Laurels
Best Fishing Guides
in San Francisco
2017

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 Francisco, 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.

Bass-Tub Sportfishing

Bass-Tub Sportfishing offers trips at a flat per-person rate with group weekday and weekend charter rates covering up to 25 people. Rods, reels, sinkers, leaders, and salmon weights are available for additional fees. The boat is certified for up to 60 people on special occasion charters such as birthdays, corporate events, and bachelor parties. The charters commonly catch striped bass, halibut, salmon, and more.

San Francisco, CA(415) 456-9055

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Berkeley Charter Boats

Located at the Berkeley Marina, Berkeley Charter Boats consists of a fleet of five boats that can carry at least 30 passengers each. All of the boats are outfitted with the latest equipment and technology and are USCG inspected and certified. The Gallia family has operated Berkeley Charter Boats for three generations, and the captains have over a century of combined experience as licensed sport fishers between them. Specialty trips include salmon fishing, Farallones Islands rockfish trips, live bait potlucks, rock cod and crab combos, and albacore tuna fishing trips.

Berkeley, CA(510) 849-3333

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California Dawn Sport Fishing

The California Dawn leads sport fishing charters in the San Francisco Bay and on the Pacific Ocean. The experienced and knowledgeable captain is USCG certified to 100 miles. The boat is comfortable and has a large bait capacity, along with fishing licenses, bait, and tackle available on board. The charters target sturgeon and bass in the early part of the year and target halibut, bass, salmon, rock cod, and more from April through October.

Berkeley, CA(510) 417-5557

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Captain Jimmy Charters

Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, Captain Jimmy Charters leads six-pack fishing charters that specialize in trolling and mooching a variety of local fish species such as king salmon, California halibut, striped bass, leopard shark, sturgeon, albacore, and more. A lifetime fisherman and deckhand, Captain Jim McCormick holds a 100 Ton Masters license and been captaining sport fishing charter boats for 35 years. Customizable half day and full day charters are available and include tackle and fish filleting and cleaning at the end of the trip. Captain Jimmy Charters is also available for burials at sea.

San Francisco, CA(415) 686-7105

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Emeryville Sportfishing

Emeryville Sportfishing leads fishing charters outside the Golden Gate and within the Bay on a fleet of eight charter vessels. The experienced captains use trolling, light tackle mooching, and live bait to target species such as albacore tuna, halibut, ling cod, salmon, shark, sturgeon, and more. The business offers daily open charters as well as private and corporate charters. Rods, tackle kits, and fishing licenses are available for an additional fee.

Emeryville, CA(510) 654-6040

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Finally Enough Charters

Finally Enough Charters provides custom yacht charters off of Monterey Bay and visits all Central California Coast ports and marinas. Ranging from half-day to weeklong adventures, the crew leads a variety of trips to favorite fishing spots as well as little-known areas for a unique experience. The comfortable and spacious yacht is ideally designed for hosting dockside events and boasts a personal chef.

Vallejo, CA(888) 475-1675

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Flash Sport Fishing Charters

Flash Sport Fishing Charters provides deep sea fishing trips and charters in the SF Bay, along with rockfish and shark fishing and wharf parties. All fishing tours include rods, reels, tackle, and bait. Captain Steve Talmadge has nearly 50 years of commercial and sport fishing experience. He is fully insured and has a US Coast Guard License.

San Francisco, CA(510) 881-0858

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Fury Sportfishing

Fury Sportfishing leads small and personalized fishing charters and welcomes anglers of all skill levels. The trip fares include rod, reel, bait, and tackle. Customers can choose from either open boat or private charters for a full day of fishing. Half day charters are available by request. Targeted species regularly include halibut, striped bass, sturgeon, rock cod, shark, and salmon.

Richmond, CA(800) 499-6465

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Half Moon Bay Sportfishing

With three licensed, inspected, and insured charter vessels, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing specializes in salmon and rock fishing trips and also leads whale watching and ecology tours. The business also has an on-shore shop that sells essential gear, bait, and tackle to individual fisherman, as well as a 24/7 frozen bait vending machine. The staff and crew strive to provide a memorable experience and are knowledgeable of the best places and techniques for fishing salmon, rockfish, albacore, Dungeness crab, and more.

