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August 27, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Still Slow
Rockfish Limits

 Rockfishing remains solid and there are a few good salmon reports being reported from private boaters. On Wednesday 8-26 the New Sea Angler had a light load. Rick ran south and started drifting dead bait off Elephant Rock hoping to put in a couple of white sea bass. Rick said that there were a handful or more of WSB caught by private boaters but they were late to the party (WSB is always best before the sun hits the water) were rewarded with two halibut going 25 and 39 pounds. They wrapped up the day taking 11 limits of lings (33) to 20 pounds and limits of quality reds down at Point Reyes. There is a second spot of WSB that were found on Sunday but a very good source who swore me to not divulge this spot. They had two to 35 pounds and lost two others and then landed one salmon mooching. They were fly lining market squid in an area of squid spawn that we have reported several times this summer in out salmon reports. If you want to target WSB arrive before first light and multiple rods are legal as you are not targeting salmon or rockfish. Once you do have (retain) salmon or rockfish on board you can not fish more than one rod per angler.

On Monday 8-24 Rick on the New Sea Angler ran south to Point Reyes where he reported limits of lings for 21 anglers and limits of quality rockfish. The lings are averaging 10 to 12 pounds and went up to 19. Rick is taking the day off for his annual Coast Guard Inspection (all passenger for hire vessels that carry more than six passengers must do this as well as have random drug testing. In my opinion six packs should as well) and he has lots of room Wednesday and through the weekend.
On the private boater front we receive two good salmon reports from the weekend. Joe G ran south below Chimney Rock on Sunday and had three limits going from 12 to 27 pounds. He was 35 miles south of Bodega so it sounds like he was well east of the Point. Jesse C reported "the best salmon action ever" over the weekend. Jesse and a friend mooched off the Trees (just off Elephant Rock) Friday through Sunday in 50 to 80 feet and found "the best action in years" ten feet off the bottom with limits of quality salmon running from 14 to 27 pounds all three days.
My son Ty was out on his kayak on Monday and hit the cleaning station in Westside on the way home with his limits of black and blue rockfish. Ty reported one boat had two salmon (6 and 20 pounds) and a 20 pound halibut fishing at Elephant rock while another boat had one salmon and limits of rockfish caught at Pt Reyes. Bottom line is that persistent anglers are scoring a few salmon and halibut and rockfish and lings are a good "Plan B". It's good to have a son who brings home fresh rockfish every week as well. 

Last weeks salmon bite was just a flash in the pan and it's back to rockfish and lings for the majority of boats. On Sunday 8-23 Rick on the New Sea Angler reported more solid bottom action with 22 anglers landing 60 lings (three short of limits) and sacks of quality coppers, browns, vermilions and blacks.
A few readers emailed in salmon reports that were mostly gooses eggs with most running south 20+ miles to Chimney Rock only to find that last week's school had moved towards the Golden Gate. Many saved the day limiting out on rockfish and lings working the reefs around Pt Reyes and Elephant rock. Two readers both reported two halibut to 22 pounds caught along Ten Mile one drifting live bait and the other trolling /motor mooching dead squid and they also added three lings and seven rockfish.
Regular reader Jim D. ran south to Chimney Rock on Saturday and reported that he never saw a net fly and only heard of a couple of radio fish landed.

For the first time this summer we have a good salmon report. On Thursday 8-20 Rick on the New Sea Angler ran south to Chimney Rock and reported 14 salmon to 18 pounds for 20 anglers adding limits of rockfish and 13 lings. They were trolling between Pt Reyes and Chimney rock for the salmon and caught the rockfish and lings off the Point. Rick said he was metering lots of anchovies off Ten Mile beach on the way home and says he is going to look for salmon there in the morning as it looked very promising. 

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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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