California Dawn Sport Fishing

The California Dawn II

Attention sport fishing enthusiasts! We are happy to introduce the newest member of the California Dawn Sportfishing family - The California Dawn II, formerly known as The New El Dorado III.

Captained by 25 year commercial and sportfisherman Shawn Taylor, this high-powered 55' catamaran boasts twin Caterpillar engines, super sleek pontoons, and large cabin. The whopping 22.6' beam provides for extra-wide aisles and triple the seating capacity of their party boats, making it perfect for private gatherings, as well as individuals looking for a memorable day on the water for fishermen of all ages and experience levels!

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California Dawn

California Dawn is a 50-foot fiberglass sport fishing vessel, running out of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. It 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 SportfishingThursday, January 13th, 2022 at 11:57pm
So far so good. Boat made it to Newport Shipyard. The guys there are a well oiled machine. We have the props off and the port rail stripped down. New electronics were being installed on my way out today. Had some great company in the yard. Jeff on the Thunderbird and Brian on the Sun Fun. My second captain Shawn Taylor, nephew Joey Smith and former owner of the California Dawn Frank Savino mad the trip with me.
Planning for the new galley was done with an architect. It’s all coming together fast! Here’s a few pics from our 400 mile trip down the coast. A few shenanigans along the way, was a fun ride but it’s only just begun. I will post up some more updates in the next month or so.
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California Dawn SportfishingMonday, January 10th, 2022 at 6:30pm
We made it down to Newport Beach, now the big project begins. Merging Southern California comfort with NorCal speed. Can’t wait for everyone to see the boat when she arrives in the Bay Area this spring. I will keep everyone updated on progress.
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California Dawn SportfishingTuesday, January 4th, 2022 at 3:41pm
Some big exciting changes coming this off season. I’m waiting for a small weather break before we bring the California Dawn 2 south for another remodel. (Formerly the New Eldorado 3). We are headed to Newport Shipyard to install a full galley, paint job and other upgrades. We are fully committed to make this the one of the finest charter vessels you’ve ever fished on. I hope to have her back up here fishing spring halibut by mid to late March. I’ll keep a few updates going on our 800 mile round trip and some more pics as the project comes to a close.


G.A. B.

Spectacular fishing with an amazing crew. Boat is comfortable and well equipped. Makes for a great day of fishing.

Sara M.

Our company took a fishing trip yesterday with the California Dawn, such a cool bonding experience. Being a beginner myself I would recommend this trip for other beginners because the… Read more “Sara M.”

Jer G.

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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