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Spanning from San Francisco all the way down to the City of Angels, the Californian Central Coast offers a peaceful ocean atmosphere with beautiful beaches and delicious food and wine. The ocean here runs deep and the wildlife is rich, so join one of the numerous Central Coast Fishing Charters to see how prolific these beautiful waters are.

There’s a variety of options to explore in the area, with a number of fish species to target. Salmon, Rockfish, Halibut, and Lingcod definitely top the list. Other possible targets include the stunning Leopard Shark, the magnificent Sturgeon, along with Bass, Californian Sheepshead, Barracuda, as well as Albacore Tuna and Amberjack if you dare head a little further.

Depending on where you want to go and how much time you want to spend on the water, there is a variety of trips on offer. If you’re up for some quality family time, half day trips are a great choice. Full day trips allow more seasoned anglers to maximize their chances of reeling in some prized specimens. If you’ve set your eyes on a specific species, don’t hesitate to book one of the many specialized trips.

You’ll find charters along the coast, with San Francisco Bay as the main point of departure for serious fishermen. Visit San Luis Obispo for a more laid-back approach and a relaxing day out. LA will show you how fun fishing can be, while checking out Ventura will make for a great time surrounded by stunning views.

Rules & Regulations

Everyone over the age of 16 is required to have a California fishing license, which you can buy online. Some fish species are strictly regulated in Californian waters, so make sure to check seasonality ahead of time. Booking a trip with a reputable charter is the best way to make sure you’re always fishing legally.

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January

Starting the year with some good fishing is never a bad idea! With great weather and rich waters, you can enjoy a day reeling in species like Seabass and Halibut.

February

Heading out on the water in the wintertime will have you reeling in some prized fish, including Bass, Sturgeon, and Halibut.

March

Before the Rockfish, Lingcod, and Leopard Shark season opens in April, use this time to head out and reel in some beautiful Sturgeon, as well as Bass and Halibut.

April

As fishing regulations loosen up, this is when the season heats up. Head out on these prolific waters in April to target Rockfish, Lingcod, Leopard Shark, as well as Sturgeon and Sheepshead.

May

Bottom fishing in May is a treat in itself, and with Rockfish, Halibut, Seabass, and Leopard Shark all biting, you’ll have your hands full throughout the day!

June

With the summer approaching, use the nice weather to head out and target Tuna and Amberjack. Bottom fishing near the reefs is productive as always, with Lingcod, Rockfish, Leopard Shark, and Sheepshead all biting!

July

Fishing is in full swing, and there’s a variety of species biting. You can expect to come across anything from Tuna and Amberjack, to Rockfish, Lingcod, Sturgeon, Leopard Shark, and Sheepshead.

August

Hitting the reefs has never been so fun! August is a great time to explore the beautiful waters off the coast of California and catch some nice specimens of Rockfish, Lingcod, and Bass.

September

With the summer coming to an end, the weather is just right for an enjoyable day on the open waters. Target the stunning Leopard Shark, as well as Rockfish, Sheepshead, and Lingcod.

October

As the temperature starts to drop, this is a great time for a comfortable fishing trip. You can expect to catch the likes of Seabass, Rockfish, and Barracuda.

November

With pelagic species migrating, use this time of year to experience some excellent fishing for Rockfish, Halibut, and Seabass.

December

The weather in California is pleasant even in December, so fishing is great year-round. Explore these waters in winter for your chance to reel in some trophy Rockfish, Halibut, Lingcod, or Sheepshead before the season ends.

Central Coast Fishing Calendar

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Best Birthday Ever
Itza S. fished with Durban Princess Sport Fishing on July 9, 2021
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Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Full day trip
Syed M. fished with Argo Sportfishing on June 30, 2021
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It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Capt. RON KOYASYKO
Michael W. fished with Nautilus Excursions on May 16, 2021
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Try a half day, wear layers, waterproof shoes, take drinks and snacks.
Full day ocean private
Salvador S. fished with David Rooney on September 1, 2019
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Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Half day with Captain Ron and Hunter
Donna L. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 28, 2019
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Being your ice chests for the fish fillets you'll take home.
Full day on the Bay with skipper David Rooney
Kenton R. fished with David Rooney on July 15, 2019
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A trip with David Rooney is your best bet.
Full day trip
Bryan C. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 13, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Listen to the captain and mate and you'll hav the trip of a lifetime
Best Team-Building Event!
Jennifer D. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 11, 2019
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Beautiful weather and great views. It is cold on the water, though, so dress warm, as in a warm layer, windbreaker, and hat. Wear rain boots, if you have them. Put sunscreen on your face. Bring any personal items in a waterproof bag. If you plan to take photos, put your camera or phone in a zip-lock bag or waterproof case, because your hands will be full of fish scales and fish guts. Bring extra bags to carry your fish off the boat. Stock your car with an ice chest, for the drive home. If the fishing trip is in the Bay only, and not out in the open ocean, then the waves aren't very bad, so you shouldn't get sea sick. Or if you do, you only need the "less drowsy" version of your motion sickness medication. Have fun!

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Central Coast

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Central Coast costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $990, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,121. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Central Coast is 30 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Nautilus Excursions, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and LA Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Central Coast. Full list of top fishing charters in Central Coast.

Nautilus Excursions, Durban Princess Sport Fishing, and LA Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Central Coast.

The best way to experience fishing in Central Coast is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Central Coast.

The most popular fish species you can target are Halibut, Rockfish, and Salmon (Chinook). Top fishing techniques include trolling, bottom fishing, and light tackle. Nearshore fishing, offshore fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

As the temperature starts to drop, this is a great time for a comfortable fishing trip. You can expect to catch the likes of Seabass, Rockfish, and Barracuda. Check availability for local fishing charters in Central Coast.