A local guide to deep sea fishing and sportfishing in Orange County, California.
Sep 13th 2012
At Dana Point Harbor, fishing season begins whenever you arrive. All year round, our waters support all sorts of fish, and all sorts of fishing. Home to the largest small boat harbor on the West Coast, Dana Point Harbor welcomes everyone — from casual first-timers fishermen to expert deep-sea adventurers — with more than enough options to find one that’s right for you and your group. As you stroll through the harbor be sure to ask any tackle shop or charter where to buy a fishing license, and they’ll happily point you in the right direction. Once you’re official, the fun begins as you make your choice for the day’s fishing.
From catching fish to spotting whales, Dana Wharf Sportfishing delivers it all. These popular cruises sell out quickly, so you’re advised to pick up tickets in advance, especially on two-for-one Tuesdays. And their halibut derby is a favorite of the area placing local fisherman against each other for the biggest catch. Fishing equipment rental is also available at Dana Wharf.
Ready to go big?
Captain Larry Phoenix and his 42-foot Rampage yacht are ready to take you deep-sea sportfishing on a grand scale. This fully equipped luxury yacht provides you with all the gear and assistance you’ll need, from top quality rods and reels to fish cleaning.
For a unique experience, Captain Phoenix will take you overnight fishing on an unforgettable nighttime excursion. Another Dana Wharf favorite is Dick Simon Yachts, where you can charter yachts, sailboats and more.
For a first-class experience with a charitable bonus, head for the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. From May until September, that’s the departure point for Fishing for Second Harvest. You’ll fish from a Dana Wharf Sportfishing vessel, where all the fish caught at the end of the day are cleaned and donated to local families in need. Included are your day's fishing license, rod rental, live bait and food. It’s the perfect introduction to Dana Point fishing for every experience level.
Love fish but not fishing?
Dana Point gets you off the hook with an array of exceptional seafood restaurants. Try the shrimp cocktail and the Mahi Mahi tacos at St. Regis' Pool Bar & Grill. Or the black mussels, lobster bisque or numerous fish entree selections at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa' Vue. Tresca at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach — Dana Point, proudly serves an award-winning clam chowder that’s become their signature dish, along with unique beach fusion dishes that bring the freshest flavors of Southern California right to your table.Fish, either in the water or on your plate, help define the Dana Point Experience: fresh, colorful and bursting with delightful flavors!