June 28, 2015    Headlines

Central Bay Stripers and Haibut

The Bays:
The bay striper bite remains to be INCREDIBLE. Over the weekend party boats are posting scores of easy limits and adding some halibut and rockfish to boot. Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker checked in Sunday 6-28 afternoon with a great score. They had 36 limits of bass to 16pounds by 9:30 this morning. Jim said the Central bay rockfpiles were all stuffed with fish. The early limits of bass gave them lots of time to concentrate on halibut where they added 18 to 28 pounds plus an assortment of rockfish.
On Saturday 6-27 out of Emeryville The C Gull and Huck Finn had a combined score of 48 limits of stripers, 230 rockfish, 9 lings to 22 pounds and a halibut. They were fishing bass in the bay and rockfish out the Gate.
James on the Cal Dawn had a boatload of stripers working the rocks and reefs of the Central bay for 30 anglers. with lots of bigger fish to the mid teens in the mix. James says that the halibut tides should kick up the flattie scores by Sunday and look out for better counts in the following days. All of our sponsors have room this week but weekends and filled to nearly filled for all the top boats.

Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker continues his dominance of the bay with 33 limits of striped bass on Wednesday 6-25 along with 9 halibut, 7 ling cod, and easy 1/3rd limits of quality rockfish inside the bay. He said, “The striped bas
s fishing is beyond unbelievable as there are bass all over the bay.” He has open load trips with limited room on Sunday and Monday.
The bite is similar for everyone else with Captain James Smith on the California Dawn posting 32 limits of stripers, 7 halibut, and a handful of rockfish on Wednesday.
The New Huck Finn, New Salmon Queen, and Super Fish out of Emeryville combined for 39 limit of striped bass on Thursday along with 217 rockfish, 15 ling cod to 18 pounds, and 11 halibut to 17 pounds. They went outside of the Gate for the rockfish before returning to the bay for the striped bass.

Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker continues to put together amazing potluck trips, but I think he outdid himself on Sunday 6-21. If you were one of the lucky 24 anglers on this trip, you were treated to limits of striped bass, 40 ling cod,  a big halibut taken out of the rocks, and 3/4th limits of rockfish with many in the 2.5 to 3-pound range. Saturday’s trip was similar with 22 limits of striped bass to 18 pounds and 2 halibut. Captain Jim said, “It’s halibut time right now.” He has an open load potluck trip on Wednesday. Captain James Smith of the California Dawn had a similar day on Sunday with 24 limits of rockfish along with 36 ling cod.

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Party Boat Information and Reservations Around the Bay

The Happy Hooker will be running potluck trips from the Berkeley Marina +1.510.223.5388

California Dawn will be running halibut and striper trips from the Berkeley Marina +1.510.417.5557

Emeryville Sportfishing Center is booking potluck trips on their fleet of 8 boats +1.510.654.604

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