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September 14, 2018    Headlines

Bay Butts and Basses

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley
The Happy Hooker out of Berkeley has been taking regular Tuesday trips inside the bay, and this Tuesday’s halibut action was excellent with 39 halibut to 12 pounds and 4 striped bass for 17 anglers.
Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing out of Berkeley will be shark fishing in the bay on Saturday and then seeking halibut on Sunday’s trip. The majority of halibut action is concentrated around the normal locations of Alcatraz, Crissy Field, and Southhampton Shoals.
Captain James Smith of the California Dawn took his last  shark trip of the season this week, and they ended up with 9 seven gills, a soupfin, and a pair of leopard sharks for 15 anglers. They will be focusing on rockfish/ling cod trips in the coming weeks.
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “It was windy and miserable on Thursday 9-13 with small whitecaps on my birdbath this afternoon. The wind does limit the number of fishermen out, and it was slow in the bait shop on Thursday. Fishing continues to be pretty good from shore and from boats, but the halibut seem to be winding down a bit. There are a fair number of halibut taken from the coastal beaches, and there are still stripers around, but it is not as good as it has been. California City has been ‘typical California City’ with good fishing one day followed by nothing the next day. It is it’s good old inconsistent self, and we still haven’t seen a salmon larger than 21 pounds this season from Cal City. They have live bait in the shop along with all of the normal frozen baits including a dwindling supply of midshipmen.”

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