May 10, 2017    Headlines

Salmon Closed in 2017
Halibut, Rockfish and Lings ToFill Gap

Gary Blasi with Full Throttle Sportfishing ran down to the Cape on Wednesday 5-10. He said the rockfish were stacked up and they got limits of quality reds, blacks, browns and coppers adding full limits of lings. This was his first rockfish trip of the season and he has space available. On the Pacific halibut front there are lots of fish around and when the conditions turn more favorable limits look to be the rule. So far there has only been three days where the weather was marginally good enough to allow boats to target pacific butts. One those days the current was screaming and weather marginal but sic pack boats still managed to boat two to three fish apiece. Once the weather lays out and the current does slow it good turn lights out.
Gary, Matt on the Fishy Business and Tony on the Shellback are all scheduling trips. They can be booked by checking the banner ads at the top of this page.

On Monday May 1st Gary Blassi reported decent to good pacific halibut action despite far less than ideal conditions. Gary said that the current was running hard, so hard that most of the crab pot buoys were diving. In addition they had 15 to 20 knots of wind over a 4 to 6 foot swell to contend with. Despite the less than ideal conditions Gary managed two pacific halibut to the boat and the one other boat in the area had three fish to 25 pounds. Good early season action for not ideal conditions. There could be a lot more fish around than this first report suggests. Gary has room this week and said that the weather forecast for the next two days has improved and looks much better than expected.

2017, Year of White Meat:
With the closure of the salmon season above Horse Mountain local Eureka sixpacks are gearing up for halibut and rockfish. Both halibut and rockfish will open on May 1st. The added bonuses this year is that boats have far fewer depth restrictions on them and they will be able to target lings and rockfish on reefs that have not seen any pressure in ten years. The other bonus is that there has been 5000 pounds added to the pacific halibut quota.
The halibut season will be split u[. It will be open May 1st to June 15th. Then July 11 to 15th, August 1-15. All of our sponsors, Gary, Matt and Tony will be offering combos trips and If you want to fish for pacific halibut you will want to book your dates soon.
The salmon closure will have a hard impact on local six pack's bottom line but the top captains will weather the storm. Guide Gary Blassi says he is seeing good numbers of booking for both rockfish and rockfish / halibut combos. He adds that with the depth restrictions being bounced out will only add to the great ling action they have seen the past few years. There is no restriction on pacific halibut. Gary will be bouncing his own plastic this year with is new line of Fat Boy swim baits. Yes they are already available in some of the local shops.
Matt on the Fishy Business is just finishing up on a repower of his boat. He expects to be operational by mid April and is also booking trips for pacific halibut, rockfish and lings through the summer. Matt has an upbeat approach to the coming season... "yes the problems on the Klamath shut us down for red meat but we are going to have a ball putting our clients into halibut, rockfish and lings all summer".
Tony on the Shellback is in the same boat and he too is offering white meat fishing seven days per week.

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