Freshbait Sportfishing

Join Freshbait Sportfishing and have a fun trip fishing the waters of Newport Beach and Southern California. Together with Captain Daron Muratyan, you’ll explore the area’s inshore and offshore waters. Pick a day that suits you and get ready for your next fishing adventure.

You’ll start your trip aboard a brand new 2820 Parker. Powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha engines, the boat can take you to the fishing spots quickly and safely. The boat is also equipped with top of the line marine electronics as well as quality tackle to help you find and reel in your prized catch. There’ll also be a first mate present on board to help out and fillet your catch after a fun day of fishing.

The fish you’ll be targeting includes Tuna, Swordfish, Yellowtail Amberjack, Rockfish, California Sheephead, Calico Bass, as well as other species.

Captain Daron will supply you with all the rods, reels, live bait, and lures. What to bring? You should only bring your fishing license, food, and drinks. It’s also recommended to dress warm. If you would like to bring your own fishing tackle please make sure to mention when messaging the captain.

Come and have a memorable fishing experience with Freshbait Sportfishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Extended Full Day – Big Bluefin
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $3,200
    There are very few things that are as exciting as fishing for Big Tuna! Bluefin Tuna are some of the toughest fighting fish you can come across in the ocean and the Adrenaline is unreal! These fish are a fish of a lifetime! We will be either fly lining or kite fishing during these trips.
  • Private trip
    Extended – San Clemente / Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,600
    San Clemente is a US Navy base and must be clear before making the 55-mile crossing. This trip is for serious anglers who want to get away from the crowds and go hunt big fish. This island has it all: Yellowtail Amberjack, White Seabass, Halibut, Monster Calicos, and the pelagics make a stop there. Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna often occupy the waters just off this island.
  • Private trip
    Full day - catalina island
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,900
    Catalina journey begins with the 30-mile channel crossing and going to wherever the fish are biting on the island. This spot is famous for Yellowtail Amberjack, White Seabass, Halibut, and many other species. Enjoy the beauty of this island with its pristine waters and abundant sea life. Always fun!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,400
    This trip is excellent whether as an introduction to fishing or just a day on the water. You'll be fishing for Bass, Barracuda, Rockfish, and if you're lucky, Yellowtail or Halibut will come over the rail as well.
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About the Captain

Daron Muratyan
Newport Beach, California, United States
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Member since February 2021
Fueled by decades of experience and his passion to achieve the goal of providing the ultimate small boat fishing experience, Captain Daron Muratyan has built an unbreakable reputation as one of the most consistent, hard working and well-respected captains in the nation. Hailing from Newport Beach & San Diego, California Daron is the owner and operator of the highly acclaimed Freshbait Sportfishing. A small boat charter Company, fully-rigged Parker boat 28’ that specialize in targeting all gamefish that live in or migrate through Southern California waters. From giant bluefin tuna to swordfish, yellowtail to halibut and everything in between, Daron Freshbait Sportfishing is the go-to choice for a SoCal trophy!

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Targeted Species

Bonito Bonito
Calico Bass Calico Bass
California Sheephead California Sheephead
Lingcod Lingcod

Rockfish Rockfish
Seabass (White) White Seabass
Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna

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

Boat Specs

Parker (Pilothouse) originally built in 2022. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha 4.2l engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

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Customer Reviews

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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Dillon B.
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Half day with Capt. Daron

VERIFIED   Half Day AM on June 12, 2021
Awesome half day trip on the pacific with Capt. Daron and a few friends. Ship was comfortable for a group of four and the Captain...
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Half day trip with my boys

VERIFIED   Half Day AM on June 24, 2021
We had a great time. Captain Dan was great and chill. We laughed a lot and caught fish. Highly recommend and we will be using...
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   1/2 Day Trip on May 27, 2021
Captain was very Helpful and was a lot of fun.  Did almost everything so we just Fished.  I would probably do a full day...
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Laguna Beach, CA
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VERIFIED   Half Day AM on June 25, 2021
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FAQs about Freshbait Sportfishing

Freshbait Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,400 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,900 per group - Full day - catalina island (10 hours)
  • $2,600 per group - Extended – San Clemente / Offshore (12 hours)
  • $3,200 per group - Extended Full Day – Big Bluefin (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Freshbait Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Freshbait Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate

Freshbait Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Freshbait Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Freshbait Sportfishing include:
  • Bonito
  • Calico Bass
  • California Sheephead
  • Lingcod
  • Rockfish
  • Seabass (White)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack