September 11, 2015    Headlines

Cape Rockfish and Lings

The weather has been rough, rough, rough for the past week. The salmon season ended on on Monday September 7th and the season will go down as good one but a strange one with the bulk of the action for much of the season happening off Cape Mendocino. For the balance of the year Gary on the Sea Weasel will be offering some rockfishing trips. Matt on the Fishy Business will be running rockfish trips and then dungeness crab trips beginning in November. Readers will want to make early reservations for those prime November dates before the commercial season opens.
Tony on the Shellback has broken out the jet sled and will be fishing the lower Klamath through mid October and then the Trinity as the salmon push up.

Gary Blasi check in on Tuesday 9-1 to report that the winds are up and running to the Cape wa  out of the question today. The forecast calls for slightly better conditions on Wednesday before the winds return o  Thursday and Friday. With the long run to the Cape Gary hopes to make it on tomorrow but the rest of the week is a question mark. There are not the normal salmon options out in front of the harbor that they usually see this time of year. With a 18 to 20 mile run in 15 to 20 knot winds the Cape won't be part of his game plan until conditions improve. We will post a report as soon as boats are back out.

 We saw some wind and even rain over the weekend and conditions are beginning to feel like Fall. After breezy weather and slower fishing on Saturday 8-29 the bite was back out on Sunday 8-30. Gary Blasi reported 7 salmon all running 8 to 20 pounds for four anglers. Gary was fishing back down at the Cape and said that water temps have dropped back off to 56 degrees after climbing over 60 early last week. They had the devil fish at the boat a couple of time only to see them come unbuttoned. Gary says that conditions look great and it looks like they will again see a strong finish to the season.
Matt on the Fishy Business said they had a rockfish / salmon combo for a couple of salmon and limits of blacks for a young girls birthday group. With the sloppy weather they were fishing local. Matt said that Tony on the Shellback had four salmon and then broke away for rockfish and was sure that Tony filled out on white meat limits as well.

Pacific Halibut Closure
The Pacific halibut sport season has been closed (they claim that the California sport quota has been met but the reality is that there have been far too few reports of catches to verify this. The North Pacific Halibut Council is controlled by commercial interests who's biggest goal is to put every sport or lodge operation from here to Alaska out of the Pacific halibut business). This is so that they can then claim the sport quota as their own in the future when their are fewer anglers and lodge operations pursuing pacific halibut. It's a completely corrupt system that through individual fishing quotas (IFQ) has successfully (for the commercial fleet) put 100s of Alaska lodges and halibut sport (six pack and party boat) operators out of business over the past five years.
In a nutshell our Pacific halibut fishery was given away to commercial private interests who now own the IFQ. Now it's effecting California sport anglers access to a fishery that gives far too much quota to the commercial side of the fishery. The season here has been cut by more than half on days on the water allowed and it is now closed to all sport but to my knowledge not commercial boats.
Our fisheries are by law a "public resource" but our halibut fishery has been given away to a few private  IFQ holders that in some cases hold rights to millions of pounds of Pacific halibut.  Those millions of pounds are a public resource that YOU MR. SPORT ANGLER can no longer fish for.
The majority of California sport caught Pacific halibut come from the waters off Eureka. It's time for sport anglers and local captains to approach the California Fish and Game Commission and demand a full season of access to this public resource. 

All have some LIMITED room available. Tony on the Shellback is running ocean trips through August but will start his Klamath river jet sled trips in September.

Gary on the Sea Weasel, Tony on the Shellback and Matt on the Fishy Business are all taking reservations for salmon, pacific halibut and rockfish. Please use the links at the top of the page to make reservations and to contact our sponsors.

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