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October 06, 2015    Headlines

Halibut/ White Sea Bass
Rockfish & Ling Limits

Rick Powers reported in that the weather was DEAD FLAT CALM on Tuesday 10-6 and the rockfish were munching. Rick mixed things up today where they targeted white sea bass and halibut early and switched to rockfish and lings to wrap up the day. Fishing down south Rick reported they lost three WSB after brief runs but did add one halibut of 25 pounds. They then worked the local reefs for 30 limits of quality coppers, browns and some schoolfish adding 28 lings to 15 pounds.
On the private boater front Stan Z. reported one salmon of 12 pounds and three lings to 8 and "some" blacks trolling off the Russian river. Stan said that the sealions were throwing some salmon in 60 to 90 feet of water but they only hooked the one salmon off Goat Rock.

 After canceling their trip on Saturday 10-3 (the winds were as high at 32 knots with a swell of 16 feet on Saturday) Rick on the New Sea Angler was back out on Sunday 10-4. Conditions were much better with less than 10 knots of wind over just a 6 foot swell. He took 39 anglers p t Ft Ross where they scored limits of rockfish adding 44 lings to 15 pounds. Rick said the lings were just "off" due to yesterday's big swell and expects the hot ling action to continue as the ocean ocean conditions settle down. Rick will be running more "captains choice" trips this coming week and he has only light loads on the books.

 Another day, another great score. Rick on the New Sea Angler ran a "captain's choice" trip on Thursday 10-1. With 12 anglers on board Rick said they found good action and everyone went home with huge sacks. Their final count was 19 limits of all quality coppers, browns and blacks adding 19 lings to 24 pounds (with a 14 pound average) one white sea bass going 45 pounds and 6 all BIG halibut to 33 pounds. Rick has light loads all next week and still has some space open for the first couple of weeks of what will be a stellar start to the crab season.
Yesterday we got a second hand report of a "HUGE" salmon of 60 pounds landed... NOT. As often happens on second hand reports the info is passed along through too many people and by the time I find it in my in box the species can change. What we did confirm is that a 65 pound white sea bass was caught on a private boat at Elephant Rock. Near as I can tell someone sent a picture to his brother who then posted it to facebook and during this time fish changed from a WSB to a king.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday 9-30 Rick on the New Sea Angler reported limits of both rockfish and lings. Fishing off Ft Ross on Wednesday Rick had 13 anglers land 39 lings to 17 pounds.
Mike Searcy of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City reported owner Bob Boucke had a great trip over the weekend with a 40 pound white sea bass along with halibut in the 10 to 15 pound range. They also scored ling cod, and the market-grade squid was thick outside of Elephant Rock.
On a very sad note, Mike Gibson of Rio Oso, aka ‘Bodega Cowboy,’ was murdered on Monday evening in the Home Depot parking lot in Natomas. Gibson was a hard-core tuna fisherman that was a fishing partner of Hot Sheet Contributor Scott Marran. He is survived by his wife and two teenage children.

On Tuesday 9-29 Rick reported 12 limits of lings to 15 pounds plus limits of rockfish. Rick trolled for salmon to three hours but had no takers.

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