California Spearfishing Charters

California Spearfishing Charters

Best Spearfishing Fishing Charters in California

Spearfishing in California

California offers incredible spearfishing opportunities throughout the entire state. Be it SoCal or NorCal, freshwater or saltwater, spearfishing in the "Golden State" will spice your vacation up. With so many possibilities to choose from, it isn't easy to know where to start. Luckily for you, California spearfishing guides are plentiful and ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Freshwater spearfishing for Mullet, Carp, and Tilapia is allowed in some parts of the Colorado River. However, the saltwater scene is more popular than freshwater. You can go after anything from Calico Bass, Halibut, Striped Bass, White Seabass, Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail Amberjack, and Barracuda to Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.

Spearfishing in California is a year-round activity. The availability of the species may differ depending on the time of year, but you won't end up empty-handed, especially in Southern California. Spearfishing conditions in SoCal are perfect for both professionals and novices alike. NorCal’s waters are more for experienced spearos due to colder temperatures and lower visibility.

When we said that the entire state offered first-class spearfishing spots, we weren't joking. From Caspar Bay, Salt Point, and Monterey to Catalina Island, San Diego, and Los Angeles, the coastline is studded with prime spearfishing destinations. Exploring the inshore waters and reefs requires at least a 6-hour trip, whereas an offshore pursuit is a full day quest.

If you're 16 or older, you'll need to purchase a valid fishing license. Apart from the license, pay attention to protected species, and size and bag limits, too. Make sure you're familiar with the latest rules and regulations before heading out. You can always consult with your spearfishing instructor about the laws, equipment, and species as well.

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Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27,746 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Spearfishing 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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