San Diego Inshore Fishing Charters

San Diego Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in San Diego

Top Inshore Fishing Charters in San Diego

Inshore Fishing in San Diego

The inshore fishing San Diego offers will take you to a maximum distance of 10 miles from the shoreline. You’ll be fishing Point Loma kelp and La Jolla kelp bed, as well as artificial reefs and other structures. Fish with a charter to get to the hottest spots. The kelp forests under the water are a hotbed of activity where lots of bait fish reside. This attracts the fish that you want to target, such as Calico Bass, Yellowtail, California Halibut, Barracuda, and many more.

What kind of fishing is possible?

Trips last anywhere from 4–9 hours. The type of fishing you’ll be able to do and the fish you’ll be targeting will vary depending on the temperature, but there is something to target year round.

Fly Fishing and Light Tackle

During the warmer seasons, you’ll be able to fly fish and use conventional light tackle inshore. Novice anglers will enjoy trolling and drift fishing, which is fun for the whole family. Boats with a cobia tower or a fly bridge will give you a better chance of sight fishing for your prey. Top species to target include White Seabass, Calico Bass, Sand Bass, Yellowtail, Barracuda, California Halibut, and more. Fly fishing in the bay is a good introduction for beginners – head to the inshore kelp beds for more of a challenge.

Bottom Fishing

It’s best to go bottom fishing from late fall right through to early spring. You’ll be reeling in the likes of California Halibut, Sheephead, Lingcod, and more. You’ll be fishing depths from 80 feet to 300 feet. This trip is great for beginners and experienced anglers alike.

What do I need for inshore fishing?

You’ll need to purchase a California fishing license for everyone on board who is over 16 and fishing.

When fishing with a charter, the captain will usually provide all the fishing gear and live bait you’ll need for the day. Let the captain know which species you wish to target before the day so he knows how to prepare for your trip. Slow trolling with live bait is a top method of getting a bite on for Yellowtail. For Calico Bass, there are many methods the captain can use to get you on the fish.

Anglers of all experience levels will love inshore fishing in San Diego – there is something for everyone to enjoy. Charters get booked quickly here, so book in advance to save your space today.

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What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in San Diego

Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
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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
Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
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Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
James  P.
James P. Creston, MT
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.
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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
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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
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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
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!
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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!
Phil  L.
Phil L. Brentwood, California
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
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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.
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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.
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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
If you think you may get sea sick take the dramamine the night before and the morning of.
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If you think you may get sea sick take the dramamine the night before and the morning of.
Kim  S.
Kim S. El Cajon, California
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.
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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
There are a lot of options to choose from something for everyone. Check out all the sites and compare.
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There are a lot of options to choose from something for everyone. Check out all the sites and compare.
Kevin  G.
Kevin G. Anaheim, CA
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.
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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
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!
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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
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.
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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.
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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
Take a private boat so a new angler can be taught properly how to fish by a Captain and crew that care
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Take a private boat so a new angler can be taught properly how to fish by a Captain and crew that care
Ron  H.
Ron H. Phoenix, AZ
We recommend fishing during the peak season. Allow plenty of time to find parking.
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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.
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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
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.
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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

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in San Diego