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Hunter87
07-15-2012, 9:52 PM
So I'm getting into fishing and I really wanna go out on a charter boat and catch some ocean fish. I'm planing on going from Santa Cruz or Monterey. Do any of you guys have any advice for when and where to go. Maybe a certain guide or outfitter that I should use?

I've never been so don't hold back on tips. And feel free to throw in your experiences. Thanks Guys.

HokeySon
07-15-2012, 10:51 PM
try asking over on bloodydecks.com

castgold
07-15-2012, 11:24 PM
try asking over on bloodydecks.com

Changed to BDoutdoors.com.

OP: There is currently a building "bite" of bluefin south of San Diego, which has a very well-developed sport fishery for people who want to do it for recreation. The landings are very helpful in getting you properly equipped should you decide to pursue this.

Seaforth Sportfishing
Fisherman's Landing
Point Loma
H&M

bambklr
07-15-2012, 11:58 PM
There seems to be a good salmon bite going on right now,check out usafishing.com for up to date info on what are the hot boats in the harbors you want to go out from

SteveR213
07-16-2012, 9:21 AM
Dunno about up north, but the bite down south has been phenomenal. I go pretty regularly out of Channel Islands and the yellowtail and white seabass bite has been off the charts.

jawbreaker
07-16-2012, 9:28 PM
If you've never been I would try a half day boat first to be sure you don't get sea sick, If you don't get sea sick then I would call a landing near you and check the fish counts and get on a boat that has good fish counts.

Gringo Bandito
07-16-2012, 9:38 PM
So I'm getting into fishing and I really wanna go out on a charter boat and catch some ocean fish. I'm planing on going from Santa Cruz or Monterey. Do any of you guys have any advice for when and where to go. Maybe a certain guide or outfitter that I should use?

I've never been so don't hold back on tips. And feel free to throw in your experiences. Thanks Guys.

Whatever you do, do not go out on a rock fishing trip. You can load up on a ton of fish but it is not a real fishing trip nor do they put up any fight.

Try trips for salmon, halibut, lin cod, sea bass ( if available ). I've had decent luck out of Half Moon Bay for everything but Sea Bass. A bonus on any trip would be hooking a cabizon or vermillion. Very Tasty!

Good luck!

ouch1
07-17-2012, 12:00 PM
When I had more time I used to go out on the boats from Randy's Fishing Trips (http://www.randysfishingtrips.com/) in Monterey. I have limited out many times with them. They never failed to put us on fish.

-ouch1

glockman19
07-17-2012, 1:01 PM
If you've never been I would try a half day boat first to be sure you don't get sea sick, If you don't get sea sick then I would call a landing near you and check the fish counts and get on a boat that has good fish counts.

+1...Excellent advice...

Check out

http://fishingsantacruz.com/

Here's a charter

http://www.reelsportfishingsc.com/

mrboma
07-17-2012, 1:59 PM
+1...Excellent advice...

Check out

http://fishingsantacruz.com/

Here's a charter

http://www.reelsportfishingsc.com/

For fishing out of Santa Cruz I can personally recommend both http://www.reelsportfishingsc.com/ & http://www.captainjimmycharters.com/
I have fished with Gerry and Jimmy for almost 10 years now. They have the best boats and deckhands in Santa Cruz, hands down. These boats are both "6 Pack" boats, meaning they take a maximum of 6 passengers. Usually you need 4 people as a minimum.

The daily bite out of Santa Cruz can be easily monitored by visiting http://www.baysidemarinesc.com/

http://fishingsantacruz.com/ is owned by a really really good guy (Calgunner) out of Santa Cruz that loves to fish.
His name is Mike. :D

The bite is really incredible right now. Salmon stacked at the Soquel Hole. Seabass in Capitola and Pajaro kelp beds. Halibut are just out front in 40-60 feet of water. And the local rock piles are starting to play out some nice Lingcod and Rock fish.

Regards,
Mike :D

Scottie15
07-17-2012, 2:56 PM
If you head further north to HMB, I've had fun and gotten into good fish and crabs on the New Captain Pete. Dennis is the skipper and his deckhands are all good guys.