5-15-2020 We snuck out between storms today to make a trip down to the Lost Coast for rockfish and Ling Cod. We have some fancy new electronics on the boat that really paid off for us today. We were down close to some Black Rockfish spots that we have used in the past when our GPS showed us some rocks that I had never even seen before. We dropped our rigs down and it was "game on" for Black Rockfish. It didn't take long before we had limits of them and were looking for our next species. We hit a bunch of usually reliable spots only to pick up a random fish now and then. The decision was made to make a fairly long run to try another new spot(thanks new electronics) for some badly needed Ling Cod. The gamble paid off and soon three anglers were hooked up to stout Ling Cod all at once. We stayed there and got limits of Lings for everyone before it was time to head for home. The ocean was nice all day.
5-10-2020 It was another great day on the water. There was a little breeze from the North in the morning which switched around to the South before noon. Our first stop was wide open with all kinds of colorful rockfish coming over the rail. We also had a small Sea Lion that wanted to come over the rail as well. He almost made it a couple of times but the sides are pretty high on the boat and after at least a dozen solid attempts he finally gave up. The grade of fish was excellent and we landed about a dozen different species.
5-9-2020 We made our first official trip of 2020 today. The bar crossing was a little bumpy but the ocean was pretty nice. The target was Pacific Halibut and we had two "old hands" on the boat. There was quite a bit of current but eventually we put a small halibut in the box. A little while later we missed a good bite and then hooked another halibut. Now that we had them located it was just a matter of drifting over the spot again to pick up our last fish for limits. It was 11:30 and we were already on our way back to the dock. The fish were not too big but it was still a great way to kick off the season.
4-29-2020 It looks like we will be allowed to fish if we abide by social distancing rules. We are going to start out slowly and carefully and see how things work. The safety and health of our customers is vitally important to us. We ask for your understanding as we implement new rules for fishing on the Reel Steel. Masks are required. You must bring your own mask with you. As of right now we do not have extra masks for customers. Only one person in addition to the crew allowed in the cabin at a time. Maintain six feet of distance between you and other passengers while fishing. Sanitize hands before getting on the boat. Gloves are recommended but aren't required. If you have been sick within the last 21 days do not come fishing, please think of others. Practice social distancing while on the dock as well. We are going to limit open party loads to four anglers for the time being. If you are high risk with other health problems please don't come fishing. Hopefully, we will all get through this and get back to normal.
4-24-2020 Well, we are one week away from our season opener with both Pacific Halibut and Rockfish/Ling Cod opening on May 1st. We still have not received any clear indication on whether we will be able to fish and if so what kind of restrictions(masks, distancing etc) may be placed on us. As of right now we are listed as a nonessential business and therefore shut down. I will post here when I have something more definitive. I hope that you all are taking care of yourselves and your families. We appreciate that everyone has taken a "wait and see" attitude rather than cancel trips early.
3-30-2020 Just wanted to let everyone know that we're hunkering down for now but you can still reach us by phone if you need to. Since none of us knows when this Corona virus stuff will end we are just taking things one day at a time. Here is hoping that you all are healthy and remain that way.
3-20-2020 It's been quite a week hasn't it. With California locked down and only chores staring us in the face at home we decided to get the boat a spring shakedown. We took a couple of good friends along (maintaining six foot personal space) to look for some Petrale Sole and Sand Dabs. The ocean was like a lake all day and it was mostly sunny as well. The first couple of hours had us searching for some biters with a shark, a skate, a Ratfish (look it up) all coming up only to be released back into the ocean. Eventually, we did find some biters of the right kind and put together a pretty nice catch of Sole and Dabs. Hopefully, we will see an end to this virus scare soon and can get on the water when the season opens May 1. In the meantime we hope that everyone is healthy and that you remain that way.
