September 24, 2017    Headlines

  Salmon Hit & Miss
Rockfish Limits

Bodega Salmon
Rockfish remain to be the "headliner" while those chasing salmon are seeing hit and miss action. On Sunday 9-24 Rick on the New Sea Angler reported 16 limits of lings to 24 pounds, 16 limits of big Pt Reyes reds and browns and 2 salmon. Rick has very light loads all this week and hopes to have enough interest to get a possible tuna trip in later this week.
Jeff Caramella was running the Samantha Irene this weekend and reported limits of both rockfish and lings Friday 9-21 through Sunday 9-24. Jeff said they are seeing lots of quality fish with some jumbo blacks, blues and vermilions and lings to 18 pounds.
On the salmon front Dale K reported one 12 pounder landed and two lost on Saturday trolling below Elephant Rock in 30 to 60 feet. "we saw a few other nets swinging but not one our boat".

After a few days of well deserved R & R Rick on the New Sea Angler was back out on Friday 9-22. Rick reported excellent action for this late September date. Rick ran a combo and the fish were biting. Rick reported 15 salmon to 21 pounds for 20 anglers. They were trolling along Ten Mile. They also landed full limits of quality reds, browns and "bottom dwellers" adding 22 lings to 18 pounds. Rick said the forecast called for wind but the weather was flat.

Salmon are still holding off of Ten Mile Beach, and when the weather is cooperative, private and party boats are scoring quality fish. Halibut are also in the mix off of Ten Mile, and the big news from the area was the bluefin tuna landed on the New Sea Angler near Cordell Banks while on a pelagic bird trip on Sunday 9-17.
Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing said, “We were out 30 miles southwest of the harbor on a pelagic bird trip along the edge of Cordell Banks, and my deckhand landed a large bluefin on a Zucker. Two years ago, we found the bluefin on a bird trip, and the action lasted for two months with mako shark, albacore, and bluefin. The water is 63.5 degrees and cobalt blue, and I marked what I believe were albacore three different times on this trip, but we couldn’t get them to come up to the surface for the feathers. ”

“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.

Temps are still tolerable along the coast with great rockfishing on tap. On Saturday 9-2 Rick on the New Sea Angler ran north. His 29 anglers took limits of nearly every species of rockfish available along our coast. They had everything from vermilions to blacks, yellowtail and blues, chinas and browns adding 39 lings to 20 pounds. Rick said the weather was dead calm with no wind over a 3 foot swell and temps along the beach or 80 to 85 degrees.
We are still waiting on the salmon that were being taken off Ft Bragg earlier in the week to push into the local waters and push soon they will. Rick has lots of space available in the coming week. We are headed north to to chase silvers and close up our Alaska vacation cabin and reports here will resume in a couple of weeks.

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Regulations for California’s popular red abalone sport fishery have changed in 2017. Due to concerns about the declining population, the season will be shortened and the take limit reduced.
The 2017 season will be shortened by two months, with the traditional opening date of April 1 now delayed until May 1. The fishery will also close a month earlier than usual, on Oct. 31.
The annual (calendar year) limit is changing from 18 abalone to 12. As in the past, no more than nine abalone may be taken south of the boundary between Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
The red abalone catch is being reduced because surveys conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) found that red abalone populations in deeper waters are on the decline due to unfavorable environmental conditions. Over the past three years, growth of kelp — a major food source for abalone – has declined significantly. Dramatic increases in purple sea urchin populations have further reduced the food available for abalone. Details can be found at
Other regulations relative to abalone remain unchanged. Fishing for abalone will be allowed from 8 a.m. to one half-hour after sunset in waters north of San Francisco Bay. People may travel to fishing locations before 8 a.m. but may not actively search for or take any abalone before that time. The daily bag and possession limit remains at three. Parts of Fort Ross State Historical Park remain closed to the take of abalone. A map of the closed area can be found online at
Northern California’s recreational red abalone fishery is enjoyed by tens of thousands of divers along the Sonoma and Mendocino coast. A recent CDFW study estimated that approximately 31,000 abalone divers derived between $24 million and $44 million per year of recreational value from the fishery. The value of this fishery declined nearly $12 million after stricter regulations were imposed in 2014 following a harmful algal bloom that killed thousands of abalone in Sonoma County. Information about the study can be found at
The changes to the abalone regulations were approved by the Fish and Game Commission at their Dec. 7 meeting, under emergency rulemaking provisions that allow fast-tracking of the approval process when there is an urgent need for regulatory change.

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.

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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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