Delivering First Rate Fishing, Food, Accommodations and Customer Service

Islander Sportfishing is a family owned business based out of San Diego, California. We provide 1.5 to 5-day fishing trips on our American flagged vessel, Islander, off the Baja California coast of Mexico as well as Southern California.

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Best In Class Operations

  • Customer Service
    Our sense of pride extends beyond the appearance of the boat to encompass our customers overall experience. Islander Sportfishing is owner operated, meaning every aspect of your trip is overseen onboard by owner Captain John Conniff and on land in the office by owner Juliet Conniff…

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  • Comfort
    We know there are many options available when it comes to sportfishing trips. We’ve gone to great lengths to make the Islander the safest and most comfortable boat in her class. From air conditioned stateroom accommodations to a full service chef’s galley...

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  • Destinations
    Fishing destinations change on a trip by trip basis but rest assured that our select network of boats helps us stay on top of the action. Most trips fish in Mexican waters and target offshore species including Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowtail, Albacore Tuna and Dorado...

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  • Stewardship
    Here at Islander Sportfishing we love to fish and we place a high value on the responsible use of our important resource. Ocean fishing represents ‘sea to table’ in its most basic form. Our customers get their seafood from the source, harvested in a clean, sustainable fashion...

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  • Fish Handling
    Islander Sportfishing has remained at the forefront of fish handling techniques. Our aft deck is covered in 5/8” rubber landing mats, eliminating any scratching or tearing of the skin which allows water to penetrate the flesh, degrading the quality of the fillet. All fish are spiked...

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  • Fish Processing
    On trips 2.5 days or less, the Islander continues to offer onboard processing once in US waters. We also promote and encourage the use of the three local fish processors available at the conclusion of your trip. On board we provide excellent fish filleting...

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  • Tackle
    Tackle is a concern for many anglers, especially with the advances made over the last 5 years. However, it is safe to say that the same principles used for decades still apply for many of the fish we pursue. For the most part, a large investment is not a requirement for a trip…

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  • Environmentally Friendly
    We have a passion for the ocean and strive to keep it healthy for our future generations. The Islander has made big changes over the years by eliminating paper goods and plastic cups, providing onboard recycling, encouraging all patrons to bring refillable water bottles...

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Captain's Log

Kayak Fishing Trips

With twelve years under our belt, Islander Charters provides the longest running kayak mothership trip available in California and quite possibly the country.  2018 is no different as we look forward to these spring time crowd pleasers.  We have several trips from 1.5 to 2.5 days in length all targeting San Clemente Island.  We’ve partnered […]

Prospects for 2018

2017 was another fantastic season for the Islander and the entire fleet as well.  The volume of bluefin of all sizes continues to be remarkable as these fish make an unprecedented showing off our cost.  This event, coupled with the size of the fish in some of these schools has created an opportunity never experienced in […]


We’ve started our 2018 maintenance with the usual vigor and are hard at work making numerous upgrades to the Islander.  Our main project is a redo of the entire wheelhouse roof which has been on the horizon for several years now.  With new framework and a brand new skin on top we’ll achieve improved structural stability and […]

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Islander Sportfishing
2838 Garrison Street
San Diego, CA 92106


(619) 224-4388