July 15, 2017    Headlines

Halibut, Rockfish and Lings

The weather has been breezy but our local six pack operators are finding plenty of action when they can't get offshore. On Friday 7-14 Gary Blasi reported in with near limits of California halibut and 20 plus rockfish working inside Humboldt bay. Gary says that while the winds have been up on the outside its been beautiful n the bay and no one is getting seasick. He is planning rockfish and ling cod trips down to the Cape when the weather lays down. While the California halibut season is open all year the pacific halibut season is only opens the 1st to the 15th of each month. Gary has some limited availability in August. Matt on the Fishy Business has made it down to the Cape a couple of times but he too has been limited by the breezy weather offshore. He has lots of space available for rockfish and ling cod trips over the next two weeks.

This writer is sneaking off for our annual family trip to our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be chasing sockeyes and kings on the local rivers and will be jumping on board with good friend Captain Steve Smith for some halibut, ling and saltwater action. We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports here on Saturday July 29th.
In the time being please contact our sponsors or visit their websites for current reports, information and bookings.
Until then... good fishing!
Mike Aughney

The pacific halibut action broke open on Saturday 7-8. Gary Blasi on the Sea Weasel reported 5 fish to 38 pounds for 6 clients. They had several other chances to put that final "devil fish" in the box. This is excellent action considering the current large tides and the bite will only improve over the coming week as the tides become smaller. The pacific halibut season is open through July 15th and reopens on August 1st.
The rockfish and ling action has been very solid when the weather cooperates. Limits of quality lings to 30 pounds and big rockfish have to rounding out the sacks. The California halibut fishery inside the bay is open year round and is a great plan B for local captains when the winds are blowing along the coast.
On another note there is some very favorable hard temp breaks offshore and a few tuna are being taken 35 plus miles out. 

The pacific halibut season has reopened but the weather offshore of Eureka has been blowing. Captain Gary Blasi on the Sea Weasel has been concentrating his efforts inside of Humboldt bay. On Independence Day he reported six limits of quality halibut running from 6 to over 20 pounds. They were drifting the slots and edges inside the bay where there is just an abundance of bait and halibut holding. Matt on the Fishy Business is also reporting solid halibut action inside Humboldt bay. Gary and Matt plan on targeting pacific halibut and lings and rockfish this week and the seas lay down. Until then "Plan B"  is a great second option.

When the weather cooperates the rockfish and ling action has been solid down at the Cape. Our six-pack sponsors are reporting limits of lings with many in the 20 and even 30 pound class adding limits of quality rockfish. The pacific halibut season reopens on July 1st to the 15th. The pacific halibut catches have been exceptional so far this season. When the winds and current cooperate easy limits have been the rule. Better yet .......even when the weather and tides are not favorable local captains are still finding good PH action and some petrale sole in the mix.  Gary Blassi on the Full Throttle and Matt on the Fishy Business are both reporting rockfish and easy ling limits.

2017, Year of White Meat:
With the closure of the salmon season above Horse Mountain local Eureka sixpacks are gearing up for halibut and rockfish. Both halibut and rockfish will open on May 1st. The added bonuses this year is that boats have far fewer depth restrictions on them and they will be able to target lings and rockfish on reefs that have not seen any pressure in ten years. The other bonus is that there has been 5000 pounds added to the pacific halibut quota.
The halibut season will be split u[. It will be open May 1st to June 15th. Then July 11 to 15th, August 1-15. All of our sponsors, Gary, Matt and Tony will be offering combos trips and If you want to fish for pacific halibut you will want to book your dates soon.
The salmon closure will have a hard impact on local six pack's bottom line but the top captains will weather the storm. Guide Gary Blassi says he is seeing good numbers of booking for both rockfish and rockfish / halibut combos. He adds that with the depth restrictions being bounced out will only add to the great ling action they have seen the past few years. There is no restriction on pacific halibut. Gary will be bouncing his own plastic this year with is new line of Fat Boy swim baits. Yes they are already available in some of the local shops.
Matt on the Fishy Business is just finishing up on a repower of his boat. He expects to be operational by mid April and is also booking trips for pacific halibut, rockfish and lings through the summer. Matt has an upbeat approach to the coming season... "yes the problems on the Klamath shut us down for red meat but we are going to have a ball putting our clients into halibut, rockfish and lings all summer".
Tony on the Shellback is in the same boat and he too is offering white meat fishing seven days per week.

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