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July 15, 2017    Headlines

Halibut & Striper Bite Breaks Open

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley

The tides are backing off, and the halibut bite should be improving, but there are still loads of small, undersized halibut in the bay here on Friday 7-14. The striped bass bite has also backed off a bit, and the striped bass in the bay are a much smaller grade than those landed outside of the Gate. Out of Emeryville today the Huck Finn out of Emeryville reported in with 11 bass for 11 anglers, 77 rockfish and 16 lings fishing the bay and the Marin coast.

 Ed Liu at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito reported loads of bait in the bay, and there are humpbacked whales working the bait inside of the Golden Gate Bridge. Apparently, kite surfers in the area have been surprised by breaching whales over the past few days. The wind has been a limiting factor in the bay, but shore fishermen are still picking up schoolie stripers along the Richmond shorelines.

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported wind has been the concern with his bird bath experiencing whitecaps, but he expected the bird bath to be calm over the weekend. He said, Sturgeon fishing has been relatively good despite the dropping tides, and you will have to go through more garbage fish, but next weekend is offering great tides. We will be loading up with ghost shrimp for the weekend, and grass shrimp and pile worms are also in the shop. Pile worms have been the hot bait for shore fishermen, and we have been limited to shore fishermen over the past few days with the winds. I think it is a long shot, but mid-July is a good time to start trolling at the top of the tide at California City for a big salmon. There are more 40 pounders landed at Cal City than any other location, and this could be good right now.
Emeryville has lots of space available for bay potluck and coastal salmon and rockfishing trips. 510 652-3403. You can also use the banner ad above and make reservations using their on line system.

This writer is sneaking off for our annual family trip to our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be chasing sockeyes and kings on the local rivers and will be jumping on board with good friend Captain Steve Smith for some halibut, ling and saltwater action. We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports here on Saturday July 29th.
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Mike Aughney

The big tides slowed down the halibut action in the bay, and it appears that party boats are starting to make the transition outside of the Gate for coastal rockfish. The New Huck Finn out of Emeryville Sport Fishing focused on striped bass for 14 limits of bass, 8 halibut, and 30 rockfish on Sunday 7-9. The halibut bite should improve as the tides continue to back off throughout the week. We do expect solid halibut scores throughout the summer during the small to medium tides series. Its that time of year where the bass start to push out in the ocean to feed. 


The striped bass bite has been red hot in the central rockpiles around Alcatraz Island and some halibut are being taken on the flats. On Thursday 7-6 Jay on the Huck Finn out of Emeryville reported 27 limits of stripers adding 125 rockfish and 1 halibut and one ling. Boats that are concentrating on halibut are seeing a solid 1 fish per stick despite the bigger tides.

On Wednesday 7-5 the New Huck Finn reported 16 limits of rockfish adding 16 limits of stripers, 7 lings and 1 halibut. They put in a long day fishing the bay and up the Marin coast. The Dragon reported 7 halibut to 20 pounds and one 15 pound striper for their six man load.
Emeryville has lots of space available for bay potluck and coastal salmon and rockfishing trips. 510 652-3403. You can also use the banner ad above and make reservations using their on line system.

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