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September 29, 2014    Headlines

Salmon Bite Off Marin Coast
Local Rockfish and Lings Best Bet

Half Moon Bay:
The local salmon bite has slowed down, and Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete ran north to Duxbury for three salmon for 6 anglers on Saturday 9-27 with several opportunities lost. He said, “There was a southerly in the morning, and the bait and birds disappeared, so the conditions didn’t look good,” adding, “We are waiting for a new school to move in, but they haven’t got here yet.” There are salmon in the 6 to 8-pound range rolling in the harbor, and Baxter and his son, Braden, are determined to be the first to put in harbor limits. He is salmon fishing with open loads on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the current week. Private boaters confirmed Baxter’s local report with no salmon found on a trolling venture from the South Can Buoy to the north end of Martin’s Beach.

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete ran up the Marin coast from Pillar Point to find four limits of salmon plus a crew fish on Wednesday 8-24 off of Muir Beach and Slide Ranch. He said, “It didn’t look good in front of our harbor with less bird life and bait, so we ran north to find the fish near the bottom at 70 feet in 80 feet of water using 4-pound weights and Spectra line. “ He has a light open load for salmon on Sunday.

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete said, “There is still a trickle of salmon right outside of the harbor, and we landed our first fish on Wednesday 9-17 just outside of the jaws of the harbor. Unfortunately there was solid eel grass where the salmon were holding, so they went down south to Martin’s Beach for nothing before making a stop at Pedro Point on their way to the Channel Buoys off of the Marin coastline for a fish per rod. He said, “There are a lot of fat jacks in the mix along with the occasional 20 to 30-pounder for pictures.” Thursday’s action was hampered by a solid southerly wind that made for nasty conditions in the ocean. The bait is thick with anchovies in the surf line, and the humpback whales are lunge feeding along the shoreline. Baxter said, “Cars are stopping along the highway to check out the humpbacks.” Trolling or mooching has produced limits for private boaters, but Baxter advised anglers to bring extra bait since the rockfish and kingfish will run up the bait bill close to the rocks. Rockfishing remains outstanding, and limits of ling cod are available for those willing to consistently target them, but the ling counts are not as impressive as in Monterey or along the Marin coast.

The tuna are beginning to show waaaaaaayyyyyyy offshore and Tom Joseph on the FishOn should be given extra credit for finding the first "confirmed" fish of the season. There have been many rumors over the past week or so of fish caught and "my buddy said" but we haven't been able to confirm a single one until today, Monday 8-12. Tom ran with two other boats out of Half Moon Bay. The others stopped on a break outside the Guide but Tom kept going and going like the Energizer Bunny. Tom said that the water temps at the Gum Drop were good but the water color was green and dirty and temps at 63 were too warm. He went through a "river" of cold water where temps dropped briefly to 54 degrees and then they hit another break where it jumped to 58 degrees and then a mile later to 60 degrees. It was there (37.35 and 124.25 or 105 miles from Half Moon Bay) they found the fish. They landed  six with a 35 pound average including two that went 42 and 44 pounds. Huge, make that incredibly big albacore for this early in the season. Tom said the two other boats worked outside the Gumdrop with one boat hooked 16 and landed 6 and the other landed 12. Tom burned 104 gallons of fuel and returned with just 12 gallons to spare. There has been some great reports of bluefin off southern Cal and albacore off Central Oregon and hopefully both meet in the middle off out coastal waters in the coming weeks. Tom will be running daily weather permitting through October. He is currently based out of Half Moon Bay but could return to Santa Cruz depending on where the best action is found. 408 348-4866


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