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Bodega Bay: Weather limited Bodega Bay trips

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 11, 2020

BODEGA BAY — The weather was a huge factor in Bodega Bay fishing, causing multiple trips to be cancelled, but the few boats that went out found crab and sanddabs. Jetty fishers got crabs and groundfish while surf fishers targeted perches.

A TABLE OF crabs was the result of a trip aboard the Reel Magic with Capt. Merlin Kolb out of Reel Magic Sportfishing in Bodega Bay, where Troy & Rebecca Ford, and Jeff Ansley of Moraga and Aileen Bailey of San Francisco loaded up their coolers.

Capt. Rick Powers, owner of New Sea Angler had a frustrating week, in terms of getting off the dock. He said, “I was away and then doing some maintenance during the week, so I was really looking forward to getting off the dock over the weekend. I’ve got a tough boat and crew, but the northwest winds were so strong that I had to cancel trips both Saturday and Sunday. Let’s hope for better weather ahead.”

There were very few boats that made it out and most trips were early in the week. The crab were there, with deeper water producing best, and sanddab were always agreeable and famished. Good trips were a fairly sure thing, but there were very few takers.

Most of the action was on the jetty and protected beaches. Snare casters working from the jetty were reported to have good success, with a good percentage of the crab coming in keeper size. Groundfish were also caught in good numbers during the week from the jetty. Kelp greenlings and small rockfish were the predominant catches, but a few people got lucky and caught a cabezon on squid or a lingcod by working a swimbait low and slow along the lower portion of the jetty.

Surf perch were on the chew along sandy beaches above Bodega Bay Harbor. By the weekend when the wind was howling, Doran Beach below town was the safe and sane place to fish. Groups of barred surf perch and redtail perch to 14 inches foraged throughout the area and gave people some nice catches.

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