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About Booking Guided Surf Fishing Trips, Fishing Lessons, Fishing Tuition and Fun Beach Fishing Sessions in Southern California

American Sea Fishing runs guided Shark and Surf Fishing Trips - including Surf Fishing Lessons and Fishing Tuitions - in Southern California; Orange County, San Diego County, Long Beach, Malibu and Los Angeles County areas.
 

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This page contains everything you need to know about booking a professionally guided Surf Fishing Trip with us, including information on specialist Surf Shark or Leopard Shark Fishing Trips, Surf Perch and Corbina fishing sessions in SoCal.

 

Our professional guiding service is licensed and bonded through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and we offer a variety of beach or land-based sessions - including tuition in any aspect of surf fishing - targeting all of the commonly available and seasonal surf and shark species found in Southern California.

Commonly-caught species on our guided sessions include: Surf Perch (barred, walleye etc), Spotfin Croaker, Yellowfin Croaker, Leopard Sharks, Soupfin Sharks, Smoothhound Sharks, Bat Rays, Butterfly Rays, Shovelnose Guitarfish, various Bass, California Halibut and California Corbina.
 

We can accommodate any level of experience and groups from singles to large parties, and we provide all tackle and bait, plus professional photography services to immortalize your experience. You can check out our testimonials page here.

American Sea Fishing is proud to offer a 10% discount on any guided fishing session to: Serving Military, Veterans and their families; First Responders; Teachers; Single Parent Families and returning customers. Please mention this discount when booking.
 

Please see below for a list of the trips currently on offer and for information on how to book your guided shark or surf fishing trip in California

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SURF FISHING TASTER SESSIONS (2hrs)
Looking for a short-but-fun surf fishing lesson or experience? Or do you need a few pointers from a local guide to put you on the fish in Southern California?
 
Our two-hour taster sessions are great for anyone looking for a short surf fishing lessons session in north Orange County or south Los Angeles County targeting a mix of seasonal species with all tackle and bait included

 

  • Currently booking all-year-round dates for 2024-2025

  • For one to four people fishing, spectators welcome

  • 2-hour session (more possible, please enquire)

  • This type of surf fishing session is ideal for: Families, couples, solo anglers, visitors, parents with kids who fish, locals, or anyone who wants to have fun fishing on a SoCal beach catching a variety of species (many are often edible) with an expert guide and all bait and tackle included

  • North Orange County and South LA County beaches

  • All bait and tackle (rods, reels etc) provided - just turn up and fish

  • Target species include: Surf Perch (barred & walleye), Yellowfin Croaker, Spotfin Croaker, Rays, Guitarfish, California halibut, Leopard Sharks and California Corbina


Short Guided Surf Fishing Taster Session Prices
 

  • North Orange County area (Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Seal Beach etc) - $99 for 1-2 people, $149 for 3, $199 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers or other locations)
     

  • South Los Angeles area (Long Beach etc) - $99 for 1-2 people, $149 for 3, $199 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers or for other locations)
     

To book this Surf Fishing Trip email ben@americanseafishing.com or call 714-642-5770 or fill out the short form at the bottom of this page and we'll contact you direct

Short, fun guided Surf Fishing sessions for any age group. Ideal for families, couples, visitors, groups, solo anglers in Orange County (CA) or nearby

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FUN GUIDED SURF FISHING SESSIONS (4 hours)

Have fun Surf Fishing with family and friends on a stunning SoCal beach with a licensed and bonded CDFW guide targeting a mix of seasonal and edible surf species
 

  • Currently booking all-year-round dates for 2024-2025

  • For one to six people fishing, spectators welcome

  • Approximately 3 to 4-hour sessions (more possible, please ask)

  • This type of surf fishing session is ideal for: Families, couples, solo anglers, visitors, parents with kids who fish, locals or anyone who wants to have fun fishing on a SoCal beach catching a variety of species (many are often edible) with an expert guide and all bait and tackle included

  • Orange County, North San Diego and LA County beaches

  • All bait and tackle (rods, reels etc) provided - just turn up and fish

  • Target species include: Surf Perch (barred & walleye), Yellowfin Croaker, Spotfin Croaker, Rays, Guitarfish, California halibut, Leopard Sharks and California Corbina


