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August 31, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Still Slow
Solid Rockfish and Ling Action!

Monterey:

The wind kept the party boats close to the harbor as Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing in Monterey said, “We stayed down at Carmel Bay on Sunday 8-30 as the wind came up in the afternoon blowing up 30 knots by the time the boats were back in the harbor. The Check Mate returned with 26 limits and 20 ling cod while the Caroline had 22 limits of rockfish and 20 lings.” On Saturday, the ling counts dropped off to an average around a dozen per trip, but rockfish limits were the rule for all three boats.

Arcoleo added, “There are so many whales in the bay that two whales have even come into the harbor where the boats are and feeding on the inside of the rockwall. The anchovies are en masse in the marina, and I just spent the last hour watching the anchovies and blue mackerel swim around the dock with the whales in the harbor.” The BBC has been filming  a feature the past three weeks, and Arcoleo gave them footage of a pod of orcas catching a harbor seal and feeding it to a baby orca. The feature is called “Big Blue Live ,” and Big Blue Live will air live on PBS 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 with another live feed to the West Coast from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. A week before the PBS broadcast, the BBC will air its live broadcast and be streaming online.

Monterey:
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing in Monterey said, “It’s pretty much a broken record around here with limits of rockfish and healthy ling cod counts with 18 limits of rockfish and 17 lings on the Check Mate on Thursday 8-27.” They stayed local since the winds came up in the afternoon. The Caroline put in limits of both ling cod and rockfish for 16 anglers on Wednesday while the Check Mate scored 15 limits and 31 ling cod. A few skiffs are landing the occasional salmon near Moss Landing along the bottom. Del Monte Beach is kicking out a few surf perch and the intermittent striped bass.  They are sold out for the weekend, but there is room next week and on Monday’s Labor Day Holiday. The water temperature is still quite warm at 66/67 degrees.

Monterey/Santa Cruz Report from Allen Bushnell of the Santa Cruz Sentinel
Weather conditions were pleasant this week, and as a result the fishing remained consistently good in the Monterey Bay and adjacent coastlines. Winds and swell were minimal which allowed more anglers to travel farther for outstanding inshore fishing results.
The north coast above Santa Cruz kicked out dozens of big lingcod this week, a good number of halibut and even an occasional white sea bass. A small squid spawn near Five-Mile Beach was the epicenter for north coast anglers. In an emphatic confirmation of our weird warm water year one lucky fisherman pulled in a yellowtail jack this week, a fish that is semi-tropical and typically does not travel much further north than the Channel Islands near Santa Barbara.
Rockfishing trips off the wild coasts of Big Sur and North Santa Cruz are of the guaranteed limit variety. We are seeing more of the schooling type of rockfish such as blues and yellows as fall approaches, though the bigger hardhead bottom fish are willingly taking bait and swimbait or iron lures as well. Big vermilion are not unusual, but be careful in your fish I.D., as the canary rockfish get big as well, and it’s easy to confuse the two. Canaries are illegal to keep.
The charter boats are all reporting limits, as they have all summer. Chris’ Fishing Trips and Randy’s Sportfishing from Monterey continue to work the reefs off Point Pinos and Point Joe. Chris’ reported full bags of rockcod and averaged two lings per rod on all their trips last week. Randy’s presented similar reports with full rockfish limits of blues, blacks and reds, “a few lingcod” and a bonus blue whale sighting on their Sunday trip.
We have been waiting all summer for the halibut to come into shallow water. Looks like they ain’t gonna do that this year. Weird. Halibut counts are up this week, and most if not all were found in 50-70 feet of water. From Manresa to Capitola, to Lighthouse Point and the sandy areas off the north coast, anglers are hooking and catching nice halibut in the 15-30-pound class. Live bait still works best, but swimbaits will do the trick and frozen squid always is a good bet for the big flatfish.
Salmon fishing was pretty much nil for Monterey Bay this week. A few kings are still being caught by diligent anglers on the Santa Cruz Harbor west jetty who are using Mad River pink worms on the incoming or high tides. Half Moon Bay is still hosting a decent salmon bite. Our man on the spot, Captain Tom Joseph from Fish On Sportfishing had three salmon trips last week. Friday they got a double hookup on their first drop, and ended with a fish per rod for the day. Sunday was slow with only one fish for the boat. On Tuesday, things picked up again for Joseph as he relates “
Today our charter boated four salmon and a couple came off.”
The coming weekend could go either way. Weather reports indicate a northwest swell of two to four feet and wind waves outside of the bay up to two feet, with wind forecast from five to 15 knots. The mornings should be very fishable, but keep an eye on the horizon and be ready to run for cover when the wind starts to pick up. As always, have safe and be fun.
Bushnell also operates Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing Guide Service. Please send your reports, pictures or questions to scruzfishing@yahoo.com


