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.

Santa Barbara Sportfishing Overview of Services


I chartered a trip for my son's twelfth birthday. After assessing several options I chose to book the charter with Captain Tony Vultaggio. I am beyond happy that I did.

Tony's knowledge, certifications, ability to communicate with and teach guests of varying experience levels are phenomenal. He is engaging and puts everyone at ease. Moreover, he crafts the charter to his guests' preferences and actively seeks their input and feedback.

Tony is a consummate professional, but makes you feel as if you are one of his long time "fishing buddies." We had such an amazing time we are planning another trip in the spring of 2016.

Seasoned anglers and beginners are assured a great trip because Tony understands the informational and instructional nuances each level requires in order to maximize his guests' enjoyment. His ability to provide fundamental instruction to an inexperienced person and in the next moment provide insightful assistance and tips to an experienced angler exemplifies why a charter with Tony Vultaggio is rewarding experience.


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.