Old Spool Fishing Charters

58 reviews
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Old Spool Fishing Charters operates out of Newport Beach, offering a range of trips targeting every major species and habitat around. Fish the local kelp beds and reefs for Calico Bass, hit the Catalina and San Clemente Islands for huge Yellowtail and Tuna, or head 70+ miles offshore in search of huge bluewater battles. Captain Matt covers all this and more aboard a clean, modern boat full of great equipment.

The beauty in question is a 25’ Parker boat, powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine up to an impressive 30 knots. The vessel was originally built in 2001, but was restored in 2019 and is now ready to battle the best of them offshore. She is equipped with cutting-edge Furuno electronics to get you on the fish and has outriggers to give you the best chance of landing them once you’re in place.

You have a wide range of techniques you can enjoy on your day, from bottom fishing and drift fishing to trolling and even spearfishing. For every style of angling, you will be provided with quality equipment and expert assistance to make sure you bring in some real prize fish. There is also a choice of fresh live bait and lifelike lures to make sure nothing can resist your hooks.

Captain Matt has been fishing the waters around Southern California for years and knows all the best spots for every species. He loves working with anglers of any age and will tailor his trips to your needs and experience level.

So whether you’re a complete beginner fishing for Bass with the kids or a seasoned pro heading 75 miles out in search of monster Bluefin, you can rely on Captain Matt to get you on that fish of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Nov 15
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    Head offshore to enjoy bluewater fishing for massive Yellowtail, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. This trip runs all through summer and into the fall but the best time to go is June-September.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – San Clemente Island
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 15
    $1,450
    price breakdown
    $1,450
    San Clemente Island consistently produces the best fishing in Southern California year-round. It really doesn't get better than this! Target species on this trip are Yellowtail, White Seabass, and Tuna.
  • Private trip
    11 Hour Trip – Catalina Island
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    11 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 20
    $1,375
    price breakdown
    $1,375
    This is the captain's favorite trip to run! A full day at Catalina is not only great for fishing but for sightseeing as well. Target species will include Yellowtail, White Seabass, Calico Bass, Barracuda, Bonito, and Halibut.
  • Private trip
    9 Hour Trip – Catalina Island
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Dec 1
    $1,175
    price breakdown
    $1,175
    This trip will focus on fishing Yellowtail, Bonita, Calico Bass, and Barracuda on Catalina Island.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 15
    $775
    price breakdown
    $775
    This trip usually targets local kelp beds, reefs, and sand flats. Popular spots are the Horseshoe Kelp, Izors Reef, Newport Artificial Reef, and my favorite local spot Crystal Cove. Popular catches are Yellowtail, Sand Bass, Calico Bass, Bonito, and Barracuda.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Apr 1
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Local Lobster Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Nov 25 - Mar 1
    $535
    price breakdown
    $535
    Come hoopnet for lobster locally! Always a great trip for kids as the action is non-stop. Take home some delicious California Spiny Lobster.
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About the Captain

Matt Schubert
Newport Beach, California, United States
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58 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2017
I started fishing in the rivers and lakes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. When I was in junior high my family got our first boat and I was able to fish saltwater for the first time and I was hooked! When I was 20 I got my first fishing boat. Since then I have had five different fishing boats which have led me to the "Frances B", my current charter boat. It is ideally equipped for fishing the Southern California waters. I also have a charter fleet of boats doing wine cruises in Newport Beach and San Diego which keeps me on the water almost every day of the year. I have been a charter captain for six years and I have loved every moment of it and can't wait to share more experiences with you!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific) Barracuda (Pacific)
Bonito Bonito
California Sheephead California Sheephead
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Halibut Halibut
Lobster Lobster
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Ray Ray

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Parker (Pilothouse) originally built in 2001, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Newport Beach to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.95
out of 5 stars from 58 reviews
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Crew
Experience
Matt Schubert
Captain Matt finds the Fish !!
Fantastic 1\/2 day family trip
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Angler Rating
57
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Ben R.
United States
 5.00
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Fantastic 1/2 day family trip

VERIFIED   July 14, 2020
Capt Matt was awesome! This was a family trip with a 9 and 15 year old and Matt knew exactly what to do…  put the...
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Stewart A.
Glendale, CA
 5.00
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Fishing with Matt

VERIFIED   NEW  October 16, 2020
Matt is an excellent captain, guide and fisherman. He knowledge and expertise were invaluable. Highly recommended!
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Austin M.
Santa Ana, CA
 5.00
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3/4 day trip with captain Matt

VERIFIED   NEW  October 3, 2020
The trip was awesome! Matt put us on the fish all day! 100% recommend This trip to anyone looking!
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Wei H.
Los Angeles, California
 5.00
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Great experience

VERIFIED   NEW  September 27, 2020
The kids had a great experience with Captain Matt. We caught a lot of fish.
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Chris J.
Ontario, CA
 5.00
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Lobster hooping for 4 hrs

VERIFIED   February 28, 2020
Took my wife and three kids out with Matt on 2/28/20 and had a great time he was very accommodating and answered tons of questions...
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