List of All San Diego Sportfishing Party Boats

I would like to present to you a complete list of all public San Diego Sportfishing Party Boats. First off, what is the difference between and Party Boat and a Charter Boat? Well, to put it simply, a Party Boat is available to anyone who would like to come. While on the other hand, you can say that a Charter is a private rental, where the public is not welcome to join.

I will be listing all available Party boats in San Diego County, starting first up north in Oceanside Harbor.

A Few Much Needed References

I have included here a link to Sportfishingreport.com.  If you look towards the bottom of the list, you will see all of the San Diego Sportfishing party boats as well as all Charter boats that go out daily.  Have a look! Every Sportfishing boat in California is listed here. What I like about this site is that every fish that is caught is recorded.

Here is a very helpful page as well-The Current California Recreational Fishing Regulations. The Captains and crew are well aware of all of the rules and regulations, but it never hurts to get an idea before setting out to fish. Also, I would like to include “Everything Thing You Need To Know About Fishing in Mexico,“, as it can get very confusing.

San Diego Sportfishing

San Diego Offshore Fishing google map
The offshore topography of San Diego and northern Baja California.

San Diego has some of the best weather in the world as well as some of the best fishing! Up until the late 1970’s, the city of San Diego was known as the Tuna Fishing Capital of the World. Still, to this day, in late summer and early fall,  fishing offshore of San Diego and Baja California you will find some of the largest yellowfin tuna slobs in the world!

Other species you might encounter include wahoo, big eye tuna, dorado, and bluefin. It must be noted that these species are targets for the longer range boats, not the 1/2 day or 3/4 day San Diego sportfishing Party boats

1/2 Day and 3/4 Day Party Boats

The 1/2 Day Party boats usually stay outside of a kelp forest, such as the ones found off of Point Loma or La Jolla. They may also sit over an artificial reef. These boats primarily catch kelp bass, sand bass, bonito, yellowtail, rockfish, halibut, barracuda, and California sheephead.

Some of the 3/4 Day Party boats will go an look for tuna, but mostly they too will stay close to shore. Out of San Diego Bay though, there are 3/4 Day boats that will take you out to the Coronado Islands, off of Mexico, which I have to say is a fabulous trip!

Let us now have a look at what San Diego has to offer when it comes to Open Sportfishing Party Boats!

#It should be noted that all prices seen below are current as of September of 2018. Please see all appropriate links to verify current prices


Oceanside Harbor Sportfishing Party Boats

Oceanside Harbor Sunset reflected sun water boats

Oceanside Harbor is located 45 minutes north of Downtown San Diego and is the only harbor in North County San Diego. The harbor is shared with Marine Base Camp Pendleton. Oceanside Harbor offers a variety of boats to choose from for Chartering a fishing trip, but when it comes to open party boats, there are only two companies that provide such trips.

Helgren’s Sportfishing

helgrens logo 2017 San Diego Sportfishing Party Boats

1395 1/2 North Harbor Dr. Oceanside, CA 92054

760-722-2133

http://www.helgrensportfishing.com

Fleet-

  • Electra- 75-foot
  • Oceanside 95- a 95-foot used for long range
  • Sea Trek- 60-foot  popular for 3/4 day trips

Trips offered

  • 1/2 day Sun-Fri (10 am-3 pm) /Sat (6 am- 12:30 pm) – $ 40
  • 3/4 day daily from 7 am- 4 pm – $ 75
  • full day daily from 5 am- 5 pm -$ 120
  • Military, Senior and child discounts available

Additional Offerings

  • Overnight Charters
  • Shark Fishing
  • Burials at Sea
  • Whale Watching
  • Multi-day trips
  • Twilight and Night Fishing
  • Harbor Coastal Cruise Excursions
  • Rod/Reel and Tackle Rental- $16.00
  • 1- day fishing license (16 years old and above)-$15.60
  • free parking

Oceanside Sea Center

logo main oceanside sea center san diego sportfishing party boats

315 South Harbor Drive, Oceanside, CA 92054

760 450-0403

http://www.oceansideseacenter.com

Fleet-

  • Blue Horizon- used for 1/2 day and 3/4 day as well as overnight trips
  • Chubasco II– 60-foot
  • Seastar-60-foot
  • Southern Cal- 65 foot
  • Pronto- 45-foot

Trips offered-

  • 1/2 day (6 am- 12pm)/ (10am- 4 pm)/ (12:30 pm- 5:30 pm)- $45
  • 3/4 day (7 am-4 pm)- $75
  • Private Charters available as well
    • San Clemente Island
    • Mexico waters overnight trips
  • Whale watching trips

Additional Offerings-

  • Military, senior and child discounts
  • Private Charters
  • Burial at Sea
  • Floating Science Lab trips coming soon!
  • Tackle available for rent
  • 1-day Fishing Licence $15.69
  • Food Galley

Mission Bay Sportfishing Party Boats

Mission Bay Harbor Google Map

Mission Bay is found less than 15 minutes away from Downtown San Diego in Mission Beach. Leaving out of this landing is advantageous if you would like to fish north off of the La Jolla kelp beds as well as venturing south to the kelp beds off of Point Loma. Both fishing sites are relatively close to Mission Bay. The beauty here is that there is not as much travel time used to get out of the bay.


