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October 06, 2015    Headlines

Scratch Salmon Bite Out Front
Local Rockfish Limits

Santa Cruz
Tom Joseph on the Fish On has been refining his bluefin tuna skills the past few days. From the looks of things he is starting to get dialed in and employing some southern Cal tactics to put some quality bluefin in the slush. On Tuesday 10-6 Tom reported they hooked and landed one 65 pounder.
On Monday 10-5 they hooked three and landed two going 35 and 49 pounds. Tom spent the weekend trolling fresh caught live mackerel on the surface. What he found was fish coming up on the troll rigs but they were so boat shy they would not get bit. Being a salmon captain he broke out the downriggers and some very light gear on Monday and that is when he started to find some success. Trolling closer to salmon speed (compared to jig speed) at two to three knots with his live mackerel under the surface they hooked three fish on Monday. Today Tom was again jigging up live mackerel off Soquel Hole at first light and had the salmon downrigger/ bluefin gear on a spread just 12 miles from Santa Cruz and 8 miles off the beach at the Fingers by 7AM. Tom wants to say to all readers these are tuna but the ARE NOT albacore. Albacore tactics of jigs trolled on the surface will not bring biting bluefin. While a few private boaters have hooked up using live mackerel on the drift Tom feels the key is to get in front of the jumpers and offer them a live bait under the surface. Tom is a quick study and looks continue to refine his bluefin play book in the coming days. He has lots of room and will be targeting bluefin tuna in the coming days out of Santa Cruz.


Half Moon Bay:
The morning salmon bite between the buoys was slow on Tuesday 9-22 morning, but there was some action in the afternoon with birds, bait, and whales in the area. One boat landed a limit of salmon to 24 inches on watermelon Apex lures at 30 to 40 feet into the bait balls. The whales are still thick just outside the harbor, and one private boater may have searched for a spare pair of shorts as a whale breached five feet from the bow of their boat. The bank crowd is scoring some salmon inside the harbor thanks to the net pen fish that were released in 2013 by the Coastside Fishing club. One reader reported that he saw 4 fish hooked and two landed in less than 45 minutes time.

Half Moon Bay:
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete was out on a bird-watching trip on Tuesday 8-15, and they spotted the rare white-shinned petrol, only the 3rd time this bird has been seen in California. The bird is a native of Chile. Enough eco / bird news ...
The best action for salmon remains along the Pacifica andMarin coast, as the southerly wind on Monday put down the bite at Pacifica and also at the Deep Reef. There are a trickle of salmon coming into the Half Moon Bay harbor, and a sea lion chased 6 salmon up on the beach earlier on Tuesday morning. Pink worms and floatie/bead set rigs are for sale at a Half Moon Bay tackle shop, but the local game warden is dedicated to sighting anglers who snag the salmon in the harbor. It is ‘snag at your own risk.”

Half Moon Bay:
Tom Joseph who runs a four pack out of Half Moon Bay reported 6 salmon for 4 anglers running from 12 to 22 pounds on Saturday. Tom said the weather was very sloppy and they lost another five fish. On Sunday the seas laid out and Tom reported 5 salmon 10, 12, 21 and 23 pounds for 3 anglers. He said they were trolling in 50 to 60 feet over PILES of anchovies. Several private boats fishing around him found fish per rod to early limits. There has also been a scratch bite out in front of Pillar Point with private boats seeing 0 to 4 fish scores trolling in front of the harbor.

Rockfish dominate this section of the coastline, but the commercial salmon fleet has been working the Deep Reef in over 200 feet of water for up to 76 commercial grade salmon by noon reported on Thursday 9-10. Private boats continue to work between the buoys out in front of the harbor for the occasional salmon hugging the bottom, and although the action isn’t hot and heavy, it is worth a shot.
Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat had a great day on the water on Wednesday with early limits of rockfish along with a few lings.

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