What would you recommend to anglers fishing in San Diego, California for the first time?

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Stan Griffith
Pima, AZ
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Went fishing with Good Times Sportfishing on March 31, 2019
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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John Sorace
Kingman, AZ
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Went fishing with Jackpot Charters on June 19, 2018
Make sure you have your fishing license the day before the trip. We had issues with the web app that we tried to access from our smart phone and had to run to the local bait shop a purchase a day license before leaving the harbor. Also for the anglers who may not be experianced with the motion of a boat on the ocean may want to take the over the counter motion sickness pills prior to boarding the boat. This will make it more enjoyable.

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Steve Stingl
Costa Mesa, CA
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Went fishing with Jackpot Charters on July 3, 2018
Jackpot Charters will provide you with everything you need. Bring sunscreen and any personal items. Listen to the crew they will help you catch fish. Be patient the fish move constantly, one minute three or four fish on line, 10 minutes later you need to move. It is fishing.

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Niranjan Shivashankar
Rio Rancho, NM
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Went fishing with Pacific Bounty Sportfishing on July 3, 2018
Yellowtail is one aggressive fish and if you want to experience a fight then this is the fish to go after. I for 20+ lb fish, it felt like a 100lb fish on the line. I wish we had come to San Diego mid to late July to go after Tuna. We will do this next time.

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Melanie Kito
San Diego, California
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Went fishing with Into The Depths Sportfishing on June 15, 2018
Lots of action and variety. We got a bite with almost every stop. We caught yellowtail, calico bass, Benito, and barracuda. It was also flat on the water and a beautiful day just to be on the water.

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Sam Yribe
Temecula, California
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Went fishing with Fish Hunter Sport Fishing Charters on December 16, 2017
The best time to go is in the winter, where the waters are not crowded! It enhanced the fishing experience tremendously! I definitely recommend it to many people who want to go home with some yummy fish!

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Luke Hirsch
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Went fishing with Captain Clowers Charters - Offshore on October 24, 2017
It was over 90º on October 24th - I wouldn't want to be out on the water during the dead of summer! The water was flawless - smooth, little wind. The fish were biting - we caught over 60lbs of tuna, not including the half a dozen bonita that we released. Take the trip to the Coronado islands - I find it unlikely that you'd have this kind of success (or picturesque beauty) inshore.

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Doug Brainard
Farmington, UT
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Went fishing with San Diego Charters on October 23, 2017
Based on what we were told, the earlier in October you come, the better. We got a bit lucky that the weather was still warm. Apparently, the fish tend to move south around the middle to end, so there are less options. We had good luck, but many other boats did not.

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Jim Navickas
Corona, California
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Went fishing with Captain Clowers Charters - Offshore on May 23, 2017
Call your fishing outfitters or Captain of your excursion before booking. Find out more about the fish bite in real time. Find out what is biting. That extra effort will give you a better chance of catching the fish you are targeting.

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Trevor Steidley
Porterville, California
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Went fishing with FAITH sportfishing on October 19, 2019
Don't know why, but the captain only took cash, pain to walk around with that much. Taking credit cards would be nice.

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Jayme Davis
Midvale, UT
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Went fishing with Pelican Sportfishing on September 27, 2019
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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Paul Bubendorf
Ontario, CA
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Went fishing with Pelican Sportfishing on September 12, 2019
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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Malinda Knight
United States
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Went fishing with Seaworthy Charters – San Diego on July 10, 2019
Captain Russ with Seaworthy Charters was fantastic for our first fishing trip in San Diego. Highly recommended! Professional, friendly and all around good guy. We had a great day on the water!

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Kevin Genske
Anaheim, CA
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Went fishing with Risen Tide Sportfishing on June 16, 2019
There are a lot of options to choose from something for everyone. Check out all the sites and compare.

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Aaron Davis
Anaheim, CA
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Went fishing with Good Times Sportfishing on June 19, 2019
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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Dillion Around
Seattle, WA
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Went fishing with Brothers Sport Fishing on October 24, 2018
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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Bryan Hall
Topeka, KS
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Went fishing with The Long Run Sportfishing on May 29, 2019
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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Shane Edwards
Mesa, AZ
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Went fishing with Good Times Sportfishing on May 29, 2019
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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Stephanie Robles
El Cajon, California
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Went fishing with Pelican Sportfishing on April 22, 2019
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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Michael Orozco
Oro Valley, AZ
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Went fishing with Fish Hunter Sport Fishing Charters on April 14, 2019
Capt and crew took care of us and we caught a lot of fish boat was comfortable and nice. I highly recommend them.

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Leanna Brazel
Alamosa, CO
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Went fishing with The Long Run Sportfishing on March 20, 2019
Except to catch around 14 inch fish and not many. Bigger fish move closer during the summer. It's still a little chilly in March.

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Ron Haarer
Phoenix, AZ
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Went fishing with San Diego Fishing Company – 50' on March 4, 2019
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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Kim Stuhr
El Cajon, California
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Went fishing with San Diego Fishing Company – 22' on July 6, 2019
If you think you may get sea sick take the dramamine the night before and the morning of.

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Jacob Rosenblatt
La Jolla, California
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Went fishing with Zenmar Offshore Action on June 3, 2019
Book a trip with Zenmar Offshore Action and they will tell you everything you need to know.

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David Wall
Martin, Tennessee
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Went fishing with Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters on May 10, 2019
If you have never tried it make sure to take something for motion sickness the night before

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Wrede Whitney
Temecula, California
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Went fishing with Ironclad Sportfishing on October 18, 2018
Great way to ifsh and not have to worry about getting all tangled up with a mess of other anglers!

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Sabah Sawaya
El Cajon, CA
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Went fishing with FAITH sportfishing on April 28, 2018
Expect to be surprised. Fish quality and fishing quality have improved greatly.

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Ed Buchholz
Costa Mesa, California
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Went fishing with Captain Clowers - Any Minute II on October 16, 2018
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.

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Ray Villanueva
Palm Springs, CA
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Went fishing with Pacific Bluefin Sportfishing – Time Machine on September 1, 2018
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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David Buller
Santee, CA
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Went fishing with Savvy Sportfishing on August 30, 2018
Don't book a 'cattle boat ' get a nice 6- pack like the Savvy. Book a long enough range trip to get to the fish you're looking for.

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