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July 04, 2015    Headlines

Marin Coast Salmon
Rockfish Munching at the Islands & Coastal Reefs

There were a couple of 100 plus boats plying the Marin Coast on Friday 7-3 morning. There was a steady scratch bite with private boats and six packs seeing 1 to 3 fish scores. Tom from Fish On Charters out of Half Moon Bay (408) 348-4866 gave us kind of a play by play from there. Tom was working with the fleet off the North Bar when he got a cell call from a friend out of Half Moon Bay who was on hot action off Pacifica. Beside Tom was sharp eyed John "Fresh" on the New Ray Ann out of Sausalito. John saw Tom pick up the phone and then start picking up the gear. Tom took off and John quickly followed. On the radio Tom could hear John talking with Jim on the Outer Limits asking "Johnny where you going"? John replied "I have no idea but this guy just got off the phone and picked up in a hurry so I'm following him". Dropping in the gear off the Pacifica pier in 60 feet Tom immediately hooked up. They took quick limits to 18 pounds in about 90 minutes and lost several others. Tom said that at least several other party boats snuck down as the word got out and all boats including John were swinging nets with lots of multiple hookups. It was this writer's old boss Butchie B that hung the "Fresh" title on John when he was a 20 something captain some 25 years ago. He's a super sharp old salt now who doesn't miss a trick. We will have party boats scores posted later today......
Some party boats missed the Pacifica bite and those that ran south early enough found fish per rod to limits. A few stayed north and also did great after a slow start. Out of Sausalito Jared on the Salty Lady reported 24 salmon to 30 pounds for 24 anglers. Jared found his best action off Rocky Point and did not run south. Out of Emeryville they had 7 boats out most of which reported easy limits of rockfish and 135 lings for 80 anglers. The New Seeker was their lone boat out on a salmon trolling trip and reported  8 salmon for 16 anglers to 15 pounds. All captains are reporting that there are huge balls of anchovies schooled up from Mussel rock to Pedro Point and conditions are setting up for a more good action. With fresh fish dialed in we expect the majority of party boats to head south on Independence Day but the Marin coast holds promise as well.

After slow action over the weekend we saw salmon scores pick back up on Monday 6-29. Second captain of the Salty Lady Jared Davis on the Salty Lady from Sausalito reported 9 salmon to 22 pounds and one 20 pound stripers to 20 for their 9 clients. Jared said the best action was found off the Main ship Channel off buoy 1 and along the North Bar. There is lots of feed over a wide area and conditions look real good. There is no pattern to the salmon movements this season but with decent to good fishing on tap readers need to get out and enjoy a day on the water to put a salmon or two in the box.
Out of Emeryville on Tuesday 6-30 the Sundance reported 4 salmon to 20 pounds for six anglers. On their combo potluck trips the Sea Wolf reported 19 limits of rockfish, 11 lings to 15 pounds and 19 limits of stripers caught in the bay to 15 pounds.

After solid salmon action all week the bite (as they often do) dropped off on Friday and Saturday 6-27. Out of Emeryville today the Sundance and Salmon Queen were trolling on the Marin Coast. The two boats had a combined catch of 9 salmon to 25 pounds for 25 anglers. The Wetspot chased salmon then broke off to do some bottom action. They reported 2 salmon to 15 pounds adding 30 rockfish for four anglers.
On Friday Jared on the Salty Lady who had limits each of the past five days reported 5 salmon for 23 anglers. Most of the fleet has been working around the Muir beach out along the North bar and a few as far west as Duxbury. Hopefully we see the bite pick back up (as it so often does) in the coming week.

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