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Fishing in San Diego

Inshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

San Diego Bay Half Day Trip

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Fishing in San Diego

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Local Excursion - 42’ Hershine

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42 ft 1 - 12 People $$$
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Fishing in San Diego

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Half Day Inshore/Coastal

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23 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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Fishing in San Diego

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Full Day Local Offshore

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31 ft 1 - 5 People $$$
Fishing in San Francisco

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Premier Trip

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33 ft 1 - 6 People $$$
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Fishing in San Diego

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Full Day Local Offshore - 42’ Hershine

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42 ft 1 - 12 People $$$

Most Popular Types of Halibut Trips in California

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Fishing in Newport Beach
Fishing in Newport Beach
Fishing in Newport Beach
trip description for Full Day Catalina Island in Newport Beach

On this full-day fishing adventure, you'll strike out for Catalina Island, a narrow outcrop that's home to millions of migratory birds and tons of sea life. The Catalina Channel 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, Rockfish, and more. Your intrepid Captain, Matt, has also accomplished the incredible feat of swimming this channel, a 21-mile swim in cold water that's prone to major currents and waves. Ask him about his story—it's truly mind-blowing. On this trip you'll be targeting Halibut, Bonito, Calico Bass, Yellowtail Amberjack, Barracuda, and Striped Bass! All of these species offer different challenges for anglers; Halibut are massive bottomfish that fight hard all the way onto the deck, Bonito are lightning-fast topwater runners, Yellowtail are stubborn fighters with a ton of endurance, and Striped Bass have a ton of stamina for extra-long fights. 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 Matt will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. You'll get out there aboard his 25' Parker pilothouse, a fishing vessel that was purpose-built to handle anything the Pacific can throw your way. Originally built in 2001, she's been fitted with a 300HP Suzuki engine and top-notch electronics, including GPS, Sonar, radio, and more. Captain Matt will provide everything for you, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Just bring some sunscreen and your California Fishing Licenses and you'll be good to go! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Newport Beach

Full Day Catalina Island

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25 ft 1 - 4 People $$$
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 $$$
Fishing in South San Francisco
Fishing in South San Francisco
Fishing in South San Francisco
trip description for Oyster Point Rocks and Reef Trip in South San Francisco

Join Captain Stephen on this awesome California bottomfishing adventure, where you'll drop lines for all kinds of classic Pacific species, including Halibut, Rockfish, White Seabass, Lingcod, and more! These fish inhabit the lower regions of the water column, where they feed on sea critters living on the bottom. You'll drop lines down over rocks, kelp beds, and structure, looking for bites from big bottomfish. These fish can get huge, so prepare for a big-time fight! Every species has different tactics when it comes to getting free, so pay attention to Captain Stephen's advice as you reel in your trophy! You'll be aboard a 22' fishing vessel that's built to handle anything that the Pacific can throw your way. She's comfortable and has a roomy deck for lots of fishing action! With Captain Stephen at the helm, you're in great hands, so all you need to do is hook fish! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in South San Francisco

Oyster Point Rocks And Reef Trip

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22 ft 1 - 4 People $$
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Coastal Waters Fun! in San Diego

Join Captain Leng on an unforgettable 8-hour deep sea fishing expedition in the pristine waters of San Diego, CA. Setting sail aboard his 29-foot Grady White vessel, you'll embark on an exhilarating adventure targeting a diverse array of species, including Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Amberjack, Bonita, Skipjack Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. San Diego Fishing Trips don't get more thrilling than this! Captain Leng brings his wealth of experience and local knowledge to ensure a successful and rewarding fishing experience. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice, he'll provide expert guidance and top-tier equipment to help you reel in your dream catch. Book your adventure today with Captain Leng for an epic deep sea fishing experience that will leave you with stories to tell for years to come. Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore the rich marine life of San Diego's waters while enjoying the thrill of the hunt. Join us for an unforgettable day on the open sea! Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Coastal Waters Fun!

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29 ft 1 - 4 People $$$
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for San Diego Coastal Waters in San Diego

Owner Johnny and Captain Cassey specialize in private 4 pack charters aboard their Defiance 220 Admiral. Beyond helping you hook up ons of fish, they strive to give the best possible service they can while you and your group are out on the water. Located in beautiful San Diego California, their trips are perfect for all experience levels, whether your a new or experienced angler, or just looking for some family fun! On this inshore trip, you'll target the productive fishing grounds close to the dock. You'll be using live bait, bottomrigs, and many other special techniques to catch Rockfish (also known as Rockcod), Halibut, Lingcod, Yellowtail, Sheephead, Corbina, and much more! Captain Cassey's Defiance 220 Admiral is a pilothouse boat that comes equipped with top-of-the-line navigation and the best fishing electronics available! With safety being a top priority, she also has a radar system to help assist when visibility is difficult. Built-in live wells for bait, and plenty of fish boxes help store your keepers. This vessel can do up to 30 knots fully loaded, which cuts time getting out to the fishing grounds! You will need to bring your California State Fishing license with you to meet state regulations, but otherwise, Captain Cassey will provide everything else from rods, reels, tackle, bait, ice, and water, to laughs, fishing knowledge, and of course, loads of fun! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

San Diego Coastal Waters

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22 ft 1 - 4 People $$
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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 $$$
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Everything to Know About Booking a California halibut fishing charter

What are the best halibut fishing charters in California?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 27 halibut trips in California, and the most popular trips in the area are San Diego Bay Half Day Trip guided by Kevin, Local Excursion - 42’ Hershine guided by Nathan, and Half Day Inshore/Coastal guided by Scottie.

Our guides in California are rated a 4.5 out of 5 based on 2529 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.

The most popular cities to book a Halibut charter in California are San Diego, Dana Point and Newport Beach.

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

What types of halibut fishing charters are common in California?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for halibut in California as well as nearshore fishing and inshore fishing.

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

How much do California halibut fishing charters cost?

for halibut in California prices can range anywhere from an affordable $675 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day trip for halibut in California is $1,027. The average price for a full day trip for halibut in California is $1,675.

What month is best for halibut fishing in California?

The most popular season for halibut fishing in California is spring, and most anglers book their trips 28 days in advance.

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

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time on our trip with Captain Nathan’s crew! Noah was our skipper, and Nick was the deckhand. They were both helpful and engaging, and always there to lend a hand. Would definitely recommend for both beginner and experienced anglers!

    Elena G. with Nathan B. 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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