3-13-19 It looks like our salmon season will start May 25 and run through Labor Day weekend. Pacific Halibut and Ling Cod/ rockfish opens May 1st. We
have put a lot of time, energy and money into the boat this year to make it an even better offshore fishing platform. Looking forward to a special
season this year.
3-7-19 We had a good show in Anderson. We saw plenty of old friends and made some new ones. The PFMC meetings are currently underway so I expect to
learn what our options will be for the upcoming salmon season by this weekend.
2-28-19 The good news just keeps coming. At the salmon information meeting in Santa Rosa yesterday things were very positive. It looks like the
salmon numbers are a little better than last year's so we should get a full season. Last year it was June to September so we should have that at
least and maybe even Memorial weekend. If their numbers are correct the salmon fishing should be real good. Add in the big increase in Pacific
Halibut quota and the relaxing of rock fish regulations (plus TWO Ling Cod). It's shaping up to be one of the best seasons in years. We will be at
the Shasta County Fairgrounds in Anderson this weekend for the NorCal Sports show so if you are in the neighborhood stop by and see us.
2-23-19 Got some good info last night. It looks like there will be a good chance that we will get an additional Black rockfish and an additional
Canary rockfish in the 10 fish bag limit. This is not official yet but it looks likely to happen.
2-19-19 Still not much news to report. Early salmon counts look pretty good but we'll have a better idea of what may happen with our season after the
salmon information meeting at the end of the month. Boat work on the Reel Steel has slowed down with all of the rain and cold temps but it will shine
like new by April. We have put up all of our halibut bait and have leaders tied so we'll be ready to go on the May 1 opener for Pacific Halibut.
2-2-19 Good news from the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Our area will get a substantial increase in quota for this season. If there are
no major changes in stock abundance then we should get the same quota for the next three years as well. This should mean that we get some opportunity
in September and October which is when the big ones usually show up.
1-30-19 Well, it's the middle of winter and there is not much going on. Today is the first day of the Pacific Halibut meetings so we should know soon
what the quota will be this season. We already know that we will have better rockfish fishing this year with a 30 fathom depth. The Ling Cod limit
will still be two fish for us but the rest of the state only gets one per angler so if you like Ling Cod this will be the place.
1-23-19 Not a whole lot to report this time of year. We have been making a few tweaks on the boat as well as tackle
that should make everyone's fishing experience a little bit better this season. Our next show will be the Anderson
Show March 1 st. The Chico Show that was scheduled for February 22nd has been cancelled because the Fairgrounds
are still being used for victims of the Paradise fire.
1-14-19 The boat went back in the water today. The deck looks fantastic! It should make the boat an even better platform to fish from.
1-4-19 Well, it's the start of another exciting year. There is a lot going on with the Reel Steel this offseason. We completely stripped off the old
deck and replaced it with new supports and a new deck. It has been a lot of work but
this will raise the deck to keep things nice and dry. The workmanship by Cloudburst Boats is fantastic. Sherry is worried that I won't let anyone on
the boat now that it looks so good. Every year around this time we reflect back on
all of the great folks we have met and the good times that we had on the Reel Steel. I expect it to be another good year for fishing and making new
friends. Thank you to all of our friends for your business and we hope that you have a
12-23-18 We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
12-1- 18 I can't believe that December is here already. We're already looking forward to next season. We will be doing a few Sport Shows again this
year. We'll update the site here with a schedule for those shows. Don't forget that a gift certificate for a fishing trip is a great Christmas gift.
They'll thank you twice. Once when they get it and again when
they use it!
11-21-18 We bagged today's trip due to an incoming storm. We plan on pulling in our gear and doing some boat
work. With the new engine and five years of "fine tuning" the boat has been great this year. There are still a few
tweaks that we want to do this offseason to make your fishing experience the best it can be. Stay tuned.
11-18-18 The crabbing continues to be good with limits.
11-16-18 We went crabbing again today. The first couple of pots had very few crabs. I don't know what the problem
was there but we still managed to get everyone limits. The crab continue to be a mixed grade without many "jumbos"
in the mix. Almost all of the crabs are near commercial size and are starting to fill out.
11 -15-18 Limits of crab again for everyone. With nice ocean conditions predicted for the next five days or so NOW is
the time to go.
11 -13-18 The ocean conditions were great again today and we had no problem getting nice limits of crab for everyone
onboard. Looks like good weather for a while coming up.
11-12-18 The ocean continues to be very nice with low swells and not much wind. It has been fun pulling up full crab
pots. Lots of good eating.
11 -11 -18 The docks were a little icy this morning but the sun came out and warmed things up in a hurry. The ocean
was nicer than yesterday and the crabbing is still very good. We made two trips and had easy limits for everyone on
both trips. It looks like real nice weather for a few more days so it is a good time to head out and get some (really)
11 -10-18 The ocean was a little bumpy this morning and we had already decided to scrub the rockfish portion of our
crab/rockfish combo trip. The crab traps had plenty of nice crabs and the puller worked perfect so it did not take long
to get limits for everyone. We had an alternate plan for the fishing part of the day and we made a quick stop back at
the Marina to put on the bait tank and load it with live anchovies. Then we went looking for some California halibut
in the Bay. It took a while before we started catching but eventually we got into a little action. We only got a couple
of keepers in the boat but there were plenty of shorts plus a big Leopard shark to keep rods bent.
11 -9-18 This was an interesting morning. When we tried the crab puller first thing this morning we discovered that it
was taking the day off. Since no one wants to pull those big crab pots by hand we went to work on repairs. Long story
short, we didn't get it fixed before everyone showed up at the boat so off we went anyway. The bad news was that we
had to pull the pots by hand, the good news was that we had some willing volunteers. A special thanks to Kevin for
doing the heavy lifting. We only had to pull four pots to get limits for everyone but we had to cancel the second trip.
When we got to the dock we tried the puller one more time and 10 and behold, it worked. We still went through
everything and replaced the wiring and connectors. So now it's back to business as usual.
11-5-18 Sorry for the lapse in fishing reports but we are having trouble
with our internet provider. We have been crabbing since Saturday. The
testing that the State does on crabs came back with two thumbs up for
the Humboldt Bay area. We cooked and cleaned a limit of crabs and found
them to be about 75% full. Much better than last year at this time. The
crabs were delicious as well. You just can't beat the seasons fust
crab dinner. The pots are soaking as I write this so we should have good
crabbing. Until our internet provider gets their act together our
reports may be sporadic. We are crabbing and even doing a little
fishing when conditions allow. If you want to go it is best to just call
Sherry at 707-499-4925
10-29-18 Ever wonder where your seafood comes from? Whether it's fresh? You don't have to wonder when you
catch your own. We start crab trips Sunday November 4th. 10 crabs per person. All you need is your California sport
fishing license and a bucket to put your crabs in. Only $70 per person!
10-27-18 The ocean conditions were nice on the rockfish grounds today with a little swell but almost no wind. The
fishing started off slow and we bounced around different spots before we found some good action. With a little effort
we were able to get everyone's limit of colorful rockfish plus some Ling Cod.
10-25-18 We haven't been fishing for a few days. We will be fishing this weekend though with a rockfish trip (full) on
Saturday and a possible halibut trip in the Bay on Sunday. There is room on the halibut trip as of today. There has
also been some confusion about the crab opener next Saturday(the 3rd). The Ca Fish and Wildlife Dept. has delayed
the opener from Patricks Point (Trinidad area) north to the Oregon border. Eureka will open on schedule and we will
be running crab trips starting Sunday November 4th.
10-21-18 It was another nice day on the ocean with some fog, no wind and just a little swell. We tried some nearshore
spots early and put limits of Black rockfish on the boat in pretty short order. Then we went looking for some Ling
Cod and some colorful rockfish. We got on a good area offish and were soon bringing in Lings and Vermilions and
Cabezon and more over the rail. When we got our last Ling for lirnits we headed home on a nice calm ocean. It looks
like the seas are going to come up by the middle of the week so we may be off of the water or in the Bay for a little
while. Don't forget that CRAB season opens November third and we are currently taking reservations for crab trips.
Same price as last year $70, for a 10 crab limit. You will need a California fishing license.
10-20-18 The rockfish and Ling Cod bit pretty good for us this morning. We had more big Blue rockfish than usual
but we also had some nice Coppers and Vermilions to go with the ever-present Blacks. The Ling Cod stole the show
though and we had some real dandies. Most came on jigs but there were a few hitchhikers as well. The ocean was
lumpy but there was no wind on it.
10-17-18 The weather was nice on the rockfish grounds and we made the most of our time there. The fish were biting
pretty good and we had limits of Ling Cod plus some big Cabezon and Vermilions.
10-15-18 After all of my whining about the weather prognosticators I have to give them credit for today. They have
been predicting calm seas and they got it spot on. We left the dock at 5:30 with a 45 mile run to the tuna grounds
ahead of us. When we got there conditions looked right but we were having trouble finding any concentration of fish.
