Central CA Saltwater

Monterey sees the biggest run of anchovies in most folks’ memory

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 13, 2017

MONTEREY — Monterey has seen some massive runs of anchovies, sardines and other forage fish, but this year’s gathering is the biggest in memory and provides great feeding opportunities. Party boats worked deeper stones and hot spots down the coast and racked up impressive scores. Inshore and shore fishing was gratifying for groundfish, perch and stripers.

MOSS LANDING LING — Tom Huang fished aboard the Kahuna out of Moss Landing and caught this monster 31-pound lingcod while fishing with Capt. Carol Jones.

“We’ve got some real old timers around here, who have been fishing since the forties saying that this is the most anchovies they have ever seen in the Monterey Bay,” said Keith at Chris’ Sportfishing. Whales gathered to bulk up on the ready feed and mackerel were plentiful. Some party boats like Star of Monterey and Caroline jigged up mackerel for bait and scored some high counts of lingcod. Kahuna and Chubasco went with squid strips at the deeper stones and pulled consistent limits of rockfish with some lingcod mixed in.

The local halibut bite was slow and that may be because the halibut were stuffed with anchovies. Private boats and commercial hook & line boats ran up towards Pajaro to try their luck at bringing back some flatties.

Inshore fishers in kayaks and small skiffs worked down the coast near Pacific Grove and points south, finding good success with cabezon, lingcod and rockfish. Shore fishers up the coast from Tioga Street to past Marina State Beach pulled on a few striped bass and barred surf perch using sand crabs, Gulp! baits, swimbaits, plastic grubs and hard-bodied lures.

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