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Rating: 4.2  204 rating points
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Last 3 months 42 75 9 = 66 88% 4.1
Last 6 months 87 176 15 = 161 92% 4.3
Last 12 months 117 227 23 = 204 90% 4.2
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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: 4
Good crew very helpful
Wed, Feb 10, 10   5:30 PM RickHursh Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Only thing better would have ben to catch some squid
Rating: 3
recommand fishing equipment to bring.
Sat, Feb 6, 10   5:30 PM StevePan Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
If landing could provide recommanded outfit for the trip will be helpful.
Rating: 5
Tail End of Storm Yields Creepy Catch
Sat, Feb 6, 10   5:30 PM lurk1256 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
It was pouring down rain on the drive down to the dock but we brought rain gear so no problem. The folks at the counter were very helpful processing our reservation and getting our rental gear. By the time we boarded the Clemente, the rain had stopped and the clouds were thinning out. The captain and crew were very considerate and helpful, explaining what to expect and even helping my teenage daughters rig up for giant squid. On the ride out, the 4 to 5 foot swells were pitching the boat pretty vigorously. Half a dozen people or so looked pretty green! Eleven squid up to 40 lbs. were boated, then we headed in as a moderate wind was threatening to turn nasty. The exiting storm revealed a crystal clear view of the coast accented with all the lights and framed by the stars from Newport all the way down past San Clemente. It was worth the money just for the gorgeous view. Unfortunately, the whole trip was marred by someone who stole my brother-in-laws' squid fillets! I guess someone who probably didn't catch anything felt like they needed to bring something back by stealing someone else's catch. I think someone was also stealing those large squid jigs on the way back as well...maybe the same? Watch your gear closely folks!
Rating: 4
Squid kinda slow now
Thu, Feb 4, 10   5:30 PM jutila Male 50-59 Local Individual
The squid were not biting as hard as other years. I like the $25 price for the squid only boats. No screwing around with other fish. Just go get the squid and come home. I'll try again if the squid are still around.
Rating: 5
We caught dinner!
Mon, Nov 23, 09   10:00 AM sglusman Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
very friendly, knowledgeable, and productive staff. Captain found fish -- everyone caught. My group of 4 caught enough keepers to provide a full dinner for 6 adults.
Rating: 5
Great Daytrip!!
Mon, Oct 19, 09   10:00 AM stumpshot76 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The crew on this boat were great! We will definitely fish with them again.
Rating: 5
Good Time-Great Deal-2 kids free-good food-grumpy
Sat, Sep 26, 09   6:30 AM steveietheb Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
My two sons age 11/12 and I decided to go fishing on the 1/2 day boat. It was a special deal -one paid adult-2 free kids. Hey,you can't beat that deal. The fishing bite was slow but the captain (boat SUMFUN)worked hard trying to find a good bite spot. The majority of the crew was polite,professional and helpful except for one deck hand who was short tempered and rude. I didnt get his name(m/white 20's heavy set 6'0 ruddish skin/ green t-shirt) but he was a grumpy @#$%. He must have had a hangover and should have stayed in bed. The boys had a breakfast sandwich and each boy caught a small fish. The boys had a great time and wanted to stay longer hoping to catch "moby dick".It was an enjoyable 1/2 day and I would go again minus the grump. Also I would like to see the rotation of the standing fishing spots on the boat done with more frequency unless were all catching our limit.
Rating: 5
Great Trips! Always!
Tue, Sep 15, 09   10:00 AM markld Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Dana Wharf provides one of the best ocean deep sea fishing experiences consistently year in and out. They are professional, respectful and helpful to all, even the ones that never been out on a boat fishing. Even if I do not catch a fish, it is usually a nice boat ride.
Rating: 4
Rotation
Sun, Sep 6, 09   5:30 PM donjonesjr Male 50-59 Local Other
I arrived early enough(2 hours ) to sign in as #1 and #2 on the boat roster, had a lite lunch at Turks, even thou I got in line to board the boat, it seems for what ever reason I was one of the last person to get on the boat, I got stuck on the front of the boat all night, the crew did not call for a rotation, the boat was very full with first time anglers, most of them had back packs on and it was very difficult to get to the bait tank. Overall, its always great to go fishing, but the crew could have done a better job with a rotation and the confussions for the first time anglers....
Rating: 4
Great Trip
Sat, Sep 5, 09   5:30 PM DaveWhite Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Although the weather did not cooperate the captain and crew did their best to find fish. Even though I am an experienced fisherman, there were novices aboard who could have used some coaching. I always wondered why these party boats don't use the time while travelling to the fishing grounds to give a fishing tutorial to those who need it. It would make their trip more enjoyable and encourage repeat customers.