Northern CA Saltwater

Berkeley: Salmon, halibut, stripers bite for San Francisco Bay boats

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 10, 2019

BERKELEY — Salmon fishing outside the Golden Gate hit the high notes beginning Friday and some boats pulled limits, including some very nice individual fish. Inside the Bay, halibuteers kept hauling them over the rails and stripers, rockfish and lingcod counts were strong.

Andy Guiliano at Fish Emeryville said, “Don't store that saltwater tackle quite yet. We had yet another great week of saltwater angling as just about everyone loaded up and went home with a great bag of fish.” Salmon fishing scores jumped late in the week with Tigerfish scoring 22 salmon (11 limits) to 22 pounds fishing off the Marin County coastline. These fish averaged a solid 15 pounds, with several fish in the high teens and 20-pound class.

albacoreto30ALBACORE TO 30 pounds were caught aboard the New Huck Finn out of Emeryville Sportfishing last week when she ran all the way up to Fort Bragg and found the fish biting! JoAnn Chow caught this 30 pounder, one of 140 taken by those on board. PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI

Wacky Jacky , Salty Lady, Blue Runner, Outer Limits, Hog Heaven, New RayannLovely Martha and other boats from Fisherman’s Wharf and Sausalito teamed up on the salmon. Much of the action was out near the Shipping Lanes, in the vicinity of Duxbury. Some of the fish were very impressive late-season fish in the 20s such as Randy Rollin’s 25 pounder aboard Lovely Martha, Keith Walker’s 25 pounder on Outer Limits, John Tompkins’ 24 pounder onBlue Runner and Fernando Lopez’s 18 pounder on Wacky Jacky.

Top Gun from Hook’d Up Sportfishing in Berkeley was another topnotch boat out working the silver suitcases. Scott Sutherland at Berkeley Charter Boats reported a fish per rod average for the week, with mostly larger salmon showing while trolling between the Channel and Duxbury. Bonnie Turner caught a 23-pound salmon on New El Dorado III near Duxbury Buoy. Duncan Bradley managed a 24 pounder on New Easy Rider, also at Duxbury. On New Easy Rider, Anthony Fong pulled aboard a 25 pounder at Duxbury.

Rockfish/Lingcod trips filled up the score card as New Huck Finn and Sea Wolf scored full limits of rockfish and lingcod daily. Sacks had a great mix of reds, yellows and coppers. Lingcod counts continued to improve as late summer fall fishing kicks in. September and October feature some of the best weather, so now is a great time to take advantage of the seasons calmer weather . Limits of rockfish and high lingcod counts came aboard Pacific Dream out of Berkeley Marina. Lingcod counts went well up over a fish per rod and then the boat finished up by catching some halibut on the way back in.

Live bait potluck trips meant a great week of halibut and striper fishing. Kingfish scored 16 halibut and 16 stripers (limits) Friday and C Gull II pulled 24 stripers (limits) and 8 halibut. Anglers connected with a few white sea bass, as the big croakers are liking the Bay conditions. Dream Fisher from Berkeley had limits of stripers plus lots of shorts, a 15-pound halibut and 8 shakers. Capt. Bill Clapp first got live bait at San Francisco, tried Fort Mason and then found action below the Bay Bridge.

goldengategirlGOLDEN GATE GIRL — Cat Kaiser of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) hefts a nice king she caught while Virginia Salvador, wrapped up so the fish won’t recognize her and swim off, gives the high sign.

Flash I on Saturday pulled off full limits of both bass and halibut fishing the Waterfront and Alcatraz, drifting live anchovies. On another trip the boat got 8 halibut and limits of bass from Alcatraz to the bay Bridge. Capt. Steve Talmadge ran Flash II on a half-day trip to catch limits of bass and 4 halibut for 4 people. Capt. Talmadge said, “These slow halibut ides are great, and the fish are eating the anchovies. When we spot a school of bass, we just drop live baits down and the fish are hitting them before we even get to the bottom.”

Capt. James Smith fished Alaska for the week, at his brother’s place, Captain Steve’s Lodge in Ninilchik, which has built a name as a premier fishing resort. While there, Capt. James caught a 15-pound yelloweye, to earn himself a spot on WON’s Whopper List. Usually, the good skipper is helping to put his passengers on the infamous Whopper List for a week of fame, if not fortune. Meanwhile, his boat California Dawn was getting limits of striped bass and 1 to 2 halibut per rod. Pacific Dream on Saturday had 35 halibut and limits of striped bass for 28 folks.

On Monday, Bass Tub had 1 leopard shark, one white seabass, 2 halibut and 29 limits of bass, on a half-day trip. On Saturday’s half-day trip, the boat tallied 8 limits of bass and 10 halibut. Sundays numbers were 16 bass (limits) and 15 halibut for 8 people. Argo, also out of Fisherman’s Wharf tallied similar counts of halibut and bass.

FIRST FISH — First time angler Stacy Barajas of Martinez took advantage of San Francisco Bay and caught this nice 11-pound halibut aboard the Pacific Pearl out of Fish Emeryville. Deckhand Jack Gilburn helped out with the fish.

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