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April 15, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Starts Slow But Few Trying
Rockfish Opens April 15th

The rockfishing season opened today Wednesday 4-15. Rick Powers reports they had 15 knots of wind over an 8 to 10 foot swell and the fishing was good. Fishing off Ft Ross Rick reported limits of mixed rockfish adding 16 lings to 15 pounds. The forecast calls for better weather later this week, Rick will be running rockfish / salmon combos and will be pulling through his crab gear on some trips as well.

 The winds have ramped up in a big way here on Tuesday 4-14. Currently we are seeing NW winds of 27 knots gusting to 35 over a 10.5 foot swell at the BB weather buoy. The forecast calls for high winds through Wednesday mid day and then diminishing to just 5 knots Wednesday night. The outlook calls for good conditions on Thursday and Friday. Hopefully party and six packs have enough interest or we hear back from YOU private boaters so we can post a report later this week. That's one of the problems with today's internet reports as so many anglers wait on the sidelines for others to go find the fish. Right now we need some "fishermen or fisherwomen" to help scout out the action. The rockfish season opens on Wednesday and I expect that by Thursday we will be receiving some great bottom fish, ling and crab reports from Rick Powers. Rick has lots of room and he only has light loads scheduled at this time for his combo trips.

The fishing picked up a tad on Saturday 4-11 despite the breezy conditions. Rick on the New Sea Angler reported 5 salmon to 21 pounds adding full limits of quality crabs. He was out in 45 fathoms I believe off the Rick again but he did not leave on his message his exact location. The weather was breezy all day with 20 knots of wind over a 7 foot swell. Here on Sunday morning the winds have dropped to 15 knots over an 8 foot swell. As we have said before best to have some wind now to set the stage for better (cooler water with lots of feed) fishing conditions in the weeks ahead. Rick has room all this week.

Rick Powers was back out on Friday 4-10 with 14 anglers. Rick ran up to where he found some good sign off the Russian river earlier in the week. Fishing in 40 fathoms they had brown water and great sign. Rick said that there was scattered feed but only a couple of small pockets of krill but they had a couple of humpbacks working the spot which is also a great sign. The only thing missing was the main ingredient. They hooked a couple of salmon off the river and landed one and then on a long tack to the south boated one other to 10 pounds. They wrapped up the day pulling the crab gear for 14 full limits of mostly commercial grade crabs.
There has only been a few boats out each day and there is still a lot of ocean that has not been looked over. So far we have seen just one good bite off the Central Coast (at the Deep Reef off Half Moon Bay) but that bite slowed way down today.
The weather forecast calls for wind this weekend and it just may be exactly what we need. While ocean temps have dipped this past week we still haven't seen that true shot of upwelling water where temps dip into the 40s. If we see that then we could see the krill balls quickly follow. I'm still hopeful that we start to see better shaker counts in the weeks ahead. That would mean that the trucking of those millions of fish around the pumps and warm waters in the Delta were effective. If we don't see a marked increase in young salmon soon we could well see a very slow fishery this year and through at least 2017. We will have much more to go on after another month of fishing.

The better news is that rockfishing does open next Wednesday April 15th. Rick on the New Sea Angler will be running combo salmon / rockfish trips daily and will also be occasionally pulling through his crab gear as an added bonus. Quite a deal at just north of$100

We occasionally post up an ad for close friends who have a nice salmon ride to sell.
Pictured right a 2006 Trophy Pro 2052 walk around with the Alaska package. This boat is fully loaded with electronics, 100 gallon fuel tank and much much more. It's powered with a 4.3 V6 Merc and has a 9.9 Merc kicker. It has just 518 hours and has been very well maintained.  The boat is turn key and ready to fish.  Call John at
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Recreational Ocean Salmon Season to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 4
California's recreational salmon season will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from Horse Mountain (40 05' 00" N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border.  The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit.

Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (38 57' 30" N. latitude), the minimum size limit is 20 inches total length. For areas south of Point Arena, the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length.

For anglers fishing north of Point Conception (34 27' 00" N. latitude), no more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used, and no more than one rod shall be used per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. In addition, barbless circle hooks are required when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling.

Additional ocean salmon fishing regulations for the 2015 fishing season will be decided next month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) during its April 11-16 meeting in Rohnert Park, and by the Fish and Game Commission at its April 17 teleconference. Final sport regulations will be published in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 2015 Supplemental Fishing Regulations booklet, which will be posted online in May.

 There alternatives are currently being considered for California's 2015 commercial and recreational ocean salmon regulations, including season dates, size limits, bag limits and quotas. The public is encouraged to comment on any of the proposed alternatives, which can be found at the PFMC website.

CDFW reminds anglers that retention of coho salmon is prohibited in all ocean fisheries. For complete ocean salmon regulations in effect during April, please visit CDFW's ocean salmon web page or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429. 

Salmon Tease
While we are all waiting on the salmon opener, here is a great video from this past summer posted up by Pautzke Bait fishing with Gary Blasi. Gary with Full Throttle sportfishing has been brining all of his tray bait with the Pautzke's Fire Brine. In the video Gary shares a few secrets on how he brines his baits and rigs his terminal gear.
Warning: this video will cause salmon fever. Salmon fishing out of Eureka with Gary Blasi

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5-day plot - Wind Speed at 46013

5-day plot - Wave Height at 46013

Marine Weather
With the Point Arena, San Francisco and Bodega Bay buoys all out of service it's been tough to judge conditions. There are some land based weather stations, wave rider and even webcams that readers can use to assess current conditions.  The Point Reyes wind observations or wave conditions at the San Francisco wave rider buoy are good tools for Golden Gate anglers.  For Bodega Bay anglers you can use both the Point Reyes wind observations and the Bodega Bay Marine lab web cam at Horseshoe Cove and conditions at the Point Arena light house. For Monterey based anglers looking for conditions inside Monterey bay can use the Monterey Bay Aquarium buoy.




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