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 SportfishingWednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 9:47pm
We have been very busy in the shipyard the past couple of months. I launched the Dawn today. Boat looks beautiful and will start up with some spring time halibut trolling trips . Our first planned trip is March 19th. We will wait patiently for live bait to become available which is typically around the first week of May but sometimes come available much sooner. I will keep everyone updated.
Now a quick update on the New Eldorado 3. We are currently doing a full scale restoration project with the boat with many notable updates. New props, generator, hot water, Wiring, electronics and even stabilizers and we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s planned for the boat. We will be out of the yard in April and will be planning trips for the first week of May!
I have my crew all returning and we are all looking forward to getting back out on the water.
Get reservations early. We are still doing reduced numbers on the boats.

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California Dawn SportfishingFriday, January 22nd, 2021 at 5:45pm
What an amazing season we had! Big thanks to everyone that made it possible! I have both boats in the shipyard getting ready for the spring. Lots of upgrades going into our new boat New Eldorado 3.
We are taking reservations now for this upcoming 2021 season. Fishing will start up for halibut the first week of April and salmon opens around the first week of May.

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingFriday, January 1st, 2021 at 12:15am
Last day of the season for 2020 we finished up with full limits of jumbo crabs. The weather was just too rough to make the islands for rockfish. We made the best of it with lots of 2 plus pounders.
Final count

200 Dungeness crab (20 limits)

New Eldorado
250 Dungeness crab (25 limits)

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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.

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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