Friday, July 25, 2014

Scott from Auburn read the report and got a few tips, then headed out here to catch a halibut. Luckily he wised up, disregarded everything I said, talked to someone else and ended up catching this nice halibut by Hog Island on a shiner.

Alec Bennett took the Shrimp Boat out alone today and landed this 22 pound salmon on his new rod. He mooched it up off of the Trees on an anchovy. Alec says the secret weapon is the salmon colored hat. I'm not so sure. 

Ron Johnson landed a 60 pound limit of salmon today, this being the 34 pound larger fish. The trollers did well today, too, with some of the nicer limits being boated by the tackers. A few halibut were caught on the bar but divers did well enough to make most of the attempted halibut catchers pretty jealous. 

These sun- and windburned guys are showing off the 60 pounds of salmon they caught yesterday off of the Trees. Conditions were not perfect with the wind blowing just offshore making the water a bit agitated. After noon the wind slid in and chased most of the boats off the water. Most of the boats were mooching and maybe half caught a fish or more. There were a few trollers that dueled with the jellies and at least one found a pocket of clean water with a few fish in it. The bar had many halibut on it in the morning and the divers speared their limits then but the afternoon shift never saw a fish. The fishermen caught a few in the AM as well. A big school of anchovies came in the bay after the bottom of the tide and may have pulled some of those halibut with them further back into the bay. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another day, another 31 pound halibut. Jim Russell of Watsonville speared this one. You could almost show a movie on the white side.The bar treated the divers well again today and even a few first-timers got to bloody their spears. Fishing for the halibut was tougher but a few were taken. Also tough was the salmon bite for most guys, although yet again a few boats returned early with limits. The successful guys were moochers just below Bird. There was also a good bite down in the land of jelly (Elephant/Keyholes) where guys snatched fish out of a scene from the rumored Ghostbusters 3 movie (I've been slimed!). The wind is picking up for a day or so, and that's probably a good thing if it cools the water off a bit. If the water gets much warmer you'll have to chum for salmon with ice. Maybe if you use frozen bait they'll bite?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


It's a short set of photos today due to the small amount of fish brought in. These guys caught some salmon off of the Trees but were the exceptions. There was supposedly a bite down by Elephant but the guys I talked to that tried in there said the jellies were thick. The water temp has been running up to 65° which seems a little high for salmon. Actually, it seems a little high for albacore. Dorado, anyone?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Brad Siefker caught this 20 pound salmon today while fishing with Don Whaley on the Wooden Duck. Don says, "Wish you were here, John." A couple of boats limited out on salmon today and one guy was a salmon short of a Grand Slam (halibut, salmon, lings and rockfish limits) but the majority of fishermen will be eating beans tonight. There are salmon in good numbers out in 370 feet of water off of Bodega Head, not as big as some of the ones coming from the shallows, but quantity has a quality all its own. Divers got some halibut from the bar again. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The newest fish to beat here this year is Enzo Buckenmeyer's 38 pound salmon. Visible at bottom left is part of his 32 pound salmon. Check out that steely glint in his eye. Fish fear this kid.

The Honebeins caught this 22 pound salmon trolling 30 feet down in 60 feet of water a little south of Bird Rock.

Even though Rob Ohnmacht is holding this fish, he just netted it. The gentleman on the left reeled it in. Rob did a nice job netting it, though. It was mooched up off of McClure's.


The halibut came from the bar, which dribbled out a few other fish for the anglers and divers today. The salmon came from off of the Trees. There was no big bite today, at least not for the inshore guys, but there were enough fish caught so at least you could watch someone else bring one in if you weren't catching. If anyone out there likes eating the Red Irish Lord sculpins, you should definitely come fish here. You can't keep them off your mooched bait when you drift inside of 50 feet. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mike Gibson caught this 33 pound salmon off of the Trees in 60 feet of water trolling 30 pulls down with a 1 pound weight on a Brad's Cut Plug. 

Steve Freeman and Lou Zanardi caught 24 and 30 pound salmon while trolling at Elephant. The trollers and moochers had about equal success today. About half of the boats returned salmonless and a good part of the rest had one. There were still a few guys with limits. Pete Sequeira returned at noon with mooched limits from the Trees for he and his pal. Only a few halibut were speared on the bar today but the fishermen did pretty well. I heard of one boat catching 5 and talked to a guy with 3 and another with 2. The stripers turned to sardines today with a school of large sardines showing up on the bar for a while.