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February 28, 2015    Headlines

Crab counts drop but limits still available
Solid Rockfish and Ling Action

Salmon News
The annual salmon meeting was held in Santa Rosa on Thursday 2-26, and Captain Roger Thomas of the Golden Gate Salmon Association and skipper of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito called to report that the upcoming season will most likely have fewer restrictions than the 2014 season. In other words, things look good for this season, pending approval from the Pacific Fisheries Management Council during their final meetings in March and April. The only sticking point is the possibility of the lack of winter-run salmon creating some additional restrictions. Salmon fishermen better enjoy the coming season since 2016 doesn’t look too promising with the effects of four years of drought starting to rear its ugly head.
Department of F & W officials report that most all of the out migrating juvenile salmon in 2014 likely perished due to warm low flows in 2014. One reason to be hopeful of better fishing in 2015 is that most of the hatchery produced fish were trucked to San Pablo and Suisun bays. This was thanks to a big push that the
Golden Gate Salmon Association  made for having the fish trucked instead of a near certain death if they were released at the hatcheries. If this trucking was a success we should see lots of 15 to 18" size fish early this spring. By late summer and fall these fish will be of catchable size of 20 to 24". Come 2016 they should be pushing 8 to 12 pounds.

The Golden Gate Salmon Association is a prime mover and shaker of ensuring that Californian’s have the opportunity to actually fish for salmon, and we all have a debt to leaders like Thomas, John McManus, Victor Gonella, Dick Pool, Zeke Grader, and many others who work diligently behind the scenes to make this happen. YOU can show your support by joining the Association as well as supporting their fundraisers.
The 4th annual Santa Rosa dinner will be held on Friday April 3rd. Tickets for this fun event are just $80 and is a sellout every season. Tickets can be purchased by visiting their website at
Golden Gate Salmon Association. Many additional dinners are planned throughout the year and may be coming to a town near you.

Rick on the New Sea Angler was back out on Thursday 2-19. He had a light load of 8 anglers and they took easy limits of crabs, 83 sand dabs and 60 kingfish. Rick said most of the interest was for crabs and with a commercial dock price of $8 a pound a far better way to to put some crabs on the table. The weather was cam with 5 knots of wind. high overcast and just a lazy 5 fot swell. Rick has lots of room available this weekend.

After two weeks of big seas and high winds the weather laid out over the holiday weekend. On President's Day 2-16 Rick Powers was out for the first time in two weeks. He reported 21 limits of crabs after a pick type bite for 165 sanddabs and 150 white croakers aka kingfish. Rick says that anywhere outside of 150 feet you will find sanddabs but finding a concentration where one can fill a five gallon bucket has not been in the cards.
On the private boater front Kenny who seems to be out no matter the conditions reported slower crab action. Kenny set 8 pots on Friday and pulled them twice on Saturday for 15 legal crabs for dinner around the fire. On Sunday on a single pull they had 11 and on Monday just 9. Kenny did not give up his location but from past reports he usually runs gear from Carmet to the River.

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

March 13, 2015 

Ramekins Event Center, Sonoma

 The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) will host its 2nd Annual Sonoma dinner with special guest vintner and water conservation advocate Mike Benziger, Friday, March 13. The special event will be held at Ramekins Event Center, 450 W. Spain St. in Sonoma.  Doors open at 5:30pm. It will be a great night featuring hors d’oeuvres, Benziger Family wines, cocktails, dinner, silent and open auctions, and the chance to compare fish stories with all the folks we share the water with and raise funds for GGSA and its salmon restoration projects. GGSA will also update attendees on the current state of salmon affairs
“After last year’s success, it was an easy choice to honor Mike Benziger this year,” said
 Victor Gonella, founder and treasurer of GGSA, “Mike is well known in the region for his water conservation practices and bio-dynamic farming. Conserving and wise water policies are needed to keep the iconic salmon industry strong, along with California’s water dependent economy. As a farmer, Mike Benziger understands this. So, it is our great pleasure to honor him. Additionally, we are grateful to Darius and Sarah Anderson for supporting GGSA by providing the Ramekins location.
Mike Benziger is the managing general partner of the Benziger Family Winery and Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen. Long known for his astute bio-dynamic farming principles and water reuse practices, Benziger is a leader in understanding the importance of water conservation and best practices as it applies to agriculture. In 2010, Mr. Benziger was the recipient of the prestigious National Resource Defense Council water steward award
Tickets are limited and are available by calling
 855-251-GGSA (4472) or by visiting Tickets are $125 per person, and will NOT be sold at the door. Table Sponsor packages are $1,200 and include reserved VIP seating for eight and $100 worth of raffle tickets.
The Golden Gate Salmon Association ( is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants, tribes, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon. GGSA’s mission is to protect and restore California’s largest salmon producing habitat comprised of the Central Valley river’s that feed the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon as a long-term, sustainable, commercial, recreational and cultural resource.

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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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