August 11, 2018    Headlines

Salmon Hit and Miss
Cal and Pacific Halibut Rockfish all Biting

No matter what species you are looking for you will find it off Eureka RIGHT NOW!. On Friday 8-10 Gary on the Sea Weasel reported not some of the best but "the best" Pacific halibut action he has ever experienced. On their first drift they hooked 3 an landed all of them. They had a double and then another triple on the next two drifts. In 90 minutes time they had hooked 14 and landed 8 keeping 7. They were working the 225 foot depths about 5 miles from the harbor. Just the day before Gary said that the current was running hard and they could not even find the bottom. Switching to salmon they landed easy limits. Gary says the best action has been out in 250 to 300 feet and all the fish are holding tight to the bottom. They were working just two rods off the bottom stops of the downriggers for their 6 limits to 20 pounds.
On Wednesday 8-8 Matt on the Fishy Business reported "the dinosaurs are biting off the Cape. He said they had limits of all huge lings and rockfish and the occasional pacific halibut in the mix. Matt confirms the salmon bite offshore but said with the fish deep they are a bit hared to find every day. Matt has some space open later this month for both salmon and rockfish trips.

After a couple of slower days the salmon are back on the munch off Eureka. Gary Blasi on the Sea Weasel checked in with 6 limits to 20 pounds by 10:30 on Sunday 8-5. Matt on the Fishy Business also reported limits of quality fish. It appears that these fish are mostly spawners heading back to their home rivers. We expect a few more weeks of good action in the local waters. Gary says the halibut bite inside Humboldt bay remains solid with many boats taking limits and near limits of fish in the 7 to 15 pound class. Pacific halibut to 75 pounds have been landed in recent days as well.

After several days of limit salmon action the bite slowed down on Thursday 8-1. Matt on the Fishy Business reported a pair of salmon and said that overall it was a slow day for the few boats out. With excellent rockfish, ling and halibut action Matt's game plan is to go to "Plan B"
and he is going to work the Cape area for rockfish and the many big lings that have hitting the decks in recent weeks. There is be more schools of salmon pushing up from the south in the coming weeks. It's not over yet for salmon.
On Friday 8-3 Gary on the Sea Weasel had some of the best California halibut fishing one could dream of. In just 90 minutes time Gary put all six of his clients into limits or 18 fish. That works out to a keeper every five minutes. He likely wrapped up the day taking limits of black rockfish on the local reefs.

The salmon are back in E Town and the bite is winding up. On Friday 7-27 Matt on the Fishy Business and Gary on the Full Throttle both reported limits of salmon to the high teens. Matt said it looks like a much bigger area of fish. These salmon are likely Klamath, Eel and Rogue river bound as they start to head towards their home streams to spawn. Matt says that the rockfish and ling action is still solid down at the Cape and both captains are targeting the huge numbers of California halibut inside Humboldt bay. The pacific halibut season reopens on August 1st.

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