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List Of Long Range Fishing Boats Out Of San Diego

Author: Bullbuster Team

What Long Range Boats Are In San Diego?

Below is a list of long range tuna fishing boats based in San Diego.  Included in this list is 

1) The boat name 2) A boat tour  3) Footage of what it is like to fish aboard this boat 4) The website for the boat

Vagabond Long Range Boat

Vagabond Sportfishing San Diego

Check out a boat walk through posted on Youtube by "Blue Chum Videos" that gives you a full tour of this vessel. 

Below is a video of MONSTER 405Lb cow tuna that was caught aboard the Vagabond. This video was posted on Youtube by "5 Star Fish Processing" .

Below is a video posted by "Mr. Jim Pea" on Youtube of a nice cow tuna coming up to the boat on a 10 day "Cow Or Bust Trip". 



Spirit Of Adventure Long Range Boat

Spirit Of Adventure Long Range San Diego

Below is an excellent video that shows you what it is really like on board the Spirit Of The Adventure.  It gives you a good idea of what the crew is like, what the facillities are like, as what the fishing can be like.   We hope watching this video can help you choose which long range boat you will go on as well as give you a better understanding of what tackle and supplies to bring along with you. 

Below is a video of heck of a yellowfin bite going OFF aboard the Spirit Of Adventure posted by " Chris Dunn" on Youtube.   



Searcher Long Range Boat

Searcher Long Range San Diego

Take a look at the official video for Searcher Sportfishing posted on the "Searcher Sportfishing" youtube channel. The Searcher is a 95' Long Range Boat that focuses on "shorter" long range trips (1-7 days).

The video below (posted by "Blue Chum Videos") gives you a pretty thorough walk through of the searcher.  



Red Rooster III Long Range Boat

Below is another great walk through, this time of the Red Rooster III a 105' mega long range boat posted on Youtube by "Blue Chum Videos". 

These guys have been around for a while!  Check out this throwback video from 1997 of Capt. Andy Cates giving the customers a pre-fishing talk.  This video was posted by "Johnny Cassy" on youtube. 


American Angler Long Range Boat

American Angler Sportfishing San Diego

The video below posted on Youtube by " KC Brotherton"  is from a 14 day trip aboard the American Angler.  This video gives you great arial drone footage of the boat, as well as gives you an idea of the tackle storage for the boat.   Compared to many of the boats we have seen this boat seems to have the best tackle storage. 

Below is a video posted that was also posted on Youtube by " KC Brotherton" from a 14 day trip aboard the American Angler.  In the video you get to see some nice cows come aboard and get labeled as well as what the dining area and meals are like.  



Shogun Long Range Boat

Below is footage is great walk through footage of the 95' Shogun long range boat, this video was posted by "Blue Chum Videos" on Youtube.  

Below is a LONG video video with great footage and actually cinematography (which is unusual for a youtube video) about fishing aboard the shogun (posted on Youtube by "docksi377".  Its about an hour long but it gets you into the vibe of the boat and the pace of life at see as a group of Chinese fisherman take a trip aboard the Shogun.  



Royal Star Long Range Boat

Royal Star Sportfishing San Diego

Below is a video  posted on youtube by "Haizin Janoor" of a group of anglers fishing on the Royal Star in 2016.  Check out the GREAT WHITE EATING THE YELLOWFIN AT 15 seconds and then at 7:00 minutes.  This video is sick!  Watch the whole thing. 

Below is a Royal Star pre-fishing seminar by Brian Simms.  This video was posted on Youtube by zanegler01. 



Royal Polaris Long Range Boat

Royal Polaris San Diego

Below is a walk through video of the Royal Polaris posted by " Blue Chum Videos" on Youtube.   Talk about ROD STORAGE!  The boat also has an excellent galley. 

Below is a video posted on Youtube posted on "Royal Polaris"  about their galley.  Lets just say if you go on the Royal Polaris you are going to be eating well.  Your mouth is going to be watering while watching this video. 

Before you move on, take a look at the Royal Polaris Youtube Channel, they have some in depth videos that can get you ready to go out on the water on these long range boats. 



