Deep Sea Fishing Newport Beach

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For Newport Beach 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]

IMG_8421IMG_8421Coastal waters off Newport and offshore waters contain over 30 varieties of gamefish. Giant yellowtail to over 40 pounds, white sea bass, dorado, tuna, mako shark, yellowfin tuna, striped marlin, halibut, calico bass, sand bass, bonito, sculpin, whitefish, 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.

Newport Beach Tide Chart

Davey’s Locker has several trip lengths to choose from including ½ day 5 hour fishing trips to full day trips (7 am to 5 pm) as well as overnight island and offshore tuna 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 a comfortable and relaxing experience. Along with Davey’s Locker pricing and schedule other useful information for planning your next Newport Beach fishing trip is below including tide chart link, common gamefish caught in the coastal waters and offshore waters of Newport Beach; popular fishing locations in and around the Newport, marine weather for coastal Orange County and islands offshore, and moon phase information.

Typically fish feed best along Newport Beach coastal 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.

Newport Beach Coastal Fishing Locations

Newport Harbor Entrance – At Lat: 33.6055, Long:-117.8988 there is hard bottom and differing size boulders that are found from 60 to over 360 feet. Sand bass, sheepshead, halibut, and many varieties can be found year round.

Newport Artificial Reef – Located at 36D 16 13N x 117D 57. 49W this is a small natural reef area that had over 10,000 tons of concrete and pilings deposited in over 8 acres creating a thriving eco system. Both large gamefish and many common gamefish inhabit this area including white sea bass which are available year round along with both calico and sand bass and many more species. Never be shy about fishing a large bait here as it often rewards those that stick with it with trophy gamefish.

Corona Del Mar State Beach – Located at Latitude/Longitude: 33.5936 / -117.8742 just south of Newport Harbor entrance. This is the beginning of a series of excellent fishing areas that continue south along the coast on down to Laguna Beach. Very large white sea bass and sheepshead are caught as well as god calico bass fishing. Lots of rocks and reef areas so try to not let the fish get to the bottom or they will break you off in the rocks.

Newport Beach Pipe (Santa Ana River Mouth) – Starting in about 30 feet of water at 33.37.167 x 117.59.300 and ending about 150 feet at 33.36.917 x 117.58.850 this is a huge area of concrete and other structure. Huge populations of calico and sand bass, sheepshead, and sculpin can be caught year round. Large gamefish including halibut, white sea bass, and yellowtail are readily caught.

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Popular gamefish targeted in Newport Beach coastal waters & offshore


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.

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.

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.

Halibut – Often caught in good numbers and large sizes. During the grunion runs in spring and summer is a favorite time to target these gamefish. Light line gets more bites but they do have teeth and if the line gets just right they bite through it or fray it and get away. Hard bottom areas off of Salt Creek and around all of the kelp areas are very productive.

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.

Sand 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. During their spawn they are found in schools over sandy bottom and can be caught on very light line in the Summer months. During the fall and winter months 20 pound test or more is needed to get larger specimens from reefs. One of the most commonly caught gamefish. Slow growing so good idea to return the larger ones to ensure healthy breeding stock.

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

Trip Type Price
Adult Ticket* $41.50
Junior / Senior Ticket* $34.00
Junior Package** $64.60
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

Trip Type Price
Adult Ticket* $71.00
Junior / Senior Ticket* $61.00
Junior Package** $86.60
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

*ticket only

**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

Trip Time Price
9pm – 7am $140 – $249


Rod Rental Standard Tackle Pack Rockfish Tackle Pack Day License Annual License
$13.00 $9.50 $20.00 $15.12 $52.15

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.

Deep Sea Overnight Fishing Tours

Some good, clean action aboard the Thunderbird.

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5 for 15 on trophy fish. Biggest one taped at 183 lbs. (8/2/17)

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Fresh June catch from Davey's Locker. Reserve your trip already!

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Yellowtail fever! // March '17 #fishingdiaries

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Getting that dinner

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Lingcod series #fishingdiaries // March '17

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