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Half Moon Bay: Salmon grow big and rockfish grow plentiful

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 10, 2019

HALF MOON BAY —Salmon fishing was up and down for Half Moon Bay boats, but the size of some fish caught was impressive. Rockfish action was becoming the mainstay of fishing activity and catches were dependable while halibut, stripers and perch came from inshore shallow water.
DEEP REEF CATCH — Bao Tran of San Francisco caught his 4-pound bocaccio while using a shrimpfly and whole squid aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay fishing at the Deep Reef in 230 feet of water.

The salmon counts couldn’t be termed dependable, however there was a reasonable chance of catching a bragging-size fish up in the high teens and into the 20s out towards the Shipping Channel. On New Captain Pete, Pete Sedlaccek pulled a 21 pounder at Middle Grounds and Dave Furtado had a 19 pounder and Brook Baxter got an 18 pounder at the Channel Buoys. For much of the week the winds blew, and the seas grew, but by the end of the week, conditions were nice and salmon counts were up appreciably.

Queen of Hearts , Riptide and Huli Cat went on rockfish patrol. At half Moon Bay Sportfishing, Stephanie said, “Rockfish have been great. Mostly the boats are fishing coastal spots to the south, but sometimes they are fishing the deeper edges of Deep Reef for some bigger fish.” At the deeper spots the mix of fish included more reds and coppers, whereas the shallower zones down the coast had a lot of school fish.

On a trip to below Pigeon Point, Huli Cat had some nice fish onboard. Daniel Robins caught a 16-pound lingcod that hitchhiked on a rockfish. Mark Conners got a fat copper rockfish and Josh Brown had a 4-pound bocaccio. The final count was limits of rockfish for all, plus some lingcod. On another trip, Ming Chow caught a surprisingly large cabezon that weighed in at 14 pounds.

Capt. Dennis Baxter on New Captain Pete reported that 3 albacore were caught Saturday, 43 miles out near Pioneer canyon. He said the boat was Stacy Joanne, a commercial boat out of Half Moon Bay.

Inshore and shoreline fishing was good. Inside the Harbor, people hooked halibut from the jetty, docks and pier using swimbaits or hardbait lures. Striped bass were common catches in the surf zone both below town and north of town all the way up past Mussel Rock. Micky Jigs, bucktails and swimbaits were good choices of artificials to cast and retrieve. Barred surfperch and redtail perch bit enthusiastically in sandy beach areas.

doublinguponDOUBLING UP ON limits of stripers and salmon near Pacifica last week out of Pillar Point Harbor, Jay Friesen, right, treated Capt. Mike Baxter and Allen Bushnell (who took the photo), to a wide-open bite on salmon to 18 pounds and stripers to 12 pounds

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