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Jigging Charters In California
This full-day trip is designed to make the most of the world-renowned fishing off the coast of Los Angeles, CA. Here, cold Pacific currents make this area a perfect environment for catching big fish, and you'll be able to hook up a number of species including Barracuda, Calico Bass, Halibut, Sheephead, Rockfish, White Seabass, and more! Captain Tom is an expert angler, and he'll put you right on top of some of the best fishing grounds in the state. You fish the bottom for Rockfish and Halibut, troll for Barracuda, and drift for Bass and other species. Whatever you want to catch, Captain Tom is here to help you do it. You'll get out there aboard a 32' Luhrs sportfisher, purpose-built to handle anything the Pacific can throw your way. Originally built in 1995, she's been equipped with twin Yanmar 315HP engines. Electronics include radar, GPS, full radio communications, and more. Plus, she has outriggers for trolling, a restroom, and way more. Everything is provided 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
6-Hour Los Angeles Mixed Bag
If the fish are biting, Captain Anthony is fighting 'em on this 4-hour morning trip on San Francisco Bay! And if the fish aren't biting, Captain Anthony will change locations, baits, and tactics until they do. And no matter whether the fish cooperate or not, you'll start your day off right with a beautiful sunrise on the Bay! 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 Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Rockfish, 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 Anthony will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. This trip is a great way for beginners to get on a boat and get a feel for sportfishing, without feeling totally exhausted at the end of the day. Anthony runs a newly-refinished 30' Sportcraft fishing vessel that's ideal for this water, and comes equipped with great amenities to enhance your experience, including a full cabin, flybridge, trolling gear, and more. Get out there and catch a bunch! Read More
Marin County Bay Trip
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
Santa Cruz Island Adventure
If you've been on the hunt for world-class King Salmon fishing right here in California, this trip with Captain Jacob has your name on it. You'll be fishing the Sacramento River for Chinook (King) Salmon on conventional tackle. These kings make for great table fare. To hook up these big Salmonids, you will be fishing the deep cold waters of the upper Sacramento River. These fish have well-deserved reputations as powerful fighters, so be prepared to do battle if you hook a trophy. The summer and fall months offer the best of both worlds when it comes to fishing the Sacramento River, with excellent weather and river conditions, alongside first-class Salmon fishing. Summer king fishing can mean limit out style fishing with fish up to and over 40lbs! Throw in a little light tackle, and that is the makings of an epic day of fishing! Captain Jacob has put in a ton of time on this river, and knows the water here extremely well. He's able to consistently put his clients on fish, and send them home with amazing stories, great pictures, and full coolers. All you need to bring is your California Fishing Licenses, some sun protection, and some snacks and trips for the trip! Read More
Sacramento River Kings
On this trip, Captain Bill will get you out there aboard his 24' pilothouse fishing vessel, built in Bandon, OR for urchin divers on the north coast of California. She's a versatile vessel with the most stable fishing platform for a boat this size, plus 8x13.5' of rear deck fishing area, and a 52-gallon live bait tank. Captain Bill will take you fishing after a wide range of exciting species that live in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as in the Pacific Ocean. You will bottom fish for Rockfish, Halibut, and Lingcod, while you can drift fish for Striped Bass. If you’re up for a solid battle in the Bay, you can also target the famous Leopard Shark! You will use light and heavy tackle on this charter. High-quality gear is provided to you for use, such as Phoenix rods, Shimano reels, and custom Calstar rods. The captain will clean and fillet your catch, so don’t forget to bring a cooler to take your hard-fought dinner home. If you’re looking to spend the afternoon relaxing in San Francisco Bay or feel the heart-pounding action of battling huge beasts in the ocean, Captain Bill is your man! Read More
Striped Bass And Halibut Roundup
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
Jetties, Reefs, And Kelp—Oh My!
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
Local Excursion - 31’ Chris Craft
On this trip, Captain Ian will take you out into local waters to bottomfish for Rockfish and Yellowtail. Of course, when you're fishing over rocks and structure, there's a good chance you'll hook some other species as well! Whether you're new to fishing or have many trips under your belt, this will be an amazing opportunity to enjoy the productive fishery off San Diego, CA! There are may different species of Rockfish, each slightly different from the others. Every single species is excellent eating, with a mild flavor and tender, flaky meat. These fish are voracious ambush predators, and are best caught with typical bottomfishing and jigging techniques. Captain Ian is happy to show you the ropes and will make sure you're equipped with the best bait and tackle for the job. You'll get out there aboard his beautiful 38' Phoenix sportfisher. She's a top-level fishing machine, originally built in 1999 and continuously maintained and updated since then. She runs twin Caterpillar engines with a combined 840 horsepower, and features a spacious cabin, restroom, kitchen, and more, plus all of the fishing gear and equipment your heart could desire. Everything will be provided for you, including rods, reels, bait, tackle, and more! All you need to bring is sun protection and your California fishing license, and you'll be good to go! Read More
Local Rockfish And Yellowtail
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
Full Day Offshore Banks (12 Hr)
If you've been on the hunt for world-class fly fishing right here in California, this trip with Captain Andrew Surtees has your name on it. You'll be fishing the Trinity River for Steelhead and Browns on fly tackle, both of which make for incredible fights and an exhilarating experience for any angler. To hook up these big Salmonids, you'll be fly fishing from the A drift boat throwing big flies and small,these fish are trouty.Also a chance to draw huge topwater blow-ups on dries. All of these fish species have well-deserved reputations as powerful fighters, so be prepared to do battle if you hook a trophy. The fall and winter months offer the best of both worlds when it comes to fishing the Trinity River, with excellent weather and river conditions, alongside first-class fishing.Fall fishing can mean 10+ fish days with Steelhead or Brown Trout up to and over 30 inches! Throw in a some fly fishing and that is the makings of an epic day of fishing!Let's get emm Captain Andrew has put in a ton of time on this river, and knows the water here extremely well. He's able to consistently put his clients on fish, and send them home with amazing stories, great pictures, and full coolers. All you need to bring is your California Fishing Licenses, Steelhead report card,Lunch and some snacks and and the will to get them. Read More
Trinity River Drift
Everything to Know About Booking a California jigging charter
What are the best jigging charters in California?
Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 16 jigging trips in California, and the most popular trips in the area are 3/4 Day - Offshore Banks (9 hr.) guided by Scottie, Local Excursion - 42’ Hershine guided by Nathan, and Bodega Bay Roundup guided by Ty.
Our guides in California are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 9581 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.
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What types of jigging charters are common in California?
Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for jigging in California as well as nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and river fishing.
The most commonly sought after species for jigging in California are: 1. rockfish, 2. halibut, 3. yellowtail amberjack, and 4. barracuda.
How much do California jigging fishing charters cost?
for jigging in California prices can range anywhere from an affordable $375 to $2,295, but the average price for a half day trip for jigging in California is $844. The average price for a full day trip for jigging in California is $1,500.
What month is best for on a jigging charter in California?
The most popular season to go on a jigging charter in California is summer, and most anglers book their trips 18 days in advance.
Do I need a California fishing license and what are the bag limits 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
Awesome trip, Captain Sam and his first mate Noah were extremely helpful. Captain had us in a school of bluefin within minutes of stopping. We all met our limit for the day! They cleaned them and bagged them. We got some really awesome pictures! Great trip and would highly recommend Captain Sam.
George D. with Sam S. 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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