Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.3  213 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 21 45 4 = 41 89% 4.3
Last 6 months 30 59 7 = 52 88% 4.2
Last 12 months 117 235 22 = 213 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: 5
I had a very enjoyable outing with my brother
Tue, Jul 8, 08   12:00 PM localsonly69 Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to spend quality time with my older brother. This 1/2 day Dana Wharf experience was perfect and Zerve made it very convenient and seamless, just pick, click, print & go! My brother (as always) kept bragging how he was going to win the jackpot and how he never gets skunked, well a small child with some assistance from the very capable, ever-present deck-hands, landed the jackpot winning halibut. My big brother had to wait until the final hour of our adventure to keep his skunkless streak alive, finally bagging a keeper.

My brother and I have decided to make this a monthly event. Those of you reading this, put down the remote, take the game controller away from your children, log onto Dana wharf fishing, find the time and length of day that suits you, book it through Zerve and enjoy each other in a natural setting, I did!!!
Rating: 5
Weekday Fishing
Tue, Jul 8, 08   6:30 AM zeisjr Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
I brought my 13 year old son with me and we really had a great time, the crew was very helpful and always ready to lend a hand if lines got tangled and always there when a fish was landed to put it in the proper gunny sack. They even quickly

re-rigged my son's line when it needed to be cut due to major tangles. I would highly reccomend Dana Wharf for day fishing.
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
Tue, Jun 17, 08   10:00 AM bubba55 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children


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.