Oceanography Trips

For the past 31 years, the Sea Star has produced great fish counts, wonderful memories, and has set and maintained a charter boat standard like no other.  Even through the recession, the boat continued to leave the dock and come back with a boat full of fish and happy fishermen.  As the economy continues to… Read more »

Recycling for the Oceanside Harbor’s Health

Since the Oceanside Harbor was created back in the 1960’s, it has been a beautiful recreational area for Oceanside residents and visitors alike.  The quaint shops, restaurants with tasty food, and water based activities for everyone to enjoy has made the harbor one of Oceanside’s crown jewels.  But for the last fifty years, the harbor… Read more »

Curious and Playful Grey Whale Behavior

The grey whale makes one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal on Earth.  Traveling from the Bering Sea to Mexico’s warm-water lagoons, these whales search for a protected area to give birth to calves.  In the video below, a mother and her calf can be seen amusing the ecotourists onboard the ponga.  The… Read more »

Why are the large swells good for fishermen?

The large swells off the Southern California coast can be deadly for surfers, kayakers, and fishermen alike.  However, when the swells calm down, they bring life to California’s inshore sportfishing grounds. The large storm to the north of Oceanside produced very large waves this past weekend.  When this happened, upwelling occurred.  Upwelling is when the… Read more »

Whales and Anchovies…is there a connection?

We have recently uploaded our Ultimate Sea Life Adventure to Youtube.  Although it combines video from a few different trips, the clips accurately represent the sea life we encounter while on the Sea Star.  Blue whales, finback whales, dolphins, sea lions, humpback whales, and minke whales can be seen feeding, traveling, and having some care… Read more »

Humpback Whale Sighting in Southern California

The calm ocean was hiding a unique visitor underneath the surface on January 23, 2013.  Captain Joe has seen blue, finback, minke, grey, and pilot whales off the Southern California coast over his 40-plus year career.  He has even seen orcas as they swim alongside the Sea Star.  When we took Carlsbad High School’s CP… Read more »

How should a rockfish be properly released?

While fishing off the coast of San Diego County, we frequently encounter rockfish with barotrauma. We know from experience, throwing these “bloated” rockfish back into the water will kill them. The crew of the Sea Star has been trained to properly release these fish. Barotrauma is the technical term describing an injury caused by a… Read more »

Sea Star is now blogging!

This evening, Sea Star Charters starting blogging!  We will be experimenting with this process during our winter season.  Hopefully, the summer months will be filled with amazing sport fishing action so we can blog more.  Captain Joe will be sharing his more than 40 years of expertise and Internet users will be able to learn… Read more »