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May 29, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Drops Off
Rockfish Limits

 Rockfishing remains the sure bet with solid action at Pt Reyes and all reefs to the north.  On Friday 5-29 Rick ran south to Point Reyes and reported 12 limits of huge rockfish all big coppers and vermilions adding 13 lings to 14 pounds. He then broke out the trolling gear and worked his way up along Ten Mile beach. They released one silver and lost one big king. Up the hill off Ft Ross in 40 to 45 fathoms sixpacks took a fish to a fish and a half per rod. The only private boater emailing in today reported 2 limits of rockfish after five hours of trolling in 130 to 250 feet off Tomales and Elephant rock for one lost fish and a couple of scratched baits. Pete W. did not say where they picked up the rockfish so I'm guessing Elephant rock. Hopefully while I'm gone the salmon bite turns on.

Rick on the Sea Angler ran south and reported 25 limits of all quality reds on Wednesday 5-27. They added 21 lings to 15 pounds and pulled through the crab gear and for the third day in a row added limits of crabs or 150 crabs ranging from sport size to 2.5 pounds. Great spring action for this late in the season.
Rick said the salmon radio chatter was quiet with a few scattered fish taken off Bird Rock in 230 feet  and below the weather buoy but overall mostly goose eggs and highliners  were happy to have a fish or two per boat. The weather was calm and foggy with 5 to 8 knots of breeze over a 5 foot swell.  


It's that time of year that this writer takes off to open up our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports on Monday June 8th.  In the time being please contact our sponsors or visit their websites for current reports, information and bookings. We will have two weeks open at the cabin during the height of the silver run.
Until then... good fishing!
Mike Aughney


The salmon bite has been dead slow the past two days despite the improved weather conditions. On Tuesday 5-27 Rick on the New Sea Angler ran south with a light load of 12 anglers. Rick reported limits of mostly coppers and browns adding two lings. From there he opted to not salmon fish with the recent slow action and pulled through a dozen or so of his pots to send everyone home with limits of dungeness crabs. The weather was flat and foggy.
On the salmon front it was very slow on Memorial day. We receive three reports from solid sources who all reported slow action. Good friend Hunt Conrad who writes the Healdsburg fishing report had slow day with one 6 pound fish for a full day's effort. Hunt said he heard of maybe 5 or 6 fish caught between the entire sport fleet. Darrel who is a die hard local reported a goose egg on kings and one silver released. Frank S. gave us a second hand report from three locals including Mile B. who reported one salmon fish landed for a full day's effort. Sixpacks reported up to four fish landed this past weekend but most were lucky to scratch a salmon or two despite the depth of talent among some of top local captains. Many like Rick are switching over and catching limits of rockfish after several hours of grinding for salmon with little to show for their efforts.
Outside of Eureka there have been few good salmon reports anywhere on the coast. This season is beginning to look a lot like 2007 where we see sporatic bites where anglers who put in some time are rewarded. Those waiting for sites likes us to post a hot bite will often miss these windows and be there a day or two late. The good news is that we have a great local rockfish fishery and this always makes for a great "Plan B" if the salmon bite continues.

Conditions were breezy the past two days which kept private anglers out enjoying the long Memorial day weekend close to port. We saw windy conditions on Saturday which have begun to diminish here on Sunday 5-24. Today Rick on the New Sea Angler ran south to Point Reyes where is 19 anglers put lots of reds and coppers in the sacks adding 11 lings to 14 pounds. Rick switched over to the troll gear late in the day and they hooked three losing two kings and releasing 1 small silver. Rick said they joined a few of the bigger private boats who were trolling in 120 feet off Tomales Point. Rick said that a couple of the six packs had up to 5 fish trolling out in 240 feet SW of Bird Rock but overall most were boats (both private and six pack) lucky to see a fish per rod. I have not received a single private boater report since Thursday which tells me few are out and the bite is slow.
The weather was sloppy this morning with 20 knots of wind over a 7 foot swell but as of 5:PM winds at the buoy have dropped to 15 knots.
Overall the water temp is great (51 at the buoy) and there is loads of feed all along the coast due to the past month of windy weather. A few days of calmer conditions could turn the bite on.

On Saturday 5-23 Rick on the New Sea Angler ran north. Rick said they had rolly conditions but just 12 to 15 knots of wind along the beach. 30 anglers landed limits of blacks, coppers and a mixed assortment of bott0m dwellers adding 30 lings to 20 pounds. They spend three hours trolling for salmon from the river to Carmet and released three silvers but caught no kings. The pre season ocean abundance forecast of 650K is no where near reality. Currently this season is beginning to look a lot like 2007. Hopefully with all the feed offshore we will begin is see some (of the more realistic forecast) of 1.5 million kings expected to return to the Columbia this fall. Good feed conditions should bring more fish into our part of the coast through June.


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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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