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:

  • Private trip
    Full Day -– Crab/Rockfish Combo
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Dec 15
    $1,500
    Crab season begins the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run crab/rockfish combo trips in November. These trips combine crab and rockfish on the same day when weather permits.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Private Charter
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,380
    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
    $990
    Half day trips available for all bay species, such as Rockfish, Salmon, Halibut, and many others. Ocean trips are also available.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day -– Crab/Rockfish (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Dec 15
    $1,060
    Crab season begins the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run crab/rockfish combo trips in November. These trips combine crab and rockfish on the same day when weather permits.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $960
    Your best opportunity for the greatest success with more time on the water. These trips are recommended to target Salmon and Rockfish.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $720
    Fish a half-day trip on San Francisco Bay for Striped Bass, Halibut, Sturgeon or Sharks. Some half-day ocean trips are available.
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About the Captain

Craig Hanson
San Francisco, California, United States
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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

Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Shark (Leopard) Leopard Shark
Sturgeon Sturgeon

Boat Specs

Crown Custom (Saltwater fishing) 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
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
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
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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Customer Reviews

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Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Leonard W.
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Full Day trip with Captain Craig Hanson

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 26, 2021
We (my 2 sons and I, plus 2 others) went on a fishing trip with Captain Craig and Crew hand Albert on Friday, March 26,2021...
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Half Day Bay Fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Private Charter on January 1, 2022
Great day out on the boat with Craig and Jay. Super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable team, We landed a giant white...
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Oceano, California
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FISH ON

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 19, 2021
Heard that a lot that day! Some real nice Salmon caught that day! Me and my Son were visiting from Cincinnati OH...
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VC Highlands, NV
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 6, 2021
Great day fishing, my little girl had the biggest smile all day long. We will be definitely going back again captain Greg and...
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January fishing trip

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FAQs about Argo Sportfishing

Argo Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $180 per person - Half Day Trip - San Francisco Bay (6 hours)
  • $240 per person - Full Day Trip (9 hours)
  • $265 per person - Full Day -– Crab/Rockfish (Shared) (9 hours)
  • $990 per group - Half Day Trip - Private Charter (6 hours)
  • $1,380 per group - Full Day Trip - Private Charter (9 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - Full Day -– Crab/Rockfish Combo (9 hours)

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

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