California Dawn Sport Fishing

The New El Dorado III

Attention sport fishing enthusiasts! We are happy to introduce the newest member of the California Dawn Sportfishing family - 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 ther 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 SportfishingSaturday, June 19th, 2021 at 12:38am
We had both Californiadawn and New Eldorado 3 out on some phenomenal fishing today!
We scored a total of

72 halibut to a whopping 32 pounds!
24 striped bass to 26 pounds!
For 40 anglers between both boats
The grade of fish today was amazing

I have lots of room Monday through Friday this upcoming week

For reservations
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingFriday, June 18th, 2021 at 2:15am
Solid fishing today and over 21/2 per rod average with some “quality” halibut up to 23 pounds.
We finished up with 30 halibut and 5 bass for our group.
I have room starting Monday this upcoming week

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingThursday, June 17th, 2021 at 1:01am
Both boats were out on the halibut grounds today.
We finished up with over a fish per rod, adding a white Seabass and a visit from a great white shark.

Final count

9 halibut to 22 pounds
14 striped bass to 12
For 17 anglers

New Eldorado 3
15 halibut to 24 pounds
3 striped bass to 12
1 White Sea bass to 20
For 9 anglers

I have room tomorrow and Thursday
All of next week as well

For reservations


Drew V.

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.”

Mike M.

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.”

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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