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Huli Cat
Sportfishing and Charters
Live Video Fishing on the Huli Cat

Operating out of Pillar Point Harbor in beautiful Half Moon Bay, the Huli Cat is 53 feet long and has an enclosed cabin. It accommodates up to 32 people for whale watching and tours. But, we don't fish that many for your comfort and enjoyment. The boat is fast, efficient, affordable, and clean - complete with a crew that really cares.  

The Huli Cat Advantage
Charters Include
  • Private parties

  • Wine and cheese cruises

  • Whale watching

  • Nature trips

  • Bird watching

  • Weddings, and burial at sea (scattering of ashes)

End of an era.  Huli Cat was sold and is no longer in operation.  Call New Captain Pete, Riptide, Queen of Hearts or Ankeny Street for you fishing and vessel needs.  Thank you for your support over the years.

 Huli Cat is no longer in operation.  Thank you for the years and the memories.  To order Huli Cat swag send an email with size, color, item (T shirt, long sleeve or short, color, size.

All resident and non-resident licenses, both annual and short-term, and selected stamps can be purchased online.  Licenses are available on board by calling 800.465.1458 with a credit card and ID

Tom Mattusch
Owner and Captain

of The Huli Cat

Tom Mattusch is the owner and Captain of the Huli Cat, a 53 foot charter boat, operating out of Pillar Point Harbor and has fished the West Coast since 1967.  He’s an IGFA Certified Captain, and can be heard on four radio stations giving fish reports or discussing fishing politics.  Tom has worked closely with the Coastside Fishing Club, Recreational Fishing Alliance, PCFFA, the Half Moon Bay Fisherman's Marketing Association, and The Sportfishing Conservancy  He represents CPFV's on the Dungeness Crab Task Force Whale Entanglement Group.  Tom sold Huli cat in September, 2021.

One of the most respected charter boat captains, Tom has a number of firsts to his credit:  

  • The first charter trip out of Half Moon Bay to take anglers to catch Humboldt squid

  • The first white shark viewing charter trip to the Farallon Islands 

  • The first albacore trip out of the Marine Warehouse to demonstrate the albacore were again accessible by boat off the Central California coast

  • The first charter boat Captain out of Half Moon Bay to get certified to marry people, and has married people on the Huli Cat

  • Appeared in the movie ‘Chasing Mavericks’

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Come aboard the Huli Cat!

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