Below is a listing of Southern California and San Diego saltwater fishing guides and fishing charter services that offer sportfishing trips on the beautiful Pacific Ocean for yellowtail, white seabass, tuna and much more.
There are a lot of choices when selecting a fishing guide, and we have singled out the very best for you.
Captain James Nelson
Captain James Nelson has been fishing the bays and lakes of Southern California for more than 30 years. He is one of the most diverse guides in the area, providing rewarding guide trips on both San Diego and Mission Bay, inshore saltwater trips, as well as trips to the local lakes, including Diamond Valley.
Nelson is one of the regions few full-time fishing guides, so he is on the water more than anyone. That experience makes him one of the premier San Diego Bay guides, which is arguably the best and most underrated fishery in Southern California. If there is one place to fish in San Diego, it’s the big bay with its diverse list of fish species including halibut, bass, and bonefish. James has the bay dialed in like no other guide.
Nelson is an experienced bass tournament angler as well, having fished in both FLW and WON pro events. So if a trip to the lakes is what you’re after, James is the guy as well. All trips are personalized to fit the specific goals YOU have for YOUR fishing trip. He offers reasonable group rates, military discounts, and kids fish free! All tackle, bait, snacks and soft drinks are provided. His trips are run aboard a fully equipped 22′ Skeeter ZX2000 powered by a reliable 250 HP Yamaha Four Stroke Outboard.
Captain Alan Clowers
Captain Alan Clowers has over 25 years of fishing experience on Southern California lakes, bays, and oceans. He offers guided fishing trips, private fishing lessons, and San Diego Bay tours.
Clowers is no stranger to putting fish in the boat, and his skills have been tournament proven with 10 team tournament wins, 8 big bass awards and dozens of top 5 finishes. But he is also well seasoned in the saltwater fishing scene of Southern California, spending much of the year on the ocean annually. His 25 foot cuddy cabin is even equipped with a private porta-potti, making it comfortable for female anglers as well.
Each saltwater trip is catered to your needs, so if you’re looking to target a specific species, Clowers can make it happen. But rest assured, hes going to be on top of the bite and will know which species is biting best and where.
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Captain Brian Morris has been fishing San Diego for twelve years now. His fishing experience has ventured to many regions around the world including the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Micronesia, Panama, the Azores, Hawaii, Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea. Capt. Brian has learned to adjust to techniques and cultures in many of the locals. He doesn’t limit his abilities to fish just one type of fishery as there are so many different species of fish out there.
San Diego bay fishing reminds Capt. Brian of the fresh water fishery growing up on Coastal North Carolina. It was there that he was exposed to 4,800 square miles of prime bass fishing. He recalls, “You really had to work for it and be willing to travel in your bass boat”. The same techniques are used here in California for bay bass, calico bass, and halibut.
Off shore is where Capt. Brian really shines. His extensive knowledge of pelagic fish behaviors such as wahoo, marlin and tuna is extensive. Dorado are everywhere offshore and probably the easiest fish in the ocean to catch says Capt. Brian. Southern California offshore fishing is one of his favorites! Fishing is what Capt. Brian does for a living so if you’re an adventurous fisherman or a novice, Capt. Brian would love to get you on the water!
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