Socal Fishing Charters

The rich waters of Southern California are known all over the world. Explore shallow coastal waters, the canyons, or the famous Catalina Island with Socal Fishing Charters. Head up to 50 miles offshore for a thrilling fishing experience, targeting anything from Rockfish to Marlin!

Who better to take you to the range of waters on offer than a local, experienced guide? Captain Jonathan Stroh is just that. Whether you’re targeting pelagics offshore or hitting the coastal waters, he promises to take you to the most productive spots to get you filling the boat.

Speaking of the boat, the 25’ custom-built Winner walkaround is a thing of beauty. Fitted with a comfortable cuddy cabin, she has everything you need for a productive day and comfortable stay on board, including a bunk and toilet. Bring your own drinks and snacks aboard and make the most of your trip.

She’s also a serious sportfishing vessel. You’ll find a full livewell on board, while the captain will prepare the trolling lines from the outriggers too. Using the latest rods and reels, you’ll have the best chance out there of landing plenty of prized fish.

Hit the nearshore bays and reefs to land beauties such as Barracuda, Halibut, Seabass, and Rockfish. Head to the deep waters, and that’s where the serious fishing begins. Push your fishing skills and physical strength to the limit as you battle it out with monster fish. Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and Yellowtails will be biting, giving you the chance to land a real trophy catch.

Get in touch if you’d like to try spearfishing or want to take the kids snorkeling and Capt. Jonathan will provide all the necessary gear. He can also film you with his GoPro at an extra cost, so why not immortalize your trip?

He’ll even clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip, so there’s nothing left for you to do but grab your fishing license and come aboard. Bring the whole family to experience some of the world’s best fishing with Socal Fishing Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    San Clemente Island (3 guests MAX)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    13 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $1,550
    Premier fishing destination multiple species available throughout the year including Tuna, Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Halibut, Calico Bass, Bonito, and Barracuda.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip (MAX 3)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,450
    Make the most of the rich waters of Southern California and spend 12 hours hunting some of the most prized fish in the Pacific. Head up to 50 miles offshore to the deep seas and battle it out with pelagic beasts like Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and even Sharks. On this thrilling trip, you'll even have the chance to fish some of the islands out in the Pacific, filling the boat with some smaller creatures. Let your captain know if you'd like to go spearfishing or snorkeling, and it can all be arranged.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip Shark Fishing (MAX 3)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,250
    If staying inshore you can have 4 guests. Out in the deepwater canyons offshore, you'll have the chance to target some of the ocean's most deadly creatures. Get your fish on against some of the biggest and strongest predators, putting your strength to the test. You'll chum to attract the attention of Makos, Blues, Threshers, and Hammerheads, as you endure one of the most thrilling fishing adventures imaginable. Get ready for the fight of your life as these monsters won't go down without a fight.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (MAX 3)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,250
    If staying inshore you can have 4 guests. This is a full day of fishing inshore or offshore. Explore the shallow-water reefs, rock piles and wrecks for species such as Yellowtail, White Seabass, and Halibut or opt to travel out and away from land in hunt for the elusive migratory pelagics such as Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Skipjack, huge Bonito, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Swordfish and Mako shark. Offshore trips typically are seasonal (April-Nov) and dependent on water temp, your captain will advise.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip (MAX 3)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    $1,025
    The Captain can accommodate up to 4 guests if you are looking to stay inshore. This exciting offshore trip will take you to the kelp paddies in search of some prized fish. Test your skills and strength against some of the ocean's biggest creatures, as you try to fill the boat with something delicious to take home, as well as landing that trophy catch. Troll or deep sea fish for the bite of monster Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and even Swordfish, during what promises to be a thrilling and productive day out.
  • Private trip
    Overnight Trip (MAX 2)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Day Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $1,300
    Visit stunning Catalina Island over 2 days and get the most out of the productive waters of Southern California. A favorite haunt for anglers from all over the world, the pristine island is home to an incredible range of fish, and you'll spend your time trolling and bottom fishing for delicious and exciting White Seabass and Yellowtails. Fill the boat with plenty of fish to feed the family for a month and enjoy solitude aboard the comfortable boat as you engage in the fishing trip of a lifetime.
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About the Captain

Jonathan Stroh
Dana Point, California, United States
4 Fishing Reports
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17 Customer Reviews
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Member since July 2019
I've loved fishing locally since I can remember, and spent my childhood going out with my father baiting Swordfish and Marlin at the 14-mile bank, hooking Mako Sharks and watching them leap and display magnificent power and agility while seeing glowing bait schools evading predators lurking beneath. The raw essence and magic of the Pacific Ocean has kept me enamored 'til this day.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific) Barracuda (Pacific)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Halibut Halibut
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)

Seabass (White) Seabass (White)
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Winner (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 1989. Powered by a 225HP Honda 4-Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

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

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
83%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Noah O.
Oceanside, California
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10 hour trip with captain Jonathan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (MAX 3) on July 3, 2021
An amazing experience! Not only did we catch a bunch of fish, but we also were able to enjoy other aquatic nature like multiple...
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Tom G.
Lake Forest, California
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12 hour trip to San Celemente Island

VERIFIED   12 Hour Trip (MAX 3) on October 3, 2020
We had an excellent experience fishing with Jonathan. He is very professional with attention to details. He is fishing from...
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Carlsbad, CA
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Half Day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  8 Hour Trip (MAX 3) on August 28, 2021
Incredible experience, highly recommend!
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Surprise, AZ
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Fishing with Jonathan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip (MAX 3) on October 24, 2020
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Cameron L.
Santa Ana, CA
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12 hour trip with family

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip Shark Fishing (MAX 3) on August 16, 2020
Had a great experience. First of all captain johnathan is a super approachable and friendly guy. Makes you very comfortable...
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FAQs about Socal Fishing Charters

Socal Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $650 per day per person - Overnight Trip (MAX 2) (2 days)
  • $1,025 per group - 8 Hour Trip (MAX 3) (8 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - 10 Hour Trip Shark Fishing (MAX 3) (10 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - Full Day Trip (MAX 3) (10 hours)
  • $1,450 per group - 12 Hour Trip (MAX 3) (12 hours)
  • $1,550 per group - San Clemente Island (3 guests MAX) (13 hours)

When you book a trip with Socal Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Snorkeling Equipment (On request)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Spearfishing Equipment (On request)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Socal Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Prepared before the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Socal Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Socal Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Socal Fishing Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Pacific)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Halibut
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Seabass (White)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Albacore)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack