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San Francisco Bay boats score on everything!

By CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 11, 2017

BERKELEY — Live bait fishing was great in San Francisco Central Bay, resulting in catches of striped bass, halibut and white seabass on Berkeley Flats or at the islands in the Bay, and fishing for salmon inside the Bay near California City gained popularity, thanks to some nice fish in calm water.

farallonfishingcaptFARALLON FISHING — Capt. James Smith on the California Dawn said that calm conditions and great fishing at the Farallons has resulted in “absolutely wide open” action for limits of rockfish and lings “nearly every day.”

Capt. Joe Schiavoni on Flash II reported limits of bass and catches of white seabass. “We were fishing Berkeley Flats and catching mostly shaker white seabass but a young kid managed a 37 incher.” The boat also tallied limits of striped bass.


C-Gull II from Emeryville started her day on salmon and after boating a couple switched to Bay live bait fishing and got 16 limits of bass to 14 pounds in a couple of hours of fishing. John Natsume got that big bass. The landing plans to run potluck trips through the month of October. Hog Heaven from Sausalito also worked the Bay over the weekend for scores like 36 bass (limits) and 8 halibut for 18 anglers.Outer Limits came inside the Bay and drifted for halibut. Lovely Martha from Fisherman’s Wharf did similarly, also picking up a stray white seabass up to 26 pounds (caught by Eric Walter) and halibut.


California Dawn boated a lingcod per person plus full limits on the rockfish, working the Farallon Islands Thursday and Friday. The weather set in and weekend fishing was limited to the coast where the average fish size was smaller. El Dorado and New El Dorado III from Berkeley Charterboats worked the Farallones and took some heavy lingcod including a 20 pounder caught by Winston McDowell and an 18 pounder taken by Robert Castro.


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FALL HALIBUT — Capt. Mike Verrone. Deckhand on the. California Dawn. Showing off a 17- and 25-pound halibut taken at Alcatraz aboard California Dawn, awesome day in the bay, Oct. 1, 25 halibut plus a few bass and a white seabass.

A late week adventure aboard Happy Hooker from Berkeley included retired police officer, Mike Vonmillanich capitalizing on his retirement by spending a day fishing. True to Happy Hooker form that puts the customers first, the skipper decided to make a day of it in the Bay. That good decision resulted in full limits of striped bass plus 8 halibut to 18 pounds. Vonmillanich got 2 flatties totaling 32 pounds. During the day the group was treated to a ringside seat to America’s finest, the Blue Angels! Capt. Sarah Robertson said, “It is awe inspiring to feel the vibrations of those mighty engines and to reflect on the beauty and sacrifice that they represent to our country and the men and women that stand behind it.”


Boats from Fish Emeryville also got in on the islands adventures late in the week when the weather was good. Sea Wolf got 20 limits of rockfish and lingcod. New Huck Finn had similar luck with 17 limits of rockfish and lingcod. October is a prime time for rockfish and lingcod, especially at the islands. Anglers should know that beginning October 16th the maximum depth restriction goes to 30 fathoms (180 feet) in the San Francisco Management Area, due to mid-season regulation changes by the DFW.


Ms Marin out of Berkeley had a great week of fishing Raccoon Straits and Angel Island according to Capt. Chad Aho who reported halibut counts better than a fish per person and a couple of white seabass keepers. Hitomu Shenigawa got a 20-pound halibut near Berkeley Pier. Taylor Canavan boated a 25-pound flatty and a 20-pound white seabass. Her husband Pat Canavan got a 20-pound halibut and a white seabass that went 20 pounds.


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FARALLON LINGS — Celestia Hinz of Placerville caught lingcod up to 16 pounds during a great trip to the Farallon Islands for lingcod and rockfish aboard the Happy Hooker. The photo was sent in by Capt. Sarah.

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