9-23-2020 The plan for today was a trip to the Lost Coast for rockfish. Once again, mother nature foiled our plans. As an alternative we fished the Bay. We started off getting limits of fat Black Rockfish (live bait made the catching easy). There was plenty of time left to look for some California Halibut. We had plenty of takedowns but the fish did not want to "commit" to our baits and we only landed about one out of three bites. The South wind eventually caught up to us and it was time to call it a day.
9-22-2020 It was a slow day of tuna fishing. The ocean was beautiful with calm seas and warm blue water. It was a good group of seasoned fisherpeople that kept a positive attitude the entire day. It was nice not having to battle the elements and just sit back and enjoy the fresh air. It looks like a little weather on the horizon beginning tomorrow evening so we may take a couple of days off to let the fish get hungry again.
9-21-2020 We had a nice day on the Lost Coast fishing for rockfish. The fishing was pretty good and we put limits of rockfish in the box fairly easily. The Lings were another story but the gang had a lot of colorful fish to take home.
9-20-2020 We had a real good customer and his two grandkids on the boat to try to catch their first halibut in the Bay. The fishing was fairly slow(especially for 10 year olds) but by the end of the day the score was two keeper halibut, two lost halibut, two short halibut and what we suspect was a Leopard Shark that bit through the leader after a lengthy battle.
9-17-2020 Today we had a group of seasoned anglers who have fished with us before. They brought their A game to chase Albacore. The tuna fishing has been pretty good lately so we all had high hopes. The morning saw us catch a few fish but not much was happening with the live bait. Then the fish went dormant and we did not have any action for a long time. We could see the fish and bait on the fish finder but they would not come up for our trolled lures. At one point we stopped the boat on a meter mark and dropped down some bait and jigs. We managed to get a fish that way. Eventually it was time to start trolling towards home. Right at the end we had a double on the troll and managed to get the school to stick with us long enough to pick off a few bait and jig fish. Not red hot fishing today but everyone got a few fish to take home.
9-16-2020 The tuna fishing today was good but not great for us. Everyone got a couple of fish but we couldn't get them to go on bait. The fish we caught were a real nice grade and should make for some fine eating. The ocean had a little South breeze and it sprinkled on us a couple of times but overall it was nice out there.
9-14-2020 We enjoyed a nice day on the rockfish grounds with a great group. Other than an hour or so of South wind the ocean was very nice. The rockfish were biting real good and the gang filled the fish box with plenty of Coppers, Quillbacks, Vermilions and Blacks. Yep, there were some Ling Cod too. We sure get some great folks on the Reel Steel. Oh!, and we saw the sun today. Yay!
9-13-2020 It was an epic day of tuna fishing. The ocean was pretty calm all day and the fog even lifted a little (still no sunshine though). We started off with a couple of singles on the troll and then the fish started to bite the live bite. We would troll for maybe five minutes before the familiar yell of "HOOKUP!". Then we would toss a little chum and the guys would toss in a lightweight rig with a fresh anchovy and it wouldn't be long before more rods would bend. Then the old familiar "tuna dance" would begin. Over, under, "follow your fish". There would be the occasional breakoff but it didn't matter because there were more hungry fish waiting. By the end of the day the tote and the fish hold were full of big albacore sitting in ice.
9-12-2020 The tuna fishing started off a little slow for us. After an hour we only had a couple of fish. So we made a slight move and then the fish really started to chew. We could not get all of the troll rods in before we would have another hookup. Then we would toss some live bait over the side and the tuna would eat it up. We would have three or four fish on at once and it was pretty wild. These are big albacore and they don't come right to the boat without some time and persuasion. Everybody will have some sore muscles tomorrow.
9-11-2020 It was a totally different experience on the tuna grounds today. The air was much more clear and the ocean was calm with no wind. The tuna were biting good and there were some real dandies in the mix. We had several really good bait stops and the guys fought their fish like old pros. It was a fun day.
9-9-2020 It was a scene out of the Twilight Zone. After crossing the Bar in the dark we were greeted by fog on the water and smoke above from the wildfires inland. The yellowish pall gave a surreal feel to the entire day. It always felt like it was 8pm. The dark yellow air made it hard to see the lines and anything on the water. While not wide open the tuna were biting pretty good. And they were big ones. We started off with singles and then had a few doubles and a triple plus some live bait fish. By the time the fish were biting good the wind had come up. Eventually the wind was blowing hats off and sending walls of water over the rail. This did not slow our anglers down one bit. Eventually though, common sense prevailed and after one good last hit on the fish we pulled the lines in and headed for home. By then the wind was blowing 20 knots and the ride home wasn't the best. The fish on ice in the fish box made it a little more tolerable though. Thanks to the gang today for sticking it out for one of the strangest tuna fishing trips ever.
