Argo Sportfishing

Departing from S.F. Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argo is a world-class experience with incredible on-the-water views of the surrounding San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. 

Designed to accommodate up to 6 anglers in spacious comfort and style, the 33 ft Argo is a classic machine. Powered by a new 250-HP Scania engine, the vessel features an attractive wood interior cabin and all the top-notch navigational electronics. The vessel is spacious and comfortable providing a pleasant ride anywhere you go. The Argo has a private clean flush-toilet on board for maximum comfort and a large dinette area.

The Captain will take you to the best possible fishing grounds, within San Francisco Bay, or in the ocean. Depending on the season, the Argo generally focuses on Salmon, Halibut, Striped Bass, Rockfish and Sturgeon. Leopard sharks are catch and release only and Dungeness crab November and December. 

Captain Craig is always happy to share his knowledge about different fish species and how to catch them. Fishing with various techniques, ranging from light to heavy tackle, from trolling to drift fishing, the crew will always do their best to put you on fish. All tackle and bait are including.

Plenty of space, lots of fun, attention to details. Argo Sportfishing is just the right choice.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $390
    Fish a half-day trip on San Francisco Bay for Striped Bass, Halibut, Sturgeon or Sharks. Some half-day ocean trips are available.
  • Shared trip
    3/4 Day -– Crab Only (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Dec 15
    US $450
    Crab season begins the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run crab trips in November and possibly December. These trips are always weather permitting.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $540
    Your best opportunity for the greatest success with more time on the water. These trips are recommended to target Salmon and Rockfish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $1,140
    Half day trips available for all bay species, such as Rockfish, Salmon, Halibut, and many others. Ocean trips are also available.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day -– Crab Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Dec 15
    US $1,320
    Crab season begins the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run crab trips in November and possibly December. These trips are always weather permitting.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $1,560
    Your best opportunity for the greatest success with more time on the water. These trips are recommended to target Salmon and Rockfish.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 184 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Caught fish
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Todd M.
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Great Experience for this Father / Daughter Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip - Private Charter on July 2, 2024
This is a very experienced captain with a quality first mate. This was an effortless trip with quick and easy full service...
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Natalia F.
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Fantastic half day fishing trip in the Bay - highly recommend!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay on June 15, 2024
We had a great half day trip with Captain Craig, and would highly recommend booking your next trip with Craig on Argo! It was...
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Meagan D.
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A 40th birthday to remember forever

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Private Charter on July 13, 2024
I bought this trip for my husband and his brother. They had the most incredible time with Captain Craig and Jake. They loved...
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Mikel W.
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Fishing trip in August

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay on August 7, 2023
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Teresa C.
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Craig is the best!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay on June 10, 2024
We had a blast fishing with Craig and Jake! This was our first time, and it was SO worth it! We caught lots of fish and had...
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FAQs about Argo Sportfishing

Argo Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $195 per person - Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay (6 hours)
  • US $225 per person - 3/4 Day -– Crab Only (Shared) (7 hours)
  • US $270 per person - Full Day Trip (9 hours)
  • US $1,140 per group - Half Day Trip - Private Charter (6 hours)
  • US $1,320 per group - 3/4 Day -– Crab Private Charter (7 hours)
  • US $1,560 per group - Full Day Trip - Private Charter (9 hours)

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

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

Argo Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (San Francisco Bay)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Coastal Ocean )
  • Offshore Fishing

Argo Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Argo Sportfishing include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Crab
  • Halibut
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Shark (Leopard)
  • Sturgeon

Meet the Captain

Craig Hanson
San Francisco, California, United States
184 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2016
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
Captain Craig Hanson is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain with more than 40 years of fishing experience on San Francisco Bay and the surrounding waters. As a fourth generation San Franciscan, Craig knows the history of the area and is always happy to share stories.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Crab Crab
Halibut Halibut
Rockfish Rockfish

Boat specs

Crown Custom (Sportfishing) originally built in 1979. Powered by a 250HP Scania engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 12 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
San Francisco Bay
Nearshore Fishing
Coastal Ocean
Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
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

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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 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

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