Northern CA Saltwater

Half Moon May: Rockfish held steady for Half Moon Bay boats

Salmon slowed

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 05, 2019

HALF MOON BAY — Early in the week the salmon fishing was great out of Half Moon Bay, but it slowed by the weekend although rockfish and lingcod counts were steady and the weather was improved. Shore-based fishing was okay for perch and there were some nice stripers caught.

limitsofrockfishLIMITS OF ROCKFISH and crabs were the taken by the 15 anglers aboard Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay last week at the Deep Reef during a rockcod and crab combo. Daniela Zarate from San Jose pulled up a double with a flag fish and copper rockcod while using shrimpflies.

Joshua Pencek at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing over the weekend said, “Fishing is slow for salmon. There are fish and they are getting quite big, but you have to work for them. We’ve been fishing Pigeon to Duxbury with low numbers of fish.” Stephanie at the same landing noted that during the week the boats were doing much better on salmon with limits Thursday onQueen of Hearts and good numbers reported by New Capt. Pete and Riptide.

On New Capt. Pete , Mark Esteban caught a 12-pound salmon near Duxbury. John Kehe caught his limit fishing differently, with braided line and a one-pound weight to keep his rig higher in the water. Capt. Dennis Baxter said Salty Lady found some fish in the Middlegrounds, so New Capt. Pete made the run and scored. Before that, William Fricker got a 17 pounder near Pigeon Point and Matt Picardo took a 13 pounder off Mussel Rock.

Early-to-mid-week salmon fishing was good off Mussel Rock. Huli Cat pulled 6 limits by 10:00 a.m., for 6 anglers. Kam law had salmon to 8 pounds and Stephan Grobecher had fish to 14 pounds. Bob Palu and Kathal McPeake had fish to 10 pounds. Steve Reynolds got a limit to 18 pounds on an earlier trip.

Huli Cat made a combo run late in the week and pulled in a load of rockfish including coppers and reds. Then the crew pulled crab pots and found good numbers of tasty Dungeness.

Shore based fishing was good. Marque Glisson at New Coastside Bait & Tackle in Pacifica said, “There are quite a few striped bass being caught in Pacifica in the Linda Mar area by people using Super Strike topwater poppers. In Sharp Park area they are getting stripers on sandcrabs and Hair Raisers. Perch have been slow, but they’ve been caught near Mussel Rock on Lucky Craft lures.”

DEEP REEF COPPER — Casey Dillard of San Francisco caught this nice copper rockfish at the Deep Reef while fishing with Capt. Dennis Baxter aboard the New Capt. Pete out of Half Moon Bay.

POT FULL OF CRABS — Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay went on a rockcod and crab combo off of the Deep Reef and after loading up on rockfish. Earnie Aioni from San Jose and Mike Santos from Brisbane helped pull up a pot with 20 Dungeness crab.

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