Thursday, July 19, 2018

   Nick Nichols sent in this report from Sunday/Monday:"Attached are some pics from Sunday and yesterday. Rockfish from Point Reyes. Salmon off of Ten Mile, about 70’ of water, Watermelon Apex for both." It's just like a Watermelon Apex to save the trip, like an old, dependable friend. 

    Eddie Kim sent in this successful report from Tuesday:"My daughter Kiana far right & Lincoln caught their very first halibut ever! 
Also Lincoln's first time rockcod fishing. 
Got the 3 Hali's in the morning then hit the cod" Eddie id going to give them the wrong impression, that this fishing stuff is easy.

   Nick hopped a ride with Eddie Kim yesterday and showed Eddie how to catch salmon. Just toss 'em slow and easy.
    Today the salmon decided to go ahead and bite again. I'd like to think that it's because I got out on the water again but.... no, that was probably it. The beaches (both Ten Mile and McClure's) held salmon that, after examining their full stomachs, probably shouldn't have been hungry. One of our best fish was lost and when the line was reeled in there was a partially digested anchovy on the previously unbaited hooks on the hootchy. There wasn't much bait on the beach where we were but there were huge schools of anchovies out in 60 to 80 feet of water. We got lines in the water at 8:00, had half limits by 8:30 and were running home at 10:00. I could get used to this, but I probably won't get a chance to. Seems like these bites are for a couple of days and then the fish move, probably farther North. Might be a good bite at the Head , Carmet or the Russian River by this weekend. Or not. The fish aren't saying. Also, some small halibut action around Hog in the last few days and a few stripers caught both by Hog and in the surf.

Monday, July 16, 2018

    The Honebeins landed two salmon today, the big one weighing 25 pounds and caught by Peter. When asked if they were fishing in 70 feet they smiled and said, "deeper." That's all I know.
    The jellyfish were on the bite again today, but a few people are figuring out how to tease a salmon out of the jello mold we call the Pacific ocean. It seems that Apexes are less likely to get covered by snot and can fish effectively, longer. No guarantees, but there seems to be a common thread between most of the salmon coming in. The salmon are scattered and came from Bird, Elephant, Ten Mile, and most consistent, Carmet. Some decent halibut were caught by Hog today, not a lot but we saw a pair of 15 pounders.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

  I called out a certain someone that had done well salmon fishing yesterday. "Local Legend" Gerard Fitzgerald sent in these photos, I assume to make sure we are all aware of his prowess. It would appear that he may be almost as good a fisherman as he thinks he is. Most of yesterday's fishermen (and -women) did not do nearly as well. No comment on location or technique, but the cleaning station looks like the one at Westside, so within 20 miles of Bodega Bay, probably. Was there a place in the ocean without boats on Saturday for the top photo?

    Today's big fish was Mike McKnight's 30 pound slab which he caught at Elephant Rock on an Apex. Most of the salmon fishermen I spoke with today had about 30 pounds less of fish in the box, so an especially good job on this catch, Mike.

    Patty O'Hare made the board yesterday with a 20 pound salmon, one of four salmon caught on the Nursement's boat. They were fishing "near Bird" for most of them. 

    Richard Baratta did a saltwater christening on his new boat this weekend and then got it bloody. "Hey Willy 
It was great to talk to you and the boys after being away for so long, my wife and I had a great time and were blessed with two beautiful salmon on our new boat. My wife was happy the sea monster got away after destroying all my tackle :(
Richard"  Nice fish and nice boat, Richard.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

    It seems like whenever I say the bite was slow somewhere, somebody sends in photos to prove me wrong. Jeff Hunter was kind enough to send in these photos and report:"Lots of action around Hog today..mostly sharks and rays...but I was able to convince these two fish to jump in the boat, by dancing a jig in front of them. Tons of bait everywhere though too. Also an Anonymous kayaker with a nice striper.." Today I heard of quite a few halibut caught both by Hog (drifting live bait) and Marshall (trolling). Not too many big ones, but small halibut are tender. How was the salmon bite? Depends on who you asked. Many boats had none, some had one, and a few guys clobbered them ( coughGerardcough). The jellyfish were bad from 70 feet out, so most of the fish were caught pretty shallow. I heard a secondhand report that a salmon was caught in the surf on Dillon Beach. I guess the jellies weren't too bad there.

Friday, July 13, 2018

    Trip Plumb sent in a photo from yesterday, when the fish were biting:"Jennifer had a nice Salmon from the Trees. It bit on the striped Boots" No comment attached about whether the boots were trolled or mooched.

    Cameron snapped a photo while pulling out boats today:"Picked up below hog trolling herring. Only halibut plus an assortment of sharks and rays." So at least somebody caught fish today. The really good salmon bite yesterday changed to a scratch bite today, one that caused the hordes of fishermen looking for a bite to rapidly clump around anyone foolish enough to wave a net. By the afternoon the bite had picked up a bit with some fish getting caught all over, from Tomales Point to Ten Mile in 60 to 180 feet of water, but the most consistent bite was for the guys that gave up on fighting the crowd and went out deep (200-300 FOW) and fished the krill line. Lots of smaller fish and a few larger ones, just like on the beach, but nobody cutting you off or playing chicken. Also, near the shore, the jellyfish returned today and the thresher sharks bit better for some people (Gage) than the salmon. Tomorrow is another day and the salmon and halibut will have to eat again soon.