Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.3  203 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 55 112 9 = 103 91% 4.3
Last 6 months 86 174 12 = 162 93% 4.3
Last 12 months 113 223 20 = 203 90% 4.3
All 1,076 1,810 205 = 1,605 88% 4.1
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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Good Times on Dana Pride
Tue, Feb 2, 10   5:30 PM Hookey Male 30-39 Local Individual
Twilight Squid Fishing was a bit crowded but the crew did their best to service everyone.
Rating: 5
Giant Humboldt Squid Bite Wide Open..........
Mon, Feb 1, 10   5:30 PM TaperSteve Male 20-29 Local Family With Children
Went 2-1-10 after hearing about it on FNN and the news Monday morning. You gotta go. Its the best $25 ive spent in a long time. Boat was full with 55 anxious anglers. Went out maybe a mile or 2. There were about 6-10 other boats all in the same area we went to. Captain said we are metering lots of squid, time to fish! Dropped my squid jig down, down, and down some more. "Where are they I thought?" as everyone lowered and lowered their jigs deeper and deeper into the water. Then about 2 minutes in, BAM! Then another one, and another. In less than 5 mins everyone on the boat was battling one of these monsters! Gaff! Gaff! Gaff! thats all I heard. As soon as they started biting they moved up to the surface. Right when you would drop the jig in the water, BAM! another one. Squid on! After about an hour of fishing and 3 Giant Squid later the captain announced, "Please dont drop anymore lines in the water". He was sure to ask if everyone caught what they wanted and that everyone caught atleast one squid. The captain explained that with so many anglers on board and so many squid being caught if we had fished any longer we would not get back to dock until after midnight. They have to clean all the squid before returning to the dock. It did end up taking longer for the crew to clean all the squid then it did to catch them. That though was a show all in its own. The unofficial count was around 375 for the boat. Im sure I coulda caught more but I was also helping my 9 year old daughter and my wife. All together we caught 7. Anyone who is even considering going has got to go while it last. The crew and captain were really nice and helpful as were the people in the shop. Hope I can go again later this week if theyre still biting.......... TaperSteve
Rating: 4
I'm a repeat customer
Sun, Jan 24, 10   6:30 AM KYLEIAN Male Under 20 Local Family With Children
I always have a good time on the trips. I have brought home dinner from each of my trips. I will keep coming back.
Rating: 3
It was just ok...
Sat, Jan 16, 10   12:00 PM mignues Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
We didn't catch much, but that's not something the crew can control obviously. Most of the deckhands were great in helping us untangle lines and unhook the fish, but one crew member almost ruined our trip. The cook, of all people, gave us sh*# because we didn't order our food together. Are we suppose to all get hungry at the same time? The cook complained that we were ordering separately and that he didn't want to keep having to go down to turn on the grill. He even yelled out sarcastic remarks so the entire boat can hear. Aside from the annoying cook, the experience was good. If I decide to come back to Dana Wharf, I may think twice about coming on board hungry.
Rating: 2
Worse than I had hoped
Sat, Jan 16, 10   12:00 PM kpak125 Male 30-39 Local Other
My friend who, went with me, called to see what the conditions were, the person on the other line told us that we should prepare for deep sea conditions. When we got there, they told us that we were only fishing about 12 feet deep. We brought mostly heavier gear and we really regretted not bringing lighter tackle. The boat only went barely beyond the pier, and sometimes even fished further into the shore than the pier. I paid $78 for my dad and me and we could have gone pier fishing for free. The boat just waited way too long in areas where nobody was getting even a bite. When I asked one of the crew members why we weren't going deeper, he said that they haven't been getting much luck deeper. I don't understand that b/c other landings were getting pretty good fish counts. If he was right, I guess they did their best, but I definitely wouldn't recommend going with Dana Wharf right now. My biggest beef with Dana Wharf was about this heavy set Asian-American crew member who was head of cooking on the Clemente (the boat we were on). He got upset b/c my group was ordering too much and constantly made fun of us in front of everyone. The other crew members were helpful and courteous. But this one Asian-American crew member really upset us. As an Asian-American myself, I am describing his race only for a description b/c I don't know his name. I will definitely take my business elsewhere. I was thinking about planning a bachelor party with a lot of people. That won't happen here. Bottom line, I do not recommend Dana Wharf. Go somewhere where you'll feel like your money was spent well and not wasted and where the staff are courteous.
Rating: 4
1/2 day fishing
Wed, Jan 6, 10   10:00 AM eringreco Male 30-39 Local Individual
It was a good time on the trip. The people were fun to fish with. Im looking forward to going again
Rating: 4
Thanks for wonderful memory with my kid
Thu, Dec 31, 09   10:00 AM Nobuyuki Male 40-49 Unspecified Family With Children
Very kind staff... always help us a lot when needed.
Rating: 5
great day with the kids
Fri, Dec 18, 09   10:00 AM HEIDIANN10 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I took my two teenage kids with a small amount of concern they would get bored or not catch anything. Quite the contrary. They had so much fun fishing, watching the birds, and my daughter even caught a 3 foot shark! It was a great day and the staff were wonderful.
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
Fri, Nov 20, 09   10:00 AM hermelinda Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a great time and will come again! My Dad is already planning another trip out here for next summer. fishing is definitely on the list!