November 20, 2014    Headlines

Dungeness Crab Season Opens

 Rockfish & Crab Opener
The crab season opened up to easy limits and limits continue to be the norm.  Six-packs are all reporting limits of crabs or ten per anglers working gear in 100 to 150 feet straight off of the harbor. On Wednesday 11-19 Gary Blassi checked in to report that they have taken 5 to 7 limits each day this past week. Gary says that trips average two hours and they are pulling 8 to 12 pots (5 to 10 crabs per pot) for 50 to 70 crabs on each trip. Matt on the Fishy Business and Phil who is currently running the Shellback while Tony is on vacation are also reporting easy limits.
All three of our sponsors have room for trips this week and contact information is as simple as the links listed at the top of this page.

. On Sunday 11-2 Matt on the Fishy Business reported 7 limits of all JUMBO crabs. They only pulled five pots for 70 total crabs. Matt says there are some crabs being caught in the bay but the top action is out in 100 plus feet of water 1 to 3 miles from port. Matt has spots open daily.

The ocean has been rough most days this past week. Another stronger weather system is forecast to move through on Thursday 10-23 and it may be the weekend before boats are back out. Both Matt on the Fishy Business and Gary on the Sea Weasel have been able to get out for limits of rockfish and lings down at the Cape this past week. Coming up is the sport crab opener. Gary on the Sea Weasel, Matt on the Fishy Business and Tony on the Shellback will be offering crab trips beginning November 1st. You can contact them at the numbers above.
Tony has been fishing the middle Klamath out of his drift boat this past week and reports lots of most dark salmon and good numbers of adult steelies.

Gary Blassi will be running combo halibut and rockfishing trips through September and will back behind the counter at his shop, Mad River Tackle through the winter months. Gary will be providing us regular Mad river reports between chasing his two young sons around.

Northern California MPAs
A suite of new or modified marine protected areas (MPAs) are in effect along the  California’s north coast.
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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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