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Albacore and salmon give Fort Bragg boats plenty of fun

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 13, 2017

FORT BRAGG — It is a week to remember when Fort Bragg boats can make relatively short runs for albacore and even shorter runs for good numbers of salmon. Both species were readily available and very plentiful. Kayakers were able to get in on the shallow-water salmon action. Shore fishers had it made at local rocky shore spots.

PAIR OF LONGFINS — Jason Graves (and friends) of Sacramento headed 40 miles out of Fort Bragg and found a great bite for albacore tuna. They were trolling Mexican Flag hoochies at 7 mph and they landed several dozen that averaged 15 pounds apiece.

Capt. Randy Marino of Capt Tuna reported great fishing through the week with albacore available about 30 miles out and still moving closer. He knew of boats that scored anywhere from 10 to 50 fish. John Gebers at Noyo Fishing Center said, “Here’s a report I don’t remember ever giving before… limits of albacore! Josh Azavedo and his buddy easily got bragging rights this week. They ran about 30 miles and were rewarded with 50 albies ranging from peanuts to the 20s. The water has been moving closer since then. The Knoll, almost due west has been a hot spot. Wind is predicted to turn off again this week, anglers are gearing up for another run.”

Quality salmon showed in decent numbers with most fish in the 15- to 20-pound class but with a couple of 30 pounders reported, according to Capt. Marino. The salmon were in so close that kayakers were able to get in on the bite and get towed around hooting and hollering with wild enthusiasm. Gebers reported that the fish are still on the bottom in 60 to 90 feet of water. Spoons and baits have been the ticket to get fish hooked up and putting up a great fight in shallow water. There is still a lot of krill to hold the fish for as long as it lasts.

Beach fishers found perch fishing to be oddly slow, which is bound to be a temporary condition. At rocky spots, especially behind the Mill site, cabezon and lingcod fishing was good and shore fishers took home some impressive family meals.

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