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 SportfishingWednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 10:16pm
It has been shark week on the Cal Dawn. We had a limited amount of dates reserved for shark this season.
Today a nice mix, soupfinn, 7gill, halibut and evening white Seabass! Sharks to over 250 pounds!

Final count

17 seven Gill sharks (14 limits)
Released 150 pounder, and a pair of 250 pounders. (Estimated weight)
1 white Seabass
5 halibut
I have room for potluck, salmon and rockfish this week.
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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingTuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 11:23pm
Potluck fishing is still going strong.
Today we returned with limits of rockfish, over a fish per rod on lings, and over 2 fish per rod on the Halibut

Final count

100 rockfish (8 limits plus crew)
10 ling cod
18 halibut

I have room this upcoming week for potluck,rockfish and salmon

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingMonday, September 14th, 2020 at 11:37pm
We ran a shark trip today sponsored by Phenix rods. One of just a handful of shark trips I had on the books for this season.
We broke up the day and fished for halibut when the tide was running hard.
Top fish on the day won a Phenix Abyss 808.
We also fought a monster 7gill for 2 hours and 10 min. The fish weighed in roughly at 325 pounds (estimated weight) he was cut loose and swam off.
Final count

14 seven Gill sharks to 325 pounds
9 halibut

I have a potluck trip for rockfish lings and halibut going out in the am with lots of room.

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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.”

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.”

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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