9-7-2020 We could hear the ocean when we got up this morning which usually means rough seas. The swell was up to seven feet from three feet so we made the decision to stay clos to home and fish for California Halibut. We managed to catch some halibut plus make a quick trip out for some rockfish. All in all a pretty good day.
9-6-2020 We had a fun day fishing the Lost Coast. It was a great group of guys and the fish were cooperating. There was no drama just a bunch of quality rockfish and Ling Cod coming over the rail. The weather was good and the sun was out and we could see the smoky haze onshore.
9-5-2020 The weather forecast was for wind along the Lost Coast but the trip down from Humboldt Bay was so nice that we didn't really believe it. Once we got there we were convinced. It was blowing pretty good. We started inshore and put a bunch of nice Black Rockfish in the box. Then we went looking for bigger prey. We picked up a fish now and then but it was slow for a while. Eventually, we found a nice grade of biting fish with big Lings, Coppers and Vermilion coming over the rail at a good clip. That was when we heard a distress call on the radio. We picked up and ran to see if we could be of any help. It turned out that a small boat couldn't buck the waves without shipping a bunch of water. They managed to get it bailed out some and we helped break the waves ahead of them so they could start back. We stayed with them until the Coast Guard took over. By then it was too late to go back to fishing so we headed back home. Plenty of good folks showed up when the boat was in trouble. It's good to know that so many fishermen are willing to drop everything and help someone in trouble.
9-4-2020 We had some great fishing with some great people today. The rockfish were really biting good and the grade of fish was excellent. The ocean was flat calm again and the sun was out. It just doesn't get any better.
9-3-2020 It was another nice day on the rockfish grounds with virtually no wind all day. The fish bit a little different today with lots of Canarys and Quillbacks in the box.
9-2-2020 We finally made it out on the ocean today. The target was rockfish and Ling Cod and the sea conditions were good. We started putting fish in the box on our very first stop. The grade of fish was very good with huge Vermilion and above average Lings. The guys did a good job of hauling in fish and by the end of the day everyone had plenty of fresh fillets.
9-1-2020 The ocean was still up so we stayed in the Bay and fished for California Halibut. We had a great group of very special people and they enjoyed themselves while waiting for the fish to bite. It wasn't wide open but the fish bit pretty steady until they stopped at the turn of the tide. We only needed a couple more for limits for everyone but one had a long drive so we came in. They all left the dock with a big bags of fillets and smiles on their faces.
8-30-2020 We had three energetic youngsters and their Grandfather plus Lonnie (it's his birthday today) on the boat for Bay halibut fishing. The morning was clear without a breath of wind. The halibut were biting but they were kind of tentative and we missed a lot of bites. The kids had more fun with the bait so Grandpa took over and started to bring in some nice fish. Lonnie got on the board with a nice 15#er. We called it quits when the wind started to blow plus the adults were sort of worn out.
8-29-2020 We decided to fish in the Bay for California Halibut today. It turned out to be a good decision. It was never a wide open bite but the fish were all nice size and by a little after noon we had limits for everyone. The air was a little chilly in the morning but then it got nice at the end.People are usually surprised at how much fun fishing with live bait and light tackle can be.
8-27-2020 The wind machine just keeps on crankin'. There may be an end in sight though with better ocean conditions forecast for the middle of next week.
8-22-2020 Today was supposed to be a day off due to bad weather on the ocean. Instead we took a young couple out for a half day birthday trip. We left the dock bright and early at 10 am. The ocean was a little bumpy but we managed to sneak out just long enough for them to get limits of Black rockfish. Then we went exploring in North Bay for halibut. We managed to get a few of them as well. All in all a good day and we were all glad it worked out.
8-21-2020 We had another day of fishing on a glass flat ocean. The fish were biting good when we first started but then slowed a little as we moved around looking for more action. Eventually we landed on a hot spot where the fish were really chewing. We put some nice Vermilions and Ling Cod in the box. The ride home was foggy but once we got into the Bay the fog cleared and it was beautiful again.
8-20-2020 The ocean was as flat calm as it gets today. It was a little foggy in the morning but that cleared off and it was beautiful. As if that wasn't enough, the rockfish were in a biting mood. The gang landed plenty of big Coppers and Vermilions. We also had the usual Blacks and Canary rockfish. Add in some nice Ling Cod and Cabezon and it was about as good as it can get.
