Visitors and residents alike come to California’s coastal towns to rest, relax, recharge, and enjoy the ocean, beaches, and all the fun activities the west coast has to offer in the fall. While many visitors will dress in bathing suits and gather beach gear for a day full of water adventures like kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and more, or some time on shore building sandcastles, strolling the beach, or just enjoying the weather together, some have come in search of a fall fishing California story. Pack your bags – and your fishing gear – and head to fishing in Newport Beach and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. Make sure you secure a California fishing license and brush up on catch limits and other rules before heading out.
Types of Fish
Different fish favor the waters of Newport Beach at different times of year, so make sure that you check your local fishing report for the most up-to-date information on what’s biting where before heading out. When fishing the waters of Newport Beach in the fall, be prepared to hook tuna, yellowtail, bonito, dorado, lingcod, calico bass, and California halibut, and more. The type of fish you hook will also depend on where around Newport Beach you drop your line.
Cast off for a fishing expedition of a lifetime in Newport Bay. The inshore waters are the perfect place to head if you want halibut on the table for lunch or dinner. The marshy, sandy, rocky, environment is one that the fish love to frequent. You might also come across calico and sand bass, out for a visit.
It’s a major feature of southern California fishing you’d be remiss to lose out! You’ll want to make your way the kelp beds around Newport Bach at some point during your trip. The horseshoe kelp of the area are kelp paddies that are home to several species of inshore fish, as well as the occasional offshore visitor.
Dock & Dine
When your stomach rumbles while you’re out on the water, or you want to catch a meal before docking the boat for the night back at Carefree Boat Club, take advantage of the many restaurants of the area that participate in the unique “dock & dine” experience. Participating restaurants allow you and your crew to pull up to the dock and enjoy great food and drinks right on board your own vessel. It’s a fun way to enjoy a meal, while also keeping your valuables safe and your Newport Beach fishing excursion worry-free. Those who don’t want to miss any time out on the water can even order your food to go and have a delicious fresh meal aboard as you head out to sea again. There’s a myriad of restaurants to choose from for breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour, or a soothing nightcap an exciting day on the water. Choose from delicious seafood from Newport Landing Restaurant, American fare from the Harborside Restaurant, or your favorite Mexican dish from Sol Mexican Cocina, among many others.
King’s Eye Escape Room
Spend 60 minutes of your Newport Beach fishing respite with some onshore activities. Work together with your fishing buddies to solve the clues and break out of the room in 60 minutes or less to win. Rooms are ranked by difficulty and the number of people needed to solve the puzzles. Your group must be smaller than ten participants and only one group is allowed to wait in the lobby, so come close to your appointment time.
Leave the rod and reel on your vessel at Carefree Boat Club and let someone else take the helm. You can charter tours for a number of activities, including snorkeling, SCUBA diving, whale or dolphin watching when the season is right, or a sunset cruise. Whatever type of tour you choose, make sure to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking pictures of the water, shoreline, and the majestic sea creatures you’re bound to encounter.
Set aside some time to hit the beach that bears the name of the town. Newport Beach and its pier are the perfect places to hang out and get some sun and time in the water when you’re not on a boat. There’s seating along the pier so you can sit and watch the marine life play in the water, you can walk to the end and back for some exercise, or if you can’t resist you can bring your gear along to hopefully catch tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.
As with any coastal town, the sand and water activities are endless in Newport Beach. Trade in your fishing gear for snorkel or SCUBA gear, wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, or any other water activity you can think of. You could also opt to just splashing around in the waves with your fellow anglers for a celebratory swim after a productive day out at sea. Whatever you choose, fishing and boating are not your only options for a memorable time in Newport Beach.
Fall Fishing in Newport Beach
Once you seek out the best locations to cast a line around Newport Beach in the fall, you’ll want to make sure you can get to your chosen spot, settle in, and have everything you need to catch the fish of your dreams. That includes a fishing boat that can handle the waters of Newport Beach and the surrounding area, your whole crew, and all of your gear. Have your bases covered – along with some others you might not have thought of – with a membership to the Carefree Boat Club. There are locations all across the U.S., including the newest one in Newport Beach. We have the boat you need when you need it. Avoid the hit-and-miss availability of small rental companies, as well as the hassles like storage, maintenance, trailering, covering, cleaning, or extra fees like insurance and mooring that come with owning and transporting your own boat. Reserve a boat at Newport Beach or any of our other locations and it will be ready for your use each time you show up at our marina during your reservation period.
Contact us today to book your next great Newport Beach fall fishing California getaway!