11-26-2020 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! It's been a strange and difficult year but we still have plenty to be thankful for.
11-23-2020 Crab limits again today. Still slower than what we would like to see but have mostly been able to get the job done.
11-22-2020 We made two crab trips today. The crabbing continues to be a little slow compared to other years. We still managed to get crab limits for everyone though. It rained on us a little on our last trip of the day.
11-21-2020 We headed out with sunny skies and a nice ocean to pull our crab pots. The crabbing was not as good as it has been though. Our average per pot was about half of what it has been. We still managed to do OK but it was a lot more work than usual.
11-20-2020 It was another nice day for a crab adventure. Foggy at the dock but bright and sunny offshore. Limits of crab.
11-19-2020 We finally made it out to check our crab pots today. Even after the rough ocean conditions that we've had lately the gear was all good and catching crabs. Eleven crabs per trap average.
11-12-2020 Very nice weather this morning made the crab catching fun. Quick easy limits again. The crab are in great shape.
11-11-2020 The bar was pretty big today but we made it out and got everyone their limit of crabs.
11-10-2020 Crab update: We had crab for dinner and they are in filled out and tasty.
11-10-2020 We are just about to sit down to our first crab dinner of the season. The ocean was nice today and we pulled pots and got everyone limits of tasty crab. There are lots of sport legal size crabs with about a third of them commercial size. They are pretty filled out for this early in the year. It looks like more bad ocean weather by Friday so we will pull our crab gear out of the water until the ocean settles down again.
11-9-2020 We set our crab pots this afternoon. Tomorrow we will find out what is going on out there. The reports so far have been few and that there are not many crabs but they are in exceptionally good shape for this time of year. I will have a report on our findings tomorrow.
11-2-2020 If we were the dog yesterday then today we were the hydrant. Instead of bright sunny skies and biting fish we were greeted with cold wet fog and reluctant fish. It was a group of good fishermen with lots of experience and they stuck it out as we ground all day to get our fish. You just never know what the day is going to bring.
11-1-2020 Today was the first day that we could fish any depth for rockfish. We took advantage of the new opportunity and fished a new area. The fish were biting and we put in limits of Canary rockfish and limits a BIG Ling Cod. We broke off some big Lings that we never got to see as well. The ocean could not have been nicer and it was a fun group to have on the boat.
10-30-2020 We left the dock this morning in dense fog that stayed with us all of the way down to the rockfish grounds. It was about two miles to our first spot when the wind started to blow. We didn't realize just how cold the wind was until we stepped out on deck. Everyone bundled up as best they could and started fishing. I should mention that it was an all girl trip and they were a lot tougher than the Captain (who spent as much time as possible in the cabin keeping an eye on the fishfinder). The fish were biting good right away and they started to fill the fish box with Blacks, Canarys and a couple of Ling Cod. After we had our fill of that we went offshore looking for other varieties. The sun had come out and it had warmed up some but the wind was still making fishing difficult. We ended the day just a couple of fish short of limits and headed back towards home. The weather was nice for the foggy ride home.
10-29-2020 It was a beautiful day to be fishing for rockfish on the Lost Coast. The fishing was excellent as usual and we got limits of colorful rockfish and some real nice Ling Cod. The sun shone all day and the water was calm.
10-23-2020 Rough ocean conditions have kept us off of the water for the last couple of weeks. Seems like it has been longer than that. There is some better weather on the horizon for possibly the middle of next week. Sherry is now booking for crab season which starts on November 7th. So far we have no idea how the crab season will be. Hopefully it will be a good one and the weather will cooperate.
10-9-2020 The ocean was nice again today with a little more breeze than yesterday. The fishing started off good but then slowed a bit for a while. Eventually they started biting good again and the guys got limits of a good grade of rockfish.
10-8-2020 Today we had the kind of Lost Coast fishing adventure that we all dream about. The ocean was glass flat with no wind all day. The water was so clear that you could see your fish coming up 20 feet down. Our very first spot had biting fish. The only downer was a marauding Sea Lion that stole one of our Ling Cod and made it clear that if anyone was leaving it wouldn't be him. So we made about a four mile move and the fish were biting there too. We caught about as big of a variety of fish that you could hope for. Fifteen different types. From the common like Blacks and Vermilion to the unusual like a Wolf Eel. It was truly an amazing day. To top it all off we had a small bird land on the boat just as we were leaving the fishing grounds. The bird was very relaxed and spent the whole trip home meandering about the boat. It landed on almost everyone and seemed comfortable inside as well as outside. When we got even with the Eureka Marina it just took off. I think it appreciated the lift.
10-6-2020 The ocean and the fish both cooperated today. The drift was just about perfect with very little wind down on the Lost Coast. The fish were biting. There were some huge Coppers coming over the rail as well as Canary, China and Black rockfish. There were some Ling Cod too. In fact, a lot of the small fish that were hooked ended up being a Ling Cod meal before we could get them to the boat.
9-30-2020 What a difference a day can make. Instead of fighting a windy, rough ocean and reluctant fish we enjoyed calm seas and hungry fish. The fishing was not wide open until the end but it was pretty good most of the day. We got some real nice Ling Cod and a good mix of colorful rockfish. We even got a Tiger rockfish. It was a good day to be out on the water.
9-29-2020 The weather caught us off guard a little today. The forecast was for light winds but by the time we bailed out of the rockfish grounds it was blowing 20 knots. That was on top of an 8 foot swell. We knew that the swell would probably put the shallow water fish off of the bite and it did that. The offshore bite wasn't that good either. So with all of that (plus the smoke AND fog) it was an easy decision to pull the plug early. Everyone went home with some tasty rockfish fillets but it wasn't the trip we all had hoped for.
9-28-2020 We had a couple of good friends on the boat today. We stayed in the Bay and it was very smoky from the wildfires inland. It was also muggy (for Humboldt). The California Halibut bit a little better than they have lately and the guys took home a couple of big bags of fillets.
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 t
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