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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 Trip with Rob and Kenny"

Bj Tietze fished with Zenmar Offshore Action on November 10, 2019

Great Crew, weather, boat, and left with a cooler full of fish for dinner. Rob and Kenny put us on fish, lots of action.

"Fly Fishing San Diego"

Andrew Lassetter fished with Risen Tide Sportfishing on November 3, 2019

Had a great trip. Couldn’t ask for a more. Very knowledgeable guide and a pleasure to fish with. We managed to get 4 different species. If you’re in need of a fly guide in San Diego I would highly recommend him.

"Half day trip with Captain Shaun"

Andrew Reed fished with Pelican Sportfishing on October 27, 2019

Our trip was five stars! Captain Shaun was excellent! We caught a bunch of fish and Shaun cleaned a few for us to take home. Highly recommend Shaun and this trip.

"Half day with captain Mike"

Nichole Lemons fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on October 27, 2019

We had an amazing time. 10 out of 10!! Would definitely recommend to anyone! Will be back soon. And booking with them again!!!

"23 October "

Kevin Tirban fished with Good Times Sportfishing on October 23, 2019

Took my son and son-in-law on a half day ER. We caught a total on 20 fish, 12 keepers! Captain Power is fantastic, knows his stuff and all the equipment is top notch! Damn good day! Thank you Captain!🎣

"Great day!!"

Keith Mcdonald fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on October 22, 2019

Captain Daniel is a hard working and fun captain. Many captains forget you are there to have fun and catch fish!! Daniel does both as long as there is opportunity to catch, he will work hard and find it. Can’t wait for more trips!!

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in San Diego

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Yellowtail Amberjack

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

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