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Book Guided Surf and Leopard Shark Fishing Trips in Southern California

Come surf shark and leopard shark fishing in California with a professional CDFW-licensed guide and target predatory species – including the unique Leopard Shark – from a beautiful SoCal beach in Orange County, San Diego County, Malibu, Long beach, Seal Beach or Los Angeles County.

  • 2024-2025 dates now available

  • Four to five-hour sessions - different session lengths available by request

  • Catch, tag and name any suitable size sharks and rays for our research program

  • For one to four people fishing - Spectators welcome

  • Orange County, San Diego County, Malibu, and Los Angeles County beaches

  • All bait, equipment, tackle and guide services provided - just turn up and fish

  • Target species include leopard sharks, smoothhound sharks, soupfin sharks, rays, skate and any seasonal predatory surf species

  • Book shark fishing trips by calling +1 (714) 642-5770 or email or fill out the form below and we'll call or email you directly

leopard shark fishing trips in california

American Sea Fishing runs guided surf fishing trips for sharks and predatory fish in Southern California, Orange County, San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Malibu and Long Beach areas, and this page contains all the information you need to book or make an enquiry about a surf shark fishing session, couples or friends trip, group trip or one-on-one private guided session. 


The beaches of Southern California are home to some stunning species like the unique Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciata) - a hard-fighting native surf species - and we love helping anglers catch and release their first shark, tag a fish or smash their PB with a huge ray.

Whilst smaller surf sharks are common catches, a unique approach and specialized tackle is needed to consistently target the larger surf sharks from the beach. We specialize in helping our clients achieve that goal of regularly catching and releasing these unique specimens and we also offer full tuition in rigging, handling, baits, and equipment.

In recent seasons, we've put dozens of trophy soupfin to over 70" and many leopard sharks over 50” on the sand with several fish over the magic 60” (5ft) mark to a best of 63”, all carefully released. We also regularly catch huge bat rays and a few other surprise species that only our amazing Pacific Ocean surf fishery can produce. 


Check out our Instagram feed for the latest catches or call us on +1 (714) 642-5770 for the information on what species are being caught currently and what likely target species are for our shark fishing trips.




  • Surf shark fishing sessions typically run for about four hours depending on tides, conditions and time of year. Prime seasons for leopard sharks are around July, August, September and October, and we target them from May until November, but we also fish for soupfin sharks, smouthhounds, and bat rays most of the year round

  • We usually accommodate one, two or three people fishing of any age or experience level. Please enquire for larger parties. Non-fishing spectators are welcome

  • We provide expert tuition in any aspect of surf shark fishing during the session plus professional photography services. You can be involved as little or as much as you like

  • As with all our sessions, we offer an all-inclusive package - top quality tackle and guiding services, great bait and equipment

  • Just turn up and know you stand a great chance of putting a fish-of-a-lifetime on the sand, under the guidance of a professional California Dept. Fish & Wildlife-licensed guide

  • TO BOOK: Head to our booking page for more information on how to book, email or fill out the form below and we'll contact you directly

Our surf shark fishing sessions are a one-stop-shop for anyone of any age wanting to encounter, tag and safely release a shark in Southern California

leopard shark fishing trips in california, orange county

Looking for more information about Shark Fishing Trips in Southern California? Please take a moment to fill out the form below and a representative will contact you directly to arrange your fishing trip

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