Argo Sportfishing

Departing from Fisherman’s Wharf, you will find yourself cruising aboard Argo Sportfishing Charters, an unforgettable experience that has no match in the whole of the San Franciso Bay Area.

Designed to accommodate up to 6 anglers in spacious comfort and style, their 33 ft Argo boat is a true work of art. It is powered by a 210 HP Catipiler engine, has an attractive wood interior cabin and all the top-notch navigational electronics. The vessel is very cozy and provides a pleasant ride anywhere you go. The Argo has a toilet on board for a maximum comfort on the water and a large dinette.

Being a true master, the Captain will take you to the best fishing grounds, be it inshore in the San Francisco Bay, or nearshore in the coastal ocean. Depending on the season, you will be targeting what is biting best: Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish, Leopard Shark or Crabs. Sailing outside the Golden Gate, you will find Salmon available throughout the summer and fall months. Going to the local reefs will lead you to Rockfish from June till December.

The Captain will share his knowledge about different fish species and how to catch them. Even when it’s chilly outside, with Argo Sportfishing you will never get bored.

Fishing with various techniques, ranging from light to heavy tackle, from trolling to drift fishing, the crew will put your hands on fish. A live bait tank, lures, rods, reels, and tackle are included in the price.

Plenty of space, lots of fun, attention to details. Argo Sportfishing is just the right choice.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day -– Crab/Rockfish Combo
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Dec 15
    $1,450
    price breakdown
    $1,450
    Crab season begins the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run crab/rockfish combo trips in November. These trips combine crab and rockfish on the same day when weather permits.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,300
    price breakdown
    $1,300
    Your best opportunity for the greatest success with more time on the water. These trips are recommended to target Salmon and Rockfish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $925
    price breakdown
    $925
    Half day trips available for all bay species, such as Rockfish, Salmon, Halibut, and many others. Ocean trips are also available.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day -– Crab/Rockfish (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Dec 15
    $510
    price breakdown
    $510
    Crab season begins the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run crab/rockfish combo trips in November. These trips combine crab and rockfish on the same day when weather permits.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $460
    price breakdown
    $460
    Your best opportunity for the greatest success with more time on the water. These trips are recommended to target Salmon and Rockfish.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    Fish a half-day trip on San Francisco Bay for Striped Bass, Halibut, Sturgeon or Sharks. Some half-day ocean trips are available.
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About the Captain

Craig Hanson
San Francisco, California, United States
Angler's Choice
100 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2016
Captain Craig Hanson is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain with more than 40 years of fishing experience on San Francisco Bay and the surrounding waters. As a fourth generation San Franciscan, Craig knows the history of the area and is always happy to share stories.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Crab Crab
Halibut Halibut
Rockfish Rockfish

Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Shark (Leopard) Shark (Leopard)
Sturgeon Sturgeon

Boat Specs

Crown Custom (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1979. Powered by a 250HP Scania engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 12 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.81
out of 5 stars from 100 reviews
Boat
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Experience
First time ocean fishing
First time ocean fishing
Limits of halibut
+104
Angler Rating
84
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Jorge P.
Fallon, NV
 5.00
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 24, 2020
This was our first time doing this and just let me say that the argo, her captian and her deck hand are amazing the boat is...
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Jean-marc S.
San Francisco, CA
 5.00
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Half day fun with Argo fishing!

VERIFIED   July 1, 2020
This was my son’s (7year old) 1st experience boat fishing. Jay was super nice and helpful teaching my son how to operate...
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Michael L.
Sacramento, CA
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Fishing with Craig

VERIFIED   June 6, 2020
Captain Hanson is friendly and very knowledgeable about deep sea fishing. We were able to tour the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel...
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Farrah N.
San Mateo, California
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Book with Captain Craig! He thoroughly made our experience the best he could have been. He was attentive, friendly, cracked...
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Duc H.
Fremont, CA
 5.00
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Wonderful catching fish with the captain and his crew.

VERIFIED   NEW  August 26, 2020
I would definitely recommend. Captain Craig is first class professional. Had a wonderful time with my family and brought home...
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