Polaris Supreme Long Range Boat

Polaris Supreme San Diego

Below is a boat tour of the Polaris supreme posted on Youtube by "Matt Winter". 

The video below was taken by an angler "dopprmbd"  on the Polaris Supreme of a school of mahi under the boat. 


Intrepid Long Range Boat

Intrepid San Diego

The Intrepid is San Diego's newest long range fishing boat at 116' feet long and 27' wide, this boat is no joke.  It is also more luxurious than most of the other boats in the fleet including wifi and sattellite tv as well as other luxury amenities. 

Below check out "Blue Chum Videos" video tour of the Intrepid. 

The intrepid was featured on Stoked On Fishing's Youtube channel.  Take a look at the Stoked on fishing episode aboard the Intrepid.   This episode covers an 11 day trip aboard the Intrepid trying techniques ranging from trolling, to kite fishing, to live baiting.  At 6:42 step up to the Captains helm to see how he looks at his electronics while searching for tuna for his customers. 


Independence Long Range Boat

Independence San Diego

The 112' and 32' wide Independence is one of the bigger boats in the fleet, especially wider.  Check out the video tour filmed by "Blue Chum Videos" below:

Check out the episode of "Stoked On Fishing" aboard the Independence. The video we included is part 1 of 2, we have only included part 1 in this blog post. Check out 10:28 to see some crazy wahoo footage.  

Long range boats are not just about Yellowfin tuna, anglers aboard these long range boats often get plenty of shots on wahoo!  Below is a picture of Angler Kirsten Moeller with a nice wahoo she caught aboard the Independence. 

Wahoo Caught Aboard The Independence

From Mathais & Kerstin  about their trip aboard the "Independence" :

Fishing Aboard The Independence

It was a 10day trip, the last 5 years we made this 10day trip at the beginning of November. Every years was different. The first years all other caught fish, we both were not so good but over the years we stepped up. In 2016 Matthias caught the most wahoos on the trip 16 most were over 50#. Kerstin second with 8 wahoo. We both had a lot of YFT around 50 to 90#. This year was our first trip we visit Guadalupe. We both had 7 tuna each all over 80 #. We biggest was around 140#. Besides this we had Mahi, Yellowtail and some wahoos at Alijos Rocks



Excel Long Range Boat

Excell Long Range Sportfishing San Diego

The biggest boat in the fleet at 124' and 32' wide, this is a heck of a long range boat.  Rod storage galore, huge bow, and great living quarters.   Check out the video below by Youtuber "Blue Chum Fishing Videos" that gives you a walk through tour of the whole boat. 

Check out the video below posted by "Pesca Pesca" about a 17 day trip aboard Excel Sportfishing.  The 4 day trip to Hurricane Bank was worthit! Check out the EPIC wahoo strike at 2:13! 



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Below are a few other resources on fishing for yellowfin tuna.  

Choosing Your Fishing Line For Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi)

Find out what fishing lines you should be using to target yellowfin tuna. 

Do You Need Fluorocarbon For Yellowfin Tuna?

Learn How To Cook Yellowfin Tuna:

Yellowfin tuna is one of the best eating fish in the ocean. It is so good in fact that a lot of times the less you cook it, the better it is.  We put together a ton of recipes for yellowfin tuna all into one place.  

We have recipes for you sushi lovers who already have your mouths watering and your rice cookers going, recipes for the grill masters out there, the skillet pros, and  a little bit of everything in between.  Looks like you are going to have to do a lot of fishing to try them all!

What To Do If You Have A Ton Of Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna Leftover:

** Scroll Down For Fresh Tuna Recipes (How To Sear, How To Make Sashimi, How To Grill It **

Make Some Yellowfin Tuna Sandwiches! 

Never Eat Tuna From A Can Again!

Ok, so you have a bunch of leftover tuna from a big tuna fishing trip.  You gave a ton to your buddies, you had a sashimi party for your whole neighborhood but you still have tuna left over in your freezer.  This video posted by "" will show you what you can do with all of that tuna.  

