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Captain Dennis Baxter 650 726-6224

August 25, 2018    Headlines

Salmon Hit & Miss

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 on Sunday 8-19, leaving captains hoping for another wave of the Coastside fish. Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat has been taking research rockfish trips this week to the closed zone off of Ano Nuevo this past week, and and they caught and released numerous rockfish and lings to a whopping 99 cm (39 inches).
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 in late August

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!”

Rockfish are the staple right now with Captain Tom Mattuch on the Huli Cat loading up with limits by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday before attempting to mooch for salmon. Out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing, the Queen of Hearts, Riptide, and Que Sera Sera are returning with limits of rockfish and the occasional ling cod on each trip within the past week. Captain Smitty on the Riptide was the highliner with 5 lings along with 19 limits of rockfish on August 18th.
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.

 

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete was completing some boat maintenance on Thursday 8-2, and he said, “The local waters out in front of the harbor have turned green, and there are only a few salmon coming from the area around the buoys. The Coastside Fishing Club salmon haven’t shown up in big numbers as of yet, and they are not in the harbor. I have been running north to Point Bonita as the numbers of salmon are found here, and the commercial boats are all icing up for run north of Point Reyes towards Bodega Bay. The local waters are solid jellyfish offshore in the deeper water, and the squid boats are working in the clear water near the shoreline. You have to run north to find an accumulation of salmon right now with most of the action along the Marin Coast. That should change as we see another snap on the South Side.”.



 


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