August 27, 2015    Headlines

Salmon LIMITS!
Cape Rockfish and Lings

The salmon bite remains good off Cape Mendo. On Wednesday 8-26 Matt with North Wind Charters (Fishy Business) reported five limits of salmon down at the Cape. Matt said it was a quick bite and they were wrapped up early. He does have room this week. Some rain and wind is expected this coming weekend as the first fall storm of the season moves through the far Nor Cal waters on Saturday and Sunday. Up to a half inch of rain is expected north of Cape Mendocino and the local rivers could use it.

On Tuesday 8-25 Matt on the Fishy Business reported 7 limits of salmon to the high teens plus 3 lings and "numerous" rockfish that were also caught on the troll gear. This is now officially referred to by Matt as salmon by-catch. Mat was once again trolling in 50 to 100 feet north of Cape Mendocino. Tony on the Shellback had a rockfish charter and also ran south. He reported 18 lings plus a bunch more released adding limits of rockfish. Tony says it looks like some of the salmon are "peeling out" to the rivers but over the past few days the bite remains steady at a fish per rod to limits. Gary on the Sea Weasel did not check in but he too has been reporting a fish per rod to limits every good weather day this past week. Our sponsors only have a FEW VERY LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. If you are looking for an ocean fresh salmon and a big sack of ling and rockfish fillets you need to get on the books ASAP.

Pacific Halibut Closure
The Pacific halibut sport season has been closed (they claim that the California sport quota has been met but the reality is that the North Pacific Halibut Council is controlled by commercial interests who's biggest goal is to put every sport or lodge operation from here to Alaska out of the Pacific halibut business). This is so that they can then claim the sport quota as their own. It's a completely corrupt system that through individual fishing quotas (IFQ) has successfully (for the commercial fleet) put 100s of Alaska lodges and halibut sport (six pack and party boat) operators out of business over the past five years.
In a nutshell our Pacific halibut fishery was given away to commercial private interests who now own the IFQ. Now it's effecting California sport anglers access to a fishery that gives far too much quota to the commercial side of the fishery. The season here has been cut by more than half on days on the water allowed and it is now closed to all sport but to my knowledge not commercial boats.
Our fisheries are by law a "public resource" but our halibut fishery has been given away to a few private  IFQ holders that in some cases hold rights to millions of pounds of Pacific halibut.  Those millions of pounds are a public resource that YOU MR. SPORT ANGLER can no longer fish for.
The majority of California sport caught Pacific halibut come from the waters off Eureka. It's time for sport anglers and local captains to approach the California Fish and Game Commission and demand a full season of access to this public resource. 

On Sunday 8-23 we received just one report from Matt on the Fishy Business. Matt reported they had a scratch bite in the morning landing 5 salmon for 5 anglers with several others fish that were lost. They added five lings and several rockfish to round out the catch. Water temps at the Cape have dropped from 59 degrees last week to the mid 50s and Eureka remains to be the best or at least the most consistent salmon fishery off the Nor Cal coast for the past three years.

On Thursday 8-20 Gary Blasi was the first to report in. At 8:30 this morning he had 5 limits in the box to 20 pounds. He was  fishing down at the Cape. Matt on the Fishy Business followed up a couple of hours later with a report of 7 limits of salmon with a 15 pound average and 10 rockfish.

The weather laid out after three days of wind and the salmon were chomping on Wednesday  8-19. Gary Blassi checked in at 9:30 this morning to report 5 quick limits to 20 pounds. They were trolling north of Cape Mendo in 100 feet. Matt on the Fishy Business had a group who wanted to chase white meat and he reported an assortment of limits that included 12 cabazon and 3 lings on top of their limits of all quality rockfish. Matt will be back salmon fishing tomorrow as will our other sponsors.

Captain Tony Sepulveda of Green Water Adventures said, “The salmon bite was flat out wide open today. We slid into the area I'd been fishing about 8:15 and I metered around a bit looking for sign. After a few minutes I found what we wanted to see. Big stacks of bait formed up in a way that made me think salmon were on them. We dumped gear in the water and we were bit instantly. We killed limits of kings, released a few in the process and had it all wrapped up in less than 30 minutes. Since we were in the area we made a quick stop on the bottom fish and loaded up limits of rockfish and 6 lingcod capped by a 30 pounder. Some days just feel easy.”

All have some LIMITED room available. Tony on the Shellback is running ocean trips through August but will start his Klamath river jet sled trips in September.

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.

Northern California MPAs
A suite of new or modified marine protected areas (MPAs) are in effect along the  California’s north coast.
A complete list of all north coast MPAs, including detailed regulations and maps, can be found at
DFG’s MPA mobile website, located at, will be updated to include the  MPAs. The mobile website allows the public to use any web-enabled device to locate MPA boundaries and regulations by using an interactive map or searching by name, county or general area. A mobile device’s GPS can also be used to find a person’s current location relative to any MPA. In addition to the mobile website, boaters can view MPAs on nautical charts or other background maps by visiting MarineBIOS at, DFG’s interactive online marine and coastal map viewer.

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