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 SportfishingSunday, October 24th, 2021 at 1:07am
Bad weather forced us to the bay this weekend. We found a few willing halibut fishing live bait.

Saturday we finished with 8 halibut and a bass for 20
Sunday we finished with 10 halibut for 8 anglers.
When the weather subsides we will be back at the islands.
Quick reminder crab combos start up on the 6th of November.
Also new this season, crab validation cards are needed this season. They will be available for purchase at the Baitshop in the am but I would recommend getting them way in advance.
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingTuesday, October 19th, 2021 at 1:06am
Finished up on the day with 17 limits of rockfish (170) and 16 ling cod fishing out at the islands.

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingMonday, October 18th, 2021 at 12:10am
More phenomenal fishing in I fished waters today. We finished up again with full limits of rockfish and full limits of ling cod. Weather permitting this is one of the hottest spots for bottom fish on the entire west coast!
Just a small reminder crab combo start Nov 6th. Get your reservations today!

Final count
220 rockfish (22 limits)
44 ling cod (22 limits) to 26 pounds

For reservations (510)4175557


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.”

G.A. B.

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

Dan M.

The boat never disappoints. They will stay until the very end to try and get everyone fish. The atmosphere is great and you will get your full days money worth.… Read more “Dan M.”

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