Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    These fellows, along with several others, caught limits of salmon to 23 pounds yesterday. It wasn't a wide open bite but a steady scratch throughout the day. Salmon were caught all over, from the outer bay to Bird Rock. McClure's, and Ten Mile beach, in 35 to 80 feet of water. Most successful fishermen were running their gear "danger close" to the bottom. I say this not just because I sell replacement gear but because it's working. Those fish aren't getting red bellies from sunburn.
      Updated report for today is that fish were caught but not as well as yesterday. The anchovies schools are dense enough to walk on but the fish (who are probably overfed) just don't seem too interested in what fishermen are offering. There were still a few limits today, so it's not like they won't bite, they just don't really want to.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

    Here's the first fish weighed in today, a 24 pounder caught by Colleen Hoburg. I'm told that after this picture was taken it took ten minutes to get her to let go of the fish. I wouldn't let go, either. As you can see from the photo, it wasn't a particularly nice day on the water with a stiff southeast breeze in the morning and a 5 to 7 foot west swell. All the more reason to hang on tight. This picture and the fish were taken in 80 feet of water off of Bird Rock. See the red on the salmon's belly? That tells you how close to the bottom the fish was laying.

    These grinning young men from Lodi caught their limits of salmon "somewhere" on "something". We know the boat left and returned to the Landing but beyond that all we get is smiles and shrugs. The big fish, caught by Roy Woltkamp, weighed 30 pounds. At least it looks like there's a possibility of a few fish around for the derby on Saturday.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

    My apologies to Peter Honebein for not posting this Thursday photo sooner. This fish was caught at Bird Rock after trolling to the first parking lot on Ten Mile and back.

     These guys had a good day today, even if they lost another five salmon at the boat (they'd rather not talk about it...). These were caught on Ten Mile in 40 to 60 feet of water near "blackout the meter" schools of anchovies.

    Kevin Romanshek caught this 13 pound halibut in the bay today.....

     ...and Jeff caught a 16 pounder nearby.

    And now the fish I'm most jealous of, and the fish that likely has Gage standing in the surf as I write this, Robert Sommer's (of Sacramento) surf-caught striper. This one bit on squid. Well done, sir.

Friday, August 18, 2017

    So, I took a little a trip with my boys out to as far as 37º 39' by 123º 33' to scout for albacore. There were some good signs but no biting tuna. 61ºF, clear  blue water, birds picking up bits of bait off the surface and a pod of actively feeding pilot whales were there but no jumpers, smaller dolphins or saury were seen. Inside of the temp break in slightly greenish, 57ºF water there were pods of feeding dolphins, whales, and jumping baitfish. It looked to me like there should be some fish there, and my not catching doesn't mean there isn't any, but it was pretty disappointing. Well, at least I finally got around to changing the fuel in my tank.
    Inshore there were a few salmon caught but it was mostly disappointment there, too. At least the short halibut in the bay were still biting, even though the keepers were still scarce but not absent.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Here's a nice striper from last weekend. Stuart Johnson picked up this 25 pounder around 5:00 PM on Saturday between Hog Island and Pelican Point.

     This 15 pound striper was caught yesterday, a little south of Hog and nearer to the houses along the east side.

    Petaluma Newbie sent in this report:" I fished this afternoon (Monday 8/14) south of Hog Island. I had a bunch of trays of frozen anchovies leftover from all of my very unsuccessful salmon & halibut trips this summer so I figured I'd head out today and try to clear some room in the freezer. I started off trolling for about an hour and a half with no luck. I got tired of having to drive so I switched over to drifting the dead bait. I hooked this one about 20 minutes into the drift about a mile and a half south of hog. It's a not huge 25" but it is my first keeper halibut. I fished a couple more hours with no action at all. One bite, one fish. Better than getting skunked again." Tastes better, too. There was a lot of that hot skunk action going on today. They say that the southeast wind makes the fish not bite and there may be something to it, as the wind came from the south and east most of the day. The ocean water was cold and clear with no bait found in close but some out in 160 feet or more of water. Now to find the salmon.