Frank Ursitti is the managing partner of United Sportfishers/H&M Landing in Point Loma. Ursitti handles the day-to-day operations of the West Coast’s largest and most diversified sportfishing fleet. Ursitti has been working in the sportfishing industry since he was a teenager. In the summer of 1977, he began working on sportfishing boats from Channel Islands Harbor and continued to work as a crewman on boats from the CISCO fleet until earning his masters license in 1981, becoming the youngest licensed master at the time. He then began operating boats for Channel Islands Sportfishing until February of 1990, when he purchased his first charter boat, the “Coral Sea,” and began spending five months each summer season fishing out of H&M Landing with the balance of the year from Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard. Ursitti has worked to improve and expand his own passenger boat business. In 1999, he purchased the first boat he ever worked on, the “Ranger 85,” to expand and diversify his charter business and his business portfolio to include whale watching and eco-tourism adventures in the waters throughout the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. In 2000, Ursitti formed Channel Islands Whale Watching, offering whale watching and wildlife cruises into the waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. In 1997, Ursitti founded Channel Islands Marine Floating Lab, a tactile marine-science field-trip opportunity for students. This program fosters stewardships of the world’s ocean and provides an in-depth look at the diversity of life in the ocean, from its very basic forms all the way up the food chain to the largest animals on the planet.
Jim Hughes has over 35 years of experience fishing in the San Diego sport fishing industry and holds a well-earned reputation for catching fish. Hughes is the owner and operator of the Cortez, a 65 foot sport fishing vessel specializing in both open party and private sport fishing charters from Southern California to Baja Mexico. The Cortez comfortably accommodates groups of up to 23 passengers on overnight and multi-day fishing trips, and up to 43 passengers on local 1/2 day, 3/4 day, and full day trips. On offshore fishing trips, the Cortez targets fish species such as yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, albacore tuna, bigeye tuna, yellowtail, dorado, and more. On the local day trips, the Cortez targets a variety of San Diego’s local fish species such as bass, white sea bass, barracuda, yellowtail, bonito, rockfish, and more. Jim Hughes and the crew of the Cortez dedicate themselves to providing exceptional customer service and comfortable accommodations while working hard to ensure that each fishing trip is both enjoyable and productive.