Northern CA Saltwater

Half Moon Bay: Salmon, rockfish, stripers performing for anglers

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 26, 2019

HALF MOON BAY — Picking off some salmon was a viable opportunity for Half Moon Bay boaters and rockfish were the other solid option for a sack of fish. Shore fishing for striped bass and perch was very good.

DOUBLE LINGS — Kai Bentley of Santa Cruz caught two lingcod, including an 8 pounder, while tossing a Scampi aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay during a rockcod trip off San Gregorio in 90 feet of water with DeMattei Construction Company.

Huli Cat out went salmon fishing in 270 feet of water south of the Deep Reef. Four-year-old Weston Houston, with the help of his father Jessie Houston from Carmel Valley, landed an 8-pound salmon on an anchovy. Michael Seguro from Salinas caught a 10-pound salmon on an anchovy, and Anthony Agundes from Half Moon Bay took a 16-pound salmon with an anchovy. Capt. Michael Cabanas reported that the trip count was 11 salmon for 9 anglers for the day with plenty of unfortunate missed opportunities and the potential for limits.

Stephanie at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported better salmon fishing, at times better than a fish per rod. She also noted that the fish were moving closer and some fish had been taken near the green can outside Pillar Point Harbor. Queen of Hearts, New Capt. Pete, Riptide and Que Sera Sera all made salmon runs.

Most Half Moon Bay boats also made rockfish runs because there are plenty of people who want a sure thing for the dinner table and rockfish have been quite dependable. Deep Reef was one area where the rockies were targeted, but also at places down the coast like Pescadero and Stinson Beach.

There were some striped bass taken, both from the beach and from Pacifica Pier. At New Coastside Bait & Tackle, owner Marque Glisson said, “An excellent week for the young folks just starting their summer vacations and striped bass were a late spring gift for a few youngsters right near the Pacifica Pier, both on the pier, and from the beach. On the pier, Evan Rosman caught a beautiful striper on frozen anchovy cut bait. Earlier, his dad came in the shop and said to me, ‘I want my son to keep busy for a while. So, I told him just pick up one of my pre-made 2-hook leaders with a 4-ounce triangle weight, and 20 minutes later the dad comes back, and I said to myself ‘Oh no, what happened’. He said his son lost his rig and was here for a new one, but caught a bass in the first 5 minutes!” Young Rosman also caught a 23-inch striper from the surf in Pacifica.

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