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Stagnaro Sport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises

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Santa Cruz, CA, USA
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About Stagnaro Sport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises
The Stagnaro family has been serving the Santa Cruz area for over a century, ever since Italian patriarch Cottardo Stagnaro settled in Santa Cruz in 1879. This historical landmark business is still leading the way in ocean fun on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There is something for everyone: Whale Watching, Scenic Bay Cruises, Fishing Trips and Private Parties for any occasion. Whichever your choice, today's fourth generation Stagnaro Charter Boats will surely make your trip fun and memorable.
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cartoonthunder wrote a review Oct 26
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What a blast. I took my two sons out on a 7 hour trip with Stagnaro in early October. We limited on fish and caught a few large ones in the process, headed home with 14 pounds of fillets. We rented their setups as our reels have braid, which charters everywhere do not allow. There was ample space on the boat for social distancing and nearly everyone (and all the crew) wore masks. Deck hands showed a lot of hustle taking care of the guests on board, bringing beers, gaffing fish as needed, and unsnagging lines as needed. And they did so with good spirit, as if they were having as much fun as the guests. Can't wait to go again.
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24leroy wrote a review Oct 26
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This charter was awesome. My wife and I have always talked about going whale watching and we were celebrating our 21st anniversary. The weather was beautiful the seas were calm and there were plenty of Humpbacks to see. The captain and first mate/ marine biologist were very help full and full of information. We will need to come back to see the blue whales migrate!
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Neo2301 wrote a review Oct 25
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Took my wife on her birthday, and she loved it. It was beautiful weather, luck and cruise captain which made our day. We spotted around 4-6 whales, one shark too.
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Sam wrote a review Oct 23
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Just went on the 11am tour yesterday and it was an amazing adventure. The tour was exactly 3.5hrs and after leaving the dock we drove out for about 45min and finally came upon sea lions and 6 humpback whales. We saw everything you could want. A couple of whales breached the surface and there was plenty of spouting and fluking. One even came right next to the boat for a short bit. Brian was our guide, he's very knowledgeable and approachable to ask questions. I rented binoculars for $6 that I learned were available at the check-in office and will say they are worth getting. Because of Covid-19 the boat is running at half capacity so there were 25 people on board instead of a possible 50 which made it even more nice because there was so much space to have to ourselves and the opportunity to sit. It seems about 3 people were nauseous so they laid low inside the boat even though the conditions were only 1ft. swells so remember to take whatever sea sickness medicine you think you may need. They also sell a number of different remedies at the check-in office and I purchased some for myself that I used since I'm sensitive to going on the water and think it helped me greatly. Also important to certainly wear layers. It was mid 60's on land but I brought a hat, gloves, hoodie and jacket (all of which I utilized for most of the journey). It's nice and warm in the sun but windy at times. There is paid public parking available at the marina but I did see a family that opted to park in the nearby neighborhood and walk. There are bathrooms at the marina and both at the check-in office and on board the boat. I will certainly take the trip again in the summer when there is even more marine life action.
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Michael H wrote a review Oct 21
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We experienced the best day of fishing in a long time on a fine Saturday in October aboard Legacy. Skipper Jason and crew, Julian and Nate, did a great job of keeping us on the fish and disentangling lines. The weather was superb and the current was up. Everyone aboard caught limits of good sized rock fish. Thanks guys! We even got to see a pod of Rizzo's Dolphins cruise by. I will remember this trip forever.
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