Monterey:

Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Fishing Trips in Monterey reported limits all around on Thursday 8-13 with the Caroline posting 11 limits of both ling cod and rockfish working the local reefs. The Star of Montery went half way to Point Sur for 26 limits of rockfish and 37 ling cod. The water temperatures remain hot at 69 degrees, and this trend is all the way up the coast. A few boats are heading out for albacore, but there are not great reports of success as of yet.

They have limited room throughout the week and this coming Sunday on what is usually a slow weekend for the party boats due to the Concours de Elegance at Pebble Beach.

 

Santa Cruz/Monterey Report from Allen Bushnell of the Santa Cruz Sentinel
It’s kind of hard not to want to travel for fish these days.  Southern California near San Diego and Oceanside has tons of yellowtail, yellow and bluefin tuna as well as dorado and other exotic species just offshore. Half Moon Bay featured “easy pickin’s” for small but legal salmon all this week just outside of Princeton Harbor. Big bruiser kings are staging off the Marin coast feeding crazily before turning the corner for their last spawning dash through the Bay.  And Shelter Cove along with points north have had a banner year for the XXL sized Pacific halibut. But, it’s hard to leave home when so much is also happening here.
More climate scientists are agreeing that equatorial ocean and wind pattern conditions increasingly indicate we are experiencing a “major” El Nino condition. Ocean waters off California are three to four degrees above normal, and continue to climb. In Monterey Bay, warm water makes the salmon harder to find, and seems to keep halibut out deeper for summer months. The current conditions seem to favor hordes of hungry rockfish and lingcod, however many of these fish are being caught deeper than in a typical August. Anglers who venture further up or down the coast to areas of lower fishing pressure, are getting quicker limits and bigger fish.  Leroy Cross took advantage of flat seas on Thursday to travel just past Ano Nuevo, and was rewarded with full limits of big rockfish, hefty lingcod, and two halibut in the 20-pound class.
The ocean water just outside Santa Cruz is holding at around 62-64 degrees. Half Moon Bay has un upwelling eddy keeping their water cooler, in the 60-61-degree range, hence the shallow water salmon bite up there.  Skipper Tom Joseph from Fish On Sportfishing hooked quite a few salmon this past week.  On Thursday, Joseph reported, “Today our private charter was rewarded with limits of salmon by 11:30 am, fish to 15 pounds and lost a few. Another great day on the water.”.
Our local halibut fishery is still going strong.  In a typical year we see smaller males moving into the 30-40 foot depths in spring, followed by larger females June through August. This year, most halibut have been caught in 50-90 feet of water, significantly deeper than we usually observe. Our theory is that they prefer shallow water along the beaches for spawning because it is warmer.  With ocean temps so high, it seems their comfort zone is a bit further offshore this year. Halibut are still hitting well on live mackerel, smelt, anchovies and squid. Throwing swimbait for the big flatfish can be rewarding as well.
Please note, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the Pacific halibut season closure yesterday due to quotas being met earlier than anticipated. The Pacific halibut are a separate species, like the big ones caught in Washington and Alaska.  We have some Pacific halibut in California, but they are very rare in our area.  For our local fish, the California halibut, we enjoy an open season year-round.


Monterey:

It’s rockfish as usual out of Monterey with the Check Mate heading south towards Point Sur on Thursday 8-6 for 25 ling cod and 25 limits of quality rockfish while the Caroline put in 36 lings and 25 limits of rockfish on Wednesday. Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing said, “The bay is just loaded with anchovies, and there are a few salmon out there.” They are filled through the weekend, but next weekend has plenty of room due to the Concours de’Elegance out of Pebble Beach.

