Captain Greg Trompas does not remember life before fishing, as his sportfishing career began as a three year old in January 1978 at the Coronado Islands. The son of a sportboat owner and captain, Trompas cut his teeth during the 80’s and early 90’s during a great El Nino offshore run and the glory days of giant Guadalupe bluefin tuna. Greg took his love for fishing on his own as he went to work and fish on long range sportfishing boats and private yachts, where the potential of landing very large game from a skiff was truly realized. During this time Trompas caught both bluefin and yellowfin tuna in excess of 200 pounds. The passion for big game hunting close to home burned within and Trompas found the same size coastal fish that were seen in Baja’s untrampled waters, yet more challenging to capture.
Over the last ten years, Greg has spent countless days, averaging 250 per year, exploring and exploiting the potential of the vast coastline of kelp lines, hard bottoms, canyons, and sandy beaches he fondly refers to as “the backyard”. Trailer-boating to the central coast, ever-increasing knowledge and understanding of the vast Baja coastline, plentiful offshore islands, and a resurgence of offshore fishing especially for trophy bluefin tuna round out “a very special time to be a fisherman in the Bight”. On the water, when not chartering clients to catch their dream fish in his Cabo 216, Greg fishes the coast hard with friends as crew as a rod-and-reel commercial fisherman, taking pride in ethically providing his hometown with the absolute highest quality fresh local fish and yielding absolutely zero bycatch. He also fishes south and on his travels to find inspiration for writing and video, and for the pure love of fishing with a rod and reel, hook or lure, and a strand of line to connect it all.
When not marauding the local waters in search of the biggest fish he can find, Greg enjoys spending time at home with his girlfriend Chelsea and their dog Roscoe. He is an avid surfer and an occasional free diver, and has as much a passion to search out perfect waves as he does to fish. Travels have taken him across the globe to Central America, mainland Mexico, the Baja peninsula, Puerto Rico, Indonesia and his favorite, French Polynesia. Greg holds a 100GT Masters license issued by the United States Coast Guard, and currently writes for The Bight-a journal for the salt-water angler. He appears as a guest on the radio show “Let’s Talk Hook-Up”, works on film with Inside Sportfishing, and is currently working on his own video project also. He speaks at seminars at all of the southern California trade shows as well as special events in his hometown of San Diego.
The Cabo 216 was “the boat” in its’ day with design well beyond its’ years. To this day it still stands as one of the absolutely best laid out and riding boats in its class. A four year search for the right Cabo 216 finally ended in February 2013 and the restoration process began. Countless hours went in to making her in excellent condition again, right down to the teak. She felt the salt water again May 18, 2013 and was instantly proven to be a producer. Add the best ten-month stretch of fishing ever seen by the captain, and the boat/owner relationship is at a very healthy status. With clean, aesthetically pleasing lines, beautiful teak, full walk-around, below deck fish holds, ample live bait capacity, in-seat coolers, huge cockpit and a v-berth when a nap is the call, she is truly a joy to fish.
From Hook to Table
We take ultimate pride in the quality of our catch. Your fish will be meticulously cared for from before they are even aboard. Expert gaff shots are followed by proper bleeding procedure, slush-iced, and a market-quality fillet job.
We also work hard to capture your special salt-water experience with expert quality digital photos to show your family and brag to your friends.