Paradigm Shift Charters

San Diego Charter Boat and Fishing Gear

Paradigm Shift is a custom rigged 26-foot Jones Brothers Marine Cape Fisherman. This boat, built and designed to readily handle big water, is unique for Southern California, and easily handles less than ideal conditions, even when running at top end speeds. She’s powered by twin 150-hp 4-stroke Yamahas and tops out at over 50 miles per hour and cruises in the mid 30s. She has an easy day range of over 100 miles one-way if needs be, which means we can make an easy day-trip out of early season tuna runs. She is rigged with the latest in electronics and safety equipment and a few pieces of gear not usually seen on the West Coast.

The boat is equipped with a full t-top for shade and its high freeboard, recessed hardware and center console design make her a safe and incredibly fishable platform regardless of the conditions. Her deep-V hull makes even the roughest day’s run bearable. She also has a shallow draft, which allows us to easily fish well into San Diego’s back bays and flats. She has an 80-gallon livewell and plenty of room for tackle storage – even fly rods.


Scott is pro staff for Temple Fork Outfitters, Mako Fly Reels by Jack Charlton, Rio Fly Lines,Cam Sigler Rising and of course, Jones Brother Marine. We also offer a full compliment of Shimano conventional gear, including Baitrunners, TLDs and Torium casting gear. We even have heavy stand-up gear for the big swordfish and thresher sharks that are common here. The exact equipment is generally tailored to the species available at the time of charter and guests are always encouraged to bring their own gear. If you’ve never fly fished before and want to try it out, arrangements can easily be made at the time of booking. In general, anglers needn’t bring anything other than themselves, sunscreen, a hat and a good camera.

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As advanced warning for the fly fishermen, finding fish is accomplished several ways and for the sake of efficiency usually involves prospecting via trolling or “dropping iron.” In most instances the fish can be easily brought up once located, even if they are initially found deep. It’s also common, however, to see fish breaking or finning right on the surface. I’m not a big fan of blind casting, so our goal is to limit that as much as possible. We also fish according to all IGFA rules and regulations, so our gear is rigged to those standards, but that’s simply a starting point. We can easily rig heavier or longer leaders for those who ask. After all it is your day on the water.