Fish Sniffer Magazine Volume 41 Issue 16 - Page 23

VOL . 41 • ISS . 16 September 30 , 2022
Wow ! A mixed bag of fish that includes big eye tuna , albacore , and dorado ! Obviously , this group of anglers had an amazing day while fishing off Fort Bragg with Pacific Angler Sportfishing
Photo Courtesy of Pacific Angler Sportfishing
These two anglers were fishing outside of the Golden Gate with the Lovely Martha out of San Francisco when they boated these two nice salmon .
Photo Courtesy of Lovely Martha
pounds ,” he concluded . Yellowfin tuna are also showing off Fort Bragg and Shelter Cove . On September 22 , an angler landed a 240-pound yellowfin tuna while trolling out of Fort Bragg , This fish was preceded by the 151-pound yellowfin that John Neill of Shelter Cove caught while trolling for albacore at Vizcaino Knoll out of Shelter Cove on September 11 . Adrian Garcia at Fisherman ’ s
Warehouse in Sacramento has been finding solid albacore fishing – along with losing one striped marlin – while trolling with Zucchini Zukers and Cedar Plugs off Fort Bragg . “ Fishing has been pretty good on most of the trips ,” he said . “ We have averaged 20 fish per day with the exception of one day that produced just 3 tuna and another that produced zero .” “ On one trip , we hooked a marlin on a Cedar Plug that came off after making a jump . A lot of bigeye have been reported caught on Mexican flag Zuker lures . We have fished 20 to 35 miles off Fort Bragg

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4101 heading south . On my latest trip , the 4 people aboard my boat caught 21 albacore from 15 to 30 pounds . Two or three marlin and 20 plus bigeye and yellowfin have also been reported by other anglers .”
- Dan Bacher
San Mateo Coast Shallow Water Rockfish Action Sizzles
EL GRANADA – If you like to catch shallow water rockfish , now ’ s the time to hit the waters off Half Moon Bay . “ We had another great day of shallow water rock fishing for our 10 anglers .,” reported Michael Cabanas of New Captain Pete Sportfishing after his most recent trip . “ We had steady action on the drop , with the bigger fish biting later on in the morning .” “ Our anglers landed 5 lingcod up to 14 lbs ., 2 cabezon up to 6 lbs ., and a mix of bottom dwellers up to 6 lbs . and some school fish up to 2 lbs . 10 limits of rockcod for 10 anglers were taken for the day ,” he said . The Queen of Hearts out of the Half Moon Sportfishing Center has also been finding top-notch rockfish action . The Queen of Hearts returned with 80 rockfish for 8 anglers on its latest adventure off the San Mateo County Coast on September 22 . The salmon fishing off Half Moon Bay has been hit and miss , with the latest trolling trip on the Queen of Hearts producing slow action .
- Dan Bacher .
Rockfish , Lingcod and Halibut Offer Top Fishing
SANTA CRUZ – Limits of rockfish and a few lingcod are the reward for anglers going on charter and private boats off the Monterey and Santa Cruz Coast , while private boaters are still bagging halibut in Monterey Bay . Fishing for rockfish and lingcod has been productive near Davenport and
Franklin Point , reported Todd Fraser of Bayside Marina . The bottomfish are hitting an array of shrimp fly jigs baited with squid , jigs , bars , swimbaits and live bait . Halibut continue to be caught near 4 Mile Beach , Capitola and Pajaro . Boaters are drifting and trolling live bait for the flatties . “ There have been a few salmon caught on the Santa Cruz Wharf ,” said Fraser . “ The hatchery fish have been in the shallow water since the rain hit .” Tuna fishing remains tough off Santa Cruz . “ The two boats that went looking for tuna yesterday did not find any fish ,” said Fraser . “ One boat went to 36 ’ 40 / 122 ’ 02 out to 36 ’ 40 / 122 ’ 50 and found blue warm water but not much life . The majority of marine life was closer to shore near the point of Monterey . The other boat went through the Davenport Fingers to Ano Nuevo . but did not see any tuna .” Chris Arcoleo at Chris ’ Fishing Trips in Monterey said rockfish trips are producing consistent limits of rockfish off the Monterey County Coast . “ The anglers smashed the rockfish at Point Sur on a couple of trips there this week ,” said Arcoleo . “ They bagged a lot of red rockfish and a few lingcod . Local trips to Carmel and Cypress Point care yielding mostly yellowtail rockfish . Anglers are catching the larger rockfish and the lingcod on bars and bars . The guys who know how to bottomfish are doing very well .” The Checkmate checked in with 150 rockfish ( limits ) for 15 anglers on Saturday , September 24 . The Checkmate came back with 190 rockfish ( limits ) and one lingcod for 19 anglers on September 23 , while the Caroline reported 150 rockfish ( limits ) for 15 anglers the same day . Stagnaro ’ s Fishing Trips in Santa Cruz reported limits and near limits of rockfish . One recent 7-hour trip produced limits of rockfish , 2 lingcod and 1 halibut , while another trip yielded 249 rockfish for 29 anglers .