There were some fish around though. We were getting mostly singles on the troll and then maybe one or two on live
bait. Thanks go out to our friend Tim Petrusha for calling us in after he found a nice spot of feeding fish. We saw tuna
chasing Sauries out of the water but we were just a little late to the party there and we only picked up three fish in that
spot. As I'm writing this I see that the warm water is pushing back in so we may still get another crack at the tuna this
10-14-18 Once again the forecast did not match conditions as we were met with seven foot seas and a stiff South
wind. We waited in the dense fog for the tide to get right before we crossed "The Bar". The fishing was good but not
great. We are missing the extra depth that we were allowed to fish earlier in the season. In spite of the crummy
conditions we ended up with limits of Ling Cod and 213 limits of rockfish including some jumbo Coppers and
10-13-18 We could hear the surf pounding when we woke up this morning so we knew our trip to the Lost Coast for
rockfish could be in jeopardy. A check on ocean conditions at the offshore buoys confirmed that we wouldn't be
fishing in the ocean today. Not to be deterred, half ofthe group elected to fish in the Bay for California Halibut. We
did not see a lot of halibut on our last attempt but they were there today and ready to bite. Even with a later start we
had limits before noon. The Bay this time of year is beautiful in the mornings and we all enjoyed a great time on the
10-12-18 We have been off of the water for a few days plus I had to get a new computer. We are back on line and we
will be fishing starting tomorrow.
10-7-18 With rough ocean conditions offshore we elected to stay in the Bay and try for California halibut. We haven't
fished the Bay in a while so we had to search out the fish. We had a couple of good fish on the line early on but a bent
hook and a broken leader kept them from our fish box. It was pretty slow fishing though and we only landed a handful
of fish before the wind came up and we had to pack it in for the day.
10-5-18 We were treated to a majestic sunrise this morning as we made our way out towards the tuna grounds. Our
expectations were not too high since the last report we got was not too promising. The ocean was great and while
never wide open, the fishing was steady all day. The grade of albacore was better than we have been seeing so far this
year. The fish bit on the troll and on bait. We ended up with between twenty and twenty five fish( we lost count at
some point during the day). We could have had more but we pulled the hooks and broke off some of the bait fish and
we discovered way too late that one of the troll lures was missing it's hook. All in all it was a great day of tuna
10-1-18 We started October off with some good fishing. The ocean was as nice as it could get as we made our way to
the rockfish grounds. We moved around from spot to spot and pretty much caught fish wherever we went. The grade
was good with some big Coppers and Vermilion coming over the rail. We managed to get everyone's limit of Ling
Cod as well. The wind came up a little towards the end of the day but the ocean was so flat that it didn't matter. It
rained as we filleted fish on the way in but it didn't dampen our spirits at all.
9-28-18 The forecast was for more wind on the rockfish grounds than we had been experiencing the last couple of
days. It wasn't what we wanted to hear but with not much swell we felt it should be fishable. So we headed down into
the wind with hopes that it wouldn't get any worse. Not only did it not get worse, it got much better. It wound up
being a very nice day. The fish were biting pretty good and we got limits of Ling Cod up to 23# plus a bunch of
9-27-18 Today was supposed to be a tuna trip. The weather looked OK but the reports from yesterday were
discouraging. The SST (sea surface temperature) charts showed that the water we have been catching tuna in had
dissipated. The gang had the option to bag it for the day or go rockfish and Ling Cod fishing.
All but one decided that as long as they were up early they might as well go fishing. There was still a stiff South wind
on the rockfish grounds but with a little extra effort we managed limits of Ling Cod plus a nice assortment of
9-26-18 The trip to the Lost Coast started out foggy with glassy seas and a moderate swell. We made good time and
soon had lines in the water. The drift was nice and slow and the fish were biting. We had limits of Black rockfish and
we were releasing legal size Ling Cod in the hopes of bagging some big ones. We put a couple of big Cabezon in the
box and then the South wind came up. The drift picked up as well and we could hardly get anything but more Black
rockfish to bite. We had our Ling Cod limits by then and so we headed back to the dock in foggy and bumpy seas. We
listened to some boats fishing for tuna out of Shelter Cove and it sounded pretty slow with only a few fish being
caught while we were fishing.
9-25-18 We've taken a few days off while the ocean acts up but will be back at it again tomorrow.
9-22-18 It was a tough decision this morning whether to take a chance on an iffy forecast and run offshore for tuna or
play it safe and head down for some rockfish/Ling Cod action. We decided to play it safe and ran down to the Lost
Coast looking for big rockfish. It turned out to be a good decision as the Ling Cod bite was insane. We had lots of big
Lings on all morning with lots of multiple hookups. We even had multiple hitchhikers at the same time. The rockfish
bite was good too but the big Lings really stole the show today.
9-21-18 Today was the last day of Pacific Halibut fishing for 2018. We finished on a high note with just one fish short
of limits. The fish were a nice grade with one over 50# and another over 45#. The ocean started off a little cranky but
got better as the day wore on. Skates gave us a little trouble until the tide started to run. It was a great day to be out on
the ocean. It looks like if anything, the tuna water is moving in CLOSER. It looks like there may be some good
weather coming up next week. If you want to go live bait albacore fishing then give Sherry a call and get on the tuna
9-20-18 No fishing today but we hope to get back on the water tomorrow.
9-17-18 Looks like the wind is coming up offshore so we may be off of the water few days.
9-16-18 We made the long haul back out to the tuna grounds today. The water was choppy when we put out the
trolling spread. Before we got all of the rods in line began to peel from one of the reels. Fish On! From that point on it
was lights out fishing for the next two hours. We had a couple of ripping bait stops with everyone hooking fish on
light tackle live bait rigs. It started to rain but we hardly noticed with all the excitement. Then after a couple of hours
the fishing died off and we went looking for more fish. We had a few more stops and then it was time to head back to
the dock. We had 40 fish for five anglers that were mostly caught in the first two hours.
9-14-18 We enjoyed a glass flat ocean while fishing the Lost Coast for rockfish and Ling Cod. The fish were in a
biting mood, especially the big Ling Cod. We Had some big Vermilion and Coppers but the Lings stole the show
9-13-18 We had a great day out on the tuna grounds. It's a bit of a haul to get there but once there we were greeted
with warm, sunny skies and hungry tuna. The gang got to experience the screaming reels of a troll bite and the thrill
of seeing a tuna shoot up from the depths to grab their live anchovy. There is a big area of fish and we had plenty of
action the whole time we were fishing. Everyone took home a couple of big bags of fresh albacore fillets.
9-12-18 The ocean was a much friendlier place today. We were able to look around more than yesterday and we put
the added opportunity to good use. The fishing started out fairly slow but as we moved around it got better and better.
We finally ended up on a spot with some nice Ling Cod and Vermilion. We were able to put limits of everything on
9-11-18 We expected for the seas to be a little rough on the rock fish grounds and we weren't disappointed. There was
a pretty good swell with some wind on top. The guys had to work for their fish as the fish were not in much of a
biting mood. We had a good variety though with Canary's, Blacks, Blues, Vermilions and Ling Cod in the mix.
9-10-18 It was a beautiful ocean this morning with no wind and a slow, lazy swell. We were entertained by birds and
whales all around the boat. The first bite came about 15 minutes after we put the lines in. The fish worked for its
freedom but eventually a fat 40# Pacific Halibut went into the fish box. Then it was a steady pick until we had halibut
limits just before noon. The whales continued to entertain us by breaching and blowing as we made our way back to
9-9-18 It was a fun and rewarding (but confusing) day today. We were drifting along when Brandi hooked the first
halibut. It was a textbook bite and Brandi did everything right and we put the fish in the fish box. Then there was a
long lull in the fishing. Brandi asked Lonnie to watch her rod for just a minute while she went inside. (here'S where it
starts to get confusing) As soon as she was inside the rod bent double and line was screaming off ofthe reel. Lonnie
grabbed the rod and the fight was on. He eventually got it to the surface where we put the gaff in a fat 67# Pacific
Halibut. So Lonnie caught the fish on Brandi's pole. Then Lonnie's rod went off. Since he caught a fish he gave his
rod to Bob and Bob pulled in a nice Halibut. Then Bobs rod went off so he gave it to Nick. Nick started reeling and
Brandi's rod went off. Double hookup! Nick got his fish to the surface only to discover that he and Brandi were
hooked up to the same fish. The fish had swallowed both baits and had both hooks in its mouth. So Brandi caught her
fish and half of Nicks, Lonnie caught Brandi's second hookup, Bob caught Lonnie's fish and Brandi and Nick both
brought up the same fish. Confused? I was. Everyone split the fish evenly and went home with plenty of fresh halibut.
9-8-18 We put in a full day looking for Pacific Halibut. We bounced around for a while before we got located. We put
three fish in the box and missed a couple more. The weather was nice for most of the day before the wind and fog
9-7-18 No fishing for us today.
9-6-18 We fmished up on our research trips today. The ocean was very nice and we had no problems accomplishing
our goals. Thank you to all that helped out.
9-5-18 We did not fish yesterday but we fished today on a research trip. We caught what we needed even though the
ocean was not too nice for most of the day.
9-3-18 No fishing today. Too rough out there. Hope everyone is enjoying Labor Day.
9-2-18 The ocean was forecast to be rough today so we stayed close to home and fished for California Halibut. The
fishing was great and the gang had no trouble getting their limits oftasty halibut.
9-1-18 The Bar was a little chunky when we crossed this morning but the ocean was pretty nice. We zipped on down
to where we got salmon a couple of days ago and put in the lines. In no time at all we had a sea lion as company. He
hung around for quite a while but we only caught one fish so he moved on. Only to be replaced by a bait stealing
seagull. Eventually he moved on but not before he devoured some of our baits. By this time we got located on the fish
and managed to put some nice salmon in the box. We only needed one more for limits but the wind was starting to
come up so we decided to make our way back to the dock. We felt like we stole this day since the forecast was not
8-31-18 We snuck down to the rockfish grounds and managed to put a good trip in before the wind came up. The
fishing started out kind of slow and we bounced around for a while before we found some eager biters. When we were
finished, the fish box was full of big Ling Cod, Coppers, Vermilion, Cabezon, Quillbacks, Blacks, Blues and more.
