From short inshore trips to overnight trips in Mexican waters, Ironclad Sportfishing has it all. Based out of San Diego, you’ll have an unparalleled wealth of fishing grounds to explore. Hit the banks, islands, reefs, or fish the kelp beds.

The Ironclad is a 38’ Topaz Sportfisher, with a 13’ wide beam and a large bow area. It’s capable of taking up to 6 anglers fishing on day trips and up to 5 max on overnight trips. The vessel is well maintained and equipped with modern electronics, including radar, Furuno CH-500 Sonar/Side Scan, restroom, fresh water, microwave, 8 scoop bait capacity, large fish holds, 4 bunks forward, and 2 mid-ship. It features all new upholstery (2021) on all bunks and new non-slip decking.

Fishing licenses are not included so make sure you get them and to pack your lunch. Trips include soft drinks, snacks, fish cleaning, and all gear and bait. If fishing Mexican waters, there is an additional cost per person for the Mexican fishing license, visa and a biosphere bracelet, all of which the crew can facilitate. Passports are required for Coronado Islands and Mexican waters trips.

In the bays and kelp beds, you’ll have the chance to go after some of California’s favorite fish. Try to fill the boat with delicious Calicos, Rockfish, Halibut, Yellowtail, White Seabass, and much more delicious fish. Head offshore, and you’ll go after some seriously big fish. Expect some heavy lifting as you use all your strength against Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and some even bigger Californian species.

At the end of your trip, the captain or first mate will clean and fillet your catch. All you need to do is bring any food and alcohol (no glass or hard liquor) you want, and discover the deep Pacific waters. Ironclad Sportfishing is waiting to take you away!

Due to COVID-19 passengers must bring a sleeping bag or bedding and a pillow for overnight or 1.5-day trips. Face masks shall be worn, anti-bacterial soap, disinfectant, and other safety measures are provided.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Overnight Trip (5 Max)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    22 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 31
    $3,200
    This trip generally starts fishing 50 to 80 miles from Mission Bay. The boat drives all night to get to the fishing grounds. You can spend all morning, into the early afternoon looking for fish, before heading for home. If fishing the Coronado Islands, a passport is required. This is a trip for up to 5 anglers.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Coronado Islands Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $2,400
    Passports are required for this trip. The Coronado is a short distance south of U.S. Waters of the Coast of Baja California. On this type of trip, the target species are Yellowtail, Calico Bass, Rockfish, Lingcod, Bonito, and occasionally some Tuna fish. The trip includes all gear, visas, and fishing permits.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Freelance
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Dec 31
    $2,400
    The Pacific Ocean is home to some of the world's best fishing. Head out to the banks, islands, and deep seas, and make the most of these diverse, productive waters. Up to 6 people are welcome aboard to enjoy this exhilarating trip. On a luxury boat, you'll wait for the trolling rods to pick up the bite of a monster fish, before kicking into action. Monster Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Rockfish, Halibut, and many more will give you a run for your money, as you seek to catch yourself something delicious for dinner.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip Local
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31
    $1,850
    This trip will allow more time on the water than our half day trips. Primarily, you will be fishing in the same general areas, Point Loma, Del Mar, Torrey Pines, and La Jolla Imperial Beach. Targeted species are Yellowtail, Barracuda, Halibut, Calico Bass, Sand Bass, Rockfish (Snapper), and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $1,150
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $1,150
    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.
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About the Captain

Frank Pitetti
San Diego, California, United States
25 Fishing Reports
18 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since March 2019
24 years experience fishing in So Cal and Mexican Waters and 15 years experience fishing on the east coast. Started fishing as a kid in New Jersey and in my teenage years I lived in West Palm Beach where fishing was my lively hood. I fished recreational and commercial fishing. I also worked on charter boats and I am a firm believer in customer service. I had a break in fishing at the ripe old age of 20 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served 8 yrs. I ended up in California in 1994 and I have been fishing So CA waters ever since. Retired from law enforcement in 2020 after 22 yrs of service. I am a firm believer in customer service and I will do my best to make your trip enjoyable. I have owned/operated this vessel since 2018. USCG 100 Ton Licensed

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Targeted Species

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

Lingcod Lingcod
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Rockfish Rockfish
Seabass (White) Seabass (White)

Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Topaz (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 375HP Catepillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 12 knots.

Length
38 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 1.5% fee.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Limits for Six
Limits for Six
June 11, 2021
Full day freelance today with 6 anglers Everyone got their limits. Off to the fish processor for packing and the trip back to MT.
Another successful trip!
Another successful trip!
June 2, 2021
Departed at about 9 PM on Tuesday night, June 1 and returned back to the dock a little late by 10 PM Wednesday night. We had 4 experienced anglers with all the Right gear. We had a couple casualties of some really big fish that ran like freight trains The guys had all the right gear but that’s fishing. We were fishing 60 to 80 pound leader on sinket rigs 70-80 miles from the dock
Overnight Day Report Trophy Sized Bluefi
Overnight Day Report Trophy Sized Bluefi
May 28, 2021
Report from overnighter for 5 anglers; the seas were a little rough and a couple anglers slept all day. However the ones thy hung in there managed to get 3 big bluefin ranging from **hidden content** pounds. Its that time of the season and it is only gonna get better, book your trip online with fishingbooker.com

Customer Reviews

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Half day Trip with captain Ryan and deck hand Jimmy
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Half day Trip with captain Ryan and deck hand Jimmy
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Appropriate for children
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Half day Trip with captain Ryan and deck hand Jimmy

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 5, 2021
What a day! We had the best time. Captain Ryan was hands down the best. He was a down to earth no bs guy and his deck hand...
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2 Day Trip

1.5 Day Trip (5 Max) on April 30, 2021
This was an amazing trip and everyone on board was able to land a nice catch.  Due to the captains knowledge and experience...
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Outstanding First Trip for Tuna

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Coronado Islands on July 22, 2020
I booked Captain Frank Pitetti’s Ironclad in July as my grandson’s 21st birthday gift.  It was his first attempt at catching...
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Half day trip for son’s birthday

Half Day Trip (AM) on April 16, 2021
Took my two sons, ages 9 and 11 on their first fishing trip. With our limited fishing experience I was worried about our ability...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Freelance on October 10, 2020
Frank and his crew were awesome, they worked really hard to get us some fish. All the boats out were having trouble getting...
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FAQs about Ironclad Sportfishing

Ironclad Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,150 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,150 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,850 per group - 3/4 Day Trip Local (9 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - 12 Hour Coronado Islands Trip (12 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - Full Day Freelance (12 hours)
  • $3,200 per group - Overnight Trip (5 Max) (22 hours)

When you book a trip with Ironclad Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well (8 Scoop Bait Tank)
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box (Plenty of cold storage.)

Trips booked with Ironclad Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (Waters and sodas)
  • First Mate (15-20% tip customary)

Ironclad Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Ironclad Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Rod/Reels Lexas & Avets)
  • Heavy Tackle (Trolling Rods)
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing (1 Boston Big Game & 2 SFE Kites)
  • Spearfishing (Equipment not provided)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Ironclad Sportfishing include:
  • Calico Bass
  • California Sheephead
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Halibut
  • Lingcod
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Rockfish
  • Seabass (White)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack