Best Fishing Guides
in San Diego

Why These Fishing Guides?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored fishing guides on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best fishing guides in San Diego, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

BlackJack Sportfishing

BlackJack Sportfishing leads tourists and native San Diegans on fishing charters off the South California coast. Aboard a 31-foot Luhrs tournament sportsfisher, the trips specialize in light tackle fishing for big fish. The boat has a full cabin with bunks for four and all trips include bait, tackle, fish cleaning, water, coffee, and snacks. BlackJack Sportfishing was ranked one of San Diego’s top fishing charters.

San Diego, CA(619) 226-2929


Captain Clowers Charters and Guide Service

Captain Clowers Charters and Guide Service offers offshore fishing, bay fishing, boat lessons, lake fishing, and lobster fishing. Most trips take place on San Diego Bay or Mission Bay, the La Jolla and Point Loma kelp beds, or freshwater fishing lakes including El Capitan and San Vicente. The business also offers California and Mexico fishing licenses. Captain Alan Clowers has a Master 100ton Captains license and a Guide license and earned Angler of the Year in Southland Bass Club. He is also insured, bonded, and CPR/First Aid certified.

San Diego, CA(619) 800-3474


Cortez Sportfishing

Cortez Sportfishing is owned and operated by Captain Jim Hughes, who has been involved in the San Diego sportfishing industry for nearly 40 years. For overnight and multi-day trips, the fishing vessel can comfortably accommodate up to 23 passengers. Up to 43 passengers can participate in local trips ranging from half to full days. Yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, albacore tuna, bigeye tuna, yellowtail, and dorado are among some of the targeted species. Clients can book the Cortez for both open party and private whale watching excursions.

San Diego, CA(619) 203-2965


El Gato Dos Fishing Charters

El Gato Dos Fishing Charters leads half-day to full day charters to catch tuna, yellowtail, marlin, and rockfish, as well as whale watching and shark trips. The high-tech boat can hold groups of up to six passengers. Tackle, bait, fillet service, and licenses are included in the rates. Some of the destinations available are the La Jolla and Point Loma Kelp beds, the Los Coronado Islands, and Baja California.

San Diego, CA(619) 224-3383


Exotics Fishing

Exotics Fishing serves San Diego and Redondo Beach and leads fishing trips from south of the border to Catalina Islands. The boat is well-equipped with a fully drivable tuna tower and a 75-gallon bait tank for a full day of fishing and has a 300-mile range. The price of a trip includes Shimano rods and reels, tackle, bait, and fish cleaning, and covers four people. Five-person trips can be booked with an extra fee.

San Diego, CA(424) 337-3506


Feel N Lucky Sport Fishing

Feel N Lucky Sport Fishing is based out of Harbor Island and takes groups of up to six people on coastal, offshore, and overnight fishing charters. Other options include scuba diving and spear fishing. The boat is equipped with electronics such as its navigation system, fish finder, live bait tank, and more. A retired Navy SEAL with over 30 years of charter experience leads the trips.

San Diego, CA(619) 519-0659


Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters

Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters specializes in custom, personalized fishing charters in the San Diego area. From half-day local trips to offshore blue water fishing, the charters target a variety of species including tuna, yellowtail, mahi mahi, dolphin fish, striped marlin, and mako and thresher sharks. The captain even leads in-harbor and offshore dolphin and whale watching excursions. Captain Brian Morris holds a 100 Ton Masters License and has nearly 15 years of experience fishing in the southern California waters.

Coronado, CA(619) 322-4296


Fish Hunter SportFishing Charters

Fish Hunter SportFishing Charters offers deep sea tuna fishing charter trips out of San Diego. Full-day, half-day, and customized charter packages include complimentary tackle, bait, and beverages. The guide team has nearly five decades of experience in the fishing industry, and will also clean and filet the fish at the end of the trip. The charters often target other fish species than tuna including marlin, sea bass, mahi-mahi, and yellowtail.

San Diego, CA(619) 917-8413


Fishing Charters of San Diego

Fishing Charters of San Diego offers year-round sport fishing charters in San Diego. Trips are customizable for families, adults, big game fisherman and more, and range from half-day to two-day trips on a variety of boats. Both captains are USCG licensed and have nearly 70 years of combined experience fishing off the coast of California and Mexico. Trophy-sized blue, mako, and thresher sharks along with halibut, white sea bass, and yellowtail are among some of the targeted species.

San Diego, CA(858) 775-7812


Guardian Charters

Guardian Charters is owned and operated by two captains with nearly sixty combined years of experience. The captains lead private and open charters such as a 1/2-day local charter and a 4-pack overnight charter. Trips require a California Fishing license, lobster report card, or passport. Halibut, white seabass, yellowtail, dorado, and tuna are among the popular targeted species. The family-owned business welcomes beginners to experienced spearfisherman.

San Diego, CA(858) 245-1830


Islander Charters

Islander Charters operates out of San Diego and leads aquatic excursions along Mexico’s Baja coast, the Southern California coast, and the Channel Islands. The staff designs all the schedules with the season and conditions in mind, as well as how to best maximize client’s time before, during, and after the trip. The captains and owners have led over 10,000 people on safe and fun fishing adventures since the business’ opening. Trips include sportfishing, shark diving, scuba diving, kayak fishing, spear fishing, and combo trips.

San Diego, CA(619) 224-4388


Pacific Queen Sportfishing

Pacific Queen Sportfishing offers day charters and extended trips on an 88-foot fishing boat that comfortably accommodates up to 35 people. From sport fishing day trips to deep sea overnight fishing excursions, charters are customizable to provide the ideal trip. From sea bass and rockfish to skipjack and yellowfin tuna, the crew is experienced in locating the best fishing spots. Pacific Queen Sportfishing was established in 2001 and serves San Diego County.

San Diego, CA(714) 720-6973


Reward Sportfishing Charters

Reward Sportfishing Charters leads excursions on a 6-pack fishing yacht since 2004. Day, overnight, and multi-day private sportfishing charters target tuna species and other fish species such as yellowtail, mahi mahi, giant squid, and more off the coast of Southern California and Mexico. The charter boat can accommodate extended trips to destinations such as Guadalupe Island and is available for trips year-round.

San Diego, CA(619) 276-8862


San Diego Saltwater Fly Fishing

San Diego Saltwater Fly Fishing offers fly-fishing charters that target short fin mako sharks, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, barracuda, calico bass, and more. The business is licensed and insured and has a strict catch and release policy for all sharks and most fish species. Charter trips include shark fishing, offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and bay fishing.Owner and captain Mark Martin speaks across the west coast about fly fishing and is a member of "Anglers Eye Media."

San Diego, CA(619) 886-0547


Spirit of Adventure Fishing

Captain Mike Keating has been leading fishing trips, family vacations, and natural history trips on his boat, Spirit of Adventure, for over 25 years. The boat is equipped with state-of-the-art safety, navigational and electronic communications equipment, allowing for a safe and fun experience. Trips usually last 3-7 days, and a majority of trips are booked by repeat fisherman who continue to fish with Spirit of Adventure year after year.

San Diego, CA(619) 226-1729


World Class Shark Fishing

World Class Shark Fishing leads shark fishing trips in Los Angeles and offshore and inshore San Diego. The tours are lead by USCG licensed captains and target mako, thresher, blue, and hammerhead sharks. The charter is equipped with IGFA certified gear, and the crew is happy to clean the sharks and fish at the end of the trip. Catch and release of the sharks is encouraged, and fisherman can keep one mako or thresher shark per trip. Fishing licenses are required to be purchased in advance for all trips except trophy shark fishing charters.

San Diego, CA(858) 775-7812


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