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December 30, 2017    Headlines

Crab Counts Wane but...Still Good
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We are wrapping down the last few days of the 2017 rockfish season. Limits have been the rule when the weather cooperates (it's been a bit too cooperative of late) with solid ling counts being reported by all. The season closes on Sunday December 31st at sunset. Party and sixpacks boats have room for this last chance at white meat. Here on Thursday 12-28 we are seeing 10 knots of breeze over a 6 foot swell. Out of Emeryville two boats ran crab / rockfish combos. The Sea Wolf reported 23 limits of rockfish adding 2 lings and 98 dungeness crabs. The New Salmon Queen reported 200 rockfish for 22 anglers, a big ling count of 36 and 22 crabs. Emeryville has plenty of room over the last three days of the season.
 Over the next few months we will be covering salmon news and what to expect for the coming 2018 season. This writer is optimistic that we will see a good season thanks to GGSA's efforts to get fish trucked during the drought.  Not likely a banner year due to the huge reduction in naturally spawned fish but a good year none the less.

It's with a heavy heart I announce that long time party boat captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady has passed away. Roger was a humble, tireless advocate for the entire salmon industry. He spent well over half of his 83 years fighting for our local and the entire west coast fishery. Most recently he was the Chairman of Golden Gate Salmon Association, helped form the Golden Gate Fisherman's Association and served on numerous state and federal groups. He gave so much and expected nothing in return. He was a friend and mentor to this writer and I will miss his easy demeanor and always humble style.
Jared Davis will be taking over the full Salty Lady operation so there are no changes on that end.

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For readers looking for an Alaska adventure we still have dates open in June and August at our Kenai peninsula vacation cabin in 2018
Our fully equipped, coastal home sits on three wilderness acres on the "middle Kenai peninsula". 
Being centrally located we are within 30 minutes of five rivers including the Kenai, Kasilof and Anchor and just 20 minutes north of the saltwater tractor launches in Ninilchik and Deep Creek.
Most of our guests do a combination of fishing on their own and a day or three of guided river, fly-out or saltwater trips between  self guided trips. With our centrally base location your options are unlimited.
For all our guest's we include a three hour tutorial (at our Sebastopol home) covering tackle, tactics, best locations. We can also hook you up with some of the best guide, charter and fly-out contacts in the area.

The three bedroom/ 2 bath cabin comfortably sleeps 6 and weekly rates are just $1600 per week (Sunday to Sunday). Additional info and pictures can be found
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“Millions of Californians on hook for water plan”
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Today, The Associated Press published a story confirming rumors of “expanded funding demands” for the Delta Tunnels proposal. New documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that dozens of local agencies representing millions of Californians may be required to pay for the tunnels, even though they have not been asked to participate in the project, nor would they receive the “supply reliability” benefits promised to CA WaterFix participants. This follows years of assurances from the Brown Administration that only local water agencies actively participating in the tunnels would be the paying for them.
A telling quote from Santa Clara Valley Water District board director Richard Santos reveals that State Water Project contractors have been pressured into participating in the tunnels project.

Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith write, 
“Asked if California intended to cut off state water deliveries to those districts that refuse to help pay for the tunnels, Lien-Mager said only ‘opting out would not affect their existing contracts, but their actual water supplies from the SWP could become less reliable in the future.’
That message has begun trickling out as water agencies around the state decide whether to raise rates to pay for the tunnels.
‘That’s what we’re being informed — our contract ends if we don’t participate,’ said Richard Santos, a board member of the Santa Clara Valley water district, which supplies water to Silicon Valley.
If it plays out that way, Santos said, he will fight. ‘If they say they’ll cut off our allocations if we don’t participate, then let the courts take it on,’ he said.”
To read the entire story, click here.

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