Northern CA Saltwater

Salmon strong for San Francisco Bay fleet

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 10, 2018

Rockfish and halibut remain options

BERKELEY — A good number of the devout salmon fleet out of San Francisco Bay marinas continued turning in respectable and, in some cases very good reports of salmon fishing, while some boat switched at least part time to running rockfish and lingcod trips. With halibut still active in the Bay, potluck trips were still viable.

A LUNKER LINGCOD of 25 pounds took the jackpot aboard the California Dawn on Aug. 23, caught by Mitch Gedney of San Ramon during a Penn sponsored trip. The ling hitchhiked on a live olive rockfish.

Salmon counts varied greatly from day to day and from boat to boat, averaging out to a pretty good fish count. Some of the stalwart boats likeWacky Jacky, Salty Lady, Bass Tub,Lovely Martha, Hog Heaven, Argo, Outer Limits and New Rayann stayed at it faithfully, and fortunately the late-season salmon were found relatively close by, like off the Marin Coast and the closer channel buoys. El Dorado had 10 limits of salmon averaging 15-plus pounds. “So, limits every month of the season,” said Scott Sutherland at Berkeley Charter Boats. Anthony Minisko caught a 25 pounder on New El Dorado III at Duxbury and Harry Burgess had a 26 pounder on New Easy Rider, also at Duxbury.

Capt. Jacky Douglas on Wacky Jacky out of Fisherman’s Landing worked closely with the best of the fleet and WON readers owe her a huge debt of gratitude for bringing us whopper list entries each week of the salmon season. She had some good ones to report for this issue. Keith Walker fished Wacky Jacky to boat a 23 pounder. John Somerville also brought in a 23 pounder on Hog Heaven.

striperassistSTRIPER ASSIST — Anthony Marino of Lodi got an assist from deckhand Mike Verrone of Vacaville with this 22-pound striped bass taken off of Alcatraz while fishing aboard the California Dawn.

Jack Elkodis pulled a 25 pounder on Outer Limits. Two 28 pounders were caught, one by Philip Lopez on New Rayann and one by Jane Williams on Lovely Martha. Speaking of 28-pound fish, Melinda Dobbs from Union City caught a lingcod of that weight on Sundance out of Fish Emeryville while fishing off the Towers.

Autumn rockfishing was off the charts with boats like California Dawn reporting full limits of both lingcod and rockfish at the Farallones and Bass Tub pulling limits of rockfish and better than a lingcod per rod on short trips along the Marin Coast even on half-day trips. Limits of rockfish and 8 halibut came aboard Happy Hooker later in the week, then took the weekend off for weather issues, according to Capt. Jonathan Smith who noted that the crew will spend the time readying for the upcoming crab season.

Flash I picked on rockfish and lingcod quite successfully, pulled on salmon, reporting up and down days and also fished for sharks inside the Bay near Hunter Point to please good passengers. Capt. Joe Schiavoni said, “Both rockfish and salmon have mostly been north of Duxbury Buoy, extending to double Point. We’ve been fishing anywhere from 50 to 100 feet of water.

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