November 16, 2016    Headlines


Crabbing Opens / Weather Lays Down

The crab counts are solid outside of Eureka now that the weather has laid down and the gear is seeing longer soaks. On Tuesday 11-15 Gary on the Sea Weasel reports they are seeing 20+ crabs per pot. The crabs are all mostly grade with 25% being jumbos and all are full of meat. They pulled just a fewfor seven limits and picked through them to send everyone home with quality crabs. Gary has some dates open but is filled through Thanksgiving.

After a week long delay due to the big swell and winds sport boats finally got out to set and or pull their crab gear on Sunday 11-13. Gary Blasi on the Sea Weasel reported 13 limits or 130 crabs on two trips today. Gary Said the pots are just beginning to load up and those who have been able to sneak out and drop gear earlier in the week are seeing 20 plus crabs per boat. Overall it looks like a very promising start to the crab season. The commercial season does not begin until December 1st and sport anglers will find easy limits off Eureka and Crescent City through mid December.
Gary has lots of room for straight crabbing trips through December. He is offering multiple trips on weekends and most are short 2 to 3 hour enjoyable outings.

Nearly all the salmon 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.

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