Monday, February 16, 2015

There are some surfperch biting on the incoming tide. These were all calico surfperch since the redtails they caught weren't big enough. Most of the fish came on prawns and clam necks but a few bit on the Berkeley Power Grubs. Note to prospective surf fishermen: Put your bait and lunch in a dog-proof container. These gentlemen had theirs eaten by beach walkers' dogs. My favorite quote of the day: "I hope he throws up in the car." 

Friday, February 13, 2015

The salmon preseason has started and the meetings to set the season have begun. Your chance to view or offer an opinion comes on February 25th at 9:00 am at the Sonoma County Water Agency at 404 Aviation Blvd in Santa Rosa. I believe that you can play along at home over the Internet. Links and other dates of meetings can be found here: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/salmonpreseason.asp . For abalone divers and rockpickers, new rules are being created. Your opportunity to participate is also at hand. To fill out a questionnaire on your preferences for future regulations, go here: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Invertebrates/Abalone/Survey . It can't hurt, and maybe you can help direct where the regulations will be effecting. I know that I personally would enjoy the opportunity to choose the  color and composition of the rope with which I get hanged.
   The crabbing has been slow in the bay but there's still some Dungeness coming in. The pier has even given up a few crab dinners. The surfperch are feeding off of the beach if you're lucky enough to find the school. The leopard sharks are also doing the school thing inside the bay and if you're lucky enough to find them please let me know where. I was told "across the bay in a cove" but that wasn't enough info for me to find them.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

     The new rockfish regulations make repeated reference to the fact that you can't fish for rockfish west of a line of waypoints defined in the Federal regulations that describe the 30 fathom line. This map shows the line in our area. I also listed the waypoints on here, as they require a bit of searching to come up with them. Maybe they'll be included in this year's regulation book, but if not, you can find the waypoints (maybe) by clicking here: 50 CFR Part 660, Subpart G. The 30 fathom line definition starts on page 244. Enjoy. 
     The crabbing is still pretty slow everywhere. There's a few surfperch coming from the beach and a few big jacksmelt from the pier. There's schools of bait moving in and out of the bay with birds chasing them but nobody has gone out to see if anything interesting is mixed in with them. The leopard sharks are schooling in the shallows in the bay now, if you can find them (the schools have been moving around). Unfortunately, they aren't very hungry when they're schooling like that but they are fun to watch.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Aside from a limit of Dungeness caught off the pier by 10:30 AM yesterday, the crabbing has been very slow. With luck, yesterday's crabs are a sign of some fresh Dungeness moving into the bay. Other crabbers did catch a few, but not limits. The outer bay still has some crab to offer when you can get there. The beach had some surfperch and there's at least one striper out there with a Pencil Popper still in his mouth. The biggest catch recently was the Shrimp Boat's rescue of two people from an overturned canoe. The child was wearing a life jacket but the adult was not, nor could he swim. Alec got to practice the CPR he had just learned, and luckily he was successful. Another big save for the Shrimp Boat crew.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Slow Dungeness crabbing in the bay and outside (when you can get there) with catches ranging from zero to limits but averaging about 2-4. The pier has been very slow for most people but almost every day someone will catch a few. Randy visited this week and caught as many as 6 in one day. Rockfishing from boats is closed now but may reopen as soon as April 15 if the Fish and Game Commission passes their proposed changes. Also likely, a three fish limit for lingcod and a five fish limit for black rockfish. Start studying now for your black vs. blue rockfish identification.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

     At a quarter to 6:00 this morning a fiberglass boat ran into one of Hog Island Oyster Company's boats and sent two guys to the hospital (thankfully not to the bottom of the bay). Then the boat took off. If anyone saw a boat today with some recent front end damage I'm pretty sure that the Marin County Sheriff's Department would like to hear from you. Their number is (415)479-2311.
     Here's something fun. Can you name these critters? (Not Nick) They are tasty but usually too deep for most of us.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The rockfishing was great yesterday for the few boats that went outside. The best numbers were for the guys that went down to the reef off of Abbott's Lagoon and returned with about 50 pounds of lingcod between their two limits. They put some pots at the Keyholes for 14 Dungeness in a few hours, so there's still a few around down there. The outer bay provided near limits of Dungeness for one boat that found the right spot. Tomales Bay has slowed down but most of the boaters are catching at least a couple of keepers. The pier has been very slow with occasional flurries of decent action. On Thursday at the turn of the high tide I saw several Dungeness caught in nets, traps and snares on the pier.