Fish Sniffer Magazine Issue 4018 - Page 26

26 October 1 , 2021 VOL . 40 • ISS . 18 SALTWATER

This angler was fishing with Pacific Dream Sportfishing when he caught this vermillion that tipped the scales .
Photo Courtesy of Pacific Dream Sportfishing
It ’ s not that common to have an opportunity to target bluefin tuna in the Avila Beach area but Patriot Sportfishing and Ryan Bower were able to put this beauty on the deck .
Photo Courtesy of Patriot Sportfishing
SALTWATER REPORTS :
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HALF MOON BAY cont .
The Queen of Hearts continues to find top-notch rockfish action off the San Mateo County coast . The 13 anglers aboard the Queen of Hearts caught 130 rockfish and 2 lingcod during their latest trip out of the harbor .
MONTEREY BAY
Bluefin Tuna , Bonito Begin Showing
SANTA CRUZ – Bluefin tuna and bonito are now showing in the waters off Santa Cruz and Monterey , although rockfish are still providing the most consistent action for party boat and skiff anglers .
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“ The bluefin continue to be caught by the anglers who are putting in the time ,” reported Todd Fraser of Bayside Marine . “ There were multiple fish caught in front of Santa Cruz up to the Davenport Fingers . There is another school of bluefin being pursued near Point Pinos and the Sur Canyon .” Anglers are doing best trolling with Cedar Plugs , Rapalas and Nomad lures or slow trolling live mackerel either on the surface or 50 to 100 feet down . The fish range from 50 to 130 pounds , according to Fraser . Successful anglers include Mark , who caught a 70 lb . bluefin ; Tony , who landed a 73 lb . bluefin ; and Shane , who also reeled in a 73 lb . bluefin . “ The bonito have been biting about 4-6 miles straight out of Santa Cruz ,” stated Fraser . “ Anglers are hooking them while trolling with feather jigs , smaller cedar and other lures . Fishermen are also tossing out Megabaits and jigs .”
Rockfish action has been great in the deep water near Davenport . Fishermen are employing shrimp flies , bars and jigs to hook an array of colorful rockfish . Big fish honors go to Ed Burrell , who landed a 53 lb . white seabass while fishing a Megabait off Capitola ., according to Capitola Boat & Bait . The Kahuna out of Moss Landing is targeting rockfish on trips down the Big Sur Coast . The 19 anglers aboard the boat on September 25 bagged 3 cabezon , 1 California halibut weighing 12 pounds , 3 lingcod up to 12 pounds and 142 rockfish , reported Carol Jones of Kahuna Sportfishing . Chris ’ Fishing Trips in Monterey is also focusing on rockfish and lingcod . On September 25 , the 29 anglers aboard the Star of Monterey bagged 145 rockfish and 12 lingcod ; the 22 anglers aboard the Checkmate checked in with limits of rockfish ( 220 ); and the 20 anglers aboard the Caroline bagged limits of rockfish ( 200 ) and 5 lingcod .

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Stagnaro ’ s Fishing Trips in Santa Cruz reported limits of rockfish on a Saturday 7-hour cod trip ; 82 rockfish for 26 people on a Saturday twilight trip ; and 241 rockfish , one lingcod and one 22 lb . halibut for 25 passengers on a Sunday North Coast trip .