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July 19, 2014    Headlines

Salmon Bite Picks Up
Rockfish and Lings on Marin Coast

Thursday 7-17 was the day we have been waiting for with the salmon bite breaking out in a big way up the Marin coast. Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito called to break the news with the New Rayann, Hog Heaven, and Outer Limits combining for 51 salmon to 36-pounds for 31 anglers trolling from Rocky Point to Gull Rock. Finally! Thomas has an open load on Friday and also this coming Monday and throughout next week.
Rockfishing remained outstanding with Captain Chris Smith running the California Dawn on Thursday for 21 limits of big quality rockfish to go with 8 ling cod. He said, “We had to gaff several of the larger black rockfish, so the fishermen went home with stuffed sacks of fillets.” They went back inside the bay for 11 striped bass.
The New Huck Finn was the only boat out of Emeryville Sport Fishing on Thursday, and they had a great day with 21 limits of rockfish and ling cod to 20-pounds working the Marin coast.

Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady said, “After a two-day spurt of salmon action, things were tough on Friday 7-11 with a big current running uphill, clear water, and a lack of bait from Duxbury to the Towers.” They landed one salmon while the combined efforts of the New Ray Ann and Hog Heaven were able to find only 4 for 27 anglers. Thomas said, “I suspect a small school of large fish came through and left in a hurry since these were dark fish ready to move up the river.” Regular reader Rick Schuhriemen was able to cash in on the spurt of salmon on the Hog Heaven on Thursday, stating ”They are definitely starting to show up along the Marin coast with no limits yet, but they are of a very nice size.”
There are still lots of fish staging from Point Arena north with limits reported from Fort Bragg to Eureka. Many of these fish are likely Sac bound and we will see improving action in the coming weeks. When the action does break open anglers will need to act quickly and not wait for "the weekend or a day off.
Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker went rockfishing on Thursday up the Marin coast for 21 limits of big rockfish and 5 ling cod to 8-pounds. They went back into the bay for a jackpot winning striped bass. He has a charter on Saturday with close to a full boat on Sunday. He is planning open load trips on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and the following weekend.
Rockfishing remained outstanding up the Marin coast with the New Huck Finn and C Gull II posting 49 limits of rockfish and 61 ling cod to 16-pounds on Friday 7-11 while the Tigerfish put in 21 limits of rockfish before returning to the bay for an 8-pound halibut.

It's that time of year that this writer takes off to our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be gone July 13th to the 26th. This is the peak of the sockeye run and we will be putting in lots of river time chasing "reds" and of course chasing halibut, rockfish and monster lings with trips scheduled with Captain Steve Smith.
I will bring along my laptop and update reports when we are seeing major changes or "hot bites" but reports here will be sporadic at best.
Full reports will resume on July 26th. In the time being please contact our sponsors or visit their websites for current reports, information and bookings.
Until then... good fishing!
Mike Aughney

After two days of fish per rod action off Duxbury and the Towers the salmon bite slowed on Thursday 7-10. Most party boats saw scores in the low single digits after a brief two days of better scores. This was just the "first wave" of salmon but scores will only improve through July and peak in August and September as the fish push down the coast. Jay on the New Huck Finn fished the Islands and reported 29 limits of rockfish adding 7 lings to 16 pounds. The C Gull reported two salmon trolling off Duxbury. Emeryville has lots of space open for coastal and Island rockfishing trips, salmon trolling and bay potluck.
There will be no three-time winner of the High Rollers Ling Cod Contest, and not even a back-to-back winner as Ace Acevedo has joined the ranks of Larry Nelson, Cal Kellogg, Joey Gamez Sr., and Richard Satow, lifting the belt on Wednesday 7-9. Captain James Smith of the California Dawn said, “The conditions were challenging on Wednesday at Point Reyes, and if this was Monday’s trip, the winning limit would have been in excess of 35-pounds, but Acevedo was able to weigh in at the 25-pound range. ”So the Larry the Legend and Satow the ‘Ling Whisperer’ will have to wait another year for the opportunity to add to their titles. The Legend ended up tagging a large ling on the first drift, but as the conditions become more difficult, he had to settle for a smaller male as his second fish. Smith added, “Not one fishermen left the rail throughout the day,” emphasizing the seriousness and gravity brought to the decks during this quest for annual bragging rights. Jason Newrider was in second place while an angler named Dillon took the big rockfish pot with a 5.5-pound Bolinas cod.

The California Dawn is sold out for the weekend on potluck trips, but Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker will be taking potlucks on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with plenty of room on board. There have been more and more halibut lifted from the beaches outside of the Gate, and Seal Rocks is starting to produce right on key.

For the first time in several weeks we are seeing some salmon biting off the Marin Coast. On Wednesday 7-9 a few more party boats got in on the action. Emeryville had two boats out who both reported fish per rod action and many lost big fish. The Huck Finn and Sundance had a combined score of 22 salmon to 28 pounds for their 25 anglers. Roger Thomas on Salty Lady passed on a report that the Wacky Jacky had 7 fish for 8 anglers while the Hog Heaven and New RayAnne had a combined 17 fish for 23 anglers to 31 pounds after beginning their day rockfishing. Most of the fish are splitters averaging 15 pounds with lots of fish in the high teens and low 20 class. It is looking like the summer run is beginning to form up and we should see (much like the Sonoma coast last week) the bite slowly build in the coming week.
Emeryville and the Salty Lady have lots of space available this week and weekend.

Out of Emeryville the Sundance reported 7 salmon for 5 anglers fishing off the Marin Coast on Tuesday 7-8. We don't have a location but would guess above Duxbury  or the Towers and out to N Buoy. (sorry that was all that was left on the message). We will work on filling in the gaps tomorrow. Up off the Sonoma coast we have a school of big salmon making their way south and these fish should turn the corner at Point Reyes in a week or so.
 Rockfish is a solid bet with the New Huck Finn reporting 14 limits of rockfish and 5 lings fishing the Marin coast. Emeryville has room daily for both salmon and potluck trips.
Roger Thomas on the Salty Lady out of Sausalito will be running salmon trips and has lots of space available.

 Limits of rockfish were the rule with four boats out of Emeryville Sport Fishing working the Marin coastline on Sunday 7-6 for 56 limits of rockfish and 102 ling cod to 18-pounds. Emeryville is booking both bay and coastal live bait trips and salmon trolling trips. The bite has improved off the Sonoma coast and these fish should be working south in the next week or two. It's been a tough season for Golden Gate salmon anglers but your luck looks to change soon.
Captain James Smith of the California Dawn found similar action with 26 limits of rockfish and 17 ling cod, adding 4 halibut to 18-pounds, all outside of the Gate. The halibut and bass are showing up on the outside beaches, and Smith put in 3 halibut and 4 bass during Saturday’s trip. The California Dawn has a very busy week with Steve Carson’s Penn University Trip on Monday, followed by the High Rollers Ling Cod Contest on Wednesday. This is an intense competition where bragging rights take precedence over the $2000 prize money.

Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker put in two great days of rockfish action over the weekend with 30 limits of rockfish, 20 ling cod to 17-pounds, 2 striped bass to 10-pounds, and 4 halibut to 25-pounds on Saturday with Greg Fredericks of Oakland taking the jackpot halibut. Smith said, “There were a number of big lings in the mix, and it was the best day of the year on the ocean.” Sunday was more of the same with 14 limits of big rockfish, including black rockfish to 7-pounds and big Bolinas cod to go with a number of lings. Dave Marquart, aka ‘Pale Ale’ took the jackpot on Sunday with a ling cod.

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