Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Not big ones, but there's a few stripers in the surf. Gage and I caught four keepers tonight (one released), three on Daiwa SP minnows and one on a Berkley Gulp! Sandworm. Lost a couple more. The surfperch were biting before the stripers showed up. If you're coming out this way this weekend, throw a surf rod in with the rest of your gear. One never knows... Worst case scenario, you end up spending time on the beach at sunset. I'm guessing that it won't be the worst thing that ever happened to you.

    These guys heard me whining about not seeing any fish for a week, so they brought these in today. The big one, caught by Marty Reed of McKinleyville, weighed 33 pounds. All fish bit live anchovies that the fishermen brought with them when they rented our boat. All fish were also caught about a half-mile or less from the end of the pier in the clam channel. Nicely done, gentlemen.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

   It's not a halibut or a salmon but it sure looks good to me. Bear Franklin caught this 22 pound striper by Hog Island on a live shiner today. It would make me happier if there had been a halibut or two to go with it, but still. Aside from a few surfperch it's the first fish I've seen in a week. Nice job Mr. Franklin.

Friday, May 18, 2018

   No new fish pictures. A few boats tried for halibut from here, both in the way back and in the clam channel, but no fish to weigh in. There were some pretty good rockfish caught over the last week but the weather forecast for this weekend would seem to indicate that we won't be seeing any come in. The crabbing is still very slow for Dungeness. At least the surfperch still know how to bite. The gaper  (horseneck) clams have tested clean of the PSP but the Health Advisory on sport-caught bivalve shellfish remains in effect.

Monday, May 14, 2018

   Saturday's forecast looked good and the nice fish caught on Friday got everyone excited. Then the South wind came up and blew hard enough to swamp a couple of boats on the beach and chase everybody off of the water. Surfperch were about the only fish landed here on Saturday. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised. Friday's forecast was for a 6 foot sea and it actually peaked at 14 feet at the buoy.  Sunday's weather was better but the halibut slayers didn't get on the water until around 4:00 PM. They still ended up with at least one from the channel right in front of the seawall just after the low tide. The crabbing was okay for reds and very slow for Dungeness. The rockfish got a break, as Saturday's rockfishermen weren't out long enough to get very many.
   James Nunley of Grass Valley jigged up this 24.5 pound halibut this afternoon. If you are wondering where he caught it....

    ...look over Eddie Kim's head. Eddie sent in this photo of his rockcod limit on flat water today. He also gave away the "secret hole." You could almost cast there....