Monterey/Santa Cruz Report from Allen Bushnell of the Santa Cruz Sentinel
This week’s marine weather was fairly cooperative, and Monterey Bay anglers enjoyed catching a variety of species.  Though the winds were blustery in the afternoons, most mornings were very fishable.
Trollers continue to find the occasional salmon along the submarine canyon edges.  Reports this week of fish near Moss Landing, and from the Soquel Hole are encouraging. Anglers are trolling near the bottom in 200 feet of water for the fish, and averaging a fish per rod at best. Todd Fraser at Bayside Marine also fielded reports of kings caught in shallower water.  On Tuesday, Fraser reported, “
Salmon fishing was slower near the Soquel Hole but there were a few fish caught in the shallow water in 70-100 feet. There were some nice salmon caught on the Mad River Pink Worms and Fish Pills on the jetty.”  The net pen salmon are returning to the Santa Cruz Harbor, but fishing for them is restricted to the entrance jetties only.  Most anglers are casting Mad River Pink Worms from the West Jetty, and the incoming tide is the best bet for these beautiful fish.
The halibut bite also remains steady, at a fish (or less) per rod. The big flatfish are still in deeper water, from 50-70 feet. Preferred bait is fresh squid or live mackerel, though a few boats are doing well bounce-ball trolling with dodgers and hoochies. Those fishing for rock cod and lings can find limits every day from Capitola  north to the county line, and from Monterey’s Del Monte Beach down to Big Sur.
Chris’ Sportfishing posted reports this week that are typical of this year’s success.  Full limits of rockfish on all their trips  and at least one ling cod per angler on most. The Chubasco and Sur Randy from Randy’s Sportfishing in Monterey had similar reports with limits of rockfish and up to eight lingcod for their charter trips. Stagnaro’s Sportfishing in Santa Cruz has caught limits of nice cod on all recent trips as well, working the areas off West Cliff Drive, South Rock, and north towards Wilder’s Ranch. Stagnaro boats are fishing the deeper reefs and are being rewarded with some big vermilion, hefty lings and plenty of large-variety black schoolie rockfish.
While reports of striped bass from the beaches have diminished, we are starting to hear more about barred surf perch as summer wanes.  Bob Schneider takes surfcasting seriously and works the beaches below Manresa. Using worm baits, Schneider has been scoring good numbers of full-sized surfperch up to 1 pounds. While there is little actual structure on the beaches right now, fishing on the high tide and moving down the beach to find the fish has been key for Schneider.
It’s always “Safety First” when operating any vessel, especially on the ocean. The Santa Cruz and Capitola Flotillas of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are offering three boating safety classes this winter/spring as part of their mission to promote boating safety in Monterey Bay.  Recreational boaters, commercial vessel operators and others interested in boating and boating safety will find the courses offered to be both interesting and valuable. For further information on these classes and registration, please contact
mailto:wscgaux@gmail.com.
Bushnell also operates Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing Guide Service. Please send your reports, pictures or questions to 
scruzfishing@yahoo.com


Monterey:

Rockfish action remains outstanding, and Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing in Monterey reported the Check Mate went south to Point Sur for 50 ling cod along 29 limits of quality rockfish on Tuesday 8-4.  There are a few salmon coming out of Moss Landing for the fishermen trying, and a commercial squid boat released seven big salmon, a white sea bass, a barracuda, and a thresher shark from a set above Point Sur. A few white sea bass have been landed along the beach near the Monterey Beach Hotel.

 

Still a tremendous rockfish bite with the Check Mate out of Chris’s Landing on Thursday 7-23 putting in 27 limits of ling cod with several of the lings in the 15 to 20-pound range in addition to 6/7 rockfish per rod south at Point Sur. The whales are thick at Point Sur, but they are starting to thin out in the Monterey Bay area. The Caroline stayed local for 26 limits of rockfish and 22 ling cod. They have some room on Sunday. Salmon fishing is limited to a few fish taken by moochers near Moss Landing since the fish are holding along the bottom.

