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Rockfish Fishing Charters In California

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Fishing in San Diego

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

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Local Excursion - 42’ Hershine

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42 ft 1 - 12 People From $1,050
Fishing in San Diego

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

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Full Day Local Offshore

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31 ft 1 - 5 People From $2,000
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 From $1,140
Fishing in San Diego

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Coronados Half Day Trip

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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,200

Most Popular Types of Rockfish Trips in California

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Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for Full Day Local Offshore - 42’ Hershine 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 luxurious 42' sportfisher, equipped with everything you need for a great fishing trip! 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 - 42’ Hershine

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42 ft 1 - 12 People From $1,610
Fishing in Los Angeles
Fishing in Los Angeles
Fishing in Los Angeles
trip description for 6-Hour Los Angeles Mixed Bag in Los Angeles

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

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Los Angeles

6-Hour Los Angeles Mixed Bag

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32 ft 1 - 5 People From $1,200
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 San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for San Diego 3/4 Day Roundup in San Diego

From the inshore bays to the deep offshore water, San Diego is a saltwater angler's paradise. Get out there and discover these diverse fishing grounds with Captain Andrew, and put your fishing skills to the test! On this trip, you'll be able to target a diversity of nearshore and offshore species, making this a great trip for people who want to do it all! Nearshore, you'll drift and bottomfish for Sheephead, Lingcod, Halibut, Calico Bass, and Rockfish. Further out, You'll be able to troll for Bluefin—the premier Pacific sportfish—as well as Mahi Mahi and Yellowtail Amberjack, which are a true California classic. 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 Andrew will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. You'll be out there aboard Andrew's 28' Boston Whaler center console. She's a sweet boat for deep-sea fishing, and runs twin Yamaha engines with a combined 50o horsepower. 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

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
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
Fishing in San Diego
trip description for San Diego Half Day Roundup in San Diego

From the inshore bays to the deep offshore water, San Diego is a saltwater angler's paradise. Get out there and discover these diverse fishing grounds with Captain Andrew, and put your fishing skills to the test! On this trip, you'll be able to target a diversity of nearshore species, making this a great trip for people who want to do it all! You'll drift and bottomfish for Pacific Barracuda, Calico Bass, Rockfish, and Yellowtail Amberjack. 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 Andrew will make sure that you're equipped with the right gear and tackle to get the job done. You'll be out there aboard Andrew's 28' Boston Whaler center console. She's a sweet boat for deep-sea fishing, and runs twin Yamaha engines with a combined 50o horsepower. 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

Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

San Diego Half Day Roundup

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28 ft 1 - 5 People From $925
Fishing in Los Angeles
Fishing in Los Angeles
Fishing in Los Angeles
trip description for LA Inshore/Nearshore Classic in Los Angeles

Although LA is know for it's music, celebrities, history, and more, Los Angeles is also a premier fishing destination, with a variety of fish species available to catch year-round. If you're looking for an exciting fishing adventure in Southern California, a charter trip with Captain TJ is the perfect choice! Captain TJ is a local fishing guide with years of experience on the waters of Los Angeles. He offers half and full-day fishing charters, where he will take you to the best fishing spots in the area to chase a variety of popular fish species, including Barracuda, Calico Bass, Rockfish, California Halibut, and Lingcod. These fish are perfect targets for anglers of all levels, and many make excellent eating as well. Since each species occupies a different part of the water column, you'll be able to test out a number of different baits and techniques as you fish. Captain TJ will provide you with top-quality fishing gear for the day, including rods, reels, and tackle. He will also provide expert instruction on how to catch the various fish species in the area! In addition to the fishing, Captain TJ's 48' Uniflite sportfisher is comfortable and spacious, with plenty of room for up to six anglers. She's purpose-built for fishing on the Pacific, and is equipped with all the necessary safety gear and electronics, so you can focus on reeling in your catch and catching some rays. Book a charter fishing trip with Captain TJ and experience the thrill of catching Barracuda, Calico Bass, Rockfish, and Lingcod in the beautiful waters of Los Angeles, California. It's a fishing adventure you won't soon forget! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Los Angeles

LA Inshore/Nearshore Classic

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48 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,150
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Everything to Know About Booking a California rockfish fishing charter

What are the best rockfish fishing charters in California?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 31 rockfish trips in California, and the most popular trips in the area are 6 hr (AM or PM) guided by Shaun, Local Excursion - 42’ Hershine guided by Nathan, and Half Day Inshore/Coastal guided by Scottie.

Our guides in California are rated a 4.75 out of 5 based on 2701 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 Rockfish charter in California are San Diego, Dana Point and Los Angeles.

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

What types of rockfish fishing charters are common in California?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for rockfish 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 rockfish fishing charters cost?

for rockfish in California prices can range anywhere from about $940 to $2,266, but the average price for a half day trip for rockfish in California is $1,004. The average price for a full day trip for rockfish in California is $1,692.

What month is best for rockfish fishing in California?

The most popular season for rockfish fishing in California is summer, and most anglers book their trips 50 days in advance.

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