June 24, 2016    Headlines

Salmon Munching
Halibut, Rockfish and Lings All Biting

Salmon Reopens
Despite the sloppy weather our six pack sponsors continue to post up some great scores. Tony on the Shellback had limits on Friday 6-24. Matt on the Fishy Business had nine salmon with lots of miss and lost fish due to the 20 knots of wind. Matt said that the good thing was that the fish were biting right out in front of the harbor in 60 feet of water so the weather was not that big of a factor Most of the fish are running a solid 8 to 15 pounds The action will only improve when the weather lays down.

The salmon bite has been great for some and the sealion action has been even better for others. On Tuesday 6-21 Tony on the Shellback started off hot and stayed hot. He reported 12 salmon to 20 pounds for his group  of 6 anglers today. They were trolling just a mile to a mile and a half outside the jetty in 60 to 80 feet of water. Matt on the Fishy Business reported 5 salmon and could have had limits if not for the 7 fish lost to the furbags. Matt said he tried to move and shake off the lions but could just not get away from them. It was like taking the kids to the petting zoo and you cant figure out why all the goats are following you.
Gary on the Sea Weasel reported the same with just one fish snuck by the sealions. Gary said they had a tough day and between feeding the sealions and at one point losing all four out of a quad hookup it was a tough day. The weather forecast was calling for 10 to 20 with gusts to 30 but the reality was less than ten knots of wind all morning. If there were more boats in the area this could have helped to spread out the sealion pressure. Back in the "old days" problem sealions would have been treated like problem bears in a National Park. The ones who have lost all fear and only predate on boats (or campsites and cars) would be eliminated and not given a chance to teach their offspring the wrong way to make a living. Our  sponsors have limited room but if the action and the weather cooperate we could see some offer second trips in the coming weeks.

Boats are dialing in on the Salmon and scores are increasing by the day.
Matt on The Fishy Business reported on Monday 6-20 eight salmon landed, a few lost close to the boat and several other missed  opportunities. Matt says that boats are spread out from just outside the harbor to the Cape.   Pictured top left is Mat's Matt's photo of today's catch.

The salmon season has reopened off Eureka to good  scores and some favorable conditions. On Father's Day Matt on the Fishy Business reported they had six salmon and lost three at the boat and had a handful of others come unbuttoned. Matt says the fish are scattered and everyone is finding a few to a fish per rod over a wide area. The feed was abundant over a wide area.
As we are typing this up Tony on the Shellback sent a text message to report a real good bite off the "lip" of the Mendo Canyon. They had fast limits  in just 2.5 hour. Tony said the water was gin clear and the fish were biting deep at 150 feet on the wire.

Matt on the Fishy Business reports that he and Tony on the Shellback and Gary on the Sea Weasel spread out over a wide area on Thursday 6-16. Matt started out in 42 fathoms and tacked out to 50 or 300 feet releasing several 15" to 18" fish and got one keeper. From there he ran in to a bite just off the jaws in 50 feet where they landed 3 more fish to 14 pounds before the bite shut off. Matt passed along reports that Tony on the Shellback ran south towards the Cape and had a  salmon while Gary Blasi had four salmon fishing off the Jaws. The fleet was scattered and they should see better scores on Friday as they "dial in".
The rockfish action has been solid with easy limits of both lings and rockfish down at the Cape. Crab counts are solid with boats reporting limits. In the Bay there are huge schools of anchovies and some sardines and some of our sponsors are talking about doing some live bait halibut or rockfish and ling trips in the coming weeks.  

Eureka Halibut and Rockfish:
The salmon season reopens on Thursday 6-16.
Over the past two days the weather has laid down allowing our sponsors to get out after halibut, rockfish, lings and crabs. On the halibut front most are reporting 1 to 2 fish per boat with fish to 40 pounds. The rockfish and ling action down at the Cape has been solid with limits of quality rockies and lings to the mid 20 class. Crab counts are solid with all boats finding limits of crabs for a great bonus for their clients.
The focus through the end of the month will be SALMON. Ocean conditions look great and after seeing early limits on nearly all trips in May we expect the good action to continue in June. We will post reports on Thursday June 16th.

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.

The rockfish season opens on May 15th

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