Monterey/Santa Cruz Report from Allen Bushnell of the Santa Cruz Sentinel
This week’s local fishing included a good measure of the weird and the wonderful, as well as some notable catches in the Monterey Bay.
Beach goers and anglers alike have noticed a light green or turquois coloration of the inshore water lately. A Sentinel Sunday edition article by Jason Hoppin Sunday explained the phenomena
 is a result of an uncommon plankton bloom. The single-cell phytoplankton shed reflective limestone scales resulting in intense coloration of the water.
Sunday also featured uncommon weather conditions along our coast. A hot, muggy atmosphere blanketed our region.  The conditions were a trailing effect of Hurricane Delores that spun its energy off the coast of Baja California earlier in the week. Beach goers and anglers were treated to the occasional rain squall plus a thunder and lightning show. Anglers in the Pacifica area reported torrential rain accompanied by multiple lightning strikes on the ocean surface. At least one fishing vessel in that area absorbed a lightning strike.  Fortunately there were no injuries.
Fishing remains very productive for a variety of species in Monterey Bay.  Rockfishing, which has been “limit-style” for a few months now, is getting even better. A heartening development is the preponderance of schoolie fish closer to the beach.  Big clouds of blacks and yellows are hovering over the inshore reefs at 40-50 feet, while the larger groundfish can be hooked a bit deeper, from 80-120 feet. Chris Sportfishing submitted their usual reports, limits every day for every client aboard their three boats. Ditto for Randy’s Sportfishing in Monterey. Stagnaro’s in Santa Cruz is boasting full gunny sacks even on their half-day trips to local reefs in Santa Cruz. Kahuna Sportfishing obviously have been heading towards Pt. Sur, as their reports include full limits, half of which are vermilion, and include copper rockfish plus limits of lingcod.
Salmon fishing took an uptick this week, with anglers finding better concentration of kings near the Soquel Hole, fishing deep in 250 feet of water. A few net-pen kings are milling outside the Santa Cruz harbor. Anglers using Mad River pink worms are catching a few every day from the west jetty at the harbor.
Halibut catches are becoming more numerous, though most are still in deeper water, unusual for this time of summer.  Most boats are working 60-80 feet of water, and the hot spots range from Pajaro up to Five-Mile Beach. Squid boats were gathered near Davenport over the weekend, and there are some tanker white sea bass cruising our area. Big fish honors this week go to long-time kayak fisherman “Kayak Rod.” Using a live mackerel, Rod hooked and landed a monstrous 55-pound sea bass near Pleasure Point on Thursday morning. 


The rockfish and ling action remains solid. On Tuesday 7-14 Chris' Fishing in Monterey had one boat out. The Caroline reported limits of both rockfish and lings (36)for their light load of 12 anglers. They are running rockfish and ling trips daily and maybe salmon if they pop back up.

It's mid July and that time of year that this writer takes the family up our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. This is the "one" annual trip that the entire family and close friends all look forward too. We will be chasing sockeye, kings and will be jumping on board with Captain Steve Smith for lings and halibut.
We realize that many readers get upset when reports here are not updated but being a free site we don't have the resources to hire extra hands. At the same time this writer needs an occasional break where I can spend some time with my family doing what I love best. We have provided these free reports for the past 21 years. That will change in the near future as we are looking at going to a subscriber plan where we can pay some of our writers like Dave Hurley more than the current "beer budget" they are on. Our goal is to be able to update reports daily and expand the content on the entire site. We will share our plans with readers as they develop.
We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports on Sunday July 26. 
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Mike Aughney


Monterey:
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing reported continued excellent rockfish action with a boatload of tourists on Tuesday 7-7  putting in 26 limits of rockfish and 54 ling cod off of the local reefs. They had 22 rent rods on the boat, so that tells you how good the fishing is. They are using fresh dead squid for the rockfish and lings since the schools of squid are en masse off of Point Sur. The commercial squid boats are mopping up the market-grade calamari. He was hoping the salmon would move in with the squid, but so far this hasn’t occurred. They have room throughout the week, but Saturday is already filled.

