CAPITOLA/SANTA CRUZ — Lines were very long for private boaters trying to get in on the stellar salmon bite out of Capitola and Santa Cruz, and easy fishing made the wait worthwhile. Not quite everyone fished for salmon, though.
Julia Dingler of The Angler’s Choice Tackle Shop in Capitola reported, “The salmon fishing here in Santa Cruz-Capitola continues to be a hot bite. All reports point to fish being caught at 70-100 feet down with trolling and mooching both getting results. Lots of anglers are averaging 1 or 2 fish in the 12- to15-pound range with an occasional 20-pound-plus fish. Purple-haze Kajikis and hoochies trailing a hot spot flasher (almost any color) are the lures of choice and also the chrome/blue Coyote Spoons.
As far as a story that sticks out, I had a customer yesterday that was trolling from his sailboat with a Luhr Jensen Deep Six Diver, net a keeper fish and he was going back out this weekend. It seems that the salmon bite has brought out beginners wanting to learn how to mooch or troll, their enthusiasm is very contagious.”
“Once again a great bite on salmon,” said Todd Fraser of Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz. “I worked all morning then went out around 8:30 and had 4 fish before 10. The bite is great near the edge of the Soquel Hole on the west edge,” continued Frazer.
Curtis Williams at Capitola Boat & Bait reported a 10-pound white seabass coming to his dock in a boat that fished shallow water off of Soquel Point using fresh frozen squid. “This could be the start of an early white seabass season,” said Williams.
ULTIMATELY SATISFYING — Salmon fishing out of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay has been fantastic, with many boats getting limits of nice fish, as there's a big piece of ocean full of salmon out there! The Ultimate out of Santa Cruz with Capt. Brad MIll had full limits of salmon for everyone aboard over the weekend.