How To Cook Yellowfin  (Ahi) Tuna On A Skillet: 

Pan Seared Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna (Best Recipe)

Check out this great video on how to make an excellent pan seared yellowfin tuna.  The video posted by "cookingguide" is a great step by step guide on how to make a great seared yellowfin tuna.  

If you want an easy step by step video for pan seared yellowfin tuna, here is one to use. This video was posted by "Poor Mans Gourmet Kitchen". 



Kosher Salt


Soy Sauce

Olive Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemon Juice

Sesame Oil

Wasabi Paste

Honey (If you don't like that sour vinegar taste)

So many seared Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna Recipes To Choose From! 

Here is another one posted by "YouCanCookGourmet" that is in true asian style. This one is a bit spicier than the last recipe with a lot more wasabi.  It also has more vegetables. 

Here is another version of seared Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna posted by "Chef I Am".  We hope you enjoy it!

** Scroll Down For Grilled Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna Recipes **

This video posted by James Oliver shows you how to make a great pan seared yellowfin tuna on a skillet.  In the video he is cooking a yellowfin tuna, but multiple types of tuna can work with this recipe.  We hope you enjoy the video!

Below "Gregs Kitchen" put up another great video on how to cook your tuna on a skillet. This is how you do it if you are not so comfortable with eating fish raw. 

How To Grill Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna: 

This is for the grill masters out there! Check out this recipe posted by "Cooking With John for grilling some great tuna steaks in your backyards.  This is a quick and easy recipe for yellowfin tuna that gets awesome results.   Try this one out!

** Scroll Down For Recipes Featuring Raw Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna **

Here is "AllRecipes" Yellowfin tuna on the grill recipe.  This video has a good step by step procedure that you can watch while you are  grilling your tuna. 

Here's a link directly to the recipe.

How To Make Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi & Sushi Rolls:

This video posted by "CatalinaOutdoorProducts" shows how to make sashimi and sushi rolls from your yellowfin.  Take note that the best part of the tuna for sashimi besides the belly is near the spine, since that area of the meat is not responsible for doing a lot of work it has remained especially tender.  If you catch tuna often, it may be worth investing in a rice cooker and a sushi making kit.  

In the video he makes:

Sashimi - Raw yellowfin tuna

Maki - Seaweed roll with rice and tuna (Maki means roll)

Nigiri  - Rice with wasabi and yellowfin tuna on top

The sushi he makes in the video has just rice and tuna, but you can add a number of ingredients such as jalapeños and avocado to add extra flavor to your sushi.  Don't forget your wasabi and soy sauce!

How To Make A Spicy Tuna Roll From Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna:

Now that you have the sushi rolls from above mastered, lets get a little more advanced with your maki rolls to make a spicy tuna roll.  Below we have included a great video posted by "sushifiestatv" on how to make a spicy tuna roll.  For a big tuna party you can always combine the video above with this video to have some great variety when serving your tuna rolls. 

Get More In Depth On How To Make Nigiri With Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna:

Check out this video posted by "How To Make Sushi" on how to make nigiri out of your yellowfin tuna.  He has some great commentary on how crazy the sushi market is in Japan. How crazy is it that the tunas over there are selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

How To Make Spicy Ahi Poke 

Below is yet another way to cook yellowfin tuna.  This one is good for you guys that like spice.   Check out the video posted by " TandCMarkets" on how to put together a great Spicy Ahi Poke, which is kind of like a spicy sashimi tuna salad. 

Another Take On Spicy Tuna Poke

This video posted by "Food Wishes"  is another take on the Spicy Tuna Poke.  The guy talks a little bit fast, with weird pauses, but its a great recipe:

You May Be Interested In Other Yellowfin Tuna Destinations As Well

Best Places To Catch Yellowfin Tuna

  • Yellowfin tuna are sought after world wide not only for their tenacious fighting ability but for their prized meat (get ready for a sashimi party) . They are voracious eaters when a school of them is fired up, but can also be finicky  when they want to be (this is when fluorocarbon is a must) or when your boat runs up on the school too fast.  Yellowfin can be found on offshore structure suchs oil rigs and rock formations, as well as in open water near upwellings, often surrounded by a zoo of diving birds and spinner dolphin.  They can be targeted by trolling, chunking, kite fishing, jigging and popping just to mention a few techniques.  This article covers the top 10 places in the world to catch yellowfin tuna. 

