Southern California Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Southern California Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Top Southern California Deep Sea Fishing Destinations

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Southern California

Deep Sea Fishing in Southern California

Deep sea fishing in Southern California is a perfect representation of this state’s nickname –  “Golden”! SoCal’s coast provides direct access to a whole host of offshore islands that are surrounded by seriously deep waters. Want to battle mighty Marlin, feisty Mahi Mahi, and gigantic Tuna? You’ll find plenty of charters dotted all over this region, ready and waiting to take you out to hook the catch of your dreams. All you need to do is pick your location, and get ready for the fight of your life!
 

What to Expect

It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to fishing in Southern California, but we’ve got good news: deep sea fishing here is bound to take you straight to the action around the Channel Islands. That narrows it down a bit! Local charter captains throughout SoCal are happy to cater to guests of all ages and skill levels, so even newbies can experience the thrill of deep sea fishing!
 

For Newer Anglers

The perfect deep sea location has to be Santa Catalina Island. This island is easily accessible from a variety of places, including Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach. You’ll start coming face-to-gills with impressive deep sea beasts around 15 miles from shore, where the waters drop dramatically. Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and various Tuna species all lurk here, and your charter captain will be on-hand to show you the ropes. Although full day trips to the island are the most common, newer anglers can opt for ¾ day trips and still experience some great deep sea fishing. 
 

More Experienced?

If you’re not quite prepared for an overnight adventure but want to spend more time on the water, you’ll find plenty of charter captains ready to take you out to San Clemente Island, located around 40 miles from the shore of San Diego. You can find the same species here as around Santa Catalina Island, but they grow seriously huge! If you’ve always wanted to battle gigantic Tuna, this is your chance. As you’ll spend more time traveling, an extended full day trip lasting around 12 hours is the “go-to” standard here.
 

Thrill Seekers Only!

Finally, for hardened anglers who want to test their wits as well as their skills, an overnight or multi-day trip to the Coronado Islands can’t be missed. Located in Mexican federal waters, around  100 miles from San Diego and Dana Point, these islands are home to some of the mightiest big game fish around: huge Shark species, Blue and Striped Marlin, and Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s something that every deep sea fishing fanatic should definitely tick off their bucket list!
 

How to Prepare

All guests age 16 or over will need to purchase a valid Californian fishing license. Your charter captain can help you out with this before your trip, and will also fill you in on local regulations for the species you’ll be targeting. Heading to the Coronado Islands? You’ll need to bring along your passport, as well as a valid Mexican fishing license. Rods, reels, bait, lures, and tackle will be provided for you, so all that’s left is to head to the “Golden State” for an incredible deep sea fishing adventure!
 
Southern California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,926 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Southern California

This was our first time fishing in the bay so we weren’t sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of fish we all caught. I think my youngest son caught more than 10+ fish. We didn’t keep any as they were not really the eating kind and they were mostly under 14”.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time fishing in the bay so we weren’t sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of fish we all caught. I think my youngest son caught more than 10+ fish. We didn’t keep any as they were not really the eating kind and they were mostly under 14”.
Diamond Dogs Charters
Diamond Dogs Charters
Our experience was excellent. We had great fishing but were also able to see dolphins and whales!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our experience was excellent. We had great fishing but were also able to see dolphins and whales!
Awol Sportfishing
Awol Sportfishing
Every day is different in San Diego, the variety of fish available just out of the bay is what makes fishing here so fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Every day is different in San Diego, the variety of fish available just out of the bay is what makes fishing here so fun.
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Get with a local, like captain Matt on the Sea Esta, who knows the ins and outs of the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get with a local, like captain Matt on the Sea Esta, who knows the ins and outs of the area.
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Expect to catch good amounts of smaller fish. Big fish a few this time of year. Still a good time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to catch good amounts of smaller fish. Big fish a few this time of year. Still a good time!
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Silva Scales N' Tales Sportfishing
Book with Mystic Queen! Captain Harry and his first mate Daniel will not disappoint.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Mystic Queen! Captain Harry and his first mate Daniel will not disappoint.
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing Pasadena, California
We volume fished for Rockfish. Not a lot of fight but a lot of catch. We were pulling fish out after most of the casts. This gave those in our group that didn’t fish a chance to partake in the experience by preparing/ eating catch. Other fish may give more fight but fewer catches. Angler’s choice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We volume fished for Rockfish. Not a lot of fight but a lot of catch. We were pulling fish out after most of the casts. This gave those in our group that didn’t fish a chance to partake in the experience by preparing/ eating catch. Other fish may give more fight but fewer catches. Angler’s choice.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
This boat was fantastic for first time fisherman Gavin was on top of everything and took care of us. We can’t wait to come back.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This boat was fantastic for first time fisherman Gavin was on top of everything and took care of us. We can’t wait to come back.
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Dana Point is a beautiful harbor, short ride to get to the fishing grounds and plenty of action! Highly recommend these guys
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dana Point is a beautiful harbor, short ride to get to the fishing grounds and plenty of action! Highly recommend these guys
Pacific Mistress Sportfishing
Pacific Mistress Sportfishing Laguna Niguel, California
Plan on at least 4 hrs and patience and persistence! The Captain make the trip- catching fish is a bonus! Enjoy the ride!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan on at least 4 hrs and patience and persistence! The Captain make the trip- catching fish is a bonus! Enjoy the ride!
Nemo Charters - Weekend Trips
Nemo Charters - Weekend Trips
Be flexible and listen to your captain/guide. If you want to target a specific species you. A but run the risk of not catching anything. The captain will know what is and is not biting. If they make a suggestion I would listen because they want to put you in position to catch some fish and have some fun. So talk to them and make a game plan before your trip and take their advice into consideration and you will make some great memories just like I did!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible and listen to your captain/guide. If you want to target a specific species you. A but run the risk of not catching anything. The captain will know what is and is not biting. If they make a suggestion I would listen because they want to put you in position to catch some fish and have some fun. So talk to them and make a game plan before your trip and take their advice into consideration and you will make some great memories just like I did!!!
Ez Sportfishing
Ez Sportfishing
I don’t know much about it but we had a ton of fun and saw some tuna but they just weren’t biting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don’t know much about it but we had a ton of fun and saw some tuna but they just weren’t biting
Brothers Sport Fishing
Brothers Sport Fishing
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Give your self extra time as the shop is small and takes a little time to get your license
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give your self extra time as the shop is small and takes a little time to get your license
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
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.
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Blue Horizon Sportfishing Chino, CA

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