August 03, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Picks Up
Cape Rockfish and Lings

Just a quickie report for Monday 8-3. Matt on the Fishy Business reported early limits fishing down at the Cape again today. Matt said the fish were a bit smaller in grade running from 10 to 16 pound but were chewing the paint off the bottom of the boat. Eureka and the Golden Gate are the two ports with the most consistent action on the entire coast. This is the peak of the Eureka season as the river bound kings make their move towards their home rivers. Matt has room this week.

Big salmon are still munching down at the Cape. Matt on the Fishy Business checked in just before the noon hour on Saturday 8-1. Matt said they had early limits of quality fish ranging from ten to 25 pounds. They had several fish in the mid to high teens. Matt had similar action and quality of fish on Friday 7-31. Gary Blasi on the Sea Weasel also reported early limits as has Tony on the Shellback nearly every day for the past three weeks.
Our sponsors have only a few dates open in August so if you can't hook up with one get on with another. Crabbing is now closed but the halibut season is open through August 15th and then through all of September. Rockfishing is open and most days captains will offer a combo if the weather is good and the salmon bite early.

The salmon action down at Cape Mendo has been on for the past three weeks. The fish were biting like wild dogs on Thursday 7-30.
Matt on the Fishy Business reported 7 quick limits fishing at the Cape in 70 to 100 feet of water. They also took 20 rockfish and one ling. Tony on the Shellback said they had to fight a stiff south wind coming off the fog on the way south but this made for light pressure. Tony reported 7 limits of salmon to the mid 20 class in an hours time adding limits of blacks and assorted other rockfish plus 60 crabs on the way home. The crab season is wrapped up but from the counts of this summer next fall looks to be very good for local anglers. This is the most consistent salmon bite on the entire North Coast and the place readers should be making plans to get in on the action. Our sponsors have limited room available.

T'S ON, the salmon bite has been hot all week reports Gary Blasi with Full Throttle Sportfishing. Gary says they have made the long trip south to the Cape every day but it's well worth the run. Gary was done on Sunday 7-26 before noon with limits of salmon and several rockfish and lings that were caught while salmon trolling. The grade of the fish is excellent with over half running 15 to 25 pounds and up to 30 the past few days. Tony chimed in to report that "the salmon fishing has ranged from damn good to off the charts" over the past couple of weeks. They are trolling off the Pinnacles in 100 feet of water. The salmon are feeding on all the abundant feed in the area. Tony says that one most days there is enough time after limits of salmon to find quick limits of rockfish and lings as well.
Matt on the Fishy Business called in to reported 5 limits of salmon to 20 pounds plus limits of crabs for 5 anglers.

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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