Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Dungeness opener is Saturday, so of course the forecast is for a large, dangerous swell. The National Weather Service is calling for 8 to 10 foot swells, while Stormsurf is calling for 14 foot high surf. If you want to crab in the ocean on Saturday you'll have to go someplace else. Sunday is supposed to be fine. The inner bay will be crowded but very fishable (or fishable but very crowded) and it looks like there's a lot of Dungies in the bay for the start of the season. How long those numbers hold remains to be seen. If you're going to work the bay, I recommend parking on your gear to make sure that you are the only one running it. Also, write your name on your buoys. There is no excuse for pulling gear with someone else's name on it, and Fish and Wildlife won't enforce the "check your own gear" law if they can't tell whose gear it is. Lastly, weight your lines so they don't float. It's a bit hypocritical to get angry at a guy for running over your crab pot rope if you left 50' of line floating at the surface. It's kind of your fault. Don't be that guy.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Only one boat launch today, but they came back with two salmon from Abbott's Lagoon. Bob Boyle landed a 20 pounder and Craig Dahl of Mill Valley caught a 14. Both fish came on "Bubba Bait" in 80 feet of water near the bottom.
Mike Nursement was first back with salmon yesterday. The other boats fishing the "north of Abbott's" area also picked up salmon. No birds yesterday to show the way but the fish were still in 100-130' of water. This one had anchovies, herring and squid in his belly. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

These two stripers came from the surf yesterday. There's been a few caught from the beach in the last week or so, and even the surfers are seeing them while they're paddling out. There were some salmon caught off of Abbott's Lagoon in 100' of water (look for the birds). A diver tried the bar today for halibut and saw nothing but large Dungeness crabs and lots of dead squid. That sounds like the squid have spawned again by the outer buoy. There ought to be a few of those sea bass critters around, too.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Between the wind earlier in the week and big swells now there's not much to report. One boat got out for some rockfish on Friday. Five divers worked the bar yesterday and didn't see any halibut (but one saw a personal best 14 angel sharks if you like those). They did see lots of large Dungeness crab. Red crabbers are doing well but also returning lots of big Dungies. Hopefully more to report later this week but the weather forecast is a bit flaky.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Finally, a halibut! Vic Shada caught this 21 pounder while he was mooching for salmon off of McClure's. He and his partner also caught three salmon. The only other boat that we launched today caught two limits of salmon on Ten Mile near Abbott's Lagoon and they were back by lunch time.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


This week's white sea bass was caught by Tom Cook. It weighed 47 pounds and was caught, I believe, off of McClure's Beach. Tom was actually targeting sea bass, so it wasn't an accident.

These are Friday fish caught by Tom Gerbi and Ed on the Shut Up and Fish. They came from 70 feet of water off of Abbott's Lagoon. There were more salmon caught there today but the bite slowed a bit for most of the trollers and the moochers seemed to do a little better. No halibut today but some nice rockfish came in.