HALF MOON BAY



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April 22, 2015    Headlines

Salmon At the Deep Reef

Half Moon Bay:
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete reported continued slow salmon fishing with a single fish on Saturday. They went coastal rockfishing on Sunday 4-19 and were able to scratch out limits for the small group along with 4 ling cod. He said, “The swell definitely affected the bite, keeping the rockfish hunkered down on the bottom, and they weren’t spitting up any bait.” There has been a minimum of feed in region.
Both Dennis and Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat will be taking a version of the Monterey Bay Veterans Salmon Derby on Wednesday, and the Coastside Fishing Club funded the trip along with providing the Grill Crew for both breakfast and lunch for the veterans. I hope they find some fish for our vets.


Half Moon Bay
Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat was out on a salmon trolling trip on Thursday 4-16 just inside of the 37.28 / 122.38 area where they had found success the past few days. He said, “The conditions looked great with a tremendous phytoplankton layer down to 130 feet, bait balls on the top and bottom, velella velleal, and murre birds. We lost the first fish and it was a good one. We ended up with three salmon, lost a couple, and had plenty of scratched baits. We ended the day down by the Deep Reef.”  
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete said, “There was a canyon wind out there on Thursday, and I wouldn’t want to be out there on a small boat as the wind came up in the afternoon, and the surf looked like Hawaii-50.” A few private boats went out in the morning for rockfish, but they had a rough ride back to the harbor. He is chartered for salmon on Saturday, and they are starting the first of their coastal rockfish trips on Fridays and Sundays this coming Sunday.
Second captain Jerad Davis on the Salty Lady will be taking their inaugural salmon trolling trip on Friday out of Half Moon Bay. They are based out of Half Moon Bay until returning to Sausalito in mid-May.


After the spurt of salmon for good action early last week, the bite has become soft with private boats struggling for one or two fish and party boats working hard for less than fish per rod over the weekend. Two Sausalito boats ran down the San Mateo coastline at the northern edge of the Deep Reef for 15 salmon to 19 pounds for 36 anglers while Emeryville Sport Fishing didn’t send out a salmon boat on Sunday 4-12 after picking up 9 salmon to 17 pounds for 26 anglers on Saturday. Private boats are finding salmon relatively high in the water column at 40 feet in depth, and they are loaded with pompano. It appears that the fish are moving quickly in search of bait.  
Captain Jerad Davis of the Salty Lady took a short two-hour trip after whale watching on Sunday, and they came up with a quality salmon for their effort – the first salmon on the Salty Lady decks this season since they are whale watching out of Half Moon Bay until mid-May. They are scheduling open load salmon trips out of Half Moon Bay during the week.


Party boats found fish per rod action trolling inside of the Deep Reef on Thursday 4-9. Dennis Baxter on the New Captain Pete said they got off to a tough start. After losing the first 6 fish they finally found their rhythm. The ended the day with 7 salmon to 9 pounds for 7 anglers. Dennis said if they could have held onto all their opportunities they woulda coulda shoulda of had limits. Dennis said he started at the Deep Reef and worked in about three miles where a couple of the "City Boys" were finding good action mid morning. Overall scores were right at a fish per rod with a couple seeing nearly a fish and a half. Boats are dialing in and I would bet skippers are looking forward to getting back out on Friday. Dennis also said that there were a couple of reports of up to three limits on private boats that ran down to Davenport. That's a 38 mile cruise so a much better bet for private boaters is the bite at the Deep Reef. The weather was flat today and the forecast calls for good weather on Friday and NW winds returning this weekend into early next week.
Dennis has lots of room available daily
 

Deep Reef Salmon
As we reported yesterday we though the Deep Reef area off Half Moon Bay would produce the best salmon action as the winds laid out after Tuesday's wind and rain. That is exactly what happened on Wednesday 4-8. Roger Thomas on the Salty Lady out of Sausalito reported that two boats from that harbor the Ray Anne and Outer Limits had a combined 41 salmon for 25 anglers to 18 pounds. Most of the fish were cookie cutter 6 to 8 pounders with a few bigger fish in the mix. Roger said both were trolling at the Deep Reef of 19 miles from Seal Rocks or 11 miles outside of Half Moon Bay. The weather was calm with less than 5 knots of wind over a 6 to 7 foot swell. The forecast calls for good weather through Friday with NW winds returning over the weekend. This is an excellent weather window to get out and enjoy good fishing and light loads. Roger on the Salty Lady has room as does the Emeryville Sportfishing Center. Out of Half Moon Bay Dennis on the New Captain Pete has room on both Thursday and Friday. Support the boats that make this site possible. Without them we could not provide these reports.


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