Barbarian Sportfishing

If you’re looking to explore the diverse and exciting fishing grounds that Richmond, CA has to offer, make sure that a visit to Barbarian Sportfishing charters is at the top of your list!

From hunting prehistoric Sturgeon, to chasing wild Salmon, to casting a line for tasty Halibut and more, Captain John Badger will have you experiencing the best that Northern California ‘s waters have to offer. Come aboard!

Capt. John prides himself on running a customer-oriented charter that’s also affordable. You can opt for a shared trip and make some new angling buddies, or have your captain’s expert advice and knowledge all to yourself on a private trip.

Capt. John caters to anglers of all skill levels, too. Brand new? Your captain and his deckhand warmly welcome you to join them on an adventure and will teach you everything you need to know. More experienced angler looking for that prize catch? This team is more than willing to share their local angling secrets!

And when it comes to the angling action on offer, Richmond’s California fishing opportunities are some of the best on the north coast. If you’re looking to hook huge Halibut or chase Chinook Salmon, your trip will mostly be spent in the middle of San Francisco Bay, and traveling along this scenic coast. 

For excellent Sturgeon opportunities, you’ll head to nearby Martinez and face-off against these prehistoric beasts. If you want to hook a seriously big fish and earn some bragging rights, this is the adventure for you.

You’ll be traveling on board your captain’s 28’ Farallon saltwater fishing vessel, with room for up to 6 guests. Little ones age 2 and above are welcome on board, and Capt. John welcomes new anglers, so why not bring the whole family along?

Your vessel is decked out with top-quality navigational and safety gear, as well as a toilet and heated cabin. All fishing gear is included, so all you need to do is grab a fishing license and cast off on an exciting adventure aboard Barbarian Sportfishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Halibut Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    What could be better than spending a full day fishing for this tasty species? This trip will give you plenty of time to explore a variety of Halibut-friendly fishing grounds, from drift fishing in shallower waters to trolling further out. You may even catch some Striped Bass, too! Your captain will show you the ropes and make sure you're decked out with top-quality fishing gear. All you need to do is bring along a fishing license and refreshments.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Rock Cod Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Nov 15 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to spend the whole day out on the water with your whole family or some of your closest angling buddies, this private trip has got you covered. You'll be drifting over piles of rocks for the chance to hook Rock Cod/Rockfish. Capt. John will have you bottom fishing for your catch – this technique is fun for anglers of all skill levels, as newbies can try it out, so this trip is great for a whole variety of guests. Your captain will provide the fishing gear, so just bring a license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Salmon Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 4 - Oct 30 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    Come join Capt. John on this trip and get ready to spend a full day chasing some Chinook Salmon! You'll explore a variety of the California Delta's hotspots for this fish, and will be trolling with 6 lines in the water in order to cover plenty of ground. You'll be joined on your trip by an experienced and friendly deckhand, who will be there to assist you in any way and also show new anglers some special tips and tricks. Just bring along a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Sturgeon Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 10 - Apr 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    What could be better than spending a whole day out on the water, hunting a world-famous prehistoric fish? On this trip, your group will have Capt. John's expert advice and guidance all to yourselves, so you can really take advantage of his experience to follow and hook some Sturgeon! You'll explore a variety of spots in the Lower Delta, and will be provided with top-quality fishing equipment. Just bring a fishing license along with a Sturgeon punch card.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Halibut – Private (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    Come hook yourself a tasty treat on this morning Halibut adventure! This trip is private, meaning that your group will get Capt. John and his expert knowledge all to yourselves. You'll be using a variety of techniques, including trolling and live bait fishing, to hook Halibut in a variety of the California Delta's fishing hotspots. You'll be provided with top-quality fishing gear, so just bring along a license. Guests of all skill levels are welcome.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Halibut – Private (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to hook some tasty Halibut but would rather hit the snooze button a few times, Capt. John's got you covered on this afternoon adventure. You'll explore a variety of fishing spots and try out a range of techniques for the chance to hook huge Halibut, from slow trolling for these species to drifting with live bait – Striped Bass are commonly hooked using this technique, too! Your captain will provide all the fishing gear, so just bring refreshments and a license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Rock Cod – Private (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Nov 15 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    If you're an early bird who wants to bottom fish for some tasty species on a private adventure, join your captain on this Rock Cod trip! Also known as Rockfish, these species are fun to catch and fill your freezer with. Bottom fishing is suitable for anglers of all skill levels, so feel free to bring the whole family along. Your captain will make sure you're decked out with top-quality fishing gear, so just bring along refreshments and a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Rock Cod – Private (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Nov 15 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    If you'd like to treat yourself to a lie-in before embarking on a fishing trip, Capt. John's got you covered on this afternoon Rock Cod adventure! You'll be heading out to cast your line in the waters over the rocks, which are home to this species and more. You'll be bottom fishing for your catch, which is a great technique for newbies and experienced anglers alike to partake in – so why not bring the whole family along? Your captain will provide fishing gear, so just bring along a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Salmon Trip – Private (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 4 - Oct 30 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    If you're looking to hook Chinook Salmon and would rather have the boat and captain to yourself, head out on this private morning adventure! Capt. John will take you to the hotspots, where he'll have you trolling with up to 6 lines in the water. This means you'll cover plenty of ground! You'll be joined by an experienced deckhand, who'll happily show newbies the ropes, meaning that this trip is suitable for all types of anglers. Your captain will provide the fishing gear, so just bring a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Salmon Trip – Private (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jul 4 - Oct 30 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    Treat yourself to a lie-in and then come chase some Chinook Salmon with Capt. John on this afternoon adventure! This trip is private, meaning that your group will get the boat (and your captain's expert advice!) all to yourselves. You'll mainly be trolling for your catch, with 6 lines in the waters to really maximize the amount of ground you cover. Your captain will provide your fishing gear, so just bring along a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Sturgeon – Private (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 10 - Apr 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    This morning adventure will see you heading out early for the chance to battle a seriously impressive fish – the prehistoric Sturgeon! You'll be fishing the Lower Delta, and your trip will see you hunting and "following" your fish using fishfinder and your captain's expert advice. This makes it all the more rewarding when you reel your Sturgeon in! Your captain will make sure you're provided with top-quality fishing gear. You'll need to bring along a fishing license as well as a Sturgeon punch card.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Sturgeon – Private (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 10 - Apr 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $900
    up to 6 persons
    If you want to spend less time on the water and still hook some seriously impressive prehistoric fish, join your captain on this trip! Perfect for guests who'd rather hit the snooze button a few times, this adventure will see you departing in the afternoon and exploring the lower California Delta for your catch. You'll spend a lot of your time following and hunting your catch, which just makes it all the more exciting when reel it in! Fishing gear is included, so just bring along a license.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Rock Cod Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 31 - Nov 15 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $250
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    If you want to catch some tasty fish and make some new angling friends, join your captain on this 12-hour shared angling adventure! You'll be targeting "Rock Cod," also known as Rockfish, by drifting over piles of rocks in the California Delta. You'll be bottom fishing for your catch – this technique is suitable for everyone from newbies, to little ones, and experienced anglers alike. Your captain will provide all the gear for you, so just bring along a fishing license.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Salmon Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 4 - Oct 30 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $250
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    If you can think of nothing better than spending 12 hours out on the water, chasing Chinook Salmon and making some new angling buddies, this shared trip is calling your name! Capt. John will take you out to the hottest spots for the chance to hook this species, by trolling with 6 rods to maintain your coverage of these waters. A deckhand will be with you on the boat and can teach you everything about reeling in Salmon, making this trip perfect for newbies and families. Just bring a license along.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Halibut Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $220
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    Get ready to spend 12 hours on the water, casting your line for some seriously tasty fish and meeting new friends on this shared adventure. You'll be trolling for huge Halibut at slow speed, as well as putting bait and dodgers out and catching Californian Halibut in the flats. When you've got your live bait, you'll switch to using it and will start drifting for Halibut and sometimes even Striped Bass. Fishing gear is provided, so just bring a license and get ready to make some new angling buddies.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Sturgeon Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 10 - Apr 10 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $220
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    Come Sturgeon-hunting on this incredible 12-hour adventure! Capt. John will have you departing from Martinez Marina and fishing the lower California Delta for these prehistoric fish. You'll be fully involved in the search for your target catch, which makes finding and hooking one all the more exciting. You'll be casting your line in the Delta's seriously shallow waters and flats. You'll need to bring a California fishing licence and a sturgeon punch card, and your captain will provide your gear for you.
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About the Captain

