Catalina Fishing Charters

If you are after bigger game fish, or just want to indulge in a bit of luxury, a Catalina Island fishing charter is the way to go. Most Catalina fishing charter boats come with a knowledgeable skipper, often a deck hand, and will provide tackle, lunch and drinks as part of the deal.

You will need a valid California fishing license to be able to board any of the charter boats. You can get yours in advance or upon arriving on the island.

Each Catalina charter boat will have unique rates and rules depending on the skipper, and you should call more than one Catalina fishing charter company if you want the best price. It’s up to you to negotiate a price you are comfortable with.

Most if not all boats come equipped with fishing tackle and everything you’ll need in terms of equipment. Bring sunscreen. Don’t return to the pier as the scarlet lobsterman with the hangover and the tale about the “one that got away.”

A Few Recommended Catalina Fishing Charters

Check out Boat Stand Charters. Captain John Talsky is a Catalina local who can tell you if what you’re after is even biting. If there’s nothing around, they will tell you rather than just take your money. You can ask Captain Talsky for availability and recommendations on what to go after at 310 510 0455. Benefit from local knowledge of Catalina Island fishing and improve your chances of tipping that scale back on Pleasure Pier.

Another great boat is the Keeper. Keeper Charters are fully equipped to go after Marlin, Yellowtail, Tuna, and other large saltwater sport fish. Your charter will include lunch, drinks, all your fishing tackle, and tax. Just show up with a fishing license and you’re good to go. Call for prices and to make your reservation at 310 510 1623.

Looking for a Catalina boat rental, but don’t need a big charter boat? You can rent smaller boats for up to parties of six at the Pleasure Pier. Joe’s Rent-a-Boat can provide smaller boats which can get you to the nearby coves and bays along the Catalina Island coast. This is a great option for sightseeing, snorkeling, picnicking and near-shore Catalina fishing. You can also rent tackle right there on the pier if you need to, or buy your own tackle as well. Open from Easter week through until October, you can rent boats from Joe’s by visiting the Pleasure Pier, or calling 310 510 0455.