July 05, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Picks Up
Cape Rockfish and Lings

Six-packs are still grinding away for some good salmon scores. The fish are not jumping in the boat but for those grinding through the silvers, shakers and weather they are reporting solid action and good counts at the end of the day. On Independance Day Gary Blassi had a 5 man chatter that wanted rockfish but also wanted to get a few salmon. Gary said they boated three salmon to 12 pounds when the group said "enough lets go get white meat". Gary then headed in to the reefs north of the Cape for limits of blacks and a handful of lings. Gary passed along a report from Tony on the Shellback who worked through the shakers and silvers for 11 kings. The salmon were found off the Eel River but there are rumors of fish closer to the harbor.

 The weather was sloppy on Wednesday 7-1 but the salmon were biting and out sponsors reported in with limits and near limits of salmon. Tony on the Shellback had 6 limits working over the same area as the past few days off the Eel River Canyon. Gary on the Sea Weasel reported 10 fish for 6 anglers and said they hooked over 20 but just had trouble holding onto fish in the sloppy weather and 150 to 200 foot depths they are trolling on the wire. Most of the fish are running 7 to 10 pounds with a few larger fish to 20 being reported. Our sponsors have limited spots available over the July 4th weekend.
We also heard that the salmon bite off Crescent City picked up the past few days with boats taking limits juts south of the harbor.

The salmon bite is on with local six packs reporting early limits of salmon for the past three days. On Tuesday 6-30 Matt on the Fishy Business (NorthWind Charters) reported early limits. He says they found the fish off the Eel Canyon and the feed conditions are incredible with areas of krill and lots of whales over a wide area. Gary Blasi check in at 10 AM with 7 limits of salmon to 19 pounds. Gary said they had multiple hookups throughout the morning but the highlight was a humpback whale that breached so close to the boat that they got wet. With all the feed and three days of solid action Eureka looks like the "place to be" in the coming days. Spots are filling fast and readers need to grab those available dates as this is again the best action on the entire coast.

The salmon bite turned up another notch on Monday 6-29. Gary Blasi checked in at 9:35 this morning to report six limits to 12 pounds. They were trolling off the Eel river and Gary said they were only working two rods at a time and all their fish were doubles. They were hooking all their action at 150 to 200 feet and the bite was so fast at times that they couldn't stack a third or forth line on the down rigger before the fist lines down got bit.

Gary on the Sea Weasel, Tony on the Shellback and Matt on the Fishy Business are all taking reservations for salmon, pacific halibut and rockfish. Please use the links at the top of the page to make reservations and to contact our sponsors.

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