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.

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Latest Reports

California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingWednesday, October 28th, 2020 at 7:34pm
What a day! The fish bit with fury! Weather was flat calm and we had a light load. I still opted to take the trip to the islands. We were rewarded with a wide open bite of lings and rockfish.

Final count

24 ling cod to 20 pounds (12 limits)
120 rockfish

I have lots of room this Friday and Saturday for rockfish and ling cod

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingTuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 10:06pm
Limits of lings and limits of rockfish. All you wanted today and flat weather! I have room tomorrow, Friday and This weekend.

Final count

40 ling cod to 24 pounds (20 limits)
200 rockfish (20 limits)

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingSunday, October 25th, 2020 at 10:01pm
More WIDE OPEN MONSTER LINGCOD biting at the Farallon islands today. The best big fish nite I’ve seen in years. Flat calm weather as well. I have a boat going most every day this week with room all the way through the weekend.

Final count

42 ling cod (18 limits plus crew) to 25 pounds
210 rockfish (18 limits plus crew)

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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.”

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.”

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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