There are two types of fishermen—those who fish for sport and those who fish for compliments from passing gulls. Hook an honest catch with today's Groupon: for $38, you get a 3/4-day fishing trip (a $65 value) and rod rental (a $12 value) from Channel Islands Sportfishing Center in Oxnard (a $77 total value). This Groupon does not include the cost of a fishing license, fish cleaning, tackle, or meals.
Channel Islands Sportfishing Center packs able-bodied fishermen of all ages onto its fleet of fish-scouring schooners for a jaunt along the historic Channel Islands. Once on board the regal Gentleman vessel, fishing friends can dunk home-brought or store-bought tackle into stealthy waters stocked with hefty rockfish, lingcod, sand bass, and broken promise rings. With hair flowing in salt-tinged zephyrs, pole-wielders can bask in the majestic grandeur of the Channel Islands' natural flora and fauna as the ship's expert crew trolls the waterways for swanky aquatic hotspots. Tote along an endurance-boosting feast to sate deep-sea appetites, or reenact mammoth, rod-bending catches on dry land at the center's food stand, stocked with hot and cold meals, frosty beers, and fish-flavored sodas.
Before signing up for a salty soirée, attendees are asked to keep in mind a few rules and regulations of the watery road. All guests must have a fishing license in order to drop a line into the sea (details can be found here. For more information, patrons can make use of Channel Islands' online schedule.
Channel Islands Sportfishing
For nearly half a century, Channel Islands Harbor's crews have ferried groups through the waters between the Channel Islands to angle for halibut, white sea bass, and other gilled creatures with resounding success. Guests have caught fish of record-breaking size: In 2011, one passenger reeled in a California halibut that weighed more than 67 pounds. Groups depart for day trips or stay overnight aboard boats with galleys and bunks, and can buy fishing tackles and bait directly from the company rather than by setting earthworm traps in their neighbors' lawns.
Channel Islands Sportfishing's crew also ventures out on whale watching excursions to catch glimpses of gray whales, dolphins, seals, and other wildlife. Children are always welcome aboard the company's fleet, which includes 13 vessels.