Tuesday, August 30, 2016

     And this is what one of the stripers caught on Saturday looked like (pre-filet). This is Evan Peelen again, making the rest of us feel bad. I'm told that the determined-looking fellow in the background ended up with a larger one that we may get to see a photo of later. For today's news, seven divers speared four halibut and one salmon fisherman went out, bounced around, and caught one. Kites were flown. That's about it.

Monday, August 29, 2016

      Here's a late entry from yesterday:"Evan Peelen caught this 27 inch halibut,South end of the beach Sunday evening.Fish was caught on silver herring pattern SP minnow.No Stripers today,but Evan and Sam Morida landed 2 bass in the 5 to 10 pound range Saturday evening using A Rigs." Very cool, Evan. You made Gage pretty jealous.
     For those of us with tuna on the brain, Vern Sasaki sent a report from Fort Bragg:"We ran the iron man to Ft Bragg on Saturday leaving at 2:30AM.  My friend Ken Morita was the buddy boat on his 23 Striper and we pulled into a very quiet Noyo launch at 5AM.  We had couple of other scouts on Gradies heading west 60 – 70 miles, but we heard they found hot water, bait but no takers.  My engineer friend Nam studied Ripcharts so the plan was to head straight west 40 - 45 miles (40/30) hoping to intercept the fast moving temp break.  Ken decided to drop lines at our numbers (59 degrees) but we kept pushing west looking for the break but it kept getting colder dropping down to 57???, so we decided to go south to catch up with the break.  About 10 minutes, Ken has a double of nice fish.  We are now 4 miles outside and south from him, so we put in and we get a single in 60 degree, circle back to get to the cooler water and then get a double and lose the bigger one at the boat…now two fish low/mid teens.  Nothing else in the morning and the warm water fills in 60 – 61 degrees so we head east back to the canyons and we pick up another fish each, one close to 20. 

Our fish came on yellow/green zukes and flags.  Ken got his on cedars.  Everything came long, nothing short on the raps.  Long day, flat water but a good shakedown run and some nice sashimi."
     Today's report is that two boats went out and caught halibut and salmon in some choppy water. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

     Beth Honebein finally broke the 20 pound mark for the Honebeins this year with this 21 pound salmon. It was their only bite on Friday.
     Joey Petrilla of Dutch Flat, CA., caught this 22 pound salmon on an anchovy in 30 feet of water near Point Reyes. Nice job, Joey!

     Tim Nelson of Sacramento caught this beautiful 28 pound halibut on a jacksmelt today.

     Lou Zanardi of Penngrove trolled up this 24 pound salmon. It was his only bite and he's pretty glad it stayed attached.

     Jim Alexander of Rocklin put this nice 22 pound halibut in the box on Ten Mile.

    Also from Ten Mile came John Brezina's 34 pound halibut. It looks like he can't believe he caught it, either. He also caught a 20 pound halibut, both while trolling.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

      There was a boys versus girls team event held today. The boys don't want to talk about it. Looks like someone fished the beach, though.

     Adam Farrow caught this 25 pound salmon while trolling in 80 feet of water off of McClure's Beach. There were a few other fish taken there, but it was far from red hot anywhere. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

     So,  maybe just finding the bait isn't good enough. I guess the salmon need to find it, too. Catch numbers dropped yesterday, probably because I was out fishing. There was lots of bait from Bodega Head down to Point Reyes, much of it pushed into water too shallow to safely fish in. The esteros had a good bite on Wednesday, but that evening you could watch the birds follow the bait over the reef and out of the outer bay. There's still some bait and salmon there but, like everywhere else, you need to work for them. Ten Mile had a good bite in shallow, and there's still fish to be caught along the length of the beach, but there's a lot of water between them. We caught three salmon and lost three yesterday, and every bite was just offshore of birds working a bait ball in the shallows. It seemed to me that the fish were coming for the bait schools but there's too many to choose from.
     The bait schools in the shallows are so thick that the thresher sharks can't tell when they've run out of water. This shark was found on the beach "gasping" yesterday and was returned to deeper water. That would be fun on a surf rod, eh?

     Scott from Auburn sent in this picture of his day yesterday. "Picked these two up on Wednesday, on some nice “candy bar “ size jack smelts, out in front of your place. A 28 inch and 36 inch, it was beautiful out there!  Doesn’t get any fresher!" The halibut fishing in the bay has been pretty good, and for the divers that have been asking me about the bar, the answer is yes.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

     Find the bait and the salmon will follow, I'm told. These fellows found the bait on Ten Mile and caught their salmon, so there may be something to it. There were schools of bait and marauding salmon scattered throughout the local area, from the outer bay down to Ten Mile, and salmon were caught by most anglers that located one of the schools. Mr Gerbi, in the photo here, had a bit of negative mojo going for a while, yet here he is with a smile and a limit, so things are looking good. Heck, I might be able to catch one. Well, maybe not that good.

     Here's a shot from yesterday. Kevin Fujimoto and friend limited two ways. They were rigged for trolling, and I'm going to guess their lines were close to the bottom in a sandy area.