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Fishing in Central Coast

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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Central Coast Fishing Seasons


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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Reviews of Fishing in Central Coast

Full day ocean private
Salvador S. fished with David Rooney on September 1, 2019
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
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
A trip with David Rooney is your best bet.
Full day trip
Bryan C. fished with Nautilus Excursions on July 13, 2019
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
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!
Half day bachelor trip with Brent and Greg.
Seaton N. fished with SF Boat Support on July 6, 2019
Be prepared with someone knowledge and just have fun.
Full Day Trip Halibut and Bass with David Rooney
Ariel S. fished with David Rooney on June 29, 2019
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!
Morning half day trip
Lynsie W. fished with LA Sportfishing on June 17, 2019
Expect clouds and cooler weather due to the "June Gloom". Perfect fishing weather!

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