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Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

Salmon size-limit change resulted in limits for Half Moon Bay boats, stripers raid the surf at Pacifica

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 10, 2012

PACIFICA/HALF MOON BAY — Striped bass increased the intensity of surf fishing near Pacifica, but salmon, and a shorter size limit, and rockfish both climbed aboard Half Moon Bay boats in limit quantities.

“Stripers are biting hot and heavy,” said Charyl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica. When asked what particular beaches, she replied, “All up and down the beaches around here. They swim around but there are a lot of them right now.” Surf fishers cast Hair Raisers, bucktail Kastmasters and various poppers, while many others used baits including sand crabs and blood worms and anchovies. If it wasn’t a striper biting it was a surf perch.

Half Moon Bay boats scored easy limits of salmon since the minimum size was reduced Friday to 20 inches because far fewer salmon ranked as shakers. The Riptide fished the Deep Reef area to post 12 limits of salmon on Friday and 13 limits to 10 pounds on Saturday. The average size was smaller but the high fish counts were gratifying. Larger fish are still available and the Huli Cat caught salmon to 23 pounds.

Queen of Hearts and Ankeny Street both focused on rockfish this week, fishing very shallow water (30 to 60 feet) for vermillion, gopher cod, black rockfish and copper rockfish using shrimp flies and 6-ounce weights or swimbaits on light bass tackle with 15 pound line. Fishing was fun and easy in such shallow water and the fish were hungry. Limits of rockfish plus a smattering of lingcod were the rule. “The weather is cold, overcast and dreary, but there isn’t much wind and fish are biting like crazy,” said Sherry Ingles of Half Moon Bay Sportfishing.

SALMON FISHING has been red hot all up and down the coast, and Cindy Sodini and Jaime Harlan of Fresno got in on the action near B Buoy while trolling aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Landing in Half Moon Bay last week.

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