Welcome to Santa Barbara Sportfishing.

Owner operator Tony Vultaggio is a seasoned guide with over 25 years experience fishing in the waters in and around Santa Barbara California. Tony specializes in catering to the needs of his clients whether they are local to Southern California or visiting on vacation. Tony will work with you to create a unique half, full, or multi-day excursion that you won’t soon forget. In addition to fishing, he also offers a variety of custom trips: Surfing Expeditions, Free Diving, Kayaking (popular with the kids) and Whale/Dolphin Watching.

Ask about where to stay in beautiful Santa Barbara, Tony has lots of suggestions.

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I have have something I want to say in regards to Capt. Tony and his charters.  My name is Jamie *******, for Christmas my son Travis *******, gave me a gift of a fishing charter aboard Capt Tony's boat.  It was one of the best Christmas gifts I have ever received.  I am from South West Florida visiting Travis, but have fished the Baja, the Channel Islands, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and fly ins in NE Canada.  Capt Tony rates at the top of Capts. For hire in my book.  He took us out on a cold Dec. morning, and put us on fish (rock fish), within seconds of the bait hitting the bottom.  He kept us on fish for the two hours it took to catch our limit of 10 each, (60) beautiful mixed rock fish.  He decided to troll for tuna, but told us he had not been able to find the school the day before.  He had no charter but went out anyway on the day before to find fish for us.  Not many Capts go that far to assure that the clients have a good day, let alone a great one.  He had ample bait aboard, Sometimes you have to spend half of your day catching your own bait.  He had all the tackle necessary, and all we had to bring was food and drinks. One thing oft times that is in short supply is coolers and ice, this was not a problem, nor was a little advice from the Capt.  We had a member of our team who barely spoke English, and had little experience in fishing, no problem, Capt Tony showed him how to fish, and you would have to have seen his smile at the end of the trip.  Santa Barbara sports fishing,  Capt. Tony is the man.  Thanks Capt for a great trip, great fishing and in the last few days great eating.


About Tony Vultaggio

Tony Vultaggio is U.S. Coast Guard Licensed and First Aid/CPR Certified. His international maritime experience makes him the perfect salt and fresh water fishing guide. Tony has captained fishing vessels in Alaska, Costa Rica, Mexico, Florida, and the Bahamas.

As a Santa Barbara native, Tony has over 27 years experience fishing the Santa Barbara Channel and can locate the best fishing spots in the Channel Islands and along the Gaviota Coast. Tony is an original Bass Club member and has fished Lake Casitas and Cachuma Lake since the early 1980s. For 27 years Tony has photographed the topographies of these lakes during the drought years, and is thus familiar with productive but little-known fishing areas.

Capitalizing on his extensive knowledge of both salt and fresh water fishing, his passion for fishing, and his patience as an instructor, Tony Vultaggio, owner and operator of Santa Barbara Sport Fishing Charters, is the premier guide for your family's ultimate boating and fishing adventures.