Monday, June 27, 2016

     I don't have this gent's name, but I got the important details: 15 pounds, Saturday, on the bar, on a live shiner. The "on the bar" part got me interested, as aside from one a diver saw a few weeks ago the bar has been deserted. Or has it? 
      Not too much else to report except for lots and lots of bait behind Hog Island. One fisherman today reported 500 yards of baitfish flipping. There are anchovies, mackerel, and sardines. Lots of sardines, about green label size.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

     No salmon today and not bunches of halibut but apparently a few were taken. Well, at least this one. The wind stayed moderate on the beach for most of the day so the bay was fishable even though the ocean wasn't by the afternoon. Lots of people trying the surf but no reports from there. Am I going to have to send Gage out there? Come on, work with me, people. Just OK crabbing, but still a lot better than it will be in a few days.

Friday, June 24, 2016

     Jerry Trafton sent in these photos from the 19th : Couple fish caught in Tomales Bay on Sunday by Jon Berglund 

    There were a few other halibut caught by Hog on the weekend but much more fishermen than catchermen. The wind has blown all week on the ocean and the water isn't warming up any out front. The grunion just ran on the beach, which you'd think would be a good sign for halibut and stripers from the shore, but aside from a half a dozen hearsay reports of full moon stripers the only fish I've seen on the beach were the grunion. They are supposed to run every two weeks on the full and new moons, so maybe when the water warms a bit more we can catch a few halibut from the shore. The tip of the sand point now has a major channel (20'+ deep) right off the end of it and if you fish there you may see me. Or Gage. Probably Gage.
     The finale for Dungeness is here, and the crabbing in the bay has been on the slow side, although last Sunday one boat limited with 60 keepers from pots dropped in the outer bay. Red crab will remain closed for a while, as the last test at Pillar Point had one crab (out of 12) fail the testing. Maybe in August they'll open. I remember playing this guessing game with Dungeness and sucking at it, so I'll quit now. No more salmon landed here. I think the salmon catchers will be back next weekend, so we can see if it was luck or skill that put salmon in the boats last week. My money is on skill.

Monday, June 20, 2016

     So that rumor of a sea bass in Tomales Bay is confirmed. 55 pounds, caught by JD.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

    The halibut fishing in the bay was a bust for most of the fishermen I talked to yesterday. Lots of boats, lots of bait, not so much for the halibut. I heard of a possible white sea bass caught by Hog yesterday, but rumors were as good as it got. These fellas above decided to got out into the ocean and try for salmon. At least they wouldn't be crowded, they thought. It turned out that they couldn't relax because the salmon kept biting. How annoying! Two boats caught six salmon out in 200' of water, 150' down. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

     I'm not sure if this guy is smiling because of this excellent striper he caught this morning or because he knows I spent two hours fishing in the exact same spot last night with no bites. Probably the second one. 

     Steve Towne is selling his boat. Here's a pic of it. He says,: Complete turn key and ready to fish salmon and tuna ! Fully loaded, to much to list. This boat has been maintained by the Lawson's landing mechanics and is above average condition . For a complete list of equipment please call or text Steve at 707-775-8716, price is $17,000.00  OBO , boat is currently at Lawson's Landing

Friday, June 17, 2016

     Jim Handel of Concord caught this ten pound ling out by the outer bell buoy ("02"). He and Dennis Stocking landed five for the day on live shiners. The live shiners have been working on the halibut by Hog Island as well. There's been quite a bit of striper fishing in the last few days but the catching has been slim. We're coming up on the full moon on Sunday, so you'd kind of expect to see a bump in the evening striper bite. Guess we'll see if the moon thing holds true.