Argo Sportfishing

Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 45
San Francisco CA, United States

Departing from Fisherman’s Wharf, you will find yourself cruising aboard Argo Sportfishing Charters, an unforgettable experience that has no match in the whole of the San Franciso Bay Area.

Designed to accommodate up to 6 anglers in spacious comfort and style, their 33 ft Argo boat is a true work of art. It is powered by a 210 HP Catipiler engine, has an attractive wood interior cabin and all the top-notch navigational electronics. The vessel is very cozy and provides a pleasant ride anywhere you go. The Argo has a toilet on board for a maximum comfort on the water and a large dinette.

Being a true master, the Captain will take you to the best fishing grounds, be it inshore in the San Francisco Bay, or nearshore in the coastal ocean. Depending on the season, you will be targeting what is biting best: Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish, Leopard Shark or Crabs. Sailing outside the Golden Gate, you will find Salmon available throughout the summer and fall months. Going to the local reefs will lead you to Rockfish from June till December.

The Captain will share his knowledge about different fish species and how to catch them. Even when it’s chilly outside, with Argo Sportfishing you will never get bored.

Fishing with various techniques, ranging from light to heavy tackle, from trolling to drift fishing, the crew will put your hands on fish. A live bait tank, lures, rods, reels, and tackle are included in the price.

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

Departing from Fisherman’s Wharf, you will find yourself cruising aboard Argo Sportfishing Charters, an unforgettable experience that has no match in the whole of the San Franciso Bay Area.

Designed to accommodate up to 6 anglers in spaciou

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  • US$ 1140 private charter
  • US$ 840 private charter
  • Full Day Trip
    9 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 210 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
  • US$ 155 per person (shared), 2 persons minimum
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About this listing

Boat Specs

Crown Custom (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1979. Powered by a 210HP Catipiler engine.

33 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
San Francisco Bay
Nearshore Fishing
Coastal Ocean
Offshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species
Bass (Striped)


Shark (Leopard)

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
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
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

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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.

About the Captain

Craig Hanson
San Francisco, California, United States
Member since December 2016
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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.68 out of 5 stars from 20 reviews

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Fished November 24, 2017
Craig Hanson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on November 26, 2017

Really enjoyed the day with you the girls - They are outstanding!

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I booked this trip for both my son and I. I gave the captain of the boat 3 stars because he was nice. I didn’t give him 5 stars because I had a salmon on my line which captain Craig believed was a jellyfish. As I was reeling the fish in, it was fighting me. What I mean by this is that it was clearly NOT just dead weight, which is what a jellyfish would have felt like. Captain Craig kept insisting that I hand my line over to him. I kept telling him that what I had on my line was a salmon, not a jellyfish. I have fished for salmon many times before so I know what it feels like to have one on my line. The captain continued to push me and grab at my line until I finally relented. Once I did, the salmon was lost. When the hook was brought up, the sinker weight was gone and the bait was shredded. The captain even admitted “Oh, it looks like you did have a fish on after all” (DUH!). What he should have done was grabbed the net and got ready for what I was reeling in.
My son also had a salmon on, but I suspect it was too small. That fish was lost by the captain also because the captain insisted that my son (29 years old) hand the pole over to him. In that case the sinker weight was still on the line which is what makes me think it was too small. Of course we’ll never know because the captain lost it.
For some reason, he seems to think that he is the only person capable of reeling in a fish, whatever kind of fish that might be. I paid him to take my son and I out fishing, not to fish for us. He needs to understand and admit that he screwed up. In all my years of salmon fishing I have never had a captain insist the he be the one to reel in every fish. Once when I was fishing in the Gulf Of California (I was 12 years old) I had a 6 foot sailfish on my line. The captain allowed me to fight that fish until I was too tired to continue, then he suggested I hand the pole over to my father, who finished reeling it in. That captain never asked me to hand anything to him. My father paid him to take us out fishing which is exactly what he did. Perhaps captain Craig could learn a few things from someone like that.
Hey Captain Craig, perhaps you should ask yourself why NOBODY on that boat tipped you.
My suggestion is… FIND ANOTHER BOAT TO TAKE YOU OUT. There are plenty of others that I’m sure are better. I won’t be using Argo Fishing again.

Fished October 31, 2017
Craig Hanson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on November 2, 2017

If the angler hada “large salmon” on the line hi weight would have dropped off the sinker release and the bait would have been stripped from the hook or been mauled with teeth marks - neither were the case. The captain did not touch his rod, or even ask to touch his rod. The captain did bring his line up by hand because it was obvious the weight was still on the line, and if there was a fish it’s standard practice to “hand line” line in so that the angler does not have to over tighten his drag in case there is a fish on the line.
The angler knew going into the day, on the last day of the season, that fishing was very slow, and we were just hoping get a little lucky to land a salmon.
His son did have a fish on, that did drop the weight, but it unfortunately got off the line. Many other boats on this day did not get a bite, we had a chance but the fish got off his son’s line, not his.
Forty five years of salmon fishing should the captain a knowledge edge over the angler.

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We had a great time couldn’t ask for a better day. Fishing was AWSOME THANK YOU

Fished October 6, 2017
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