Half Moon Bay
Sportfishing and Tackle

27 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-728-3377
Open daily 8am to 4pm and Saturdays until 5pm
As of April 4 we're open at 5:00 a.m. daily
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Half Moon Bay Sportfishing has all your tackle needs!

Welcome to Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, located on the coast about 20 miles south of San Francisco, the only stop you have to make for the fishing adventure of a lifetime! We have the supplies you need for a fantastic day on the water aboard our charterboats as well as all the basic gear, bait and tackle you need for a great trip on your own boat or from the shore. We also specialize in whale watching and wildlife trips.

Our staff has unsurpassed knowledge of local waters and fishing techniques for salmon, rockfish, albacore, surf fishing, Dungeness crab and more, constantly updated during the season by the best method of all: on the water experience. Isn't it time you experienced our great coast and all it has to offer?

Calcutta frozen bait machineGot Bait??  We've always had a complete array of the best bait that's available for sale in our shop that is constantly rotated to be as fresh as possible.  But now we've gone one step further...Half Moon Bay Sportfishing is one of the first bait and tackle shops in California to own its own frozen bait vending machine available outside our front door 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Even when the shop is closed or we're crazy busy getting our charterboat customers out first thing in the morning, you can purchase your frozen bait from the machine using either cash or credit cards and get on out to the water quickly and easily.

2015 Season for Rockfish, Lingcod opens April 1
Salmon Season Opens as of April 4!

 Salmon Season opens Saturday, April 4!

The forecasts are in from the federal and state fisheries agencies and the signs are encouraging with an increase in this year's chinook abundance for a good 2015 salmon season.  The 2015 season will open on Saturday, April 4, with a two fish limit which must be a minimum size of 24 inches as was the case last year.  Final info on the remainder of the season will be received by mid-April.  Based on the info we have, we also anticipate the minimum size may be decreased to 20 inches within a month or two.  As is the case with most boats along the Bay Area coastline, we will be trolling for salmon which allows us to cover more territory and has been the salmon's method of choice the last several years resulting in the best catches in our area.  We will be offering either salmon or rockfishing trips daily as of April 4, weather and interest permitting, as the rockfishing season also opens in April this year.  Even though the salmon season typically stays open in our area into the fall months, some of the best fishing along our coastline takes place during the early part of the season, and we'll be offering salmon trips on a regular basis for as long as the salmon stay within range. 

Check our schedule/reservations page and book a trip now! 

Rockfishing season opens on the 1st of April this year!  The  territory below Pigeon Point, about 18 miles south of our harbor, opens for rockfishing on Wednesday, April 1st this year, a full month earlier than it did for the 2014 season.  The rest of the areas right off our coastline opens just two weeks later on Wednesday, April 15, and will kick our rockfishing trips into full gear.  Other than the longer season, there are two more changes for the 2015 season:  the lingcod limit will increase from two to three lings in addition to an angler's 10 fish rockfish limit, and no more than 5 black rockfish can be part of that 10 fish limit.  We had outstanding rockfishing last season and expect the bite to be great this year as well.  The rockfishing and lingcod season lasts all the way through the end of December again this year. 

Tuna, tuna, tuna...they didn't grace us with their presence last season, but, as always, we'll be keeping an eye on offshore conditions and reports, and if the albacore bite comes together, you can be sure we will have trips on tap!  If the tuna are going to swim within range, they usually start showing up by the early to mid summer months.