Seaworthy Charters – Newport Beach

Seaworthy Charters runs fishing excursions from sunny Newport Beach to take you to some of the most productive waters off the coast of Southern California. Captain Russ Donaldson began running charters after he retired from the Marines and has been bringing the same level of intensity to the waters ever since. He specializes in a range of different styles and techniques to provide you with the best experience possible.

Your journey takes place aboard the captain’s 21’ Parker sport cabin, powered by a 200 HP Yamaha four stroke engine. She provides a smooth ride and is comfortable and spacious with room for 4 guests to enjoy a fun day of fishing. She comes with ample seating space, a built-in toilet, top-quality navigational and safety equipment, and state-of-the-art fishing gear and tackle.

On shorter trips, you’ll stay closer to shore to target delicious bottom-dwelling species such as Rockfish, Halibut, Calico Bass, and Sheephead. On longer trips, you’ll head out into the deep Pacific to troll for Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and other pelagic species. You’ll be able to explore the beautiful waters surrounding Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands to enjoy the beautiful sunset as you wrap up a productive day of fishing.

If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a rod for $15 and go spearfishing for species such as Yellowtail or Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. You can also try out the traditional art form of catching a fish with your bare hands. Capt. Russ is an expert in a number of other techniques as well, including jigging, popping, spinning, and drift fishing, so whatever your preferences are, he’ll be sure to accommodate your trip and put you on big fish!

Be sure to get your fishing license online and arrive at the dock 15 minutes early. Your next journey is only one click away. Just press the Instant Book button at the top and get ready for an unforgettable adventure with Seaworthy Charters in Newport Beach, California!

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  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    12 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    With 12 hours ahead, you'll have more than enough time for some deep sea action. Head out to explore the waters around Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands to target Yellowtails, Mahi, Skipjack, and even the prestigious Bluefin Tuna! Try out a few different techniques and add some weight to the boat, have your catch cleaned and filleted, and enjoy a delicious meal when you get home!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    This 8-hour trip will see you going a little further out to target a wider range of species. You'll have the chance to troll for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Striped Marlin or you can also stay closer to shore to bottom fish for Rockfish, Halibut, and Seabass. Your options are limitless and Capt. Russ will be sure to accommodate your trip based on your desires.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    5 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    Fish the productive inshore and nearshore waters of Newport Beach and prepare to be amazed by SoCal's beauty. You'll be able to target Calico and White Bass, as well as delicious Rockfish and Halibut, just to name a few. This trip is perfect for those just finding their sea legs for the first time, as well as the more seasoned anglers looking for a relaxing day on the water.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific)
Calico Bass
California Sheephead
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Striped)

Seabass (White)
Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Parker (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

21 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
You Keep Catch


Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

About the Captain

Russ Donaldson
Newport Beach, California, United States
Member since April 2019
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A retired Marine, Captain Russ decided to create an outreach program for the marginalized and give a hand up through ocean therapy. Now an avid angler and 5 vessels later, he's a full-time licensed captain and fishing guide with a wealth of experience on the seas. Witnessing the stunning nature he takes pleasure in sharing his adventures on the Pacific with others.
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