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March 30, 2015    Headlines

Crab Pick
Salmon Opens April 4th!

Half Moon Bay/Pacifica:
The ocean salmon season opens this coming Saturday 4-4, and it is anyone’s guess as to the results of the opening week. An added bonus if the action is slow is the opening of rockfish below Pigeon Point on April 1st, and since most boats out of Pillar Point Harbor will be running south to the Deep Reef, an option for rockfishing exists.
Captain Tom Mattusch of the ‘Huli Cat’
is ready for the salmon opener, and he plans on operating south below Pigeon Point, providing the option for rockfishing if the action is slow. He said, “I have been working on the boat over the past few days, and we are watching birds crashing the surf just outside of the harbor.”
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete is also ready to roll, and he is chartered for the opener, but there is “spacious room on the decks” in the following days. He said, “We are going to go hunting, and I expect the salmon will be deep with the unseasonably warm water. We are prepared to drop down 4-pound weights on light Spectra line in order to get as deep as possible. Usually we receive reports of incidental catches of salmon hitting Sabiki rigs for sand dabs, but these have been scarce this season, and the normal acres and acres of anchovies or sardines are absent this year. The water should normally be in the 49 to 53 degree range, but it is much higher this year. However, the coming northwest wind will certainly help.”
All of the local party boats have light loads for the opening day, and reservations are starting to trickle in.

Further north in Pacifica,  Marque Grissom of Coastside II Bait in Pacifica said, ”The striped bass have poured into the beaches within the past week, and there are several bass in the 6 to 10-pound range reported from bait fishermen targeting surf perch with sand crabs or pile worms. The best area seems to be Linda Mar, and these fish suddenly arrived, perhaps due to the large tides in San Francisco Bay.”


Recreational Ocean Salmon Season to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 4
California's recreational salmon season will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from Horse Mountain (40 05' 00" N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border.The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit.

Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (38 57' 30" N. latitude), the minimum size limit is 20 inches total length. For areas south of Point Arena, the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length.

For anglers fishing north of Point Conception (34 27' 00" N. latitude), no more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used, and no more than one rod shall be used per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. In addition, barbless circle hooks are required when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling.

Additional ocean salmon fishing regulations for the 2015 fishing season will be decided next month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) during its April 11-16 meeting in Rohnert Park, and by the Fish and Game Commission at its April 17 teleconference. Final sport regulations will be published in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 2015 Supplemental Fishing Regulations booklet, which will be posted online in May.

 hree alternatives are currently being considered for California's 2015 commercial and recreational ocean salmon regulations, including season dates, size limits, bag limits and quotas. The public is encouraged to comment on any of the proposed alternatives, which can be found at the PFMC website.

CDFW reminds anglers that retention of coho salmon is prohibited in all ocean fisheries. For complete ocean salmon regulations in effect during April, please visit CDFW's ocean salmon web page or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429. 


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Party Boat Contacts:

New Captain Pete Sportfishing with captain Dennis Baxter is now taking reservations for charters (650) 726-6224

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