Monterey:
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing reported continued incredible rockfish and ling cod action with  15 limits of rockfish and 22 ling cod on Thursday 7-2 on the Check Mate along with 28 limits of rockfish including 52 vermilion along with 58 ling cod on Wednesday. The boat has been running halfway down to Point Sur along the coast. He said, “I think the upcoming El Nino is bringing out the incredible bite as all of the bottom fish are loading up with as much food as they can get. This happened last time there was an El Nino, and the bottom fish just go crazy before it comes. The school fish such as blues had a hard time keeping up with the food supply, even eating kelp.“ They have been able to pick up live squid on occasion for the rockfish trips, but the schools of squid are inconsistent in the bay.  A few salmon have been caught near Moss Landing, and they have a salmon trip on Saturday. The private boats are picking up a few fish while mooching. Commercial season is currently closed. The anchovies are still thick in the bay, and the commercial quota has been reached. They have room on Sunday, but Saturday is sold out.

Santa Cruz Report from Allen Bushnell of the Santa Cruz Sentinel 
Pursuing the art and sport of fishing is often like solving a riddle. There are so many variables beyond those of time and attention spent on the water. Every year is different, and we are just getting some of this year’s puzzle pieces now.
Typically, anglers in Monterey Bay enjoy limit-style salmon fishing when the season opens in April, and it tapers off as summer progresses. This year salmon fishing has been hit and miss since the opener, and sadly remains so. Todd Fraser at Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz was happy to report some success for salmon anglers who worked their gear deep this week. “
There were some scores of one to two fish a boat in 180-220 for the few anglers that tried the shallow water before the Soquel Hole,”
 Fraser reported.
The best “local” salmon action is to the north near the Golden Gate and Stinson Beach areas. Tom Joseph, owner of Fish On Sportfishing and skipper of the Sara Bella has been launching his four-pack charter from Half Moon Bay to target these salmon schools. “We’re doing real good working the area near Stinson. These fish have hung out for three or four weeks now,” Joseph said.
Halibut usually starts out in April as well, and remains productive through September. This year the halibut have just now begun to show up, and local anglers are grateful. We are seeing an increasing number of halibut reported caught on the flat sandy areas from 40 to 60 feet of water. One lucky fisherman pulled in a legal flatty on the Capitola Wharf this week, which is a pretty good indicator these fish are finally coming in shallow. Whole squid or frozen anchovies work well for the big flatfish, and getting a halibut to hit on a swimbait is always a blast. Live bait is always a sure thing for halibut and the bay is choked with mackerel, easy to jig up with a sabiki rig.
Carol Jones from Kahuna Sportfishing in Moss Landing predicts that halibut will come “flooding into the bay” over the next few weeks, and has scheduled a halibut charter for this coming Monday. “We are starting to see some squid in the bay now. The seiners have been catching squid all week,” Jones said. Halibut love to eat squid. Another piece of the puzzle clicks into place.
Kahuna Sportfishing and the big Monterey charter boats at Randy’s and Chris’ Fishing Trips have posted nothing but limits for their rock cod trips during the past week. Working the Point Pinos to Carmel stretch has been productive. Even better, the Kahuna and some of the other boats will travel to the Point Sur area for quick and easy limits of larger grade cod.
Meanwhile, another curious factor, which draws no complaint from local anglers, is the sustained striped bass bite from the mid-bay beaches. Working the surfline at dawn and dusk, preferably on a higher tide, can result in a once in a lifetime striper hookup. You may have to go ten times or more before getting that fish, but most surfcasters would agree it is well worth it. Joseph Baxter solved the riddle recently while casting a Mike Fixter “Pencil Popper” plug on an incoming tide near La Selva Beach. Baxter hauled in a 27-pound striper from a surfline feeding frenzy. Baxter said “You could see ‘em just outside the surf busting the bait,” Well done Joe.
Bushnell also operates Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing Guide Service. Please send your reports, pictures or questions to 
scruzfishing@yahoo.com

 


Monterey:
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing reported the salmon bite slowed down a bit on Monday 6-15 with the Check Mate picking up 6 salmon for 13 anglers. He said, “Tinker marked thousands of fish under the boat, and they thought they would get them, but they were clearly off of the bite.” They are salmon fishing on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with open loads. picking up to 14 salmon.” The striped bass are still around, and there have been fish in the 15 to 20-pound range landed from the beaches, but most of the stripers are in the 3 to 5-pound range. The schools are more reluctant to bite this week for some reason, and last week, all of the stripers were jammed full with sand crabs.  salmon boats found the salmon earlier in the week on Tuesday with two boats returning with 35 and 40 salmon apiece. Arcoleo said, “The fish were all nice and healthy in the 8 to 10-pound range, and they were packed with anchovies.” After boating five salmon and losing a couple of Tuesday, they went back out on the Caroline on Wednesday, but they were unable to land any salmon.” Chris’s is full on Saturday, but there is room on rockfish and salmon trips on Sunday.

