Six Pack VS Party Boat

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People often ask me, “Why is going on a private six pack charter so much more expensive, then say buying a couple of tickets on a big party boat?” I have decided to delve into this common question and explain the difference between a private party and an open party fishing trip. In summary, if your party is greater than 3 people, you should probably get a private party 4, 6, or 12 passenger vessel. 

If you have 1 or 2 people in your party, or to save money, definitely makes sense to join others on an open party 4, 6, or 12 pack vessel.


Let’s break down the numbers here to find out which route is best.

You basically have 4 options, outlined below.

Four Passengers - Private Party ranges between 850-2400 for 4 passengers. Open Party ranges between 250-550 per passenger.

Six Passengers - Private Party starts at 1150 for 6 anglers for a half day, and goes up to 5k for a 1.5 day trip. Open Party charters start at $200/angler and go up to $1500 a ticket for multiday charters.

Seven or More - If you have a party count between 7 and 12 passengers, this is the perfect setup. Check out the Kahuna, Vendetta, and the VIP flagship Lucky CharmPricing is here.

Open Party Only - 40+ Passengers - If you have 1 or 2 passengers and you want the ABSOLUTE lowest price, and don't mind the crowds, then click this link for more info.

head count

When you hop on one of the open party boats out of Point Loma or Mission Bay, you can expect to be joined by up to 20-60 of your closest friends, shoulder to shoulder for the rest of the day. Not so on a private or open party six-pack fishing boat, it’s only you and up to five other anglers, and 2 deckhands! This means lots of room. Usually, on the troll, there are between four and five rods in the water, so you will get fish on the trolling hookups all of the time. No more taking a number to get a shot at 30 minutes on the troll every four hours, like you would on an open party boat. When we are trolling, you are trolling. Also, once you hook up you will have plenty of room to land your fish, and a deckhand at the ready to gaff just for you. Overall, you will have a lot more privacy and room when you come fishing with us on a six-pack! 

Don't have enough people to fill a six pack? No problem! We offer open party four and six pack charters where you can team up with other people to catch fish and SAVE MONEY.
If you are looking for a private party six pack, click here.


Not only will you have more comfortable fishing, but you will also have more comfortable accommodations. From the big fat couch, full galley, bridge seating, and private stateroom with queen size bed. It Hardly feels like your roughing it! No more squeezing into a 2X6 cot above a loud snoring person! Did we mention, private bathroom with hot/cold shower at sea? 

While you are fishing you will have plenty of room, fishing from the bow or stearn, full walk around on all of your boats, and overall a friendly and experienced staff to handle your fishing needs.

Private Party charters INCLUDE rod rentals and fish cleaning.

Open Party charters do not include rod rentals or fish cleaning.

food and drinks!

Now I know what you are thinking, your thinking I bought the above photo off of a stock image site right? No, this was actually prepared fresh by Captain Trevor on the vessel Easter B. The crew are expert cooks and can make you a great carne asada burrito or a mean Sashimi plate out of your just caught Tuna. On the longer trips we offer, hot meals are included. Water, Soda, Snacks are included on all of our charters, regardless of duration.

Private Party trips 3/4 day and above include snacks, unlimited food and beverages. BYOB

Open Party trips with duration between 1/2 and Full day, meals are not included but are for sale in the galley of the vessel. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch if you wish. BYOB

Open Party trips OVERNIGHT and longer include snacks, meals, unlimited food and beverages. BYOB

Private Party and Open Party trips always offer free water, coffee, snacks, and soda. All trips are BYOB.


It’s the little touches, like having a personal liaison to speak with, any time day or night, to get information during the booking and boarding stages, all the way to having your hook baited for you and a gaff at the ready. The little things all add up to great service that sets us apart from overcrowded party boats. Once you try one of our private party or open party four, six,  you will never go back! 

If you want a private party boat, all you need to do is call or text us at 619.508.7823 and an operator will answer your right away. Our private party hotline is open 24/7/365 and is always manned by helpful humans that pick up the phone on the first ring.

If you want to join an open party, we have four packs, six packs, and 12+ packs available departing daily, just sign up here.

speed and range

The number one reason to choose a four or six-pack fishing boat is that they go fast. For our 30ft four packs, we are talking 40 knots all day. For our larger six packs, we are talking a cruising speed of 15 knots and flank speed of 21+ knots (for when you need to haul ass three miles to hop on your buddies radio call-in). 

What this translates too, is more fishing time, and less travel time. Or… even better yet, the same travel time, and extended range. Either way, you win by having more time with your hook in the water.  

When compared to large cattle boats that only do 9 knots tops, it comes out to almost 1.6 hours EXTRA fishing time on a standard full day trip. This should be accounted for when you are figuring out if it is worth it or not to get a SLIGHTLY more expensive, but MUCH faster boat. That extra time can make all the difference.


In conclusion, it is this author’s opinion that life is too short to lose your big Yellowfin to Bubba, the guy from Kentucky, who just tangled with you and cut your line. 

Life is too short to pay $8 bucks for a cheeseburger that tastes horrible. They say, you get what you pay for. When it comes to San Diego tuna fishing, I would have to agree.  Spend a little more and go on a private six pack charter with us instead, you wont regret it.

In my opinion, the best boats are between 30 and 60 feet and must be capable of making at least 12 knots. Every single vessel in our entire fleet meets this basic requirement.

Couple that with the good food, low angler to deckhand ratio, faster speeds, and more comfort... and it quickly becomes clear. It's a no brainer! Call or text us today at 619.508.7823 fore more info!

Don't have enough people to fill a six pack? No problem! We offer open party four and six pack charters where you can team up with other people to catch fish and SAVE MONEY.
If you are looking for a private party six pack, click here.