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I am going on a family trip to the Anaheim/LA area in California next week. I was looking to go on a 1/2 day fishing charter for me and the kids (they don't want to go longer than that). I was looking at an open charter since the private ones are a little too spendy for me. Has anybody gone with Davey's Locker or Newport Beach sportfishing out there? Can you give me some feedback?


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I went out with newport beach sport fishing last year for a morning half day. They have a good HSOforum with daily fishing reports for each of their boats so you can get a idea of the what they are catching now. The boat was nice. They cooked a very good breakfast burito on the way out and had drinks all for purchase. We went out about 4 miles and fished up and down the coast at various spots. This was not trolling. They anchored and the fishing was basically jigging with a 1-2 oz weight and multiple hooks on the line. It was much like a launch boat on mille lacs but bigger. The fishing for us was not so good but had been good the days before and their fishing report was honest about our lack of fish. The boat did catch some. A guy next to me caught a 3 lb halibut. Several rockfish were caught as well as some others I forget the names of. I caught only 1 small makeral about 8 inches long.

Overall it was fun. I would do it again.

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If you can swing a day with Joe Barian(Bongos)...do it!

Otherwise the half day and 3/4 day boats out of the landing you listed would be the best. Both landing also have tackle shops, and rent rods/reels.

I have a few good friends that run boats out there, and fishing has sucked lately!

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Also, there are other options like the Santa Ana River Lakes, and even Lake Irvine where you can rent a boat and spend the day on a quiet lake. Google them for more info and reports. Personally, if I was on a budget and had kids to bring along, i'd go to Irvine. There's always fish to catch there, and would be cheaper than an open party boat out of DJL or Newport.

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