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July 29, 2014    Headlines

Salmon Picks Back Up
Rockfish Munching

 The salmon continue to munch off Eureka. On Tuesday 7-29 Matt on the Fishy Business reported 6 limits of salmon to the mid 20s trolling south 6 to 7 miles in 100 feet of water. Most of the fish are holing in the bottom twenty feet of the water column and boats are getting fish both mooching and trolling. The trollers are seeing better action.
Gary on the Sea Weasel worked the same area for salmon reporting 4 limits running from 16 to 24 pounds. He had a combo charter booked and made a quick run south to the Cape where they put in limits of big rockfish and lings to 15 pounds.
On Monday 7-28 both the Gary on the Sea Weasel and the Shellback with Phil at the helm reported five limits each. Both were trolling in 100 to 120 feet two miles north of the Eel river. The fish were all commercial grade running from 10 to 24 pounds. The best action continues to be for those working gear in the bottom 10 to 20 feet with most trolling but moochers are seeing good action as well. Our sponsors still have space available in August which is typically the time of year when Eureka sees the best and biggest fish of the season. 

We are back from a fun two weeks in Alaska and find the salmon bite back in Eureka remains fairly solid. A quick run down of the past three days is Thursday 7-24 most boats had limits and on Friday the wind blew keeping most in port.
On Saturday 7-26 scores dropped off to around a fish per rod. Gary Blassi on the Sea Weasel reported 4 fish for 6 anglers while Matt on the Fishy Business and Tony on the Shellback had scores of up to 7. They have been fishing in 100 to 150 feet from outside the whistle buoy and south 5 to 7 miles. The bulk of the action has been deep with most of the fish hooked in the bottom 20 feet of the water column. Gary said that Friday's wind was a blessing with the water cooling three degrees to 56 and browning back up after being green and warm the past few days. Boats have some availability in August for what has become California's most consistent salmon hot spot for a third year in a row.

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