Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3816 Jul 19- Aug 2 2019 - Page 24

22 July 19 - Aug 2, 2019 VOL.38 • ISS. 16 SALTWATER REPORTS Halibut, Stripers & Salmon Dominate! EAST BAY- Saltwater enthusiasts are enjoying incredible fishing. Salmon lead the angling parade at this time with anglers bagging limits and early limits of kings that range up to 25 pounds. Berkeley’s New Easy Rider with Captains Joe and Joey Gallia running the boat, have nailed big numbers of salmon over the past two weeks and the fish have been running large. The average salmon goes 8 to 9 pounds with the big fish going 20 plus. Rigged bait teamed with small inline flashers has been the winning combination. If you want to put some salmon in the freezer, now is the time to book a trip on the New Easy Rider! Captain Jonathan Smith of the Happy Hooker has been putting his clients on great live bait potluck action both inside bay. On his most recent adventure his anglers boated full limits of stripers and more than a halibut per rod to 21 pounds. Captain Chris Smith of Pacific Dream Sportfishing has also been putting his anglers on epic live bait action. On one typical trip last week anglers scored 20 limits of bass to 10 pounds along with 25 halibut to 19 pounds. On the Goldeneye 2000 Captain Quang Vo has been putting his clients on a pair of halibut per rod and limits of stripers while fishing the central bay. Before long, Captain Quang will shift over to lingcod action and will be plying the waters of the Farallons and beyond for lings and big rockfish. BODEGA BAY Stage Set for Salmon Bite to Break Loose BODEGA BAY – The stage is set for the salmon bite to bust wide-open during the month of July as perhaps the final heavy blow of the summer months arrived during the first week of the month with gusts to 35 mph. The northwest winds over the past few months have continued to be strong, and the water temperature has dropped to 49 degrees. Mike Aughney of Reel Magic Sport Fishing said, “Everything is lining up for an epic July as salmon love cold water, and we have it off of the Sonoma This angler was pretty happy after boating this quality S.F. coastline. The water Bay halibut on July 2. temperature is already Photo courtesy of HAPPY HOOKER SPORTFISHING, Berkeley. 60 degrees off of Half Moon Bay, but the temperatures will warm ueen of earts up after a few days of calm conditions as the salmon prefer temperatures around 52 to 56 degrees. Right now, we are averaging around a fish per rod on the salmon with limits of rockfish, but once the winds stop in the normal summer pattern, it will be on. The salmon action was excellent at the beginning of the week with limits before slowing down due to the high winds and difficulty reaching Half Moon Bay the fish. It will all change within the Sportfishing and Tackle week.” Captain Rick Powers of the New Q H Light Tackle Rockfishing 650-728-3377 • Salmon Fishing (when allowed) • Halibut have been the focus for early July S.F. Bay potluck anglers fishing aboard the Happy Hooker, but there have been some nice stripers in the mix too. Photo courtesy of HAPPY HOOKER SPORTFISHING, Berkeley. Sea Angler has been running his HALF MOON BAY combination trips, and he loaded Boats Focus on Rockfish off up the box with 32 limits of salmon San Mateo County Coast to 21 pounds, 32 limits of rockfish, (El Granada) Warm water conditions and 11 ling cod on a recent trip. With off of the San Mateo coastline have all of focus on salmon, most boats required a long run for salmon have been laying off of the reefs for fishermen, but there are limits to be rockfish, but bottom-fishing action found offshore despite high winds. remains strong for those working the There is a accumulation of salmon rocks both north and south of the far south of the harbor at Davenport, harbor. and the commercial boats found great Les Fernandes of Fish On Charters action there with up to 100 salmon reported top-notch fishing for days prior to the current two-week salmon out of Bodega Bay on the commercial closure. With the water latest trolling adventure before the temperatures reaching 60 degrees northwest winds picked up. “Salmon CONTINUED ON PG 24 remains excellent and Captain Jeff had 4 limits of a solid grade of fish to 19 pounds on the last trip aboard the Samantha Irene,” said Fernandes. Both the large party boats and the six-packs have some room during the month of July and into August, and reservations in both the campgrounds and on the party boats is advised as traffic at the launch ramp is expected to Captain Hayden Mullins of Dragon Sportfishing has been putting his clients on some handsome halibut and bass during S.F. Bay live bait be very high, potluck trips this summer. particularly on Photo courtesy of DRAGON SPORTFISHING, Emeryville. weekends. - Dave Hurley Predator Sport Fishing Small Groups • Great Rates • Whale Watching • • Nature Trips • • Full Bait and Tackle Shop • Want Sturgeon? Trophy Stripers? Call Dragon Sportfishing! Fish The Delta In Style Aboard Capt. Hayden Mullins’s 60’ Luxury Yacht! Excellent Sturgeon, Bass and Shark Fishing! Pillar Point Harbor 5 Miles North of Half Moon Bay The Bay’s Best Crew! Coast Guard Approved - Professional Crew 35+ years Experienced Captain 707-342-8481 • 3408 925-766-7350 • BERKELEY