Guided Surf Fishing Session Prices
 

  • North Orange County area (Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Seal Beach, Long Beach) - $200 for 1-2 people, $250 for 3, $300 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

  • South Orange County area (Dana Point, San Clemente, Capistrano, Doheny etc) - $250 for 1-2 people, $300 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

  • South Los Angeles area (San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo, Manhattan, Dockweiler etc) - $250 for 1-2 people, $300 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

  • North Los Angeles area (Santa Monica, Will Rogers, Topanga, Malibu etc) -  $300 for 1-2 people, $350 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

  • North San Diego area (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Ponto, Encinitas etc) - $300 for 1-2 people, $350 for 2, $400 for 3 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

To book this Surf Fishing Trip email ben@americanseafishing.com or call 714-642-5770 or fill out the short form at the bottom of this page and we'll contact you direct

Fun guided Surf Fishing sessions for any age group. Ideal for families, couples, visitors, groups, solo anglers

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SURF FISHING LESSONS, COACHING & TUITION (3-4 hours)
Our 2023-24 season Surf Fishing Tuition program covers everything you need to know and learn about Surf Fishing in California with a professional CDFW-licensed guide in one session
 
Each lesson is tailored to our clients skill level and needs - young or old, beginner or veteran - and we have a wide variety of venues and techniques to suit all ages and levels of mobility.
 
On a 3-4 hour practical tuition session, we'll hit one of our favorite beaches and cover the best surf fishing rigs, baits, tackle, species ID, how to find structure, how to cast, reading a beach, sand crab hunting, tides, swells, best times to fish, great apps to use, how to handle stingrays, and everything else you need to catch lots of fish from the beach, solo or with family.
The session price also includes a detailed, laminated surf fishing playbook and tackle consultation service to help you get rigged up correctly after the session.
 
  • Currently booking all-year-round dates for 2024-2025
  • For one to six people fishing, spectators welcome
  • Approximately 4-hour sessions (more possible, please ask)

  • This type of surf fishing session is ideal for: Families, couples, solo anglers, anyone looking to learn more about any aspect of surf fishing, from an absolute beginner who's never held a rod before, to the serious angler who wants to get dialed into the local fisheries with a local guide

  • Orange County, North San Diego and LA County beaches

  • All bait and tackle (rods, reels etc) provided - just turn up and fish

  • Target species include: Surf Perch (barred & walleye), Yellowfin Croaker, Spotfin Croaker, Rays, Shovelnose Guitarfish, California halibut, Leopard Sharks and California Corbina


Surf Fishing Lesson Prices

 

  • North Orange County area (Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Seal Beach, Long Beach) - $220 for 1-2 people, $270 for 3, $300 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

 

  • South Orange County area (Dana Point, San Clemente, Capistrano, Doheny) - $270 for 1-2 people, $310 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

  • South Los Angeles area (San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo, Manhattan, Dockweiler) - $270 for 1-2 people, $310 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

  • North Los Angeles area (Santa Monica, Will Rogers, Topanga, Malibu) -  $320 for 1-2 people, $360 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

  • North San Diego area (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Ponto, Encinitas etc) - $320 for 1-2 people, $370 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

 

To book a Surf Fishing Lesson, email ben@americanseafishing.com or call 714-642-5770 or fill out the short form at the bottom of this page and we'll contact you direct

Surf fishing lessons and tuition for any age group. Ideal for families, beginners, couples, visitors, locals

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"GREAT time...so much to be learnt!" Jim F, CA
 

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GUIDED SURF PERCH FISHING (3-4 hours)

Target the West Coast's most popular and tastiest surf species in Southern California with a specialist CDFW-licensed guide
 

  • Currently booking all year round dates for 2024-2025

  • For one to four people fishing, spectators welcome

  • Approximately 3 to 4-hour sessions (more possible, please ask)

  • This type of surf fishing session is ideal for: Ideal for families, couples, anyone looking to learn how to catch lots of Surf Perch using light line surf fishing tactics on SoCal's sandy beaches

  • Orange County, North San Diego and LA County beaches

  • All bait and tackle (rods, reels etc) provided - just turn up and fish

  • Target species include: Any seasonal, local Surf Perch species - usually Barrred Surf Perch, Walleye Surf Perch, Shiner Surf Perch and similar related species
     

