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Bodega Bay anglers battle gusty winds but haul in the rockfish, lingcod

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 12, 2018

BODEGA BAY — It could be called “gust fishing,” casting or dropping lines between gusts and it was the popular thing to do for Bodega Bay folks. Still, boats did make very successful trips and there was good surf fishing experiences including surfperch and striped bass.

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READ THE ON-THE-SPOT in the June 15 issue of WON about a rockfish trip aboard the New Sea Angler out of Bodega Bay. Capt. Rick Powers, right, with James McKinney of Vallejo and his vermillion that ate a whole sardine near Fort Ross.


Wind played a major part in the fishing through the week and especially over the weekend. Willy Vogler at Lawson’s Landing said, “We are well, but windblown. The halibut in Tomales Bay have kept their lips buttoned this week and only a few rockfish were caught by a couple of boats that darted out for a quick try at them before they were blown back in.”


Bigger battlewagons like New Sea Angler were able to deal with the winds and seas and enjoy some great trips. Capt. Rick Powers reported that he is on the crabs and will stay on them until the season closes at the end of June. On one trip the score was 150 Dungeness crab (limits for all), limits of rockfish, especially big coppers and reds plus 16 lingcod to 15 pounds. That trip was to Point Reyes. Greg Bushey caught 5 lings to 1 pounds, 2 coppers to 7 pounds and a 5-pound red. Stanley Ewing had 4 lings to 16 pounds a 7-pound red and 3 big coppers. On the next day the boat fished off Fort Ross to pull limits of rockfish and 9 lingcod.


Salmon season opens locally on Sunday, June 17, and there is high excitement stirring. New Sea Angler plans to fish salmon and perhaps run combos to finish up with bottomfish, depending on how well the salmon are biting, according to Capt. Powers. Anglers are encouraged to lock down their reservations early.


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