8-30-18 What a difference a day can make. After struggling to catch fish yesterday we knew that we needed to
modify our approach. We started in a whole different area but unlike yesterday we only fished a spot for a little while
before moving on. We tried four or five different spots without a bite. We were cruising to our next spot(we were
over 10 miles from where we started) when we ran over a big patch of bait. We slammed on the brakes and threw in
the lines. It took a little while but we put our first fish of the day in the box. It took some more time before we got our
second fish. Then we started to get the zone "deffied" so we knew where the fish were and which way they were
moving. Then the fish started to bite pretty good for us. We had some silvers that we released and then a small Pacific
halibut that was also released. Then we hooked what we thought was a big salmon but turned out to be a Thresher
Shark. The angler knew Thresher is good eating so we carefully bled the shark and got it on ice. We finished the day
with eight salmon to 15# and one Thresher Shark for five anglers.
8-29-18 It was a tough scratch for us on the salmon grounds today. We Landed three small fish for four anglers. We
lost one nice fish to a sea lion (again) and had some other fish action. With only a few days of salmon season left we
want to give it our best effort.
8-28-18 No fishing for us today but we'll be back on the water tomorrow. Only a few days of salmon fishing left this
season so we hope to get a few more before the season ends on September third.
8-27-18 We ran a Bay trip with a short load today. It gave us the chance to scout around for some bigger halibut as
well as look for bait. We found some of both but the bait was being somewhat elusive. It's a good thing that we still
have a supply in the receiver. We ended the day with limits of California Halibut.
8-26-18 We had another great day fishing for California Halibut. Ocean conditions continue to be rough so we stayed
in the Bay where it was nice and flat. The halibut were in a biting mood again and we had limits for everyone by
noon. Back at the dock we celebrated the Birthday of our good friend Nick Johnson with some of Sherry's pudding
filled chocolate cupcakes. Nick had caught his birthday limit of halibut earlier. Happy Birthday Nick!
8-25-I 8 We did not fish yesterday but we got out on the Bay for some California Halibut today. Our bait supply was a
little low so we had to make bait first thing in the morning. We caught enough bait to get us through the day and went
on the hunt for halibut. We picked up a few early and then the bite slowed down. We hit a few of the old regular spots
but we were not having much luck. Then we hit on a spot with some fish and we put some more fish in the box and
released a few shorts. We had one last spot to try and that spot kicked out a few real nice ones. We lost a few in that
zone so we finished just short of getting limits for everyone.
8-23-18 The ocean stayed nice for us all day. We left the dock with rockfish in mind but then a friend caught a couple
of salmon right off the bat so we changed plans and put out the salmon gear. The fish were biting but we had a hard
time holding on to them. We put a couple in the box and then the bite slowed down a little. Then a sea lion got one of
our fish. After that the silvers started to chew us up. We tried getting away from the silvers and sea lions but it was no
use. We ended the day with five fish for five anglers.
8-22-18 The ocean conditions settled down enough for us to get back out on the water. We ran down to the Lost Coast
looking for rockfish and Ling Cod. The rockfish were biting pretty good and we got limits with plenty of variety. The
Lings not so much and we ended up with a fish per rod there.
8-21-18 No fishing again today while we wait for the weather to come down.
8-20-18 We did not fish today.
8-19-18 The ocean was still a little rough this morning so we stayed in the Bay again. It was breezy and drizzly but that didn't dampen our spirits.
We had a group of regulars and a young man 12 years old that had not been on the boat before. Everyone seemed to get along fine and the fish were in
a biting mood right from the start. Most of the fish were keeper size and the box was filling up quickly. We had a surprise catch when we pulled a
five foot green sturgeon up to the boat. We took a few pictures and with the fish still in the water popped the hook out and it swam away none the
worse for wear. Then the bite slowed a little so we moved around some and found some more biters and had limits of California Halibut before heading
8-18-18 With a forecast calling for rough seas we decided to take a day off today. But that's not how things worked out. We got a late call from
another charter that was having a minor mechanical issue and would not be able to take his group out. Unfortunately, the group was already on the
road. We agreed to help out but it would have to be fishing in the Bay. In the morning the buoys were showing that it was indeed rough and the Bay
was the only option. The morning in the Bay was beautiful as we headed to our spot. The halibut bite was not as wide open as earlier in the summer
but we stuck with it and got limits for everyone so it worked out OK.
8-17-18 No fishing for us today.
8-16-18 We spent another day on the rockfish grounds looking for rockfish and ling cod. While the bite may not have been "wide open" it was good
enough to put limits of a nice grade of rockfish plus ling cod up to 25# in the box.
8-15-18 We took advantage of a beautiful flat calm ocean to fish some remote spots the we usually can't get to. The goal was Pacific Halibut and
rockfish. We got a bunch of rockfish, Coppers, Quillbacks, Vermilions and Ling Cod. We also got a couple of jumbo halibut a 50# and a 60#. We had
8-14-18 The ocean was pretty nice all day. We put a couple of halibut on the boat fairly early but then we were snakebit the rest of the day. We had
a couple more on including a real peeler that somehow came unhooked before it got to the boat.
8-13-18 The forecast for today was not that great so we took the day off. Tomorrows forecast looks better.
8-12-18 It was a tough scratch salmon fishing today. After waiting to cross the "Bar" this morning we headed out on a slightly lumpy ocean. We
started to salmon fish but the ocean conditions were improving enough to try for Halibut. The current was screaming out on the halibut grounds so
halibut was a no-go. We tried several different areas for salmon and picked up a fish in each area but no more. The fish were nice and fat so that
was some consolation for the low numbers.
8-11-18 Today started out foggy and drizzly. There was a lot of current and it was making halibut fishing difficult. But then the skies cleared, the
current backed off and the halibut decided to bite. The first fish was caught by Lonnie(no big surprise there). Then we missed a couple of bites.
Then the fish really went on the chew. The gang put five more fish on the boat in 45 minutes. That's about as good as halibut fishing gets around
here. These kind of days with sunny skies, flat calm ocean and hungry halibut don't come too often so we really enjoy them when they do. The last
fish was close to 50#. It was another great group of folks and I got to see an old High School friend that I haven't seen in decades and his grandson
that caught his first PACIFIC halibut. What a GREAT day.
8-10-18 We had some super nice people on the boat today. The ocean was very nice except for some breeze on the rockfish grounds. The breeze and
current made the drift wonky but the fish still bit pretty good with limits of Canary,Vermilion,Copper and other colorful rockfish.
8-9-18 The day started out pretty good with flat calm seas and some biting fish. The bite wasn't wide open but was enough to keep us interested,
especially since they were a very nice grade of fish. Then we got a call about a wide open bite a few miles away. We got there and put a couple of
fish in the boat and then the fish got smaller and smaller until we were only catching short fish. Eventually we lowered our standards and put a
couple of small fish in the net. We ended a long day a couple of fish short of limits.
8-8-18 The ocean was flat calm today for our Pacific Halibut trip. Right off the bat, the fish were in a biting mood. We put three in the box early.
Then we went a while without a bite. Then we had a hard take down that somehow didn't stay hooked. Then.... nothing. The bite was over. We put a
couple of Petrale Sole in the box and had some torn up baits but the halibut shut their mouths for the rest of our time out there.
8-7-18 Eureka salmon are lighting it up (finally). Our day started off very slow. We did some prospecting without a lot of results. At around 11am we
only had two fish in the boat and the mood was somewhat somber. Then things went wild. We were getting bit letting lines out and it was one nice fish
after another. At 12:30 we were heading back to the dock with limits. It was great to put some nice fish on board.
8-6-18 We fished out front today for Pacific Halibut. At first, conditions weren't too bad and we put a couple of halibut and some big Petrale sole
in the box. Then the wind came up along with a ripping current that made it hard to get our lines to the bottom (where the fish live). That was
pretty much the end of our catching for the day.
8-5-18 TUNA!TUNA!TUNA! We made our first tuna trip of the season. There was a breeze offshore but overall conditions were very pleasant. We dropped
in and trolled for an hour or so with no luck so we went a bit further and found the 62 degree deep blue water that the tuna like. Our first hit was
a swing and a miss but told us we were in the right zone. Then we started to get some hookups. It was never wide open but it was steady. We tried
live bait on many of the stops but only got three bait fish for our efforts. We were quite a ways out so I told the gang we would have to head back
at 1:30. At 1:25 we had five rods go off at once and they landed all five so it was a great end to a great day. We ended with 22 fish from 10# to 30#
for five anglers.
8-4-18 We were back on the water today. The wind was blowing pretty good and the seas were pretty choppy when we got to our halibut spot. The drift
was good though and we put a nice halibut in the box. Then the drift picked up to the point where we could hardly get lines on the bottom(where the
halibut live). So we switched over to salmon and gave that a try. It was fairly slow but we did have some action. There were a few silvers around as
well as some keeper kings.
8-3-18 It was a holiday(Sherry's birthday) today so we did not fish but we'll be back at it again tomorrow.
8-2-18 We did not fish today.
