CharkBait Charter Schedule and Boat
Long Range Trips from San Diego CA
- Please note, we've just
received our trip dates for 2013 - last year two of our trips sold out
very fast - by Christmas, so I'd suggest not spending a whole lot of
time in a procrastination mode if there's a particular trip you'd like
As of March, the RP September/October, and RR September and November
trips are full. We have limited space on the July RR trip as well as our
1. Departure Friday 4/12 to Sunday 4/14 - 1.5 Day
aboard the Eclipse - ROCKFISH! $195 plus meals - limited to 25
-Nice fishing on the 1.5 day'r, our first 2013 charter.
2. Friday 5/17 to Sunday 5/19 - 2 Day Exploratory aboard the
Eclipse - 24 guests $250 plus meals
2013 - Sunday 7/14 to Tuesday 7/16 - 1.5 Day Exploratory aboard
the Eclipse - 25 guests $305 plus meals
4. Monday 7/22 to Friday 7/26 - 4 Day Red Rooster -
5. Thursday 9/5 to Monday 9/9 - 4 Day Red Rooster -
6. Sunday 9/22 to Saturday 9/28 - 6 Day Royal Polaris -
7. Monday 11/04 through Tuesday 11/12 8 Day Red Rooster -
2012 Trip Vids
2012 Trip Videos and a few
Please check our YouTube Channel for
2011 Trips Previous years trips - video for
some of 'em, too!
Two Day - Pacific Queen July 2011 - post & pics on the
Four Day - Red
Rooster III September 2011 - pics and video
Six Day - Royal Polaris Charter - October 2011
- pics and video
Eight Day Red Rooster Charter - November 2011 - pics and video
Four Day Red Rooster III Report from September 2010
Six Day Royal Polaris
Charter - Alijos Rocks, Sept. 2010 - video posted
8 Day Red
Rooster III Report - November 2010 - video posted
What a wonderful season of fishing
we've had aboard the long range fleet from San Diego in 2012. Our charters were
super, and a great time was had by all.
For 2013, we'll run the same
trips with late summer and fall dates plus add the Red Rooster in July! This year we'll sponsor four trips aboard San
Diego based Long Range boats.
Our first scheduled long
range trips are yearly favorites of mine, a couple great 4 day
mini-long range trips aboard the Red Rooster III. In past years Guadalupe Island
has been a planned destination. However for the past few years Guadalupe
has been closed. It's doubtful that we'll visit this island this year
given restrictions and available time. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful trip, relaxed pace,
and plenty of action. It's
a good trip to bring along a kid or even wife if you're wanting them to have the
experience of a long range trip. The Rooster is very accommodating, and their
deckhands will ensure that a novice enjoys the fun.
A few weeks later we'll have
our second fall trip, in late September. This one is a 6 day long range trip on the Royal
Polaris, with Alijos Rocks the planned destination. I'll take that ride again
this year, very much enjoyed the trip in 2012.
Our final trip of 2012 will be our 8 day Long Range trip in
November aboard the Red Rooster III. This will be a dandy as well, with planned
visits to the Ridge, perhaps Alijos Rocks and/or Guadalupe. I don't see
how we can have a better trip than we did in 2010, with great tuna
fishing and some cow sized tuna coming over the rail in the 200-300#
class. Visit our 2010 trip
report for that ride, what a trip! This is a great trip, and one you
will enjoy. It's also a value, especially so if you consider how much
accommodations are at a hotel should you take a more mundane vacation.
And, on a long range trip, you even come back with fish!
If you can spare the time,
get on one of our charters! These charters are all are great trips, with plenty of variety in the catch, and
offer an experience you'll long remember aboard the best boats in the
fleet, and the finest crews to assist you. For 2012 all the trips are
offered at a better price than in previous years, with additional
incentives tossed your way by CharkBait.
