Northern CA Saltwater

Halibut and striped bass action in San Francisco Bay

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 25, 2018

BERKELEY — Most San Francisco Bay boats went for halibut and Bass in Central and South Bay or they went up into San Pablo Bay for sturgeon and stripers. Better conditions over the weekend gave the boats more passengers and more fish caught.

Good fishing gave the fleet some enthusiasm. Scott Sutherland at Berkeley Charter Boats said, “It’s all ‘butts and bass these days-- 1.5 to 2 fish per person in the Bay, with half being halibut and half being stripers. We only caught one white seabass for the week. Our biggest halibut Saturday was only 16 pounds, but half of the fish caught were in the running. Nice quality fish.” Sam Anderson during the week got a 24-pound halibut on New El Dorado III by the Berkeley Pier and Mico Pierro had an 18-pound halibut on New Easy Rider off of Alameda.

halibutarehotHALIBUT ARE HOT in the San Francisco Bay, where 16- and 18-pound halibut were caught aboard the California Dawn while fishing in South Bay during a live bait trip that was won at a California Inland Fisheries/Project Kokanee fundraiser. Garrett won the pot, too!

California Dawn fished Bay waters and enjoyed some memorable catches through the week and over the weekend. Josh Harrington set his bar high with his first-ever halibut that went 24 pounds and was caught off of Paradise. John Blim took a 28 pounder on the Berkeley Flats fishing the outgoing tide. Ms Marin from Berkeley Marina had similar luck. Capt. Chad Aho reported 4 people boating 55 halibut, keeping 5 and while at it releasing 5 shaker bass while fishing Alameda Rock Wall. Happy Hooker was reported to have had good weekend numbers.

Fisherman’s Wharf boats did well, focusing on Bay fishing for halibut and bass instead of running outside the Gate for rockfish. Bass Tub, Lovely Martha and Argo all drifted live baits for flatties and bass.

At Fish Emeryville, Andy said, “Another great week of saltwater angling from the East Bay Outpost. Live-bait Potluck trips continued to kick out solid scores of nice halibut and assorted striped bass, white seabass and flounder.”

The week’s top score was New Huck Finn's Tuesday trip which boated 33 halibut and 8 stripers. “Bay fishing should continue to improve with warmer water and the downstream run of stripers that will begin to show up,” added Andy. Rockfish/lingcod trips were not about to take a back seat to the potluck action.

On Tuesday, Sea Wolf scored 26 limits of quality rockfish and 26 limits of lingcod. He followed up that trip on Wednesday with 33 limits of rockfish and 33 limits of Lingcod. Later in the week they fished the Marin Coast and scored limits on back-to-back days.

"Coastal fishing condition look much improved this season, which provides multiple options for our anglers," said Andy who also noted that salmon opens June 17, with boats beginning to fill quickly.

designerfishDESIGNER FISH — Someone on the Bass Tub got a little artsy with the layout of 12 halibut, 5 stripers and 6 white seabass caught by 25 anglers on a half-day trip in the SF Bay last week with Capt. Erik Anfinson.

whiteseabassWHITE SEABASS ARE prevalent in the San Francisco Bay currently, and Ryan Jones of Grass Valley shows off a 32 pounder he caught in front of the Berkeley Pier in 20 feet of water on a live anchovy aboard the Cal Dawn.

potluckbassPOTLUCK TRIP — Joey Bedford of Lodi hefts an 11-pound halibut he caught aboard the Ms. Marin of Bay Charter Boats with Capt. Chad Aho out of Berkeley during their first potluck trip. They fished Berkeley Pier and Paradise Cove.

BACK SHE GOES — Shannon Jones caught her first sturgeon, a 70-inch class diamondback that had to go back, while fishing aboard the Gatecrasher with Capt. Zack Medinas using a Seeker Black Steel rod with Accurate BX4000X reel.

SOUTH BAY SCORE — Philip Nguyen of Morgendale caught his 30-pound halibut aboard the Cal Dawn while using a live anchovy near the Rock Wall.

paradiseflattie375PARADISE FLATTIE — Tiffany Podesta of Daly City caught this 18-pound halibut while fishing with friends in the Paradise area of the North Bay using anchovies.

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