Northern CA Saltwater

Berkeley: San Francisco Bay boats catch salmon, halibut and rockfish

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 12, 2019

BERKELEY — From every Marina and Wharf in San Francisco Bay, boats went out to rack up impressive fish counts. The stellar halibut bite continued, and bass came up with them. Salmon fishing was off and on, but generally good while rockfish were plentiful along the coast.

HALIBUT ARE CLIMBING on the lines in the SF Bay now, and JoAnn Chow of Fremont caught the jackpot halibut aboard the New Huck Finn out of Emeryville while fishing with WON Field Reporter and photographer Bill Nakaki. They fished the Farallon Islands and caught limits of big yellowtail rockcod and 8 lings. PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI

“There is a fish for all seasons this week, as the local saltwater scene continues to fire on all cylinders,” said Andy Guiliano at Fish Emeryville. As reported, salmon anglers got between a fish per rod and full limits. Tigerfish scored full limits of ocean-bright fish mid-week, with a respectable fish per rod going into the weekend. Lovely Martha had 28 salmon to 19 pounds for 17 people at mid-week. Reports from Berkeley Charter Boats were similar with a fish per rod to limits, working Duxbury to Chimney Rock. Charles Davis caught a 24-pound salmon on New Easy Rider near Drakes Bay. Zeke Yaddler had an 18-pound salmon on El Dorado at Duxbury.

Capt. Jacky Douglas on Wacky Jacky said, “There are fish around and they are biting, full of anchovies and they are really gorgeous.” Greg Stimmel caught an impressive 21 pounder on Wacky Jacky. Sausalito boats were in on the salmon action. Salty Lady scored limits and that feat was shared by Outer Limits, Hog Heaven andNew Rayann. Larry Leonetti took a 17 pounder onboard Outer Limits, Steve Stern got a 15 pounder on Blue Runner and Don Matthews handled a 17 pounder on a private boat.

Daily limits of striped bass made passengers happy aboard Flash I and Flash II while fishing Arch Rock, F Buoy and the northeast side of Treasure Island. Lovely Martha had limits of halibut and 4 bass by 8:30 a.m. and on subsequent days had between 1.5 and 2 halibut per rod, plus stripers. Capt. Aaron Anfinson on Bass Tub out of Fisherman’s Wharf reported slower salmon fishing over the weekend, with 6 salmon onboard for 20 people.

qualitycodQUALITY COD — Paul Nagata fished aboard the New Huck Finn out of Emeryville and caught his limit of nice rockfish along with a few halibut on a charter with WON Field Reporter Bill Nakaki, who took the photo. They ended up with 14 halibut in addition to limits of big yellowtail rockcod and other species. PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI

Bay potluck boats feasted on the historic schools of halibut in the Bay. New Huck Finn had consecutive days of 59, 60, 59 and 60 halibut, adding a daily sprinkle of striped bass. On a Friday private charter for bass only, 27 anglers caught 54 keeper linesides.

Out of Berkeley Marina, Top Gun fished South Bay for halibut limits plus one crew limit. The biggest fish of the day was 14 pounds. Capt. Steve Mitchell commented on really great halibut fishing, even considering the big minus tides. Better tides ahead will do nothing but improve the fishing. Happy Hooker ran a 3/4-day trip over the weekend, catching limits of stripers for 27 people and adding 17 halibut. Capt. Jonathon Smith said the halibut were pretty much everywhere in Central Bay. Pacific Dream took 14 limits of halibut and 3 bass on one trip and then on the next day had 30 limits of bass and were still counting halibut as of the editorial deadline.

Capt. James Smith on California Dawn said, “What a week it has been! Today the bass went wide open on the rock piles and we took 30 limits of bass. Then we switched over to halibut and put on 43 of them.” Bass Masters champion Ish Monroe took a busman’s holiday to fish halibut on California Dawn, pulling limits to 12 pounds.

Scott Sutherland at Berkeley Charter Boats said, “Bay potlucks are still kicking arse. Early in the week it was 2 halibut and 1 striper per person. Later in the week the counts reversed. Some of the hotspots were Berkeley Pier, South Bay, Richmond Bridge.” Percy Bridgeport had a 25-pound halibut on New El Dorado III on Berkeley Flats.

switchingfromSWITCHING FROM THE Pro Bass circuit to halibut, Bass Masters champion Ish Monroe took a busman’s holidy to enjoy some halibut fishing on the Cal Dawn, where he picked up a 12- and two 8-pound ‘buts for the day.

FLY BY ‘BUT — 9-year-old Ruby Olmo from Woodland shows off her first keeper halibut taken off San Francisco airport aboard the California Dawn with Capt. James Smith at the helm.

flattiesgaloreFLATTIES GALORE — Captain Shawn Taylor on the New El Dorado III out of Berkeley Charter Boats took 32 anglers mostly around Angel Island and the Berkeley Flat where they drifted live anchovies and caught 77 halibut to 19 pounds, plus 9 stripers to 8 pounds.

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