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Monster-size 7-gill sharks top Bay action, salmon, halibut and rockfish outside the Gate

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 11, 2012

BERKELEY — California Dawn scored big on 7-gill sharks to 225 pounds inside the San Francisco Bay while a smattering of halibut bit inside the Bay, but most boats fished outside the Gate for salmon, halibut and rockfish.

Jerrid Davis fished aboard the California Dawn inside the Bay on an incoming tide to nail a 225-pound 7-gill shark. “There were a few more around this size that we released,” said Capt. James Smith, proving that the level of action was exciting. Davis used an 8-foot, 250-pound coated cable leader with a 10/0 J hook baited with salmon heads and bellies. He fished a 4/0 Penn reel spooled with 80-pound Power Pro line to complete his formidable ensemble. On other trips this week, the California Dawn targeted rockfish, lingcod, salmon and halibut. Lanier Heinz of San Francisco posted the top lingcod, an 18 pounder caught along the Marin coast.

The Jilly Sea worked the South Bar outside the Gate for halibut over the weekend and found the seas to be bigger than the halibut. The best action was inside the Bay. Stronger tides late this coming week are expected to dramatically improve halibut fishing, so anglers are advised to plan a trip. Muir Beach and Bonita Cove produced good rockfish for the boat’s passengers.

Reports from the Lovely Linda included plenty of smaller salmon from the green can near Duxbury. The big fish was a 12 pounder. Fishing inside the Bay was better with stripers up to 9 pounds for Jeremy Bumgarner and halibut to 20 pounds from the south side of Angel Island for Dale and David Avent.

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COASTAL CATCH — Capt. James Smith of the California Dawn sent in this photo of  Greg Ideals, left, and Brian Ideals, right, both from Cambell, with limits of quality lings caught up the Marin Coast
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LET 'EM GO — This monster sevengill shark was caught by Jeff Hancock aboard the California Dawn, and released in the water, as the big cows need to go back to spawn. Capt. James Smith estimated the shark at 175 pounds, and it was caught in San Francisco Bay.


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