Sunday, September 18, 2016

     The past few days the catching has been slow but not completely shut off. At least, not for the skilled and lucky.

      Jason Neff caught this 21 pound salmon on Friday.

     Mike Morgan's 25 pound halibut was one of four flatfish brought in by him, Jigger John, and Frank Green. Live bait at McClure's Beach worked for them.

     I didn't get the details but knowing these guys and seeing the fish they caught, they were trolling Ten Mile, probably with VK heads holding their bait. There were not a lot of fish brought in overall, but there's still quite a bit of bait out there and the water conditions don't completely suck, so there may be some more action before it's all over. Zach Liddle, one of our local fish counters, said he counted a 50+ pound white seabass caught in the outer bay on Friday, so that's interesting. Zach, you need to take a few pictures of these fish and send them over. We all want need to know.

Friday, September 16, 2016

      Alec Bennett went out with Bob King on Wednesday and caught this 26 pound salmon as part of their limits. Their fish were trolled up by the Keyholes. Most of the fishermen did well on salmon, mostly off of Ten Mile Beach but also in the outer bay. Both bites died yesterday and only a few fish were brought in here. I lucked in to four salmon at McClure's and saw four others caught there, but I wouldn't call it a good bite. Halibut was almost dead in the bay and on the beach.

     Jack Stevens sent in this report:"Attached is photo of Stacey Szczekocki's first ever salmon.  We fished off Fort Ross on Sunday Sept. 11th. with bait in 80' of water.  Stacey's fish was the only salmon caught that day." That fish looks like it would have won our salmon derby.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

     Scott Edson sent in this report, probably just to make me feel bad :"Last Friday 50' of water, outer bay, 62" 61.5# gutted and gilled, certain there's more around" At least he's throwing us a bone at the last. 
     The salmon are still pretty steady on the South end of Ten Mile Beach, from 20 to 60 feet of water (find the bait, find the fish). I haven't heard of many larger sized ones but the average is around 10 to 12 pounds. Bait and watermelon Apexes seem to be the ticket. Very few halibut are finding their way aboard the boats, though, even at Hog.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

     Here's the winners of the 5th Annual Merle Lawson Memorial Salmon Derby. This year's derby had 60 competitors but only smaller fish landed. The biggest fish only went 15 pounds gutted, but there were four of them, so the order in which they were weighed in gave us the winners. Mike Nursement got 1st and $1750, I was 2nd with $1100, and Tim Woerner was 3rd with $650. All three winning fish were caught in 50 to 60 feet of water off of Bird Rock. Yes, I know I shouldn't be winning, but all the money for entry goes back to the prizes and not for the party, which is paid for out of pocket. I don't catch big fish, anyway, so it took a small fish day to give me a chance. A special thanks to Tammy Barton, who donated and extra $500 to the jackpot. Thanks to everyone that came out. It was good to see old friends and meet new ones. I hope to see more of you at the 6th Annual derby.

     Yesterday and today the best bite with the most fish came from the far end of Ten Mile. These fish caught today were at the Towers but other guys did well at the parking lots down to the Point. Lots of bait scattered down the South end of the beach. A few halibut were caught but only a very few.

     Richard Baratta caught this surf striper on Friday evening. The evenings have been the best bite for the bass.

Friday, September 9, 2016

     Richard Baratta sent in this picture of a nice Tomales Bay halibut he caught today. There haven't been a whole bunch of those lately, so nice job Richard. There were a few salmon brought in today from Bodega Head down to Point Reyes. No single spot sounded all that great, but most of the guys I talked to are fishing the Derby and maybe don't want to share their good info. It seems that the outer bay is now baitless but some of that baitfish moved outside the reef to 120 feet of water. Of course, they moved two miles last night, so they may not be there tomorrow. I guess we'll find out where the big ones are at the weigh-in tomorrow.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The outer bay bite was in the afternoon after everybody left. The morning was dead and only a few fish were caught. We had one at 10:00, one at 1:00 and four between 1:30 and 3:00. Two on the bottom and four 25 ft down. Other fish were caught on Ten Mile, off of Mussel Point in 210 ft, and further North near the Russian River. There's so much bait in the outer bay and the water has some decent color to it, so it seems pretty difficult to me to run past it. But, after a few hours with no bites, I understand looking elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

     These guys limited on salmon today. Nothing on the boat at 2:00, limited by 3:00. It's probably a secret spot, except that you could see all the boats from the beach (as far as secrets go, this one needs more fog). Just West of buoy "02" was a small fleet of boats trolling back and forth, and when the school came in the nets were waving all over. With luck the number of boats won't increase to the point the school doesn't come in tomorrow. What are the chances, though, really? It's a secret.....