For Los Angeles area fishing, Davey’s Locker has been serving visitors and residents with deep sea fishing trips for over 50 years. Deep sea fishing can be recognized by several different names including ocean fishing, sport fishing, salt water fishing, charter boat fishing, and charter fishing. [View Pricing and Trip Lengths]
Which ever terms you use they all mean the same for fishing greater Los Angeles coastal and offshore waters for over 30 varieties of gamefish. Gamefish of all sizes and varieties can be caught including giant yellowtail to over 40 pounds, white sea bass, halibut, calico bass, sand bass, bonito, red snapper, whitefish, tuna, dorado, and dozens more. Both ½ day and full day fishing trips often catch hundreds of fish per trip meaning every angler has lots of action.
This ocean or sport fishing may be quite a surprise if accustomed to trout fishing and other freshwater species. Action is fast and furious.
Davey’s Locker is located 35 minutes from downtown Los Angeles departing from Newport Bay. Select from several trip lengths from ½ day 5 hour fishing trips to full day Catalina Island trips, and overnight island and offshore trips. Regardless of the trip, each ship is fully staffed with crew members to assist both beginners and more experienced fishermen. Rod rental, licensing, tackle, and anything else you could imagine you might need for your fishing trip is available at our onsite office. Each ship is fully equipped with latest in fish finding electronics, huge bait systems supplying unlimited bait, indoor and outdoor seating, full service kitchen, men’s and women’s restrooms, and lots of other extras to make for comfortable and relaxing experience. Along with our pricing and schedule for Los Angeles area visitors including Los Angeles area tide charts, common gamefish caught in Los Angeles waters, popular fishing locations Los Angeles coastal areas, marine weather for Los Angeles ocean waters and surrounding areas, and moon phase information are listed below.
Typically fish feed best in Los Angeles waters on tidal movement. The greater the variance in high and low tides the greater the movement of water. Incoming or time leading up to high tide is a favorite time for good fishing.
Los Angeles Coastal and Island Fishing Locations
Santa Monica Bay – Most northern location for Los Angeles area deep sea fishing day trips. Its coordinates are 33°56?20?N 118°30?15?W? / ?33.93889°N 118.50417°W? and has many reefs and other fishing structure. At the south end of the bay is Palos Verde Peninsula as this area is a favorite for larger gamefish such as yellowtail and white sea bass. Palos Verde Peninsula at N 33.77085 and W -118.37868 is a cape that separates Santa Monica Bay and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the south. Over 11 miles of coastline. Popular locations include Rocky Point at the most northern part of the peninsula, Point Fermin Reef, Long Point, and Point Vicente. Cliffs and kelp make this habitat very similar to Catalina Island.
Horseshoe Kelp – A popular fishing area at 33° 40.07’N. x 118° 12.15’W roughly 10 miles in length starting at the San Pedro Light House and continuing to the dropoff just north of the Huntington Flats. Close to Los Angles and Long Beach ports. Once upon a time supported a thriving kelp bed the area still offers great fishing for large and small gamefish.
Huntington Flats – Located at 33D 39.30’N. x 118D 03.40’W. Offers great year round fishing with artificial reefs including Izor’s Reef and hard bottom and shale areas. Huge schools of sand bass and barracuda during the summer months mean non stop action. Yellowtail, white sea bass, and halibut are some of the larger prized gamefish available.
Catalina Island – 22 miles long and approximately 25 miles from Los Angeles this may well be the birth place of game fishing as we know it. Deep waters are found relatively close to shore and all sorts of gamefish can be found including marlin, tuna, and giant black sea bass. Favorite locations include East End, Farnsworth Bank, Orange Rock, Bird Rock, and the West End. So many good places to fish.
Catalina Channel – Runs in between Los Angeles coastline and Catalina Island this area is known for periods of rough seas and also for runs of tuna and other migratory gamefish. Fishing is done in open ocean and usually during the summer and fall months. It is not uncommon to encounter a school of yellowfin tuna while traveling to fish Catalina Island.
- Marine weather forecast Los Angeles
- ½ day and ¾ day trips use the Los Angeles/Oxnard forecast
- For overnight trips the San Clemente Island region
- Moon Charts – are a factor for some types of deep sea fishing in Orange County including the coveted game fish the white sea bass. A full moon seems to have the fish active, but makes making their favorite bait more difficult, live squid. The new moon and around that time is a favorite time for white sea bass fishing.
Popular gamefish targeted in LA waters
Yellowtail – Maybe the most prized gamefish in southern California waters this hard fighting member of the jack family will not disappoint. Caught year round at the islands of Los Angeles, and seasonally along the coastal waters. 10-20 pound specimens are common and up to 40 pounds possible.
White Sea Bass – Known for reaching giant sizes of 70 pounds or more 30-40 pounds is more the norm. Both found at Catalina Island and along the coast year round this fish can bite with reckless abandon and then at times be very finicky. Excellent eating gamefish.
Calico Bass – Also known as rock bass these smaller gamefish can make up for their size in their fighting ability. During the spring and summer months these fish spawn creating clouds of bass that will inhale most baits. Still they head for the rocks and the larger specimens are very difficult to keep from breaking you off in the rocks. They grow slowly and larger ones are best returned to ensure healthy breeding stock.
Barracuda – Aggressive gamefish that attacks lures and baits and can bite through line before you feel the bite. Caught year round but primarily in the spring and summer months. Large schools make for not stop action. Hard fighting lots of fun for both adults and kids.
Tuna – Several species of tuna can be caught with albacore tuna found further offshore on mostly overnight trips while yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna can be caught on full day and even ½ day fishing trips during the summer and fall months. Often fish are located on the troll and then chummed with live bait. Bites can be fast and furious and these hard fighting fish can wear you out in short order. Kelp paddies also attract tuna and when one is located can be a treasure chest for tuna and other gamefish.
Rockfish – Covers many species of gamefish usually found in slightly deeper water. Red snapper, ling cod, sheepshead, sculpin, whitefish or just a few all great eating and caught in larger numbers. Although not considered larger gamefish several of the varieties can reach 15 pounds of more. Caught year round both at islands and along the coastline. Along with being excellent eating their coloration is quite amazing.
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Departures: 6:00 am | 9:00 am | 12:30 pm | 7:00 pm
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Species: Bass, Sheephead, Sculpin, Bonito, Barracuda, White Sea Bass, Mackerel
|Junior / Senior Ticket*||$34.00|
|Senior Package includes rod rental, tackle pack, and (1) Day Fishing License||$78.75|
|Adult Package includes rod rental, tackle pack, and (1) Day Fishing License||$86.25|
Duration: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Species: Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, Bonito, Barracuda, Calico Bass, Sheephead, Sculpin
|Junior / Senior Ticket*||$61.00|
|Senior Package includes rod rental, tackle pack, and (1) Day Fishing License||$100.75|
|Adult Package includes rod rental, tackle pack, and (1) Day Fishing License||$110.75|
**Junior Package does not include Day Fishing License
Adult / Senior Packages include rod rental, tackle pack, and (1) Day Fishing License ( 16yrs+ requires license )
Gunny sacks and fish cleaning are an additional fee on board
Duration: 9:00pm – 7:00am
Species: Yellowtail, white sea bass, yellowfin tuna, albacore tuna, bluefin tuna, dorado, and more
|9pm – 7am||$119 – $159|
|Rod Rental||Standard Tackle Pack||Rockfish Tackle Pack||Day License||Annual License|
Prices subject to change without notice. Additional fuel surcharge may apply. Outside alcohol, ice chests, coolers, or glass containers are strictly prohibited. Vessel subject to change.
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