8-1-18 It was a very interesting day on the water. Our goal was big Pacific Halibut. When we got to the first spot everyone dropped in their lines
and discovered that the current was ripping. It was hard to hold bottom. We still managed to catch(and release) a Ling Cod and a Petrale Sole. A move
was in order so off to our second spot and found the current to be even worse. So we headed off to the rockfish grounds and put lines in where we
have caught halibut in the past. The halibut were a no-show there but the rockfish bite was excellent with lots of Coppers and Quillbacks coming over
the rail. The current was still a problem but at least the water was shallower. .and then Frank(who is notorious for catching big fish) hooked into a
big one. It turned out to be a 50# halibut.
We added a few more rockfish and some nice size Ling Cod and the fish box was full.
7-31-18 There was wind at the buoy when we got up this morning. With a young man who had never been out on a boat and the wind blowing offshore we
decided to stay in the Bay today. The halibut were in a biting mood and we had limits for all before one o'clock.
7-30-18 The ocean was very nice again today. The fishing was a little slower than it has been for the last few days. We started off very slow but
eventually got into a rhythm and began to put some salmon in the box. The fish were deep again and hard to hook.We had lots of bites and between
small fish and short biters we went through quite a lot of bait. Everyone got fish though and the gang did a great job all day.
7-29-18 We had a great day fishing for salmon on a flat calm ocean. The fish were in a biting mood and everyone got to pull in fish. The only
negatives for the day was when one large fish managed to break the line and was lost and another big one that let go before we had a chance to put it
in the net.
7-28-18 We made it offshore today to look for some salmon. The ocean was bumpier than predicted but fishable. We fished deep so we only had two rods
out. We tried a shallower rig but were pestered by silver salmon so we put it away. The Kings were in a biting mood and we were in the action. We
lost one fish that was peeling line before the hook broke. Don't see that very often. Two of the fish were the smaller variety but the rest of the
fish were a good grade with a couple of real nice ones. We had limits for everyone around noon and headed home.
7-27-18 With a buoy report of 20 knot winds this morning the decision was made to stay in the Bay and fish for halibut. The halibut bit early and
often and we had limits pretty early. The boats that toughed it out offshore for salmon did very well so we hope to get offshore tomorrow and fish
7-26-18 We stayed in the Bay today and fished for California Halibut. There were a number of short fish around but we put limits on the boat again.
7-25-18 We made a hasty run to the Lost Coast with hopes of quick limits of rockfish and maybe a little salmon fishing thrown in. The Ling Cod and
rockfish made us work for them a little and we used up most of the morning getting limits. We looked for salmon sign on the way back to the Bay
entrance but we didn't see much worth stopping on. There was a little bite right outside the Bay yesterday so we put in the salmon gear to troll
while we cleaned fish. We had a bite right away that caught us off guard a little and it shook the hook at the boat. Eventually we got another bite
and we put a fat King in the box. By that time the fish were filleted and it was time to head back to the dock.
7-24-18 It was foggy and the ocean was a little rolly. Acting on a tip, we headed offshore to give the salmon another go. It started off kind of slow
then we put a fish in the box. We would go a little while and then we would have a bunch of action for a little bit with some silvers, shakers and
decent size kings attacking our baits. Then another slow spell with another flurry of action. By around noon we were just one salmon short of limits
and not everyone was feeling well so we headed for the barn. It was a good day of catching even though the fish were not particularly large. It's
nice to finally be able to produce a good salmon report.
7-23-18 With thick fog limiting our visibility we picked our way down the Bay and across the Bar on our way to the Lost Coast for rock fish. The
ocean was very nice and the drift was just about perfect. The fish were in a biting mood and while it was not "wide open" it was steady with a great
grade of fish coming over the rail. We had lots of big Vermilion and Canary rockfish. We also had limits of Ling Cod with a couple of real nice fish.
It was a great group of guys today. We had an observer from Fish and Wildlife and she was a pleasure to have on the boat as well.
7-22-18 We put in a long hard day looking for salmon. We saw very little sign of fish. We only had one keeper King and it was so small we let it go
(minimum size is 20 inches, this one was 20 1/4") We had a few other shorts and coho and a huge mackerel but nothing to put in the box. My thanks to
the crew for sticking it out through a tough day of fishing.
7-21-18 We had planned to take the day off today but a couple of last minute calls had us heading back out into the Bay for halibut again.Instead of
running to where we have been catching lately we decided to drop in on an old hotspot from years past. We watched as boats drove past us on their way
to other spots. As luck would have it we landed right on the fish. We were done with limits in less than two hours of fishing.
7-20-18 We had a very pleasant morning on the Bay. The sun shone and there was almost no wind. The Halibut bite was slow but steady and we had limits
before one o'clock.
7-19-18 We got to introduce a couple of young people to halibut fishing in the Bay. It started off slow until the tide was running and then we had
pretty good action for a couple of hours. We had a lot of short fish but no one seemed to care too much as long as the rods were bent.
7-17-18 The bay halibut were really biting this morning and we had limits before 10am. Most of the fish were a pretty good grade and we only had to
measure a couple. Very few short fish in the mix as well.
7-16-18 Back in the Bay again for Halibut. The fishing wasn't quite as good as yesterday but it was a very nice morning to be out on the water. No
wind and of course, no swells. We had several real nice fish and finished the day just one fish short of limits.
7-15-18 We stayed in the Bay today and enjoyed some relaxing fishing for California Halibut. Well it was kind of relaxing. Conditions were great but
the fish kept us too busy to enjoy the nice morning. We knocked off at noon with a total of 54 fish hooked and 14 nice keepers.
7-14-18 It was another great day of "catching" on the rockfish grounds. It was pretty breezy most of the time but the drift wasn't too bad and the
fish were biting. Like yesterday, we had a great grade of fish with big Vermilion, Coppers and Quillbacks. We stayed offshore and didn't catch a
single Black rockfish but still managed to get full limits. We had our Ling limits early and were releasing Ling Cod by the end of the trip including
a dandy 25#er.
7-13-18 We paddled down the Bay this morning in dense fog and crossed the "Bar" into a swelly ocean. There was not any wind as we made our way down
to the rockfish grounds. Our first couple of stops did not produce much, maybe because there was no drift whatsoever. Then we picked up a couple of
decent Lings before we finally settled on a spot where the quality fish were really chewing. We had LOTS of huge Vermilion and plenty of Quillbacks
and Coppers. Then the Lings really started to bite. At one time, an angler reeled up a big Blue in the mouth of a big Ling Cod. We gaffed the Ling
and the Blue,still hooked,fell into the water and was grabbed by another Ling. At the end we were releasing 15# Ling Cod to get our last couple of
rockfish for limits.
7-11-18 We are taking a couple of days off of fishing to get the boat hauled out and do a little scheduled maintenance and clean the bottom. The tuna
water is forming up nicely offshore but it does not look like it will be as close as it was last year. The Pacific Halibut fishing has been awesome
lately but the salmon are still a no show. There are still some California halibut being caught in the Bay so that is an option when the wind blows
offshore. Rockfish and Ling Cod continues to be some of the best in California. Everyone should try that at least once. It is weather dependent
7-9-18 We started out drifting for the Pacific Halibut that have been so prolific lately. After an hour or so without even a nibble the gang decided
that was enough lets go try to catch some rockfish. At the first couple of stops we didn't pick up much but then we started to get located. The fish
were coming over the rail at a good pace and the quality was excellent. Lots of big Vermilion and Coppers. Big Ling Cod too. We soon had limits of
Ling Cod and were just getting ready to head inshore to top off our rockfish limits with Black rockfish when Dan hooked something big....definitely
not a rockfish. After a great battle Dan had the fish at color and we pulled a fat 52# halibut over the rail. We all decided that we could do without
a few more Black rockfish so we headed back to the dock.
7-8-18 We had a very fun time out on the water today. We had fun, but we didn't fill the fish box. We fished for salmon all day with feeding whales,
bait boiling on the surface and lots of small salmon all around us. We had a couple of nice salmon first thing in the morning and then we were
overrun with shorts. All of the short fish were handled carefully and gently released in the hopes that we will see them again next year(when they're
7-7-18 We ran back out to the same area that we fished yesterday with the hopes that the halibut would still be on the bite.Well they were there and
they were biting. We put fish after fish in the box. The last fish for boat limits came over the rail before 11 am. Everyone got to pull on a nice
halibut and got to feel the power that these great fish have. And the best part is yet to come when they put one on the dinner table. It's hard to
beat fresh caught Pacific Halibut. There were some salmon caught today as well. The whole boat just opened up for this coming Monday and the weather
looks great. If you are interested in a trip just call Sherry at 707-499-4925 or email.
7-6-18 After yesterday's success we had a pretty good idea of where to start fishing this morning. The ocean was flat calm with no wind. We enjoyed
watching a couple of Humpback whales swim lazily by as we drifted for Pacific Halibut. Then we had our first bite but it turned out to be a Ling Cod
that we released. After that we had a steady pick of halibut with a few Petrale Sole and giant skates(ugh!) mixed in. By about noon we put fish
number five in the box for limits. It was a great day with some really great people on the boat. As I've said many times before, we get the nicest
people on the Reel Steel.
7-5-18 We had a pretty good day of Pacific Halibut fishing. At least until the South wind came up. Our first stop didn't produce any halibut although
the Petrale were biting there. Our second stop did produce. We boated a couple of nice fat ones, both over 40#. We moved again and put on another
nice fish and then the wind came up. We battled it a little while before we decided to head in. We put the salmon troll rods out for a bit but all of
the great salmon sign that we saw in the morning was gone and we did not get a bite.
