About Us

Your kayak fishing expert for Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco Coasts

Allen started kayak fishing because he loved to be in the ocean and loves to fish.  He's
got years of lessons learned, techniques tried (and some failed!), and favorite hot spots.  
Why should others to have to spend those years trying to figure out what he already knew and
was willing to share? 
We would like to take you out on our waters to experience all the Santa Cruz and
San Francisco Bay Areas have to offer.  Whether it is light tackle Rockfish, Lingcod, or
Halibut in Monterey Bay; Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Halibut, and Leopard Shark in
San Francisco Bay; or Salmon in our coastal waters, we've got the experience, and
the know-how to put you onto fish at any time of the year.

Our tours are designed to give newcomers to fishing, kayaking, or both a "leg up" on
the learning curve.  We cover essentials of kayak rigging, navigation, weather and
conditions, launch and landing strategies.  And, of course we focus on fishing tackle
and techniques for our targeted species.

 Bottom line: It's about fun, fishing, and community. 

We've been having a blast walking the beaches for fiesty surfperch and the occasional striped bass! It is a year-round fishery
along the Monterey Bay.  Tips tricks techniques to get you started and show off the productive spots!

 Allen Bushnell has combined his love of the ocean as a
 surfer for 40 years, and as a fisherman for even longer in the
 sport of ocean kayak fishing. He is a licensed fishing guide
 with the California Department of Fish and Game since 2004.
 Besides guiding, Allen writes the weekly fishing report for the
 Santa Cruz Sentinel. He can be heard as co-host on the weekly
 "fish-talk" radio show Let's Go Fishing! on 1080.AM Radio in
 Santa Cruz, or streamed live on the web from: 

 Allen has  written many articles for local and national publications,
 and currently is co-owner and editor of Kayak Fishing Magazine,
 the world's largest online yak angling publication. He loves to
 travel for exotic kayak fishing and shares the "largest-fish"
 kayak record with close friends Allen Sansano, Howard McKim,
 and Chris Mautino for their 2007 Alaska adventure for 450-pound
 salmon sharks. Fishing locally for fun and food never loses its
 allure, however.  
His favorite fish? "Santa Cruz Halibut!"

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