May 24, 2015    Headlines

Central Bay Stripers and Haibut

The Bays:
The striper action has been hot all this past week. With the exception of Saturday 5-23 Jim on the Happy Hooker has been posting up some HUGE counts. Everyone has heard the old saying of "you should have been here yesterday". On Sunday 5-24 they were saying "it's good you weren't here yesterday" Jim reported 56 stripers and 6 halibut. Jim has been working a wide swath of the Central Bay from Angel Island to Alcatraz to Mel's Reef to the Berkeley flats. That was a complete turn around from Saturday when they were working the same reefs and honey holes for 16 stripers and one ling. Jim said the fish just were not cooperating and he was expecting a slower day again today but the fish bit.
Out of Emeryville they had three trips out. The Sea Wolf fishing the Marin coast for 18 limits of rockfish adding 27 lings to 14 pounds. The Huck Finn and Sea Gull fished both in the bays and out along the Marin coast. They had a great combined score of 148 rockfish adding 40 lings to 14 pounds. Back in the bay they added 37 stripers to 15 pounds for their 40 anglers.


Party boats are posting up some IMPRESSIVE striper counts with a few big halibut in the mix.

Striped bass fishing in the bay remained solid on Monday 5-18 with Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker loading up with 20 limits of striped bass to 14 pounds. The bigger tides are making for more challenging conditions, leaving a smaller window for the bass to bite. Smith said, “Once the tides were right, we hit fish on every rock we tried.” He will be taking open loads throughout the holiday weekend, and he really liked the upcoming series of tides for halibut.

On Saturday 6-16 Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker reported 50 stripers to 11 pounds adding 4 all 'toad" halibut to 23 pounds. Jim said they had one drift where they put in 20 fish in just ten minutes. Jim says with the big tides being on the right spot at the right time is key to success. With over 4 decades experience Jim is still learning new things each day.
James Smith on the Cal Dawn reported 19 stripers to 20 pounds adding 7 halibut to 29.
Jay on the Huck Finn out of Emeryville 33 stripers to 16 pounds adding 7 halibut to 24 pounds for 19 anglers. All three were working the usual haunts from Angel Islands to Alcatraz to Mel's Reef and the Berkeley flats. The Smith gang in Berkeley and the Emeryville sport center have lots of space available. While they are targeting bass and buuts in the bays now look for more boats to be running rockfish and ling trips. Emeryville is running salmon trips as well most days. Once school gets out those prime summer dates will book up quickly.

Striped bass fishing remained outstanding with Captain Joel Sinkay and his merry band of misfits going ‘balls out’ for 28 limits of striped bass and a halibut on the California Dawn on Tuesday. He said, “It was rough out there, and we stayed on the rockpiles throughout the day near Alcatraz for the stripers, but we didn’t hit any sandy areas for halibut throughout the day.” They were fishing off of Mel’s Reef and Blossom Rock for the majority of the day.
Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker worked hard to keep his charter focused on fishing on Monday 5-11, and they finally were able to come to and come through by the afternoon for 35 striped bass and 3 halibut. He said, “There were several times that we had four and five fish hanging to land one or two, and all of locations were holding fish.” The charter was composed of plumbers, and they displayed their manual dexterity by getting the feel for hooking up by the afternoon. Smith is looking for some excellent halibut scores over the next few days. They have open loads on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the coming weekend.
The halibut bite has restarted in earnest, and Captain Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing is focusing on the flatfish with 9 big halibut for 5 anglers on Tuesday 5-12.

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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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