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Best Fishing Charters in Dana Point

Top Fishing Charters in Dana Point

Fishing in Dana Point

Dana Point fishing charters are designed to give you the most out of your time on board. Captains offer trips for first-timers and sea dogs alike. The fleet itself is varied, with everything from small inshore boats to huge liveaboard cruisers. In short, there’s something for everyone. You just need to choose.

Half Day Trips – Inshore Fun

This is the perfect introduction to charter fishing. You’ll be close to shore, meaning calm seas and plenty of action without spending the whole day at sea. Trips can be as short as three hours, but we recommend going for a half day (five hours) to get the full experience.
Spend the day around Dana Point’s bays, reefs, and kelp beds. Target various California specialities, from Calico Bass and Rockfish to White Seabass and California Halibut. They taste great and put up a good fight, too. Even pros will have fun.

¾ Day Trips – A Taste of Both Worlds

These charters give you a slice of the offshore bite on top of inshore action. They’re perfect for anglers with some experience who want to try something new. Most ¾ day fishing trips last seven hours in Dana Point – enough time to enjoy both fisheries without feeling rushed. 
Start the day by reeling in Bass, Rockfish, and Halibut inshore. After that, you’ll venture deeper in search of Yellowtail, Barracuda, Tuna, and Sharks. You probably won’t catch a monster, but you will get to try several different techniques and target a range of species.

Full Day Trips – Deep Sea Action

For seasoned anglers looking serious action, deep sea charters are a no-brainer. Speed straight out to the bluewaters and big fish offshore. These trips last 8–10 hours, depending on the charter. We recommend choosing a large, stable boat, as the sea gets choppy offshore.
Full day trips take you around 30 miles out to target Albacore, Yellowfin, and Bluefin Tuna, as well as big Mako and Thresher Sharks. Between all that, you’ll have plenty of Yellowtail to keep you busy. These guys look cool, taste great, and put up a serious fight.

Extended Trips – Exploring the Islands

California’s biggest fish live around the islands, which are the center of the Dana Point sportfishing scene. You need 11 hours minimum to fish here. Santa Catalina is 30 miles away, San Clemente is twice that. You’ll also need a large boat to deal with the waves – and the fish!
What makes the islands worth the journey? The sheer size and amount of fish. Think Marlin, Makos, and enough Tuna to feed an army. San Clemente has the better big game bite, while Santa Catalina offers a mix of apex predators and deep-water Groundfish.
Dana Point fishing charters condense dozens of spots and scores of species into a few fun trips. Families can have a blast in the bay while sportfishing fanatics battle sea monsters offshore. All this, aboard well-equipped boats helmed by experienced captains. What more could you want?
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Dana Point Fishing Seasons

January 1st kicks off the Sculpin season. Also known as Californian Scorpionfish, these tasty little guys may be hard to handle, but their delicious meat is worth the effort once in a while.

Halibut show up in February, to accompany the year-round populations of Yellowtail and Kelp Bass. You really are never short of great food fish in Dana Point!

Sheephead, Lingcod, Rockfish, and a ton of other tasty Groundfish open for harvest in March. Halibut fishing is also in full swing, This is your last chance to catch Spiny Lobster before the season closes

The bays are alive with more species than you can shake a stick at. Rock Cod, Halibut, Calico Bass, Sheephead, Lingcod, and Sculpin are all on the cards, so get out there and grab some!

May marks the start of great offshore fishing. Barracuda and Bonito start to show up, heralding the big game pelagics of the summer. Halibut are still around in big numbers and there are always plenty of Yellowtail.

You can spend a productive day inshore, but let's get real, the Bluefin here! Everyone wants a piece of the action with these awesome fish, so get out there and get ready to eat like a king!

Yellowfin, Bluefin, Albacore, Bonito. If it's shiny on the outside and red on the inside it's here in July! Mahi Mahi also turn up this time of year, just in case there aren't enough fish to target.

The Bluefin start to drop off in August, but they are but Bigeyes quickly take their place. There are still tons of other delicious fish inshore if you don't have the time to get out into the blue.

The Dana Point Tall Ships Festival is held every September, gathering together the biggest fleet of these impressive vessels on the whole of the West Coast. 

Spiny Lobsters come into season in October, so remeber to lay your traps at the start of your trip. Even if you don't hook a single fish you will still have plenty of delicious seafood at the end of the day.

Things finally start to cool down in November, both above the water and below. The big game madness may be over but the inshore fishing is still great, with Rockfish, Halibut, and Lobster around in force.

Dana Point is a great place to spend the holiday season, with average temperatures of around 68° and plenty of seasonal events, not to mention loads of delicious Halibut and Rockfish just waiting to be caught.

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What People Are Saying About Dana Point

"Half day with Captain Chuck"

Justin J. fished with Dana Wharf Sportfishing—Boardroom 2 on October 25, 2019

We were bass fishing, in some locations tha action didn’t stop.

"Half Day Variety Trip with Captain Daniel "

Tony B. fished with Dana Point Sportfishing on September 20, 2019

Charter a private with Dana Point Sport Fishing.

"Every cast equaled a fish or bite"

Winter B. fished with Dana Wharf Sportfishing—Boardroom 2 on September 12, 2019

Book with captain chuck on the boardroom II boat- he’ll get you on fish!

"Half day trip was great. "

Arick H. fished with Black and Blue Sportfishing – 32' Parker on July 31, 2019

Easy to find lots of parking, clean rest rooms(!), vending machine, and cheap ice vending machine, nice harbor in, and out access. Bases are pretty much there for you.

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Top Fishing Techniques in Dana Point

  1. Deep Sea Fishing
  2. Fly Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Dana Point

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)



Yellowtail Amberjack

Yellowtail Amberjack

California Sheephead

California Sheephead

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Seabass (White)

Seabass (White)

Barracuda (Pacific)

Barracuda (Pacific)

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