Captain James Smith

James Smith

Captain, Owner & Operator

The California Dawn Sportfishing is owned by second generation charter operator Captain James Smith Jr., who has been fishing the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985 and is US Coast Guard Certified to 100 Miles. Captain James’s knowledge of the San Francisco Bay, along with his experienced and friendly crew, will guarantee everyone has the ultimate fishing experience.

Shawn Taylor

Captain & Operator

With a combined 20 years of experience between commercial and sport fishing in the San Francisco Bay, Captain Shawn is a valuable member of the California Dawn Sportfishing family. He has been with us since the 2020 season and is US Coast Guard Certified to 100 miles.

Julie Hilton

O/P Reservations & Charter Booking

Gary Furtado, Jr

Deck Hand

Lifelong fisherman who has been fishing professionally for 10 years.

Scott Brace

Deck Hand

A lifelong fisherman, Scott began fishing professionally this year. He has 12 years of experience fishing in the Bay Area.