HALF MOON BAY

 


Captain Tom Joseph 408 348-4866

Captain Dennis Baxter 650 726-6224

June 19, 2018    Headlines

Salmon Season Opens

The salmon bite remains wide open and it looks like we are going to see a very solid season. There is a "line" of fish that extends from the Deep Ref to at least W buoy with all boats reporting limits and near limits of salmon. On Tuesday 6-19 Dennis on the New Captain Pete reported 25 limits to 18 pounds. They were trolling at .25 and .40 or 11 SW of the harbor at the Deep Reef. Dennis has room available this week but spots are selling out fast due to the surprisingly good action.
Private boats are also reporting quick limits and quality fish averaging 8 to 14 pounds and going into the 20 pound class. You can expect longer lines at the launch ramp in the weeks to come.

The salmon come up munching on Father's Day, the first day of the 2018. Season. The combined Golden Gate and Half Moon Bay party boat fleet are working a wide area from W buoy to the Deep Reef. As of 11:AM most of the Golden Gate boats are headed home with early limits for up to 25 passengers. The majority were trolling south of W buoy is 35 to 40 fathoms. On the southern end the Half Moon bay boats working in 40 to 50 fathoms north of the Deep Reef have limits or are very close to limiting. At 10:30 Dennis on the New Captain Pete said he needed another 8 or 10 fish for his 20 or so clients while other boats were either headed in or in need of just a few more as well. Dennis reports the fish are stuffed with anchovies and some krill with a solid 8 to 12 pound average with fish to the high teens. The weather is great and looks to be good again on Monday. This is a fantastic sign to see early limits on the first day of the season. More updates will follow later today. Our sponsors the Salty Lady in Sausalito, the Emeryville Sport Center and the New Captain Pete in Half Moon bay all have room this week.

 

The first 20-pound salmon of the Half Moon Bay season came on Saturday 6-2 on the New Captain Pete with Bob Devine of Hayward landing the only salmon off of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. This was a big fish, but it was the only one landed for the day with one other hook up along with a scratched bait. Captain Dennis Baxter said, “We ran south to Davenport looking for the right conditions, but we only found green water without much life.” There is brown water, whales and krill at the Deep Reef and it's here where boats will likely start their salmon season.
The Huli Cat went rockfishign on both Saturday and Sunday, and on their charter with Wizard Plumbing Company on Sunday, they found good action for rockfish and lings to 6 pounds before the wind picked up in the afternoon. Saturday’s trip produced limits of rockfish for 9 anglers along with near limits of lings at 16 grumpy ones south at San Gregorio.



 


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