Mavericks Surf Contest and Non-Contest Boat Tours
Mavericks is Awake!
Contest Update as of Noon Sunday, December 16: Contest will NOT run this week. HOWEVER, we are offering 3 and 4 hour Non-Contest Trips on Monday (which is sold out), Tuesday and Wednesday. We've scheduled the trips to try to take the best of conditions each day. Book your spot online now!
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Looking to get the best seats in the house to view the Mavericks surf contest up close and personal? Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle, located right at the docks just a few minutes boat ride south of Mavericks, offers boat tours to view the surf contest at Mavericks as well as non-contest boat trips. All vessels are fully insured, licensed and Coast Guard inspected and are owned and operated by some of the most experienced captains in the Bay Area charterboat fleet. We are the only dockside shop offering trips from Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay. We have an exceptional reputation, have owned and operated our boat, the 50' Queen of Hearts out of Pillar Point for over 25 years, and are the longest running operation that has taken more than a thousand folks to view Mavericks over the past several contests.
Fishing Trips, Rods, Reels, Bait, Tackle and More
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?
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.
2018 Season For Rockfish, Lingcod Open Through December 31, Salmon Season Closed until April 2019
Salmon Season was pretty darn good! Looking forward to 2019!
The 2018 salmon season was open from April through October this year. We anticipate a similar season for 2019, and there's optimism that 2019 will be even better than this year. As is the case with most boats along the Bay Area coastline, we are typically 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 trips daily once the 2019 season opens in Apri, weather and interest permitting. Even though the salmon season normally stays open in our area into the fall months, some of the best fishing along our coastline typically 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 season is open and the salmon stay within range.
Check our schedule/reservations page and book a trip now!
Rockfishing season open through December 31. The territory below Pigeon Point, about 18 miles south of our harbor, opened for rockfishing on Sunday, April 1st this year, same date as last year. The rest of the areas right off our coastline opened just two weeks later on Sunday, April 15. We had outstanding rockfishing last season and expected the bite to be great this year as well, which it was especially during the early part of the season when we were able to fish areas that have been closed for over a decade as we were able to fish 10 fathoms deeper this year (out to 240 feet above Pigeon Point and 300 feet below Pigeon Point), and we were allowed to keep TWO canary rockfish, one of the prized rockfish that have been off limits for years. The rockfishing and lingcod season is open for boat-based anglers through December 31; however, we'll be throwing in the towel for family and holidays as of December 23.
Tuna, tuna, tuna ... once again, they didn't grace us with their presence again 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.