Not much new to report around here. Ive just been getting all the off season maintenance done on the boat. The PFMC came out with there pre season salmon report and the numbers appear to be a little bit better than last year but still very low. They will start having there meetings and discussing season options on the 1st of March. Salmon season will open here on April 7th but for how long remains to be determined. The calender is starting to fill up so let me know if youre planning on coming out this year.
I wrapped up the season this past Sunday. It was another week of absolutely gorgeous weather in which we ran north to gorda for some fantastic rockfishing. I honestly think December was the best month of weather we had all year! I'd like to thank all of you who made it out with me this year and can't wait to see everyone again next year. You guys make doing what i love possible. It ended up being a great season despite the poor salmon situation. I've already pulled the boat out of the cove and have begun the off season maintenance and repairs. I will start booking for 2018 on the first of the year. Salmon will open on April 7th, but we will not know the full extent of the season until the middle of March. Early reports indicate the river returns were much better than last year so we should get more of a season than we did this year but we'll have to wait and see. It looks like halibut will remain the same with it being open May 1st through June 15th then the 1st-15th of July and August and reopening on September 1st until the quota is met. Rock fish and ling cod will also remain the same as this year with it being open May 1st through December 31st.
The rock fishing and crabbing have been absolutely great. After a series of storms kept us off the water last week, the weather this week has been some of the best we've seen all year. I ran north the last three days where we were limited out before 11 each day. We saw lings in the 20lb class every day as well. The pots have been stuffed full of crab still and we are only having to pull 2-3 pots to get the 60 crab we need. I will be calling it a season on Christmas so if you'd like to get some fish for the freezer, or some crab for the holidays, be sure to give me a call. looks like we still got some good weather ahead,
Ive been fishing four times now since the crab opener and we even made it north a couple times. The fishing has been absalutely fantastic as has been the crabbing. On the crab opener we had a 30 crab per pot average in just four hours. On all four days we have had our limits of crab, rockfish, and ling cod and been back to the harbor by noon. Last Monday and Tuesday we had some of the best weather we've seen all year! Give me a call if you're wanting some crab for the holidays, I still got quite a bit of room and 10 crabs a person is garaunteed! below are some drone pictures from this past week.
I was on the water this last Friday-Saturday. Overall the fishing was on the slow side but we got limits all three days. I got all the crab gear ready to go, and am looking forward to the opener this Saturday. Still have lots of room during the week if you're looking to get out on the water.
I was on the water the past four days. Saturday we stayed locally and the fishing was ok. We had limits of rockfish and lings to 20lbs by 1:00. Both Sunday and Monday we ran north to Rodgers. The conditions couldn't have been better with warm blue skies and a clear, calm ocean. The fishing was equally as great as we had quick and quality limits both days. We had lots of big reds to 10lbs and and lings to 25lbs. Tuesday i had a light load so we stayed locally again. It wasn't fast and furious but had all we needed by 11:00. Crab season is coming up quickly (Nov. 4th) and i'll be doing crab/rockfish combo trips. (i'll be cooking the cabs as well for no additional charge). The weekends are starting to fill up so give me a call if you're looking to fill the freezer or get some crab for the holidays.
I have run for tuna thrre times since last report, and overall it was pretty slow. Although the fish we caught were mostly big ones, we only landed 17 in the three trips. There seem to be plenty of fish around out there but they're moving around quite a bit and its been hard to stay on them. We made a run to Rodgers Break today on a beautiful ocean and the fishing was lights out. In some bad news, we will not be getting the unlimited depth in November and December as we have exeeded our yelloweye allocation. We will still get to fish Nov. Dec. and we will be running rockfish/crab combo trips.
Well things have slowed a bit for me bussiness wise as summer winds down. I have still been running a few rock fish trips a week and limits have been had on every trip. I have lots of room if you're looking to fill the freezer. The tuna water is sitting right there at 20 miles and it looks like we may get a couple opportunities later this week. On some bad news it sounds like we are losing are unlimited depth restrictions for November and December before we even got to expierience them. CDFW said we have caught too many yellow eye therefore they're cutting the depth back above the 40'10 line to 20 fathoms and will not be opening it for unlimited depth. We will still get to fish November and December but just to our normal 120' depth.
The salmon fishing has been very slow this past week. I only tried one day but did not land amy salmon. I made a couple trips north for rockfish this past week and the fishing was fantastic. We had quick limits both days. The rockfishing close to home has been pretty slow but we have been able to get limits if we put in the time. Last Thursday we made another tuna run and although we lost more than i have all year we still ended up with 28 longfins. The tuna water is still hanging pretty close and we will continue running as long as the weather allows. Also effective today, halibut season is closed as we have reached our quota.
