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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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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: 1
Lousy Fishing
Sat, Jun 11, 11   5:30 PM gyzent Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
My son (15) went with 2 friends. They got 4 fish between the 3 of them and 1 was a mackerel. Captain should have known better locations to go to.
Rating: 2
We went to catch fish, and didn't.
Sun, May 15, 11   6:30 AM Ross_Man Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Everything was great but we didn't catch any fish. As a result we will not be returning there.
Rating: 5
1/2 Day Fishing Trip was really a treat
Thu, May 5, 11   10:00 AM slvr68 Male 50-59 Local Individual
Went out on a 10 O'Clock trip on the Clemente, and it was great. Fishing had been marginal due to water temps being low, but a warm week leading up to Thursday had helped bump it up a bit, and the fishing was better than expected. Captain did a great job of getting us on a rock South of the pier, and it produced for several hours, with Rockfish, Sheephead, Calico's and Sand Bass. Fish were biting on squid, shrimp and live Chovies. Once this spot cooled off we headed back North for a few minutes and fished a rock with a lot of kelp, flylining Anchovies for Calico bass, and we hit quite a few. It was really fun, and just about the whole boat had something in their bags by then. Saw a few pods of dolphin, a few seals interested in a quick snack, jellyfish and so on. Crew did a great job of helping with snagged lines, bagging fish and grilling up some awesome grilled cheese sandwiches and killer cheeseburgers. All in all a really nice day. I've been fishing out of Dana Wharf SF for 20+ years, and as always, they have experienced Captains, great crew, and they know where to go to get you hooked up. And they're friendly too........ One thing to remember is that you can't park in the lot adjacent to the DWSF office anymore, as it has a four hour limit on that lot now, so you have to go check in at the office, get a parking pass, and then move your vehicle to the long term lot which is further away. So don't lug all your gear to the office, only to find out like I did that you have to go move your car. :(
Rating: 5
Fishing the local spots
Sat, Apr 23, 11   6:30 AM makoscott Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We always enjoy the Dana Wharf fishing trips. They know the local spots and put you right on the fish. Wheter its the long range, catalina or local hot spots. You will catch 'em.
Rating: 5
Great Trip.If only the FISH would have cooperated
Sun, Apr 3, 11   12:45 PM RobertBell Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The fishing trip was mainly for my grandaughter. The Captain and mates were very friendly and attentive to the clients. They made sure that everything was anailable at all times. The fish I caught they immediately handled them once they were in the boat and stowed them to be cleaned after the trip. However, the water temperature was out of the Captains control, and that made for tough fishing.He announced that the colder water stifles the fish appetite. He tried 6 different holes,though. He put forth a tremendous effort to try and connect. I caught two keepers, and that was the most keepers on the boat. My grandaughter caught one (undersize) but that made the whole trip worthwhile. That was her first fish caught. To her it was a 2000# billfish!! Now let me also give kudos to the staff at the tackle shop. We were running late due to an accident(not ours!) on I-5. Donna was fantastic in making sure we would be all set as soon as we got there! She helped us go quickly from the shop to the boat with only a minute to spare. Thanks again Donna. You helped us pull it off! Even though the fishing was tough, we had a great time, and I would highly recommend it to a family with children.
Rating: 4
Nice day, crew was friendly.
Sat, Mar 19, 11   12:00 PM akjk91 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Few fish caught, but nice day for a cruise. Crew was friendly and professional. We had a group of 10 adults and boy scouts from Lake Arrowhead, Ca. and all had fun.
Rating: 2
The fishing was terrible
Fri, Feb 4, 11   10:00 AM Jstenger Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The fishing was terrible they should have tried to move to different locations
Rating: 1
DEFINATELY NOT WORTH THE MONEY
Mon, Jan 17, 11   10:00 AM jambini06 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
My friends and I were VERY disappointed. We fished just off the beach from our condo and I have done better fishing in the small ponds where I live. We really should have been informed of just how bad the fishing was before we purchased tickets. Also noted that they kept very small fish in order to make days count look good. No fish over 18 inches were caught for anyone on our boat. NOT WORTH THE MONEY.
Rating: 4
OKAY
Thu, Dec 30, 10   10:00 AM DonnaAhlers Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It would have been preferable if there were places to sit. It was hard for us to stand for 5 hours.
Rating: 1
Worst Captain Ever
Thu, Oct 28, 10   10:00 AM Dcboss Male 50-59 Local Other
The Captain didn't have a clue where he was going. He didn't bother to ask where the boat had been doing great all week. When he did stop, he gave little information about the location. As soon as the anchor hit bottom, he would be at the rail fishing. That was bad enough, but he would squeeze into a good spot and fly line across others. He also would be smoking while fishing. I had to move on two occasions because of the smoke. My daughter was hung up on a rock with the captain right next to her, but he was two busy fishing to help. When she asked for help, he called a deck hand over to assist her. He acted as if this was his private boat and we were just in his way. Stay away from captain Jack.