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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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 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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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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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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Tasha Berger
San Diego, CA
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Went fishing with Feel N Lucky Charters on August 25, 2018
Spend the money and get an experienced guide , most of these guys have spent several years fishing local waters. They will know where and when to go to get the fish

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Victor Grenner
United States
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Went fishing with San Diego Charters on August 26, 2018
Check out this 4 hour morning trip - we caught a lot of fish, got to see some sea lions & some Naval maneuvers, too. Great to get your feet wet.

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Michael Storfer
Toronto, ON
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Went fishing with Witchy Woman on August 14, 2018
We took 4 (young) teenage boys, and had a great experience with lots of laughs (and a few fish!). The captain, lead hand and the boat were all excellent.

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Louis Rojas
Pomona, California
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Went fishing with Pacific Bluefin Sportfishing – Time Machine on August 23, 2018
follow the reviews and trust that you'll be in good hands. This is my 3rd trip, 3 different boats, and all 3 did an excellent job.

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Dustin Millican
San Diego, CA
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Went fishing with Jackpot Charters on August 17, 2018
Book a day trip, so you can get out to where the fish are, or a boat much faster than 8-10 Knott’s.

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Santa Ana, California
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Went fishing with Heart Of Valor Fishing Excursions on August 12, 2018
Go on a private boat like captain Wayne's boat much more time to fish and no bumping shoulders with people you don't know

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Geoff Williams
Auburn, California
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Went fishing with Fish Hunter Sport Fishing Charters on August 1, 2018
The fish are aggressive and are a great fight. Haven’t been on too many other trips similar to this trip but I would fully recommend doing it again. Lots of sun screen

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Azusa, California
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Went fishing with Zenmar Offshore Action on July 21, 2017
Pay attention to the fish count at fisherman’s landing and islandia to best determine where you want to fish

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David Bayles
United States
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Went fishing with Captain Clowers - Any Minute II on July 30, 2018
Don’t pass this opportunity up!!! If you have the time make sure this is on your list of things to do while in SD

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Jimmy Thompson
Wills Point, TX
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Went fishing with Captain Clowers Charters - Offshore on July 14, 2018
Pay the extra money for a tag into Mexico waters for sure. We hit the jack pot on calico bass and yellow tail . Coronado islands are plentiful in catch

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Randy Kirk
Phoenix, AZ
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Went fishing with Pacific Bounty Sportfishing on July 11, 2018
Sunscreen on face and neck. Cooler with snacks,food,drinks to start your day and ice, caught fish to finish your day

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Steve Holmes
Chicago, IL
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Went fishing with San Diego Charters on July 3, 2018
Be patient. It’s called fishing not catching. Later in July and August is better. Bring your passports to go south as this is better earlier in the season.

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Sanghan Wang
San Diego, CA
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Went fishing with San Diego Charters on June 22, 2018
Do not try a private charter. Waste of your money and your time. If you wish, try a big 'public' boat, not an expensive private one.

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Dave Harris
Cambridge, ON
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Went fishing with Pacific Bounty Sportfishing on June 7, 2018
If you plan of keeping fish contact Five Star Fish Processing before your trip and arrange processing and shipping to your home.

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