Sole-Man Sportfishing are located at world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and offer Bay and Ocean fishing charters. Captain Don Franklin (aka ‘Sole-Man’) has been fishing for 41 years, and has been operating Sole-Man Sportfishing for the last 14 years. He has a lot of knowledge and experience, and knows these waters like the back of his hand.

Join Capt. Don aboard one of the finest and best equipped fishing charter boats on Fisherman’s Wharf. His 32 ft Uniflite boat offers a smooth and sturdy ride, and can accommodate up to six anglers in comfort on its spacious fishing deck. It is powered by a 210HP Cummins 6BT engine, and comes equipped with Furuno GPS and radar, Garmin fishfinder, and VHF radio. It features a flybridge, live-bait tank, air-conditioned or heated cabin, on board toilet, as well as a grill ready to sizzle up some tasty food.

When you fish with Sole-Man, you will get to experience some of the finest Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, Sturgeon, and Shark fishing anywhere! Trips include high-quality fishing equipment and lures, live bait, and drinks (water, coffee and tea), while the crew are happy to process your catch to your specifications.

Get ready to catch a trophy fish with Captain Don “The Sole-Man” Franklin!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Half day trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $400
  • Shared trip
    3/4 day trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $480
  • Shared trip
    Full day trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
    $560
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,000
    Join Sole-Man for a half-day trip fishing the bay or ocean around San Francisco, targeting Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, Sturgeon, and Shark. Trips include high-quality fishing equipment and lures, live bait, and drinks (water, coffee and tea), while the crew are happy to process your catch to your specifications.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,200
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $1,400
    Head out for a full-day of fishing with Sole-Man on the bay and ocean waters of San Francisco. You will target species such as Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, Sturgeon, and Shark. Trips include high-quality fishing equipment and lures, live bait, and drinks (water, coffee and tea), while the crew are happy to process your catch to your specifications.
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About the Captain

Don Franklin
San Francisco, California, United States
ID & License verified
12 Customer reviews
Response time 16 hours
Member since March 2016
Captain Don ‘Sole-Man’ Franklin has been fishing for over 40 years, and for the last 14 years he has been running Sole-Man Sportfishing. He enjoys sharing the joy of fishing with everyone, and is great at teaching kids how to fish. So no matter your age or skill level, join Sole-Man for an exciting day on the water - everyone can have a great time fishing with Captain Don!

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Halibut Halibut
Rockfish Rockfish
Salmon Salmon

Boat specs

Uniflite () originally built in 1974. Powered by a 210HP Cummins 6BT engine.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Halibut, Bass, Salmon
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Shark, Sturgeon
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing
Rockfish

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Furuno gpf 7000
Fishfinder
Garmin 1040xs
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
5 scoop capacity
Radio
Clarion

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Our Golden Gate caught Salmon, are some of the fin
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Coffee, Tea, Bottled water
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 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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Beau H.
San Ramon, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Full Day with captain Don Halibut fishing

VERIFIED   3/4 day trip on July 24, 2022
What a awesome day on the bay with Captain Don ! He did a great job making our trip successful for my wife one of my...
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Jose V.
San Leandro, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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The best!! Sole Man

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on September 12, 2022
In short, a fabulous day in the company of friends and the kindness and experience of Captain Don and his first officer Jhon,...
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Jackie W.
Vallejo, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day trip with Captain Don

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 6, 2022
Had an excellent trip with Captain Don! Was only a half day, but next time definitely booking a full day! Had fun, caught lots...
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Paul C.
Roseville, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day with Captain Don

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 9, 2022
Great day on the water. Captain Don did a great job of putting us on the fish and making sure we got them landed. I will definitely...
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Anthony S.
Rohnert Park, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 18, 2022
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FAQs about Sole-Man Sportfishing

Sole-Man Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $200 per person - Half day trip (5 hours)
  • $240 per person - 3/4 day trip (8 hours)
  • $280 per person - Full day trip (10 hours)
  • $1,000 per group, additional $200 per person after 5 guests - Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • $1,200 per group, additional $240 per person after 5 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,400 per group, additional $280 per person after 5 guests - Full Day Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Sole-Man Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS Furuno gpf 7000
  • Fishfinder Garmin 1040xs
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well 5 scoop capacity
  • Radio Clarion
  • Radar Furuno

Trips booked with Sole-Man Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle ( Our Golden Gate caught Salmon, are some of the fin)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Coffee, Tea, Bottled water)
  • First Mate

Sole-Man Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Sole-Man Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Halibut, Bass, Salmon)
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Shark, Sturgeon)
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing (Rockfish)

Top targeted fish species with Sole-Man Sportfishing include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Halibut
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Shark (Leopard)
  • Shark (Mako)
  • Shark (Thresher)
  • Sturgeon