Trip Guide for SCI 2.5 Day Kayak Mothership Trips

This trip guide is intended to provide you with answers to our most commonly asked questions. This includes insights on where to meet, what to bring, how to pack, parking, trip itinerary and more.

Important: This Trip Guide is for paid Fish Village customers only. Please do not distribute this link to others.

COVID Disclaimer

The Islander will be following CDC and California COVID protocols. In 2020 these protocols included temperature checks before you got on the boat, masks and a signed waiver. These protocols may change by the time we run these trips. We will keep you all informed about COVID protocols as we get more information.

Fishing Location

San Clemente Island is a haven for big trophy calico bass, like the one you have been chasing. In normal conditions, the island produces too many 5 lb.+ calico bass to count with some serious brutes in the mix. The island isn’t just for the bass nuts, there is quality yellowtail fishing, rock fishing, sheephead and doormat sized halibut.


Target Species

  • Yellowtail
  • Halibut
  • Sheephead
  • Calico bass
  • Vermillion rockfish
  • Asst’d rockfish

Recommended Setups

  • 20 lb. baitcaster/spin
  • 30 lb. baitcaster/spin
  • 30 lb. live bait
  • 40 lb. jigging

What Is Included?

The following is included in the trip price:

  • 3 meals a day + two snacks (on fishing days)
  • Water, soda, tea, coffee 24/7
  • Full service crew
  • Skiff support while in the water
  • Live bait

What Is Not Included?

The following is NOT included in the trip price:

  • Alcohol (Beer can be purchased while onboard)
  • Bottled water (can be purchased while onboard)
  • Jackpot (see below)
  • Tips*

* We suggest $80-$100 for the crew. Ultimately this is up to each individual, however we are confident that you will be pleased.


Living Aboard

You will live aboard the Islander for 3 nights.

  • Clean bed, pillow and linens
  • A/C in every room
  • 2 full bathrooms with showers
  • Staterooms with 3-4 bed racks in each
  • Batteries, GoPros, etc. can be charged in your room
  • No WiFi or cell service will be intermittent

Jackpot Rules

There is a chance you can win money on these trips. If you choose to participate in the jackpot, please read the rules first.

  • $20 buy-in
  • Heaviest fish out of the two (2) days wins
  • Only fish caught on a kayak will count towards the jackpot

Packing Tips

Our first tip to everyone on every trip… don’t over pack. You need enough gear to last you two days. For most, you probably already have the gear that you need to be successful on this trip. Our second tip… PUT YOUR NAME ON EVERYTHING!

Fishing Gear

Gear ItemRequired or Suggested
Surface ironsSuggested
Jigs of all typesSuggested
Plastic swimbaitsSuggested
Hardbaits (stick baits, Rapalas, etc.)Suggested
Squid jigs (for catching squid for bait)Suggested
1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 circle hooks for live baitSuggested
20, 30, 40 lb. fluoro leaderSuggested
1-5 oz weights (torpedo, egg)Suggested
GaffSuggested
NetSuggested (Req’d by California law)
Game clipSuggested
Kill BagSuggested

Kayak Gear

Gear ItemRequired or Suggested
KayakRequired (Bring your own kayak)
PaddleRequired
PedalsRequired for foot powered kayaks
Fish FinderStrongly Suggested
Bait TankSuggested

Safety Gear

Gear ItemRequired or Suggested
PFD (Personal floatation device)Required
VHF radio & chargerRequired
SunblockStrongly Suggested

Clothing

Gear ItemRequired or Suggested
HatStrongly Suggested
Polarized SunglassesStrongly Suggested
Long sleeve fishing tech shirts (lightweight)Strongly Suggested
Fishing tech pants (lightweight)Strongly Suggested
Fishing shoes, water shoes, etc.Strongly Suggested
Lightweight windbreaker/rain jacket for inclement weatherStrongly Suggested

Additional Items

Gear ItemRequired or Suggested
Powerstrip (for charging electronics and batteries)Strongly Suggested
Towel for bathingStrongly Suggested
PillowRequired
Bed Linens or Sleeping BagRequired

Itinerary

The Islander is docked at Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego. All trips start and end here. Parking is $8 per day, cash or check only. Lock your car and do not leave anything in the back of your truck bed. You can park on either side of the parking lot, just note that the parking lot is shared with H&M Landing. After parking head towards Fisherman’s Landing (towards the left when facing the docks).

Dock carts are available to load your gear and stage. Simply walk the edges of the docks to find empty carts. Please be courteous and share carts with other anglers on the trip when possible.

2838 Garrison St. San Diego, CA, 92106

The following itinerary assumes a Thursday – Sunday trip.

Thursday

TimeSchedule
5:00 PMArrive, find parking and unload gear into cart(s)
6:00 – 7:00 PMBegin loading up the Islander with our gear
8:00 PMDepart Fisherman’s Landing and Captain’s briefing

Friday + Saturday

TimeSchedule
SunriseEat breakfast and launch
LunchCome in and eat lunch or have the skiff deliver lunch
EveningCome in, shower and eat a delicious dinner
Evening (later)Ensue shenanigans

Sunday

TimeSchedule
5:00 – 5:30 AMWake up, finish packing
5:30 – 6:00 AMSettle any tabs with the boat and tip the crew
6:00 AM (ish)Arrive at Fisherman’s landing
6:00 – 7:00 AM (ish)Unload kayaks and gear
7:00 AM (ish)Pickup fish