7-4-18 Happy Fourth of July!! We finally got back out on the ocean today. The weather was very nice with a little swell in the morning that gradually
dissipated through the day. We knew that we would have to do some searching for salmon but it was a little tougher than we had hoped. We had a young
lady on the boat that caught two nice keeper Kings. Although we had a fair bit of action on shaker kings and silvers those two kings were the only
salmon keepers for us( much to the chagrin of the men on the boat). We stopped off on our way back in and got limits of Black rockfish for everyone.
7-3-18 It was a beautiful calm, clear morning. Unfortunately, the fish took the morning off. We had to battle some seaweed but we were confident that
unless the wind came up like yesterday that the fish would bite after the tide change. Well, the wind came up first and the fish never really bit
like yesterday. We caught a dozen or so Halibut but only a couple of those were keeper size. The wind and seas are supposed to come down tonight so
we are hoping to get offshore tomorrow.
7-2-18 A rough ocean kept us in the Bay again today chasing California Halibut. The fishing started out slow with a few short fish to show for our
early efforts. Then the wind came up and the fish started to bite. We managed to put two fish per rod in the box before the wind became to much to
7-1-18 We fished for California Halibut again today. We put yesterday's experience to good use and spent more time in productive locations. In spite
of losing a couple of nice fish early on we were able to get limits for everyone today. As usual, it was a great group on the boat and they had a
good time reeling in fish.
6-30-18 The ocean came back up last night so we fished the Bay for California Halibut. The fishing was pretty good when the tide was right but slower
the rest of the time. We put some fish in the boat including a nice 17# fish that Lonnie caught.
6-29-18 Our group for today had cancelled early in the week and with a crummy forecast we did not put a trip together. As usually happens, the
weather was beautiful with sunny skies and a flat calm ocean. It was so nice that Sherry wanted to go out to try for salmon. When we got out the
fishing was slow for the boats that got out before us. We put our two lines in ( one for Sherry and one for me). It wasn't long before Sherry's rod
was bouncing and she pulled the fish up to the back of the boat where it gave a tail flip and was gone. Rats!! After a little bit her rod goes off
again and it's a heavy pumper. She gets it to the back of the boat, I scoop it with the net, and the fish bounces right out and breaks the line.
We're 0 for 2 now. Line back in and we're hooked up again. This time we have our act together and it goes in the box. We put the lines back in and
after a little bit Sherry is hooked up again. It comes right to the net and in the box. Sherry has her limit of salmon before noon.
6-28-18 Took advantage of a few weather days off to put fresh line on the tuna reels. The warm water is out there and wants to push in but the wind
is keeping it well offshore for now. It looks like the weather is going to settle down by the middle of next week. Pacific Halibut will be open again
as well as salmon.
6-24-18 The ocean was pretty chunky as we crossed the Bar on our way out to fish for salmon. We motored out without seeing a lot of sign. We finally
got offshore a ways and found some bait and a few birds. We put in the lines and after a while we had a deep line go off, then a stern rod went off,
doubleheader. Both fish managed to come unbuttoned. We tried for a while longer and put one small fish in the box. We went looking for greener
pastures and managed to get a few more bites but no more keepers. With the chance that the Bar would come up on the ebb tide we ran into the Bay to
give Halibut a try for a couple of hours. The fish cooperated and we put a couple of fish per angler in the box. It looks like rough seas for the
next few days but we have room for Halibut fishing in the Bay if anyone is interested in going while the bite is on.
6-23-18 We did not have a trip yesterday and did not go again today. We're hoping tomorrow morning looks a little better.
6-21-18 We were after rockfish and Ling Cod today. The wind steadily increased as we made our way to the fishing grounds. We arrived to find brisk
winds and dirty water, definitely not a recipe for success. Luckily for us, the fish were really biting. It took us a few stops to get located but
once we did it was nonstop action for a while that ended with limits for all.
6-20-18 We started the day out on a flat calm ocean doing some exploring for salmon. After hearing a good early report we ended up back with the
fleet for one fish. After losing interest there we went looking for greener pastures. We found a spot with a few fish and put a couple more salmon on
the boat. Then that spot slowed down so we made a quick detour for a few rockfish. We trolled a little on the way home but did not land any more
6-19-18 Nice weather again today allowed us to go looking for better salmon fishing. We found lots of fish. Unfortunately, they were all small
(sublegal) size. We looked several places but only managed a couple of keepers. At one point, we were close enough to the rocks that we made a
fifteen minute drop and got limits of Black Rockfish for everyone.
6-18-18 The ocean was nice all day and the salmon fishing was slow but steady. We ground away on an area for most of the day even after most other
boats had left. We landed four nice salmon there and then ran in towards shore to put in our last hour of fishing. We were rewarded with two more
nice fish before it was time to head towards the barn. It was a great group that kept their focus and their spirits up even though the bites were
spread out throughout the day. It was the best grade of fish that I have seen so far this season.
6-17-18 We got back out on the water today after a brief weather layoff. Our plan was to fish halibut in the Bay until the tide change and then we
would head out for some salmon fishing. We had a pleasant morning in the Bay and went to take a look at the Bar (Humboldt Bay Entrance). It looked
just OK but not real nice so we made the decision to run back up the Bay to try for some more halibut. The halibut were biting
a little and we hooked over twenty and put seven nice keepers in the box. Then the wind came up and we pushed on back to the dock. We were glad we
weren't offshore when the wind came up because it was blowing pretty good.
6-12-18 Today was one of those days you just want to forget. We started out in a lumpy ocean fishing for Pacific Halibut. The seas were short and
sharp and once the wind came up it just wasn't worth trying. Two guys got to try out their new electric reels though, pretty slick for halibut
fishing. Then we ran East until we found some calmer water to fish for salmon. We put in one decent fish and then it was all shorts and Silvers. We
did manage to snag a crab pot as well. We decided that it just wasn't worth staying out past the tide change so we came in a little early. It looks
like some bad weather starting Thursday so we'll be taking a few days off of the water.
6-11-18 We started out fishing for salmon where we left off yesterday but everyone's heart just wasn't into it. After going for half an hour with no
bites it was decided that we should make the run for rockfish. Once again the Black Rockfish were voracious and pretty much blocked out everything
else. We got some Coppers and Canarys as well as a couple of Ling Cod before the wind came up.
6-10-18 One thing about springtime ocean fishing is that it can be different every day. Just two days ago we got easy limits of small salmon. Today,
we only got one salmon per rod but they were twice (or more) the size of Friday's fish.
The ocean was nice but the salmon have moved into an area that's loaded with commercial crab pots. We spent the day dodging them while trying to
catch our salmon. We only hung up on one pot and we lost a little time (and some gear) on it. We had some chances that we missed on or we could have
had close to limits.
6-9-18 The rain last night left the ocean with a bit of a chop this morning. The ride down to where we got the salmon yesterday was a little bumpy.
Once we got to our spot we dropped in the gear but the salmon were slow to wake up. We didn't try for long before the decision was made to go for
some rock fish. The Blacks were biting everywhere we went and I think they kind of crowded the other fish out. So it was easy limits of Blacks, some
Ling Cod (including one real beauty) and some Coppers, Vermilions and others. The wind died down and it ended up being a beautiful day on the water.
6-8-18 We finally got into a good salmon bite and it was a RIPPER. The fish were not large but once they got going it was limits in no time at all.
We even had enough time to catch a few rockfish too. After a few days of slow fishing it sure felt good.
6-7-18 It was pretty slow fishing again today. We had the goal of helping a gentleman fulfill his bucket list item to catch a Pacific Halibut for his
80th birthday. Mission accomplished! Unfortunately, that 40# fish was the only one we were able to put in the box. There may have been some others
caught but I only know of one other halibut that was caught today. Hopefully, this slow fishing will end soon.
6-6-18 It was another relatively slow day of salmon fishing. We worked all day for five salmon for five anglers. The highlight of the day was when we
spotted a red flasher being towed across the surface of the water. We chased it around for 10 minutes or so until we were able to get close enough to
snag the line with a gaff. We pulled in a nice flasher with about a 10 pound salmon attached. It was the biggest fish of the day. Lots of mackerel,
Coho and shaker kings kept the rods bouncing.
6-5-18 Today was a frustrating day for us. It took most of the morning to get located on some salmon. Once we did, all we could catch were short fish
or Coho or (ugh) Mackerel. The keeper size Kings that we were after continued to elude us for most of the day. We went through 6 trays of bait,
that's 72 bites not counting the bites we got on a lure. For all of those bites we put 5 keeper Kings in the box. I expect at some point the bigger
fish will move in. I can't wait.
6-4-18 The ocean was way nicer than yesterday. Unfortunately, the fish did not show up like we hoped. We fished for Pacific Halibut in the morning
and managed to put one pretty nice one in the box along with some big Petrale Sole. When the wind came up we switched over to salmon and headed over
to where our friends had caught a few earlier in the day. The bite was pretty much over by then and we only managed some shakers and a couple of
6-3-18 It was a pretty sloppy ocean as we crossed the Humboldt Bay Bar and made our way offshore. We made it to our spot put put lines in. The first
salmon over the rail was a pretty nice one. Then we were back to small fish. As the morning wore on the wind backed off and by afternoon it was very
pleasant. The bad news was that along with the wind, the fish disappeared too. We worked hard though and finished the day just two fish short of
limits for the boat.
6-2-18 The wind blew off and on (mostly on) making the seas choppy for our salmon fishing. The fish were not as ravenous as yesterday but we ground
it out for limits by about one o'clock. The size of fish was the same as yesterday.
