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Combo trips for lings, rockfish and crabs keep San Francisco Bay boats working

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 06, 2017

BERKELEY — Crab combo trips marched into December with solid results for boats out of Berkeley, Emeryville, Sausalito and Fisherman’s Wharf. Rockfish and lingcod fishing was very good, while some boats worked inside San Francisco Bay or San Pablo Bay for sturgeon and stripers.

legendarylingLEGENDARY LING — Larry “The Legend” Nelson of Oakland caught the jackpot lingcod on the Happy Hooker on a trap rig, worthy of posing with the cash and Capt. Jonathan Smith.


On most days Emeryville boats returned with limits or near-limits of superb quality Dungeness crab and mixed bags of rockfish. Saturday, New Huck Finn turned in a great day, returning with 25 limits of rockfish, 25 limits of Dungeness crab and a 2 lingcod to fill out the sacks. On Sunday the charter just wanted the crab and were rewarded with 27 limits of the tasty crustaceans and were tied back up by 11:00 a.m. Sea Wolf also returned home Saturday loaded with 25 limits of rockfish, 16 Lingcod to 18 pounds plus 150 Dungeness for their 25 anglers. Boats will be running the combo trips through the end of the year. Most weekends are full, with plenty of room during the week. Andy in the office said, “Our 2018 Calendar is on-line and taking reservations for the November 3rd crab opener.”


The Farallon Islands were popular for partyboats. California Dawn fished the islands over the weekend, finishing up with limits of rockfish, 7 lingcod and 118 Dungeness crab for 26 happy anglers. Happy Hooker got in her licks on Sunday with good scores.


Scott Sutherland at Berkeley Charterboats said that it was a windy week but they got boats out over the weekend. Typical scores were half-limits of crab, full limits of rockfish and 7 to 10 lingcod per boat per day. Douglas Wiggins had a 17-pound lingcod on El Dorado at North Island and Dan Phan caught a 20-pound lingcod on New El Dorado III also at North Islands.


Capt. Craig Hanson on Argo out of Fisherman’s Wharf fished bass in San Pablo Bay through the week, enjoying limits daily on anchor. Capt. Hanson said, “Folks were playing catch and release every day. Nothing big –up to 6 pounds –many in the 20- to 22-inch range. We’re still seeing a fair amount of sharks and rays mixed in at various times. Small tides early in the week produced well on the flood, big tides later in the week produced better on the ebb.


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