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The salmon bite remains good here on Friday 7-14. The bulk of the fleet was trolling around Mussel Rocks and Pacifica in 50 to 90 feet of water. Overall scores ranged from a solid fish per rod to limits of salmon. On the Salty Lady captain Jared reported 25 salmon for 19 anglers with fish to 14 pounds. Jared said it was a whole new batch of fish that moved in and the grade was smaller than the past few days. Those slugs may have pushed up the line to the Channel buoys or Middle Grounds and more fish will be schooling up outside the Gate as we get closer to the spawn push. While there will be a few slow days in the mix I would expect we see mostly plus fish per rod scores through mid September as all the fish start to push towards the Golden Gate in the weeks ahead. The Salty Lady has space available weekdays but weekends are sold out for the next several weeks.
Out of Emeryville RJ on the Sundance reported 6 limits, the Wetspot had 6 for 4 anglers and the Dragon had 9 salmon for 6 anglers.
Many party boats are now fishing the Marin Coast and Islands for rockfish and lings as they leave the confines of the bay. The C Gull reported 12 limits of lings and rockfish and the Sea Wolf had a huge score of 32 limits of lings and rockfish out at the Islands. The extra depth restrictions have been a big help in opening up new territory for captains to work. The Huck Finn fished both the coast and the bay for 11 stripers, 77 rockfish and 16 lings for 11. Earlier in the week Jay went south and scored limits of BIG beach stripers. Fish Emeryville has lots of space available weekdays for salmon, rockfish and lings and live bait bay and coastal potluck trips.  
For daily scores and counts visit the Fish Emeryville website using the banner link above. We return from vacation on July 29th.


This writer is sneaking off for our annual family trip to our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be chasing sockeyes and kings on the local rivers and will be jumping on board with good friend Captain Steve Smith for some halibut, ling and saltwater action. We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports here on Saturday July 29th.
In the time being please contact our sponsors or visit their websites for current reports, information and bookings.
Until then... good fishing!
Mike Aughney

The Golden Gate fleet has been running and working two different schools of fish. On Wednesday 7-12 out of Emeryville both the the Tigerfish and the Sundance reported 15  & 6 limits of kings respectively. I believe both were fishing off Mussel rock. Also fishing off Mussel was the Salty Lady with captain Jared reporting 24 salmon for 22 anglers with fish to 20 pounds. Jared said they had a lot of missed and lost fish with several multiple rod hookups throughout the day.  The second school of fish in holding just inside the Deep Reef where is sounds like the bite is faster but the fish are a tad smaller. Boats fishing the Deep Reef including many party and private from Half Moon Bay reported limits and early limits on a calm ocean. Our sponsors have room weekdays but weekend spots for the peak of the run (now through September) are filling fast.

The one day slow down in the salmon action on Sunday turned out to be a brief  lull between HOT bites. Out of the Golden Gate on Monday the Sundance had six limits fishing down at the Deep Reef while the Salty Lady found great late in the day action of HUGE fish with a 20 pound average at Point Reyes.
Here on Tuesday 7-11 the bulk of the fleet was back down at the Deep Reef. Out of Fish Emeryville the Tigerfish mooched up 16 limits of salmon. The C Gull was trolling and had 22 EARLY limits for salmon. They had just one boat fishing the bay with the Huck Finn reporting 22 limits of nice bass working the work piles west of Alcatraz.
After finding hot action off Point Reyes on Monday Jared on the Salty Lady was a bit conflicted on whether to head south with the rest of the fleet or go it alone back up at Chimney Rock. He decided to head south but stopped short off Mussel Rock due to the abundance of feed. They stuck four fish in the first hour and and kept working in the 60 to 80 foot depths for 17 limits of salmon. Nearly all were commercial grade fish with over half running 15 plus pounds. With three schools of fish in range we should see more great action is the days and weeks ahead. Spots however are filling fast. Fish Emeryville has room available and the Salty Lady is nearly sold out for the balance of the week. 


Just a quick update here on Monday 7-10. Captain Jared on the Salty Lady reported a very slow start to his day. At noon the striped cat was still on board. Running up the coast he stopped and found hot action 3 miles south of Chimney Rock buoy. They put in 15 big salmon for 20 passengers in very short order. I would bet that most of the fleet is in the area tomorrow.
I'll be joining Jared, Congress members, GGSA board members and party boat captains from many ports in San Francisco tonight.
Captain Roger Thomas is receiving a Congressional Lifetime achievement award for his 40 plus years of advocating for our salmon fishery.

