip, you'll spend two full days fishing, with two nights in between. If you're aiming to catch a personal record, this is the way to do it! Plus, watching the stars at night from out deep on the Pacific is an experience like no other. 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. 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

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 San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Local Excursion - 31’ Chris Craft in San Diego

Explore the inshore nearshore waters of the Pacific Ocean aboard one of the fastest, sleekest boats in San Diego on this trip with Captain Nathan! The cold, rich Pacific currents that flow along California's coast make San Diego an angler's paradise. The inshore and nearshore water here supports a superb marine ecosystem with tons of species, all of which you can go after with Captain Nathan. You'll be targeting Halibut, Barracuda, Rockfish, and Bonito—a smaller relative of the Tuna that puts up a fun fight. Each of these species occupies a different niche: Halibut lurk on the bottom, Barracuda patrol the middle of the water column, Rockfish hang out on the reefs and rocks, and Bonito inhabit the topwater looking for small prey. Naturally, you'll use different techniques to target these species, including trolling, bottomfishing, trolling, and jigging to pick up bites! Depending on the season, weather, and your fishing preferences, Captain Nathan will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. Captain Nathan runs a swift 31' Chris-Craft center console, equipped with twin Yamaha engines totaling 500 horsepower. With live wells, trolling gear, and more, she's the perfect vessel for a sweet trip. Captain Nathan and his crew 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 also a cooler provided on board to store your food and drinks! Get out there and enjoy yourself on the beautiful Pacific Coast! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Local Excursion - 31’ Chris Craft

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31 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,000
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Full Day Local Offshore in San Diego

Explore the inshore nearshore waters of the Pacific Ocean aboard one of the fastest, sleekest boats in San Diego on this trip with Captain Nathan! The cold, rich Pacific currents that flow along California's coast make San Diego an angler's paradise. The inshore and nearshore water here supports a superb marine ecosystem with tons of species, all of which you can go after with Captain Nathan. You'll be targeting Halibut, Barracuda, Rockfish, and Bonito—a smaller relative of the Tuna that puts up a fun fight. Each of these species occupies a different niche: Halibut lurk on the bottom, Barracuda patrol the middle of the water column, Rockfish hang out on the reefs and rocks, and Bonito inhabit the topwater looking for small prey. Naturally, you'll use different techniques to target these species, including trolling, bottomfishing, trolling, and jigging to pick up bites! Depending on the season, weather, and your fishing preferences, Captain Nathan will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. Captain Nathan runs a swift 31' Chris-Craft center console, equipped with twin Yamaha engines totaling 500 horsepower. With live wells, trolling gear, and more, she's the perfect vessel for a sweet trip. Captain Nathan and his crew 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 also a cooler provided on board to store your food and drinks! Get out there and enjoy yourself on the beautiful Pacific Coast! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Full Day Local Offshore

100% (1)
31 ft 1 - 5 People From $2,000
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for San Diego Bay Half Day Trip in San Diego

The inshore water of the San Diego bay is a saltwater angler's paradise. Get out there and discover these diverse fishing grounds with Captain Kevin, and put your fishing skills to the test! On this trip, you'll be able to target a diversity of inshore and nearshore species, making this a great trip for people who want to do it all! You'll drift and bottomfish for Pacific Barracuda, White Seabass, Halibut, and more. These fish are fun for anglers of all levels, and are excellent eating as well! Because there are so many species to target, you'll mix it up with several different fishing techniques. Depending on the season, weather, and your fishing preferences, Captain Kevin will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. You'll be out there aboard Kevin's 36' Grand Banks center console. With twin Ford engines sporting a combined 480 horsepower, you'll get out there fast and spend more time fishing! Everything you need for an epic day will be provided; all you need to bring is sun protection, your California Fishing Licenses, and a smile. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

San Diego Bay Half Day Trip

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36 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,300

Everything to Know About Booking a California crab fishing charter

What are the best crab fishing charters in California?

The best crab fishing charters in California are:

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

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 crab trips in California, and the most popular trips in the area are San Francisco Crab Trip (Only available November/December) guided by Craig, Bodega Bay Roundup guided by Ty, and Crabbing Trips guided by David.

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 crab guides / fishing lessons in California? Check out our beginner and family friendly crab guides in California.

What types of crab fishing charters are common in California?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular for crab in California as well as inshore fishing.

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

How much do California crab fishing charters cost?

for crab in California prices can range anywhere from about $371 to $1,620, but the average price for a half day trip for crab in California is $385. The average price for a full day trip for crab in California is $1,500.

What month is best for crab fishing in California?

The most popular season for crab fishing in California is winter, and most anglers book their trips 2 days in advance.

Do I need a California fishing license for crab and what are the bag limits for crab 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.

The Best Places to Fish in California

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