Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Dana Wharf Sportfishing was started in 1958 by Don Hansen, running several sportfishing boats off of the San Clemente Pier. Don, moved the operation to Dana Point Harbor when it first opened in 1971, and now Dana Wharf sits in the heart of a busy, flourishing harbor. It is still owned and operated by the Hansen family. The landing boasts a fleet of several sportfishing boats specializing in local coastal fishing, such as the 9-hour ¾-day trips and the very popular five-hour half-day trips. As the season progresses, overnight runs to Catalina and San Clemente Islands for white seabass and yellowtail are booked. The coast is the landing’s prime domain most of the year, with the Reel Fun, Sum Fun, Clemente and Dana Pride, as the top captains and crews seek out calico bass, sand bass, barracuda, bonito, halibut, rockfish, yellowtail and more. And when the exotics show up, they make runs for bluefin and yellowfin tuna, and dorado. Dana Wharf strongly promotes youth fishing, and offers a kids-fish-free deal on Sundays with a paid adult. First class boats, crews and service, along with encouraging youth fishing is the tradition started by Don Hansen in the 50s, and what makes Dana Wharf the pride of Dana Point to this day.