September 03, 2016    Headlines

Salmon Munching
Halibut, Rockfish and Lings All Biting

The salmon bite has been hot as we wind down this very shortened season. Our six pack sponsors are seeing limits with some fish being taken right outside the jaws and most being found 10 miles down the coast.

On Saturday 9-3 Tony on the Shellback reported 7 limits to 20 pounds by 11:AM. He was trolling south of the harbor. On Friday he had 7 limits by 8:30 AM with fish to 20 pounds!
Matt on the Fishy Business was also trolling south of the harbor  reported 7 limits with fish to 15 pounds.

Matt on the Fishy Business had another excellent day on Friday 9-2 with 7 limits of salmon most in the 8 to 12 and up to 15 class. The salmon season closes at sunset September 5th. Through September our sponsors will be running halibut and or rockfish trips. There appears to be enough pacific halibut quota left to finsih out the September season. Tony on the Shellback will be running trips both in the salt and over on the Klamath river chasing salmon and steelhead.
Nearly all the fish currently on the coast are there thanks to the Golden Gate Salmon Association. If not for their efforts to push both state and federal hatchery managers to truck fish over the past three years of drought we would have likely NOT had a season this year or next. I encourage readers to support this great organization and their efforts to return our salmon fishery to it's past glory. You can visit their website and see all that they are doing to make that a reality.

This writer is sneaking off to spend a week at our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be chasing silvers on the local rivers and will be jumping on board with good friend Captain Steve Smith for some halibut, ling and saltwater action. This is the quiet part of the year that I love. The tourists are gone and there is still good salt and river action on tap. The highlight of this trip are the four close friends joining us including one whom I have been fishing with since the third grade. We will return with full reports here on Monday September 12th. We still have a few weeks open for the 2017 season.
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 salmon season has reopened for a brief 5 day period September 1-5th and the fish are BITING! After starting off trolling outside the jetty and putting a few fish in the box boats spread out and found better action offshore on Thursday 9-1. Tony on the Shellback had a group that wanted white meat. After landing four salmon off the jetty Tony ran south to the Cape for limits of rockfish and lings to a huge 31 pounds.
Matt on the Fishy Business started off outside the jetty and then moved out to 180 feet 10 miles south where the krill and whales have been concentrated for the past few weeks. They finished off the day with 8 salmon to 18 pounds and several other missed and lost ones through the day. Gary on the Sea Weasel reported 5 limits to 18 pounds. Gary also fished off the jetty in the morning for three fish and then ran ten miles south to 180 feet or 3 miles north of the Eel river canyon. Gary said they had a solid average of 12 to 14 pound fish and most were spawn bound or full or roe and milt.
All of our sponsors are running salmon trips through September 5th and offering pacific halibut and or rockfish and ling trips through September. The salmon trips are sold out but there is space available for the combo rockfish / ling / pacific halibut trips. Spots are lilted so we suggest readers book ASAP.

Salmon Closes Wednesday 8-16/ Pacific Halibut and Rockfish all Open
The salmon is closed after August 15th and reopens on September 1st through the 5th. The action is past week has been solid despite the sloppy weather. Tony on the Shellback reports they have been seeing a solid fish per rod to limits every day this week. On Sunday 8-14 he reported 10 salmon for 6 anglers of fish running from 10 to 20 pounds. Tony will be running Lost Coast rockfish and ling trips through August 31st and will resume salmon fishing for the first few days of September. He will then start running the every popular Klamath river steelhead and salmon trips in September. These trips will be on his custom jet-sled on the lower Klamath river.
Gary Blasi reported Monday 8-15 that he was forced to cancel due to rough weather. He had regular clients traveling a long distance and he didn't want to risk them driving 300 miles to sit at the dock. Gary will be running pacific halibut trips September 1-15th and salmon trips September 1st to the 5th. With his own line of jumbo tails "Fat Boy" he has been seeing up to 4 halibut per day this past week.
matt on the Fishy Business has been seeing a solid fish per rod to limits of salmon this past week. Matt will be offering both Lost Coast rockfish and ling trips as well as pacific halibut. The halibut quota is only have filled and looks to last through September.  The halibut season reopens September 1st

he opening dates for salmon are as follows.
May 16 through May 31, June 16 through June 30, July 16 through August 16, and September 1 through September 5.

The Pacific halibut season is open
May 1-15, June 1-15, July 1-15 and August 1-15 September 1-15th

The rockfish season opens on May 15th

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