. 8-17-2020 We made the run to the Lost Coast for rockfish today. The ocean was nice at first but then the wind came up and it got pretty snotty. The fishing was pretty good and we got some big Blacks and Coppers and Cabs but the Lings weren't super hungry. It was a good gang and they seemed to have a good time in spite of the weather.
8-16-2020 Well, everything lined up for us to make our first run of the season for tuna today. The ocean was forecast for flat seas with no wind, the satellite sea surface temps looked good and there were fish caught the day before. The only negative was a very long run to the grounds that would leave us little time to find fish and catch them. We left the dock early and made the nearly four hour run to our starting point. Conditions weren't what we expected but we put lines in and trolled towards where we thought the fish would be. After a half hour with no bites we decided to run further to where a commercial friend was catching a few fish. About half way there a tuna boiled right in front of the boat. We slammed on the brakes and threw the lines in. Almost immediately we were rewarded with the screaming reel that tuna fishermen crave. After that it was a slow but steady pick. With an hour left to fish we had 15 fish on ice. Then we hooked up again, then another rod, then another until all six rods had fish on. We tossed in some chum and more tuna boiled on the stern. Then it was sheer craziness. As soon as a live bait hit the water it was hooked up. We had tangles, we had broken lines and we had tuna boiling all around the boat. When it was all said and done the gang had put fourteen more fish on the boat. Then it was time to make the four hour trip home. Thank you to the whole gang for the job you did today. Landing fish and keeping the boat as clean as possible. And a special congratulations to Carlie, an amazing 8 year old that landed her first two tuna today.
8-15-2020 It was a nice ride down to the rocks this morning. When we got there the rockfish were on the chew. We started off with quick limits of Black Rockfish and then moved on looking for some more color. We got some nice Coppers and Quillbacks plus a nice mix of others. The fishing slowed a little when the wind came up but we still managed to get our limits of rockfish and were only two Ling Cod short of Ling limits.
8-14-2020 We had a really great group on the boat today. The ocean was a little lumpy but the drift was good and there was not much breeze. It all made for a fun day of fishing. By the end of the day we had a fish box full of colorful rockfish and Ling Cod. It does not take long when you are on a boat to turn acquaintances into good friends and that's what today was all about (plus the fishing).
8-11-2020 Today was the last day of Pacific Halibut season. There was a pretty good lump on the ocean but not a lot of wind or current. For some reason the fishing started off very slow for us. We only had one fish by 1:30. By 2pm we had limits including one for the Captain. The sun had come out so it was a glorious end to a glorious season. This is the first year that we have limited on Pacific Halibut on EVERY TRIP. The fish were mostly small with a few big ones thrown in.
8-8-2020 Well, yesterday we got the news that we have been dreading. In addition to the end of salmon season this Sunday we have been informed that Pacific halibut season will end on Tuesday. That leaves us with California Halibut, Ling Cod and rockfish, and tuna as our main options. Rockfish and tuna are very weather dependent so I'm sure that we will have to cancel some trips due to rough sea conditions. It was one of the worst salmon seasons that we have had in quite a few years. On the other hand, it was the best Pacific Halibut fishing here EVER. The tuna water has hovered around 50 to 60 miles offshore for a while now. This is a long run for us but it is possible. We will just have to see how things look when the weather settles down.
8-6-2020 It was very nice on the ocean this morning with no wind and almost no swell. Just a little fog. The halibut bite was good again and we had limits fairly early. With no good salmon reports at the time we decided to try to catch a few rockfish. They were hungry and soon we were headed back to the dock. Once we were tied to the dock everyone got some of Sherry's fresh cookies. All in all a good day. It looks like we have some rough seas coming up so I don't know when we will get back out on the water.
8-5-2020 We had the same great group from Chico on again today. We started off with Halibut like yesterday and had our limits fairly quickly. We had a couple of options but decided that even after yesterday's skunk that salmon was still the best bet. We tried a couple of good looking spots and managed to put one pretty nice fish in the boat but that was it. Summary; great people, good halibut, decent weather, and one salmon.
8-4-2020 We did not have the perfect ocean conditions that we have enjoyed recently. It was bumpy and a little breezy but still fishable. We started off our day with Pacific Halibut and they were willing biters. It did not take long for us to put limits in the box. Then we went looking for some salmon. We found some incredible bird activity with birds of all sorts actively feeding. The salmon however must have been somewhere else. We trolled a couple of other areas and managed a few bites but all we got out of it were mangled baits so the salmon won that round.
