Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Only a few halibut landed today, probably at least in part due to difficulty getting bait for most of the guys. High boat from here caught two and lost one on the three jacksmelt he caught for bait. Some stripers were caught on the beach last evening when a pair of fishermen caught nine is less than a half-hour under feeding birds. Another was caught this afternoon. I'll see you out on the beach tonight.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

If anyone can tell me what kind of fish Rodney Gladney is holding I'd sure appreciate it. I'm familiar with the halibut, having seen other people catch them, but the fish on the left stumped me. Could that be a salmon he caught on Ten Mile? You be the judge.

Kapulani Chong and his buddy picked up a halibut in the middle of the sea of boats by Hog Island.

Robert Rath and Tim Lewis show off their catch, also from Hog Island. There was a lot of competition for the halibut in a pretty small area, but these guys did it again. 
    There were several quick limits of Dungeness caught today, a couple in the bay and rest outside. The report from the Keyholes was that their pots were plugged with large, clean crab. Don't worry, if you didn't get them today they'll be that much bigger in November. A mostly slow pick for rockfish a few guys did well further afield. Point Reyes and Fort Ross were kind to the fishermen that didn't mind making the run. The surfperch are also biting pretty well on the oceanfront beach. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hog Island is still giving up quite a few halibut with some fish over 20 pounds caught and a couple of boats landing as many as four fish yesterday. In order to keep the halibut as large as possible, I engaged in a halibut feeding program where I allowed five fish to eat my bait but didn't hook them. You're welcome, by the way. Lots of live bait is available on the fishing grounds, with jacksmelt, jack mackerel, Pacific mackerel, sardines and shiner perch all present in the channel. No salmon landed here this week, and rumors of salmon being caught by the whistle buoy are just rumors. Rumors of albacore caught 10 miles from Bodega Head are outright lies. A few boats are going to run for some likely looking water 70+ nautical miles from Bodega this weekend and I hope they catch.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More halibut, no salmon, last chance Dungeness

More halibut from the Hog Island area were caught today, up to 17 pounds. The average size was about 8 to 10 pounds. Live smelt and jack mackerel put the flatties in the box. Having excellent bait is no guarantee, as some good fishermen went without bites today, but others did ok. The last chance for Dungeness is now, as the season ends next week. Luckily there's a fresh batch of crab moving in, not many, but more than we've had around for a while.  The pictured large Dungeness was caught on the pier last night. No salmon yet, but if we will see them at all this year it will be from mid - July to mid - August.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Here's a photo and report from Friday from Matt Lindsey: Caught near hog on the Gill Collector one released that did not like the feel of the net thats still in 24 ft of water. 
There were some other halibut caught by Hog Island, as well as a couple from further back. Two fish seemed like the high numbers with most boats landing 0-1. Outside I heard of no salmon but the rockfishing was good. Quite a few Dungeness in the outer bay but slow inside Tomales.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Even though the wind has kept people from trying for salmon, they're still trying for and finding halibut. The Hog Island area has produced the most, but further back in the bay (which has been a desert for a few years) has been producing a few fish as well. The fish in the middle photo came from eight feet of water near Inverness. Boats have returned with as many as five halibut but the average is 0-1. Live bait has caught most of the fish but a couple bit swimbaits. There's a few Dungeness in the outer bay but inside Tomales Bay the bite is almost nonexistent. Maybe they're waiting for the season to end. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015