Fishing is like raising children: both require patience, superior breath-holding skills, and a pocket full of worms to entice cooperation. Catch your next meal with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a full-day fishing trip (an $80 value), a pole rental (a $15 value), and a tackle starter kit ($5–$10 value) at Hook's Landing in Oxnard (a total value of up to $105). This Groupon does not include a fishing license, but customers may bring their own or purchase one on-site. Trips depart at 4 a.m.; check the website’s New Bluefin trip schedule for availability.
Trawling the Pacific for four generations, Hook's Landing mobilizes anglers of all aptitudes with expert-led sport-fishing trips aboard the deck of its robust New Bluefin. Eager fishmongers depart from Channel Islands Harbor to try their hooks at catching lingcod and reeling red snapper. While out at sea, veteran crewmen demonstrate how to tie knots, bait hooks, and lure sea life with coquettish waves of their hankies. Meanwhile, the ship’s captain keeps tabs of triumphant casts, posting final fish tallies to the Hook's Landing homepage for easy bragging rights. In case they fail to reel in precooked fish burgers and fries, participants can nosh on the contents of a sack lunch brought from home.
Though little known to humans outside of Ventura, Hook's Landing's sailors are notoriously feared in the sea world. That's due in large part to their successful fishing charters, on which they bag hundreds of rockfish, and dozens of whitefish with a crew of tour-goers. The charter's guests can keep any fish they find up to the legal amount, with the option to have their catch filleted, gutted, gilled, or taken whole. Hook's Landing snaps memorable shots of the day's catches and encourages guests to cook their catch, instead of nailing it to a board and trying to make it sing.