For this year's 4 day
and over charters we'll
again be supplying free commemorative tee shirts to each guest, and some
exceptional gifts for each participant. On our longer 4-8 day trips, you'll
receive over $50 worth of very useful tackle aboard the boat, AND we will provide CharkBait gift cards to the first 20 anglers to sign
up for each trip. So, on our Red Rooster and Royal Polaris charters you will receive
up to $100
worth of added benefit for fishing a CharkBait Charter! On our
shorter duration Eclipse charters we will sweeten the pot with free
lures or accessories for each angler and the first 20 guests signing up
will also receive a CharkBait gift card for $20.
Confused about what to bring? Please feel free to give us a call and
we can walk through things. As well, each of the boats have their own
websites which offer ideas (though if you bring all they have listed
we'll need a bigger boat!). We also have a list that provides some info
in this regard - click here.
(NOTE: Charter prices do NOT include
Mexican permits or some beverages (eg. you'll pay your own beer tab).
On the 4 day and longer charters food and basic beverages are included, snacks... Plan on being very well
fed. Shorter trips do NOT include meals. ) There may also be a fuel surcharge if the rates for diesel goes
above projected prices. Beyond that, figure a charge for parking and
fish processing if required.
I'm a dedicated private boater, there are times when the big boats
really represent the best way to get on the water and catch some fish.
This can certainly be the case fishing the better San Diego based
sportfishers under a limited load charter. It's definitely the right
call on a longer distance voyage. You've got no worries, no maintenance,
big range, great service and a tremendous overall experience when you
ride the right boat, with the right bunch of guys and gals. Best of all,
on a limited load private charter of a long range boat, you've got room,
comfort, and a low pressure setting for your fishing.
folks new to long range style fishing, our trips are tops for making
your time enjoyable and stress free experiences. The people are polite
at the rail, and a lot of fun in the galley. It's relaxed. Our trips
are great for gals and guys, seniors and younger anglers will find
accommodation. We have one or two of our staff on the charters, so
there's some additional help available, though with the attention of the
Red Rooster's deckhands you'll find you can get all the help you need
and some great advice too! We've had folks fly in from Maine to
Washington to enjoy these trips, and they've been big fans of the
quality of the experience. This past year we had a guest from England
join us, too. Really, this is a great vacation and quite economical when
you consider the accommodations, food, and entertainment (fishing)
have had great charters aboard the RRIII the last few years and look
forward to our trips again this year aboard the Red Rooster, Shogun and
Royal Polars. To
complement our RRIII trips, we've added two more trips this year. In
the spring we'll head off aboard the Shogun for a trip to San Clemente
Island. We'll leave on Friday and return early Monday morning.
Perhaps we'll get into some white seabass, yellowtail, rockfish and
maybe some Calico Bass'n, too. One of the beauties of this trip will be
having two evenings to fish the island.
the navy closes the island down, we'll travel into Mexican waters to
target ling cod, rockfish and some yellowtail. Mid-Summer we'll ride the
Royal Polaris for another three day'r. This time we'll be targeting
offshore tuna, maybe albacore or other pelagic fish. Then in September
it's off on our Red Rooster III trip to Guadalupe Island, and in
November our 10 day trip will head out in search of the variety of
fishing long range trips are known the world over for providing. Each trip is very different,
each will be a great time aboard wonderful boats with some good folks.
Guadalupe Island fishing is a
bit different than your basic 1-3 day open water trip. You're fishing
"on the hook" along Tuna Alley. You're using the current to help move
the bait away from the boat, to where the big yellowfin are waiting. As
a result, there can be a crowd by the corner. Please take the time to
view our video from 2002. You'll see what I mean. Limiting the number
of fishermen enhances the experience. There won't be anyone hogging the
rail, no one will be casting over you while you've got a fish hanging.
