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March 30, 2015    Headlines

Crab counts drop but limits still available
Salmon Opens April 4th

Mother Nature is setting her dinner table ahead of this Saturday's salmon opener on April 4th. After three plus weeks of little winds the fans have been turned on and water temps are dropping and we should see colder water temps in the days head. He are Sunday 3-29 we are seeing 21 knots of NW wind and water temps of 54.5 degrees at the BB buoy. Water temps dropped as low as 52 late Saturday and should continue to drop to 50 or lower in the next few days. These NW winds will upwell cold nutrient rich waters along the continental shelf. As these cold waters rise to the surface plankton develops (usually within a week) and in turn we see that brown water that is the beginning of the entire food chain. Soon krill start to grow and then everything from anchovies to salmon to whales converge to feast at Ma Nature's table.
The current forecast calls for NW winds of 15 to 25 knots through Tuesday, increasing to 25 to 35+ late Tuesday into Wednesday and dropping slightly on Thursday and Friday.
IF the weather allows we expect the salmon fleet to be spread out from the Bodega weather buoy to Ten Mile along the 50 to 60 fathom curve. Traditionally this is where the bulk of the spring salmon action is found. Due to recent changes we have seen the past two years we could see some fish caught off Bird or Elephant Rocks where there were several squid spawns last summer and fall. Rick on the New Sea Angler says he is going to look around offshore. He has heard from local commercial anglers that there has been scattered feed out in 40 fathoms SW of Bodega Head but says these winds will change everything. Rick is running salmon trips daily and I'm sure will be turning over his crab gear on some days as an added bonus.
The rockfish season opens April 15th and Rick will begin combo trips at that time.
The biggest changes for rockfish are that the ling limit has been raised to three fish. The rockfish bag limit remains at 10 of which only 5 may be blacks.  Time to bone up on your fish ID skills as wardens will be enforcing these new limits.

Crabbers are seeing very mixed counts of 0 to 3 crabs per pot depending on location and the amount of soak time. Those with longer strings and fishing gear full time are doing much better than those day tripping who are lucky to find a few legal crabs in their hoops or pots. Counts are still good enough that salmon anglers should pack some crab gear along.

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
707 772-7014





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.

 hree 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

Catch Em Products

Catch Em Products has a full line of sport crab blocks including the "Brutus Ace Line Haulers along with a full line of crab pots and gear. Dave is a long time Bodega angler and is a great source of info and more than willing to help sport anglers on what is the best for their particular boat. He offers very competitive pricing for those looking for "everything crabbing" He can be reached at 707 538-5440 or at davengman@

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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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