Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Fishing and FREE Whale Watching Giveaway | @DanaWharf #DanaPoint

Dana Wharf Fishing

My family is not what you call morning people.  Really, there is few things we get up early for!  One thing that can almost always get us up for, is fishing.  Through experience, we learned that we always caught the most fish early and late in the day.

When we were offered a chance to go fishing on the "Reel Fun" out of Dana Wharf Fishing, we jumped at the chance.  While the 6:30 boat is not the only time, we chose to go for the early fish will take the bait mentality.

Sunrise Dana Wharf

The best part of waking up early?  The sunrise!  WOW!  I loved how beautiful Dana Point looked with the sun rising over the hill.

Dana Wharf Fishing

Even the Stand-up Paddle Boarders were enjoying it.

Dana Wharf Fishing

I know that not everyone is a fan of fishing but I have yet to see a child who doesn't get excited about catching their first and second and... fish.  If you don't have your own fishing rods, don't worry, you can rent them in the office.  The staff was super helpful and was right there to cut bait and help remove fish off the lines.  


After a short stop at the bait barge, we were off to the first fishing spot.  How do we find the fishing spot?  Look for the birds!  These pelicans were sneaky and tried to steal our fish at every turn.

Ocean Dana Wharf

One thing that I didn't take into consideration when we booked our trip was WHALES!  We are in the height of the Gray Whale migration and we saw no less than 4 Gray Whales and 30 dolphin.  

Blow Spout

Our lines were baited and in the water.  It wasn't long before we were pulling in fish!  In fact, my 5 year old caught the first fish on the boat and then proceeded to catch another 6!  Not to be outdone by his little sister, my son caught up fast.

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My hubby and I couldn't be outfished by our own kids!  We were catching a bunch too!  Our boat caught; Calico bass, Olive bass, Sculpin, Sheephead(male and female) and a ton of Mackerel.  While we would have loved to catch dinner, we were just happy catching and releasing our fish.

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What did my family think of fishing on the Reel Fun?  Well, my son who had touch of sea sickness, gave a double "Shaka".  His grandpa lives in Hawaii and he thinks this is the best compliment!  Better than 2 thumbs up!

Happy Shaka

Did you know that every Sunday, kids fish FREE?  Make your reservations here.

Dana Wharf Fishing and Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: 1-888-224-0603

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DISCLAIMER:  My family was invited on the fishing trip in order to share our experiences.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.


  1. I love all the whales. They are my favorite animal. I would have to say I am fascinated by orcas and humpbacks a little more than others. But I love them all! :)

  2. Mine and my kids favorite whale is the Orca!

  3. Love Orcas....I blame it on "free Willy"!!!

  4. I don't think I have a favorite whale...yet.

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