James Hallauer


Hometown: El Cajon, CA
Hobbies: Lure customization and fly fishing
Favorite Lures: Deps Buzz Jet and swimbaits
Favorite Technique: Topwater and swimbaits
Favorite Lake: Lake Havasu, AZ/CA
Family: Wife Krissy, Sons; Jake, Brady and Colton

I grew up as a native Californian immersed in and around saltwater and freshwater fishing. As early as I can remember I always had a rod and reel in my hand, it was my passion! With that I began as a deckhand with our San Diego sportfishing fleet when I was fourteen years old. When I was eighteen years old I obtained my Captain's License and I operated boats for the sportfishing and commercial fishing industries on the West Coast for nearly three years.

I now have over twenty years experience including fly fishing and bass fishing on the West Coast and adjacent inland waters. I have an extensive background in all applications, methods and techniques for both saltwater and freshwater fishing that includes fishing in oceans, lakes, rivers and tributaries.

Several years ago I found myself consumed with bass fishing more than anything and it quickly became a competitive sport for me. Today I am a competitive and professional angler fueled by the progression of the sport of bass fishing. I now work as a part-time guide and have licenses in both Alaska and California. I fish an average of 10 to 15 tournaments per year and spend 80 to 100 days a year on the water.

My family is very important to me and supportive of my goals. My youngest son Colton is a strong, young angler at only 13 years old and my regular practice partner!

I am grateful to all my sponsors for the continued support that they provide.

Tournament Accomplishments


  • National Bass West - 2nd place and 3rd place finishes in San Diego Region
  • National Bass West Lake Havasu Classic - 2nd place


  • 4 top 5 finishes between WON Bass and National Bass West team tournaments


  • 5 top 5 finishes between WON Bass and National Bass West team tournaments


  • 7 top 10 finishes in National Bass West
  • San Diego Region "Angler of the Year" in National Bass West


  • National Bass West - 3rd place in Diamond Valley Lake tournament
  • "Angling for Autism" charity bass tournament at Diamond Valley - 5th place
  • WON Bass Pro/AM at Lake Havasu - 7th place
  • 3 top 15 finishes in National Bass West


  • 5 top 10 finishes in National Bass West


  • 3 top 5 finishes in National Bass West
  • 3rd place in year-end points for National Bass West San Diego region

IMG_9539_copy2nd place at 2010 Western Classic2010

  • 3 top 15 finishes
  • WON Bass Pro/AM at Lake Mojave - 9th place
  • WON Bass Western Classic Qualifier
  • WON Bass Western Classic - 2nd place


  • 3 top 20 finishes in WON Bass Pro/Ams
  • WON Bass Pro/Am at Lake Roosevelt - 15th place.


  • US anglers choice " Angler of the year
  • 1-1st place finishes
  • 2-2nd place finishes
  • 1-3rd place finishes
  • 1-4th place finishes

Professional Experience

1983 - 1988

  • Deckhand on various sportfishing boats and corporate yachts within the San Diego Bay basin. Trips included half-day and long-range sportfishing trips to Southern Baja.

1988 - 1992

  • Captain on the corporate yacht "Temptress" owned by Plaza Tour Co. out of H&M Landing.
  • Captain on the corporate yacht "Lydia Lee" owned by Plaza Tour Co. out of H&M Landing.
  • Captain on MV "Mascot IV" out of H&M Landing where we ran ecology trips to Baja.
  • Delivered newly purchased corporate yachts to various locations along the Pacific West Coast as far north as Puget Sound, WA
  • Served as a crewmember and operator on MV "Spirit of Adventure" while taking an exploratory team of French Geologists to Clipperton Island, Costa Rica
  • Involved with NOSC and Sea World research teams and often supported these research groups with their boat operations
  • Relief Captain on several corporate yachts for spectators during the America's Cup tour finals in San Diego
  • Relief Captain on several commercial fishing vessels

I am currently employed full time for the San Diego Unified School District Maintenance and Operations division. I began working in the construction industry some 17 years ago and thus have been promoted from Journeyman Painter, Construction Crew Leader, Project Manager, Construction Manager, and Construction Coordinator to a Project Construction Supervisor. Overall I have been employed with S.D.C.S for 18 years.

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Contact Jim

Give me a call or send me an email to talk about a guided fishing trip or marketing service. I would love to hear from you.

Call/text: 619-857-7173

Licensed & Bonded

fish-and-game-logoJim Hallauer is bonded and holds a valid Guide License by the California Department of Fish & Game. Don't hire an unlicensed or uninsured guide, check to make sure your guide is properly licensed and covered.