3-10-2020 The options for our salmon season were released yesterday. The season will fit somewhere within the options. We still won't know the outcome until April. The options are: Option one- June 6 to July 31. Option two- June 11 to July 31. Option three- July 1 to July 19. The limit will still be two fish per day over 20 inches.
3-8-2020 Pretty good news coming out of the salmon meetings. We could get as much as six weeks of salmon fishing. The options will be out tomorrow but the final decision will not be made until early April. We put the boat back in the water last week and are installing some pretty cool new electronics.
3-6-2020 The negotiations for our salmon season this year have just begun. The first options coming out of the PFMC meeting are from the entire month of July down to as little as Memorial and Fourth of July weekends. So between six and thirty one days. There will be lots more negotiating between now and next Monday when the final (there will be three) options are announced. At least we have an idea of where things are headed this year.
3-2-2020 We just got back from the shows in Chico and Anderson. There was a good turnout and we met a lot of great people. We got to see a lot of old friends as well. The initial word on the Klamath River salmon population is not great but we won't know much about the options for this year's season until later this week.
2-8-2020 It's been a while since our last update but that's because there just is not a lot going on right now. We are doing our annual boat haulout and maintenance. After having issues with some of our tuna trolling reels last season we went out and got a set of Accurate reels to replace them. We will also have new rods and reels for Pacific Halibut fishing this season. We are also getting some new state of the art ocean charting. This is something that just came out within the last month or so. For our friends living "over the hill" we will have a booth at the Chico Sportsman Show the weekend of February 21st and the Sports and Recreation Show at the Shasta County Fairgrounds the weekend of February 28th. We hope you can stop by to chat.
15-19 We are back in town and Sherry is booking trips. We won't know when salmon season will start until April but Pacific Halibut and Rockfish/Ling Cod open May first. Let's hope for another great season(maybe the tuna will show up again).
11-23-19 Today was our last day on the water for 2019. We picked up the rest of our crab pots this morning and headed for home. We had a great season this year. The fishing was not always red hot but for the most part it was pretty darn good including a couple of weeks of excellent albacore fishing. We have been very blessed here on the Reel Steel this season. We made many new friends and reconnected with some old ones. The best part of all has always been the people. Sherry and I are very thankful that we got to spend time with so many wonderful folks this year. This is the time of year to be extra thankful and Sherry and I are thankful for all of you. We hope to see you all back on board next season. Sherry will be taking reservations until December 1st and then she is going to take a break from the phone until January 10th when she will continue taking reservations for 2020. Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to you all.
11-18-19 The weather was good so we squeezed in two trips today. There were plenty of crab in the pots.
11-17-19 We had another successful morning of crabbing. It was a little foggy but the pots were full and the ocean was pretty nice. Our last trip will be on November 25th and the crabs are in good shape so now is the time to go.
11-16-19 The swell was similar to yesterday but there was not much current which made the crabbing easy-peasy.
11-15-19 The big swell that was in the weather forecast showed up this morning making the surfers happy. There was no wind so we went to take a look and were pleasantly surprised with how good the ocean was in spite of the 10 foot swell. Once we got to where our crab pots should have been we didn't see any buoys. So we slowly made our way down the string until we finally saw a buoy peak up out of the water. The current was ripping which made it hard to get a hold of the buoy. Eventually we got it though and pulled in the pot. The pot had plenty of crab and we started filling everyone's buckets. We repeated the process three more times and had limits for six people.
11-14-19 The fog finally went away today and we enjoyed crabbing on a glass flat ocean. The pots were full so we didn't have to pull too many to get limits.
11-11-19 That darn fog just won't go away. Even so, we made it out to our crab pots and everyone on board got their limit of crab.
11-10-19 We made two crab trips today to get limits for everyone. The ocean was calm but foggy.
11-9-19 We made two runs for crab today. Had some real nice folks on the boat. Limits of crab all around. I guess that the only negative that I can think of is that there is just not enough time on these crab trips to get to know everyone.