Limiting the number of fishermen will raise the cost of the trip a bit,
but it will provide a better experience for all those aboard. We'll plan
on booking 26 anglers for the four day charter, plus one as a means of
covering cancellations. One
or two of us from CharkBait will be aboard, and we won't be
fishing fulltime. So, count on space at the rail, just like last
Booking your trip early ensures a space, also it allows you a lower
number on the troll and kite fishing rotations. You can also reserve
your stateroom by booking early. Rates include all items mentioned as
included below. You'll be billed 50% upon confirmation to reserve your
spot. The balance will be billed 30 days prior to leaving on the
trip. Credit card payments are acceptable for all trips, however there
will be a 3% upcharge. This is the practice of the landings. If you are unable to go on the trip you'll be
refunded 100% with 30 day notice provided we can book someone
else in your space. As long as we can fill your spot we'll refund the
entire amount you've paid. Given that the trip is limited load, it's
suggested you book your trip as soon as possible. Booking your trip
early ensures your spot, it moves you to the front of the line in terms
of cabin selection, trolling rotation, kite rotation, tackle box
placement on deck, rod placement on deck....
2005 10 Day Jackpot:
Howard Konishi @ 306 yellowfin tuna, John Tompson @ 255, Paul
Heggstad @ 253
Red Rooster III
Prices include berth, meals, bait and clearances. The charter price
does not include Mexican or California fishing permits, fuel surcharge
(if any) beer or soda.
(click on the boat to visit the Red Rooster III website, the following
is from their text)
When you fish aboard the RED ROOSTER III you will be fishing in style.
She is a custom aluminum yacht built exclusively for long range
sportfishing. Designed with the fisherman in mind, her 105 feet of
fishing luxury combines speed and ability with extreme comfort. The RED
ROOSTER III features sixteen private air conditioned staterooms with hot
and cold water wash basins. Each stateroom is fully carpeted, with
plenty of storage and large comfortable berths. There are reading lights
in every berth, electrical outlets for your convenience and large
mirrors above each wash basin.
The spacious main salon and
galley area of the RED ROOSTER III is the hub of activity where you can
relax and discuss the days catch with your fellow fisherman. In the
lounge you will enjoy the large oval couch and wet bar with two ice
makers. Music maybe piped throughout the boat and video movies are shown
in the galley area. There are a variety of VCR tapes to choose from
aboard, if you have a favorite you would like to share please feel free
to bring it. For a feeling of true luxury, you will enjoy the teak,
stylish fabrics, and carpet throughout the interior. For your
convenience there are five heads and five fresh hot water showers
On deck, the RED ROOSTER III
shows she is a sportfishing yacht with a mission in mind. There is a
tremendous amount of fishing and rail space. The large refrigerated fish
holds will carry your catch "first day fresh" back to San Diego. A large
four compartment bait tank on the stern and two slammer's below deck
will take care of your live bait needs. If you feel like kicking back
and relaxing in the fresh sea breeze you will no doubt be heading for
the spacious sun deck.
In the RED ROOSTER III's large
engine room there are three Lugger Diesel 12V71 main engines with twin
disc Model 514 3:1 reduction gears that give a total of 1350 horsepower
at the propellers. There are two 4-71 Lugger Diesels turning 75 K.W.
Kato A.C. generators. Two A.M.F. water-makers keep her four-thousand
gallon fresh water tanks full for all your needs. This along with the
vast array of brine, bait, bilge, fuel and fire pumps make safety at sea
an easy task. Three fuel tanks with a capacity of eighteen-thousand,
combined with her extremely economical power plants, will allow the RED
ROOSTER III to travel from San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands and back on
On the bridge of the RED ROOSTER
III the electronics are first rate, they include a color enhanced
omni-directional scanning sonar and a standby color directional sonar. A
Global Positioning Satellite navigation system with an integral video
display. The G.P.S. pinpoints ship location within a few feet and
displays the information on an electronic chart, allowing un-paralleled
accuracy to the hot fishing spot every time. A computerized infra-red
satellite imaging system scans world wide to displays weather patterns,
sea temperatures and current breaks on a color monitor. The RED ROOSTER
III has a Furuno 64 mile radar with plotter that synchronizes with the
G.P.S. to give pin point location on a navigational chart at the push of
a button, very high tech. The Rooster also carries a 48 nautical mile
"short range" radar as backup.
