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.

If you have any questions about our services, please visit our FAQs page.

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Latest Reports


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

Californiadawn
200 Dungeness crab (20 limits)

New Eldorado
250 Dungeness crab (25 limits)

We will be taking reservations for
2021

(510)4175557
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingThursday, December 31st, 2020 at 12:41am
Stellar fishing, jumbo crabs, flat weather and even a marriage proposal! (She said yes btw). All around fun day on the water.

Final count

Californiadawn
60 rockfish (6 limits)
60 Dungeness crab (6 limits)
2 ling cod

New Eldorado
260 rockfish (23 limits plus crew)
260 Dungeness crab (23 limits plus crew)
2 ling cod
1 marriage proposal

For reservations
(510)4175557
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingWednesday, December 30th, 2020 at 1:50am
Fantastic day on the water. We took full limits of crab and full limits of rockfish and a handful of ling cod.
We are sold out for the rest of the season, with a few spots remaining on New Year’s Day crab only trip.

Final count

280 rockfish (25 limits plus crew)
280 Dungeness crab (25 limits plus crew)
3 ling cod

For reservations
(510)4175557

Testimonials


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.”

Sara M.

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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