11-8-19 Well today we were able to see our way out of the Bay. The fog had lifted and we had OK visibility all the way down to the rockfish grounds. It was fairly breezy when we got to our first spot but the fish were biting pretty good. We moved around some to get some variety but eventually headed inshore when the current and wind conspired to create line tangles. Once everyone had their limit of rockfish we cruised back up to our crab pots. The pots had plenty of crab and we got limits of them to go with the rockfish. Sherry had some tasty cookies waiting for us at the dock so we finished up a good day on a high note.
11-7-19 The fog was still so thick that you could cut it with knife but that didn't stop our intrepid crew from making their way out to the crab grounds. Once there we began to pull in pots with nice, big Dungeness crabs. Soon we were headed back to the dock with limits of crab destined for the dinner table.
11-5-19 We left the dock in dense fog. It made for a slow trip down the Bay. It finally cleared up some about three quarters of the way out. Since the crabbing has not been red hot we dropped off a few more pots so that we could ensure that we get limits for everyone on every trip. Then we made our way out to try for rockfish. We found a spot with some biters and started loading the fish box with big Canary rockfish and some Ling Cod. After getting our limits of Canaries we went looking for some other fish to fill out limits. We found a spot with Yellowtail,Widow and even a wayward Chilipepper rockfish. We didn't find any more Lings but we had a nice box of fish so we headed in to check our crab pots. The pots did pretty well and we got limits of crab for everyone. Plenty of good seafood to keep everyone happy.
11-3-19 We made two crab trips this morning. The crabbing is not red hot but everyone went home with their limits. The quality of the crab is pretty good with most fairly filled out but a few that are not there yet.
11-2-19 Opening day of crab season! The ocean was glass flat all day. We set pots around 8am and let them soak for about five hours before our first pull. The pots averaged about five big keepers per pot. We are having some for dinner so then we will know what condition they are in. They look pretty good to me. Yum, crab!
11-1-19 Today was the first time in about 20 years that we haven't had a depth restriction for rockfish. We took advantage of the opportunity and fished a new area. The fish were big and they were biting. We limited on Ling Cod and had a fishbox full of giant Canary rockfish and Yellowtail rockfish. It's a little trickier fishing the deep water and we had a few tangles but everyone had a great time pulling on big fish. We start our crab season tomorrow.
10-31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! It was the last day of Pacific Halibut season so we went looking for some. We had lots of bites from Sand Dabs and Petrale Sole but only one Pacific Halibut made it into the fish box. It was a great group and everyone was enjoying a whale show with Humpbacks and Blue Whales when we made the decision to try the jetties for some rockfish. They landed limits of Blacks with a smattering of other varieties. The ocean was calm all day and it looks like that is going to be the forecast for a while. We are running crab trips beginning Saturday and are considering some all depth rockfish while the great weather holds. After Saturday we have plenty of spots available so give Sherry a shout and let her know you are ready for some fresh crab!
10-20-19 The halibut fishing in the Bay continues it's hot pace. We only had three on today but they caught their limits before 9:30. The Bay was glass flat with birds and seals all around the boat.
10-18-19 No fishing today or Saturday. If we get enough interest we will do California Halibut in the Bay on Sunday. Conditions look good and the fish have been biting. Give Sherry a call if you want some late season halibut. After that we will be off of for about a week. Sherry is already taking reservations for crab. Crab season begins November 2.
10-17-19 We had some dignitaries on the boat that wanted a shot at some California Halibut. We left the dock in the rain hoping the weather would clear and the fish would bite. Things started out pretty slow until Betty hooked and landed a nice size halibut. We moved again and then picked up a couple more fish. Then the bite turned on and we were filling the fish box at a nice steady pace. Every once in a while a shark would bite and give someone an extra thrill. The weather had turned nice by then so everyone was having a good time.
A couple of the folks were on a schedule so we headed back in a little early but by then we were only one fish short of limits for everyone.
