Northern CA Saltwater

Berkeley: Salmon turn back on

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 23, 2019

Halibut and bass bite steady for San Francisco Bay fleet

BERKELEY — The salmon fleet out of San Francisco Bay was busy and the fishing was incredible for all partyboats, charterboats and private boats heading out the Gate. Inside the Bay, the amazing 2019 halibut bite continued unabated and loads of striped bass were coming along with the halibut. For the few boats fishing rockfish, the counts were great.

A 40-POUND striper was caught by James McNeil aboard the Outer Limits off Pedro Point caught while salmon fishing over the weekend. Capt. Jacky Douglas sent in the photo.

The salmon bite turned red hot. Wacky Jacky, Salty Lady and many other boats out of many landings and marinas were on them like seagulls on anchovies at the surface. Capt. Jacky Douglas on Wacky Jacky reported a good bite by the Channel Buoys where Jeff Davino caught a 20-pound salmon on a day of limits for everyone on Sunday. A typical report came from Capt. Mike Rescino on Lovely Martha who said they had 21 limits of salmon to 21 pounds, plus 3 striped bass. Jesiel Dos Santos got the 21 pounder. Bass Tub fished salmon Sunday after a couple of days of rockfish and a half-dozen halibut on the way back in.

Fish Emeryville boats had a great week. Andy Guilliano said, “Salmon anglers enjoyed limit and near limit-style fishing close to home, with a nice mix of fish into the low 20-pound class. Boats fished both the Marin and San Mateo County coastlines all week. Sundance had a great week, sending 6 passengers home with limits daily. Tigerfish, Pacific Pearl and C Gull II scores varied from a fish and half per rod to limits depending on the day. Fish quality continued to be outstanding with ocean bright fish averaging 10 to 15 pounds, with fish in the 20-pound class not uncommon.”

Out of Sausalito, the line of salmon boats was impressive, including Salty Lady, Hog Heaven, New Rayann, Blue Runner and Outer Limits. Limits were common, most were caught nearby and the fish were a nice grade. While Outer Limits was fishing off Pedro Point, James McNeil hooked something big and strong which turned out to be a 40-pound striped bass. The angler kindly released the big fish so it could go make lots of babies for the future.

CWA VETERANS DAY — Cal Waterfowl teamed up with the California Dawn to take some lucky veterans out on a fishing trip where the vets caught 24 limits of striped bass and 45 halibut for a busy day!

Flash boats out of Fisherman’s Wharf ran double half-day trips, staying very busy. Capt. Steve Talmadge said, “Our fishing has been very good for halibut, but the striper fishing fell off to a fish per rod on the stripers. Example, on Saturday’s afternoon half-day trip we boxed 9 halibut and 3 bass. I had five beginners, so we did lose other fish besides. Sunday morning’s half-day trip was a booze cruise, but we still got a halibut and bass per rod for five fishermen. On Friday five fishermen boxed 10 halibut and 5 stripers. One of the halibut hit the 30-pound mark.”

Potluck boats scored a wide variety of fish daily. Wednesday's "Potluck" trip was true to form, as the New Huck Finn returned with 46 stripers (limits), 14 Lingcod, 109 rockfish and 2 halibut for their 23 anglers fishing out on the coast and in San Francisco Bay. The great thing about poltuck trips is that every day is different depending on the tides and water conditions.

The coast is alive with baitfish and favorable water conditions foretell a great summer ahead. Argo from Fisherman’s Wharf got 2 halibut apiece for his happy passengers. California Dawn kept the streak of high-fish-counts days and tallied halibut to 28 pounds. That big fish was caught by Renita Chamberlain. Happy Hooker skipper Capt. Jonathan Smith reported pulling bigger and bigger halibut and some nice bass to go with them.

Rockfish anglers also enjoyed fine summer fishing as limits were the rule. Both the coast and Islands kicked out nice quality fish. New Sea Wolf continued their "Limit" streak, returning with limits of great quality fish, with a mix of browns, yellows, and vermillion. Lingcod counts varied from 1 to 2 fish depending on the day and angler skill level. Pacific Dream worked the coast, putting onboard limits of rockfish plus about 25 lingcod.

BIG FISH ABOUND — A total of 42 halibut and 27 limits of striped bass came over the rails of the California Dawn while fishing off Alcatraz last week, and JP Gano of Vacaville and relief deckhand holds up 24- and 25-pound ’buts, with a halibut deck in front of him.

dreamtripDREAM TRIP — Brandon Dodd and a friend went out on the Pacific Dream charter boat out of Berkeley and they caught limits of halibut and this nice striped bass while using minnows.

happyladyHAPPY LADY — Salmon fishing is excellent outside the Golden gate, and Rachel Koop was happy with her 26-pound bright king caught aboard the Outer Limits of Sausalito.

californiahalibutCALIFORNIA HALIBUT COME as big as Pacifics sometimes, and Gary Furtada of Alameda caught this massive 40.6-pound California halibut off of Christie Field aboard the California Dawn with Capt. James Smith.

stripershaveSTRIPERS HAVE TAKEN a back seat to halibut and salmon, but there’s still plenty around and being caught by those who try. Joann Chow fished the New Huck Finn out of Fish Emeryville for this SF Bay striper, but they also caught limits of rockcod, some lingcod and then some salmon!

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