Northern CA Saltwater

Terrible weather, but salmon tempted Half Moon Bay boat to Pigeon Point

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 16, 2018

HALF MOON BAY — The weather on Monterey Bay won the battle for most of the week, keeping boats inside Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, but there were a few trips run. One of those trips was south below Pigeon Point where some halibut were caught.

NEW CAPT. PETE KING — Tiffany Podesta of Daly City, a regular party boat angler, heard about the salmon bite below HMB and boarded the New Capt. Pete with Capt. Dennis Baxter out of Half Moon Bay and caught this nice king trolling below Pigeon Point.

New Capt. Pete , with Capt. Dennis Baxter at the helm, pushed down south to fish salmon below Pigeon Point. There were 11 salmon caught by 23 people and the counts could have been much higher if the weather had cooperated just a bit. Capt. Baxter said, “We’ve got a northwest swell and a southern wind. We’re seeing a handful of whales with shearwaters and other assorted birds working krill in brown water.”

Staff at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported little fishing due to prolonged winds and rough seas. Riptide went out with a small charter group and the one person who felt up to fishing caught his limit of rockfish. The others were having tummy troubles. Queen of Hearts went out and came back in, giving out passes for return trips when the weather calms.

Huli Cat was out on Sunday, working over the rockfish and sending in good reports of rockfish catches by Eric Otten and Zhi Shen who also caught an 11-pound lingcod. Capt. Michael Cabanas reported a light breeze and small swells.

Shore fishing was better than boat fishing. Marque Glisson at New Coastside Bait & Tackle in Pacifica reported that stripers are present and somewhat willing to bite, however they have become a bit finicky. Glisson said, “If one draws a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow in front of a fish face he’ll lunge at it. Hair Raisers have been equally effective, especially white ones with a touch of chartreuse and a chartreuse tail. Sandcrabs are the current bait of choice for perch. The last two weeks they were hitting Lucky Craft 110 Flash Minnows but the lure bite has since slowed.”

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