Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

A bigger grade of salmon is showing off of Pigeon Point

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 23, 2012

HALF MOON BAY — A sudden increase in 30-plus-pound salmon signals the arrival of a new class year of fish along the coast and boats fishing off of Pigeon Point are enjoying the best shot at the jumbo salmon.

Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat said, “There were four fish over 30 pounds caught among the fleet yesterday.” Many more were reported broken off by anglers using lighter outfits with 20- to 25-pound line. On Saturday the Huli Cat had limits by 11:30 a.m. On Sunday Capt. Mattusch said, "the weather is tougher today, but we’re already at better than a fish per rod and the day is far from over.” The boat fished off of Pigeon Point this week and found willing biters on the troll at 18 to 37 feet down using harnessed anchovies, Apex spoons and Krocodiles. “The Half Moon Bay bite is igniting,” commented Capt. Mattusch.

Sherry Ingles of Half Moon Bay Sportfishing had similar reports. “Any score below limits right now is due to lack of experience,” Ingles said. The Queen of Hearts enjoyed solid action all-day Saturday with 24 anglers taking limits of salmon including a monster 34 pounder caught by Francis Japlit of Palo Alto. The second biggest fish was a 21 pounder caught by Emily Aurit of Union City.

On Sunday, 19 of the 25 anglers were first timers and while they enjoyed solid action all-day, three fish were lost for every one boated. The boat still ended up with 32 fish to 19 pounds. Many larger units came unbuttoned. By way of explanation, Ingles said, These are krill salmon… hot, fast and strong. They can bust off even an experienced angler.” The Queen of Hearts is fishing off of Pigeon point.

THE BIGGEST ocean salmon reported to WON this year is this 34-pound king landed by Francis Japlit of Palo Alto on Saturday, April 21 near Pigeon Point aboard the Queen of Hearts out of Half Moon Bay. Capt. Bob said, “Fishing is off the hook!  It reminds me of 2004, when we had one of the best seasons on record!”

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