Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.2  189 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 48 94 6 = 88 90% 4.3
Last 6 months 70 144 10 = 134 90% 4.3
Last 12 months 111 211 22 = 189 88% 4.2
All 1,165 1,984 221 = 1,763 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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 2
Sixty people packed on the SumFun..... Not fun!
Sun, Jul 26  5:30 PM Walter_Wyman Unspecified 50-59 Local Individual
49 rental rods, lines tangled, people had tackle on the deck! The only time a deck hand was on the tank was when he was asked to chum, 9 out of 10 times there was only one half dead sardines in one of the wells. The other thing that was strange was that the burgers had Siracha on them. The best thing was when I needed to rotate I went to the bow and the forward bait tank was green and dead bait was floating in it, I know hard to believe but I have a picture on my phone. The only thing that was cool, was a young boy in a wheelchair, when I got tired of all of the crud I helped him remove some of his mackerels so his dad could cast out...... He was stoked just to catch any fish even if it was mackerels. I wish I didn't know the difference in truly good service and what happened during this trip! It will be a while till I try this again......
Rating: 3
Deckhands were not helpful
Sat, Jul 25  5:30 PM fpineda101 Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
I rented my pole and tackle. Somehow, the line started to come out from the bottom of the reel. As a first time fisher, I asked my friend who I came with for help. They couldn't figure it out and suggested I ask the deck hand. I asked one for a hand with the reel line, he didn't snap the top back on right and all my line went off the reel. I didn't notice until the second deck hand saw it and pointed it out to me. He asked what I happened and I told him the first deck hand didn't snap the top of the reel back in correctly. The 2nd asked the first about it and the first denied doing it, in front of me. I was flabbergasted. The 2nd deck hand said he would try to find a 2nd pole for me but he never did. I ended up sitting the last 2 hours in the galley doing nothing. The deck hands really ruined the experience for me. My lesson learned, bring your own gear and bring back ups, especially hooks, tackle, line and reel. I'm willing to give this company another chance, I just won't trust the deck hands again.
Rating: 5
Yellowtail Twilight!
Fri, Jul 24  5:30 PM lisapaisley Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
The staff were so kind and polite. I am so very impressed with their patience and dedication. We caught a huge yellowtail, but it would have been fun even if we didn't. Thank you to all.
Rating: 4
Last minute trip with a good vibe
Fri, Jul 24  12:00 PM jrey762 Male 30-39 Local Individual
I bought a ticket at the last minute because I didn't have anything better to do on the day of the trip and didn't really expect much action, I just wanted to float around and work on my casting. Turns out the bass where swarming that day and coming up to the surface grabbing all the bait. Easiest bass fishing you've ever done in your life. The bass where so aggressive they were literally 'in the way' if you wanted to go after surface fish; what a great problem to have :) Hooked something BIG but it broke my line (30lb mono) after a 5 minute fight when it made a dash for the kelp; what a rush!

Nice vibe on the boat that day, everyone was in a good mood. The rails were not very crowded and there were not that many serious tangles. Had a good time; would go again.
Rating: 2
Felt short-changed. Buyer beware.
Wed, Jul 22  6:30 AM rfoliente Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
My group purchased a 3/4 day fishing trip and we were confirmed for this trip a week prior. Travel plans were made. Two days before the trip, I receive an e-mail indicating our trip has been canceled with no explanation provided. Upon further investigation, it turns out they chartered our boat to a group that would pay them more. No apology was provided. Interestingly, if we somehow decided to change our mind and choose to cancel last minute, we would receive no refund. Its funny how this is a one way arrangement in favor of the merchant. Buyer beware.
Rating: 4
Very professional crew and always helpful
Wed, Jul 22  6:30 AM Ccmays4 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The crew was great, friendly and knowledgable. Most everyone caught fish the day we went out and there were a few who landed 30+lb Yellow Tail. Of course fishing would be better with less people but with the large number of fisherman on the Dana Pride, everyone worked together and helped each other out and made it a pleasurable experience for us first timers.
Rating: 5
Good for kids
Sun, Jul 19  5:30 PM BDalbeth Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
This is a good introduction trip to fishing for kids or newbies. The boat stays close to shore and you catch the smaller rock and kelp fish.
Rating: 4
Slow day of fishing but a good time.
Sat, Jul 18  5:30 PM Bear6336 Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
It was a slow day of fishing after the rain storm blew through the area the captain did his best to locate fish. Caicos were biting, but not for me. The crew was courteous lots of new fishermen got the help they needed on the boat was pleasent even though I did not catch anything.
Rating: 5
Great family trip!
Fri, Jul 17  6:30 AM clorefice Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was a wonderful trip we purchased for my husband for Father's day. Our group of 8 from age nine to 39 had a wonderful time. Great fishing with some wonderful people. The boat staff was amazing as were the employees in the store! Highly recommended.
Rating: 2
Deep sea fishing
Thu, Jul 16  10:00 AM Janetparker Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I didn't realize there would be 100 people on this trip, which made the fishing frustrating and unsuccessful. For the amount of money I spent for 3 of us, next time I would spend a little more to charter a boat.