Sportfishing out of San Diego is where I started fishing at the early age of 6 with my father. Here's a few trip reviews of my favorite daily open party fishing vessels out of San Diego and other Southern California areas. Southern California offers some of the best and most accessible sportfishing in the world for a very fair price. For under $100 you can get out on the water for a day and catch fish while having a hot meal and beverage. If time is concern, half-day sportfishing trips that depart daily throughout So Cal is unbeatable. Any of these boats can be charted for private groups. Have fun! Be sure to scroll down for boats North of San Diego.
Malihini - 3/4 Day - Runs daily out of H&M Landing.
Fisherman 3 - Half Day Charter - Captain J. D. McGriff is an excellent Captain and is very funny. I took my nephew out for his first trip with J. D. and he has been hooked since. He made it as productive as fun. Another fine boat I recommend. Before owning the "F3" Captain J. D. ran this boat for years for then owner Tim Green who now owns and operates the San Diego half-day sportfisher Premier. J. d. is another excellent choice for a group charter.
Premier - Half Day open party and private charter - Tim Green's half-day boat Premier is the daily half-day boat replacing the Fisherman 3 (see above) several years back. Big 81' x 25' of beam with a low profile to the water makes her a stable and spacious fishing platform. Captain Tim has owned and operated a few excellent, reputable boats over the years like the Malihini, Fisherman 3 and now the Premier. As long as Captain/Owner Tim Green is in the wheelhouse I suggest a trip on this boat. After fishing countless trips over the last 25 or so years with Tim I am confident your group will have a successful and good trip fished as open party or private charter.
Oceanside 95 - This boat usually fishes overnighters and multi-day tuna trips and occasionally half-day trips which can be a bonus for half-day fishermen wanting to experience what a bigger boat is like during tuna season. I haven't fished this boat in some time but she has always had a veteran crew both personable and excellent deckhands. Located in Oceanside Harbor next to Camp Pendalton Marine Corps Base. If you are a United States Marine stationed at Camp Pendalton, Helgren's Sportfishing borders the base in North San Diego County. Newport Landing boats are halos fairly close within an hour's drive North.
Electra 1/2 day - Electra departs daily from Oceanside Harbor for visitor's to North San Diego County. Electra has been completely refit 2015 and the entire Helgren's operation has had a much improved face lift. I fished Electra and Sea Trek for years with Joey Helgren of Helgren's Sportfishing
All other San Diego half-day and three-quarter day boats:
Newport Landing Sportfishing - Half day through multi-day sportfishing trips for visitors to Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County OC.
Davey's Locker Sportfishing Landing - Half day through multi-day sportfishing trips for visitors to Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County OC.
Closest landing to the LAX and Los Angles.
Pacific Venture 6-pack fishing charters at Camp Pendalton Marine Base, Oceanside Harbor has most September 2013 weekends open if anyone is looking for a last minute Oceanside San Diego 6-pack sportfishing charter. Get in on the exotic big game fish season in San Diego off Oceanside, San Diego, Northern Baja and San Clemente Islands.
Alexes 6-pack fishing charters has plenty of charter openings if anyone is looking for a last minute 6-pack sportfishing charter. Alexes owner/captain Gary Abbamonte says prices are all inclusive. This is important as not all fishing charters online advertise or list all inclusive prices like licenses, permits, tips, tackle, etc..so whoever you book with be sure to ask about any additional costs of the trip outside the listed or quoted price.
Alexes runs a very popular 5am to 5pm charter that SportfishSanDiego.com has booked as few as a father/son charter up to six guests. Gary can be reached on the Alexes daily on his cell at 619-990-0926
Prime Time San Diego 6-pack charters are wide open for booking this July 4th week. This is a rare opportunity at booking one of San Diego's finest six person fishing yachts. Go to website by clicking link above or call Mark at 619-997-9954
The Accurate Boss Single Speed Boss Series X Single Speed or for turning bigger gamefish the BX-2 Series. Both Accurate Boss 400x, 500x or 600x have huge 6:1 ratio great for popular Southern California - San Diego deep "Yo-Yo" technique where dropping deep and cranking in at blazing speeds trigger the Yellowtail bite. Spend the money for an Accurate or Avet one piece aluminum body work horse reels for San Diego gamefish like we witnessed in 2015!
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