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31 ft 1 - 5 People From $2,000
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37 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,200
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trip description for Close Offshore All Ages Trip in San Diego

This full-day trip is designed to make the most of the world-renowned offshore fishing off the coast of San Diego. This fisherman's paradise is fed by cold, rich water from deep in the Pacific, making this an extremely productive fishery from the inshore water all the way to deep offshore. On this trip, Captain Ian will take you offshore where you can target pelagic species such as Yellowtail Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna. The season will determine the fish you target, but all of these fish are amazing fighters and some of the best-eating fish anywhere in the ocean. On this trip, you'll primarily be trolling, using multiple baits and lures to attract these fast, aggressive fish. You will be using top-of-the-line gear, artificial lures, and hand-rigged bait. Captain Ian guides his trips aboard a 38' Phoenix sportfisher equipped with twin 420HP Caterpillar engines that provide a ton of speed to get you out there quick. This vessel is equipped with outriggers for trolling, flybridge, and a spacious cabin with bunks, a kitchenette, and more. She's ready to get you and your crew out on the offshore trip of a lifetime! All the rods, reels, bait, tackle, and gear is included. Just bring your California fishing license, sun protection, and polarized sunglasses and you'll be set to go! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in San Diego

Close Offshore All Ages Trip

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $3,150
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trip description for Local Rockfish and Yellowtail in San Diego

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

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Local Rockfish And Yellowtail

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,600
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trip description for Half Day in San Diego

The half day trips are equally great for the beginner angler as well as for those more experienced. Don't waste your weekend. Get out on the water and make the most of southern California's rich inshore waters. Out of Mission Bay and up along to La Jolla, you'll hit the shallow saltwater fishing grounds as you seek to fill the boat with some native fish. Go after Calicos, Rockfish, Halibut, Yellowtail, White Seabass, and more, as you practice your skills and head home with a tasty treat. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in San Diego

Half Day

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1 - 6 People From $1,350
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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

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San Diego 3/4 Day Roundup

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28 ft 1 - 5 People From $1,375
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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

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San Diego Half Day Roundup

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28 ft 1 - 5 People From $925
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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

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Coronado Islands Adventure

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29 ft 1 - 4 People From $2,000
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Everything to Know About Booking a San Diego rockfish fishing charter

What are the best rockfish fishing charters in San Diego?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 18 rockfish trips in San Diego, 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 San Diego are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2711 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.

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What types of rockfish fishing charters are common in San Diego?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for rockfish in San Diego as well as nearshore fishing and inshore fishing.

The most common fishing techniques in San Diego are bottom fishing, light tackle fishing, and trolling but heavy tackle fishing and drift fishing are popular as well.

How much do San Diego rockfish fishing charters cost?

for rockfish in San Diego prices can range anywhere from about $975 to $2,339, but the average price for a half day trip for rockfish in San Diego is $1,088. The average price for a full day trip for rockfish in San Diego is $1,627.

What month is best for rockfish fishing in San Diego?

The most popular season for rockfish fishing in San Diego is summer, and most anglers book their trips 48 days in advance.

Do I need a San Diego fishing license for rockfish and what are the bag limits for rockfish in San Diego?

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

What is rockfish fishing in San Diego all about?

Rockfish are a prevalent and sought-after species among anglers in San Diego's coastal waters, known for their delicious taste and abundance in rocky habitats. These fish, characterized by their vibrant colors and spiny fins, inhabit rocky reefs, underwater structures, and deep-water canyons along the coast. Rockfish offer anglers a rewarding fishing experience, as they can be targeted year-round and provide a reliable source of action and excitement. Their versatility in preparation, from grilling to frying, makes them a popular catch for both recreational and commercial fishermen in the region.

Fishing for rockfish in San Diego employs a variety of techniques tailored to the rugged habitats where they reside. One common method is bottom fishing with baited rigs, where anglers drop weighted lines with natural baits such as squid, anchovies, or shrimp to the rocky seabed. Rockfish are known to congregate in large numbers around underwater structures, where they feed on small fish and crustaceans, making these areas prime spots for anglers to target them. Patience and persistence are key when bottom fishing for rockfish, as anglers may need to adjust their tactics and bait presentations to entice bites.

Another effective technique for rockfish fishing in San Diego is jigging with heavy metal lures or jigs. Anglers drop these lures to the bottom and jig them upwards in a rhythmic motion to mimic the movements of prey, attracting the attention of hungry rockfish. Jigging allows anglers to cover a wide area of water and explore different depths where rockfish may be lurking. With their strong fighting abilities and delectable flesh, rockfish provide anglers with an exciting and rewarding fishing experience amidst the scenic coastal landscapes of San Diego.

