Captain James Nelson

2210 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego CA, United States

The only licensed guide in San Diego who offers a “Catch Fish or it’s Free” Guarantee, Captain James Nelson is an experienced full time guide who knows where to find the fish. Offering freshwater, bay, and offshore saltwater fishing trips, he has a range of skills that will allow you to get the most out of your time on the water with him.

Captain James’s boat is a fully rigged 22 ft Skeeter that provides a comfortable base for up to four anglers. Featuring a 250 HP Yamaha engine that powers it at speeds of up to 45 knots, the boat will take you to the best fishing spots in no time. The boat is fully equipped with a trolling motor, anchoring system, and electronics to put you in the best position to catch fish, and you will find an ice box on board to keep your beverages ice cold.

All the gear you will need for your fishing trip is supplied on board by Captain James Nelson. If it’s not there, you don’t need it. Captain James will make sure you catch fish, pick up some new techniques, and most importantly have a great time, whatever your age or experience level. Kids, beginners, and seasoned anglers are all warmly welcomed on board, with the emphasis of the trip being placed on you, and what you want to achieve. Captain James is a strong believer that fishing should be fun, and he works hard to provide fun days on the water that allow you to enjoy everything this beautiful area has to offer.

Any fish you catch is yours: as long as it is of legal size, you are welcome to keep it if you want to, and Captain James can even fillet it for you if you like at no extra charge. Lunch is included on full day trips, so just bring yourself and get ready for a wonderful day on the water.

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Skeeter (Center console) originally built in 2006, and restored in 2017. Powered by 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

20 ft
3 persons
Types of Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Pacific)
Bass (Largemouth)


California Sheephead



Shark (Leopard)
Yellowtail Amberjack
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Live Bait Well
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
On Full Day Trips
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
The fish caught by you are yours
Disabled Accessible

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express.

About the Captain

James Nelson
San Diego, California, United States
Member since October 2016
Captain James Nelson has fished Southern California’s bays and lakes for over forty years. He was born and raised in San Diego and spent a great deal of his childhood cycling to the best fishing spots in Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. As he honed his skills, he started to compete in tournaments, successfully participating in FLW, WON Bass, ABA, and East County Bassmasters. Now, he used those skills to teach clients on every fishing trip he takes out. Captain James loves helping people catch fish and being a part of their most treasured memories and he is well-qualified and certified to take you out on the water. A father of four, he is appreciated by his clients not only as an excellent guide and teacher, but also as a pleasure to fish with.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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