First Dawn Charters Fishing Reports

Cod a looza

March 28, 2018

Gino and his group wanted a 1/2 day for some local cod. Nothing big but fish tacos are in order!! Read Full Report →

Dad and son fun!!

February 21, 2018

Nothing spectacular today but Garrett and his Dad got to catch and release some bass!! Plus we had a good bite on some short cudas! Read Full Report →

New Years starts with a bang!!

January 01, 2018

Stoked to have Joe on board for the first trip of the year!! Our first season ended in a halibut and now starts with one! Happy New Years everyone! Read Full Report →

Just for the Halibut!!

December 28, 2017

Javier and his son came out for a quick half day. We made our own mackerel for bait today and boy did it pay off!! Read Full Report →

Bass slay!!

November 06, 2017

Got to take Rick out again for a little bass slaying fest!! Started off slow but went into a full speed bite!! #firstdawncharters #yachtlife #sixpackcharters #shimanofishingusa #bassfest2017 #calicoslayers #sandbass Read Full Report →


October 21, 2017

Jeff got some nice local Bonita !! Read Full Report →

Good day!!

October 05, 2017

Paul and Tori got a great sample of our local fishing!! Read Full Report →

1/2 day bass slay fest!!

September 23, 2017

Wow!! Haven’t had a good local bite like this in a while!! Derek and the boys put on a bass clinic like no other getting almost limits of great size bass!! Read Full Report →

Island and offshore

September 15, 2017

We spent half our day at the Isla d then ventured offshore for a nice dorado!! Read Full Report →


September 14, 2017

We had the best bait this trip plus we took this group a bit further out than normal. This paid off in huge dividends!! It was non stop action with the first bait in the water, hookup!!! We ended… Read Full Report →

Stellar Day!!

September 09, 2017

The boys wanted an island trip and boy did they get it!! A variety of good fish with laughs and smiles all around!! Read Full Report →


September 02, 2017

A little slower day for our group but still fun and some great table fare!! Read Full Report →

Tales of fishing!!

August 31, 2017

Chris and his group wanted to catch some good fish so we obliged!! Fish tales are always great but greater when you actually catch these kind of TAILS!! Yellowtail and big ones at that!! Read Full Report →

Catalina Pig Yellowtail!!

August 25, 2017

Manny and his group had an experience that only happens once in a while!! While we have caught numerous yellowtail at Catalina this is by far the biggest one so far!! There were other fish caught too!! Read Full Report →

Bass time!!

August 24, 2017

Danny and his family enjoyed a nice local 1/2 day of fishing for these bass! His daughters were the best!! So fun to have these great kids in the boat!! Read Full Report →

Another epic trip!!

August 19, 2017

Mike and his family got to experience catching the fish of a lifetime!! Mike was able to hook and land a beautiful Catalina White Sea Bass!! They also got a bonus yellowtail and calico bass to go with it!! Read Full Report →

Yellowtail bite!!

August 18, 2017

Gus and his family came out with us for a day full of fun and laughs out to Catalina Isalnd. The day started out slow with some seals stealing our fish. Later on they left and our group caught… Read Full Report →


August 17, 2017

We took Paul and his group out for some local bass fishing. They had a great time pulling on these tasty creatures!! Read Full Report →


August 10, 2017

The guys hooked up right off the bat ,guys had a great time Peter was stoked !!!! His first Mahi Mahi!! Read Full Report →

Mossback tales!!

August 05, 2017

Great day again at the island! Joe and family got to tug on some yellows!! It was a bit tricky with the sea lions taking our bait and following us around but we finally got into a cove that… Read Full Report →

Brielle's Birthday!!

August 04, 2017

Took my daughter out for a special trip today!! We loaded up on anchovys at the bait receiver and were on our way to a great day!! The calico bass and the spotted bay bass bit very well!! So… Read Full Report →

Yellow Slaying!!

