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Crabbing improved nicely near Fort Bragg

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 14, 2019

Rockfish were running larger

FORT BRAGG — Changes in crabbing effort meant good things for crabbers who came out in good numbers out of Fort Bragg, and rockfish came up in good numbers and there were some bigger-than-usual specimens. Shore fishing near Fort Bragg was very good and kayakers worked some of the same areas.

There is good news for crabbers. John Gebers at Noyo Fishing Center said, “We’re coming up on a month since the commercial crabbers pulled their gear and the crab are migrating back into shallow water. Charter boats also opted to pull their gear, leaving little pressure on the crab. Sport crabbers are pulling limits off 10-Mile Beach. Some are reporting females, so check and return those for our future. I’m getting good reports from crabbers casting snares from Noyo Jetty.”


NICE VERMILLION — Joe Norton of Fort Bragg hefts an 8-pound vermillion he caught on board the Sea Hawk out of Fort Bragg, along with the rest of his limit of rockfish.

Partyboats and charter boats had solid successes. Capt. Tim Gillespie on Sea Hawk reported limits of rockfish and limits of lings. Vermillion rockfish were a high percentage of the rockfish catch. Bonnie hayward caught a 16-pound lingcod. Capt. Tuna went out Wednesday, with good conditions and found better quality of fish overall as compared to the previous week. There were plenty of vermillion and cabezon in the counts.

Shore fishing was good through the week and over the weekend at Russian Gulch and Todd’s Point for lingcod and cabezon. Capt. Gillespie reported seeing poke-polers working deeper pockets for eel. Kayak anglers fished some of the choicest spots accessible only from the water. They did exceptionally well on lingcod and vermillion rockfish just about anywhere they could put in, since there has been so little pressure on the fish all winter.

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