Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Oceanside, CA

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Owned and operated by veteran Oceanside skipper Captain Joe Cacciola, The Sea Star is a private group charter boat. We fish from Oceanside Harbor, about 45 minutes north of San Diego, California. We offer charters for sport fishing, whale watching and floating marine science labs. We also offer dignified burials at sea.

When booking your trip, we ask for a 50% deposit to confirm the reservation. Deposit refunds will only be made if you cancel with a minimum of 45 days advanced noticed. We ask that all passengers be at the dock thirty minutes before the scheduled chartermaster check in time.

What We Fish For

At Sea Star Sport Fishing Charters near San Diego we have the experience and expertise to help put you on the fish in some of the South Coast’s most productive waters, ranging from Dana Point south to La Jolla. Depending on seasonal conditions, we may fish the local kelp beds and rocky reefs or range  offshore to chase exotic species over the outer banks. We find the fish.

During our prime Oceanside sport fishing season from April on into November, the day’s catch can consist of calico bass, sand bass, bonito, mackerel, barracuda, yellowtail, halibut, sculpin, sheephead, and rockfish. Tuna may be available if favorable conditions prevail during the summer months. Tropical yellowfin tuna, skipjack, and dorado can swim within range during warmer water or “El Nino” years.   During the winter months, we enjoy truly exceptional bottom fishing for rockfish.

Deposits – A 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation and is only refundable with a forty five (45) day advance cancellation notice.

Check In and Boarding Time – We ask that passengers be at the dock thirty minutes before the scheduled chartermaster check-in time (as indicated on the charter agreement).

Departure Time – Will follow shortly after all passengers are boarded and the US Coast Guard required life-saving orientation is given by the captain.

Tackle & Bait -Rental outfits (rod and reel combos) are available dockside at our tackle store (Oceanside Sea Center). They should be rented prior to boarding the Sea Star. Our crew will keep them rigged with hooks and sinkers throughout the trip for you. Bait for all anglers is provided on board and is included in the base charter price.

Fish Filleting – Filleting is available, for a nominal fee, from your deckhand, if desired. Filleted fish are packaged in plastic bags ready to be eaten or frozen.

Licenses – The state of California requires all anglers 16 years of age or older to have in their possession a valid CDFW sport fishing license. Daily and yearly licenses are available for purchase from our tackle store at the Sea Center. Fishing licenses can also be purchased in advance online at California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Lodging – Available close by to fit all budgets. Go to for lodging options. Reservations are highly recommended during the summer.