Sunday, September 30, 2012

Joseph Mason caught this 24 pound salmon and 24 inch lingcod today in front of Bird Rock. Scott Mason assisted in the capture. Another boat returned with four 10 pound lingcod from "the Point Reyes area." The one boat that went for albacore started at 42 and 26 and caught six fish in twenty minutes at 45 and 31. They said the weather was unpleasant on the tuna grounds to start but improved all day.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"Hook Set" Mitch caught these two 18 pound salmon today at the Keyholes while fishing with Ron Johnson. He also caught a halibut at McLure's Beach. All fish came on green label herring on cable baiters with no flashers. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tuna counts today are good, "as many as we wanted." That was 18 for one boat and 25+ for another. There's word of a dorado hooked and "released." The numbers I heard were 42 and 26. Salmon on the beach, at least 5 caught between the three boats I talked to. The salmon were out in 50 to 110 feet, depending on who you spoke with and where the jellyfish were.
Cameron Vogler caught his first albacore yesterday. That was the only fish for our boat, but other boats scored well. Fish numbers I heard of ran from one (me) to close to limits. The other two boats out of the Landing had 11 and 18. Most of the fish were caught at 37 45 by 123 32 and 37 39 by 123 26 and mostly early and late with some scratch fishing midday. There was some midday action at the Gumdrop. There were  a few salmon and halibut caught on Ten Mile yesterday, at least three of which were taken at the old lifesaving station. Rockfishing was a bit slow until you went further south with more schoolies showing up at Elephant. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The water is kind of sloppy outside today but there's talk of a tuna run tomorrow. At least,there's a couple of guys thinking about running out, probably down to 37 40 by 123 21. The nearshore fishing has been on the slow side for most of the fishermen here. A few salmon, decent rockfishing, but no halibut to speak of. I did read an article in the paper today about a new bait to try. I don't think I'm quite desperate enough to use it, but if you want to try it the link is here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Herman Rinkel caught limits of salmon and rockfish yesterday, the rockfish (mostly blues and blacks) and a salmon from Elephant reef and the other salmon from the Trees. Another boat, one that had caught squid three days in a row, tried for the squid at Buoy 2 but found nothing. Back to looking for them, I guess.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Not too much catching going on with the salmon today. The rockfishing was pretty good for most of the guys that tried it. The Vogler family decided to go catch dinner and went out after work to try for squid. Above is Cameron, showing how to unhook a squid (and himself) from a sabiki rig.
This video shows the boat that is trying to catch all the spawning squid. With luck he leaves us a few. The squid were next to the outer red bell buoy, number 2, under the birds. For the record, it seemed like they liked the pink sabikis way better than the whitish ones. We caught 89 squid in about an hour of fishing. Somebody warm up the fryer.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A couple of salmon landed today for the four boats that went out. The wind, so far, has remained offshore. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice but Monday's forecast calls for a 9 foot swell. At least there aren't any halibut on the bar to lure fishermen to their doom.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Not too much to report except for windy ocean conditions for the last few days. There's a big school of squid nearby that should have the fish boiling around it, but so far as I can tell the only thing to eat around there is the squid. They are tasty, though.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Here's Gil Mels and Ted Anderson with some more of Thursday's tuna. Yesterday's tuna mission was not as fruitful, with one boat catching five and another, returning at 10PM, with one. The weather was not good offshore 

Scott Alexander of Rocklin caught this 27 pound salmon yesterday while trolling.

Chase Conley of Healdsburg speared this 36 pound halibut on the bar today. There were a few others shot and seen on the bar by the group of divers. Fishermen scored a few more halibut off of Dillon Beach today, at least two of which were caught on jigs. Finally a few halibut to report.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The two boats that went for albacore today caught "as many as we could hold." The Due Regard reported two six way hookups. The numbers were N38 48 by W123 42. Salmon fishing was OK with fish coming from the Point/Bird area, 40 to 60 feet of water near the north parking lot, and a couple at Elephant. Again, no halibut that I heard of. Rockfishing was slow at Point Reyes.
Here's Rich Chapin, Andy Fisch and Herb Hansen with some of yesterday's tuna. They would look happier except that now they have to go clean 17 albacore.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The albacore guys caught today. I heard of 15 to 16 fish to a boat and 25 to 35 pound fish. 50 miles or so out, I didn't catch all the numbers but it sounded like 37 45 by 123 42 or so. Salmon numbers were not as good but were OK. The salmon were in the usual spots as well as a few in 30 feet off of the north parking lot on Ten Mile.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Good weather is forecast for the next few days, so if you haven't got your fill of salmon yet, here's your opportunity. They're still biting from buoy "2" down to the Trees in 50 to 70 feet of water, mostly on the bottom but some are coming up high now. It's typical late season action with nothing going on for an hour or two, then you get a little flurry of action, then nothing again. Keeping the hooks in their mouths is also challenging. Getting a halibut to put the hooks in its mouth is even more challenging this year. It should be prime time for halibut now but nobody told the flatfish. Lots of sand sole are on the beach, so maybe they could be tiny replacements. There's a few boats running for albacore tomorrow. Report to follow.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mara Nursement caught this 20 pound (gutted) salmon on derby day. All Mike got was a cold saltwater bath from a breaker.