    1) Tuna Fishing In Venice, LA

  • There is a reason they call it Tuna town!  With tons of oil rigs to choose from and a whole fishing village marina with a culture that literally revolves around tuna fishing, this is a destination you need to make it to! Not to mention you will get to experience some Cajun food like a good muffaletta sandwich or anything with some Louisiana spice!

  • Below #BullbusterAmbassador Cpt. Jeff Schneider puts the gaff in a venice cow yellowfin. 

  • Below is another nice yellowfin out of Venice Louisiana (photo by #BullbusterAmbassador Jeff Sneider).  Check one of his yellowfin tuna reports.


  • Yellowfin in Venice are usually caught either chunking, live baiting, or on poppers on jigs. Fluorocarbon is your weapon of choice in tuna town. 

2)  Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is literally cow central, claiming the title to many world record yellowfin tunas.  As a matter of fact Puerto Vallarta has actually broken its own record a number of times. It was almost broken again in 2012 but was not broken due to a technicality.  

Puerto Vallarta tuna fishing is all about small beefed up reels filled with 130Lb hollow core braid and  a few feet of fluorocarbon  (so you don't need a swivel or a knot) to get your A** kicked by a big cow tuna!

Check out this sick tuna fishing video out of Puerto Vallarta posted on Youtube by "Peter Kim" fishing aboard the Journeyman. 

There are many ways to fish out of Puerto Vallarta these include: 

Long Range Boats Out Of California

Puerto Vallarta tuna fishing is so good, that most of the long range boats out  San Diego  California make they're way down here to pick at the cow tunas. 


Below a small sportfish boat circles Corbatena Rock with live skipjack tunas looking for a cow tuna or a big marlin.  Corbatena rock is a small rock island 35 miles outside of the Bay of Banderas. 

Large Center Console Panga

A 12 hour charter on a large panga in Mexico to fish the famous tuna bank "El Banco" can run you less than $600 with the right negotiating skills.  Be sure to bring a little extra cash to make sure you load up on extra goggle eyes though. 

One of the great things about fishing small Pangas in Mexico is that you can get a lot more fishing in than you might otherwise.  A week of fishing on a 30 foot panga won't cost you an arm and a leg and you will have a lot more time to adjust to the fishing conditions. 

Be sure to try some PV style Sashimi while you are down there!

Bringing Your Own Boat Down There 

If you are looking to make a long term investment in catching big tunas down in Mexico it may make sense to bring your boat down there.  Make sure you make a network that you can trust first though. 

3) Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Large yellowfins can be found  in many places offshore the Galapagos islands.  The island of Isabella holds lots of small but continuously swarming yellowfins that circle large offshore rocks and are often mixed in with wahoo. 

 These yellowfin tuna are often found swimming under small black tuna birds.  When you pass a group of two to three black tuna birds, you know the bite is on!

Fishing out of Isabela , Galapagos contact Manuco from the Hotel Casa De Los Delfines to find out more information about fishing trips.

  Fishing in the island of Isabella usually takes place on pangas or medium size outboard powered boats. Subsurface baits usually work better than others. 

Offshore the island of San Cristobal there is a large bank called Banco Rosa which has a number of big yellowfin as well as big striped marlin and blue marlin chasing them around. 

If you are going to bring your own tackle down there (we recommend it), you are going to want to bring small reels packed with braid and a mono topshot.  

Also bring lots of wire, the wahoo's are plentiful and it is VERY hard to find wire on the island.  The go to tuna lure is a large Rapala Xrap (bring these yourself too, they are worth their weight in gold down there). 

Check out our article on how the Galapagos Islands helped form many of the Bullbuster ideals.