Surf Perch Fishing Session Prices
 

  • North Orange County area (Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Seal Beach, Long Beach) - $200 for 1-2 people, $250 for 3, $300 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • South Orange County area (Dana Point, San Clemente, Capistrano, Doheny) - $250 for 1-2 people, $300 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • South Los Angeles area (San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo, Manhattan, Dockweiler) - $250 for 1-2 people, $300 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • North Los Angeles area (Santa Monica, Will Rogers, Topanga, Malibu) -  $300 for 1-2 people, $350 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • North San Diego area (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Ponto, Encinitas etc) - $300 for 1-2 people, $350 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

To book a Surf Perch fishing trip, email ben@americanseafishing.com or call 714-642-5770 or fill out the short form at the bottom of this page and we'll contact you direct

A session specifically targeting Surf Perch using light line surf fishing tactics

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CALIFORNIA CORBINA SURF FISHING SESSIONS (3-4 hours)


Target the West Coast's premier trophy game fish on light tackle in the SoCal surf with a specialist CDFW-licensed guide
 

  • Currently booking May to December dates for 2024-2025

  • For one to four people fishing, spectators welcome

  • Approximately 3 to 4-hour sessions (more possible, please ask)

  • This type of surf fishing session is ideal for: Ideal for families, couples, anyone looking to learn how to catch the amazing California corbina (Menticirrhus undulatus) using light line surf fishing tactics on SoCal's sandy beaches. Clients are also welcome to bring suitable fly fishing tackle, too

  • Orange County, North San Diego and LA County beaches

  • All bait and tackle (rods, reels etc) provided - just turn up and fish

  • Target species include: California Corbina, plus Spotfin Croaker and Surf Perch
     

Corbina Fishing Session Prices
 

  • North Orange County area (Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Seal Beach, Long Beach) - $200 for 1-2 people, $250 for 3, $300 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • South Orange County area (Dana Point, San Clemente, Capistrano, Doheny) - $250 for 1-2 people, $300 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • South Los Angeles area (San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo, Manhattan, Dockweiler) - $250 for 1-2 people, $300 for 3, $350 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • North Los Angeles area (Santa Monica, Will Rogers, Topanga, Malibu) -  $300 for 1-2 people, $350 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • North San Diego area (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Ponto, Encinitas etc) - $300 for 1-2 people, $350 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

To book a Corbina fishing trip, email ben@americanseafishing.com or call 714-642-5770 or fill out the short form at the bottom of this page and we'll contact you direct

A session specifically targeting California corbina using light line surf fishing tactics

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"I had a BLAST fishing with and learning from Ben!" Stephen W, NE

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SURF SHARK FISHING (4 hours)

Target seasonal California shark species - including Leopard Sharks - from the beach with a specialist CDFW-licensed guide
 

  • Currently booking April to December dates for 2024-2025

  • For one to four people fishing, spectators welcome

  • Approximately 4 hour session (more possible, please ask)

  • This type of shark fishing session is ideal for: Ideal for families, couples, solo anglers, groups of friends and anyone looking to encounter and tag shark species on SoCal's sandy beaches

  • Orange County, North San Diego and LA County beaches

  • All bait and tackle (rods, reels etc) provided - just turn up and fish

  • Target species include: Leopard Sharks, Soupfin Sharks, Smoothhound Sharks, Bat Rays, Butterfly Rays and any legal, seasonal predatory surf and inshore species
     

Shark Fishing Session Prices
 

  • North Orange County area (Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Seal Beach, Long Beach) - $300 for 1-2 people, $350 for 3, $400 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • South Orange County area (Dana Point, San Clemente, Capistrano, Doheny) - $350 for 1-2 people, $400 for 3, $450 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • South Los Angeles area (San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo, Manhattan, Dockweiler) - $350 for 1-2 people, $400 for 3, $450 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • North Los Angeles area (Santa Monica, Will Rogers, Topanga, Malibu) -  $400 for 1-2 people, $450 for 3, $500 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)

  • North San Diego area (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Ponto, Encinitas etc) - $400 for 1-2 people, $450 for 3, $500 for 4 (please inquire for pricing for more anglers)
     

To book a Shark Fishing Trip, email ben@americanseafishing.com or call 714-642-5770 or fill out the short form at the bottom of this page and we'll contact you direct

Ideal for anyone wanting to encounter and tag sharks from the beach in Southern California

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"A blast! HIGHLY recommended..." Mark R, CA

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Tips on Booking Guided Surf Fishing Trips in California

We only take bookings by phone, text or email: ben@americanseafishing.com or +1 (714) 642-5770

Booking are on a session-by-session basis. Let us know what you want to catch, where you're based and when you can fish, and we'll make a plan to suit you. The more notice you can give us, the more likely we are to have availability.

