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Salmon Limits
Rockfish Munching

 It looks like the salmon season is going to end on the same note as it started. On Saturday 8-6 Matt on the Fishy Business reported 5 limits for his clients and one for the captains table (pictured below). They were fishing out in front in 100 feet of water. The fish ran 8 to 22 pounds and most were immature (next year's) fish. The season ends on Sunday at sunset. Over the next few weeks Matt (as well as Gary with Full Throttle) will be running pacific halibut and rockfish trips. In addition Matt will be running dungeness crab trips beginning in November. For some reason crabs you catch yourself always seem to taste better!

 Matt on the Fishy Business ran south on Sunday 8-31 to the Cape. They trolled for salmon for a few hours and put in 5 salmon and switched to rockfish adding 3 lings and 40 rockfish for a group of 6 anglers. The waters out in front of the harbor have been warm and full of jelly and the majority of salmon caught has been south this week. Matt will be running salmon trips through next Sunday September 1st and most will be running combination including rockfish and or halibut.

On Thursday 8-28 Gary on the Sea Weasel ran south the the Cape for rockfish. After loading 4 quick limits of browns, coppers and reds they had lots of time to scout for salmon and found cold water just 4 miles north of roughly 14 miles south of the Jaws in 100 feet. In less than two hours they  put in the last salmon for limits of all quality fish (several were hatchery clipped) all in the 18 to 25 pound class. Gary says they have warm water out in front of Eureka but they have a cold pocket hugging the nearshore waters above the Cape.
Matt on the Fishy Business reported limits of BIG quality rockfish and 5 lings to 17 pounds.
The salmon season ends on Sunday September 7th.  Gary has only a few VERY limited spots open as does Tony on the Shellback but Matt on the Fishy Business does have room available this coming week. Both Matt and Gary will be offering rockfish / ling / pacific halibut trips through September. Tony will be running trips on the lower Klamath river from his jet sled beginning September 8th.

Gary Blassi checked in on Tuesday 8-26 to report " it's been sporadic for salmon this past week but rockfishing is great and we found some fish today. Fishing north of the Cape Gary reported 7 limits of rockfish and one ling. They broke out the salmon gear and found a hot spot south of the Eel river closer> In just an hours time they hooked 10 and landed 7 all in the 18 to 27 pound class. This was their best salmon action in the past week and Gary feels that most of these fish are either Eel or Klamath bound as they were all full of eggs and milt. Gary will be running combo rockfish / salmon trips for the balance of the season. Salmon ends September 7th and halibut reopens on September 1st.

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