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 SportfishingSunday, May 24th, 2020 at 11:34pm
Another big day on the bay! Coming in just shy of limits for my socially distancing group of anglers.
This bite looks like it can go deep into summer, get your reservations today!

Final count

40 halibut
2 striped bass

For 15 anglers

California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingSaturday, May 23rd, 2020 at 11:23pm
Finished up with around 2 fish per rod.

28 halibut to 15 pounds

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingFriday, May 22nd, 2020 at 11:45pm
We landed on big numbers of halibut all week! Today was no exception.
We finished up right at limits again for consecutive days. Had a mix of jumbos as well and a few bass.

Final count

39 halibut to 26 pounds
8 striped bass
8 rockfish

13 anglers

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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.”

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.”

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.”

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