August 03, 2017

We were on our way to Catalina with great bait from the receiver when we spotted a nice kelp. Rick and his group got some sashimi for dinner!! The first 2 yellows were caught on a kelp paddy that… Read Full Report →

Sand bass junction!!

July 31, 2017

Pascal and his boys visiting from France wanted some bass this afternoon !! Good times for sure!! Released a bunch of shorts and we got two keepers for dinner!! Read Full Report →


July 29, 2017

Took out Anthony and his group. We got lively sardines and motored out the the Island. After setting the anchor first hookup was the right kid, a nice yellowtail!! Had a ice steady bite all day on the calicos… Read Full Report →

Summer Calicos!!

July 24, 2017

The summer fishing fun continues!! Joe and his boys got treated to some epic 1/2 day calico bass fishing today!! As soon as we dropped the anchor the bass fishing was wide open!! Read Full Report →

Island time!!

July 22, 2017

Another good day at the Island this time with Sam and his group!! We started off right away with a yellowtail as soon as we dropped the anchor. It was non stop action until we head to head home!! Read Full Report →

Catalina yellowtail!!

July 21, 2017

Did another full day trip to Catalina and the boys had a blast. It was great action on the calicos barracuda and the yellows came out to play!! Read Full Report →


July 18, 2017

Took out Gilbert and his buddy to Catalina today. They had yellowtail on their minds so we filled the bait tank with Sardines and took off to Catalina. We got to the spot and got bit right away. First… Read Full Report →

Island time!!

May 25, 2017

Took the guys out for a nice calm day at the Island!! Perfect weather and great bait!! Started at grey light and got bit on the live squid by the right kind! We also caught numerous calico bass and… Read Full Report →

Red city!!

April 06, 2017

Beautiful day out at Catalina with my client Todd! Started out getting live squid for bait at the Island, went to the spot and proceeded to get him his limit of rockfish. The red vermillion were loving the whole… Read Full Report →

Rock cod heaven!!

December 29, 2016

Got the candy bait for the Cod!! Live squid got our group the quality they wanted. We fished Catalina in superb sunny SoCal weather!! Read Full Report →

Sand Bass Slay!!

December 08, 2016

Ran trips Thursday and Friday this week. First one Rick wanted some bass and I filled his order with some grumpys and added a few cod!! These are all on live squid!! Second trip was a solo mission and… Read Full Report →

Catalina Island again!!

November 06, 2016

Again our group of 2 anglers opted to skip the tuna chasing to fish the Island. It was a wise choice as they ended up landing 4 yellowtail and numerous bonito!! Can't believe it's November and we're still catching… Read Full Report →

Island fun!!

November 04, 2016

Had a group today that wanted to skip the tuna chasing and just chill at Catalina Island. Once we got to the spot the yellows wanted the sardines big time!! Great group to fish with!! Read Full Report →

Big time tuna!!

October 27, 2016

Took 2 clients out and got them their fish of a lifetime!! So great to have the pleasure of fulfilling lifetime catches!! These fish weighed 55 to 70lbs. Fishing gear used was Shimano Torium reels with 30lb line. It… Read Full Report →


August 02, 2016

Took Wei and his two friends out for a relaxing day at Catalina Island. Had a steady pick on the smaller grade yellows and eventually limited out with 15 yellows and 5 bonito for the 3 guys!! Good times… Read Full Report →

Fun family fishing!!

December 29, 2015

Took out a family last week and they had a blast!! Found the right ledge and it took off!! Beautiful sunny day out too!! Read Full Report →


September 19, 2015

Fish of a lifetime!! I've never seen this in my ten years in the water!! Father and son got this Wahoo 20 miles off of Dana Point trolling a black and purple Marlin jig. They were stoked to say… Read Full Report →

Tuna frenzy!!

September 02, 2015

9 miles outside Dana Point at first light we hit the magic kelp!! As soon as Matts bait hit the water he was on. Within two hours Matt had his limit (10) of the yellowfin tuna!! Read Full Report →

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