Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3815 July 5-19 2019 - Page 32

30 SALTWATER July 5 - 19, 2019 SALTWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 29 HALF MOON BAY Rockfish, Lingcod Provide Top Action Until Salmon Bite Rebounds EL GRANADA - The hot salmon bite experienced below the Pillar Point Harbor near the Deep Reef dried up quickly as the largest school moved progressively up the coastline. There were good days off of Mussel Rock, bringing the Bay Area Fleet down to greet the boats coming up from Half Moon Bay, but the salmon continued to move up the coastline and out of range for the Half Moon Bay fleet. As of press time, the main bulk of salmon are as far north as Drake’s Bay south of Point Reyes. However, there is hope for the return of the salmon in the coming months as there has been tremendous commercial salmon fishing action out of Morro Bay and Port San Luis, and these fish have to pass Half Moon Bay on their way through the Golden Gate into the Sacramento River system. Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete out of Half Moon Bay Sportfishing was out on Saturday, June 8, and he said, “We traveled 56 miles for three total salmon, starting 14 miles west towards the Farallon Islands and ended up 5 miles out from Pigeon Point 18 miles south of the harbor. There are haystacks of anchovies, but they are very deep as the water color isn’t dark enough.” A steady northwest wind has cleared and chilled the water temperatures, but the overall effect of the wind will pay dividends with the upwelling along the coastline. Rockfish action remains very good. The Queen of Hearts checked in with limits of rockfish, 10 lingcod and 5 cabezon for 35 anglers after fishing off the San Mateo County coast on Saturday, June 8, reported Stephanie Meza at the Half Moon Bay Sportfishing Center. The Ankeney Street has also been fishing coastal rockfish in shallow water, and in addition to some quality lingcod, they have put in cabezon to 9 pounds as part of their 10-rockfish limits. The addition of a third canary rockfish and fourth black rockfish as subtotals of a 10-fish limit began on June 1st, and this regulation change also added a 2nd ling cod over 22 inches. - Dave Hurley MONTEREY BAY Rockfish Action Is Great Off Monterey Coast MOSS LANDING – Fishing for rockfish and lingcod off the Big Sur Coast remains excellent for anglers boarding the Kahuna sportfishing boat. A trip on June 20 produced 20 canary rockfish, 40 copper rockfish, 28 lingcod (up to 22 pounds), 60 rockfish and 40 vermilion rockfish for 19 anglers. A trip on June 19 yielded 7 bocaccio, 10 canary rockfish, 5 lingcod, 33 rockfish and 42 vermilion rockfish for 11 passengers, according to Carol Jones of Kahuna Sportfishing. A trip on June 17 produced 4 lingcod, 145 rockfish and 25 vermilion rockfish for 17 anglers. “The anglers caught some beautiful shallow water reds and the VOL.38 • ISS. 15 Matt Mayes shows off a hefty California halibut he caught while working the north coast from his kayak this May. Photo courtesy of the KAYAK CITY FISHING TEAM, Kayak City. olives were blowing up on the top bottom in 230-270 feet of water. There water poppers!,” she said. “It was just were a few caught in 270 feet of plain fun fishing!” water off Natural Bridges. The Sand “On a trip to Point Lopez, 20 anglers Plant area to Soldiers was good for landed limits of mostly reds and limits the anglers who fished hard near the of lingcod with 12 fish going over 20 bottom in 270 feet of water.” pounds. What a great day!,” she said. “The rockfishing was good in the The total count that day was 15 deep water near Davenport. 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