San Diego’s Best Fishing Charters. Fishing for Bluefin & Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail, Mahi-Mahi, Rock Fish and Halibut.

We take pride in customer service. If you are a seasoned angler or just a beginner, we want you to have the best experience while on the water with us.

Our 35 foot Shearwater Express is built for luxury, speed and function. Powered by twin Yamaha 350 outboards, she can easily cruise at 30 knots getting us to the tuna grounds fast, without getting beat up along the way. She boasts a 100-gallon bait tank, an uber amount of rod holders, plenty of soft seating, four bunks, a head (bathroom), kitchenette, top-of-the-line navigation electronics and full tuna tower with controls for spotting hungry fish.

Ready to go fishing?

***Please note that Passports are required for Coronado Islands Charters***



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 30
    $2,553
    Targeting: Bluefin or Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Yellowtail and Marlin California Fishing License Required If running 50+ miles off-shore for Bluefin, there will be a $300 fuel surcharge per trip
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Off Shore Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,109
    Targeting: Yellowtail, Dorado and Tuna / California Fishing License Required
  • Private trip
    Full Day Coronado Islands Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,887
    Targeting: Yellowtail, Halibut, Bonita, Barracuda, Rockfish, Lingcod / Passports Required For Coronado Islands - Sorry No Exceptions
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Coronado Islands Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,609
    Targeting Yellowtail, Halibut, Bonita and Barracuda / Passports Required For Coronado Islands - Sorry No Exceptions
  • Private trip
    Half Day Local Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,221
    Targeting: Yellowtail, Halibut, Calico Bass, Bonito, Barracuda, Rockcod, Sheephead California Fishing License Required
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About the Captain

Sam Skinner
San Diego, California, United States
ID & License verified
33 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2015
Originally from Hawaii, Captain Sam Skinner brings energy and exuberance to every charter. Don’t let his age fool you. After working for several years on San Diego sport boats, Captain Sam has the know how and the work ethic to put our customers on fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Halibut Halibut
Rockfish Rockfish
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna

Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Shearwater (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1996. Powered by 2 350HP Yamaha V8 4 Stroke Outboards engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging
Kite Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Spearfishing Equipment
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
75%
Catch intended fish
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Todd B.
Old Saybrook, CT
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3/4 day with captain Andrew.

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Off Shore Fishing on October 16, 2021
Super nice guy! Very knowledgeable about the area and up date on latest fishing reports and how/where to catch them. Very patient...
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Curtis A.
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Good Captain-Guide / Boat - well - - -

VERIFIED   Half Day Local Fishing on August 29, 2021
Mike put us on fish / Personable - Fishing gear in excellent shape. Boat- items not secured   - items tossed about...
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Ethan S.
Wickenburg, AZ
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Fishing with Sam

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Local Fishing on October 12, 2021
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Philip G.
Tulare, CA
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August fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Local Fishing on August 26, 2021
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Roy H.
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Offshore Fishing on October 13, 2021
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FAQs about Guardian Charters

Guardian Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,221 per group - Half Day Local Fishing (6 hours)
  • $1,609 per group - 3/4 Day Coronado Islands Fishing (9 hours)
  • $1,887 per group - Full Day Coronado Islands Fishing (12 hours)
  • $2,109 per group - 3/4 Day Off Shore Fishing (9 hours)
  • $2,553 per group - Full Day Offshore Fishing (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Guardian Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Spearfishing Equipment

Trips booked with Guardian Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Fish iced immediately)
  • Snacks (Chips, granola bars, etc)
  • Drinks (Water and sport drinks)
  • First Mate

Guardian Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Guardian Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Kite Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Guardian Charters include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Halibut
  • Rockfish
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack