Central Ca Saltwater Fishing Report

'Decent' shore bite, excellent crab/dab combo boat trips out of Monterey

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 22, 2012

MONTEREY — Crab and sanddab combo trips promised excellent action all week out of Monterey and surf fishers enjoyed a nice variety of opportunities, but no big dependable runs of any one species.

Capt. Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Sportfishing in Monterey reported, “Nice big crabs out there”, evidenced by the size and number of Dungeness crabs caught along with plentiful sanddabs. On Saturday the Checkmate boated 78 crabs and 40 to 50 sanddabs apiece for 20 passengers. On Sunday the story was similar with 14 limits of crabs and again, 40 to 50 sanddabs per angler. “We’re running 4 or 5 days each week, weather permitting,” said Capt. Arcoleo.

Surf perch fishing was decent or better at Fort Ord Dunes, Monterey Dunes and Manresa Beach. Surf anglers worked Carolina rigs baited with bloodworms or with artificial grubs. Larger units showed a willingness to bite, with barred surf perch up to 2 pounds reported.

A few stripers, just over the legal minimum 18-inch size, were caught by surf fishers as incidentals while fishing for barred surf perch. All of those reported were caught on bloodworms.

“At high tide the sea punches through so that steelhead can run the Carmel and Big Sur rivers,” said Will Graham at The Tackle Box in Salinas. No high-count runs were reported, however the occasional bright steelhead kept shore anglers busy working spinners or soaking artificial roe baits.

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