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Rockfish regulations will change on August 25th through December 31st with the take prohibited seaward of the 40-fathom depth contour ( 240 feet ) due to the quota of incidental take of yelloweye rockfish being exceeded . Recreational Dungeness crab season opens on November 3rd , and the Huli Cat is the only large party boat running the popular crab / rockfish combinations .
A wave of salmon did move through , and the party boats found limits off of Martin ’ s Beach , but the bite slowed down once again , leaving captains hoping for another wave of the Coastside fish .
This angler was fishing aboard the Dragon out of the Emeryville Marina on August 6 when he hooked and landed this huge king .
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The commercial salmon fleet has been working in deeper water for a ‘ pick ’ level of action . The Coastside Fishing Club salmon plants haven ’ t shown up in the harbor as of yet , but they normally start arriving around September .
The Queen of Hearts , Riptide , and Que Sera Sera have returned with limits of rockfish and the occasional lingcod on each trip within the past week , according to Half Moon By Sportfishing .
Captain Smitty on the Riptide was the highliner with 5 lings along with 19 limits of rockfish on August 18th . A recent trip by the Queen of Hearts also produced 40 rockfish and19 Lingcod to 12 pounds .
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete said , “ We started out on a salmon trip on August 19th , but after finding no action , we switched over for 23 limits of rockfish at the Deep Reef .”
“ I was out on a bird watching trip to the Pioneer Canyon area on Saturday , and we observed Buller ’ s shearwaters which normally hang out around the albacore schools . We haven ’ t seen them for a few years in our waters , and we also saw Pacific sauries jumping . The black cod boats fishing past the Farallons have also seen bluefin tuna jumping , so stayed tuned !” he stated .
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Dennis dropped a line at the Farallon Islands on August 11 and reeled up this incredible lingcod . Photo courtesy of CALIFORNIA DAWN SPORTFISHING , Berkeley . rockfish and lingcod on trips to Point Sur .
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down to Point Sur on August 18 with good weather and ended up with limits of both rockfish and some huge lingcod .
“ Down the coast fishing is heating up with fall weather coming up ,” said Carol Jones of Kahuna Sportfishing . “ Regular Steve Wilson came up with double lingcod , including a 25 pounder and a 20 pounder !”
The total fish count was 13 canary rockfish , 18 copper rockfish , 22 lingcod , 28 assorted rockfish and 51 vermilion rockfish for 11 anglers .
On the next trip to Point Sur on August 18 , the 22 anglers landed 1 cabezon weighing 9 pounds , 7 canary rockfish , 55 copper rockfish , 44 lingcod to 20 pounds , 14 assorted rockfish and 143 vermilion rockfish up to 7 pounds .
A full day trip to Point Lopez aboard the Kahuna yielded 60 copper rockfish , 40 lingcod , 40 assorted rockfish , 100 vermilion rockfish for 20 anglers .
Anglers are also bagging good numbers of rockfish and lingcod inside Monterey Bay and up the Santa Cruz County Coast .
“ The lingcod were biting good today on the west side of Santa Cruz ,” said Todd Fraser of Bayside Marine on August
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On the previous day , Fraser reported albacore were caught in the offshore waters .
“ The anglers caught their fish at 35 ’ 55 / 123 ’ 03 ,” said Fraser . “ There were some scores of 1-3 fish that I heard . The anglers did not find the fish until noon so they may have missed the morning bite . The weather is flat calm but there is some south swell .”
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