Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Brittany Young sent over this report from the weekend:"Brittany Young captained but her husband Morgan young caught this 29.5 lb Halibut just north of hog island Saturday evening on the incoming tide. The three boats in our group brought in over 35 Halibut in just a few days. 

Leila Smith was casting the surf and managed to bring in this beautiful striped Saturday mid day."

   Some final pictures from Eddie Kim's visit. Mr. Kim and his various crew fished hard during his stay and they all took home some halibut. I think Eddie needs to rest up for his next visit. 

   Here's the photo of Nick Bauer's fish from the other day. I'm guessing that the halibut are officially in. Commercial salmon season opens here tomorrow but we probably won't get any reports on salmon until Saturday at earliest due to gale warnings and small craft advisories for the next couple of days. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

    Eddie Kim and his crew caught four halibut yesterday while live baiting by Hog Island. Although I haven't received any pictures, I heard that Nick Bauer may have done the same. Another group of three boats has been quietly slipping halibut into their boats around Hog and points north of there. The anchovies have been moving in and out of the bay and the fish are likely following them, so don't plant yourself in one place trying to make fish bite. Those hungry fish could be almost anywhere. There was some decent surfperch caught yesterday afternoon/evening and at least one striper pulled from the surf.

Friday, May 10, 2019

    Eddie Kim returned with his brother and they did a one-day slam for limits of clams. Dungeness, rockfish and ling cod on Wednesday. I believe they spent Thursday cleaning all of those critters.

   Rumor has it that there's a few more halibut coming in. I don't believe it, but Nick Bauer keeps sendng me pictures, so maybe it's true. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Kyle Riffle sent in this report:"Did good on crab in the outer bay, limits of commercial quality crabs the first pull after an overnight soak. Then ran down the bay and caught a 33 inch and a 26 inch halibut on live bait drifting past the channel split by hog island. Good day overall!" Nice job, gentlemen. There were a few others caught there yesterday as well. For those looking for live bait, Gage saw big schools of anchovies out in 160 feet of water in front of Bird last evening. There were whales, dolphins, pelicans and fish splashing as well. Gage didn't drop a line in the water, though, because "I didn't want to have to make a difficult decision." He's right, the splashing fish probably weren't bluefin. Any bets on this weather holding until salmon reopens?

Monday, May 6, 2019

   Here's Kris Gaiero with her second halibut from off of Tomales Point. Remember when I said that inside the bay would be better for halibut? Well, it is, but Kris is making a pretty strong argument for the Point.
    Here's a nice Hog Island halibut. This one bit a trolled anchovy. I heard of a couple of others caught yesterday as well. There were a couple of guys that caught some decent numbers of Dungeness in the outer bay (half limits or better) but they worked hard for them. Inside the bay it was pretty slow for the Dungeness but part of that could be the strong currents around the new moon. Rockfishing was on the slower side as well. Surfperch fishing was okay on the incoming tide but if anybody caught any stripers they weren't telling me. No bluefin here. On that note, as abfish mentioned in yesterday's comments, bluefin are extremely boat shy. Should you be lucky enough to find a school of feeding bluefin you need to either cast from a distance or troll a way-way back line round-a-bout over the fish. How far back? If you have to ask, it ain't far enough. When you're sure it's enough, add a little more. And if all you've got is salmon gear it almost doesn't matter how far you put your lines back, since bringing a knife to gun fight generally ends poorly for the blade wielder. Also, don't drive over a school of boiling bait and birds. Just don't. Ever.