July 16, 2016    Headlines

Salmon Munching
Halibut, Rockfish and Lings All Biting

Salmon Reopens
The third salmon opener of the year started off great for Gary Blasi on the Sea Weasel. Fishing literally in the entrance to the harbor Gary reported in with 5 limits for clients at 8:40 Saturday 7-16  morning. It took just another ten minutes for the captain to land and they were back at the dock at 9:05 with fish averaging 14 to 16 pounds and going up to 20. Gary said he was lucky and went double, double, triple and had five in the box in the first 15 minutes. Many boats reported lots of lost fish due to the size of the fish and the sloppy weather. Matt on the Fishy Business reported 5 salmon landed and enough others hook to have had limits. Matt was also trolling just a 1/4 mile to 2 outside the entrance.
All three of our sponsors have some very limited room available. The better news is that most are taking bookings for second trips. These trips are only available IF the morning crew stack quick limits and the boats are back in before noon. Please contact your favorite captain and see what they have available.


It's that time of year that this writer takes off for our annual family trip to our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be chasing kings & sockeye on the local rivers and will be jumping on board with good friend Captain Steve Smith for some likely epic halibut and saltwater action. I will be posting highlights on my Face Book page (Mike Aughney) next week. We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports here on Saturday July 30th.
In the time being please contact our sponsors or visit their websites for current reports, information and bookings.
Until then... good fishing!
Mike Aughney

Our six-pack sponsors have been running down to the Cape for limits of rockfish and lings. On Monday 7-11 Matt on the Fishy Business reported that they caught limits of fat rockfish and lings down at the Cape they past two days. With the fast action they had time to target halibut and landed three going 46, 38 and 28 pounds.
All eyes are on this Saturday's salmon opener. The next opener runs through August 15th and conditions look great. Gary Blasi checked in on Tuesday July 12th report that the bait is thick just outside the harbor with 1000s of birds working over schools of anchovies. He said sealions are tossing fish and if the weather is good expects a great (3rd) opener. The salmon season runs through August 15th.

Gary Blasi on the Sea Weasel checked in on Saturday 7-9. He reports they have been fishing rockfish and lings and seeing easy limits on all trips this past week. The halibut action has been slow due to a combination of bigger tides and sloppy weather early on this past week. Tides are getting smaller and the halibut scores should improve with the smaller tides and better weather.
THE SALMON SEASON REPOPENS NEXT SATURDAY 7-16 AND REMAINS OPEN THROUGH AUGUST 15TH. Most dates are booked out but our sponsors may be offering some double trips or second trips for those willing to be on standby if early limits of fish are available.

Despite the sloppy weather our six pack sponsors continue to post up some great scores this past week. On  Tuesday 6-28 the hot bite continues. Gary on the Sea Weasel reported 4 quick limits in just 45 minutes. Gary said they dropped in the troll gear as they left the jetty and were netting the last fish by 8:AM just a half mile out. Tony on the Shellback also report fast early action but once the tide turned the bite slowed.

They put in their last fish for limits at 1:30 after putting 6 six in the box by 8:30.
Matt on the Fishy Business took the day off and says that the forecast the next couple of days calls for hard winds. He plans on fishing the bay for halibut and possibly mooching for salmon just inside the jaws. Speaking of mooching some kayak anglers have been boating limits of salmon just inside and out the jetty in recent days. The salmon season closes on June 30th and reopens on July 16th.
The regulations this season are very confusing but one thing I missed is that the salmon season is open from July 16th to August 16th. Our sponsors will all offer second trips IF the good salmon bite continues. Be sure to support those that make this page possible.

On Sunday 6-26 both Matt on the Fishy Business and Gary on the Sea Weasel both reported limits. Trolling in 70 to 110 feet Gary reported six limits running from 8 to 18 pounds. Matt reported 5 limits for his clients and two for the crew with fish to 20 pounds. There is bait sign everywhere and good action over a large area. The salmon season runs through the end of the month. Beginning on July 1st boats will switch back over to halibut and rockfish until July 16th when the salmon season reopens.

 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.

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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