Fishing out of San Cristobal contact Francis Zavala from Samysol fishing charters

4)  Port Lucaya, Grand Bahamas

If you live in South Florida only an hour or two away ( depending on how many outboards you are packing on the back of your boat) is some world class Tuna fishing.  

Check out this report by #BullbusterAmbassador Absolut Fishing of their Bahamas yellowfin trip.  Below are a few excerpts from the article :

"The first trick to this is pretty obvious, find the birds. It gets tricky after that."

"These fish are very spooky. If you don't run up on them just right, you'll drive them down and miss your shot.. It's all about the chunks and drifting your hooked bait back naturally with the chunks."

Read The Full Article Here

Check out #BullbusterAmbassador Absolut Fishing's Bahamas yellowfin video below!

5) Canyons Off Of Rhode Island

When it heats up in the northeast there are plenty of yellowfins to be found along with bigeyes.  The bluefin tend to be caught in the cooler months.

Check out the following fishing reports for yellowfin tuna fishing in the Northeast Canyons.

#BullbusterAmbassador The Tree Guy slays some slays some yellowfins offshore Rhode Island along with East Coast Charters. 

Check out some of his tuna fishing reports here: 

Yellowfins & Bigeyes - The Tree Guy has an excellent night time bite offshore Rhode Island, check out some of the excerpts below: 

"First cast TIGHT! The day seemed to fly by after this! We had boated over 100 Yellowfin Tuna and released about 60 of them due to size."

Read The Full Article

Canyon Fishing Trip - The canyons are like an offshore big game fishing jungle, plenty of fish species to catch yellowfin's, bigeyes, swordfish, mahi, you name it. This is also one of the few places that you are going to be catching tuna amongst whales, pretty wild!

"The yellowfin are always a blast.  Its awesome to hook up on  a pack of em, that is when mayhem ensues. "

6) Canyons Offshore New Jersey 

Growing up fishing the Canyons of New Jersey gave marine artist and #BullbusterAmbassador Alex Wexlerthe inspiration that makes him one of the most renowned fishing sketch artists in the industry.  For Alex its not just about the fishing its about the process.  

#BullbusterAmbassador Alex Wexler and marine artist  slays some sickle fins out of New Jersey.

Check out his Jersey Yellowfin Tuna Trip Report (Hudson Canyon)

7) Oahu Hawaii 

Oahu Hawaii has excellent yellowfin tuna fishing, except over there they are called Ahi. Boy are there some big Ahi over there, just ask #BullbusterAmbassador Jaren Luke.  He catches them on the troll way offshore as well as more inshore while kayak fishing.  For the big Ahi he is using 125Lb monofilament to catch the big boys on the troll.  When he is kayaking he is using small conventional setups in order to land 30-50 Lb ahi's with 40-50Lb braidand 40-60Lb fluorocarbon

Below are a few articles and excerpts about Ahi fishing out of Oahu. 

Late Seaon Ahi Fishing Tactics - Jaren Luke fishing aboard the Anne's Revenge to catch some monster late season Ahi on the west side of the island. 

Jaren also catches a lot of Ahi (yellowfin) from his Kayak  (Check out his article on sticking more fish from the kayak)

8) Bimini Bahamas

Many anglers take advantage of a quick run north of Bimini in the spring months to catch a TON of yellowfin.  However moving further into the islands works well as the summer moves on.

9) Grande Isle Louisiana 

Grande Isle is well known for its redfish bite, but the tuna fishing out of Grande Isle can be excellent! 

Take a look at #BullbusterAmbassador Fish Commander Charters to learn more about Tuna Fishing in Grande Isle. 

10) Miami, Florida

The yellowfin tuna bite in Miami can go off for anglers kite fishing along the edge.  This bite doesn't happen every single year though. When it does happen the yellowfin tuna bite can be excellent!

Bullbuster Ambassador Laurel David caught a yellowfin while fishing the edge in the spring of 2017 on 12 Lb Bullbuster Monofilament.  

#BullbusterAmbassador L&H Sportfishing also caught a number of other Yellowfin throughout the season. 

Yellowfin Tuna Acting Like A Shark