HALF MOON BAY



New Captain Pete Sportfishing

(650) 726-6224

August 23, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Bite off the North Bar
Local Rockfish Limits

Half Moon Bay:
Captain Tom Joseph with the four pack Sport On Sportfishing reported fast limits on Thursday 8-20. Fishing right out in front of Pillar Point Tom was back in the harbor at 8:45 this morning with four limits to 20 plus pounds. Tom said the bait is thick and he was surprised by just now fast the fish came over the rail. Tom has lots of room this coming week.
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete will be fishing coastal rockfish this weekend, and he said, “We went up to Pedro Point on Tuesday, but the eel grass made for a rough troll. We ended up landing one and dropping four before the grass became too frustrating. He added that Tom Joseph landed 9 salmon on Thursday fishing between the Buoys with several of the fish in the 15 to 16-pound range, and the bite is dependent on the tide.” His rockfish trips are $85.00/passenger, and he is running both Saturday and Sunday.


Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat reported solid rockfish action south of the harbor with limits of rockfish and a solid ling count. A 24-pound ling hit the deck on Tuesday 8-18 on the last drift of the day when the call for reeling in the lines took place. He is running salmon trips on Friday and Saturday. He said, “Salmon action around Pillar Point is not wide open by any means, but there are a few salmon landed by San Gregorio and private boats continue to troll between the Buoys or up a Pedro Point.”


Half Moon Bay
Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete was heading out on an afternoon trip on Thursday 8-13 in search of salmon between the Red and Green Buoys. He said, “Chris Chang from the Ankeny Street went out with a few friends, and they landed six legal salmon with five being commercial grade. You have to be careful out there because there are pinnacles as shallow as 25 feet, and boats have been running watermelon Apex lures at 30 feet on the downrigger.” Baxter has an open load with plenty of room on Saturday before taking a bird watching trip on Sunday. He added, “There have been a handful of 20-inch class salmon hanging around in 90 feet of water near San Gregorio, and the Queen of Hearts released a double-header of small small on an angler’s shrimp fly rig this week.” There are salmon up at Pedro Point and all along the coast in isolated groupings. There are live anchovies for sale on the first dock near the Harbormaster’s Office at Pillar Point.

Tom Joseph on the Fish On reported early limits of salmon on Thursday 8-13. Tom was fishing up at Pedro Point and said he was the ONLY boat in the area. Trolling in 60 to 80 feet they hooked 11 fish and landed 6 all in the 6 to 11 pound class. Tom sais there is squid spawn over the entire area and several of the big seiners were working the spot last night. Tom also reports that there has been a good evening bite right outside of Pillar Point between buoys 2 & 3 with several private boats taking 2 to 4 fish limits trolling the edges of the reefs the past two evenings. The bite has been late with the best action happening between 5 and 7 PM on Wednesday.
Tom has space daily this coming week and is a highliners and well respected for his ability to his clients into consistent action. While he is booking salmon trips now he really wants to get offshore for tuna but says we need to see some cooler water, hard edges and defined fingers of cooler water before he will begin trips. He thinks that maybe October will bring better SST conditions and is looking forward to getting in some longfin trips IF the right conditions develop. 


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