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Father and Son Sportfishing at Dana Wharf

We attended as a guest of Dana Wharf


Recently my son Andrew and I had the opportunity to go sport fishing for a ¾ day with Dana Wharf. I had no idea that alongside providing one of the best Whale watching experiences in Orange County and a comfortable ride to Catalina, that Dana Wharf also offers awesome fishing charters.


Andrew and I have fished a few times up at Lake Arrowhead off a dock but wanted to see what it was like to go fishing in the deep blue sea with my son. Dana Wharf has ½ and ¾ day trips available that are open to the general public. If you are an avid fisherman or just wanting to try fishing, then these charters are a great way to experience sport fishing first hand.


We arrived at Dana Wharf at 5 am and were greeted by the friendly staff who issued my one day fishing license and provided our rental poles. We then waited to board our fishing boat the “Clemente.” As Abbie Farwell Brown wrote “The fisherman goes out at dawn when every one’s abed, and from the bottom of the sea draws his daily bread”.


We were able to Board the Clemente at 5:45 am to leave by 6 am. I recommend getting there early because the best fishing spot on the boat is towards the back. By being one of the first in line, you will have the chance to fish in the best spot on the boat. Once we boarded, we were able to get a spot on the rear port side which was not a bad place to start. Once in our spot we were greeted by a deck hand who rigged up our weights and tied on our hooks onto the fishing lines. I am not a fisherman so having their help was a must, and it was also included. In fact, they were also there to help reel in our fish and educate us on the safest and best way to cast lines.



Dana Wharf includes live bait for their sport fishing charter, so once we pulled away from the dock we had to get the bait tanks filled for our adventure. It was fun watching our crew members fill up the tanks with our live bait.



We then set out for a fun filled day of fishing along the beautiful Orange County Coastlines surrounding Dana Point and San Clements. We went as far as Oceanside trying to catch some big fish. On board, there is a Galley that you can purchase food and drink from throughout your charter. Also, once you catch those big fish, you can put in to be a jackpot winner for the largest fish caught. If you are not one who likes to clean fish, then you can have the professional staff on the boat do it all for you. They will package your catch prior to leaving the boat for the day.



Andrew and I had such a great time out there creating lifelong memories, and we can’t wait to get back out to sea to do some more deep sea fishing and catch us some more awesome fish. I think this type of excursion is best for children 9 and up however there were several dad’s there with their sons and daughters at ages of 6 and up.


The Dana Wharf has it all dialed in and is sure to make your day out on the water amazing.

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Free Fishing Clinic:
Don’t miss their free kid’s fishing clinic on Sundays at noon. After the clinic your kids can join the fishing trip from 12:45-5:15, adults are $46 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE with the purchase of one adult ticket at $46 per free child.

Steve is a race car, boat loving Dad with a love for adventure. When he is not bungie jumping off a bridge he is playing Monopoly with his kids or working on re-building a classic car.
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