6-1-18 What a glorious salmon opener. The sun was shining brightly and the ocean was flat calm. The salmon were on a tear and the bite was mostly
wide open all morning. The only negative is that most of the fish are small. It was easy limits though and a couple of youngsters on the boat got to
reel in plenty of fish.
5-31-18 The wind is finally going to let up enough for us to get back out on the ocean. Just in time for the salmon season opener tomorrow. It's been
a while since we have been offshore so we are hoping that the salmon that we were seeing almost every day are still where we left them.
5-28-18 We are off the water for a few days while we wait for the wind to settle down. Just a reminder to everyone: there will be days when we can
fish for salmon nearshore but the weather may be too rough for rock fish or even halibut.
June weather can be like that with light winds near shore and higher winds and seas offshore. That being said, we will always do our best to give you
the best fishing experience that our area has to offer.
5-26-18 We enjoyed a mellow morning in the Bay fishing for California Halibut. The halibut were biting pretty good and everyone went home with one or
two keepers. We also released a bunch of short halibut. The highlight of the day was when Ron hooked a big Leopard Shark on light halibut gear. It
gave him quite a fight before we got it into the boat for a picture and release. It looks like crummy ocean conditions for the next several days then
Salmon season starts on Friday.
5-25-18 With a crummy weather forecast we decided to stay tied to the dock today. Two other boats gave it a try but came back in early due to the
rough ocean conditions. We are not going to try to go offshore tomorrow. Again, due to the weather forecast. We are going to try for some California
Halibut in the Bay. We have a load of fresh live bait in the pen. We have room available for that trip.
5-24-18 The ocean was greasy calm all day on the Halibut grounds. There is a lot of life out there right now and it's not all halibut. We saw salmon
chasing bait on the surface as well as lots of Pacific Mackerel. The guys caught Mackerel, Spiny Dogfish, Longnose Skate, Ling Cod, Black Cod,
Petrale Sole and of course, some Pacific Halibut. We finished the day just two Halibut short of limits with the largest a little over 40#. The
weather forecast for the next couple of days has been all over the place making it hard to know just what direction we will be going. After Saturday
it looks like we are in for a bit of a blow.
5-23-18 We made our way down to the Lost Coast this morning to look for some rockfish and Ling Cod. There was a light breeze on the water but the
weather was nice. Unfortunately, the water was stained a coffee brown. Usually, the fish don't bite that well when it's like that. We worked our way
around, trying lots of different spots and areas. We had a slow but steady pick all day. We had some nice Vermilion and Coppers as well as
Quillbacks, Blacks and Canarys. We did not find many biting Ling Cod and ended up just short of limits. We were one fish short of rock fish as well.
These are the kind of Spring/early Summer conditions that tend to change almost daily.
5-22-18 After taking a couple of weather days off we were back on the water today. We ran offshore to the Halibut grounds but the wind was blowing
and the seas were steep so we headed back in to safe harbor in the Bay. We managed to cast net a little bait and so we went on the hunt for some
California Halibut. It is still pretty early for them to show up in any significant numbers but we had to try anyway. We had a ripping bite right
away that didn't stick. Then we picked up a few shorts (Halibut under 22 inches) and had some more bites that didn't stick. It was cold and breezy on
the Bay and we headed in early for some of Sherry's cookies. Everyone on the boat was a good sport on a day that just didn't go as planned.
5-19-18 The forecast didn't look too good and the bar crossing was a little choppy but the wind never really ramped up like expected. We took
advantage of the decent conditions and managed to bag a couple of nice Halibut. We also had a couple of heart breakers(and line breakers) that didn't
make it all the way into the fish box.
5-18-18 The wind forecast was not too good but we took a chance and ran down to Cape Mendocino for some rock fish and Ling Cod. We started inshore
and limited on Black rockfish pretty quickly. Then we slowly made our way offshore with a stop here and there. We picked up a few fish but it took a
while to get some Ling Cod located. Once we found them we were able to get Ling Cod limits and we picked up some nice Coppers and Vermilion as well.
It was a little bumpy for the trip home.
5-17-18 There was a fair amount of wind out on the Halibut grounds today. Like yesterday, the current was all over the place. Lots of current at one
spot and then very little at another. The fishing was pretty slow most of the day with the bite just getting started about when it was our time to
head in. We managed a couple of nice size halibut as well as a boatload of Petrale Sole.
5-16-18 Conditions were a little different than yesterday with strong current in some spots and no current in others. It made the fishing a little
tough even though the ocean was flat. We worked hard though and were rewarded with four nice Halibut to 47#. We did see lots of salmon feeding on the
surface in the morning. There is a lot of bait around and if it sticks around until salmon season opens we should have some really good fishing.
5-15-18 What a difference a day can make. We started fishing in the same place we started yesterday. The current was perfect and that made the
difference. We picked up two quick Halibut and then reset our drift. After a little bit Halibut number three came over the rail. Then we hit a bit of
a dry spell. There were lots of boats around us fishing for Halibut as well as commercial salmon trollers. Thinking all of that activity might have
slowed down the bite we decided to go looking for greener pastures. We dropped on the spot we had fished the day before and after a bit we slung
Halibut number four over the rail. With only one Halibut to go, most of the gang switched to Petrale Sole gear. Well, the biggest Halibut of the day
slammed one of those little rigs. The angler(Don) knew what he was doing and he gingerly coaxed the fish to the boat. In went the gaff and Halibut
number five came over the rail and into the fishbox. Limits by 12:30. It was a great day with a bunch of nice folks.
5-14-18 We ran out to the Halibut grounds on a nice flat ocean with "High Hopes". When we got to the spot where the halibut have been biting lately
we thought we had it made......until we dropped our lines to the bottom. The current was vicious. We could barely get our lines down with 2.5#of
weight. It was obvious that we had to do something different so we went looking for greener pastures. Eventually, we found a spot where the drift was
good and gave it a try there. By the end of the day we managed to scratch out a couple of halibut. We also got a couple of big Petrale per person and
a couple of misc. fish including a big Ling Cod that we released.
5-13-18 We were hoping to get out for halibut this morning but buoy reports of 9 foot seas and 15 knots of South wind changed our plans.It looks like
it will start to lay down today and should be good fishing weather for the rest of the week.
5-12-18 We have not fished for a few days while the wind has been blowing offshore. This is the Northwest wind that we need in the springtime to get
the upwelling kickstarted. I hate to miss the time on the water and Sherry really hates cancelling trips but we need this springtime wind. So far the
season has been amazing and I expect that to continue.
5-9-18 The weather on the Lost Coast was absolutely beautiful today. There was almost no wind and warm sunny skies. We were able to move around and
try lots of different spots. The fishing was excellent as well and we had a plethora(lots) of different kinds of fish including a rare Wolf Eel (see
the photo under "rock fish"). The Ling Cod were a very nice grade and everyone got to pull on some. We had easy limits on the Lings. It looks like
the wind is going to blow for the next couple of days but so far this season the fishing has been outstanding. I want to add that we are so lucky to
have the nicest people that come to fish with us. Thank you!
5-8-18 We got to experience almost every kind of weather out on the Halibut grounds today. It was thick fog this morning, then it got sunny and nice,
then wind out of the East, then rain, then wind out of the West, then some more rain, then wind out of the South for the ride home. The seas were
never large so it was quite comfortable on the boat. The Halibut fishing was not red hot but we were able to finish the day just one fish short of
limits. The Halibut were all around 30#. We had some other fish like sharks and Petrale Sole to keep things interesting between halibut bites. We saw
salmon chasing bait on the surface. There was lots of bait and some whales around. It's looking good for salmon conditions right now. The salmon
season starts June 1st.
5-7-18 We had beautiful weather for fishing at Cape Mendocino. Conditions were just right and the fish were biting. It was never wide open but it was
a nice steady pace. We limited on lings and rockfish with lots of Cabezone in the mix today. We saw a school of Blues push a big spot of krill to the
surface and it looked just like tuna boiling.
5-6-18 We had a perfect day for fishing with light winds and sunny skies. The fishing was not red hot but we managed to put three nice halibut in the
boat. We were hoping for a couple more but the skates started to really bite and we caught three or four before we just gave up on the halibut and
called it quits.It was another great gang on the boat and there were lots of laughs all day.
5-5-18 Today's halibut trip started out better than yesterday's. We put two nice halibut in the box fairly early and were confident the rest would
come. But we worked the area for the rest of the day and never got back on the fish. We had a nice gentleman on the boat that booked another trip for
next year. He's 86 years old.
5-4-18 We had quite a day today. We ran out to a spot that we expected to find some Halibut. After a while we had three strong bites almost at the
same time. One broke the line and the other two did not stick. We had confidence that we would start catching now. We put one very small halibut in
the box followed by a couple of Petrale. But it was really slow. In the afternoon we got a call from a friend with the news that they had two fish in
the box and one hanging. And they were only five miles away. We made the run to the spot and then started catching. We had to fish a little late but
we finally put the last fish in the box for limits. We almost had a fish for the Captain but a sloppy gaff job sent the fish home. Oh well, looks
like hamburgers for dinner tonight.
5-3-18 We took advantage of some very nice ocean conditions to make a run down to the Lost Coast for some quality rockfishing. The fishing was great
and we had pretty steady action for most of the day with some big Coppers, Vermillion,and Quillbacks along with a bunch of Ling Cod.
