California Deep Sea Fishing Charters

California Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Top California Deep Sea Fishing Destinations

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in California

California: 142 fishing charters available
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San Diego
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
Los Angeles
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Los Angeles
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(74 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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Deep Sea Fishing in California

With different islands, reefs, and underwater rips that attract game fish, the Golden State features some truly exciting offshore angling. What's even better is that some of them lie as little as 20 miles offshore. So if you're looking to get a taste of these amazing waters, California deep sea fishing charters have the know-how to make your dreams come true.

There's a huge variety of species that prowl through this portion of the Pacific. Whether it's bruisers such as Yellowtail or delicious Halibut, Lingcod, and Rockfish, all of these species will be at the palm of your hand. And so will predators such as Mako, Thresher, Tope, and Blue Shark.

But this is just the beginning. For those among you looking to fight some pelagics, you'll find some of the most prestigious ones in California. These include Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, as well as Blue and Striped Marlin. If these are not biting, you can chase after Dorado, Albacore, Bonito, and other species instead.

The hottest action takes place around the islands located off the coast of California. In the southern part of the state, you'll have the chance to visit Catalina, San Clemente, or even the Mexican Coronado Islands. If you start your adventure from San Francisco instead, you'll get to enjoy some amazing bottom fishing close to the Farallon Islands.

There's generally no closed season when it comes to offshore fishing in California. Most pelagic fish visit the area during summer but bottom fishing remains strong throughout the year. If you're looking for a starting point, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles and the areas surrounding these cities will work great. While it's possible to do some good fishing even on a 6-hour, longer trips will let you experience these waters to their fullest.

California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27,740 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in California

The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
David  O.
David O. Chino, CA
Pay for parking. It was dark when we arrived so I didn't notice it was pay parking only. There is a small kiosk to pay that is not close to Dock H and the fine is steep at $50.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay for parking. It was dark when we arrived so I didn't notice it was pay parking only. There is a small kiosk to pay that is not close to Dock H and the fine is steep at $50.
Bryan  H.
Bryan H. San Francisco, California
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Eric  S.
Eric S.
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good options with lots of parking and cleaning areas. Dock and location wasn't packed or rushed.
Matt  J.
Matt J. Milpitas, CA
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
Do the research, the more you know about where the fish are, the better chance you'll have of catching fish
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Do the research, the more you know about where the fish are, the better chance you'll have of catching fish
Matt  A.
Matt A. Sacramento, CA
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Christine  M.
Christine M. Miami Beach, FL
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
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Francis  M.
Francis M. East McKeesport, PA
Don’t reel to quickly the fish have soft mouths and the hooks pop out right at the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t reel to quickly the fish have soft mouths and the hooks pop out right at the boat
Roman  M.
Roman M. Meadow Vista, California
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Jesse  C.
Jesse C. Phoenix, AZ
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
Christopher  K.
Christopher K. Haworth, NJ
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Justin  S.
Justin S. Los Angeles, California
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
They call it fishing… not catching… there are good days and there’s bad days. But you learn every time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
They call it fishing… not catching… there are good days and there’s bad days. But you learn every time!
Kahlee  S.
Kahlee S.
Be ready to fish and enjoy the company. Keep an open mind. Relax let the crew and captain do the worrying.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be ready to fish and enjoy the company. Keep an open mind. Relax let the crew and captain do the worrying.
PERRY  E.  A.
PERRY E. A. Peoria, AZ
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Amy  P.
Amy P. San Mateo, CA
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
Andy  T.
Andy T. Lake Forest, CA
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Go with a positive attitude fishing is fishing and can go either way just have a great time.
Jesse  G.
Jesse G. CEDAR E BETHL, MN

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