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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: 3
OK, but crew could have been more attentive
Fri, Jun 27, 08   12:00 PM CleteHyman Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We went on an afternoon half day boat. The day started off rocky as there was inadequate parking for their customers. The boat was about 15 minutes late. The Captain didn’t spend too much time finding a good fishing spot, but the fish were almost all undersized. There was a young man about 12 on the boat that was obviously a relative of the Captain or a crew member. He was allowed to fish however and wherever he wanted and tangled several other anglers. And when he did get tangled, he would cut the other person’s line. The crew members said nothing to him, but then they were too busy fishing themselves. The Captain never required a rotation of rail positions so you were stuck in the same spot the whole trip. I may go back to Dana Wharf, but it will not be on the half day boat.
Rating: 4
Great fishing trip
Tue, Jun 24, 08   12:00 PM nrhaisen Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My eleven-year-old son has wanted to fish in the ocean for a long time. This trip provided us with a great experience for his first time. He was able to pull in a few fish and he was also around more experienced anglers who generously shared their knowledge. The crew kept up pretty well with all of the group. I would have liked a bit more help for my son, as I have never fished in the ocean and was not much help to him. However, he learned, he fished and he found it to be the highlight of our trip to California.
Rating: 4
easy and fast
Tue, Jun 17, 08   12:00 PM jimlin Male 50-59 Local Individual
easy, fast and convienent, thanks
Rating: 5
HAD A GREAT TIME
Tue, Jun 17, 08   10:00 AM bubba55 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
I TOOK MY GRANDSON ON HIS FIRST DEEP SEA TRIP . HE CAUGHT SEVERAL FISH AND WAS GRINNING FROM EAR TO EAR. THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL TIME.
Rating: 3
Very Crowded no enough help
Tue, Jun 17, 08   10:00 AM Sorcha1 Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I have been taking these trips for several years and I do have to say that is was not one of my favorites. The boat was too crowded so crowded that people had no spots to fish and the deckhands had to make people move to allow others to fish. On many trips the captain has the people on the boat move around so everyone can fish in different parts of the boat this did not happen until two of us were overheard talking about it and then it was only one movement. Then one of the deckhands stood over the bait tank constantly chumming the water and hitting me in the head with fish! My son helped several people with their fish because he did not get down and help them with tangled lines and bringing in fish. I am careful what I bring on the boat because I know the rules, however there were people that brought coolers with beer in them and the people that were smoking was awful. It seemed like there were not enough deck hands to handle the numbers. I am not sure that I want to try this again anytime soon unless I go on a different day.
Rating: 4
Fishing and Fun
Sat, Jun 14, 08   12:00 PM johnwmilton Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
It is not exactly deep sea fishing but still a lot of fun. We mostly fished in waters between 30-50 feet deep. Most of the fish caught were bottom feeders. Not a lot of keepers. It is a great way to spend quality time with your family with a minimum of work on your own part. The helpers on the boat were available to do most of the hard work. However, baiting the hook with a live sardine was a challenge. They did have pieces of squid which made it easier for the squeemish. A lot of standing up. Plus, the boat did not have a lot of room to walk around so you are pretty much stuck in one place. Overall it was a lot of fun and a great way to see the coast line of California.
Rating: 5
It was Great!
Sun, May 18, 08   1:00 PM barryfree Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Everyone caught fish! It was a good season opener. Somehow got a Thresher Shark aboard which was divvied out in big chunks. Cool trip!
Rating: 5
Poor Winter-type fishing
Sat, May 3, 08   6:30 AM AHLBERD Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Just hit a bad day, I guess. I usually have good luck with Dana Wharf Sportfishing, but this day was bad - only a couple of sculpin caught for the whole boat, and my group caught one small rockfish between the four of us. Frustrating morning all around.
Rating: 2
I was not a happy fisherman!!
Thu, Apr 17, 08   10:00 AM DianaOakley Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Beginning with front desk to "sign in" and get my tickets...find out info and purchase fishing licenses/rods and tackle.........."gentleman was unfriendly and rude........answers to queries were curt and not well explained ! Boat crew was preoccupied and not at all helpful....we were repeatedly asked for our "number"...and we were NEVER told our "number"!! Having fished many times..I KNOW they are not always "biting" so NO complaint about that............but bait was not easily accessed.......and there was no contact with crew except for the fellow running the 'galley.' I would not go on this excursion again..
Rating: 5
We Didn't Catch Any Fish, However........
Sat, Apr 5, 08   12:00 PM MARCYFALLER Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We had a GREAT time!!! I've been out fishing in Balboa Hated it, everything about it!! The person on the phone, the boat, the crew and I couldn't understand a word that they were saying on the speaker on the boat. The crew was so rude out of Balboa I swore I'd never go back and I did'nt!! Through a friend I started fishing in Marina Del Rey, which I absolutly LOVED!!! However this trip because I was taking other people from work it was too far to go, so someone suggested Dana Point!! From the first person I talked to on the phone to the end of the day was very enjoyable!!! The person at the ticket counter was very friendly and helpful. The crew on board was very helpful and friendly, they came around all the time and helped. I Love being on the boat anyway, so not catching any fish was disapointing, but the Captain and Crew are not at fault. I think the most important things about fishing is to make it fun and enjoyable as possible, and the Captain and Crew did just that!!! They all apologized over and over for not catching any fish, which said a lot, that they really cared!! The Captain talked on the speaker about a lot of things and I could understand him and the Crew (along with the Captain) actually talked to us!! I would go again for sure!! This summer if I can get them together we would like to charter one of your boats for our firm!!! Looks like I have found a new home, I go fishing quite often (usually by myself) and I will definitely be back to visit you again and I wouldn't even bat an eye about going alone!!! Thank You So Much for making our trip so enjoyable. The two other people that I went with had never gone deep sea fishing and on the boat they were both talking about next time. When I arrived at work on Monday they thanked me for inviting them along and they could hardly wait till the next time!!! Good On YOU!!! Please give a special thanks to the Captain and Crew and please tell the kid that got his wisdom teeth removed that I hope he's feeling better!!! Thank you again so very, very much!!! Marcy Faller