San Diego Halibut Fishing Charters

San Diego Halibut Fishing Charters

Best Halibut Fishing Charters in San Diego

Top Halibut Fishing Charters in San Diego

Halibut Fishing in San Diego

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

(Hippoglossus stenolepis / hippoglossus)

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!

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.
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Reviews of Fishing in Halibut Fishing in San Diego

Half Day with Nick
Scott Y. fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on November 21, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Half day trip with Nick
Michael T. fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on October 24, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
ErinAnne II
Phil L. fished with San Diego Fishing Company – 38' on February 15, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Chris will put you on the fish. Wow what a Great trip. The ErinAnne II is tip-top, the gear is all first rate. The crew was awesome, doing everything they could to make sure we had everything we needed for a fantastic day. We’re already planning our next trip!
Thanksgiving
Lance S. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on November 26, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Half day AM trip
Jayme D. fished with Pelican Sportfishing on September 27, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
6 hours with captain Ross and deck hand Sam.
Michael A. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on September 27, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
The Long Run woth Captain Ross and Deck Hand Sam.
Full Day Offshore Fishing Trip on the Pelican
Paul B. fished with Pelican Sportfishing on September 12, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
Great Birthday Trip
Shawn H. fished with Pacific Bounty Sportfishing on July 29, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Have patience and enjoy being out in the ocean.