10-15-19 One of the worst things in the charter fishing business is when you have a great group of people that deserve a great day of fishing only to have the fish screw everything up. Today was one of those days with some really nice folks and some poor fishing. Conditions were nearly perfect but we were only able to put one small halibut in the box. Everyone kept up a good attitude and really put in a strong effort but it was just "one of those days".
10-13-19 We tried for halibut again today but the swell came up and we headed back in early to beat the tide. Lots of big Petrale sole around stripping bait off of hooks with a few latching on to the big halibut hooks. They are now destined for the frying pan.
10-12-19 We plodded our way out of the Bay this morning in the dense fog to find a flat calm ocean. The conditions were perfect for Halibut fishing and the fishing was good. It took most of the day but when we were done it was halibut limits all around with the biggest just under 60#.
10-11-19 After a few "weather" days off we were back to the Lost Coast looking for rockfish and Ling Cod. We had an amazing variety of rockfish with thirteen different types coming over the rail. All that added up to rockfish limits for everyone. The highlight of the day was a Pacific Halibut that was well over 50# landed by Archie. He did a great job of getting the big fish to the boat on light tackle. There was not a lot of drift and the little bit of swell died down by mid morning.
10-7-19 The Lost Coast provided some excellent fishing again today.
We had a lot of variety plus a couple of real nice Ling Cod(plus some medium size). It was breezy but the fog stayed away and it was sunny all morning.
10-6-19 It was a little rolly on the rockfish grounds today but that didn't keep the gang from catching fish. It was a nice group and they kept at it until they had limits of rockfish. It was sunny all day with a slight breeze.
10-3-19 We made our first run for Pacific Halibut in quite a while. Without any real solid info we made an educated guess on where to start. Well, that didn't turn out so great so we moved to where we caught our last halibut a couple of weeks ago. We caught a Petrale on that spot which showed that there was some life in the area. Then we missed a good bite. Then Lonnie, (Fishhawg to many) hooked up. After a good battle we slid a 50#er over the rail. A few minutes later another bite, but it didn't stick. Then a hookup that seemed connected but came unbuttoned about half way to the top. One more missed bite and that was our day.
10-2-19 The weather was fantastic on the Lost Coast fishing grounds today. The air was clear and the coastline view was amazing. (and we caught some fish too)
10-1-19 The weather was good enough for us to try a run down to the Lost Coast. There was a little breeze early on but it got nicer as the morning progressed. The fish bit just OK. Good enough that the gang went home with all of the fish that they wanted but not as good as we are used to seeing it. All in all it was a nice day with some nice people.
9-30-19 The last day of September served up some great Halibut fishing in the Bay. Even though the tides aren't "perfect" the fish didn't seem to mind and they bit steady all day. The weather was nice and at times absolutely perfect. It was a fun group that seemed to enjoy every minute.
9-29-19 Today was one of those days where you just have to give in to the weather and go in early. We were putting halibut in the box at a steady rate while fighting a South breeze when the wind really picked up. And then it started to rain. That was enough to convince us to quit early and head for the dock.
9-28-19 It was a fun group on the boat today. Everyone had a good time reeling in California Halibut plus a couple of Leopard sharks, Bat Rays, a salmon and at least one unknown fish (broke off under the boat). The weather did a little bit of everything from cool and breezy to warm and sunny to light rain.
9-27-19 We spent the morning in the Bay fishing for halibut. There was enough action to get limits for the couple of folks that we had on the boat. It was a little chilly and breezy.
9-26-19 With 14 foot seas crashing against the jetties we decided to fish in the Bay today. While not wide open, the California Halibut were biting pretty good. We only had a few short fish and managed to put limits of keepers in the box by noon. We are going to be fishing in the Bay for the next couple of days and we might have a spot available on a couple of those days.
