Topline Sport Fishing – Berkeley

If you’re itching for some solid Halibut action, Topline Sport Fishing will show you exactly where to cast your line! With Captain Nelson Vineyard at the helm, you can spend several hours or a whole day on the waters around Berkeley, looking for your next great catch.

Whether you’ve come to San Francisco Bay to hook the biggest Halibut of your life or you’re curious to experience the incredible Halibut bite, Capt. Nelson will have something for you. You’ll mostly focus on light tackle fishing and drifting to get the attention of these tasty bottom dwellers. When you feel that tug, get ready to reel, because Halibut is a-coming.

Your fishing platform is a 23’ Thunder Jet aluminum boat, outfitted with twin 115 HP Suzuki engines for a smooth ride. There’s plenty of room on board for up to 4 people to fish at the same time, and top-of-the-line rods, reels, and tackle for everyone. If you come face to gills with a lunker, there’s a fighting chair to keep you steady.

Your guide will provide live bait and lures, and the first mate will be at your disposal at all times for any assistance you need. Everything you catch will be cleaned and filleted for your convenience. If you’re happy with the crew’s service at the end of the trip, tips are encouraged and appreciated.

Halibut fishing is a fun fishing adventure for everyone, including children, so if you’d like to come with your little ones, feel free to do so. There are life jackets available for all ages.

To prepare for your fishing jaunt, the most important thing is to buy a fishing license. Bring some drinks and food as well, just in case you get hungry in between the bites.

After that, all you have to do is come aboard and let Topline Sport Fishing take you to that red-hot bite!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    price breakdown
    Want to go on a Halibut spree for one whole day? You've found your expedition! When you book this trip, you'll get 8 hours on the water under the guidance of knowledgeable Capt. Nelson who will do everything in his power to put you on some great catches. All you need to think about is bringing a fishing license, lunch, drinks, and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    price breakdown
    Wake up with the sunrise and go fishing for Halibut with Capt. Nelson! You'll have 4 hours on the water to see how many Halibut you can hook, and chances are, there won't be a dull moment. After the trip, the captain and his first mate will clean and fillet the catch for you. Bring your fishing license, drinks, snacks, and of course, good fishing mood.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    price breakdown
    Halibut fishing is fun for all ages and levels of anglers and his afternoon trip proves it. You'll have all the equipment you need to go after these delicious flatties, so just relax and enjoy while reeling in your catch. Remember you'll need a valid fishing license, snacks, and refreshments.
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About the Captain

Nelson Vineyard
Berkeley, California, United States
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since April 2019
I grew up fishing and boating, and I have over 2 decades of experience under my belt. I was lucky enough to be mentored by great fishermen and decided to become a licensed charter boat captain. Today, I put my customers on memorable fishing action that will get them a sizeable fish to go with their satisfied smile.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Halibut Halibut

Boat Specs

Thunder Jet (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2011. Powered by 2 115HP Suzuki engines.

23 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Drift Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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
Disabled Accessible


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:

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