Friday, December 15, 2017

    Now that the wind is shutting everything down outside, I can tell you that the rockfish were definitely biting this week. In three hours yesterday we caught limits of rockfish and lingcod and had to return another eight legal lings. Nick Bauer caught the two largest ones at 15 pounds apiece. There were several other boats out working the rocks, mostly near Bird and a few at Elephant Reef. We went a bit further down off of Ten Mile. The crab numbers that I heard were kind of sad (7 pots, 24 hours, 6 Dungeness in outer bay) but there's still some around and you never know when a fresh batch will come strolling into the bay. No surfperch report, as Gage's basketball practice is interfering with his fishing.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

      The pier is still kicking out a few Dungeness, especially around the turn of the tide. Snares and traps are both working about as well there. The bay crab action has been on the slow side for most boaters. About 4 to 6 Dungeness has been the average with quite a few zeros and one boat landing 17 over the weekend. Outside the crabbing is better but not great. Guys are getting them with a bit of work. The rockfishing has been good in the ocean and there's some nice redtail perch in the surf if you and the school of perch are lucky enough to meet. Twilight seems to be the more important than the tide for the perch.

Friday, December 8, 2017

    Here's a reminder that those of you with abalone cards this year had better remember to send them in or file online on time, or they won't sell you an ab card next year. Oh, wait...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 8, 2017  

California Recreational Abalone Fishery to be Closed in 2018

abalone and urchins
Red abalone and urchins
CDFW photo by A. Maguire
The California Fish and Game Commission yesterday voted to close the 2018 northern California recreational abalone fishery due to ongoing environmental conditions that have significantly impacted the abalone resource. The closure affects next year's recreational abalone season, which was scheduled to open on April 1, 2018.
 
The Commission's 4-0 decision (Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin was absent) upholds the policies of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan, which was adopted by the Commission in December 2005. Over the past several years, the Commission has taken several actions to reduce take and shorten the season to protect abalone from the unprecedented environmental conditions.
 
The Commission directed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to work with stakeholders to deliver a new fishery management plan that includes guidance on navigating these unprecedented conditions. The Commission also directed CDFW to consider how the new fishery management plan can inform the potential re-opening of some fishing opportunity for the 2019 season.
 
More information about California's recreational abalone fisheries can be found on the CDFW website.
 
Oh well....Guess I should've got wet this year.

Monday, December 4, 2017

    The only picture I have to show is this photo of Gage and Nick's thornback ray from last week. I had to crop out Gage's boots from the photo so you couldn't tell how big (small) it was. The boys caught 14 bat rays and this little critter in three hours of night fishing at low tide on the mud flats off of the seawall. Squid was the hot bait.
     In other news, the rockfishing was on the slow side this last week, probably from large swells and the full moon. Crabbing in the bay was decent for the guys really working their gear and moving it around. Get too close to the rocks and kelp and it's nothing but reds. The outer bay still has some decent patches of Dungeness, again in places away from from the rocks. Also, a note to the clammers: Digging during later tides that may require you stay out after sundown is a bad idea. "No instrument capable of being used to dig clams may be possessed between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, on any beach of this state," and the wardens can get grumpy when they write tickets in the dark. Let's keep them happy and stick to daylight hours like we're supposed to do.

Friday, November 24, 2017

   Jamie Cooper caught this 13 pound lingcod today. There were quite a few lings brought in today but this was the largest one weighed in at the store. The crabbing was pretty good in the outer bay and inside Tomales Bay, at least for the guys that found the sweet spots. 

    Petaluma Newbie sent in this photo and report from Monday:"Not much of a report for today. It would've been very mundane day except that it was my dad's first time crabbing. It was his first time back up to the area in almost 30 years since he and my mom drug me up for annual family camping trips at Dillon beach back in the late '80's. We pulled out 4 keeper Dungeness today. I've caught more Dungeness and I've caught bigger Dungeness but I've never caught more memorable crab than I did today! We fished marker 5 and my "secret spot". You can publish this: the crab are further in the bay than anyone is fishing. I've had honest to goodness good trips every time out since the opener fishing further in the bay. I'm talking Pelican Point in the bay. I only found them due to the steep tides on opener Sunday pulling my buoys under. I had to move my gear in." That's some good knowledge.