The salmon fishing has remained very hit and miss. One day we'll have limits fairly early then we'll have a couple days of scratch fishing. Its getting that time of year when the salmon fishing typically slows down for us but this year seems a little different and i have a feeling we will be getting em for a few more weeks. I also made a couple tuna runs last week and although we had to travel a little farther the fish were still there and in a biting mood. The rockfishing as been fantastic lately and we're seeing some of the biggest ling cod we have seen all year. I have quite a bit of room this month so if you're looking to fill the freezer before winter give me a call.
Well, salmon opened back up on the 15th but overall its been pretty slow. We have averaged about three fish (salmon) per day with the exception of yesterday, where we had limits for the five people on board. Rockfishing has been good these past few days and every one has been going home with fat sacks of fillets. We still have a good chunk of halibut quota left to catch so it will reopen September first and i suspect it will stay open for the better part of the month. I feel really lucky to have such great clients, and have enjoyed fishing with all of you this year. You guys make my job the best anyone could ask for!
We have spent this last week doing rockfish and halibut combos. The weather was much better than forecasted this past week and we were able to make it north a couple times. The company was exceptional and overall the rock fishing was fantastic. We had limits every day and averaged a halibut per trip. I have tomorrow off and will be going after salmon on tuesday when it opens. It looks promising out there with lots of bait around and i'm anxious to get out there. I will be running for tuna when weather permits but I only have a few openings the rest of the month so chances are if you are on the "tuna call list" it may not be until September when i have room.
FINALLY! The weather was good and the tuna are back! I fished albacore four days this past week and we put 148 albacore on the boat. Fun was had by all and we got to break in some tuna rookies. The only day i didn't fish albacore was wednesday. We ran north for halibut and rockfish. We boated two nice halibut while losing another and got limits of rockfish as well. Looks like the weather will keep us off the tuna grounds for a bit now but we'll be back out there as soon as possible.
The rockfishing has pretty much remained the same over this last week. We've been getting limits every day but we really have to work for them some days. We made are first tuna run this last Tuesday on a pretty sloppy ocean but managed to put 26 albacore on the boat. Theres a lot of fish out there and i can't wait to get back out there. August is pretty busy with salmon season opening back up but i will call the people on my call list when i am running for tuna and have space.
The rock fishing has been a bit inconsistent lately. Some days we'll get limts pretty quickly and other days we've struggled a bit. There have been some california halibut showing up in the harbor and we have been finishing up our days in there with some decent success. The wind has been blowing off shore non stop and it has forced us to fish close to home. I'm sure looking forward to the day it stops blowing so we can go fish some different territory. Also the tuna water is still hanging out just off shore at just over thirty miles. All we need is the weather to get there!
The ling cod fishing remains fantastic and the rock fishing has been good to great. We have also been getting a few halibut here and there while rock fishing. So far the wind has been pretty relentless again this summer but we've been making the most of it and sending the clients home with sacks of fish each day. There is a lot of bait around right now and the ocean seems to be full of life. There also seems to be some salmon around as we've caught a couple this week on shrimp flies. Also the boats that ran for tuna last week got some good scores.
Happy 4th! It sure was different around here this weekend with the salmon closure. Usaully our salmon action is kicking in to gear about this time and the 4th of July is when the cove gets its most boat traffic. That wasnt the case this year as there werent more than 15 boats out on any given day. The rockfish and lingcod bite was pretty good this past week and yesterday we had the boat limited out in three drifts. The crabbing has improved significantly and we have only been pulling a few pots for boat limits. A couple boats are out catching albacore today as well and I will be running tuna trips every opprotunity i get.
Sorry for the extreme lack of reports but i was having trouble with the computer and i think i got it fixed now. For the most part its been just rockfish and lingcod. When we were able to make it to gorda for halibut we have done pretty well. We have also lande a few nice halibut locolly while rockfishing. Rockfishing has been tougher with the three black sub limit and on most days we have to work pretty hard to get limits. Crabbing had been pretty slow but it is finally getting better and we have been getting limits most days. Also there were some albacore caught here this past weekend so that will be another option when the weather allows.