Seaforth Sportfishingseaforth sportfishing logo

1717 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

(619) 224-3383

http://www.seaforthlanding.com

Fleet-

  • New Seaforth– 85-foot
  • San Diego- 75-foot
  • Many other vessels available for private charters

Trips Offered-

  • 1/2 day (6 am- 11:30 am), (12:30 pm- 5:30 pm)-$48
  • 3/4 day Mexico Coronado Islands (5:30 am- 5:30 pm) -$155
  • Overnight Trip (10 pm-8 pm)- $260
  • 1.5-day Limited Load (9 pm- 6 am)- $475
  • 2.5-day Baja Coast- (9 pm-6 am)- $750

Additional Offerings-

  • Whale watching tours
  • Private Charter Cruises
  • Twilight trips
  • Rod and tackle rentals
  • 1-day fishing licence-$15.69

Sportfishing Party Boats Out of San Diego Bay

San Diego Bay Google Map

San Diego Bay is the largest and deepest harbor in San Diego County. Here you will find many options when it comes to San Diego sportfishing party boats; as there are three companies to choose from.


H&M Landing

HMFishing Logo 02 San Diego Sportfishing Party Boats

2803 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

(619) 222-1144

https://www.hmlanding.com

Fleet-

  • Premier– 81-foot
  • Malihini- 80-foot
  • Grande- 85-foot
  • Constitution- 75-foot
  • Jig Strike- 56-foot
  • Fisherman III- 65-foot
  • Mustang- 70-foot
  • Daiwa Pacific-60-foot
  • Old Glory- 85-foot
  • Ranger 85- 85-foot
  • Ocean Odyssey-85-foot
  • Relentless- 60-foot

Trips Offered

  • 1/2 Day (6:30 am- 12:30 pm), (1 pm- 6:30 pm)-$52
  • Full Day Coronado Islands (5:30 am- 5:30 pm)- $155
  • Full Day Offshore (5:30 am- 5:30 pm)- $155
  • Overnight Fishing- (9 pm- 7 pm)- $215-$275
  • Multi-day Fishing-( 1.5 days to 3.5 days) $380-$1085
  • Long Range Available-see website
  • Twilight Fishing

Additional Offerings

  • Whale Watching
  • Great White Shark Cage Diving on MV Horizon from August to November off Guadalupe Island, Mexico- $2795
  • Private Charters
  • Family Deep Sea Fishing Charters
  • Corporate Charters
  • Bachelor Party Charters
  • Customized charter itineraries can be arranged

Point Loma Sportfishing

logo point loma mini San Diego Sportfishing party boats

1403 Scott St, San Diego, CA 92106

(619) 223-1627

https://www.pointlomasportfishing.com

Fleet-

  • Daily Double- 65 foot
  • Mission Belle– 65 foot
  • El Capitan- 65 foot
  • New Lo-An- 65 foot
  • Grande- 88 foot
  • Point Loma- 58 foot

Trips Offered-

  • 1/2 Day (8:30 am- 2:30 pm)/ (3 pm- 8:30 pm)- $50
  • 3/4 Day (6:30 am- 4:30 pm)-$85
  • Full Day Coronado Islands (6:30 am- 6:30 pm)- $155
  • Overnight (9 pm- 7 pm)- $260
  • 1.5 day (8 pm-6 am)- $380-$435
  • 2 day (9 pm- 7 pm)-$590-$780
  • 2.75 day (Noon- 6 am)- $700-$995
  • 3 day (11 am- 7 am)-$1525
  • please see the website for more!