Paul Gross also landed a 20 pound salmon for the derby.

Terry Fogal is smiling because his salmon is half a pound bigger than the others on this entry. "Center consoles rule!"

Paul Kotko, Jake Showaker and Adam Kotko pose with the winning fish.

A wet Ron Johnson shows off his 19 pound (gutted) salmon from derby day.

Vic Shada finally found the fish later in the day but put three fish in the boat in 45 minutes just north of Bird Rock in 60 feet of water.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

   The Merle Lawson Memorial Salmon Derby was held yesterday in some pretty rough water. The winners were: Jake Showaker, 1st place, 24 pounds; Roger Remington, 2nd place, 24 pounds; and Rich Chapin, 3rd place, 23.5 pounds. Tied weights went to the first fish weighed in, so Jake's early finish put him on top. About 25 boats fished in unpleasant conditions at best, with some of the boats scooping waves over their bows while trolling. Hooking a fish was difficult and actually putting one in the boat without going in the drink yourself was a major challenge. Due to the skill of the competitors (and a bit of luck) nobody got hurt and quite a few fish made it into the boats. There was a raffle at the dinner afterwards with prizes donated by Diekmann's General Store, Dillon Beach Resort, Outdoor Pro Shop, Roseberry Construction, and the Lawson family. Thanks to everyone that came out, and hopefully we can do it again next year.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Paul Page caught this 22 and this 19 pound salmon today while mooching in an undisclosed location. He caught them both early, then tried for halibut for three hours without a bite. A pair of divers speared two limits of halibut on the bar and saw another 5 fish, so the flat ones may finally be showing back up.

Craig Wilson of Colorado caught this 42 pound white sea bass yesterday while salmon fishing. Lots of salmon were caught yesterday as well, mostly in the Tomales Point to the Trees area in 35 to 70 feet of water, both by trolling and mooching. Mooching may have had an edge with a few more caught. I fished Ten Mile and saw 8 salmon jump (one was 20+ pounds) and caught 4 salmon to 26 pounds. The two "hot spots" were the north parking lot (3 salmon and a halibut) and the Keyholes. Elephant and the Keyholes definitely had more bait than anywhere else on the beach.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Newest local legend Nathan Porter now leads the big fish board with this 36 pound slug. Also pictured is a 26 pounder. The fish came on the troll south of the Trees in 50 feet of water and bit a purple label herring.

Travis Barton nailed this 20 pound salmon on Ten Mile yesterday while trolling 20 feet of water.

Bruce Schneider caught this white sea bass last year while fishing in 40 feet of water off the esteroes. Yes, this is last year's fish, but honestly, how many sea bass do we see around here?

Jeff LaLonde of West Sacramento caught this beautiful 33 pound salmon yesterday.

Mike Nursement caught this 22# salmon on a trolled glow-in-the-dark RSK with a herring.

Mike Pfiefle shot this 31 pound halibut on the bar on Saturday.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Today saw fewer boats on the water and fewer fish brought in. Of those fish, one was a 33 pound salmon (picture tomorrow) and three were halibut caught this side of Hog Island. The halibut were caught by one fisherman and he jigged them up in about a half hour.
Here's what some of those salmon looked like. These were caught Friday in the Tomales Point to the Trees area and ran 23 and 18 pounds. There was an 8 pound fish but that was one too many to hold so it didn't get in the photo. If you have fish pictures (preferably of fish caught near here) send them to with a little info and I'll get them posted.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Some boats did well today, a few caught nothing, but most boats had 1 or 2 salmon. The salmon came from the usual places as well as off of Elephant and Ten Mile. The depths remained the same except that some of the salmon at Elephant were at the top and the beach fish were as shallow as you'd dare. A couple of halibut from Ten Mile.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

There were some nice fish landed today but not as many fish per boat as yesterday. Jellyfish and seaweed moved in to "good spot" today making fishing a lot more complicated. The Keyholes had a few fish without the complications. Divers found a few halibut on the bar today. A boat out rockfishing the shallows near Tomales Point reported slow fishing but saw a few salmon on the surface and a pair of large great white sharks (do they come in any other size?).
No halibut that I heard about yesterday but good salmon counts. The salmon were, again, from the buoy to below the Trees and especially on the reef edges in 50 to 70 feet. If you're not catching and not losing gear then you need to get closer to the bottom. I'm not just saying that because we sell gear (well, maybe a little) but because it works. Greens, glow-in-the-dark and UV seem to be killers on the baitholders. Flashers and dodgers will work but in my opinion are too expensive to leave on the bottom. Luckily, the fish will bite without the shiny stuff.