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Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in San Diego

Deep Sea Fishing in San Diego

San Diego takes deep sea fishing to a whole new level, even by West Coast standards. A standard full day trip can last 12 hours and see you fishing for Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Blue and Striped Marlin, and some of the biggest Sharks you’ll see outside of the movies. These monster fish are matched only by the boats themselves. 60-foot-plus cruisers jostle for space in the town’s many marinas, all of them loaded with the latest tech and the very best tackle. San Diego deep sea fishing will not disappoint!
What can I expect from a deep sea fishing trip?
The ocean around San Diego is a maze of deep trenches and steep banks rising a thousand feet from the ocean floor. Most day trips will take you out to these banks to target Tuna, Mahi Mahi, White Seabass, Yellowtail, and other tasty deep-sea species. Head out overnight or on one of San Diego’s famous multi-day charters and you will blow right past the “nearby” fishing grounds on-route to the land of legends. Expect to travel 100-plus miles down into Mexican waters to fill the boat with more big fish than the Birch Aquarium.
One of the most popular targets on multi-day trips is Bluefin Tuna. San Diego is a great place for catching big Bluefin, with recent years somehow yielding better and better catches. You can also find a range of other Tuna species tagging each other out as the summer rolls on. Throw in two species of Marlin and five of the largest Sharks in the ocean, and you start to see why the boats are so big.
Fishing Techniques
Most of the deep sea action out of San Diego focuses on trolling. Your captain will cover a lot of ground, looking out for free-floating kelp paddies, birds, and other indicators of large, feeding fish. Tuna and Sharks are often caught by chumming of chunking, throwing bucketfuls of live Squid or cut fish (depending on the species) then casting your hooked baits into the feeding frenzy. 
Kite fishing is also popular in San Diego and has become a signature technique for catching the biggest Bluefin. You can either use live bait like Mackerel or go for specialist lures like Yummy Flyers, created to imitate flying fish.
Need to Know
Dana Point deep sea fishing charters generally don’t include fishing licenses. You’ll need to buy these for anyone aged 16 or over. The exception is Mexican fishing licenses, which are often included on multi-day trips. If you’re heading into Mexican waters, don’t forget your passport. You don’t want an awkward conversation with the Mexican Coast Guard!

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What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in San Diego

"Half day with Jake on jackpot"

Zach Pfannenstiel fished with Jackpot Charters on November 11, 2018

By far the best time I have had on a charter in 11 years deep sea fishing.

"Half day with Captain Wayne"

fished with Heart Of Valor Fishing Excursions on August 16, 2018

We had a great time out on the water! Wayne is very knowledgeable about the ocean and deep sea fishing. The boat is very nice and well kept as well. We will definitely be back for another trip!

"Full amazing day with Captain Ryan and The Fabulous Kayla"

Nancy Hanley-wroble fished with Savvy Sportfishing on June 22, 2018

Best deep sea fishing trip we have been on. Ryan and Kayla were so much fun and so knowledgeable!! The boat was immaculate and very comfortable. Hands down...5 star+ would go tomorrow again!!

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in San Diego

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Tuna (Bluefin)


Tuna (Yellowfin)

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