San Diego Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters

San Diego Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters

Best Bluefin Tuna Fishing Charters in San Diego

San Diego: 55 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(245 reviews)
San Diego
Trips from US $800
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
San Diego
Trips from US $900
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(96 reviews)
San Diego
Trips from US $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
San Diego
Trips from US $750
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(135 reviews)
San Diego
Trips from US $595
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(52 reviews)
San Diego
Trips from US $1,185
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San Diego
Trips from US $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(111 reviews)
San Diego
Trips from US $750

Bluefin Tuna Fishing in San Diego

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

(Thunnus thynnus / orientalis / maccoyii)

There isn't a more thrilling experience on the San Diego fishing scene than chasing after glorious Bluefin Tuna. This is no secret either – the area is one of the best on the West Coast for Tuna hunts. That's why there's a good number of San Diego fishing charters that specialize in putting their clients on Bluefins year after year.

The mild climate and moderately warm waters of the Pacific Ocean allow Tuna to stick around for the better part of the year. The first ones show up as early as March and April, and the action only gets better from there. Summer is peak season for Bluefin Tuna fishing, though the bite keeps on giving until late October and November. Basically, there’s plenty of time for you to pick a date and hit these productive waters.

When booking a Bluefin trip with a San Diego fishing charter, bear in mind it takes a long time to get to the premier fishing spots. Some of the most prolific fishing grounds are more than 20 miles offshore, and it will take quite a while to get to them. That's why 24-hour and multiday expeditions are the norm when going after Bluefin Tuna. Remember this and come prepared for at least one full day on the open ocean.

Bluefin Tuna fishing is incredibly popular in San Diego, so make sure you book your trip well in advance. Your captain will let you know what you need to bring and what to expect a few days before the journey. There are a few marinas in the city where you'll find charter boats, including Dana Landing, Marina Cortez, and Glorietta Bay Marina.

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
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,923 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Bluefin Tuna Fishing in San Diego

This was our first time fishing in the bay so we weren’t sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of fish we all caught. I think my youngest son caught more than 10+ fish. We didn’t keep any as they were not really the eating kind and they were mostly under 14”.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time fishing in the bay so we weren’t sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of fish we all caught. I think my youngest son caught more than 10+ fish. We didn’t keep any as they were not really the eating kind and they were mostly under 14”.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Our experience was excellent. We had great fishing but were also able to see dolphins and whales!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our experience was excellent. We had great fishing but were also able to see dolphins and whales!
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Every day is different in San Diego, the variety of fish available just out of the bay is what makes fishing here so fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Every day is different in San Diego, the variety of fish available just out of the bay is what makes fishing here so fun.
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Expect to catch good amounts of smaller fish. Big fish a few this time of year. Still a good time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to catch good amounts of smaller fish. Big fish a few this time of year. Still a good time!
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
We volume fished for Rockfish. Not a lot of fight but a lot of catch. We were pulling fish out after most of the casts. This gave those in our group that didn’t fish a chance to partake in the experience by preparing/ eating catch. Other fish may give more fight but fewer catches. Angler’s choice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We volume fished for Rockfish. Not a lot of fight but a lot of catch. We were pulling fish out after most of the casts. This gave those in our group that didn’t fish a chance to partake in the experience by preparing/ eating catch. Other fish may give more fight but fewer catches. Angler’s choice.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
This boat was fantastic for first time fisherman Gavin was on top of everything and took care of us. We can’t wait to come back.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This boat was fantastic for first time fisherman Gavin was on top of everything and took care of us. We can’t wait to come back.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
I don’t know much about it but we had a ton of fun and saw some tuna but they just weren’t biting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don’t know much about it but we had a ton of fun and saw some tuna but they just weren’t biting
Brothers Sport Fishing
Brothers Sport Fishing
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter Oak Glen, CA
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Schaumburg, IL
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
San Diego Charters – 32' Blackfin
San Diego Charters – 32' Blackfin Yuma, AZ
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters Claremont, CA
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s cooler than expected this time of year. Dress in layers. Need Mexican and US fishing license. Bring passport in case fishing around Coronado islands.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Rancho Cucamonga, CA
If you have flexibility in your dates, reach out to the Captain for recommendations on when to book.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have flexibility in your dates, reach out to the Captain for recommendations on when to book.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Kathleen, GA
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.
AF Sportfishing
AF Sportfishing 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.
AF Sportfishing
AF Sportfishing 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!
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing United States

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