Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.3  219 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 20 44 4 = 40 89% 4.4
Last 6 months 31 62 7 = 55 89% 4.2
Last 12 months 117 238 19 = 219 92% 4.3
All 1,117 1,890 215 = 1,675 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
good day of fishing
Thu, Jul 30, 09   6:30 AM mtossetti Male 50-59 Local Other
Met my youngest son, three of this friends at Dana Point went on a 1/2 day boat. Everyone on the boat caught sand, calico bass, short barracuda and one nice halibut. The captain and boat hands were extremely courteous and helpful in assisting the fishermen in retying hooks, removing fish, bagging them, untangling line snags and cleaning the fish. Great 1/2 day boat for all.
Rating: 5
The bite was on !
Sun, Jul 19, 09   12:45 PM Edwardcox111 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Yes, the 'bite was on' . We had a 'great time'. Easy purchase and check-in was quick. Our fishing trip was a successful thanks to the service and caring of the personel at Zerve and Dana Wharf!
Rating: 2
Leave Late back on Time
Sun, Jul 19, 09   6:30 AM ArchTeer Male 50-59 Local Other
I found it odd that when reading the daily catchs on line that it shows a great deal of fish being caught, but then on the boat few fish were caught and the captain made a statement that it has really been slow lately! Another statement from the captain made while sitting at the dock was "we are running late this morning" everyone on the boat paid for 5 hours of fishing and we were all cut short. We left late and arrived back on time. To make things worse not very many fish were caught and condition were good.
Rating: 3
A rather "generic" fishing trip.
Sun, Jul 12, 09   12:45 PM jimjazz Male 50-59 Combination Family With Children
The trip was scheduled out at 1245pm. We actually waited for a family of four AFTER departure! What' up with that? Crowded boat, went to some places where you just catch everyday fish. It was like fishing with a hook and line off the dock in Minnesota; you're guaranteed to catch a bunch but you wouldn't want any of them. I understand we're not "sportfishing" but we expected more. The Sunday special was affordable but I'm glad I didn't pay retail price!
Rating: 5
Wonderful, first time experience
Tue, Jul 7, 09   10:00 AM gpatton73 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I took my grandson on the 1/2 day fishing trip, which was the first time either of us had been open water fishing. While neither of us caught any "keepers" during our outing, we had a great time, and we highly recommend the trip.
Rating: 5
We had a wonderful time!
Tue, Jul 7, 09   6:30 AM flniteowl911 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our group was in the area (San Clemente State Beach) for a family reunion - There were 14 of our family on the trip - The weather wasn't the greatest (overcast), and the fishing didn't turn out so good (three of our part of the larger group caught five fish between us and they were great when I cooked them the next night!) - And we still had a great time - The view of the California coast was spectacular! - The crew were helpful and professional - I would certainly recommend this activity to anyone interested in deep sea fishing
Rating: 4
Tue, Jul 7, 09   6:30 AM PatRandall Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
The deck hands were very helpful, cheerful and knowledgable. The check in process went well and the employees were friendly. I'm looking foreward to my next outing.
Rating: 3
Boat late to leave - Parking problems
Fri, Jul 3, 09   12:00 PM donkohout Male 50-59 Local Unspecified
12:00 boat did not leave untill 1:00 because according to captain customers could not find parking. There seems to be a problem with more spots on the charter boats than parking spots in the sportfishing lot that is supposed to be reserved for fishermen. If they are going to cut the 5 hour trip short to wait on late people to park everbody might just as well of parked in the 4 hour max. spaces and saved room for the late comers in the reserved lot. I have never been to any other function that was delayed for so long waiting on late people. As @ airports the tickets said to be there 45 min. early, being we waited untill 1:00 that means people were looking for parking for 1 hour and 45 minutes, I think not? Do the folks that were on time a favor and give them what they paid for.

Fishing and boat crew were OK as soon as we got out of the harbor.
Rating: 4
Satisfied and would recommend
Thu, Jul 2, 09   10:00 AM JIMFERRARA Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Service provided was very efficient and thorough.
Rating: 4
Good for the price
Tue, Jun 30, 09   12:00 PM Jim2009 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We went on the 5 hour fishing trip on a Tuesday so the cost was very reasonable . Not sure the total number of people fishing when we went. Two of my sons each caught a bass and three of us didn't catch anything. The boat was crowded and lines did get tangled.

The crew was very quick and curteous to untangle the lines. Also, they were very willing to offer advice and answer any questions.

The hamburgers on board were very good!

I would recommend Dana Wharf Sport Fishing because the staff on the boat does everything they can to help you catch fish. If you don't catch fish, it's because the fish are not bitting, or you are not following their instructions.