 Monterey/Santa Cruz Report from Allen Bushnell of the Santa Cruz Sentinel
Weather and sea conditions played a major factor again this week with fishing for most species on the slow side. The Monterey Bay experienced blustery winds, but mostly it was a powerful south swell that kept bottom fish hunkered down and off the bite.
Salmon seem to be scattered around the bay.  They are here, but hard to find and harder to hook. According to Todd Fraser at Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz, private boaters caught the occasional salmon near Soquel Hole on Saturday while trolling, but by Sunday that area had too many jellyfish. Fraser reported, “
The salmon were hard to find but a few anglers did catch one or two while trolling. The purple haze hoochies and the watermelon Krippled Anchovies worked the best.” Fraser added that fishing for rockfish and lingcod was productive for boats traveling up the coast towards Davenport, and a few salmon were caught in that area as well.
Monterey anglers faced similar challenges and reported similar results. Wednesday’s trip on the Check Mate from Chris’ Fishing Trips netted limits of rockfish and eight lings for 11 anglers aboard. Chris’ Caroline was skunked for salmon on Wednesday, but they reported five salmon on the previous day’s salmon trip aboard the Check Mate. Randy’s Sportfishing in Monterey also keeps plugging along despite the weather, reporting, “
Cloudy, gray, cold and windy conditions made today's fishing a challenge. After hearing of these challenges we cancelled today's whale watching trip. The 10 fisherman aboard Chubasco toughed it out and returned with Limits (100) of cod and eight lingcod.”
Monterey Bay Kayaks hosted their annual MBK Kayak Fishing Derby last Saturday with 60 kayak anglers competing for biggest fish honors. Generally, fishing was slower than usual for the Del Monte Beach area, though a number of lingcod in the four to nine-pound range were weighed in. Ocean Kayaks provided a brand-new Old Town Predator 13 fishing kayak as first prize.  The Predator was taken home by Santiago Ramirez from Aromas who took first place in the derby with his 11-pound five-ounce lingcod, caught using mackerel as bait. Second place was captured by John Rice from Placerville with a 10-pound three-ounce ling, and third place by Brian Gardner of Lodi with his 9-pound 15-ounce lingcod. Rice won a new Werner paddle, and Gardner a custom NRS kayak tackle kit. Monterey Bay Kayaks has sponsored the annual derby for over ten years, and all proceeds are contributed to the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project.
Bushnell also operates Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing Guide Service.  Please send your reports, pictures or questions to scruzfishing@yahoo.com


Monterey:
The salmon action picked up on Tuesday 5-5 with not fast action but party boats seeing some red meat in their boxes and private boats reporting up to a fish per rod. The Check Mate out of Chris’s Landing put 4 in the box by 8:45 a.m. with another two lost on the surface. They ended up with a total of 5 salmon to 11 anglers, and Chris Arcoleo said, “The salmon are being caught in the bay today, and we are putting together salmon trips during the week in addition to bottom fishing.”


Monterey:
On Sunday 5-3 Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Landing in Monterey reported excellent bottom fishing with the Check Mate heading south to Point Sur for 71 ling cod and an average of 8 rockfish per sack for 28 anglers. The rockfish have been hard to catch at Point Sur, perhaps due to the overwhelming amounts of ling cod in the area. They are scoring with standard rockfish gear with a number of hitchhikers as they haven’t had to jig up live bait. Few anglers are working bars.
The Caroline stayed local with a small charter for 7 limits of rockfish and 20 ling cod. The striped bass bite along the beaches remains solid for plug casters in low light conditions. They have plenty of room throughout the week on the bottom fish trips. Salmon fishing continued to be very slow.

 

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