4-5 Hour Trip - Most Popular!
Join us today for an exciting half day fishing trip (5 hours), or a 4 hour Twilight fishing trip (seasonal) on the sparkling Southern California waters just outside Dana Point Harbor!
Great for both novice and experienced fishermen, these local fishing trips can fish our beautiful coastal waters for over 2 dozen different species of fish; yellowtail , halibut, barracuda, red snapper, calico bass, white sea bass, sheepshead and many more provide lots of angling opportunities. Fish in comfort on one of our large vessels, most with indoor kitchens with booth seating, and lots of other great fishing amenities. Our ships have state of the art fish finding systems and huge live bait well systems that assist to catching more fish. Crew members are onboard to help throughout every trip; from help with rigging your lines to tips for catching more fish and anything else you might need during your trip.
Adults (ages 15 to 54): $46.00
Children (ages 14 and under): $29.00
Seniors (ages 55 and older): $41.00
1/2 PRICE TUESDAYS all year round!
Half price off the usual adult fare!
Please note that Tuesday trips generally sell out, so for a less crowded boat please book a full-priced ticket for a different day of the week.
Twilight Special! 5:30pm cruise $29 per person in May!
Learn from our knowledgeable, family friendly crew and skippers who will expertly guide you throughout this fun filled excursion. Bask in the breathtaking views of Dana Point Harbor’s serene beaches and scenic shorelines from the deck of one our fleet’s top of the line boats! Cool down with a cold beer, soda, and more in our full service galley. Hungry? Both snacks and hot food are available!
From novice to expert, everyone will enjoy discovering their love of sportfishing, conservation, and the great outdoors on this unique trip.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, as trips often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please buy your tickets well in advance. Tickets can be purchased online: http://danawharf.com or by phone: 949-496-5794 ext 7
Should I book a Tuesday trip or another trip?
Tuesday trips feature half-priced tickets and so are a great bargain! However, please note that Tuesday trips generally sell out. The boat could get crowded and the experience especially may not be ideal for a beginner. For a less crowded boat and a more ideal environment for an inexperienced angler, please consider booking a full-priced ticket on another day of the week.
What happens if it rains?
We still go out. The rain is of no consequence; we are concerned with wind and sea conditions and they are not necessarily bad during the rain. In fact, some of our best conditions can be on a rainy day, so dress appropriately. In the case of severe weather, we may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in which case you will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
Are children allowed?
We love children, and encourage children of all ages to fish with us. Please keep in mind the length of some fishing trips requires a certain level of attention span and concentration. All children 14 and under may attend with a discounted child’s ticket.
Is the trip suitable for pregnant women?
While we don’t put a limitation on who may or may not attend, pregnant women should always consult with their doctors before participating in any active activities.
How experienced do I have to be?
You don’t! We encourage everyone, from novices to experts, to come and join us! We have a very knowledgeable, family oriented captain and crew on every trip to assist anglers of all skill levels.
What is the difference between the half day, three quarter day, and twilight fishing cruises?
All three trips are fantastic. The main difference between the half day trip and the three quarter day trip is time. On the three quarter day trip, we are much more likely to limit out on one kind of fish and start fishing for different species. The twilight trip is ideal for those wanting to stay out of the sun or folks who work during the day; sometimes the evening bite is even better than the morning (although you never can tell till you get out there).
I don’t want to fish, can I still go on the trip?
People who do not want to fish are welcome to attend the trip, but you must also purchase a full priced ticket. If you are not planning to fish, you will not need a license or rod and reel. However, if you plan to help your child fish, or hold a rod and reel at any time, the Fish and Game Department defines you as a fisherman and requires you to have a license.
If this trip is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
Cancellations are rare, as tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be rescheduled. However, you are welcome to show up at the docks just prior to the departure time. To ensure the best chance of fishing with us on your preferred trip, we recommend booking your trip as soon as you know the day you would like to attend.
How early should I arrive to check in before the trip?
Please arrive 45 minutes prior to departure for check in, especially because the tickets are non refundable. Our trips generally leave right on time!!!
Do you guarantee that fish will be caught?
We can guarantee fishing but not catching. Our crew will do everything in its power to put you where the fish are. We cannot control what does or does not bite the hook.
Do we need to keep the fish we catch?
While you are welcome to keep any legal sized fish, Dana Wharf promotes catch and release and responsible conservation of our natural resources. You may also give your legal sized fish to another angler if you so choose.
How many fish can I keep?
The captain and crew are up to date with the most recent California Department of Fish and Game size and possession limits, and will inform you of these at the start of the trip. Regulations will vary depending on the season and what we are fishing for today.
What’s the limit for a child under 16 with no fishing license?
Even though children under 16 years of age are allowed to fish on our trips without a license, they are allowed the same legal limit as an adult fisherman.
What do I do with the fish I decide to keep?
We will assist you with placing your fish in your sack. After the trip, fish cleaning is available for a fee. Fish cleaning is payable in cash only.
Can I sell the fish I catch?
NO! It is illegal to sell fish that are caught by way of “Recreational Sport Fishing.” If you are caught violating this law, you (along with Dana Wharf Sportfishing) will be ordered to appear in court, fined, and items can be confiscated.
What happens when everyone catches their limits?
If everyone catches limits of the fish we’re targeting for the day, we will simply pull up and start fishing for something else. For example, if the boat limits out on sand bass, we might go farther out and troll for yellowtail or bonito. In any event, we do not simply end the trip early.
