I'm Captain James Nelson, and I have been fishing the bays and lakes of Southern California for more than 35 years. Born and raised in San Diego, I cut my teeth fishing Mission Bay, and rode my bike to San Diego Bay after school many times, while growing up. As a tournament angler with FLW, WON Bass, and East County Bassmasters, I have learned to refine my fish finding skills. These skills are what I teach with every guide trip. When you fish San Diego with me, you will catch fish; learn some techniques, and have a great time. I am Licensed, Bonded, Insured, and CPR Certified. I am a father of four, and considered by others to be an excellent guide, educator, and a pleasure to fish with. I work well with kids, beginners, and seasoned anglers alike. Most of all, I work for you.
Whether you fish San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, or any of the many lakes in the greater San Diego area; you will have a guide trip worth returning for. Fishing San Diego is always fun and exciting. Lakes Otay, and Hodges are notorious for huge Largemouth Bass, and other warm water species. Just east of San Diego is Lakeside, named after its highly prolific lakes; San Vicente, El Capitan, and Jennings. Just north of San Diego, is Riverside County; home of the West's newest famous Bass Lake - Diamond Valley, or the bodacious bluegill capital - Lake Perris, and the only natural lake in southern California - Lake Elsinore. If it's Stripers you want, we have two choices local to San Diego; Lake Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Do you favor a mountain setting? San Diego has that too. We have great mountain lakes in the likes of Henshaw, Wohlford, Cuyamaca, and Morena.
If it's bass you're looking for, we've got 'em. We'll guide you to Bass; Bluegill, Carp, Catfish, Crappie, Striper, and Trout all inhabit San Diego's variety of freshwater lakes.
San Diego saltwater has to offer (but is not limited to): Bass (Spotted Bay Bass, Sand Bass & Calico Bass); Barracuda, Bonefish, Bonita, Croaker, Corvina, Dorado, Halibut, Lizard Fish, Mackerel, Mullet, Opal-Eye, Rockfish, Sculpin, Shark (All Rays, Sand Shark, Leopard Shark & Shovel Nose Shark), White Sea Bass, and Yellowtail.
Your personalized San Diego guided fishing trip includes all high quality rods and reels, tackle, baits, snacks, and water. On your trip, you will fish from this fully equipped boat...
Our Bay and Lake Pricing in San Diego is easy. Click on the picture to choose the trip of your liking.
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"I've been out with James several times and it was always a pleasure!" Larry, San Diego, CA
“Who knew such small lakes could produce such big fish.” Joe, New Mexico, after fishing San Vicente.
“James’ knowledge of Sonar and GPS has rubbed off on me, and helped me win my first bass tournament at home. He’s an excellent guide and teacher.” Gavin, Penrose, Colorado
"I learned more techniques in one day than I would have in a year on my own." Mike, Worchester, Massachusetts
"I would definitely fish here again." Bill, Villanova, PA, after fishing Diamond Valley Lake
"I can think of no one that I would rather ... to hire a guide. He is sincere, dedicated, and a fun person to be with; and on top of that he will put you on fish." Art, La Mesa, CA