Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3614 June 23- July 7 2017 - Page 29

VOL.36 • ISS. 14 27 June 23 - July 7, 2017 SALTWATER REPORTS BERKELEY & EMERYVILLE Halibut Hot, Salmon Up And Down BERKELEY- East Bay charter boat anglers are enjoying great action. The best halibut fishing in years is taking place in San Francisco Bay. The salmon bite has been slow one day, fair the next and red hot the day after that. And there are some very nice salmon up to and beyond the 20 pound mark in the mix. Berkeley’s New Easy Rider with Captains Joe and Joey Gallia at the helm have been splitting their time between salmon and halibut fishing. Salmon scores have been fluctuating from well over a fish per rod to well under a fish per rod. On the halibut front the scores have been much more consistent. For example, on the New Easy Rider’s most recent live bait potluck trip, 12 anglers rounded up 12 halibut to 22 pounds and 3 keeper bass. “Over the past couple days, we’ve seen the halibut scores drop off a bit with less than one keeper per rod hitting the box, but the average size of the keepers has gone way up,” reported Captain James Smith of Berkeley’s California Dawn. “Today we had 19 halibut and 2 bass for 20 plus anglers. Our biggest halibut were