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Rockfish and large lings for Half Moon Bay boats

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

HALF MOON BAY — Trips to just about anywhere with a rocky bottom were good for Half Moon Bay boats looking to fill sacks with big rockfish and lingcod up to 20 pounds. Surf fishers focused on striped bass with some successes or they soaked baits for various surf perches.

captainscatchcaptCAPTAIN’S CATCH — Capt. Michael Cabanas from El Granada skippering the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay went out on a rockcod trip and caught this 20 pounder on shrimpflies. The passengers did well on coppers, cabezon, and lings off Martins Beach.

Rockfish boats like Queen of Hearts, Riptide and Huli Cat did well at loading up passengers’ sacks with good bottomfish. For example, Huli Cat went rockfish off Martins Beach and put people onto some nice fish. Melinda Martin smiled at fishing martins beach and caught a nice-size brown rockfish on a shrimp fly. On the same trip, Jay Kuhre fought and boated a 20-pound lingcod using a while frozen sardine to earn a spot on the WON Whoppers List. Trips from Half Moon Bay Sportfishing aboard Queen of Hearts andRiptide were also great sack-fillers. Capt. Dennis Baxter on New Capt. Pete was up in the high country catching trout and having a blast.

There were no reports on salmon from down below Pigeon Point, but then the wind served as a detriment anyways. When the wind drops, boats will be back on the salmon grounds below the point.

Surf fishing was downright exciting for striped bass and various surfperch including redtail and barred surf perch. Marque Glisson at new Coastside Bait & Tackle in Pacifica said, “Three words: metal, metal, metal. Oh, did I mention metal? Charlie Graves (West End Tackle) said that casting tins and Kastmasters, everything from 1-pounce up to 3-ounce, chrome or green was good. It’s been quite exciting on the beaches here in Pacifica, from the RV Park all the way up to Mussell Rock. There have been some nice-size stripers and some perch as well.” The perch bit primarily on sand crabs.

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