HALF MOON BAY — Jetty fishers scored nicely on lingcod during the week out of Half Moon Bay, while rockfish boats had easy pickings within a reasonable run and salmon boats had to work for their fish late in the week.
The Huli Cat ran to the W buoy for salmon for a nice grade of fish. “Steve DeMartini, of San Mateo, caught an 18-pound salmon while trolling on the Huli Cat around W Buoy,” said Capt. Tom Mattusch.
A local guy we know caught 4 lingcod this week, fishing the jetty with 4-inch glow swimbaits,” said Zach Durham of Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle.
Salmon action was great at the beginning of the week, with limits reported, but by the weekend the fish spread out, probably looking for more attractive feed. Boats spread out, too, in hot pursuit. When the fish find a target-rich environment, so will the professional skippers aboard those boats.
Up the coast at Pacifica, Mark Glisson of New Coastside Bait & Tackle said, “The water is much better this week, but the fishing has not yet fully recovered from last week’s yucky off-color water. Some perch have been caught in the surf nearby and I got a report of a salmon and a halibut caught by pier fishers who used crab nets to haul the fish up to the pier, but I didn’t see those fish myself.”
SALMON LIMITS — The Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay just keeps on pounding the kings, and in addition to limits of kings for all on board, the anglers also were treated to views of whales and plenty of birds. The fish were caught "mostly on anchovies on crowbars," according to Capt. Tom Mattusch.