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

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Justin Bitner
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on May 29, 2024
Fishing in the morning in the bay, you have very calm waters, one of my sons get sick easily and this wasn’t a problem, you have a lot of bottom feeder fish here so you can be successful with weighting and drop to the bottom. No experience needed for casting. Very good sized catch in the area.

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Todd Moretto
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Went fishing with Nautilus Excursions on December 26, 2023
If this was not something we had ever done and I was with my fishing buddies the fishing would have sucked but because it was with my family and not a lot of them had fished before they caught fish and had a ball. So it’s all perspective.

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Jennifer Dombek
San Francisco, CA
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Went fishing with Nautilus Excursions on July 11, 2019
Beautiful weather and great views. It is cold on the water, though, so dress warm, as in a warm layer, windbreaker, and hat. Wear rain boots, if you have them. Put sunscreen on your face. Bring any personal items in a waterproof bag. If you plan to take photos, put your camera or phone in a zip-lock bag or waterproof case, because your hands will be full of fish scales and fish guts. Bring extra bags to carry your fish off the boat. Stock your car with an ice chest, for the drive home. If the fishing trip is in the Bay only, and not out in the open ocean, then the waves aren't very bad, so you shouldn't get sea sick. Or if you do, you only need the "less drowsy" version of your motion sickness medication. Have fun!

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Matt Karnes
San Jose, CA
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Went fishing with Argo Sportfishing on April 22, 2023
Halibut! Lots of them. HUGE!!! Leaving from Fisherman's Wharf passing Alcatraz, seeing the sun come up over the east bay ills, watching the yacht regatta, passing all the freighters and cruise ships, going under the bridges, seeing the rising sun reflected off the skyscrapers; it's a gorgeous place to catch BIG fish.

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Teresa Carroll
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Went fishing with Argo Sportfishing on June 10, 2024
Just be sure to dress for cold and windy weather with layers. Hat, gloves, windbreaker and sunblock recommended!

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David Mace
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Went fishing with Nautilus Excursions on May 5, 2024
Get out there and do it. Some days you catch a ton of fish, some days just a few. But we have always had a great time doing it.

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Jeff Thompson
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Went fishing with Argo Sportfishing on May 22, 2024
Awesome place to fish, plenty of action year round. Halibut are especially delicious!

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Norma Brown
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on March 3, 2024
The fish we caught were fillet by the first mate. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.

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Francis Mikolay
East McKeesport, PA
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on July 31, 2023
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august

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Marc Dunbar
Red Bluff, CA
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Went fishing with Argo Sportfishing on June 7, 2023
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.

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David Noel
Felton, CA
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Went fishing with Half Moon Bay Sportfishing on June 7, 2023
The fishing on SF Bay is the same as anywhere.except if there not biting great you get some iepic views of the bay! Some days are better fishing than others so hope for the best and enjoy the day!

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Audra Schultz
North Las Vegas, Nevada
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on May 29, 2023
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!

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Julian Temblador
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Went fishing with SF Boat Support on October 21, 2023
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend

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Eric Soderquist
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on September 15, 2023
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.

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Christopher Claus
San Francisco, California
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Went fishing with Sole-Man Sportfishing on July 9, 2023
Look for a younger crew that isn’t so jaded and is happy to have your business.

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Kaonoi Vue
Cottage Grove, MN
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on July 2, 2023
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.

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Nikolus Shields
Folsom, California
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Went fishing with Argo Sportfishing on June 4, 2023
Prepare for cold weather and windy and literally an hours boat ride down the bay it’s super hot

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Seth Dasmann
Pacific House, CA
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on April 7, 2023
Leave early to account for traffic delays and bring windproof jacket just in case.

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Syed Masood
Palo Alto, CA
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Went fishing with Argo Sportfishing on June 30, 2021
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.

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Ben Cowan
Evansville, WI
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Went fishing with Argo Sportfishing on March 31, 2019
Go out to the open ocean and make sure your trip is that, dont stay in bay its boring

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Dan Beveridge
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Went fishing with Warrior Poet Sportfishing on March 30, 2019
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.