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Bay Charter Boats Sportsfishing Charters brings fun to expert and amateur angles alike for the open water rockfish and deep sea fishing charters. Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience where you and every member of your family can test your fishing skills against the Bay’s most famous fish. Depending on the season of your trip, you can reel in enormous rockfish, salmon, striped bass, halibut, sturgeon and even sharks on your deep sea fishing outing.  

We are here year-round, seven days a week, to guide you to the best spots! 

Want to book a private tour?

Book a private trip for you and your 5 favorite friends. Spend the afternoon with all your buddies catching fish while enjoying amazing views. The views include San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Farallon Islands, and more. Maximum 6 passengers.

Bring the Kids

Captain Chad is really great with kids. You can come and feel safe letting your kids have their own rod. We will teach them how to bait the hook and give them the extra help they need to pull in that great trophy.

Kids under 8 are FREE and kids under 12 get HALF OFF their ticket price when accompanied by a paying adult. One child ticket per adult.  

We had so much fun last month with Captain Chad. He took us to a great spot where we found huge halibut! I look forward to our next trip with Bay Charter Boats.

James Ramos

Do I need to bring or buy equipment

We supply all your fishing equipment. Rods. reels, hooks, lures, and bait. When fishing salmon the first two 40 oz sinkers are included in your ticket price. Each additional 40 oz sinker is $7.  There are no hidden costs.

However, you still need to buy your fishing license. There is a shop at the marina, Berkeley Marina Bait and Tackle Shop that sells a 1-day license. You can also purchase one at Walmart and Big 5. Or you can buy online at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

You must have a sturgeon card to fish sturgeon. Limit 1. The Berkeley Marina Shop sells these.

Can we bring our own rod & tackle?

Of course! If you would like to bring all your own stuff, please do. We understand many like their own rod and reel. And if you happen to forget something, most likely, we have it on board. 

Can we bring our own food & drink?

Yes! Please pack a lunch. We do not provide food but you are welcome to bring it. We recommend a cooler. Alcohol is allowed but NO DRUGS. Even though Marijuana is legal in California it is not allowed on the boat-Coast Gaurd Policy. 

What time should we arrive for our charter?

We would like to see you check in about 20 minutes before departure time.   

How should I dress?

Check the weather! We recommend you dress with layers. Things you can easily take off or put on if need be.

When we leave in the morning it can be brisk. So if you can have warmer clothing on and then remove them as the day progresses and the weather warms.

When we leave in the afternoon the weather can feel really warm until the early evening when the wind picks up and the sun starts to set. You’ll need clothes to put on.

Remember your sunblock! And we recommend a hat and sunglasses.

What should I bring with me?

Your fishing license. 

Your lunch and drinks. 

Sunblock, hat, sunglasses, extra clothes.

Your camera.

Can I bring my kids on the boat?

We love to see kids fishing. Yes! Bring them. Captain Chad caters to all ages, and all levels of expertise, young to old, everyone gets to have a great time fishing. Chad has great patience with kids and is a great teacher. 

Make it a weekend. Check out our Attractions page for things to do in Berkeley. 

Refund Policy

We require 48 hours of rescheduling or canceling your trip. If you cancel with 48 hours advance notice you will receive a 100% refund. If you cancel within the 48 hours you will receive a refund but you will be charged a 30% cancellation fee. 


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201 University Ave Dock I-11 
Berkeley, California 94710




201 University Ave Dock 1-11

Berkeley, CA 94710