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San Diego Fishing Charters

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San Diego: 54 fishing charters available

AF Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $900

SD Slot Machine Charter

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(25 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $650

Risen Tide Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Coronado
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trips from $649

Pelican Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $800

Wild Thing Luxury Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(37 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,600

Wild Goose Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,200

Awol Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $550

Fishers Of Men SD

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(92 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $225

San Diego Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(191 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $1,000

Bubba Jean Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(77 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $800

FAQs about Fishing Charters in San Diego

The average price for a private 4 hour San Diego fishing trip is $780, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,594 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, AF Sportfishing, SD Slot Machine Charter, and Risen Tide Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in San Diego, California. Full list of top fishing charters in San Diego.

AF Sportfishing, SD Slot Machine Charter, and Risen Tide Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in San Diego.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bluefin Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Yellowfin Tuna. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, light tackle, and heavy tackle. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

San Diego fishing charters have been making anglers’ dreams a reality for decades. Renowned as a year-round fishery, America’s Finest City is home to one of the largest sportfishing fleets in the nation. That makes sense, considering that the city offers pretty much every form of fishing under the sun.

Just getting into the line and reel? San Diego Bay is the perfect place to start. These waters hold a variety of fish, from California Halibut and Spotted Bay Bass, to Bonefish. If you’re fishing with kids, the plentiful waters of Mission Bay are just a few miles away.
If you’re up for something a little more challenging, hit the open water for a chance at a delicious Yellowtail.

For anglers hungry for big fish, San Diego’s offshore fishing charters are just what the doctor ordered. These trips last between 8 and 12 hours, taking you to some of the area’s most productive fishing spots. During summer and early autumn, Catalina and San Clemente Islands attract insane numbers of Yellowtails, Dorado, and Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna.

And if you’re looking for the catch of a lifetime, look no further than San Diego long range fishing charters. These deep sea adventures last anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks, putting you on the most exciting big game the Pacific has to offer.

Most of the town’s charter fleet is moored in one of the local boat landings. The largest ones include Fisherman’s Landing, Point Loma Sportfishing, H&M Landing, and Helgren’s Sportfishing.

 

Rules & Regulations

Anglers age 16 or older must buy a California fishing license to fish in San Diego. That excludes any ocean fishing piers, but not inland cays and docks.

San Diego
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 25017 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The coldest month in San Diego, January is all about fishing for Sculpin, Ling, Bass, and Halibut. Seasonal closures for Rockfish slow down the fishing (regulations vary). Meanwhile, Trout season starts in the lakes.

February

Weather conditions can be unruly, with winds and high waves a possibility. In good conditions, you can get out to fish for Sculpin, Sand Bass, and Halibut, while Yellowtail can be caught around the Coronado Islands.

March

Fishing is still affected by wintery weather, with Groundfish being the main target. Head to the kelp beds to catch a Calico Bass or go to the flats for a Sand Bass, with Halibut still very good. This also prime time for Bass fishing.

April

Spring fishing continues, with Sand Bass fishing in the Bay being the top choice for shorter trips and longer trips taking you out to the Coronado Islands to target Calico Bass, White Seabass, and Yellowtail.

May

The fishing gradually starts to heat up, with some deep sea fishing trips beginning to leave San Diego. These will see you targeting Pacific Albacore, Bigeye Tuna, and Bluefin Tuna. Inshore, the Halibut season comes to a close.

June

More and more charters start running long range options, fishing waters 30-100 miles offshore for Bigeye and Bluefin Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail, and Dorado. Conditions can be bumpy as the north winds stir the seas.

July

Finally, summertime fishing arrives in San Diego. Make the most of it while it is here! The June winds start to settle and overnight trips and longer will see you fishing anywhere from Catalina to the Coronado Islands and beyond.

August

The water is the warmest it will be all year, and with the warmth comes exotic species. Dorado and Yellowtail can be caught on a day trip if you are lucky. Albacore can still be caught to the north, to return south later in the month.

September

Warm water species are still available, with Halibut and Rockfish also starting to reappear on the cards. Marlin, Tuna, and Albacore can be caught close to shore in years when the waters are warm.

October

Fall sees amazing Yellowtail fishing, with some people considering it the best time of year to catch the species in San Diego. Large numbers are caught on local half day and overnight trips.

November

The warm water species have definitely left the area, with some overnight trips still taking you south to Mexican waters to follow them. Closer to home, your main targets will be Yellowtail, Rockfish, and Halibut.

December

Most charter boats run fewer long range trips at this time of year, although if you can take a long trip south to fish the Mexican waters, you will be in for a treat. Local day trips will target Rockfish, Halibut, and Calico Bass.

