HALF MOON BAY



New Captain Pete Sportfishing

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July 29, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Bite off the North Bar
Local Rockfish Limits

Half Moon Bay:
Second Captain Michael Cabanas of the Huli Cat put in limits of rockfish and a 15-pound ling cod for 6 passengers on Monday 7-27 off of Martin’s Beach. He said, “There was less than 10 knots of wind with some close interval rollers, but it was still fishable.” The salmon action remains solid off the Marin Coast with sixpacks and party boats seeing a solid fish per rod to limits for lighter loads.


Half Moon Bay:
Rockfish and ling cod continue to provide action out of Pillar Point with the absence of salmon along this section of the San Mateo coastline. A salmon school did come south of the Golden Gate towards the Pacifica Pier within the past two weeks, but they are moving north once again as of this time.
Captain Tom Mattusch and Second Captain Michael Cabanas of the Huli Cat have been focusing upon coastal rockfishing, and a charter from the Full Speed Fishing Club resulted in 18 limits of ling cod along with limits of school and bottom-dwelling rockfish on a long run south between Pigeon Point and Ano Nuevo on Friday, July 24th. They followed up with 8 limits of rockfish and 11 lings on a private charter on the local reefs on Saturday 7-25, and they started trolling for salmon on Sunday with Brian Mullany landing a small legal salmon before switching over to rockfishing in the afternoon for lings to 10 pounds and near limits of school rockfish. Cabanas said, “The school fish have been biting well even with the fast drift.”
Further north in Pacifica, Rob Chaney of the Rusty Hook confirmed the excellent striper bite with metal jigs, topwater lures, and sand crabs. Chaney has been fishing late at night, and there have been only two days within the month where he hasn’t released a limit of stripers. Sand crabs are working better than lures at the present time, but they sold 220 lures between Thursday night and Friday afternoon. There is a huge school of anchovies off of coastline, and Chaney went out on a paddleboard to check things out at Ocean Beach, and he witnessed stripers breaking the surface chasing bait right around his paddleboard. At least two salmon have been landed from the Pacifica Pier so far this season, and they were big fish between 15 and 18 pounds.


We are back from our annual family trip in Alaska. The fishing there was much like here with great days and fast limits of sockeye salmon followed by a day or two lull before perking back up. We mainly target Kenai sockeye, Kasilof kings and always get in a few days of halibut fishing with Steve Smith. The king numbers are recovering on some rivers (the Anchor has seen over 10K fish return this summer compared to just 2500 last season) and the Kenai late run king numbers are higher than last season but still well below the 10 year average. The Kenai sockeye run was about a week behind schedule with slow fishing through July 18th but counts jumped to 25K to 55K per day this past week. With big numbers still showing in Cook Inlet this year's sockeye run will last a few more weeks. The halibut fishing was good with solid fish going 30 to 50 pounds fishing with Chuck at Captain Steve Smith . I have been gone a day and I'm ready to go back!

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete will be taking an open load for salmon on Sunday 7-26, and he is ready to make the 18 mile run to the Channel Buoys where all of the action has been within the past week. He said, “The squid are starting to show up around the rocks at the start of Half Moon Bay State Park and Kelly Avenue, and commercial halibut fishermen have been picking up a steady trickle of halibut from this small spot.” Despite the squid showing up, the white sea bass have yet to show. Rockfishing remains solid party boats returning with limits of rockfish on Thursday. The striped bass fishing along the Pescadero State Beach has been tremendous with live sand crabs during the daylight hours. Baxter said, “Fishermen are pulling the legs off of the sand crabs so they can’t dig in, and even some of the hard-core plug casters are switching to bait since the bite is so much better.”


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