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January 14, 2018    Headlines

  Crab Counts Drop
Rockfish Season Closes

Bodega Salmon
The sport crab numbers continue to drop off. Private boaters are seeing 1 to 4 crabs per pot working the Outer bay and up to the river. Many of the regulars have now pulled their gear as the threat of weather or losing your catch to the thieves out weighs the few crabs around. Counts will slowly climb as much of the commercial gear is coming out of the water. Here on Wednesday 1-3 we are seeing 10 knots of wind over a 6 foot swell. Wet and windy weather is expected to arrive tonight.

We are wrapping down the last few days of the 2017 rockfish season. Limits have been the rule when the weather cooperates (it's been a bit too cooperative of late) with solid ling counts being reported by all. The season closes on Sunday December 31st at sunset. Party and sixpacks boats have room for this last chance at white meat. Here on Thursday 12-28 we are seeing 10 knots of breeze over a 6 foot swell.
Over the next few months we will be covering salmon news and what to expect for the coming 2018 season. This writer is optimistic that we will see a good season thanks to GGSA's efforts to get fish trucked during the drought.  Not likely a banner year due to the huge reduction in naturally spawned fish but a good year none the less.

The weather has been great the past few days and the rockfish action solid. On Saturday 12-23 Jeff was at the helm of the Samantha Irene. He ran to Fort Ross where they picked up limits of rockfish and limits of lings for both clients and crew. In the crab gear they pulled though most of their pots and managed to boat limits of crabs for all six clients. Jeff said they had light NE winds over a three foot swell. He has room all this coming week.
Rick on the New Sea Angler has been reporting great catches all week. He has room next week but will be off on Christmas Eve and day.

Pictured above left: Liesl Wolf from St Helena shows to boys (and men) how it's done".

Alaska Vacation
For readers looking for an Alaska adventure we still have dates open in  August at our Kenai peninsula vacation cabin in 2018
Our fully equipped, coastal home sits on three wilderness acres on the "middle Kenai peninsula". 
Being centrally located we are within 30 minutes of five rivers including the Kenai, Kasilof and Anchor and just 20 minutes north of the saltwater tractor launches in Ninilchik and Deep Creek.
Most of our guests do a combination of  a day, two or three of guided river, fly-out or saltwater trips between self guided trips. With our centrally base location your options are unlimited.
For all our guest's we include a three hour tutorial (at our Sebastopol home) covering tackle, tactics, best locations. We can also hook you up with some of the best guide, charter and fly-out contacts in the area.

The three bedroom/ 2 bath cabin comfortably sleeps 6 and weekly rates are just $1600 per week (Sunday to Sunday). Additional info and pictures can be found
If you have any questions please give us a call at 707 479-0992


“Millions of Californians on hook for water plan”
Read at our website.

Today, The Associated Press published a story confirming rumors of “expanded funding demands” for the Delta Tunnels proposal. New documents obtained by the Associated Press reveal that dozens of local agencies representing millions of Californians may be required to pay for the tunnels, even though they have not been asked to participate in the project, nor would they receive the “supply reliability” benefits promised to CA WaterFix participants. This follows years of assurances from the Brown Administration that only local water agencies actively participating in the tunnels would be the paying for them.
A telling quote from Santa Clara Valley Water District board director Richard Santos reveals that State Water Project contractors have been pressured into participating in the tunnels project.

Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith write, 
“Asked if California intended to cut off state water deliveries to those districts that refuse to help pay for the tunnels, Lien-Mager said only ‘opting out would not affect their existing contracts, but their actual water supplies from the SWP could become less reliable in the future.’
That message has begun trickling out as water agencies around the state decide whether to raise rates to pay for the tunnels.
‘That’s what we’re being informed — our contract ends if we don’t participate,’ said Richard Santos, a board member of the Santa Clara Valley water district, which supplies water to Silicon Valley.
If it plays out that way, Santos said, he will fight. ‘If they say they’ll cut off our allocations if we don’t participate, then let the courts take it on,’ he said.”
To read the entire story, click here.

Abalone Bay 
Sea Ranch Ocean Front Vacation Rental.
Welcomes You to the
Beautiful Mendonoma Coast

One of the best OCEANFRONT Sea Ranch rentals.
 Abalone Bay is a classic oceanfront 3-bedroom/ 2-bath vacation rental that sleeps 6. You’ll find Abalone Bay to be perfect for a romantic getaway, girls’ weekend, family abalone adventure, or relaxing retreat. 
Abalone Bay also welcomes your dog on holiday.
Please visit our website for more information and to book your dates.

Nearly all the salmon caught along the coast this year are there thanks to the Golden Gate Salmon Association. If not for their efforts to push both state and federal hatchery managers to truck fish over the past three years of drought we would have likely NOT had a season this year or next. I encourage readers to support this great organization and their efforts to return our salmon fishery to it's past glory. You can visit their website and see all that they are doing to make that a reality.

Vacation Rental at Point Arena
 Brand New House in Irish Beach with 2 bedrooms and a huge loft. Sleeps 6. Blue Water Ocean View to the Point Arena Light House and great local fishing. The house is located on a private court with access to the Members only Irish Beach.


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 Party Boat Contacts:
The Bodega Bay Sportfishing  Center is currently booking trips on the New Sea Angler. They also book the six pack Sandy Ann, Profishn't and during the summer the Predator. Reservations can be made at 707 875-3344.

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5-day plot - Wind Speed at 46013

5-day plot - Wave Height at 46013

Marine Weather
With the Point Arena, San Francisco and Bodega Bay buoys all out of service it's been tough to judge conditions. There are some land based weather stations, wave rider and even webcams that readers can use to assess current conditions.  The Point Reyes wind observations or wave conditions at the San Francisco wave rider buoy are good tools for Golden Gate anglers.  For Bodega Bay anglers you can use both the Point Reyes wind observations and the Bodega Bay Marine lab web cam at Horseshoe Cove and conditions at the Point Arena light house. For Monterey based anglers looking for conditions inside Monterey bay can use the Monterey Bay Aquarium buoy.




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