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Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sunblock. Calm waters in the bay but expect big swells if you go offshore.
Marc  G.
Marc G. Geneva, FL
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In December, fishing is weather dependent. Be prepared for a variety of conditions and dress accordingly.
Elizabeth  K.
Elizabeth K. Fort Worth, TX
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Jamieson  M.
Jamieson M. United States
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Jon  C.
Jon C. Scottsdale, AZ
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Scott  Y.
Scott Y. Yorba Linda, CA
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Michael  T.
Michael T. Santa Ana, CA
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Lance  S.
Lance S. United States
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Jayme  D.
Jayme D. Midvale, UT
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Ontario, CA
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The water is a bit murky from the red tide this time of year but the fishing was still lots of fun, especially around the wrecks. Dress warm, 60's on the water can be cool.
Aaron  D.
Aaron D. Anaheim, CA
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
First time for us so really don't have any advice other than charter with someone who fishes for a living and knows the spots!
Bryan  H.
Bryan H. Topeka, KS
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for weather conditions and if you haven't been on the ocean before take some dramamine before and during your trip. Oh I also recommend using Good Times Fishing.
Shane  E.
Shane E. Mesa, AZ
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little early in the season for the bigger fish, but the water was great, the weather was warm enough and the fish were biting.
Stephanie  R.
Stephanie R. El Cajon, California
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm while out on the ocean, it was really cold for us coming from Arizona. The parking is not suited well in some places for large vehicles. Research where you will be staying for availability of parking and the size of space reserved for you.
Stan  G.
Stan G. Pima, AZ
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
Very good
4.0 / 5
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
Denice  E.
Denice E. Chandler, AZ
Dont always just book with the cheapest charter, look to see if theg have good quaility gear for you to use, reliable boat and knowledgeable of the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dont always just book with the cheapest charter, look to see if theg have good quaility gear for you to use, reliable boat and knowledgeable of the area.
Dillion  A.
Dillion A. Seattle, WA
Go with captain clowers. He'll give you a GREAT trip. He will take the time to show you the techniques, explain the feeding habits of fish, how to fish for different species, a great teacher.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with captain clowers. He'll give you a GREAT trip. He will take the time to show you the techniques, explain the feeding habits of fish, how to fish for different species, a great teacher.
Ed  B.
Ed B. Costa Mesa, California
It's all good. Just be ready for a great day of fishing. If it's your first time, the right captain and crew can make all the difference.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's all good. Just be ready for a great day of fishing. If it's your first time, the right captain and crew can make all the difference.
Ray  V.
Ray V. Palm Springs, CA
Check out this 4 hour morning trip - we caught a lot of fish, got to see some sea lions & some Naval maneuvers, too. Great to get your feet wet.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out this 4 hour morning trip - we caught a lot of fish, got to see some sea lions & some Naval maneuvers, too. Great to get your feet wet.
Victor  G.
Victor G. United States
follow the reviews and trust that you'll be in good hands. This is my 3rd trip, 3 different boats, and all 3 did an excellent job.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
follow the reviews and trust that you'll be in good hands. This is my 3rd trip, 3 different boats, and all 3 did an excellent job.
Louis  R.
Louis R. Pomona, California

Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Crew was very skilled and great to fish with. Super nice boat and they put us on a ton of fish. Ray has a very clean operation. If you want a great day of fishing choose the Wild Goose.Ernie and Trevor are very professional and fish hard all day. Thanks again guys you are the best!
Steve  R.
Steve R. Wildomar, CA
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in San Diego
Very good
4.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Diego was gracious and patient to explain the fishing experience to my grandson. Very helpful. Thanks Diego.
William  C.
William C. San Diego, CA
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
We took our 2 boys 9 and 10 on their first ocean fishing trip. Captain Johnny was the best! He was calm and patient always helping all 5 of us. He made our kids first fishing trip an awesome memory. I would definitely book again with him. Thank you Captain Johnny
Shanna  V.
Shanna V. El Cajon, CA
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
We had a great day fishing with Ernie & Trevor. The overall trip exceeded my expectations. Great guys & boat.
Steve  S.
Steve S. Phoenix, AZ
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Great conversation, talked about the area and fishing. Caught 8 fish, different types of fish. Saw a small Mako shark. Just a overall good trip. Thanks.
Jeffrey  S.
Jeffrey S. Willcox, AZ
San Diego Charters
San Diego Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
That's what our grandson said, 'Highest rating!' 'Great enthusiasm, can't wait to go again!' 'Will definitely use them again!'
Eddi  S.
Eddi S. Hartland, WI
San Diego Saltwater Fishing Charter
San Diego Saltwater Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Mark was easy as Sunday morning he was very patient, knowledgeable, and kind to us first timers. We laughed and joked around during our excursion and caught fish, he provided a cooler full of cold waters for us and took care of all our fishing needs. The experience was a amazing adventure for my wife and I, we will definitely be back to do the Blue Fin Tuna excursion thanks Captain Mark!!!
Brian  M.
Brian M. Buckeye, AZ
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
It was an awesome trip. The captain had mentioned that the fish hadn’t been bitting as much sense the hurricane. That was a few days earlier. But as soon as I wet my line fish on. Needless to say my son and I had a great day and left with a cooler full of fish. I would recommend Fishers of men and Captain Mel to any body looking for a fishing trip.
Mark  L.
Mark L. Oceanside, California
The Long Run Sportfishing
The Long Run Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(166 reviews)
Despite challenges with weather Captain Ross did his absolute best to put us on the most fish and is clearly a super knowledgeable and superior captain. Our group of 9 had a great day out on the water and would recommend this trip to anyone keen for a full day out. Thanks for everything!
Will  M.
Will M. San Diego, CA
San Diego Saltwater Fishing Charter
San Diego Saltwater Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Had a fun day. Captain Mark works hard to maximize your fishing experience.
Lynn  F.
Lynn F. Sacramento, CA
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Ray and Trevor are fantastic. Put us on some fish and made sure everything was taken care of. Would highly recommend if you're planning a trip
Eric  P.
Eric P. San Marcos, California
Kraken Sportfishing
Kraken Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Can’t say enough about Capt Leng. He made our fishing expedition all worthwhile. We weren’t catching a lot for the first hour, so Leng made sure we would not go home empty-handed. He did everything possible, including extending our time out. We ended up with 5 fish…when most out there were not catching anything at all. I would definitely recommend Kraken sportfishing with Capt Leng!
Ron  B.
Ron B. San Marcos, CA
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(25 reviews)
I booked Captain Dan for a 1/2 day trip and it was a blast! Most of the guys were new to fishing and he really catered to us showing us the ropes and the best ways to catch the fish. We managed to catch a good amount of sheephead, calico, mackerel, and treefish with both bottom fishing and bait fishing. He was very helpful and made sure we had a good time and everyone got a catch!
Michael  D.  L.
Michael D. L. San Diego, CA
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
Great fishing, great boat, and even better company. My family and I enjoyed the views and constant fishing action Captain Bobby provided. We wanted a kid friendly trip, and this charter delivered. We highly recommend their service!
Jonathan  G.
Jonathan G. Temecula, CA
King Triton Sportfishing
King Triton Sportfishing
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
I’d like to say Captain Ian, and Mate Mike we’re absolutely awesome. They know how to direct a big team of guys to catch a haul of a lifetime. I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. If you wanna get bit, you need to book these guys!
Abdulrahman  A.
Abdulrahman A. Fresno, CA
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Had an awesome session pier fishing, caught plenty of fish, and left with plenty of knowledge, highly recommended!!!
Brandon  R.
Brandon R. Tucson, AZ
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
An ABSOLUTE BLAST! Capt. Ernie and Trevor put us on QUALITY FISH & KEPT THEM COMING. Simply put, could not have asked for a better day. Having been on lots of sports boats and other trips in the SD area, this was the best. The boat is immaculate, spacious, and has all the bells and whistles. The walk around deck has plenty of room for fighting those bigger fish. Don’t look any further, book your trip with these guys We will be back. Tyler
Tyler  N.
Tyler N. San Diego, CA
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Reel Life Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Johnny put us on some beautiful Dorado! The morning was slow but the captain kept looking for fish and didn't give up. Thank you for the awesome experience!
Paul  J.
Paul J. Waverly, MN
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishers Of Men SD
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
My husband and I had an exciting morning with Captain Mel on Fishers of Men! Though we were just catching and releasing, it was a thrill! I am proud to say that I caught the most fish. Captian Mel could name every fish we caught, he also baited and took the fish off the hooks for us, if need be. He was telling us about the scorpion fish, and then caught one just to show us! I would highly recommend Fishers of Men for anyone who wants an adventure.
Dolores  J.
Dolores J. Litchfield Park, AZ
Fish Further Charters
Fish Further Charters
Fishing charter in San Diego
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
My family went out on Furthur and had an epic day of fishing thanks to Captain Dan. He was very patient with a bunch of beginners and has a solid network of boats to help keep us on fish. He even filleted the fish up for us and we made sushi that night!
Elizabeth  V.
Elizabeth V. San Diego, CA