The salmon action on the South Side has slowed after ten plus days of HOT action. It's very unusual for the South Side bite to stay that hot for that long  (that said it will turn on again in a week or so after the next set of big tides. Just my opinion from experience of working more than a decade full time fishing out of the Wharf and posting reports here for 24 years. The bite on the North Side or Dux should break open in the days ahead as those fish flush up and stage before heading to the Sac Valley rivers in August and September) 
On Sunday 7-9 the salmon  fleet was spread out from the Channel buoys to the Middle Grounds and up to Duxbury. Boats found a few biters in the morning and a long slow grind after. Out of Emeryville the C Gull had 5 salmon for 16 anglers. The Sundance broke the fish per rod mark with 6 salmon for five anglers. The Tigerfish reported a very respectable score of 8 salmon for 13 anglers while the Dragon had 3 salmon for 6 anglers.
On the bay front the New Huck Finn reported 14 limits of stripers adding 8 halibut and a bonus of 30 rockfish.
Emeryville has room for salmon. live bait bay and coastal and Island rockfish trips all this week.


We only have one salmon score reported so far Thursday 7-6. Out of Emeryville the Tigerfish reported 25 salmon for 20 anglers. We are guessing the fleet is still south but the bite could break open from the Channel buoys to the Middle Grounds or Duxbury at anytime. That is a very traditional mid summer movement of feed and salmon. Emeryville has lots of space weekdays for salmon, Farallon rockfish and live bait bay and coastal trips.

The salmon were munching again on Wednesday 7-6. Out of Emeryville the Tigerfish and C Gull II reported a combined 64 salmon for 36 anglers to 28 pounds. Most party boats have been working the Pacifica to Mussel rocks area for the past 8 days. From Sausalito the Salty Lady reported 27 salmon for 18 anglers with fish to 20 pounds. Captain Jared said they had plenty of other opportunities and lost several big fish throughout the day. The weather was glassy calm.

After a one-day slowdown on Monday, the salmon bite again on Tuesday July 4th with the Salty Lady out of Sausalito putting in 40 salmon to 28 pounds for 20 anglers. Three other boats out of Sausalito also scoring a combined 66 limits of salmon to 28 pounds fishing off Mussel Rocks.
Out of Emeryville they also reported limits and near limits of salmon fishing down south. This has been an unexpected and highly welcomed showing of big fish for the past several weeks. Now is the time to get out and score on some of the best quality and numbers of fish in 4 years. All of our sponsors have room this week for salmon trips but weekend spots are filling fast.

The salmon action remains solid outside the Golden Gate with improving weather after a few days of wind. The fleet has been concentrating off Mussel Rock and down to Pacifica. On Sunday 7-3 overall party boats scores ranged from a fish per rod to limits of mixed grade fish. Out of Emeryville top dog was the C Gull with 18 limits of salmon. The Sundance had 6 limits, the Dragon a sixpacks had 7 fish for 4 anglers and the Salmon Queen had 16 salmon for 15 anglers. Most of the fish are running from 7 to 15 pounds with quite a few in the mix topping the scales to the mid 20 mark. Jared on the Salty Lady was whale watching out at the Islands and reported that it was sloppy just outside the Gate but the further offshore the nicer the conditions. He had limits of whales to 300,000 lbs but you know how party boat captain's like to exaggerate. This is some the of the best salmon fishing since 2013 so get out while the bite s on!
On the rockfish front the Tigerfish reported 24 limits of rockfish adding 6 lings. The weather forecast looks great through Wednesday with calm seas forecasted.
The Salty Lady has room for salmon on Wednesday with a very light load on the books at this time. Fish Emeryville has space daily for salmon and coastal & Farallon Island rockfish. They are also running bay halibut and bass trips and the action there has been the best in years.


