Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.3  216 rating points
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Last 3 months 21 50 1 = 49 95% 4.6
Last 6 months 33 76 4 = 72 93% 4.5
Last 12 months 114 235 19 = 216 92% 4.3
All 1,122 1,905 215 = 1,690 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 service provided
Sat, Jan 26, 08   12:00 PM rickwillingh Male 50-59 Local Individual
There are two ways to rate this fishing trip. 1) the quality of the service provided and 2) the results.

1) This was a half-day trip. What I liked about it was that the boat did not spend a lot of time traveling. A short trip out to where the fish were suspected to be, some repositioning to stay on top of the fish and then a short trip back to the dock. The one deckhand worked hard and did his job well. Purchased food was well prepared, fish-cleaning and filleting was quick, fish were removed from the hook and put in your bag for you. Plus, rigging 'help' was offered if it appeared that you needed it or asked for it.

Overall rating of service provided: (considering the ratio of customers to deckhands) Better than Average.

2) I have results rated separately because good or bad results can influence one's opinion of the service provided. If you haven't been on a trip like this before, realize that the captain can go to spots that typically hold fish, recommend techniques, and provide bait - but it is still up to the fish to bite and you to catch them. Sometimes they bite and sometimes they don't. I think this spot was known to be a good spot for sculpin. Fortunately, we were catching just enough fish to keep us on the spot.

(SCULPIN--aka 'rattlesnake' for the 6 hours of intense pain it can inflict if one of its spines jab you. Sculpin fillets are very popular for eating as they have a light, tasty meat that's not too 'fishy'.)

My personal luck wasn't very good: three keeper (10" minimum) sculpin in the bag, double that released for under size limit, and a few small tom cod and queenfish released.

Overall rating of results: Below Average considering the size of the jackpot fish, the quantities of fish in the bags, and my personal results. (I've had better 1/2 day results.)

If you are considering a half-day fishing trip, understand that local 1/2 day fishing doesn't typically provide big fish or large numbers of fish. Your chances for either of those is better when you go on a longer trip. That being said, this dock provided well for this 1/2 day trip.

Parking for this dock is inconvenient. There is a special area available, but it is a few hundred yards away. The inconvenient part is that the dock needs to provide you with a special card to place on your dash so that you don't get towed for exceeding the four hour maximum. That means leaving your gear in your vehicle while you get your ticket and parking card or you leave it at the dock while you hike back to your vehicle to put the parking card on the dash. I have an open bed pickup truck so in my case, either option leaves my gear unattended and susceptable to theft. I chose leaving it outside the dock's shop and it was fine. If there were more than one in your party, this problem could be easily avoided.

The convenience of viewing the calendar, reading reviews and purchasing the ticket online was very nice. I recommend to all docks to do the same.
Rating: 5
Truly a fun day. The crew was excellent
Mon, Dec 24, 07   10:00 AM Roxannaward Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
My 10 year old son is now hooked (pun intended)on fishing and can't wait to go again!
Rating: 3
did not catch any fish
Sun, Dec 23, 07   6:30 AM gwarnerg Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
did not catch any fish
Rating: 5
Easiest way to book a trip.
Thu, Oct 25, 07   10:00 AM jimid92691 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Whithout having to drive all the way to the harbor, I just purchased thru " Zerve". This service was quick, easy, and best of all free.
Rating: 4
Deep sea fishing, but not many fish
Sat, Oct 20, 07   12:00 PM paulniehouse Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
A great trip with the kids (9 & 11). They caught a decent number of small fish and had fun doing it. As far as actually getting some fish to take home and eat, it didn't happen.
Rating: 5
Great learning on ocean fishing
Sat, May 16  12:00 PM Molnars Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Captain was great with tips before the anchor was dropped. Deck hands where right there to help you out if needed and great food from the galley. Over all was a great time for my son and I to do some fishing.
Rating: 5
Excellent but...
Sat, May 9  12:00 PM NicoleAlberg Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
I had a fantastic time except the drunk guys that charged 20 beers to my number and stole my grill cheese sandwich. The staff was very professional and handled the situation. Maybe have people show their numbers to charge? Also they tried to put their fish in our bag, so I have no idea what their malfunction was... Thank you to your staff for taking good care of us and making me another grilled cheese!
Rating: 5
Great Crew
Sun, Apr 19  12:45 PM misterjager6 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Fishing was slow, but we still had a great time
Rating: 2
Customer service via Telephone is the Worst!!!!!!
Sat, Mar 7  12:00 PM pekenia2629 Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
I recently bought tickets and have been trying to book a date for my son and I and the people on the phone have been very rude! This is my first time wanting to go on a fishing trip for my son's birthday and last Saturday was the day we wanted to go and I called a week in advance and was told nothing was available. I was put on a waiting list and to this date have not received a call back. I personally have not been there, have not met the crew, but over the phone was the worst experience ever. I will loose my tickets and book elsewhere because of that simple fact. UPSET MOTHER!!!!
Rating: 5
Fun fishing at Dana Wharf!
Thu, Mar 5  10:00 AM ryancowan Male 40-49 Local Individual
I always have a fun time fishing on any of the Dana Wharf fishing boats. All of the crews and captains are excellent. The cook on this specific boat (Clemente) made me one of the best breakfast Burritos I have hade anywhere.