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Rating: 4.2  203 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
Helpful Staff
Tue, Aug 5, 08   12:00 PM dmooney Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
This was my first ocean fishing excursion (I mostly fish freshwater). The entire staff (in the shop and on the boat) were friendly, knowledgable, and extremely helpful. We caught plenty of fish and had a great day. I'm looking forward to a 2nd trip!
Rating: 4
Nice Day Out On The Water
Sun, Jul 27, 08   12:00 PM gcram399 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We have fished similar boats out of Virginia Beach and Long Island NY on the east coast many times. The biggest difference from the Dana Point boats compared to the Long island/ Virginia Beach Boats is that they are alot narrower and lack outside seating for the passengers for an enjoyable ride out to and back from the fishing spots. Standing body to body for 5 straight hours can really put a damper on an otherwise perfect day. One other thing that is different is that the Dana Point Boats allow people to bring their own gear. When everyone uses different weight sinkers there are quite a lot of lines getting tangled. New York and Virginia boats provide the same tackle for everyone with the 1/2 day package. It makes for more time fishing and less time untangling lines. Virgina Beach and Long Island 1/2 day trips cost less than $30.00 per person. Our trip for the 2 of us with tackle rental and a one day non resident fishing license cost 3 times that amount. We did catch 4 nice sand bass and most of the other fishermen caught nice fish also. Very nice scenic trip. The boat mates were excellent. and right there when you needed them. The galley food was fresh and had a good taste. We enjoyed it and will do it again.
Rating: 4
Great time for the hold family.
Wed, Jul 23, 08   12:00 PM angelikae Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
We all had a great time. Crew and staff very helpful. Only problem was that we had two seniors in our party and they could have used some seating. 5 hours was a long time for them to remain standing.
Rating: 5
Great Fishing Adventure
Tue, Jul 22, 08   10:00 AM cmullvain Female 50-59 Local Individual
I always like fishing with the crew from Dana Sports Fishing! They do an excellent job and are the best in the area.....I could easily go north and use a different charter company but the crew on the Dana Wharf boats are much more helpful.....so I make a longer drive to fish with them. The only drawback on this recent trip is a packed boat....don't like it when it is full and only have two crew to help.
Rating: 5
Well organized, well executed
Fri, Jul 18, 08   12:00 PM WHBIntl Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
You can't be sure about the number of fish you will catch but you can be sure that's the only uncertainty. Here's what I expect when I'm taking personal time off with the family: 1. All of the planning, arranging and logistics are easy. 2. No "bait and switch" (no pun intended). 3. Staff are knowledgeable and pleasant. 4. Execution is timely and efficient. When that happens – if you don’t have a good time it’s your own fault! We had a great time.
Rating: 3
Boat was crowded
Tue, Jul 15, 08   10:00 AM cfbell911 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I don't recommend taking the Tuesday trip because the boat was very crowded and the deckhands were not able to help everyone. Not many fish were caught on the day we went.
Rating: 2
weak attempt
Tue, Jul 15, 08   6:30 AM jimlin Male 50-59 Local Unspecified
Crew didn't really try to find the fish. Stopped chumming on second of third stop and only went 2 miles outside of harbor
Rating: 4
Fun Trip
Thu, Jul 10, 08   12:00 PM andiburton Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
the staff was excellent and the trip was alot of fun sometimes it was hard to hear the loud speaker to know a little bit more about the suggestions of the fishing. It would have been more fun if we had all caught a fish. the food was very good. My 11 year old daughter now wants to go on an all day trip instead of the 1/2 day. It did seem like it went fast.
Rating: 4
A good fishing trip
Wed, Jul 9, 08   10:00 AM timat741956 Male 50-59 Combination Unspecified
The fish were biting on this day, the crew were freindly and informed, and it was a very pleasant outting. I had a great time .
Rating: 5
I had a very enjoyable outing with my brother
Tue, Jul 8, 08   12:00 PM localsonly69 Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to spend quality time with my older brother. This 1/2 day Dana Wharf experience was perfect and Zerve made it very convenient and seamless, just pick, click, print & go! My brother (as always) kept bragging how he was going to win the jackpot and how he never gets skunked, well a small child with some assistance from the very capable, ever-present deck-hands, landed the jackpot winning halibut. My big brother had to wait until the final hour of our adventure to keep his skunkless streak alive, finally bagging a keeper. My brother and I have decided to make this a monthly event. Those of you reading this, put down the remote, take the game controller away from your children, log onto Dana wharf fishing, find the time and length of day that suits you, book it through Zerve and enjoy each other in a natural setting, I did!!!