9-25-19 We have been off of the water for a few days due to weather. It looks like the crummy offshore stuff will continue into the weekend before it gets better. The California Halibut bite in the Bay continues to be very good so we are going to do a couple of trips for them while we wait for the weather to settle down. We have some awesome live bait right now which really helps with the Halibut. There is a ton of quota left for Pacific Halibut so we are anxious to get after them. It's been a while since we could chase the big Pacifics in October. In the past that has been a good month for BIG ones. The wind has been messing with the tuna water so we won't know what's going on with them until the weather stabilizes.
9-22-19 It's been a while but we made it down to the Lost Coast for Ling Cod and rock fish. The weather was a little breezy at first but it settled down after a couple of hours. The drift was just about perfect and the fish were biting. We had plenty of big Ling Cod for limits plus limits of rock fish. At the end of the day Lonnie brought one of the biggest Ling Cod that I have seen to the surface but after two big runs back to the bottom it finally broke the line.
9-20-19 The weather offshore continues to keep us inshore for now. We have some good friends from South Carolina visiting and we took them out for some of the outstanding California Halibut action that we have been experiencing lately. Besides limits of Halibut they got to pull on a couple of fairly large Leopard Sharks. It was a clear, calm morning on the Bay and we all enjoyed the natural surroundings as well as the good fishing.
9-18-19 We were hoping to try for tuna today but the weather wouldn't cooperate. The gang decided that fishing in the Bay for California Halibut would be the backup. It was slightly breezy and we got sprinkled on a few times but the fish were biting and everyone went home with a couple of nice Halibut.
9-15-19 After a few days off of the water we were back at it again today. The ocean was fairly nice and we were able to run offshore to try a new area for tuna. All of the conditions were right with blue warm water and birds and bait around. There were some tuna as well but not in the numbers that we have been working with lately. We had a late cancellation so we were one short of our regular five person load. It was just as well since we only boated a half dozen of the silver speedsters. It was a good day, just not a great day. It looks like there is some more crummy weather coming so we probably wont be running every day until things settle back down.
9-11-19 The ocean was a little bumpy all day but was plenty fishable. We never really found the motherload of tuna but we did end up with an OK score. The weather is up and down for the next week so we are playing it day to day. We have cancelled tomorrows trip.
9-10-19 We were back on the tuna chase again today. The ocean was a little swelly in the morning but glassed off nice later. The first thing we saw on the tuna grounds was a pod of Orcas. Good sign or bad, we didn't know. We put out the troll spread and had a couple of fish fairly quickly. The bite was steady until more boats showed up so we went looking around. We picked up a few more fish but it was pretty slow for a while. We ended up back where we started for a pretty good bite that helped us fill the fish box. Another good day tuna fishing.
9-9-19 We had another amazing day out on the tuna grounds. The bite was RED HOT!. At one point we could not get all of our troll gear in the water before we had another fish on. The group on the boat did a good job of bringing their fish to gaff. There was a little bit of swell but no wind. The fish are still very close to port so it is a quick run to the grounds.
9-8-19 If you were to create the perfect fishing day, today would be it. The weather was absolutely beautiful with clear skies, calm wind, smooth seas and warm air. The tuna were up and biting in the morning and it was not long before we had a load of longfins on ice. We came in when everyone had all the Albacore they wanted.
9-7-19 The tuna really lit it up today. It started off a little slow but once we got located it was pretty much wide open all morning. The gang on the boat did a great job of landing their fish. It can get hectic when the bite is that good. We did not have any "peanuts" and some fish were around 25#. It's not that easy to reel in a tuna of that size. The fish bit on the troll and on live bait. To me fishing live anchovies for big Albacore is the most fun fishing we have around here. We had over 40 fish by just after noon.
9-6-19 It was a totally different day on the tuna grounds from yesterday. The ocean was calm for one thing. There were a lot of boats out. And the tuna bit a little bit better. In fact, we doubled yesterday's score, and in less time. We saw some jumpers (feeding tuna that come out of the water) and lots of bird life. We got a little action on live bait. It was a good day to be offshore with a great gang.
