Dana Wharf Sportfishing – San Mateo

Southern California’s Dana Point has earned itself the reputation of being one of the most prolific fishing spots on the West Coast. Cast off with Dana Wharf Sportfishing and discover this for yourself! With over 3 decades of experience in these waters, this charter company knows exactly where the hottest spots are, as well as what it takes to get the fish biting.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing is proud to run a fleet of top-quality fishing vessels out of the Dana Wharf harbor. If you’re looking for a seriously spacious adventure with a whole host of your best angling buddies, however, the "San Mateo" is just the boat for you!

It’s no exaggeration to say that this whopping 45’ custom-built vessel is one of the greatest fishing platforms around, especially for groups of over 6 people. In fact, she can accommodate up to 10 guests, so there’s plenty of room for your closest friends and family. Children are welcome aboard, too, so bring them along and let them join in the adventure!

Your vessel is decked out with top-quality navigational and safety equipment, as well as an onboard galley where you can purchase drinks and snacks. She’s equipped with a full toilet, so you’ll have a comfortable journey to the hotspots.

Dana Point is known for its coastal fishing, and Dana Wharf Sportfishing has had plenty of time to discover the most productive spots, as well as hammering down some secret techniques to tempt the fish that lurk in these waters. With lots of structure located just minutes from the harbor, you’ll generally be casting your line within minutes of departure.

So what will you be targeting? On shorter trips, species include Calico Bass, Rockfish, and Sheephead. On longer trips, you’ll head a maximum of 3–4 miles from shore, where you’ll encounter Bass, Rockfish, Sheephead, Yellowtail, and whatever else is biting.

You can rent fishing gear for $18 p/p, or feel free to bring your own. Grab a license and discover Dana Point with Dana Wharf Sportfishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    If you want to spend more time on the water and travel further out to increase your chances of hooking some prized species, join your captain on this longer morning adventure! This fishing trip is designed for you to fish anywhere from a few minutes out to a few miles from shore. You'll be targeting species such as Rockfish, Calico Bass, Sheephead, and Yellowtail. You can rent fishing gear from your captain for $18 p/p, or feel free to bring your own. A fishing license can be purchased from the dock.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    This afternoon adventure is the perfect option for anglers who'd like a lie-in before heading slightly further out from Dana Point's harbor. You'll have the time to cast your line anywhere from a few minutes out to a few miles from shore. You'll be targeting prized species such as Rockfish, Calico Bass, Sheephead, and Yellowtail. You can rent fishing gear from your captain for $18 p/p, or feel free to bring your own. A fishing license can be purchased from the dock.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    If you want to cast your line within minutes of departure, join your captain on this morning adventure! This trip is set so that you'll be fishing coastal waters around the harbor, no further than 3–4 miles from shore. Thanks to the amount of structure and fishing spots located close to the harbor, you don't need to go any further! You'll be fishing for prized fish such as Rockfish, Calico Bass, Sheephead, and Yellowtail. You can rent fishing gear for $18 p/p, as well as purchasing a license at the dock.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    This 4-hour afternoon adventure is set up so that you'll be fishing coastal waters around the harbor, no further than 3–4 miles from shore. With an impressive amount of structure and fishing spots located close to the harbor, you don't need to travel out any further to cast your line for some incredible fish. Your target species include Rockfish, Calico Bass, Sheephead, and Yellowtail. You can rent fishing gear for $18 p/p, as well as purchasing a license at the dock.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Your captain likes to describe this morning adventure as an "abbreviated" fishing trip, as you'll spend less time on the water but still get plenty of angling action in! Due to the amount of structure and fishing spots within minutes of Dana Point's harbor, this trip works well for guests on an extreme time crunch who still want to cast their line. You'll be targeting Rockfish, Calico Bass, Sheephead, and Yellowtail. Rent fishing gear for $18 p/p, or feel free to bring your own.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    If you're looking for the perfect introduction to these waters, or want to fit some angling action into your busy schedule, join your captain on this afternoon adventure! You'll spend less time on the water but still have plenty of time to cast your line, thanks to the amount of structure and fishing spots within minutes of Dana Point's harbor. You'll be targeting Rockfish, Calico Bass, Sheephead, and Yellowtail. Rent fishing gear for $18 p/p, or feel free to bring your own. Purchase a license beforehand.
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About the Charter Operator

Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Dana Point, California, United States
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1 Fishing Reports
35 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since January 2018
Dana Wharf Sportfishing has been operating on the coast of California for the past three decades. They've learned, through hard work, where the best spots are and what tricks the local fish fall for. They're keen to share that with their customers – while providing professional and courteous service. Dana Wharf Sportfishing aims to be the primary destination of any angler visiting this part of California.

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Targeted Species

Calico Bass Calico Bass
California Sheephead California Sheephead
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Halibut Halibut

Lingcod Lingcod
Rockfish Rockfish
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Custom (Commercial) originally built in 1960, and restored in 2002. Powered by a 650HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 15 knots.

Length
45 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Kitchen

Trip Includes

Live Bait
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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