fishSFbay welcomes you aboard! Join for a memorable day on the water and have fun fishing the productive grounds around Richmond, California. Captain Sean Stafford will take you inshore, nearshore, as well as offshore and make sure you have a terrific time chasing many prized species. Join him in Richmond and create beautiful memories on the water!

Your adventure will start on a 29’ Defiance pilothouse that runs on two 250 HP Honda engines and can accommodate up to 6 guests. The boat uses modern GPS, fishfinder, radio, as well as radar technology that will keep you on the right track. There’s also a portable toilet you can use.

You and the captain will be bottom fishing and trolling the San Francisco Bay. The species you’ll have the opportunity to catch include Chinook Salmon, Rockfish, Striped Bass, Halibut, and Lingcod. You get to keep all the fish you catch and take it home to enjoy delicious meals. Kids are more than welcome to join aboard, so bring them as well and spend a wonderful time in nature together.

Captain Sean will provide you with all the rods, reels, tackle, live bait, lures, and will also clean and fillet your catch. What you should bring before you live are your snacks, drinks, and fishing licenses.

Pay fishSFbay a visit and have a memorable time fishing the beautiful San Francisco Bay!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    5 Hour Trip – Crab Only Shared
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 5 - Dec 23 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $400
    Crab fishing only (5 hours).
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip – Rockfishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $500
    A full day targeting rockfish and lingcod. Includes rods and reels, bait, tackle, and fish cleaning.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip–Halibut / Striped Bass
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 1
    $500
    Fishing the waters of San Francisco bay targeting Halibut and Striped Bass using a variety of techniques including but not limited to live bait fishing and trolling. All equipment, bait, tackle, and fish cleaning included.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour – Salmon Weekend Single Seat
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:15 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $550
    Select number of anglers up to 6. A full day trip targeting King Salmon on the Marin and San Francisco coastal waters. All fishing equipment, bait, and fish cleaning are included.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip – Salmon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 24 - Oct 31
    $550
    A full day trip targeting King Salmon in the Marin and San Francisco coastal waters. All fishing equipment, bait, and fish cleaning are included.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour – Crab Rockfish Combo Shared
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 5 - Dec 23
    $600
    The freezer filler! Generous limits of 10 crab, 10 rockfish, and 2 lingcod per person! Rod, reel, bait, and tackle included!
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour–Farallon Rockfish & Lingcod
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 15 - Oct 16 (Sat)
    $650
    Full day offshore fishing at the Farallon Islands. All tackle, bait, rods and reels, and fish cleaning included. The trip is weather permitting.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Bay Shark
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 15 - Oct 7 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $1,150
    You will be fishing San Francisco Bay targeting multiple species of Shark, such as Soupfin, Sevengill, and Leopard Shark. All bait and tackle included.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Crab Only
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 8 - Nov 23 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $1,150
    A private trip for Crab only.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Halibut/Potluck
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 7 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $1,150
    Targeting Halibut, Striped Bass, and other species in San Francisco Bay. Rod, reel, bait, and tackle included. 5 to 6-hour trip returns no later than 12:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Rockfishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,500
    A full day targeting rockfish and lingcod. Includes rods and reels, bait, tackle, and fish cleaning.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour–Halibut/Striped Bass Private
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 31
    $1,500
    Fishing the waters of San Francisco bay targeting Halibut and Striped Bass using a variety of techniques including but not limited to live bait fishing and trolling. All equipment, bait, tackle, and fish cleaning included.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Salmon Private
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 24 - Oct 31
    $1,700
    A full day trip targeting King Salmon for up to 6 people. Fishing the Marin and San Francisco coastal waters. All fishing equipment, bait, and fish cleaning are included.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Crab Rockfish Combo
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 5 - Dec 23
    $1,800
    The freezer filler! Generous limits of 10 crab, 10 rockfish, and 2 lingcod per person! Rod, reel, bait, and tackle included!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Salmon/Rockfish Combo
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    On this trip, we target Salmon for half of the day and Rockfish and Lingcod for the second half of the day. For an action-packed fishing adventure, look no further! Generous limits of 2 Salmon, 2 Lingcod, and 10 Rockfish per angler. A full day trip that leaves before daybreak and returns between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you want your group to enjoy all the best the Marin coast has to offer, this one's for you!
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About the Captain

Sean Stafford
Richmond, California, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
22 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2021
Captain Sean welcomes you to the gorgeous and productive waters around Richmond. Pick a day and join him for a memorable day of fishing full of fun and excitement!

