Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.3  210 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 20 44 4 = 40 89% 4.4
Last 6 months 30 59 7 = 52 88% 4.2
Last 12 months 116 232 22 = 210 91% 4.3
All 1,115 1,884 215 = 1,669 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
It was a beautiful day regardless of the fish!
Thu, Apr 8, 10   10:00 AM spcgriffith Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
My husband and 12 year old had never been ocean fishing before and even though the fish "were'nt biting", we had a great time. The captain did his best moving the boat to where the fish were but I was the only one who had a bite. My daughter enjoyed the ocean view and learned how to bait, cast and reel a fishing line. The burgers from the galley were actually really good and we will be back later in the season and hopefully encounter some hungry fish! The boats crewman were very helpful and attentive.

A great family excursion I would recommend.
Rating: 5
1/2 Day Fishing Trip
Sat, Feb 13, 10   12:00 PM MikeMyers Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
My party of seven people had a good time. Our customer service experience was superb; we were contacted by phone a couple of times to inform us that the fish were not biting, and that we could change our reservations at no additional charge if any other date would be preferred.

We ended up changing our reservations, and the fish were still not biting the day we ultimately went out. With seven anglers fishing constantly for four hours, we should have netted more than two small fish total, hardly worth keeping.

But the trip itself, with the crew's help in putting on bait, and untangling fishing lines, etc... went well. I would have been more impressed if the captain of the ship had some kind of depth monitoring system that could spot large pools of fish -- it seemed that we changed locations often to find fish, but our location changes were based on "hope" rather than scientific methods. The entire ship's fish catch was minimal, and there were about 25 people aboard. I did expect more opportunity for more fish for everyone. I have gone fishing before where the entire ship's customers all caught fish, with many catching the day's limit. This was not the case on the day of our trip.

I will recommend this trip to others. This was an excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon at sea.
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.