How much of the trip will be spent fishing versus riding?
About 60-70% of the trip is fishing time.
How far does the boat go out?
Between 1 and 12 miles from the harbor.
What do I see when I’m not fishing?
When we’re not fishing, you’ll enjoy the stunning California coastline, birds, whales, dolphins, sea lions, breaking fish, other fishing and sail boats, depending on the day, conditions and season.
Will we see whales or dolphins while we are fishing?
We will occasionally see whales, dolphins, sea lions, and birds while fishing depending on the season. Please keep in mind this is a fishing trip, so any such sightings are a bonus. If there is something worth seeing near by which does not inconvenience the trip, the captain will generally take a few minutes to check it out.
What is the voluntary jackpot?
The voluntary jackpot is an optional pool for the biggest fish of the day. If you choose to participate and put $5 into the pool, the person with the largest fish at the end of the day wins the pot!
I have my own equipment. What type of gear do I need?
The half day and twilight trips consist of local surface fishing. We fish in anywhere from 30 to 90 feet of water. Light tackle is recommended. Typically we use 10 to 20 lb test line, 1/2 to 2 oz. sinkers, and size 1 hooks, although recommended equipment changes with conditions.
Can you provide me with fishing gear, bait, and tackle?
You can rent rods with spinning reels when you purchase tickets, and this would include a tackle package. These rods are easier to cast and less likely to tangle. Bait is included in the trip price and when available, we will use live bait. If live bait is not available, frozen bait will be used.. Additional tackle can be purchased in the tackle shop.
Am I required to have a fishing license?
Everyone 16 years and older is required by law to have a fishing license (unless you will not fish at all during the trip). If you do not already have one, you may purchase a one day license prior to departure. Fishing licenses can also be purchased online at this link.
Can I bring my own food and/or beverages?
You are welcome to pack a lunch or dinner, including soft drinks or water. However, no coolers or alcoholic beverages are allowed on board. We do have a full service galley on each of the boats where you may purchase hot food, snacks, water, soft drinks, and beer.
What kinds of food and beverages are available in the full-service galley?
Grilled sandwiches such as burgers, BLT, and grilled cheese. Also assorted chips and candy are available. Drinks include water, beer, soda. Additional items may be available depending on the boat and trip you are on. Bring any other food items you may need with you!
How much extra cash should I bring?
Besides the price of the ticket, you will need some cash for onboard incidentals, such as fish sack, fish cleaning, and galley food.(all cash only). Additional rod and reel rentals, tackle purchases, clothing, etc may all be purchases before the trip with either cash or credit.
The crew was awesome! Can I leave a gratuity?
Tipping the crew members is optional but greatly appreciated, as they work very hard to make your trip as good as can be. Typical tips are $5-10 per adult passenger and can be given to the crew at the end of the day.
Can I bring an ice chest?
Due to space constraints on board, we do not allow ice chests on board. The only exception is in the case of a special medical related dietary need, such as diabetic, etc.
Where exactly is Dana Wharf located within Orange County?
Hopefully these landmarks will help you to find us better: Dana Wharf is located 40 minutes south of Disneyland in Anaheim, 1 hour south of LAX airport in Los Angeles, and 60 minutes north of Sea World in San Diego. We are basically in the heart of Orange County!
Will there be room on the boat to stow my belongings?
There is limited room to stow your belongings on board. Please only bring what is absolutely necessary for the day’s trip.
Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
That depends on the boat! If you would like to fish with us in a wheelchair, please contact us by phone: 949-496-5794 or by email: [email protected] and we will make arrangements to accommodate you.
Is there shade on the boat?
Sometimes. Indoor seating and awnings are not available on all of our boats. Please take this into consideration and dress appropriately with hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (or layers for twilight trips).
Which boat will we be going on?
There are four boats in our fleet, and all of them are great. Because of regularly scheduled maintenance, variable passenger loads, and private charters, there is no way to guarantee a particular boat for a particular trip.
Are there restrooms on board?
Yes, there is a clean marine head on board each of our boats.
Is the boat safe?
Absolutely. In addition to modern safety equipment (EPIRB, Life Floats, Life Jackets, etc.) our vessels are constantly maintained and inspected once a year by the United States Coast Guard, a Division of Homeland Security.
Are there life jackets on the boat? Do I have to wear one?
All boats are outfitted with safety equipment for both adults and children. While you are not required to wear one, you may do so if you choose. The captain will explain and demonstrate all safety equipment before the trip.
Will I get seasick?
While our vessels are very safe and stable, we will be in the ocean. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, you may consider taking preventative measures beforehand, although we cannot officially advise you to do so.
Are dogs allowed on board?
We do not allow dogs on board, with the exception of service animals.
Can I book a private fishing trip?
Absolutely! Custom dates and times are available for all of our vessels. Please contact us by phone: 949-496-5794 to inquire further.
Are gift certificates available for the Dana Wharf trips?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! Click here to purchase a gift certificate!
How is my gift certificate delivered? Can I print it out now and give it to the recipient myself?
Yes, you can! When you purchase your gift certificate online, you will be presented immediately with your gift certificate so that you can print it out and deliver it. If you buy it over the phone, a link to your gift certificate will be emailed to you as soon as your purchase is completed.
What if I want the gift certificate emailed to the recipient instead?
That’s no problem, either! After you purchase your gift certificate, you have the option of emailing it direct to the recipient and provide their email address.
Can I smoke on the boat?
Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, albacore, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.
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