John Badger
Richmond, California, United States
Angler's Choice
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
7 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2019
I grew up in Rodeo, CA, and started commercial Halibut fishing in the 80s. I wanted to expand my business by taking other people fishing. Even though I charge people to fish, a genuine smile is the best tip for me and my crew! If I can make you happy our job is complete. I pride myself in being successful and knowledgeable about all the species I fish for. My specialties are Halibut trolling, Halibut drifting with live bait, and Salmon trolling with a sinker release, as well as Seabass, Rock Cod, and Sturgeon fishing.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Striped) Bass (Striped)
Halibut Halibut
Rockfish Rockfish
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Seabass (White) Seabass (White)
Sturgeon Sturgeon

Boat Specs

Farallon (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 330HP Volvo D-6 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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 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 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:
Cash
Visa
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PayPal
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
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Lee I.
Vallejo, California
 5.00
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Found 'em.... finally

December 5, 2019
Began our early Dec trip fishing the incoming between Port Costa and Benicia.  Turned out to be leopard shark hour. ...
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San Lorenzo, California
 5.00
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Excellent Captain and Crew Limits

September 20, 2019
I have fished with John on his Barbarian Sportfishing boats for almost 20 years.  It started with a group of friends,...
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Oakland, CA
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Always a great time.

December 12, 2019
I have been fishing with John and John many times and I’m never disappointed. They run a clean comfortable boat that gets...
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Richard N.
San Leandro, California
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Full day of fishing

December 27, 2019
Well I tell you any one that’s been out before can tell you that u will get a full day of fishing with captain John he works...
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Jeremiah M.
Olivehurst, California
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Great trip with Barbarian Sportfishing c

November 23, 2019
We had a great sturgeon trip with Barbarian Sportfishing. Caught 8 fish and learned a lot. Very friendly and courteous. I would...
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Fishing Reports

California halbut season has begun. Trol

March 11, 2020

Spring has sprung! There wasnt much rain this year. We are currently offer 1/2 day trolling trips . Weekends are perect for this. These trips are open load We take six (6)passengers max. We will depart from Marina bay… Read Full Report →