Noyo Fish Company
The 42' Ambush and 57' Trek II
June 19, 2013
Fort Bragg and Shelter Cove
Salmon, Lings, Rockfish Bite Big
After spending most of this season "stuck in the middle" it appears that
off this old school harbor town the salmon have arrived. The salmon fishing
is literally the best action in 8 years with boats reporting fast limits
just a 10 minute boat ride out of the harbor.
On Wednesday 6-19 Kevin Browning with the Noyo Fish Co reported that
the Ambush and all other party and private boats were in with limits before
11:AM. The fish are right out front in 180 to 200 feet with boats spread 3
to 5 miles North. The grade was a bit smaller today with lost of 10 to 15
pounders in the mix but the bite was fast and Kevin feels that more fish are
moving into the area.
On Monday 6-17 Kevin Browning with the Noyo Fish Co. reported fast
limits of BIG salmon. Fishing in 200 feet of water they were limited for 8
anglers in less than two hours time. Kevin said private boats were coming
back in with 1 to 2 limits at 7 AM as they were motoring out to the grounds
just 2 to 3 miles straight out in front. Boats were spread as far
north as 5 miles and out to 300 feet but Kevin said there was no reason to
burn fuel with dark water, bird life everywhere and even some salmon
breaking the surface. They lost many fish due to the big size with a solid
18 to 20 pound average. One couple asked "what their fillets weighed" and
tossing the 8 fillets on his scale it totaled 43 pounds.
The weather was perfect with 5 to 8 knots of wind over a tiny 3 foot swell.
They have lots of space this week and it looks like Fort Bragg is back on
On Sunday 6-16 the
Ambush ran a local rockfish trip in the morning taking limits of quality
rockfish mostly coppers and vermilions adding easy limits of lings. The
lings are so thick they actually ran from them they were releasing so many.
On the afternoon trip Captain Kevin left at 2:PM and called back in at 4:12
with limits of salmon averaging 15 to 18 pounds and going to 25. They were
trolling out front in 160 feet of water just a mile north of town. He said
that the local conditions are the best he has seen in years with brown
water, krill and hard bait in every direction. The weather was great with
less than 10 knots of wind over a 5 foot swell. With the fish close by this
is a great bet for North Bay private anglers tired of being blown off the
Sonoma coast. Salmon fishing here is open 7 days per week.
On Saturday the Ambush ran north to the Lost Coast for 15 limits of
all big quality reds and coppers adding 15 limits of lings to
20 pounds. The Noyo Fish Company has lots of room open for half and full day
salmon, rockfish and ling cod trips.