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Half Moon Bay rockfish counts were up

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 08, 2018

Salmon counts take a weather hit

HALF MOON BAY — During a rough week of wind and seas, Half Moon Bay boats suffered a drop in salmon counts even though the fish were still there. Rockfish, however were plentiful in shallow water down the coast and boats limited out. Surf fishers had easy pickings on surfperch and fair action on striped bass.

THE KINGS WERE close to Pillar Point Harbor last week when John Caulfield of Elk Grove, fished aboard the Huli Cat at the entrance buoys to the harbor for his two kings. The net pen project at the harbor obviously is working well!

Salmon fishing was frustrating during a week of winds and seas. Sherry Ingles at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing said, “Sucky, sucky weather here and the salmon took a hike locally. We can’t get up to the Marin Coast due to the bad winds and seas so we’re limited. Riptide found some salmon deep at Deep Reef and Queen of Hearts was there too, but both boats threw in the towel early in favor of the customers’ comfort.”

Capt. Tom Mattusch on Huli Cat had to cancel 4 trips to the Farallones due to harsh weather then also did some poking around Deep Reef. He feels that when the winds subside the salmon boats will quickly know more.

Rockfish boats worked shallow water from San Gregorio to Pescadero and enjoyed very good results. Thanks to fishing in shallow, there were some nice cabezon mixed in with the high rockfish counts plus a few lingcod.

Ingles also reported that there was still some squid to be jigged from Martins Beach to Miramar. Boaters who really knew what they were doing used the squid and caught a fair share of halibut.

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