California Dawn Sport Fishing

California Dawn is a 50-foot fiberglass sport fishing vessel, running out of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. California Dawn is powered by twin diesel engines, features the latest in marine electronics, scanning sonar, large bait capacity, a heated cabin, and a full galley with a variety of delicious meals.

California Dawn is captained by second generation charter operator Captain James Smith. Captain James has been fishing the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985 and is US Coast Guard Certified to 100 Miles. His knowledge of the Bay, along with his experienced and friendly crew, will guarantee everyone the ultimate fishing experience.

California Dawn runs open party full day trips nearly year round, but is also available for charter. We offer the highest quality fishing rods for rent, as well as tackle for purchase.

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Latest Reports


California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingWednesday, May 27th, 2020 at 11:23pm
Solid fishing today. We had a light charter that wanted to come in early. We still managed over 2 around on the Halibut plus some striped bass. Well on our way to limits again.

Final count

25 halibut
5 striped bass
11 anglers

For reservations

(510)4175557
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingWednesday, May 27th, 2020 at 12:05am
We just wrapped up another big day on the water. FULL LIMITS of HALIBUT for consecutive days!!
Also had a big White Sea bass up time the net that managed to escape. Get your reservations in for this summer, it looks to be another spectacular year!

Final count

42 halibut (14 limits)
1 striped bass

For reservations
(510)4175557
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingMonday, May 25th, 2020 at 10:21pm
Halibut fishing hit the next gear for us today. We took FULL LIMITS of halibut early for our 15 anglers on board. It’s going to be a long season and with limited space I would recommend getting spots reserved ahead of time. The fleet as a whole is running 1/3 to 1/2 capacity loads until restrictions lighten up. Take advantage of the hot bite!

Final count

45 Halibut to 18 pounds (15 limits)
1 striped bass

For reservations
(510)4175557

Testimonials


Best boat I have ever been on. Captain James is the most knowledgeable fishing guide ever. The food was absolutely delicious. He put us on plenty of fish. 10/10 if… Read more “Mike M.”

Went fishing on Sunday and despite rough seas it was a great time. Amazing crew and captain. They kept us on fish and got us full limits of crab. I… Read more “Drew V.”

I can’t say enough about the California Dawn!! Captains James and Mike are no nonsense professionals that know the waters and their targeted species. They have a great senses of… Read more “Jer G.”


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