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Berkeley Charter Boats

Berkeley, CA 94710
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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.

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California Dawn Sport Fishing

Berkeley, CA 94710
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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.

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Flash Sport Fishing Charters

San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

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Half Moon Bay Sportfishing

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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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.

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Lovely Martha Sport Fishing

San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

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Predator Sport Fishing Trips

Vallejo, CA 94590
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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.

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Riptide Charters

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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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.

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San Francisco Fishing Charter

San Francisco, CA 94109
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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.

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Sole-Man Sportfishing

San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

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Wild Wave Sport Fishing Charters

San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does fishing guide insurance cost?

A: The cost of outfitter’s insurance for a fishing guide varies by the type of fishing they offer. A guide who takes guests out on the water will have higher annual premiums of around $1,000. Inland fishing guides who hike with guests to the shore have lower yearly premiums of around $300.

Q: How much do fishing guides make?

A: The median annual wage for fishing workers, which includes fishing guides, is $28,530. Some in this industry earn under $18,710 annually, while the highest-paid guides can earn over $48,170 per year. Geographic location and number of hours worked can affect how much fishing guides earn, and those in tourism areas tend to earn more.

Q: How can I become a fishing guide?

A: To become a fishing guide, you need to gain expert-level experience with the type of fishing you plan to teach others to enjoy. Learn all the rules and regulations for fishing in your state and anywhere you plan to take others. Advertise your service and register with fishing guide organizations, such as Boone and Crockett Club.

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