Other electronics include two
digital synthesized single side band radios, weatherfax, a ham radio
outfit, two multi-channel scanning V.H.F. radios with directional
finding capability, Sperry auto-pilot, watch-alert, three fathometers
and programmable depth alarm. Add to this list miscellaneous equipment
such as intercom, sea-water temperature indicator, a 40 channel C.B. and
an extensive bank of monitoring equipment and warning alarms. One of the
most impressive things about all this equipment is that it is organized
in a extremely "user friendly" manner, which gives RED ROOSTER III the
ability to do her job quite efficiently. For your convenience a
satellite phone is available. This enables access to family and business
as easily as if you were home.
The RED ROOSTER III is inspected
and licensed annually by both the American Bureau of Shipping and the
U.S. Coast Guard confirming her exceptional water-tight integrity,
stability, and safety. You simply cannot find a better vessel.
The Eclipse is a relative
newcomer with very experienced owners and crew, operating out of
Seaforth landing with convenient parking and a great tradition. The
owners have over 30 years combined experience on Long Range and local
boats for the San Diego fleet. Captain's Mark Gillette and Chris Switzer
have the experience and the equipment to help maximize your fishing
success. The boat is a dandy one, 65 feet in length, wide with greater
than average room between the rail and the cabin. The Eclipse has both
side scanning sonar and satellite sea surface temperature technology to
help put the boat on the fish. The boat can sleep 30 comfortably, and
accommodate larger guys in roomy bunks. 20 can be fed at each setting in
the galley, and there's even a soda fountain! The Eclipse primarily runs
private charters from 1-3 days duration, but we're working with them
sponsoring some open party trips this year.
The Royal Polaris is still
the fastest long-range sportfisher in the world! She is 113 feet in
length with a 29 foot beam and is driven by three 3412 Caterpillar
diesels. Her range is virtually unlimited due to her enormous fuel, bait
and refrigerated fish storage capacities. She is equipped with all the
latest navigational and fish-finding gear. The Royal Polaris' reputation
as the world's most outstanding sportfishing operation, is well
Her catch record is unsurpassed
and includes a long list of record-breaking trips.
Of the most recent highlights,
July 22, 1997, the Royal Polaris established a record catch of 783
Albacore, 12 Bluefin Tuna and 3 Yellowfin Tuna in one day.
The Royal Polaris' greatest
claim to success is her superior crew: Frank LoPreste, Steve Loomis,
Dharyl Shelbourne, Roy Rose, John Takata, Joe D'Amico and
Billy Santiago have been with us for many years and make up the nucleus
of our crew.
For many Years the
cuisine on the Royal Polaris has been rated as the finest in the fleet.
Chefs Jim Guyot, Marc Maluda and Jim Stong are constantly creating a
fine variety of meals. All dinners include homemade bread and pastries
which are made daily aboard the Royal Polaris. In addition to three
delightful meals a day, fresh baked goods are served mid-morning and
horsd'oeuvres are served every evening. Snacks and fresh fruit are
always available. Those passengers that have special dietary requests
are always pleased.
Accommodations aboard the Royal
Polaris are first class. She boasts 18 air-conditioned staterooms (some
with private heads) and a beautifully appointed lounge with spacious
seating for 30 people. TV, VCR and a stereo are available for your
entertainment. There are comfortable lounging facilities on the upper
deck for the pleasure of sun worshippers.
All the boats are first class, legendary operations with crews dedicated to
providing memorable and positive experiences for their guests. I can think of
no better way to get away, relax, and experiencing fishing at it's best.