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 SportfishingTuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 1:02am
Today we had 2 boats boats out. On the California Dawn they checked in with 19 bass and 18 halibut for 18 anglers.
On the El Dorado 3 the guys opted for bay fishing due to the windy conditions offshore The boat finished up with 28 halibut and 5 striped bass for 21 anglers.

We are taking reservations for salmon fishing this week and live bait potluck

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingSaturday, July 4th, 2020 at 12:56pm
Limits of bass and around a fish per rod yesterday. We also released a bass that looked to be about 30 pounds!

Final count

17 limits of bass (34) to 30
17 halibut

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingFriday, July 3rd, 2020 at 12:01am
More of the same solid action that has yet to let up all season long. We finished up with full limits of striped bass and over a fish per rod on the Halibut.

Final count

40 striped bass (18 limits plus crew)
To 15 pounds
25 halibut

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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.”

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.”

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