What are the most popular months to fish for rockfish in San Diego?

In San Diego, rockfish fishing seasons offer anglers various opportunities throughout the year to target these prized fish. While rockfish can be found in the region's waters year-round, certain seasons present more favorable conditions for successful angling. Spring and summer typically mark the peak seasons for rockfish fishing in San Diego, as warmer water temperatures trigger increased activity and feeding behavior among these bottom-dwelling species. During these months, rockfish are often more abundant and actively foraging around rocky reefs, underwater structures, and deep-water canyons along the coast.

As autumn approaches, rockfish activity in San Diego may continue, albeit with some fluctuations in abundance and distribution. While water temperatures may start to cool, rockfish can still be found congregating around rocky habitats and underwater structures, particularly in deeper waters. Anglers may need to adjust their tactics and target areas to account for changing conditions, but with persistence and adaptability, successful rockfish outings are still possible well into the fall season in San Diego.

During the winter months, rockfish fishing in San Diego tends to slow down as cooler water temperatures prompt these fish to move to deeper or warmer waters. While rockfish may still be present in some areas, they may be less active and more challenging to locate. However, dedicated anglers who venture out during the winter months can still be rewarded with memorable catches. Whether it's the bustling activity of the spring and summer peaks or the quieter moments of observation in cooler seasons, San Diego offers a diverse and rewarding experience for those seeking to engage with rockfish.

What techniques are popular for catching rockfish in San Diego?

Rockfish fishing in San Diego employs a variety of techniques tailored to the rugged habitats where these fish reside. One common and effective method is bottom fishing with baited rigs. Anglers use weighted lines to drop natural baits such as squid, anchovies, or shrimp to the rocky seabed where rockfish congregate. Patience and persistence are key when bottom fishing for rockfish, as anglers may need to adjust their tactics and bait presentations to entice bites. Additionally, using sensitive tackle and rigs helps anglers detect the subtle bites of rockfish and increase their chances of hooking into these prized fish.

Another popular technique for rockfish fishing in San Diego is jigging with heavy metal lures or jigs. Anglers drop these lures to the bottom and jig them upwards in a rhythmic motion to mimic the movements of prey, attracting the attention of hungry rockfish. Jigging allows anglers to cover a wide area of water and explore different depths where rockfish may be lurking. It's essential to vary the speed and depth of the jigging motion to entice rockfish effectively, as they may be more active at certain times or depths.

Trolling is also a productive method for targeting rockfish in San Diego, particularly in deeper waters or along underwater drop-offs. Anglers use downriggers or planer boards to present lures or rigged baits at varying depths while covering a large area of water. Adjusting trolling speeds and depths helps anglers target rockfish at their preferred depth, increasing their chances of success. Whether employing bottom fishing, jigging, or trolling, rockfish fishing in San Diego offers anglers a thrilling and rewarding experience amidst the region's scenic coastal landscapes.

What other species are popular in San Diego?

In addition to rockfish, San Diego's coastal waters offer a plethora of other fish species for anglers to target, ensuring a diverse and exciting fishing experience. One popular catch is the yellowtail, prized for its strong fighting abilities and delectable taste. Yellowtail can be found in nearshore and offshore waters year-round, with peak seasons typically occurring in the spring and fall. Anglers often target yellowtail around kelp beds, rocky reefs, and offshore structures using techniques such as trolling, live bait fishing, or jigging. These sleek and powerful fish offer anglers an exhilarating offshore adventure and provide a memorable challenge for those seeking a thrilling fishing experience.

Another sought-after species in San Diego is the California halibut, renowned for its delicate texture and mild flavor. Halibut can be found along sandy bottoms and nearshore structures, where they lie in wait for prey to pass by. Anglers commonly use techniques such as drift fishing with live bait, jigging, or trolling to target halibut. While they can be caught year-round, peak seasons for halibut fishing in San Diego typically occur during the spring and summer months when these fish migrate closer to shore to spawn. Pursuing halibut offers anglers a rewarding and delicious fishing experience in the picturesque waters of San Diego.

Additionally, San Diego's coastal waters are home to a variety of other prized species, including calico bass, barracuda, yellowfin tuna, dorado, marlin, swordfish, rockfish, lingcod, and various types of bass. Whether fishing from shore, pier, or boat, anglers can explore a range of habitats and depths in pursuit of their favorite catches. With its rich marine biodiversity and abundance of fishing opportunities, San Diego remains a top destination for anglers seeking memorable experiences on the water.

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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