July 16, 2017    Headlines

  Salmon Heats Up 
Rockfish Limits

Bodega Salmon
The winds have laid out and the bite is on the past two days. On Friday 7-14 Rick on the New Sea Angler reported great action. His 19 anglers landed LIMITS of fat salmon. Rick said the fish were chomping in 200 feet off Bird to Elephant rock with a steady bite throughout the day.
 Jeff on the Miss Anita also reported solid action with 6 limits to 28 pounds. Jeff said most were in the 8 to 12 pound class and a whole different grade than the bigger fish of the past few days. That is actually good news as it shows that fresh fish are pushing into the area. he continued to say that "the bait is thick with brown water, anchovies and krill and some of the best feed conditions that I have seen in years". The have some limited room while the New Sea Angler has space on open load trips in the next two weeks.


This writer is sneaking off for our annual family trip to our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be chasing sockeyes and kings on the local rivers and will be jumping on board with good friend Captain Steve Smith for some halibut, ling and saltwater action. We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports here on Saturday July 29th.
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Until then... good fishing!
Mike Aughney

On Wednesday 7-12 Jeff on the Miss Anita was trolling in 220 feet off the Top end of Ten Mile and Elephant rock in 220 feet of water. He reported 8 salmon for 5 anglers with lots of other fish lost. Jeff said private boaters were also seeing solid action with many headed in with early limits of salmon.
Jeff just called at 11:AM Thursday 7-13 morning to report 4 early limits of fish running from 8 to 15 pounds. He was on the 13 line and again in 220 feet of water. The seas have been clam the past two days with winds under 5 knots over a 5 foot swell.

The winds increased over the weekend and other than the big boats most were forced to cancel their trips. On Sunday 7-9 Rick on the New Sea Angler checked in with 31 limits of rockfish adding 29 lings to 16 pounds. Rick ran north to Ft Ross. The weather was great when we checked the buoy report at 3:PM with winds of 14 knots over a 5 foot swell.
Jeff on the six pack Miss Anita canceled both days. After seeing limits and near limits of salmon this past week he was disappointed but did not want to take clients out in marginal conditions. He hopes to be back out as soon as the conditions allow.

  The salmon bite has picked back up here on Wednesday 7-5. Rick on the New Sea Angler reported 22 salmon for 14 anglers with fish to 27 pounds. They also caught 109 rockfish and 4 lings to 12 pounds. Rick said the salmon started to bite in the late morning and everyone who was on the Elephant Rock / Tomales Point and the top end of Ten Mile in 160 to 200 feet saw good action.
Jeff on the Miss Anita also reported slow action in the morning with the fish getting into feed mode by 10:AM. He reported 6 limits to 17 pounds with one 7 pounder in the mix of 12 to 17 pound fish rounding out the catch. There are pockets of green cold water and mixed brown water as the plankton is just developing. The feed and the fish are holding on these water edges and where boats found their best action today.
On the private boater front Glyn from Sebastopol reported several take downs and missed opportunities mooching off the Whistle buoy. They had 10 take downs and broke one off mooching in 70 feet just outside of Jingle Bells.
Bob on the Nauiti Intentions reported 6 hooked but just two landed in 260 feet SW of the Whistle.

 It seems that everyone has taken a few days off for vacation this week. This writer is fresh back from a 4 day stay at Sea Ranch staying at the
Abalone Bay  ocean front vacation rental. It was a family affair with my wife Linda and son Tyler and my brother Pat and sister-in-law Soraya. While others slept in, Ty and I took easy limits of abs literally a 3 minute walk south of the house on Thursday and Friday. Being a long time aber I'm use to changing in and out of my wetsuit in tight parking spots often within feet of traffic along HWY 1. It was great to suit up at the house... walk (coffee mug in hand) a couple of city blocks south.... grab a limit of abs then literally strip out of my wetsuit in the giant master shower. It took us a little over an hour on Thursday but with "the spot" located it took less than 40 minutes from leaving the front door to striping out in a hot shower on Friday. Ab and eggs for breakfast. It doesnt get better than that!
This spotless home sits ocean front with several coves (all watched over by residents) both north and south. Ty took his kayak out for rockfish limits on Thursday despite the sloppy weather. If you are looking for a quality ocean front vacation home be sure to check out 
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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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