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Rating: 4.2  204 rating points
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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: 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.
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