If we're busy on the sand or with clients it can be tricky to take calls, so if you can't see a trip listed above that suits you or just want some more info, please email, text or WhatsApp us on ben@americanseafishing.com or +1 (714) 642-5770 with a line or two about what you're interested in and we'll get back to you directly with availability and pricing. 

FAQs about guided surf fishing trips in California

What should I bring on a guided surf fishing trip with American Sea Fishing?
 

  • A valid California fishing license with saltwater validation stamp from: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Online-Sales

  • Suntan lotion, sunglasses (polarized), peaked hat

  • Buff-style neck protector for sun protection and warmth in the evening, a hoodie is a good idea too

  • Suitable clothing for spending the day in the sun and possibly getting wet (we recommend a long-sleeved, UV-resistant, rash vest-style top, board shorts due to their quick-drying properties, leggings to keep the sun off your legs and a warm jacket for evening sessions)

  • Beach towel and/or change of clothes if you want to get in the water with the fish 

  • If fishing into the evening, please also be aware that temperatures at night can be quite low by comparison, so please bring a warm / windproof jacket, hoodie and pants to change into 

  • A good quality head-torch / head-lamp with fresh batteries or fully charged for afternoon-into-evening sessions

  • Drinks and food to keep you well fuelled for the day (please be aware that alcohol is prohibited on most beaches)

  • Camera or smartphone

  • Fishing licence: please ensure you are properly licensed before your trip. The CDFW license page has all the information you need and enables you to book a fishing license for any duration or location. You will need the ocean enhancement stamp to fish in saltwater. 

 

What equipment is provided on a guided surf fishing trip with American Sea Fishing?​​

  • All fishing equipment (rods, reels, rigs etc)

  • All bait​

Can I bring my own fishing tackle?

Yes, please bring any tackle you’d like to use and we’ll accommodate where possible. This is a great idea on tutorial sessions. However, we provide everything for fishing, so you don’t need to bring tackle.

Can my family / friends come too?

Yes, non-anglers are welcome but please ensure you bring enough chairs etc for everyone if extra spectators are coming. Almost all of our venues are suitable for young children and have parking nearby. We are happy to accommodate any requests regarding venue access and parking, please enquire.

Will there be bathrooms where we fish?

Yes, we choose beaches and venues where there are good quality public bathrooms available nearby.

Where will we be fishing?

Our guide will select a venue the day before the session, or sometimes on the day, somewhere as convenient as possible for the client. We will always contact the client in advance regarding venue choice and give them as much notice as possible. 

Will I have to do much physical work?

Our guide/s will carry and transport all the equipment needed. Beyond this, you can do as little or as much as you like. We are flexible and happy to accommodate any special physical requirements - please speak to our guides in advance regarding this.

What are the booking terms?
A deposit is required to secure bookings - this is non-refundable and forms part of the overall fee for the booking (so not a separate charge) The main reason for this charge is to cover our expenses in the run up to a session - we have to catch fresh bait, prepare tackle, build fresh rigs, scout locations etc. This is time-consuming but vital for a successful trip. 

 

The full balance of the deposit is due 24 hours before the booking takes place, unless otherwise arranged with American Sea Fishing’s representative. 

If for any reason you wish to cancel a booking, please do so with more than 48 hours notice so we can rebook your trip at a later date using the same deposit. For any trips canceled with less than 48 hours notice, we reserve the right to hold the deposit. 

 

For trips canceled with less than 24 hours notice, we reserve the right to hold up to 100% of the total fee. By booking with American Sea Fishing, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.  

 

Call, text or WhatsApp +1 (714) 642-5770 for bookings and more info
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