5-2-18 Day two of the 2018 season and it was still too rough to venture offshore. So we took a small crew out to see if the rumors of California
Halibut in the Bay were true. And the answer is yes.........and no. We did catch a nice halibut but that was the extent of the action. There is
already a lot of bait in the Bay so it won't be long before the fish show up in force. It looks like pretty nice weather so we should get out
5-1-18 SEASONS GREETINGS! Well it's opening day and the wind kept us tied to the dock. We hope to try tomorrow and then it looks like good weather
for a few days.
4-26-18 We made it out on the ocean for our first official fishing trip of the 2018 season. While fishing for rock fish, Pacific Halibut and salmon
is closed there is an opportunity for Petrale Sole and Sand Dabs. The ocean was flat calm with a slight breeze all day. We ran well offshore to make
a couple of deep drops for Petrale as well as check out ocean conditions. Ocean conditions offshore are looking great. We saw lots of Murres and
other birds and heard (but didn't see) whales. That's a good sign for salmon when it opens. There was plenty of bait showing on the fishfinder as
well. Our first drop did not produce so we went exploring. Our next spot showed good sign on the fishfinder and more birds. We started to catch some
really big Petrale as well as some nice Sand Dabs. Then Nick hooked something big that straightened his hook. Then we missed a couple of solid take
downs.(This is all on light Petrale gear). Then we hooked up to a nice halibut that we brought boatside and released in the water. Then another
straightened hook. Then another nice hookup that turned out to be a big Ling Cod. Then a couple more Petrale and a big skate and we were done for the
day. Everyone went home with a nice bag of tasty fillets. Pacific Halibut, Ling Cod and Rockfish open next Tuesday.
4-16-18 GET READY!! Only two more weeks until fishing season starts!
4-12-2018 The excitement for the 2018 salmon season is really building. There is plenty to do before the June 1st start of salmon season though. Rock
fish and Pacific Halibut both start May 1st.
4-10-18 We had a great show in Redding. It was a little rainy on Saturday but Sunday was real nice. There was a good turnout and we saw lots of nice
folks. It looks like our salmon season will begin June 1st and run until September 3rd. The limit will be two fish per person with a 20 inch minimum
size. That's very exciting news for us.
3-31-18 We should know the salmon season dates sometime next week. We will be at the Hunting and Fishing show at the Convention Center in Redding
next weekend, April 7th and 8th. Sherry and I hope to see you there. Another bit of news about the Reel Steel. We put in a new engine last week.
While the old engine was doing fine, having all new stuff "under the hood" gives us that extra bit of confidence while traveling offshore. We're
expecting a great season of fishing this year and don't want to miss minute of it. We hope everyone has great Easter holiday.
3-19-18 It looks like we should get a couple of months of salmon fishing this year. The season will mostly be July and August but we won't know the
exact dates until the PFMC meets again in the middle of April. There should be plenty of three year old Klamath fish out there so I expect some good
3-5-18 We just got back from the Anderson Show today. We saw a lot of old friends and made a few new ones there. The results of the salmon
information meeting were very promising. It looks like much better numbers for the Klamath this year with about the same returns estimated for the
Sacramento River. What that means is that it is very likely that we will get a salmon season this year. The fisheries managers want to be very
cautious however, so I don't expect a very long season. There will be three options available for us to comment on in about two weeks. We wont know
the actual season structure until April though. The Pacific Halibut season will be the same as last year and will begin May 1st. If the Albacore and
California Halibut show up like they did last year it could be one heck of a fishing season.
2-28-18 The first important salmon meeting will be tomorrow (March 1st). The meeting will be the first opportunity to see if we have any kind of a
chance for a salmon season this year. We won't know for sure but we will have an idea of what the chances are. Reel Steel Sportfishing will have a
booth again this year at the Anderson Sports Show at the Shasta County Fairgrounds in Anderson. Stop by and see us if you can. Don't worry if you
miss us at the Anderson Show because we will be in Redding at the Redding Sportsman Expo April 7th and 8th. The Anderson Show runs this Friday
through Sunday.See you there!
2-6-17 It has been a while since we have updated the fishing report here. That's because there is not much going on this time of year. The commercial
crab season just started. The Halibut Commission meetings ended with a "hung jury" and all's quiet on the salmon front until the meetings in March.
We will have some notion on the possibilities of a salmon season after the first March meeting but nothing will be official until April. I expect
some reduction in the Pacific Halibut quota but the season structure should still have fishing around the first of the month beginning in May.
1-7-18 We pulled in our crab pots for the season (probably, unless we get some really good weather and the commercial season doesn't start). The
crabbing was excellent until the very end with limits every time out. Thank you to everyone that came out crabbing with us this year. We are taking
reservations for the 2018 fishing season and a few prime dates are already taken. We do not know if there will be a salmon season or not this year or
what the Pacific Halibut season structure will be. The rockfish season should be the same as last year with a start date of May 1st. California
Halibut fishing should be good again this year since we saw lots of short fish last summer. Pacific Halibut will MOST LIKELY be the first week or two
of each month beginning in May. Hopefully, we will see the tuna show up again this year. We made eight tuna trips last year and caught fish on every
1-6-18 We made two trips today for crab. On the second trip we had one pot that wouldn't budge off of the bottom. We had plenty of time so we worked
a while and managed to break it loose. The puller was straining but managed to pull our pot to the surface. There was a commercial pot with a line
wrapped around our pot. We got both pots in the boat plus limits of crab for everyone. The owner of the commercial pot happens to be a good friend of
ours so it was a win for everyone.
1-4-17 We have not been out for a couple of days. It looks like the weather will be good enough to get out after some crab this weekend. We may bring
in our gear after that. We have some room on Saturday if you have a hankerin' for some fresh crab.
1-2-17 We braved the fog in our quest for fresh crab this morning. Visibility was limited all the way out to the crab grounds but as soon as we
headed back the fog lifted and it was a beautiful morning. (Everyone got limits of crab too)
1-1-18 HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We started out the new year with a successful trip to the crab grounds. We have been fortunate to have some beautiful weather
during this crab season and today was no different. The air was warm and the ocean was calm.
12-31-17 It was a nice morning out on the ocean. The crabbing continues to be very good and we were able to make two trips before the tide change. It
looks like we are in for a weather change by mid week. We have sure been lucky as far as ocean conditions are concerned but we could use some rain
12-30-17 We had hopes this morning of making what would have been our last fishing trip of 2017. Alas, the forecast called for wind after a morning
cold front. The swell was already up a bit and the tides were all wrong if we wanted to come in early. So we went with our original plan which was
crab. We had one of the best pulls of crab so far this year with 25 or more per pot. The ocean was nice but as I type this I see that the buoy has
winds that have increased 18 knots in the last hour. We have some room between now and Tuesday and are full on Wednesday and then the weather comes
up a little.
12-29-17 We had a fun group on for crab today. Four young ladies ages 7 to 11 and a nice couple from Great Britain. Everyone was excited for A
CRABBING ADVENTURE. The crab pots were full and everyone got their limit of crab to take home to cook. The seals and sea lions also put in an
appearance, much to the delight of our younger guests.
12-28-17 It was an amazing day to fish for rock fish and Ling Cod on the Lost Coast. On the way to the grounds we watched as we passed by a pod of
whales. On the way back the whales put on a show and were breaching clear out of the water. The ocean was calm all day with very little current and
no wind which made the fishing easy. And the fish bit all day. We caught lots of big Vermilion and Coppers. Limits of Blacks and Ling Cod plus some
huge Cabezon. After watching the whale show on the way back in we stopped and picked up limits of crab for everyone.
12-24-17 It was very nice out on the ocean again today. Everyone on the boat went home with their crab limit.
12-23-17 Other than a flat calm ocean, today was a repeat of yesterday with limits of crab all around.
12-22-17 We made two trips out for crab today and managed to get limits for everyone. It looks like we are full for the weekend but have room next
12-19-17 We made an early morning crab trip hoping to beat the weather. The swells were not too big but we managed to be working gear right through
the worst of the front with 20 knot winds and very steep seas. I t all worked out and we came in with limits of crab for everyone on board. We will
be doing crab trips this weekend and the weather looks real nice.
12-18-17 We were back on the ocean again today looking for crabs. The pots continue to fish well with 15 to 25 keeper crabs per trap. They seem a
little fuller each trip. Everyone went home with their limit.
12-13-17 We enjoyed another successful crab trip this morning. The ocean is coming up a little this week but we should still be able to get out for
12-10-17 Sunshine, flat calm ocean, no current, loads of crabs. It just doesn't get any better than that.
12-9-17 We had another epic day fishing for rock fish and ling cod on the Lost Coast. The breeze was blowing a little on the way down but by our
second drift the wind had quit and it was as perfect of a weather day as it could be. The sun was shining and the fish were biting. The variety was
great again with Blacks, Blues, Coppers, Quillbacks, Yellowtail, Chinas, Vermilions, and of course Ling Cod all going into the fish box. The drift
was just right and it was a great crew, in other words, a perfect day in every respect. On the way in we stopped and pulled three pots to get
everyone a limit of crab to take home. What a day!
12-8-17 We had another nice morning to pull crab pots. There were plenty of crabs to go around and everyone went home with their limit of 10 crabs.
