San Diego Offshore Fishing Charters

San Diego Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in San Diego

San Diego: 59 fishing charters available
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4.9 / 5
(83 reviews)
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trips from $500
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(71 reviews)
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trips from $600
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5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
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trips from $1,200
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(117 reviews)
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4.9 / 5
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trips from $675
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5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
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trips from $750
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5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
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trips from $699
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4.9 / 5
(66 reviews)
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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.

San Diego
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27,743 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in San Diego

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.
Shane  S.
Shane S. 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.
Wojciech  W.
Wojciech W. 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.
Ari  T.
Ari T. 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!
Wendy  M.
Wendy M. 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.
Luke  Y.
Luke Y. 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.
Maggie  C.
Maggie C. 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.
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
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
Capt and crew took care of us and we caught a lot of fish boat was comfortable and nice. I highly recommend them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt and crew took care of us and we caught a lot of fish boat was comfortable and nice. I highly recommend them.
Michael  O.
Michael O. Oro Valley, AZ
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

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in San Diego