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Best Halibut Fishing Charters in San Diego


Top Halibut Fishing Charters in San Diego


Halibut

  • Size 20 to 150lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

Halibut Fishing in San Diego

The Halibut fishing San Diego offers is off the charts! Any angler worth their salt will have fishing for California Halibut at the top of their list when booking a charter in San Diego. The California Halibut is a tasty and challenging species to target, but don’t confuse them with their Pacific cousins found further north – they look and act completely different. The ones found in Southern California look more like Flounder than Pacific Halibut and are commonly between 4–10 pounds. They can reach 40 pounds and over when the stars align and the conditions are perfect.

What can I expect on my Halibut charter?

Halibut like to hang out around structures in depths varying for 30–80 feet. Your captain will take you out to fish the rock piles and along the edges of eelgrass beds. Live bait is the most effective but artificial lures can also work well.

You’ll mostly be drifting. You can come to San Diego and target Halibut with no previous fishing experience, great for beginners and children.

Where to Fish for Halibut in San Diego

The best trips to go on for Halibut are inshore trips and charters in the bay. The bay is well-protected from the elements with calmer waters than inshore, making it ideal for first time anglers and children.

How to Fish for Halibut

You’ll need a sinker attached to your lure to get it all the way down to the bottom. Once there, keep it moving – if you keep the lure still the Halibut is more likely to ignore it, even if it’s within striking distance. Once the Halibut bites, go easy before pulling up the line – Halibut will mouth the lure, so if you start reeling in immediately you’ll lose the fish. The skill in catching Halibut is in getting it to bite in the first place, rather than the fish reeling it in. However, they can put up a bit of a fight when coming up to the boat, so be prepared.

When to Fish for Halibut

Although you can fish year round for Halibut, peak fishing is in April, May, October, and November. It’s also great in January and February, and pretty good the rest of the year.

Book a trip today with a local who can take you to the best spots for Halibut fishing in San Diego. You’ll have an unforgettable day out and catch a very tasty dinner, too!

Halibut

  • Size 20 to 150lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

San Diego Halibut Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Halibut fishing in San Diego varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to October. Low season is January to February and December. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Halibut Fishing in San Diego

"Half Day Trip with Rob and Kenny"

Bj Tietze fished with Zenmar Offshore Action on November 10, 2019

Great Crew, weather, boat, and left with a cooler full of fish for dinner. Rob and Kenny put us on fish, lots of action.

"Fly Fishing San Diego"

Andrew Lassetter fished with Risen Tide Sportfishing on November 3, 2019

Had a great trip. Couldn’t ask for a more. Very knowledgeable guide and a pleasure to fish with. We managed to get 4 different species. If you’re in need of a fly guide in San Diego I would highly recommend him.

"Half day trip with Captain Shaun"

Andrew Reed fished with Pelican Sportfishing on October 27, 2019

Our trip was five stars! Captain Shaun was excellent! We caught a bunch of fish and Shaun cleaned a few for us to take home. Highly recommend Shaun and this trip.

"Half day with captain Mike"

Nichole Lemons fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on October 27, 2019

We had an amazing time. 10 out of 10!! Would definitely recommend to anyone! Will be back soon. And booking with them again!!!

"23 October "

Kevin Tirban fished with Good Times Sportfishing on October 23, 2019

Took my son and son-in-law on a half day ER. We caught a total on 20 fish, 12 keepers! Captain Power is fantastic, knows his stuff and all the equipment is top notch! Damn good day! Thank you Captain!🎣

"Great day!!"

Keith Mcdonald fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on October 22, 2019

Captain Daniel is a hard working and fun captain. Many captains forget you are there to have fun and catch fish!! Daniel does both as long as there is opportunity to catch, he will work hard and find it. Can’t wait for more trips!!
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