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Half Moon Bay salmon action great despite rough weather

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 20, 2018

HALF MOON BAY — The local salmon season out of Half Moon Bay opened on Sunday and the results were spectacular! It was a very windy week, however, and there weren’t many chances for boaters to get out, but local trips to rockfish grounds were fairly productive, although not great. Striped bass and perch made surf fishing fun.

THE DEEP REEF was the hotspot for the New Capt. Pete out of Half Moon Bay with Capt. Dennis Baxter at the helm when Reggie Ruffin of Alamo, who had the hot rod over the weekend, ended up catching 2 out of 3 nice kings at 35 feet on anchovies.

Deep Reef was the destination for Half Moon Bay salmon boats, Queen of Hearts, Riptide, Que Ser Sera and New Capt. Pete on the Father’s Day opener of local waters. Every boat limited out with a combined 144 fish to 24 pounds for 77 happy anglers. Brad Whiteley caught the big 24-pound prize aboard Que Sera Sera. Joe Cilia got a 19 pounder on Queen of Hearts and Matthew Nelson had an 18 pounder on Riptide.

Huli Cat made a Sunday run for salmon off Pillar Point. Capt. Michael Cabanas said, “Lots of big fish weighing in the upper teens today and many missed opportunities.” Mike Luna caught an 18 pounder, Juan Pirir got a 17 pounder and Edward Ramos hooked a 17 pounder.

New Capt. Pete made a run south on Saturday to fish below Pigeon Point and enjoyed some success. Capt. Dennis Baxter reported 3 strikes and 3 fish aboard, which is a fantastic ratio of bites to fish aboard. Reggie Ruffin was the hot rod, catching 2 of the 3 fish. The skipper said the fish tummies contained squid, anchovies and krill.

Winds and seas made rockfish trips uncomfortable for Queen of Hearts, Huli Cat, Riptide and New Capt. Pete. Sherry Ingles at Half Moon Bay said, “We’ve been able to fish maybe 7 out of the past 20 days, due to the weather. We’ve fished the inside edge of Deep Reef and some of the coastal spots down the coast, but the seas make people uncomfortable. Plenty of people want to fish, but we cancel when it is too uncomfortable.”

At New Coastside Bait & Tackle in Pacifica, Marque Glisson said that Pacifica beaches and pier have been productive with perch and striped bass plus some baitfish including anchovies. Glisson said, “I even heard of a halibut, though I told the person it might be a big sanddab. The person said someone identified it. I said, ‘Okay, but when sanddabs are here, then historically salmon are sure to follow’.”

creeledeelCREELED EEL — The Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay went rockcod fishing off of San Gregorio and Mike Juanes from San Jose ended up with a 6-pound wolf eel brought up on shrimp flies. Ocean conditions were a little breezy with some choppy swell. They ended up with limits of rockcod for 9 passengers and 16 lingcod.

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