9-5-19 The weather was pretty tough out on the tuna grounds today. The fishing was tough as well. It was a slow pick with a bite every hour or so and those were mostly singles. It looks like the fish are still there but were not "up" today. We left the lines in for a while on the way back in while filleting the catch and we picked up a nice double that way. We had some fish boil on our chum at one point and we did get a fish on bait. It would have been hard to use bait most of the morning with the wind blowing the way it was. We ended the day in double digits in spite of the slow fishing.
9-4-19 The tuna are close and they're BITING. We caught over 30 tuna today. We had a meeting at the dock and decided to give it a look even though the weather at the buoy was showing wind and big seas. It wasn't the calmest ocean but we were glad we went. The bite started a little slow but then it picked up and we were getting multiple hookups per stop. It's pretty exciting when five reels are all screaming at the same time. It looks like the weather will be good for a few days so we should be back after tuna.
9-3-19 We did a little rock fish fishing on the Lost Coast today. We had a colorful box of rock fish(limits) and just over a Ling Cod per angler. The current was a little better than it has been recently but it still needs to ease up a little more to have perfect fishing conditions.
9-2-19 We finished up the 2019 salmon season in style with limits. It was a little frustrating at times since a lot of fish were short biters and would not stay hooked. Then we lost one to a sea lion. The grade wasn't that great for the most part but we did manage one that went nearly 20#. We were happy to get our fish and now it's on to Halibut, Tuna and Rock fish.
9-1-19 There was a slight breeze most of the day on the tuna grounds and some fog on the ride home but otherwise the weather could not have been nicer. While it was not a wide open bite, the fishing was steady all day. There were some pretty small albacore in the mix but there were a few real nice ones as well. By the end of the day we had a real nice box of fish. It was a great group of regulars and they helped make things go smoothly all day.
8-31-19 We finished off August with a trip to the Lost Coast for rock fish. The fish were biting pretty good but the current was ripping which made it hard to fish. The gang stuck with it though and were rewarded with limits of fat rock fish and some Ling Cod. The tides are very extreme right now and it seems most of the fishing has been somewhat slow. It should turn around once the tides settle down in a few days.
8-30-19 It was another awesome day fishing for Albacore tuna. The fish are close and the run is relatively short. The morning started out a little foggy but then the sun came out and it was a beautiful day on a glass flat ocean. We caught plenty of tuna and everyone went home with big bags of fillets. We got some fish on live bait which is really fun. The highlight of the day was when a big Mako Shark came calling. It took one of our tuna and then half of another before we could bring the fish in. So we made up a quick rig, tied it to a Halibut rod and baited it with a piece of tuna. It was just seconds before the big shark (we estimated at 7 feet in length and several hundred pounds) took the bait. The fight was on....for about 10 seconds and then the shark bit through the rig and casually swam away.
8-29-19 We had a great day on the tuna grounds. We had one old salt plus four anglers that fish a lot but had never caught Albacore before. They got broke in right with some tuna going well over 25#.
8-9-19 It was a beautiful day on the tuna grounds with calm seas and warm temps. The fish started biting right away but slowed down for their afternoon siesta. It was a fun group and everyone had a good time visiting and just relaxing (and snacking). We sure have some wonderful people that come to fish with us. Thank you!
8-8-19 We started out the day fishing for Halibut in a different area from yesterday. We did not get any action so we made the decision early to switch to salmon. The salmon were biting and we finished up just short of limits for everyone. It was a fun group and we were all happy to see the rods bend when the salmon started biting. It sounds like a few halibut are around but the bite has been inconsistent. Tomorrow we are going to look for tuna.
8-7-19 The ocean was great today with flat seas and lots of life. We tried for halibut for most of the day but they just weren't biting for us. We ended up blasting (if you can call 15 knots blasting) to where the salmon bite was just in time for it to slow down there. We did manage a couple and missed a couple more before it was time to head for home.
