Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.1  228 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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% Positive Average
Last 3 months 12 25 0 = 25 100% 4.5
Last 6 months 57 95 12 = 83 87% 4.0
Last 12 months 141 256 28 = 228 87% 4.1
All 1,239 2,102 242 = 1,860 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 Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Fishing was fun!
Fri, Aug 27, 10   10:00 AM skaplan_480 Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
My wife and I took our grandson(13) for this fishing adventure. The crew was very helpful and friendly. I don't recall how many times(too many to count) that the crew had to untangle our snarled reels, but they did so in a amiable manner not reflecting on our clumsiness.

The boat was well maintained and clean with plenty of room for the anglers. We caught 6-12 fish each but they were too small to keep. My only thought was that maybe if we had gone out further( you could clearly see the shore) that the catch might have been larger.
Rating: 5
1/2 Day Fishing
Wed, Jul 28, 10   6:30 AM jimlebow Male 60-69 Local Individual
Fishing was not good; however, the boat was clean and well maintained and the crew was friendly and provided exceptional service. I noticed that the crew provided cheerful guidance to the novices on board.
Rating: 2
Boat was too crowded
Fri, Jul 16, 10   12:00 PM dlmell Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
The boat was over sold and congested. Reel Time is too tight for such a group including children. I would not want to go out on Reel Time again. The Captain only moved spots once despite meager bottom fishing. I think the captain should have searched out more bottom fishing which was the tackle most were issued and carrying.

Calico bass were hitting on the surface, but few had the proper tackle. Those with the light tackle crowded onto the rail where kelp was present and the fish were biting on the surface. The customers with light tackle did not adhere to the rotation that was set up by the captain. They pushed to the rail adding further congestion to the children trying to enjoy a day of fishing. Overall, a very frustrating day, rather than the enjoyable day that was expected.
Rating: 1
too many people
Thu, Jul 15, 10   10:00 AM jaksiemash Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
they had over 50 people on the boat, there was not enough room to fish, the lines were constantly tangleing, shoulders bumping, waiting for bait, etc

they also catered to the people who they knew, at the expense of the people who, just wanted to have a good time with their families.
Rating: 2
no fish available
Wed, Jul 7, 10   5:30 PM tomschmeltze Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
I was looking forward to going ocean fishing off the california coast, since I have done so many times off the

oregon coast. I went on the twilight trip, thinking that would be a good time to go. WRong! we went out for about an hour to what was supposed to be a good spot, nothing there, moved to another spot, 2 fish caught, for the whole boat, 12 fishermen, moved to another spot nothing , moved to another spot 2 more fish caught,.By then it was time to go back in.I was very disappointed, to say the least. When you concider they had boats going out all day, they should have known that the spots we were going to were fished out. needless to say, I will not be going back.

If you are going ,be sure to ask when you book if any fish are being caught or not. It's up to you if you want to waste your your money on a boat ride.
Rating: 4
Disappointed with crew
Thu, Jun 24, 10   10:00 AM fishinfrank Male 60-69 Local Other
I've been on many fishing trips out of Dana Point. On this trip, the fishing was good but I was a little disappointed with the crew/deck hands. More than once when I went to get fresh bait there were none in the hand tanks. Once a deck hand told someone not to get any bait out of the bait tank but to get it out of the hand tank. Unfortunately there wasn't any there.

One other minor thing - if there was an announcement that the grill was closing I missed it. I would have ordered something. But the fishing was good and I just lost track of the time. Next time I've have to set an alarm or something.
Rating: 4
A Really fun Outing
Thu, Jun 3, 10   10:00 AM BillKemp Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Enjoyed the fishing trip out of Dana Point. Great experience for basically first time fishermen. Marcus was exceptional in providing all around service to every one on board. The captain of the boat moved us to four different fishing spots to get the number of fish caught increased. Both the captain and Marcus were out going and tried to provide a good time for every one.

A suggestion for future boat trips is rotating the available spots on the stern of the boat. A majority of the people on board were not regulars. The regulars who were the first on board immediately locked down the stern fishing spots and they did not give up the slots through out the entire fishing trip. Recommend that the captain use the manifest list to reassign the slots each time he moves the boat to another fishing position. The fishing off of the stern is obviously the best especially when the captain is "chumming" over the stern so every one should have an equal shot at catching a fish regardless of skills and fishing equipment. Word of mouth is going to work best when every one on board can say that I caught a big one!

One last thought is there any way to get rid of the seals who definitely enjoyed the chumming and had no problem catching and eating the fish that were supposed to be on my hook!!
Rating: 4
Great Service
Sun, May 16, 10   10:00 AM cegobby Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
The men on the boat were extremely helpful and courteous. Would recommend the trip to everyone.
Rating: 3
Not hot
Sat, May 15, 10   5:30 PM Maguro88 Female 60-69 Local Individual
Very cold night. Fishing was slow, did not catch any.
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!