Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3902 Jan 3-17 - Page 30

28 SALTWATER Jan 3-17, 2020 VOL.39 • ISS. 2 SALTWATER REPORTS BERKELEY Crowds Light As Anglers Dodge Storms For Rocks & Crabs! BERKELEY - It looks as if the rockfish season is set to end with a bang at the end of the month. Heavy sacks and jumbo crabs remain the norm for East Bay charter anglers. The only stumbling block has been big storms and big waves that have kept anglers off the ocean at times. On the Happy Hooker the story has been very positive with, limits of rockfish and full limits of big crab hitting the deck. “We’ll be offering crab and rockfish combo trips until the bottomfish season ends,” said Capt. Jonathan Smith of the Happy Hooker. “The action has been good and I expect it to continue. When the weather is up, we’ve been fishing the coast and the scores drop a bit. When the weather cooperates we hit the Farallon Islands and the bite has been rocking good out there. Once the rockfish season ends we’ll be headed up to Martinez for sturgeon season.” BODEGA BAY Rockfish and Dungeness Crab Limits Continue Through End of Rockfish Season BODEGA BAY – The commercial crab vessels set their gear ton Saturday, December 14th with their first pulls on December 15th after a month of delay due to the potential for whale entanglement. The rockfish season ends on December 31st, but the action remains hot for both rockfish and crab despite the presence of thousands of commercial crab pots. Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing continues to load up on rockfish and CONTINUED ON PG 29 Hefty rockfish like this were the norm for anglers dropping shrimp flies from the decks of the Happy Hooker this November. Photo courtesy of HAPPY HOOKER SPORTFISHING, Berkeley. Promar: Your Source For California Legal Crabbing Gear Rockfish and crabs have been the target of anglers fishing aboard the Huli Cat this fall, but there have been some nice lingcod in the mix too. This fish was landed on November 17. Photo courtesy of HULI CAT SPORTFISHING, Half Moon Bay. W ith crabbing season about to kick off in northern California it’s time to start thinking about crabbing gear. Maybe you’re an old salt and just need to upgrade or replace equipment you’ve relied on for years. On the other hand, perhaps you’re a novice making your first foray for crabs. In either case the folks at Promar have exactly what you need. Promar offers an extensive line of both rigid and collapsible crab pots, hoop style crab nets and even crab snares. In addition to the traps them- The 2020 Boston Whaler Models are Now in Stock! selves Promar offers bait bags and boxes, crabbing line, rope, floats, gloves and more. Traps used in California waters are required to have a degradable device such that if the trap is lost it will become inoperable and won’t continue to catch and kill crabs. The current genera- tion of Promar traps meet these requirements and are California legal. Promar products are available at select locations around the Golden State for more information you can call Promar direct at (866) 264-1562 or visit them online at @SHELTERLODGE Gear Up HEAVY DUTY REBATES AVAILABLE CALL NOW! (800) 726–2848 3902 (510) 533–9290 1926 – 2020 Your Bay Area Dealer For 94 Years 333 Kennedy Street Oakland, CA 94606 All Prices INCLUDE freight & prep, plus tax & license only. TR-530 VINYL COATED STEEL SPACE SAVING TR-102W FOLDING CRAB TRAP For Crab Season COLLAPSIBLE TR-830 STAINLESS STEEL POT QUICK SOAK TR-632A HINGED DOOR COLLAPSIBLE BOX STYLE TR-555 COLLAPSIBLE BOX STYLE TRAP SEE OUR COMPLETE LINE OF ACCESSORIES NE-107,107XL, & 107XLH AMBUSH SERIES HOOP NET AVAILABLE AT SELECT TACKLE & SPORTING GOOD STORES FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT (866) 264-1562 OR VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.PROMARNETS.COM FOLLOW US