Northern CA Saltwater

Rockfish and lingcod went on the chew for Half Moon Bay boats

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 07, 2019

HALF MOON BAY — With salmon season temporarily closed, boats focused primarily on rockfish and lingcod which were biting nicely. A trip or two was run down below Pigeon Point, but the salmon counts were too low to warrant repeat trips. Surf fishing was good for perch and bass.

LONG LINGCOD — Andrew Zhu from Los Altos caught his 5-pound lingcod on shrimpflies while fishing Half Moon Bay aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor with slight breezy conditions and some rolling swells.

Deep Reef and other spots were producing excellent counts of rockfish and a few bonus lingcod. For example, Huli Cat went on a rockcod and crab combo to the Deep Reef area. Kellie Yang had a nice big vermillion caught on a shrimpfly. Aneel Kumar had a 5-pound copper rockfish that bit a herring on a bait rig. Then the crew pulled crab pots to add to the bonanza. Individual crab pots held as many as 14 crab. Capt. Michael Cabanas said, “Limits of rockcod and crab were taken for the day. Ocean conditions were lightly breezy with small swells.”

Over the weekend, Huli Cat ran a trip, sponsored by the Coastside Fishing Club for disabled veterans out of Menlo Park. Numerous nice fish were caught by the 19 veterans aboard. Josh Lebash brought up double bocaccios to 5 pounds on shrimp flies. John Novosel got a 6-pound vermillion.

“Stephanie” at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing characterized the fishing as wide open for rockfish. Queen of Hearts made repeated trips to Deep Reef and the results were repeatable… limits of rockfish and a few nice lingcod to add to the sacks. It was a week-long love affair with Deep Reef rockfish and they didn’t disappoint.

With Pigeon Point within striking distance of Half Moon Bay, the landing sent Riptide on the run south to test the open waters for salmon. Turns out that the fickle salmon bite was not at its best, so no further trips were planned, pending a better report from other boats. Prior to the special salmon closure, New Capt. Pete smacked down limits of salmon for all passengers at Deep Reef.

LONG LINE ’DABS — Hao Jiang of Oakland hefts a long stringer of sanddabs pulled up in 280 feet of water out of Half Moon Bay aboard the Huli Cat before the salmon season opened up.

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