8-3-2020 It's Sherry's birthday today! The halibut fishing was red hot again today with limits by 8:30. Most of the fish were still on the small size but we did manage to latch onto another lunker that went 60#. It seems that there are a few big fish moving in. We had plenty of time so we tried for salmon for a couple of hours. We put one in fairly quickly but then it was quite a while before we got our second(and last) salmon. The thrill of the day was when a stern rod bent over and we thought it would be a nice salmon. Then all of a sudden line was melting off of the reel and we knew that we had latched onto a big Thresher shark. After a 50 yard run the line parted and that should have been the end of it but somehow the hook end of the line caught on the downrigger cable and we got all of our gear back. Lucky us.
8-2-2020 We enjoyed another excellent halibut bite on a wonderfully calm ocean. It took a little while to get on the fish but once we were they came pretty quickly. Not surprising, Lonnie started it off with a nice 30#er. Then we put four more in for limits. We still had once spot left on our dance card (captains fish) so we decided to fish a little longer. We were glad we did when a real lunker from the deep latched onto our bait. The fish made several strong runs back to the bottom but eventually we had it to the surface. It took two of us to lift it over the rail. When we got back to the dock and put it on the scale it went a little over 80#. Now that's a halibut worth waiting for.
8-1-2020 The ocean was glass flat again today. It made fishing very enjoyable for some first time ocean fishermen. We had a very nice family on board that got to experience the red hot halibut fishing that we have had this year. Everyone got their limits including a nice 50# fish. We tried salmon fishing and had some bites that didn't stick and even had one almost to the boat but none made it in the boat. The day was nearly over when we tangled with a derelict crab pot. We managed to get all of our gear back but by then it was time to head in.
7-31-2020 We had a great group of guys and a wonderful young lady on the boat. You can probably guess who caught the biggest fish already. It was her first Pacific Halibut and she reeled it all of the way up by herself. As far as the day went our first stop for halibut only yielded one fish. The little biters ( junk fish) were tearing up our bait and we went through two thirds of it before we decided that we needed to move. It was a good move and we finished out our halibut limits. It was fairly late in the morning by then but we wanted to give salmon a try. Thanks to a tip from a good friend we started out in an area with some fish. The fish were very scattered though and we had five bites that resulted in only a couple of fish. The ocean was glass flat all day and very pleasant conditions all around.
7-30-2020 We did not fish yesterday but made it out today. The ocean was glass flat all day and the temperature was very pleasant. We started off dragging around for some salmon. We landed one after what seemed like a long time. The halibut started biting offshore so we made a quick 8 mile run to the halibut grounds. It took just a little while before we were on them and started to load the fish box. Once everyone had their limit of halibut we ran back inshore to look for salmon again. Alas, it was not to be so it was a great halibut trip.
7-28-2020 The halibut fishing started off a little slow this morning. Once we were located the fish came pretty quickly. They're still mostly the small models but we are lucky to have them biting this good. The big news of the day is the salmon fishing. After pretty much taking the last few days off they decided that they wanted to bite. The fish were a big grade. We caught them right where we fished the last several days so maybe they just haven't been hungry. At any rate, it was nice to see some big fish come over the rail again.
7-27-2020 Once again the Pacific Halibut bite was the highlight of the day. We spent most of the day looking for salmon and there were a few caught here and there but it just didn't work out for us this time. At least everyone got a halibut and went home with some great fillets.
7-26-2020 The ocean was pretty bumpy and the air was chilly and breezy today. We started off trying for salmon and caught one and lost another before we decided that it was time to try for something else. So we ran out to the Halibut grounds and quickly caught limits of Pacific Halibut. We took a look around for salmon and tried a few spots on the way in but we were not rewarded for our efforts. So if we call it a halibut trip then it was a great success.
7-25-2020 It was a rough day for the Reel Steel. Actually it was kind of rough for everyone in a boat. The ocean was pretty lumpy and the tides were wrong so we delayed our start this morning. When we got out to the fishing grounds we found that the bite had slowed somewhat. But we gave it our best and eventually were able to put a couple of nice salmon in the box. But that was about it. We had some other opportunities but the fish always won those.
7-24-2020 We fished for salmon again today. We thought it was going to go real quick for us but that was not to be. As soon as we dropped the first line in we had a bite.......missed it. The we had another bite, and then another, missed them too. Then we hooked a fish but it came unbuttoned. It went that way for seven bites in fifteen minutes with nothing to show for it. Eventually we put a fish in the box but we really struggled at times getting fish to the boat. By noon though we had our limits and were ready to head in. These fish are the nicest that we have seen for a couple of years. Big, healthy, and powerful.