Additional Offerings

  • Private Charters
  • 1 day to up to 16-day trips
  • 1.5 day -3.5 day Baja Coast Trips
  • 16-23 day trips, 1000 miles south in Mexico
  • Tackle rentals

Fisherman’s Landing

fishermans logo San Diego Sportfishing Party Boats

2838 Garrison St, San Diego, CA 92106

(800) 566-0273

https://www.fishermanslanding.com

Fleet-

  • Dolphin- 85-foot
  • Liberty- 85 foot
  • Condor- 90-foot
  • Islander- 85-foot
  • Fortune-65-foot
  • Pacific Queen- 85-foot

Trips Offered-

  • 1/2 Day (6:30 am – 12:30 pm)/ (1 pm- 6:30 pm)- $50
  • Full Day Offshore (5:30 am- 5:30 pm)- $155
  • Full Day Coronado Islands (5:30 am- 5:30 pm)-$155
  • Overnight ( 8pm- 6 pm)- $250
  • Full Day Bluefin Tuna (Kite and Flat Falls jigs) (10 am- 10 pm)- $650
  • 1.5 Day (9 pm- 6am)- $380
  • 2 Day ( 9pm- 7 pm)- $600-$650
  • 3 Day (11 am- 6 am)- $860

Additional Offerings

  • Private Charters
  • Nature and EcologyTrip to Baja California (619-221-8500)
  • Kids fish free every Thursday!
  • Tackle Rentals

Final Thoughts

Boy! Did I have fun researching for this blog! So many memories came flooding back about all of the Party boats that I worked on when I was a Fisheries Technician (over 20 years ago). If I had to give an estimate, I would say that I have been on at least over 100 Party boat trips. I would interview each angler and identify, weigh and measure each fish. And yes, I was filthy at the end of each trip! Fish scales, guts and grim all over me, but it was a blast!

My favorite part, and do not laugh, was to take a nap while everyone was fishing. There is no better sleep than being rocked back and forth on a boat. Another thing that I absolutely loved was the solitude. There is something to be said about being out on the water and looking back onto shore. Just imagining the hundreds of thousands of people back on shore while there are just a few boats offshore is the best feeling. It is surreal.

Enough about me, what do you think? Have you ever wanted to go fishing on a Party boat?

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them below.

Until next time!

Mission Bay Harbor sunset
Mission Bay

I have always had a deep-seated passion for the Ocean Environment which ultimately led me to receive a degree in Marine Biology. Living in the San Diego area for over 30 years, I have extensively explored the 70 miles of San Diego’s coastline, and I am here to share! Please use my website to your advantage and have a look around at all the wonders that the beaches of San Diego can offer you!

16 Replies to “List of All San Diego Sportfishing Party Boats”

  1. This looks my kind of vacation! Thank you so much for putting all of this information in one convenient spot. The next time I am in San Diego I will use this as my resource!

  2. Hello Colleen,
    Whoa! I have always wanted to go on a fishing trip with my grandfather, father, and nephews. I can plan a trip with my family now and know exactly how much it’s going to cost and where we will be fishing. For 3 days it’s less than $1500 what a deal! I also look forward to drinking a beer and taking a nap lol.
    Thanks!

  3. Thanks for all the information Colleen. I love the ocean too and enjoyed fishing with my Grandpa on his boat. So much useful information in one place. What an excellent resource.

  4. Looks like a lot fun to have! It has been quite some time since I have been down to San Diego but these look like a blast to do next time I make my way down there! Much appreciated Colleen!

  5. HOLY MOLY! I have been looking for day trip cruises for me and my family. I haven’t had any success with finding something near the mexican boarder ( I am a proud mexican american ) I like the idea of taking a day off to go see the Mexico Coronado Islands . I might check out Sunforth on that. And just within my budget too.

  6. Hi Colleen, thank you for doing all the heavy lifting for us 🙂 the information you have provided is extensive and beats having to do all this research on my own. I personally dont care for fishing, I leave that part to my boys, but lazying around on the beach now that is a vacation. I have definitely bookmarked this post, I will use you as my personal guide seeing you know all there is to know about the place. 🙂 Will be planning a vacation soon and you have made my decision very easy. Thanks again.

    1. Hi Evelyn! Thank you so much for your comment. I am happy that you have found it helpful. There sure are a lot of great trips to choose from aren’t there? Have fun on your upcoming vacation!

  7. Awesome article Colleen, this is a great summary of the Southern California fleet! The only thing I would add is a section on Mexican fishing regulations since most of the trips outside half-days fish in Mexico.

    Here is a recent guide in-depth guide I wrote about the complicated Mexican fishing regulation process, https://www.fishermanslanding.com/blog/what-you-need-to-fish-legally-in-mx-2018

    If you like it or find it helpful, feel free to link it in your article

    Great work!
    -Fisherman’s Landing

    1. Thank you so much for not only reading my post but taking the time to leave a comment! I will indeed include your additional Mexican fishing regulations. Wow, that is a lot to take in, just to go fishing in Mexican waters! Thanks again for visiting!

    1. Hi Shaun! Thank you for taking the time to comment! I have never been on a full day fishing trip before. Did you happen to fish by the Coronado Islands? I am so happy to hear that you had a fabulous time!

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