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 SportfishingFriday, September 17th, 2021 at 11:49pm
We had a wild and wide open rockfish and ling cod bite today.
1 st stop 230 rockfish hit the deck on about a 50 min drift. Enough for limits
2nd stop we threw in 30 lingcod
3rd stop another 16 to finish up limits

Final count

23 limits of rockfish (230)
23 limits of ling cod (46)

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingThursday, September 16th, 2021 at 10:27pm
We had a shark charter today. Lots of exciting battles. We finished up with limits of 7 Gill sharks and released a handful up to 200 pounds. I still run the occasional shark trips ( by charter only)
Tomorrow’s trip is scheduled for the Farallons. If you would like to get out we still have room.
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingThursday, September 16th, 2021 at 2:10pm
Tomorrow’s weather looks good to hit the offshore ling cod and rockfish spots. New depth regs have opened up lots of un fished grounds. We still have plenty of availability for tomorrow’s trip. (Friday)
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G.A. B.

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

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.”

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