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January 21, 2015    Headlines

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

Not a whole lot going on along the coast with the current rockfish closure. Rick Powers will be running crab and dab trips through the winter. He has been seeing LIMITS of crabs on all his recent trips and loads have been light with up to 21 limits of crabs and all you want dab action. On his longer soaks Rick says they are seeing 3 to 6 crabs per pot. We will post updates as Rick gets out.
On Sunday 1-18 Rick reported 9 limits of crabs after working the 200 foot depths for 145 sand dabs and 156 white croakers (kingfish). Rick said the weather was great with less than 5 knots of wind though an 8 foot swell that made it a bit tough for anglers to hold bottom allowing the sand dabs to hook up. Rick has room all this week.
Sport crabbers are seeing an uptick in counts in the far outer bay and off Salmon Creek. Most of the commercial gear has been stacked and there is not much pressure in the 100 to 200 foot depth curve. Overall from the few reports I have been receiving most are reporting counts of 1 to 4 crabs for a one to two day soak.

Looking ahead we will have news from the PFMC in February and March on what to expect from this coming salmon season. Last year the Golden Gate Salmon Association pushed hard and got the majority of the hatchery fish trucked past the hazards in the Delta. If those fish found good feeding conditions in their first few weeks we should see a very high survival rate. We will know come April if we are seeing lots of shakers along the coast. Those fish should be legal size by the late summer and hopefully be providing good action to coast anglers this fall. Time will tell and EVERY salmon angler on the Central and North Coast should be thankful for the work that GGSA has done to get the State and Feds to truck those fish.
At the Golden Gate Salmon Ass.  BOD meeting this past week we were receiving some very bleak news regarding out migrating salmon in the upper Sac the past few months. F&W has several screw traps in the upper river that allow them to count the number of juveniles out migrating from the upper river. Due to the drought the number of juvenile winter run salmon is crashing with the run being only about 25% of the past few years. This could have a BIG impact on how our ocean salmon seasons are set in 2016 and 2017.
GGSA is fighting hard to ensure that salmon populations rebuild but this drought is having a huge effect on wild or naturally produced fish. They are at the forefront of getting several large habitat improvement projects done throughout the Central Valley. The recently completed work at Painters riffle is just one of MANY examples of what this great organization has accomplished.
What they need most RIGHT NOW is YOUR support. I encourage readers to become a member of GGSA and go to their dinners and support their efforts. Visit their website and learn more about what they have done (in the three short years since they have formed) and what they are looking to accomplish in the coming years to protect salmon and this incredible fishery.
Golden Gate Salmon Association

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.

The winds laid out on Wednesday 12-31 the final day of the rockfish season. Rick on the New Sea Angler reports they had 15 knots of north wind when they left the harbor but as soon as the sun came out the winds laid out. He had a light load of 13 anglers who took limits of all quality Pt Reyes rockfish adding 7 lings to 14 pounds and easy limits of crabs. Rick also reports they saw an incredible number of south migrating gray whales seen within 5 miles of the beach. Rick is running his first exploratory squid trip on Friday January 2nd to Cordell Banks. This trip will also include both stops for sand dabs and to pull through their crab gear. 

The weather was very breezy with NE winds of 20 knots gusting to 30 on Tuesday 12-30. Rick on the New Sea Angler snuck out ahead of the higher winds and in one drift scored 26 limits of rockfish and three lings at Point Reyes. Running through the crab gear they found much better action after a very limited catch this past weekend. They pulled only half their gear for full limits of crabs. This past weekend Rick said they only had 2 to 3 crabs per person plus limits of rockfish and a half ling per angler. Most of the commercial pots have been pulled and Rick says it looks like they will have the area to himself and a few other sport and smaller commercial boats. Over this past weekend Rick did some scouting for sand dabs. Fishing in just 150 to 200 feet they were able to land 100 to 300 sandabs using just two hook rigs (with rockfish on board anglers are limited to two hooks max). Once the rockfish season is closed Rick will be running sand dab / crab combos and will also run a couple of trips to Cordell Banks to see if there are any Humboldt squid to be found. Rick has room for the final day of the rockfish season on December 31st.  

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5-day plot - Wind Speed at 46013

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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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