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Whale Watching 2 Hour Charter
Burial at Sea 1 Hour Charter

Fishing Trip Rates

60 Passenger Max (45 recommended)

Trip Monday – Friday Sat & Sun
All Day/Local – 12 hrs $3,245 $4,345
3/4 Day – 9 hrs $2,503 $3,410
1/2 Day – 5 hrs $1,815 $2,420
Twilight – 4 hrs $1,650 $2,420

**Call for Offseason Pricing; Nov – April – 20% off (½ Day & ¾ Day)

Clemente Boat Captains

Captain Corey a man looking at the cameraLieser

Certified Marine Naturalist, American Cetacean Society



In loving memory of Captain Corey,   a resident of San Juan Capistrano,  he has been a part of the Dana Wharf family since 1998. Born in Ohio, this Captain of the Clemente has taken out thousands of anglers over his 24 years with the landing. Although there’s no special trick to finding fish, Corey has said he watches the conditions, water clarity, wind and weather and uses his gut to find the right spot. “When the fish are biting and everyone’s happy, I’m happy.”

This Captain is usually busy navigating the boat and doesn’t have much time to actually fish, but when he does and he hooks up, he hands over the rod to a young angler or someone who hasn’t been having much luck and lets them reel it in. He recalls an elderly gentleman who caught a nice Tuna. “He shook my hand and said thanks – that’s probably the last fish I’ll ever catch.”

Dana Wharf Sportfishing  is saddened to share the passing of long time Clemente Captain Corey Lieser on 4/9/22.  We know many of our passengers loved fishing with Corey and we have so many charter groups like the Dana Wharf Lady Anglers that booked year after year to fish with him.  We send our deepest condolences to his family and many friends.  Next time you’re fishing on the Clemente take a minute to remember a time Corey helped put a smile on your face.

Captain Chad Steffen

Certified Marine Naturalist, American Cetacean Society

Captain Chad was born in San Clemente . After getting his captain’s license in 2005, he became a certified ACS naturalist and loves exploring and sharing the many wonders of the Pacific Ocean.

Captain Chad is passionate about fishing, especially aboard the Clemente. The Clemente is a perfect fishing vessel, nimble, fully equipped and the perfect size. Dorado is his favorite fish to catch because they put up a good fight making them really fun to catch. The Dorado jump and put on a great show, their vibrant colors sparkle in the sun and they are a great tasting fish.

The best part of working on the ocean is that it is ever-changing; no two days are the same – ever! The weather is up and down; fish bite feverishly then they just quit; whales and dolphin are everywhere, then the ocean can become as quiet as a desert. We run such a variety of trips and service locals and tourists with the goal of each trip providing an experience of a lifetime.

Steffen is credited with finding the wreck of the A.C.E., a 58-foot drum seiner, en route to the Dana Point Harbor after a night of bait fishing.