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June 22, 2018    Headlines

Bay Butts and Basses

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley
The bays have finally cleared up after several days of minus tides and big winds, and the halibut and striped bass score rebounded to respectable levels on Thursday 6-21 with better action to come over the weekend. Captain Chris Smith of the Happy Hooker out of Berkeley said, “The central bay is shaping up, and if I had to do it all over again, I would have gone directly into the central bay. We ended up with 14 halibut to 15 pounds for our group along with limits of striped bass, but I know for a fact we could have had over a halibut per rod if we would have started in the central bay. The stripers were a fine grade with fresh fish coming in to the bay.”
Captain Don Franklin of Soleman Sportfishing out of SF fisherman's wharf reports solid action and at least two fish a stick a mix of bass and halibut depending on the day. Don says the Central bay is the place for both Halibut on the flats and usual deep water spots and bass on the rock piles.
Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing out of Berkeley Marina also found decent action in the bay for 3 halibut to 26 pounds along with 3 quality striped bass. He said, “We had action all day long as we released a number of shakers before getting on the bite late. The bay is starting to look good again.”


High  winds and huge minus tides have stirred up the bay, and the party boat scores that were so impressive last week have been limited to a fish or two. The slowdown started within the past few days as Captain Jerad Davis of the Salty Lady finished up his live bait potluck trips with an impressive score of 19 striped bass/halibut for 14 passengers. He said, “We found some big stripers and halibut alongside Angel Island, and at least three of the halibut were between 20 to 25 pounds.”
Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing out of Berkeley Marina was out in the big tides on Friday 6-15 for shark, and he said, “There was a massive amount of water movement today, and when the tide was running at maximum current, we had a hard time staying down with 24 ounces of weight. We were able to get into a bunch of seven-gills with the group keeping one big seven-gill and a huge leopard shark. We were trying for leopards, but when the seven-gills show up, the leopards take off. The best action came from the bottom of the outgoing tide to the middle of the maximum flood. When the tides were slow last weekend, the stripers and halibut were biting and so they will as the tides get smaller later next week. There has been a tremendous amount of bait in the bay, and there have been whales both inside the gate and even down in the south bay for the past several weeks. The big tides and muddy water have spread out the bait right now.”
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported heavy winds and big tides are the story right now, and the bay is muddy throughout with the minus 1.8 tides. He said, “There was one boat out of our harbor today, and they only landed three shaker halibut. Anyone who went out today doesn’t know how to read a tide book. We have had little interest in the salmon opener, but this will change if there is enough action to get people excited. We have plenty of live anchovies in the shop along with pile worms and grass shrimp, and I expect an increased amount of shiners next week.”


The action inside SF Bay remains great. Party boats have been posting solid scores this past week of 2 fish a stick a mix of halibut and striped bass. Boat to boat some are doing better depending on what they are targeting and what their group that day prefers. In a nutshell the bass are holding on the rockpiles and the halibut are on the flats. On Sunday 6-10 Emeryville had five boats out. The Sea Wolf reported 20 stripers adding 14 halibut for their group of 15 anglers. The Tigerfish had 8 halibut for 11 anglers on top of FULL LIMITS OF STRIPERS!  The WetSpot put 4 clients into 4 halibut and 5 stripers while the C Gull had 41 stripers for 22 anglers and 11 halibut. Overall great fishing considering the weekend pressure of literally 100s of private boats out fishing the bays today. Emeryville has room daily this week for Bay potluck trips.
 


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