Half Moon Bay, CA(650) 728-3377

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Lovely Martha Sport Fishing

Lovely Martha Sport Fishing is a family owned and operated fishing charter that has been leading gamefish charters out of Fisherman's Wharf for four generations. Available tours and charters include party boating, sport fishing, memorial charters, whale watching, and more. Sightseeing tours of San Francisco Bay start at $15. Half day trips are also offered.

San Francisco, CA(650) 871-1691

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Morning Star Sportfishing

The Morning Star leads guided fishing charters that target halibut, bass, sturgeon, salmon, shark, and more in the Bay and coastal waters. The vessel is USCG licensed and certified, and the two crew members have nearly 70 combined years of experience. Rod rentals, fishing licenses, and fish cleaning are available on board. Charters are available year round, with plenty of potluck and private charter options.

San Rafael, CA(707) 745-1431

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Predator Sport Fishing Trips

Predator Sport Fishing Trips offers guided fishing charters in the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. The licensed captain has over 40 years of experience fishing in the Bay and specializes in leading six-pack to ten-pack charters that target striped bass, salmon, sturgeon, halibut, and leopard sharks. In addition to gamefish charters, the boat is also available for wildlife sightseeing and surveying in Suisun Bay and Napa River, as well as burials at sea.

Vallejo, CA(707) 342-8481

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Riptide Charters

Located at Pillar Point Harbor, Riptide Charters specializes in salmon and rockfish sport fishing trips for small groups. The licensed and insured captain has over 30 years of fishing experience. Other services include ash scattering and whale watching trips.

Half Moon Bay, CA(650) 728-8433

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San Francisco Fishing Charter

San Francisco Fishing Charter offers full and half-day charters for both individuals and private groups and welcomes anglers of all skill levels. The charter boat “Fishin’ Game” is well-equipped for a comfortable and fun fishing experience, and is licensed, insured, and USCG certified. The charters lead on "Fishin' Game" have earned multiple five-star ratings on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

San Francisco, CA(510) 478-3111

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Sea Turtle Fishing Charters

Operating out of Clipper Dock Harbor since 1998, Sea Turtle Fishing Charters offers inshore and offshore fishing trips out of Sausalito. The boat is equipped with rods, reels, and tackles and has high-quality communications, electronics, and fishing gear. Available charters include ocean fishing for salmon and potluck fishing in the Main, North, and South bays. Anglers can have their catch prepared at the Saylor’s Landing restaurant after the trip to enjoy on the same day.

Sausalito, CA(415) 531-3706

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Silver Fox Sport Fishing and Tours

Silver Fox Sport Fishing and Tours operates off of Pier 47 of Fisherman’s Wharf and leads a variety of fishing charters and events, including bay tours, great white shark tours, corporate events, private parties, and burials at sea. Captain Chris Duba has over 30 years of experience operating charter boats and has been the captain of the Silver Fox since 2000. The crew strives to provide a memorable experience for both beginner and expert fisherman and includes all necessary fishing gear in the charter rates. The boat has a special license from the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to lead public shark tours at the Farallones Islands.

San Francisco, CA(415) 367-5600

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Sole-Man Sportfishing

Sole-Man Sportfishing is based out of Fisherman's Wharf and has been leading fishing charters since 2002. The captain has over four decades of sport fishing experience. Full and half day charters are available with options to target a variety of fish including king salmon, rockfish, halibut, sturgeon, sharks, and more. Sole-man Sportfishing also hosts a fishing camp for youth sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

San Francisco, CA(510) 703-4148

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Wild Wave Sport Fishing Charters

Wild Wave Sport Fishing Charters leads half-day and full day fishing trips in the SF Bay. The charters commonly fish under the Golden Gate to the Pacific Ocean and in the San Pablo and San Francisco Bays. All tours include the necessary rods, reels, terminal tackle, bait, and weights to take home fish, and fish cleaning is provided as well. Personal charters can be booked starting at $240.00 per hour. The captain at Wild Wave Sport Fishing has held a United State's Captain's license for over 25 years, and he prioritizes his passengers' safety.

San Francisco, CA(415) 535-2533

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