The salmon bite is white hot out of the Golden Gate. This is some of the best action in 4 plus years going back to the 2013 season. Jared on the Salty Lady from Sausalito reported 24 limits before noon  on Friday 6-30. Most of their fish were huge running in the 15 to 20 pound class with the jackpot fish topping the scales at 32 pounds. Jared said some boats were headed home as early as 8:30 this morning (the New Captain Pete from Pillar point and the El Dorado from Berkeley) with up to 15 limits while he and Jimmy on the Outer Limits "gave their customers a full morning of fishing". :)
Out of Emeryville the Tigerfish had 13 limits of salmon to 20 pounds by 10:AM. The New Salmon Queen reported 9 limits of salmon while Jay on the Huck Finn chased rockfish for 23 limits adding 5 lings. We are guessing Jay hit the Marin coast as it was very windy at the Islands. The Sea Wolf started inside the bay where they took 10 quick limits of stripers. They then ran to Mussel rock and they mooched up 10 salmon. Emeryville has lots of space over the long Forth of July weekend.
 The bulk of the fleet was trolling in 50 to 90 feet of water from Mussel rocks to the Pacifica Pier.  Nearly 25% of the fish are fin clipped or hatchery fish and you can thank the past five years of effort from the Golden Gate Salmon Association to get these fish trucked around the Delta during the drought. If not for their advocacy we would likely not even have a salmon season this year.
The New Captain Pete in Half Moon Bay has room this weekend. The Salty Lady is full through Tuesday with LOTS of space available next Wednesday with limited room on Thursday and Friday. The Emeryville Sport Center also has room for salmon and live bait and potluck trips up the coast daily.

The salmon bite was EXCELLENT again on Thursday 6-29 for both the Golden Gate and Half Moon bay fleets. Jared on the Salty Lady from Sausalito reported 13 early limits to 28 pounds. Never the selfish one he added "every boat in the fleet also got limits". Jared says the hot bit is in 60 to 90 feet of water off Mussel Rock and down to Pacifica. Emeryville Sportfishing also had early limits of salmon reported. The Sundance was headed home in time for breakfast with 6 limits and the C Gull II had 18 limits of salmon. There was some wind offshore but conditions along the beach were nice this morning.
Several boats from the Half Moon Bay fleet have been getting in on the action as well. Dennis on the New Captain Pete reported 5 limits on an afternoon trip on Wednesday. Dennis said it only took them about an hour to put ten fish to the 20 pound class in the box. There is lots of hard bait in the area and the South Side bite is kind on notorious for heating up fast and turning quiet after three or four days. That said with a second school of fish between N Buoy and Pt Reyes the Golden gate is once again "the spot" for salmon anglers. 
Rockfish action is picking up along the coast with the Tigerfish from Emeryville reporting 16 limits of Marin coast rockfish. The weather was tough on the outside and trips to the Islands were not in the cards.

The salmon action slowed for some off N Buoy while a few others found new fish and fresh action down on the South Side on Wednesday 6-28. Jared Davis on the Salty Lady reported 12 fish for 22 anglers with fish to 22 pounds. He started the day off working the N buoy area where they have been finding steady action past three weeks. Late in the day word came from the Half Moon Bay fleet of good action off of Pacifica and Mussel Rock where a couple of boats found limits. Jared arrived late and managed to add a couple of fish but said that Jackie and others did better scoring a fish or better per rod. Jared said the New RayAnne had about a fish per rod and was the top score for Sausalito. Jared plans on working the South Side tomorrow which is notorious for fantastic fishing but short lived action that will last just three or four days. The weather was nice along the beach today but sloppy offshore. The forecast calls for calmer weather to return this weekend. The Salty Lady has room weekdays in the coming week.

The hot salmon action continues on Monday 6-26. Jared on the Salty Lady reported 15 limits to 25 pounds with a solid 12 to 15 pound average. Jared says the party boat fleet is spread out and working a wide area of fish from N buoy to south of Chimney Rock. Most party boats reported limits and early limits of all quality salmon again today. Jared was fishing above N buoy but said that private boaters were finding some action outside Duxbury. The weather was calm and their were tied up early. The Salty Lady has room weekdays but most weekends are sold out into August.
The weather is flat and the salmon are chomping over a very wide area. On Sunday 6-25 we had high fog, calm winds and less than a three foot swell. Jared on the Salty Lady from Sausalito reported that they were trolling from N Buoy and NW along the north bound shipping lane. They ended the day with 32 salmon for 22 anglers with fish to 26 pounds. They lost many other fish along the way with several multiple hookups of 4 or more on at a time. Other boats were fishing up closer to Point Reyes for limits and near limits while some six pack and private boaters reported fish per rod to limits in as close as outside Duxbury. What's encouraging is that the fish over the weekend were a different grade than boats found last week. While the grade of fish last week was 15 pounds plus, were are seeing more 8 to 12 pound fish in the weekend mix. This just shows that there are more fish from different areas working through the local waters taking advantage of the great feeding conditions. Jared on the Salty Lady has room weekdays but most weekends dates are booked through mid August.

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