CAPITOLA/SANTA CRUZ — Charter boats scored salmon and rockfish without traveling great distances out of Capitola and Santa Curz, and private boaters managed good catches of rockfish, a few salmon and an occasional braggin’-size halibut. Shore fishers hooked stripers on lures and sand crabs.
“Fishing has been decent near the edge of the Soquel Hole. Big salmon 15 to 30 pounds are feeding up top on krill. Rockfish has been good at South Rock for blacks and vermillion. More salmon are on their way from Monterey now,” summarized Todd Frazer of Bayside Marine.
The Becky Ann fished rockfish and lingcod all week with great success. On Saturday, 6 passengers found full limits of blacks and olives while fishing off of Natural Bridges. “These are nice, quality rockfish we’re catching and with some lings to 12 pounds mixed in,” said Capt. Jim Rubin of Capt. Jimmy Charters, who also noted, “Baitfish moved in. There are some nice 4 to 5-inch anchovies in the baitballs, which should help drive good fishing.”
Salmon action at Soquel Hole was difficult to follow. According to Ed Burrell of Capitola Boat and Bait, “The fish were up very shallow, then the water turned over and became way too clear on Wednesday, driving the fish down very deep. Then the brownish water was back on top the very next day and the salmon were again biting right near the surface.”
The strong possibility of catching halibut drew people to the water. Michael Alves of Soquel hauled in a 29-pound halibut between the whistle buoy and the lighthouse. A kayaker nailed a 14 pounder at O-Neill’s by casting a black/blue/white swimbait. Ed Burrell caught a 14-pound and a 6-pound halibut on whole squid in 66 feet of water on the east side of Adam’s Reef. A 6-pound halibut was landed last weekend from the pier by an angler soaking a live shiner in the surf zone.
Surf casters are beaching striped bass near the Cement Ship and along beaches east of Capitola by casting Krocodiles, Hair Raisers, Pencil Poppers and swimbaits. Pier fishers are generally busy with perch, shiners and sand soles.