San Diego Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters

San Diego Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters

Best Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters in San Diego

San Diego: 44 fishing charters available

Pelican Sportfishing

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

Awol Sportfishing

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

Kraken Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(75 reviews)
San Diego
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Wild Goose Fishing Charters

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

Bubba Jean Sportfishing

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

AP Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(89 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $600

San Diego Charters

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

Good Times Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(89 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $550

Bluefin Tuna Fishing in San Diego

Bluefin Tuna
  • Size 200 to 600lbs
  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Thunnus thynnus / orientalis / maccoyii)

Come summertime, anglers will be lining up at the dock to get a taste of the Tuna fishing San Diego is famous for. Bluefin Tuna is the ultimate trophy in these waters. It’s massive, it’s delicious, and it’s on pretty much everybody’s wish list around here. It was right of the coast of San Clemente Island that anglers caught a specimen which many believe to be largest Bluefin ever landed—a real whopper weighing in at 345.5 lbs.

San Diego’s Bluefin are in good company, with the likes of Yellowfin, Skipjack, and Albacore Tuna hanging around, too. For a chance to land any and all of these species, come aboard at the height of summer and catch the fish of a lifetime.

Where to Fish for Tuna in San Diego

The ocean surrounding San Diego is riddled with deep trenches, accompanied by steep banks sharply rising thousands of feet above the seafloor. Naturally, this is where many big game fish make their home, including Tuna. A day trip out of SD will bring you here to have a go at the Tuna fishing many anglers are eager to try.

If you’re ready to step it up a notch, set your sights on the Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands. Trips to these fishing grounds usually last 12 hours, since you’ll need to travel a good 20-40 miles just to get there. It’s worth the wait, seeing as these hot spots produce some legendary Tuna. That 345 lb Bluefin wasn’t the first to make himself famous here; in fact, Tuna everywhere owe their reputation to the Yellowfin hanging around Catalina Island, since it was these brutes who set contemporary big game fishing in motion.

Yet another place to try your luck is the Coronado Islands of Mexico, a little over 20 miles south of SD. Trips to these fishing grounds typically run 24 hours or longer and they’re not for the faint of heart, but you can expect to be duly rewarded for your perseverance. Out here you can experience the best Tuna fishing San Diego—or rather, Mexico—has to offer. The Bluefin haul gets better and better every year, followed by an abundant supply of Yellowfins and Skipjacks. Though they’ve grown scarce around here in recent years, Albacore are know to make an appearance, too.

San Diego Tuna Fishing Techniques

Trolling is the primary method of catching Tuna. Depending on the circumstances, your captain might recommend live bait or lures. Some anglers start by trolling to locate Tuna nearby and then draw them closer toward the boat with chum. This can result in a feeding frenzy, with lots of Tuna working up a fuss in the water. Once you’ve captured a Tuna’s interest, you can cast a hook baited with live Sardines, Anchovies, or a jig.

Anglers in San Diego also like kite fishing for Bluefin Tuna. Baits such as Yummy Flyers are live Mackerel work well with this method.

San Diego Bluefin Tuna Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Bluefin Tuna fishing in San Diego varies moderately throughout the year. High season is July to September. Low season is January to March. There is no closed season.
San Diego
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Bluefin Tuna Fishing in San Diego

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

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