12-7-17 It has been quite a few years since we have been able to fish for rockfish and ling cod in December. With a favorable ocean forecast we drove
past our crab pots and headed down to the Lost Coast to try for some tasty white fish. There was a slight easterly breeze first thing but then it
just got nicer and nicer until everyone was down to their t-shirts and enjoying the warm sunshine on a glass flat, calm ocean. We landed some rock
fish and a couple of smallish lings before we found a hot-spot. You know, one of those places that keeps kicking out giant lings plus vermilions and
quillbacks and blacks and blues and, well you know.... everything. Eventually we had limits of nice ling cod and a box of colorful rock fish so we
headed back to check and see what was in our crab pots. Well, they were full and we pulled just three pots to get the sixty crabs we needed for
limits. It looks like everyone on today's trip will be eating good for quite some time.
12-6-17 The excellent crabbing just keeps rolling along with limits on every time out. The crabs are definitely starting to fill out as well.
12-5-17 Just like the rest of us during the Holiday season the crabs have been putting on some weight. We checked some pots yesterday and brought
some crabs home to eat. Some of them were completely full and some were probably around 75 percent. So they are getting fuller. The weather looks
good all week and we have room on Friday if we do two trips.
12-2-17 We still haven't made it back out since the swells came up the other day. There is good news on the horizon though. The weather comes down
significantly for all of next week. We are full on Thursday for a rock fish/ crab trip but it looks like it will be nice all the way through next
weekend. We may do another rock fish trip on Saturday or Sunday. It should be good for crabbing offshore Tuesday through Sunday.
11-29-17 We haven't been out on the water for a few days due to weather. The ocean swells hit 20 feet today. It's a good time to stay home or do boat
work. The weather looks like it should be better next week. In fact, if the long range reports are accurate(they seldom are) then it looks like we
may be able to do some rock fishing by the end of next week. Right now,Thursday looks to be the best day but that may change.
11-24-17 The ocean was very nice today and we were able to make three trips. The crabbing was very good and everyone went home with limits again. The
trees that were drifting around our crab pots missed us and everything was where it was supposed to be.
11-23-17 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Here's wishing everyone a Thanksgiving filled with food, family, and friends. Here at Reel Steel Sportfishing we have
been blessed to make so many great friends in the last 11 years. Sharing what the ocean has to offer has been more rewarding than we could have ever
imagined. Thanks to all of you for making OUR world better. The Reel Steel Crew.
11-22-17 The weather was up just a little but we managed to get everyone limits of crab. There were a couple of big trees drifting just outside of
our string of crab pots. Hopefully, the trees drift through without catching our (or anyone else) crab gear and taking it for a ride. Just another
hazard of crab fishing.
11-21-17 It was pretty windy but no swell offshore on the crab grounds today. Other than some spray on the windshield the wind wasn't a problem. We
got limits of crab for everyone today.
11-20-17 A weather front came through with some wind so we did not go today.
11-19-17 It was another good day of crabbing. There was a little more current today and that made finding the pots a little more challenging since he
buoys were not always showing. With the help of the crew an a good GPS we found our gear and easily got everyone their limits of crabs. I looks like
the weather should be good enough to get out this coming week.
11-18-17 Got the privilege to take a group of Sea Scouts out for a crab trip this morning. It was the first time out on the ocean for some of them.
It is always a treat to share our love of the ocean and all it has to offer with young people. The crab pots were full again so we did not spend a
lot of time working our gear. We had a second trip with a very special family (and Lonnie too) that is going to have a crab feed tonight. The ocean
was glass flat so it was a perfect morning all the way around.
11-17-17 The ocean laid down real nicely and the sun was shining as we made our way out to the crab grounds. The pots continue to be full and it
appears that the crab are starting to fill out. We pulled three pots for five limits and even threw some crabs back for next time. It looks like good
ocean conditions for a few days so now is a good time to come out and get a limit of crabs. We have some room available each day so give Sherry a
call at 707-499-4925 if you are ready for a fresh, delicious crab dinner..
11-11-17 We made three trips out for crab today. The ocean conditions were nice and the crab pots were full.
11-7-17 We made a couple of crab runs again today. The ocean was pretty nice so it was a treat just to be out there. The pots were full again so
everyone went home with their limits of crab. It looks like rain and wind for the next couple of days and will come back down on Saturday. We have
room available for this weekend. (This report is for you, John.)
11-6-17 Crab season opened on Saturday the fourth. We set our pots that morning in the hopes of seeing some crabs find there way in. After just a
couple of days of crabbing it's obvious that there are LOTS of crabs out there. They are all nice big crabs too. The only downside right now is that
they are not filled out yet. They still taste delicious ( we proved that the last couple of dinners) but they are not as full as we like them to be.
It looks like it should be good crabbing for a while.
11-1-17 !!CRAB!! We will be setting our pots this coming Saturday. The price for a crab trip will be $70 again this year. If you are over 15 years
old you MUST have a California fishing license. "One day" licenses are available for around $14 if you don't already have one. It is a pain to get
one when you are at the boat so please have it when you show up. The crab are supposed to be plentiful this year. We'll know for sure on Saturday.
The weather looks OK until next Wednesday so I would suggest trying to get a spot early next week. We will continue to crab until December, weather
10-31-17 Happy Halloween! It was an amazing day fishing the Lost Coast. The swell was bigger than predicted but without much wind at the buoys, we
made the decision to "Go for it". The first couple of stops only yielded a couple of Black Rockfish so we went on the hunt for better fishing.
Eventually we got located and the fish were biting. Big Lings,Yellows, Coppers and Canary's went into the box. At the end of the day we had limits of
Lings and big rock fish. Most of the time there was no wind and we fished in T-shirts. What a great way to end October. Now on to crab season.
10-29-17 The morning started off right with a beautiful, glassy Bay and plenty of wildlife all around us while we looked for some tasty California
Halibut. The Halibut must have been kicking back enjoying the weather too because they did not bite like they have been most of the year. We were
getting lots of bites but the fish would hit a bait and stun it but would not come back to eat it. Lots of action but not lots of hookups. We did
manage to hook 25 fish but only five were keepers. We might get one more shot at them before the rain starts on Friday. !!!CRAB SEASON OPENS THIS
SATURDAY!!! We are taking reservations NOW. Give Sherry a call and get yourself some tasty crab. Only $70 for 10 crab! (you will need a Ca fishing
license ) Call 707-499-4925
10-27-17 We had good enough weather today to make a run to the Lost Coast. While not the wide open fishing that we experienced for most of the summer
the fishing was pretty good. We managed limits of rock fish but were two fish short of our Ling Cod limits. The change in the depth of water that we
are allowed to fish has definitely had an impact on our fishing success. The ocean was a little bouncy with 6 foot swells and 10 knots of wind.
10-18-17 With rain in the forecast, the end of Bay fishing could be on its way so we decided to give it another shot. The fishing started off a
little slow in the morning but then it just kept getting better and better. At one point we had two halibut in the net and another rod getting bit.
That makes for some exciting fishing. The ratio of short fish to keepers was good and we had limits without any problem.
10-16-17 We were back out on the ocean today looking for rock fish. We are back to the 20 fathom depth restriction so we were somewhat limited on our
options. With that excuse out of the way, the fishing was not that great. We never did find much in the way of Ling Cod but were able to boat some
decent Cabezone. Everyone went home with a good variety of rock fish with some Vermilion and Quillbacks in the mix but not the big bags of fillets
that we are used to.
10-15-17 It was a great time with a great family on the Bay today. The kids showed off their fishing prowess by reeling in Halibut after Halibut. To
be honest, it was hard just keeping up with the net. Lonnie was on the boat too and he caught his share but the kids stole the show. At the end of a
(short) day everyone had caught their limit plus plenty of short fish that were released.
10-14-17 It was an eerily beautiful morning on the Bay. There were wisps of fog rolling around and then blue skies. No wind. The fishing started off
a little slow but then we found our groove and started to put some keeper halibut in the fish box. After about four hours of fishing we had limits on
ice and had released another thirty fish. It was a great morning.
10-12-17 After hearing reports that the California Halibut bite had totally died off we had to go and find out for ourselves. So with high hopes and
low expectations we left the dock at 8am. In just three hours of fishing we had our limits of nice size fish and had released another 15 more. This
fishing will probably end after the first major rains but with the crummy offshore weather it is nice to have some quality fishing to fall back on.
It is beginning to look like the weather may settle down a little this weekend and into early next week.
10-10-17 The weather offshore has been crummy. It doesn't look like it is going to improve real soon either. We are watching it and hopefully, we are
going to get back out there at some point.
10-6-17 It doesn't happen often but the Ling Cod and rock fish were not in a biting mood today. There was a long-duration swell and we have seen that
put the fish off of their feed in the past. We worked all of the spots that have been producing as recently as yesterday. We were able to get limits
of Blacks and an assortment of other fish but nothing came easy or in big numbers. It looks like the weather is going to be crummy offshore for a bit
so maybe the fish will be hungry the next time we can get out.
10-5-17 Today was pretty much a repeat of yesterday. The Ling Cod were really biting and we had easy limits of a nice grade of fish. The rock fish
bite was a little slower and we came up a little short there but the grade was good with a couple of big Vermilion and some nice Cabs and Coppers.
10-4-17 Back on the water again! The ocean finally laid down enough for us to get back after the rock fish and Ling Cod. They must have missed us
because they were really biting. We easily got our limits of Lings and had a nice box of big Coppers, Blacks, Cabs and more. We had a newlywed couple
from Wisconsin on their first trip to the West Coast. They got to see some great scenery and catch a bunch of tasty fish to ship home.
9-28-17 We had a real nice day on the Lost Coast chasing rock fish. The weather was very nice. We were treated to a great whale show as there were
Humpback whales feeding and blowing and breaching all around the boat. Every direction you looked there were whale