San Diego Offshore Fishing Charters

San Diego Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in San Diego

Top Offshore Fishing Charters in San Diego

Offshore Fishing in San Diego

A San Diego offshore fishing experience is all about variety. From the fast-swimming pelagics to the Rockfish hiding down below, there’s no shortage of game fish in these waters. Trips can be as short as 6 hours or they can last for days on end. The fishing is so fantastic that many anglers simply can’t get enough of it.

Don’t believe it? Come aboard for a day and hit the offshore fishing grounds just outside of San Diego Bay. If the boat is fast enough, you can also make your way south to the Coronado Islands in Mexico. Or make a run to the Catalina and San Clemente Islands to dabble in some excellent deep sea fishing. Whichever you choose, you’ll be hooked from the start.

What to Catch and When to Target it

Fishing from spring through fall allows you to target pelagic game fish like White Seabass, Barracuda, Yellowtail Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Bonito, Calico Bass, Tuna, Marlin, and monster Sharks. Yellowtail and Barracuda are the first to reach their peak season in spring, followed by Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Tuna in summer.

Meanwhile, winter is all about Rock Cod, Sand Bass, and a variety of bottom dwellers, including Lobster. Rockfish species typically open to harvest in spring, and the season runs until the end of the year. All in all, it’s hard to pick a bad time to cast lines around here, but it’s certainly best to come aboard in summer and fall for the widest variety.

How to Fish

Offshore fishing employs many methods, but you can expect to spend much of your time trolling and bottom fishing. Trolling lures, live bait, or cut bait will help you catch any pelagic species from Mahi Mahi and Tuna to Thresher Sharks. Bottom fishing near reefs and rocky structures produces Rockfish and other species near the seafloor.

Fly lining live bait is a popular method for catching Yellowtail, Barracuda, Bonito, Calicos, and White Seabass. This tactic involves fishing without a weight so that the bait can swim freely. Anchovies and Sardines are choice bait selections.

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Reviews of Fishing in Offshore Fishing in San Diego

Half Day with Nick
Scott Y. fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on November 21, 2020
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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
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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
ErinAnne II
Phil L. fished with San Diego Fishing Company – 38' on February 15, 2020
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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!
Thanksgiving
Lance S. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on November 26, 2019
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The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
6 hours with captain Ross and deck hand Sam.
Michael A. fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on September 27, 2019
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The Long Run woth Captain Ross and Deck Hand Sam.
Half day AM trip
Jayme D. fished with Pelican Sportfishing on September 27, 2019
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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.
Full Day Offshore Fishing Trip on the Pelican
Paul B. fished with Pelican Sportfishing on September 12, 2019
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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.
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.

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in San Diego