10 Things to know before you go
10 things to know about booking a fishing charter in San Diego!
Before you book a charter, here are the ten most important things to think of when choosing the who, what, where, when, for your next private or open party deep sea fishing trip in San Diego.
San Diego has, without a doubt, some of the best saltwater offshore deep sea fishing in the world. We have access to highly sought after Pelagic species and many species that do not go further north. We also have full access to Mexican waters, which allow us to depart from San Diego, and fish all the way down past Ensenada, including Todos Santos, The Coronado Islands, and all of the outer bank spots you can think of. Just look at this map of deep-sea fishing spots just outside of San Diego Bay, Point Loma.
#2 Type of Fishing - Local, Deep Sea, Offshore, Multiday, Pelagic, Trolling, Kite, Bottom fishing?
There are many different types and styles of fishing, and it is important to let us know what you are looking for. We are familiar with all popular methods for catching, from using kites and helium balloons to trolling the Rapala. All you have to do is let us know what you have in mind, and we will make sure you get what you want. Or if you prefer, you can tell us your target species and we can recommend the best method. We just don’t want you to get stuck on a local half day Rock Cod trip when what you really wanted was deep sea Tuna fishing.
#3 Group Size - Private or Open Party?
One of the most important questions we will ask you is how many people are in your group? If you have 2 or fewer people, we will recommend for you to hop on one of our OPEN PARTY GROUPS or one of our smaller FOUR PACK CHARTERS. For groups that are four to six people, we will recommend one of our six-pack PRIVATE charters. So basically, you need to know how many people are in your group and if you would rather join others, or have a private boat all to yourself.
#4 Trip Duration - How long do you want to go out?
Our company offers ¾ day (9 hours), full-day (12 hours), 24 Hour, and MultiDay Trips! Depending on the time of year, species sought, budget, and the number of people, we can figure out what is the best trip for you. For example, if you are looking to target BLUEFIN using the kite fishing method, you will definitely need to choose a trip longer than 24 hours. Most of the time, Bluefin is the furthest range fish we will chase, and we will need the longer duration trips to take us all the way out to the outer banks, which is where they will hang out. Alternatively, if all you want is to go Bass fishing, a local half-day trip is all you need.
#5 Targeted Species - What kind of fish are we hunting?
Some of our customers just say, “Take me fishing!”, other customers know exactly what they want. Some of our most popular species are Bluefin, Yellowfin, Yellowtail, Dorado, White Seabass, etc. These are good examples of the kinds of fish you can hunt on our trips. Some of these fish are seasonal, and others are prevalent year-round. There are also Fish & Game laws that must be adhered to about the season for each fish. Let us know your preference!
#6 Weather Forcast - Swell, Wind, Water Temp, Conditions
First things first, we have a 100% refund policy for bad weather, so please book with confidence. That being said, different people have different tolerance for rough seas. On half-day trips, if it gets rough, we can always fish in the bay for Halibut, but on the offshore deep sea fishing trips, we are committed once we go, so we have to be certain the weather is favorable for our trip. We highly recommend WINDY.TV and NOAA to see more marine-oriented forecast. The last thing, you will get a call from your Captain or me about 7 days out with a general forecast for the weather on your trip, and then again the night before.
#7 Size vs. Speed, and Type of Vessel
We have a few boats to choose from, both small and fast four pack vessels and larger, slower, and more comfortable six pack vessels.
If you have 5 or 6 people you will want to stick with our larger boats, so as to ensure that everybody has plenty of room and a fun time is had by all. If you have four passengers or less you may want to consider the Avery Rose or the Kraken. These options are well suited for a smaller group who wants to haul ass to the fishing grounds, catch fish, and haul ass back. Great for when the deep sea fishing is best 50 miles offshore but you only have 12 hours to fish.
#8 AMENITIES - The COMFORTABLE Hunt
I know some fisherman that would go fishing all day without a bathroom and I know some fisherman who refuse to go out on less than a 50ft fishing yacht. I am sure that you are somewhere in between. All of our boats have bathrooms, by the way! Now please take a look through the fleet and find a boat that’s right for you. All of our deep sea fishing six-pack class vessels have a full galley, multiple bathrooms, generator for full AC power at sea, refrigerators, and sleeping arrangements for six. Our smaller boats have less amenities, ask us for details if you have any questions, or see the pictures on our fleet page. Please let our staff know if you are looking more for comfort (more expensive, less fishing time) or more for speed (less expensive, less comfortable, 4 maximum passengers, and more fishing time).
#9 What’s included and what’s not!
Our company provides the following on every single deep sea fishing charter:
- Customer Concierge - Someone you can call with any questions.
- Boat - Commercially insured, USCG Inspected, Fish & Game #’ed.
- Captain - USCG Certified and Licensed Captain
- Crew - Deckhands, and other staff as required.
- Fuel - All Fuel is included.
- Live Bait - Anchovies, Mackeral, Squid, etc.
- Water, Soda, Ice.
- Free fish cleaning. (Please tip the crew).
- On any trip 8 hours or more, one meal is included.
- On any Full Day or Multi-Day trip, 3 fresh meals provided / day.
- On any private charter, rod and reel rentals are included, on open party charters rods and reel rentals are $20/person.
What is not included:
- Fishing License (U.S. or Mexico)
- Bio Braclet (If fishing the Coronado Islands, Mexico)
- Alcoholic Beverages
Things you should probably bring:
- Sun Block
- Sunglasses (preferably polarized)
- Waterproof shoes (or plan on getting wet socks)
- Pocket Knife (very handy item)
10. Total Cost
Yes, its true, private charter deep sea sport fishing is more expensive than hopping on one of the big landing boats with 50 of your best friends, but you will have a much better time. When you come fishing with us, its like going out on your own boat, just friends and fishing! We will match or beat any price from a licensed and legitimate operation. We have some of the lowest prices for any six pack operation in San Diego Bay, and our ratings show that you still get great service too!
We hope you enjoyed reading our top 10 thoughts about chartering a deep sea offshore fishing expedition with us! Feel free to give us a call if you have more questions at 619.508.7823!
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