Fish Taxi Sportfishing has a goal of you catching lots of fish and have fun doing it! Join captain Don Nelson and his experienced crew. They run fishing trips out of Oceanside and they can take you out on the water any time of year. Join regardless of your skill level, as any trip can be adjusted to fit your needs!

You’ll be fishing from a 34’ flybridge that can comfortably welcome up to 6 anglers. She’s powered by twin 380 HP Cummins engines and will get you wherever you need to be in no time. The top notch navigational electronics will help you locate schools of fish and then the crew will get you ready with professional fishing equipment.

Your technique and approach will be different depending on the fish you want to catch. You can switch between trolling, spinning, bottom fishing, or deep sea fishing. Closer to the shore, you’ll have high chances of catching Halibut, Calico Bass, Rockfish, and small Sharks. Reaching offshore spots brings something new to the plate, such as Mahi Mahi, Lingcod, Tuna, and Barracuda.

Besides Shimano and Pen gear, the captain will also prepare live bait before your trip starts. There will also be some snacks and drinks but feel free to bring your own. The crew will also clean your catch and, although not mandatory, tips are appreciated for the service.

Enjoy the California sun the best way possible - spending a day with Fish Taxi Sportfishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Fish Hunting Day
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Nov 15
    $2,200
    Spend 12 hours offshore, hunting for various pelagic species. You'll be provided with gear and tackle, as well as snacks and beverages. Just make sure to bring your fishing license, food to keep you going through the day, as well as any additional refreshments. There'll be a 2-person crew assisting you on this trip.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Hunt's On!
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,568
    This is an 9-hour extended range fishing adventure in quest of Tuna, Yellowtail, or best opportunity available. Soda, water, snacks, and fishing gear you need to catch a lifetime memory are all included. Don't forget to purchase your license and feel free to bring other food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Coastal Quest
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,226
    Target local game fish in the nearshore and offshore waters. Go after Mahi Mahi, Lingcod, Rockfish, Barracuda, and more. The crew will prepare your fishing equipment, snacks, and drinks, but feel free to bring your own. You can keep the catch afterward and the crew will fillet it for you.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Fun Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $885
    DESIGNED FOR KIDS - 2 crew members will serve your guests (6 passenger limit) for a fun 4 hour fishing adventure. Soda, water, snacks, and everything you need to catch a lifetime memory included. Bring your own fishing licenses.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Fun Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $885
    DESIGNED FOR KIDS - 2 crew members will serve your guests (6 passenger limit) for a fun 4 hour fishing adventure. Soda, water, snacks, and everything you need to catch a lifetime memory included. Bring your own fishing license.
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About the Captain

Don Nelson
Oceanside, California, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
20 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2020
Over 50 years ago I lost a Tarpon twice. That did it! I was 10, by myself, and fishing with hand me downs on the Navy painting barges in Puerto Rico. By 16, I was living in Kodiak, Alaska, I knew plenty about fishing. In fact, enough to understand that it's different everywhere and with everybody. You never stop learning but you always start with the basics!

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific) Barracuda (Pacific)
Calico Bass Calico Bass
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Halibut Halibut

Lingcod Lingcod
Rockfish Rockfish
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Shark (Thresher) Shark (Thresher)

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Radovich (Flybridge) originally built in 1984, and restored in 2014. Powered by 2 380HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 13 knots.

Length
34 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Incredible.

VERIFIED   NEW  7 Hour Trip – Coastal Quest on July 3, 2021
Super friendly, super generous, fun, lots of laughs. Great hearted people. Would definitely recommend to anyone. It was our...
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6hr. Rockfish

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Coastal Quest on March 2, 2021
With the temperature not helping our fish take this day, Capt. Don and Capt. Tate, worked furiously to find fish, seriously,...
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Oceanside, CA
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8 hr trip with Captain Don

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip – Hunt's On! on October 8, 2020
Had a great day trolling for sharks and picking up Rock fish for dinner with the boys.  Captain Don was super knowledgeable...
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Half day trip with captain Don

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Coastal Quest on September 27, 2020
Captain Don and his first mate were absolutely great. They were super knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Their experience...
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FAQs about Fish Taxi Sportfishing

Fish Taxi Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $885 per group - 5 Hour Fun Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $885 per group - 5 Hour Fun Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,226 per group - 7 Hour Trip – Coastal Quest (7 hours)
  • $1,568 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Hunt's On! (9 hours)
  • $2,200 per group - Fish Hunting Day (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Fish Taxi Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fish Taxi Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn)
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Chips, Doritos)
  • Drinks (Water, soda)
  • First Mate (Works for tips; at least 10% of the trip price)

Fish Taxi Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Fish Taxi Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Fish Taxi Sportfishing include:
  • Barracuda (Pacific)
  • Calico Bass
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Halibut
  • Lingcod
  • Rockfish
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)