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Rating: 4.3  208 rating points
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Last 3 months 53 101 9 = 92 90% 4.2
Last 6 months 85 169 12 = 157 92% 4.3
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Rating and reviews for:

1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips

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Treat yourself to a five-hour, one of a kind sportfishing trip on the sparkling waters of Southern California, leaving from Dana Point.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 2
You are on your own
Fri, Jul 15, 11   12:00 PM bruce9432 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Lack of seating. The captain didn't rotate positions on the rail so we were stuck at the front of the boat for the entire trip. This was burdensom since the bait was in the back of the boat. This is my chief complaint about Dana Wharf, they don't see to it that the 'meek' get a fair share of fishing near the back of the boat. I've been out of Dana Wharf about 40 times and have only fished the back of the boat 6 times. The captains cater to regulars (intimidators) and don't see to it that "we" all paid money and would like the benefit of being near the bait and expanse of the rear of the boat. Never had that problem when I go to San Diego, it is worth it to me to make the hour drive
Rating: 2
Reel Fun should be retired
Fri, Jul 15, 11   12:00 PM sujohn Male 50-59 Combination Family With Children
There is no place to sit on this boat, we will fish again but never on the Reel Fun..
Rating: 5
Great fun, caught fish and we were treated well
Wed, Jul 13, 11   5:30 PM scshaws Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The twilight trip was a nice evening and well worth the trip
Rating: 2
Not Worth The Cost
Mon, Jul 11, 11   5:30 PM gcram399 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The first three years we did the 1/2 day fishing we were out on the Dana Pride and were very happy with the results. we and everyone else on those trips caught fish. The last two years we ended up on the Clemente and were very dissapointed. Since the purchaser has no control over which boat you get to go out on it's basically a crap shoot. Our party of four caught 3 fish and because one was a non game fish (basically bait) we only got 2 keepers. @ $40 each with license and poles that was $160 for 4 small fillets on an over crowded boat. There were 40 people on our boat and there were only 40 keepers total. On Long Island and Virgina Beach for less money the boats hold just as many people but they also have seating for everyone to get out of the sun/weather because they are longer wider boats, the poles and bait are included and are identicle (personal rigs are not allowed) so there is less time lost untangling lines. I just felt that for the same investment of time and money there are better ways to spend my valuble vacation time than to accept pot luck and end up on a boat that couldn't find fish even if it fell into a bait tank. ALSO, why does it say 5 hours?? We left the dock at 5:30PM and got back to the dock at 9:30PM. That is only four hours total. I think they still owe me an hour. What a rip-off!!!!
Rating: 5
A great experience. Would do this again.
Thu, Jul 7, 11   5:30 PM jeqberry Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Enjoyed it, but was too short, will do a 3/4 boat nxt time.
Rating: 5
Terrific Deep Sea Fishing Outfitter
Sun, Jun 26, 11   12:45 PM Qiqueen Unspecified 50-59 Local Family With Children
My teenaged son has been on several 1/2 day trips with this outfitter- he always has a great time. Each boat has a different captain and crew but all are very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend the Kids Club and Kids Fishing Camp in the summer, too.
Rating: 2
Elbow to elbow
Sat, Jun 25, 11   10:00 AM Maryblodgett Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I would not recommend taking this trip unless you don't mind trying to fish with 95 other people with two staff members to help. I am an accomplished fisherman and I didn't pull in one fish, not even a poisonous one! With 5 of us who fish all summer long you would have thought that we would have caught more than one very small keeper. You have to change your bait every 2-3 minutes and you have to shimmey past all the other people who are standing elbow to elbow to get to the bait. Most fish caught were not keepers and the biggest one I could have easily caught in Nebraska in one of our beautiful lakes. Most definitely a different species but still. The restrooms are not convenient since they are on the side of the boat where everyone is standing elbow to elbow trying to fish. The limited staff that was available were OUTSTANDING. Hats off to Tim, Chris, Tom the Captain and Jack in the galley for doing their best! The breakfast burritos are fantastic! and the beers were cold.
Rating: 5
slow bite but great day
Fri, Jun 24, 11   6:30 AM joeloan45 Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
probably should have waited another week or two so water would get a few degrees warmer. but the captain and crew were very helpful and deligent in trying to get the right spot. unlike some boats that only try 1 or 2 spots, we tried several which you must do to find that right temperture level for a good bite. bait was very lively and food was very good. i plan on going in 2 or 3 weeks on same boat. by the way this was my first time at dana point. i usually fish closer to home but this was well worth the extra drive. sincerely, dennis mukai
Rating: 4
Better planning
Sun, Jun 19, 11   6:30 AM BoyScouts Male 50-59 Local Other
It took over an hour to get to a fishing hole. We traveled down the coast and came back up the coast before we droped anchor. The crew was chumming only the back part of the boat.
Rating: 4
Fairly good fishing
Thu, Jun 16, 11   5:30 PM BruceHawk Male 50-59 Local Unspecified
Fishing was good on our twilight trip, it would have been lots better with anchovies for bait, we had 90 % large sardines. And the 13 inch Calico bass in general were not large enough to swallow a large sardine. The Crew on the Clementine was good and very helpful. The bass readily went after the few chovies we had.