7-23-2020 We had a real nice day fishing today. We ran offshore for Pacific Halibut and found them biting again. By 9:30 we had limits for the whole boat including one that was almost 50#. Our best so far this year. We thought we would give salmon a try on our way back in and we were sure glad we did. We trolled for an hour or so and picked up five real dandies. The salmon were really spunky and put up a great fight.
7-22-2020 The Pacific halibut are still biting. There are not a lot of big ones around but there are plenty of fish. We had limits by 9:30 this morning. We gave salmon a try for a bit but only had two silver salmon that had to be released. We did not hear of many salmon caught. Wish we knew where they went.
7-21-2020 We were fishing the Lost Coast again today. The forecast was for some offshore wind so we expected it to blow around Cape Mendocino. The wind never did come up and except for kind of a lumpy ocean it was pretty nice. We started off a little different than yesterday with some nearshore for Black rockfish. It took all of 20 minutes of bedlam to catch everyone's limit, Then we went looking for Ling Cod. It took a while but eventually we found them and put some pretty nice fish in the box. Yesterday we caught two Tiger rockfish which I thought was a pretty good feat since we rarely even catch one. Well, today's gang doubled that score with FOUR Tiger rockfish.
7-20-2020 The ocean was fairly friendly today so we took advantage and ran down to the Lost Coast for some rockfish and Ling Cod. We looked around quite a bit to find some fish. The fishing never really took off but the grade of rockfish was really good and we did land on a spot of big Ling Cod where the guys got their limits.
7-19-2020 We finally got back out on the ocean today. There was a pretty good lump most of the day but it wasn't too uncomfortable. The salmon bite was pretty slow and we worked all day for six fish. Everyone went home with at least one fish. The fish were a mixed grade from small to large and in between.
7-13-2020 The wind offshore is making the ocean too rough to fish right now. We hope to be back on the water by Saturday when things begin to settle down.
7-12-2020 It was another nice day on the ocean with calm seas and very little wind. The salmon fishing started off kind of slow but then we picked up a couple of pretty nice fish and lost one that looked like a dandy. Then the big fish quit biting and it was mostly a small fish show. There was plenty of action and we went through a lot of bait. Eventually we had to keep some smaller fish but we got limits for everyone and that's pretty good fishing. At the end of the day as we were heading in we got to see a couple of Blue Whales. They are so huge, their spout must go 25 feet into the air. It looks like the wind is going to blow for a few days so we probably will be off of the water.
7-11-2020 SALMON LIMITS!!! It seems that more salmon are moving in each day. We had a mixed grade of fish from small to large. There are some beauties out there right now. Once again we had some real nice people on the boat and everyone got along great. It is so nice to get away from the problems in the world and just concentrate on fishing and the great outdoors. The ocean was pretty calm most of the day and the sun even came out. It was a treat to have salmon fishing the way it is supposed to be.
7-10-2020 Today was a lot like yesterday. The ocean was very nice all day, just a little foggy. There were lots of boats out and the bite shut off early like yesterday. We ended up with a fish per person with a couple of real nice ones. These fish are mean and don't want to come to the boat(can't say I blame them) so we don't land every one which can be a little frustrating. But as they say "that's fishing".
7-9-2020 FINALLY! We caught our first salmon of the season today.The bite was pretty good first thing this morning and we managed to put some real nice fish in the box. We were doing great until a sea lion stole a big fish from us. I know, they have to eat too but next time find your own fish. The fish ranged from 10 to 18# and are in beautiful condition. Everyone on the boat got at least one fish. The ocean was nice as well.
7-8-2020 The bar crossing was a little bumpy this morning but we were determined to get out for some Pacific Halibut fishing. The forecast was for breezy conditions with short period choppy seas. That is exactly what we got. When we got to the Halibut grounds there were whitecaps but the drift was not too bad. We had to use the big sinkers to stay on the bottom but other than that things were ok. We fished long enough without any action that we were becoming slightly concerned but then the tide turned and the fish started biting. It did not take long to get a limit for everyone on the boat and we were on our way home.
7-7-2020 Somehow we manage to get the nicest people on the Reel Steel. We had another great group today. They kept the fun going all day long. The fishing wasn't quite as fast and furious as it has been but that just gave us the opportunity to go looking around some. We managed to get located by lunch time and we topped off the fish box with limits of Pacific Halibut before heading in. We were all met at the dock with fresh cookies which put the perfect cap on a nice day.
7-6-2020 There was a little breeze on the flat ocean this morning. There has also been some current which can make fishing a little more challenging. We still managed to have a great day with some fun people. Everyone's spirits were high and after a little bit of a slow start we put the wood to the Halibut again and had limits before 11am.
7-5-2020 Today wasn