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Halibut Halibut
Lingcod Lingcod
Rockfish Rockfish

Boat specs

Defiance (Pilothouse) originally built in 2020. Powered by 2 250HP Honda engines.

Length
29 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Radar

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Early Fall Bite Repot August 27-Sept 4
Early Fall Bite Repot August 27-Sept 4
September 5, 2022
Salmon Fishing has been up and down with our success rate mostly depending on our landing percentage. We are still finding fish north as well as south and we have been hooking up on trophy grade king salmon every trip. Better tides next week will definitely help the bite. Halibut are back! We ran some halibut trips in both the ocean and the bay with the smaller tides and found good numbers of large grade halibut over 20lbs on every trip! We have been catching fish on live bait as well artificial lures. We are going to be targeting rockfish and lingcod alot more in the next couple months so make sure you make your plans to fill your freezer beforebits too late! -Captain Sean

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (23)
Half day halibut\/potluck
Half day halibut\/potluck
Fishing with Sean
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Darren B.
Nipomo, California
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great success!!

8 Hour Trip – Salmon on July 11, 2022
I have to tell you that this was one of the best times that my friends and my family ever had salmon fishing. Captain Sean...
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John Y.
Fresno, CA
Excellent
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Half day halibut trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip – Halibut/Potluck on September 4, 2022
Amazing experience out in San Francisco bay. The weather was perfect and the fish were bitting. Captain and crew worked hard...
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Jeanette J.
Piedmont, CA
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Trip with captain Sean

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – Salmon Private on May 29, 2022
Great trip. Captain Sean tried to keep moving different locations so we can optimize our rate of success. We got a lot of halibuts...
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Cody C.
Dripping Springs, TX
Excellent
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Experience:
Excellent
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Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day halibut/potluck

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Halibut/Potluck on August 31, 2022
We had an amazing morning trip with Capt Sean and Kenny today. The knowledge of the fish and the fishery these men have and...
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Robert H.
San Carlos, CA
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8hr full day

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip–Halibut / Striped Bass on July 22, 2022
We had a great time on the water, perfect weather, the crew made sure we were well taken care of. I will 100% book again.
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FAQs about fishSFbay

fishSFbay offers the following trips to customers:
  • $200 per person - 5 Hour Trip – Crab Only Shared (5 hours)
  • $250 per person - 8 Hour Trip – Rockfishing (8 hours)
  • $250 per person - 8 Hour Trip–Halibut / Striped Bass (8 hours)
  • $275 per person - 8 Hour – Salmon Weekend Single Seat (8 hours)
  • $275 per person - 8 Hour Trip – Salmon (8 hours)
  • $300 per person - 8 Hour – Crab Rockfish Combo Shared (8 hours)
  • $325 per person - 8 Hour–Farallon Rockfish & Lingcod (8 hours)
  • $1,150 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Bay Shark (5 hours)
  • $1,150 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Crab Only (5 hours)
  • $1,150 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Halibut/Potluck (5 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Rockfishing (8 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - 8 Hour–Halibut/Striped Bass Private (8 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Salmon Private (8 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Crab Rockfish Combo (8 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Salmon/Rockfish Combo (8 hours)

When you book a trip with fishSFbay, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Radar

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

fishSFbay offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

fishSFbay offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with fishSFbay include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Halibut
  • Lingcod
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon (Chinook)