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September 17, 2019    Headlines

Red Hot Butts & Basses

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley
Halibut fishing remains tremendous with the Pacific Dream out of Berkeley Marina scoring 47 halibut and 2 striped bass for 30 passengers on Sunday 9-14 They are taking rockfish trips along with live bait halibut/striped bass trips this week. The original family vessel, the Happy Hooker, focused on the excellent striped bass action in the bay for 13 limits of bass along with 21 halibut on Sunday.
The California Dawn out of Berkeley also focused on live bait potluck in the bay for 11 limits of striped bass along with 24 halibut.

Vince Borges of Phenix Rods hosted a Phenix Charter on Monday 9-9 on the California Dawn, and he said, “It was an amazing trip as Captain James added halibut and striped bass to the big sharks. We started off picking up a few halibut until the tides were right for the shark, and we worked the sharks for around 2.5 hours for 7 seven-gill sharks with 4 of these ranging from 275 to 300 pounds released along with a 40-pound soupfin. After working everyone out on the big sharks, we loaded up with striped bass, and I hooked 10 stripers in a row on swimbaits. There were 15 limits counting crew on the boat within a few minutes, and we went back to drifting for halibut with a final count of 17 halibut for the 12 anglers on the trip.” Glad to see the captains releasing the huge shark as this fishery is just like anything else, if we want to have this for the future, we need to be conservative as it seems that it would be very easy to overfish the big shark. Captain Joey Gamez is also dialed in on the big shark, and he is releasing all of the huge fish. The passengers have to understand that it is not just about loading up your freezer with meat that you might not even eat.

Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing was out on Gamez’s boat on Thursday 9-12 for 5 limits of big leopard shark, and he said, “The clients wanted limits so it was a grind to clean all of these fish as leopards take some extra special care to keep without spoiling the meat.” Mitchell will be on the California Sportsmen’s Radio Show on Saturday morning to talk about his recent adventures in the ocean and the bay.

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