Visit Guardian Charters and have a memorable time on the water with one of San Diego’s best fishing charters! Taking pride in customer service, Captain Sam Skinner and his crew will do everything to put you on the fish and provide an enjoyable trip. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just a beginner, they want you to have the best experience while on the water with them.

Depending on the duration of the charter, we will put you on Big Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail, Mahi Mahi, Rockfish, and Halibut. You can use light and heavy tackle to bottom fish, deep sea fish, jig, kite fish, as well as spearfish. Feel free to keep your catch if you want to. The captain welcomes kids aboard that are 12 or older.

The captain’s 35’ Shearwater Express offshore sport fishing boat is built for luxury, speed, and function. Powered by twin 350 HP Yamaha V8 four stroke outboards, she can easily cruise at 30 knots getting us to the fishing grounds fast, without getting beat up along the way.

We are excited to share some big news. We are now running Big Bluefin charters on a new 31T Cape Horn center console. With a cruising speed of 45mph and a range of 400 miles there is almost nowhere for the fish to hide from this beauty. Designed for comfort and speed, she is fully equipped with state of the art Garmin electronics.

All charters include the use of rods and reels, tackle, bottled water, live bait, fish iced immediately, cleaned, and bagged. We have spearfishing equipment as well.

A California Fishing License is required for fishing in US Waters and a Passport for the Coronado Islands charters.

Ready to go fishing? Pick your day and hop aboard, Guardian Charters is waiting for you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – San Diego Bay
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 20 - Nov 30
    $980
    You'll be targeting Halibut, Sandbass, Spotted Baybass, and more. These trips are great for first-timers and families getting into the sport of fishing. Learn the basics and start catching fish right away! All fishing equipment is covered and included in the price.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Local Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,318
    You'll be targeting Yellowtail Amberjack, Halibut, Calico Bass, Bonito, Barracuda, Rockcod, and Sheepshead. Don't forget to bring your California fishing license before you start the trip. The departure time is 6:00 a.m. and you'll spend 6 hours fishing.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day - Coronado Islands
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,693
    Travel to Coronado Islands and have a great time chasing Yellowtail Amberjack, Halibut, Bonito, as well as Barracuda. Remember that trips to Coronado Islands require passports. The captain will provide all the equipment, bait, food, and drinks.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Coronado Islands
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,980
    Spend even more time exploring the lovely waters around Coronado Islands. You and Captain Sam will target Barracuda, Yellowtail Amberjack, Halibut, Rockfish, Lingcod, as well as Bonito. You'll need your passports to travel to Coronado Islands.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Offshore Fishing
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,600
    Enjoy a 9-hour adventure on the offshore waters of California. The trip will see you targeting species such as Dorado, Seasonal Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail Amberjack. Just bring a California fishing license and you'll be ready for a great day on the water.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Big Bluefin Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $3,550
    This trip will be run on a 31' Tournament Cape Horn Center Console. This boat is designed to run at 45 mph with a 400-mile range! There is nowhere that the fish can hide from us, we will get there in speed and comfort. This trip includes tackle for big bluefin, helium, kites and flying fish. Fishing anywhere from 30 to 100 miles targeting Bluefin Tuna up to 350 pounds.
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About the Captain

Sam Skinner
San Diego, California, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
37 Customer reviews
Response time 1 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 customers on fish.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Shearwater (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1996. Powered by 2 350HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fish iced immediately
Snacks
Chips, granola bars, etc.
Drinks
Water and sport 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
12 years and older
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.5 / 5
out of 5 stars from 9 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.4 / 5
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Perfect Summer Fishing Trip
Perfect Summer Fishing Trip
Perfect Summer Fishing Trip
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
71%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
71%
Catch intended fish
67%
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John P.
Henderson, NV
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Perfect Summer Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  9 Hour Trip – Offshore Fishing on August 13, 2022
Sam and John were the best of the best! Great communication leading up to and throughout the trip. They were very knowledgeable...
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Todd B.
Old Saybrook, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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3/4 day with captain Andrew.

VERIFIED   9 Hour Trip – Offshore 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.
United States
Very good
4.0 / 5
Experience:
Good
3.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Good Captain-Guide / Boat - well - - -

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – 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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Michael H.
Riverside, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Local Fishing on May 18, 2022
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Brian A.
Manhattan Beach, MN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Sam

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Local Fishing on February 2, 2022
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FAQs about Guardian Charters

Guardian Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $980 per group - 4 Hour Trip – San Diego Bay (4 hours)
  • $1,318 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Local Fishing (6 hours)
  • $1,693 per group - 3/4 Day - Coronado Islands (9 hours)
  • $1,980 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Coronado Islands (12 hours)
  • $2,600 per group - 9 Hour Trip – Offshore Fishing (9 hours)
  • $3,550 per group - 12 Hour Trip – Big Bluefin Tuna (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
  • Radar

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
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • 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