On Friday 5-26 we ran north in hopes of making it to Gorda for some halibut fishing. We pretty much made it there but the weather was so crappy we decided to turn around and settle for some rock fishing back down at rodgers. The rock fish and lings bit pretty well and we had limits for all in just a few hours. The next day (5-27) we tried the same thing and the ocean was much nicer at the point than the previous day. However the current was ripping so hard that i decided we go fish for rockfish first instead of trying the deeper water for halibut. The rock fish didn't bite extremely well but we did manage limits of some very nice grade. The highlight of the day was when one of the clients hooked and landed a 66lb halibut. On Sunday 5-28 we were after salmon which had been biting pretty good the previous two days. We had to wait for the tide to launch and good hear the boats catching them all morning. Finally at about 10 we hit the water and headed to the fleet. By the time we arrived the bite had died and the fish had seemingly moved on. After a couple hours of trolling and no action for us or anybody else i decided to make a move. I headed north to a spot that looked good the day before when we were heading to gorda. We found what we were looking for and it took me a while to get them pin pointed but once we did it was game on. By days end we had limits of salmon for the four people on board. We spent the last couple days of the month, and salmon season, by getting limits of salmon and lingcod for everybody. Overall it was a fantastic ending to the opening month of our fishing season. It was spent with some great people and experienced fisherman who i enjoyed very much
I know its been a while but heres an update on my last few trips. On Saturday 5-20 i had 4 people for a half day rock cod trip. We found them in a biting mood and had limits of lings and rockies in just a few hours. On Monday 5-22 we ran north in hopes of making it to gorda to do some halibut fishing. Well, we made it there but we turned around before even dropping a line as it was just too knarly to fish. We scooted back down the hill just a few miles to do some rock fishing where the water was much nicer. The fish didn't bite hot and heavy but we worked at it and got a really nice limit of rockfish and ling cod. The biggest ling cod boated this day was 24lbs. After reports of a few salmon being caught the day before we decided to give salmon a try for the first time on Tuesday 5-23. It started off pretty slow but eventually we found an area with a few fish. It wasn't red hot by any means but we put 4 salmon on the boat before we decided to give the rockfish a try. The rockfish didn't bite to well but we did manage limits of lings and a few handfuls of rockfish by days end. I took today off but the salmon bit good today and there were a few boats with limits. With all the bait thats been showing up i have a feeling that the salmon fishing will be getting better. If you plan on getting salmon this year, now might be the time to do it. Im full until Sunday but have openings from then on where we will be targeting salmon.
Was able to make it up north the last couple days (5-12 & 5-13) for some fantastic rock fishing. The first day we took advantage of the deeper depth restrictions above the 40'10 line and had limits for the boat in three drifts! It was nice to see some different than normal species in the box, due to being able to fish a little deeper. Yesterday we arrived early to a pretty chunky ocean and as we started the trek north i was beginning to wonder if we'd make it back. As we were slogging are way up the hill the conditions slowly improved and by the time we got there the ocean was actually pretty nice. The bite started out a little slower than the previous day due to lack of current. slowly the water started moving a little and the fish began to come over the rail at a pretty good pace. By 10:00 we were headed back down the hill with quality limits for all. All in al,l it was great couple of days on the water with a fun group of guys
I spent the first 4 days of the fishing season going after rock fish and lingcod. I had to cancel this weekends trip due to some extremely windy conditions (we've been seeing gust to 45kts). The ling cod action has been as good as gets and in fact it has almost been to good. The lings have been gobbling up anything as soon as it gets near the bottom, making it a bit more difficult to get the rock fish. However we managed limits every day despite the crappy ocean conditions. The salmon action has been slow at best and really hasnt been a whole lot of sign around lately, but this wind should be turning things up and well see what it looks like after this blow.
So the PFMC made there final decision on the salmon season last week. They went with option 1 and the season will be as follows. Open April 1st - May 31st and August 15th - November 12th. As you can see we lost two of our more productive months in June and July. Typically are spring time salmon fishing is pretty hit and miss and gets much more consistent towards the end of June through the end of August. So if you're looking to try to get some salmon this summer i think your best bet will probably be those last couple weeks of August. I still have some open spots but they'll probably go rather quickly with the limited opportunity well have. I will begin running my normal combo trips on May first for salmon, rockfish, and halibut. I do have some open spots that first week as well. So far the salmon fishing has been very slow for the boats that have been trying.
So the PFMC announced the three alternatives for this upcoming salmon season. As expected its not very good. Due to the lowest returns on record for the Klamath river, we won't see a lot of opportunity either way.
~April 1st - May 31st
~August 15th - Nov. 12th
~April 1st - May 31st
~July 1st - 12th
~April 1st - 30th
They'll vote and choose one of those three options at the end of the month. The KMZ area to our north (Eureka/Trinidad area) will be closed to salmon completely. Any questions or concerns feel free to call. When I find out what option they choose I will post as soon as i know.
Looks like they have finally implemented the changes for this upcoming rockfish season. We will see are ling cod go back down to a two fish daily limit and the black rockfish go down to a three fish per day limit. In the good news, we will be able to keep one canary per person for the first time in years. Also when we travel north (Rodgers break-Gorda area) above the 40'10' line we will be able to fish out to 180' which gives us some more territory. However, what I'm most exited about is that they've opened it in November and December with unlimited depth. This means we will get to fish some spots that haven't been fished in decades, and also do crab rockfish combos in the winter time. In some other surprising, yet good news, we got 5k more lbs of halibut quota. We won't get an official word on salmon season until the end of March and i will let you all know when i hear. The calendar is filling up rather quickly so if you're planning on making the trip to the cove this summer make sure you make reservations ahead of time.
Happy holidays! Just finished updating my site and I hope you all enjoy it. Still running crab trips tip the end of the month if you're interested.