8-6-19 Every day is different out on the ocean these days. We dropped in on a good looking spot this morning and within 20 minutes we had a nice King Salmon in the net. Then we didn't get another bite until after noon. Everyone stayed in good spirits though and were ready when the fish finally started to bite. It was steady action for a while and when it was time to home we were just two fish short of boat limits. The weather was pretty nice so all in all it was a good day.
8-5-19 Redemption! After the slow fishing yesterday it was great to be slinging fish over the rail again. The Bar crossing was a little bumpy but the ocean was very nice. There was only one other boat out as we began our search for fish. The salmon have been very deep the last few days but they were up today and one of the stern rods was the first to bounce. Then it got good as we had four bites in quick succession but only boated one of those fish. The fish came steady after that and by 10:30 we were fishing for the Captain's fish. It was limits for everyone aboard before noon. The grade was good and the fish ran from 7# up to 16#.
8-4-19 What a difference a day makes. We woke up this morning to an ocean that had come up considerably overnight. We ran to yesterday's halibut spot through sloppy conditions. The drift was not too bad but the fishing (catching) was horrible. We spent quite a bit of time drifting around looking for a biting Halibut to no avail. Eventually, we all cried "uncle" and picked up our gear and made our way to the salmon grounds. The report from there was that the bite was steady but slow. We put in and managed to pick up three King salmon (and a bonus Ling Cod) before it was time to head back in. One of the day's highlights was watching a large Mako shark jumping near the boat.A very rare sight here.
8-3-19 What a great day to be fishing off of Eureka. Besides a little fog the conditions were perfect. Without a lot of info we had to decide which way to turn when we left the Bay. We ran out to our first stop and dropped lines in. After no action for a while we went on the hunt. Spot number two was just like spot number one, no action. On to spot number three with the same results. So we were making the long run to the area where we had caught a small Halibut a couple of days ago when a friend announced a 50# fish in that area. We were on our way when another friend said he caught a 70# Halibut right where we started this morning. So we stopped there dropped in and hoped for the best. After a bit Lonnie hooked and landed our first Halibut of the day, a fat 50# fish. A little bit later he hooked a small fish and passed the rod off to another angler. Soon after that fish another angler hooked a real dandy that made a couple of strong runs back to the bottom but he stuck with it and we put it in the box. Shortly after that we put two more nice fish in the box for limits.
8-2-19 We had the same great group from North Carolina (mostly) that we had on board the day before yesterday. The decision was made to head to the Lost Coast for rockfish. The trip down was made in the fog but the seas were calm. The fish were biting as soon as we got there and the group proceeded to load the fish box. There was a nice variety of the usual suspects with Vermilion, Coppers and Chinas as well as Canary and Quillback rockfish. We did see a large group of whales near the Eel River Canyon but we kept our distance and did not disturb them.
8-1-19 It was another great day on the salmon grounds(unless you were a salmon). We started out with dense fog that would come and go. The ocean was glass flat and the air temp was nice and warm. The fishing started off slow but gradually picked up throughout the morning. Once the fish started to bite it was a fish every 15 minutes or so until we had everyone's limit at 11am. The quality was mixed with a few smaller fish and some real dandies. Big fish was a fat King salmon that tipped the scale at 19 1/2 #'s. There were several in the 15# range as well. Since it was still early and the gang REALLY wanted Pacific Halibut we ran a few miles offshore and gave it a try. There did not seem to be a lot of life out there but we managed to put one small Halibut in the box.
7-31-19 This was the kind of fishing day that we all dream about. The ocean was calm and the sun was up as we headed offshore to look for salmon. The fishing started off slow with a short bite here and then a Coho and then another short bite or Coho about 15 minutes apart. Then we landed a nice King. Soon we had another King and then another. Then we had a triple of Kings and got all three. It was bang, bang, bang and we had 13 fish in the box. We only needed one more to complete the Captains limit. We hooked another nice one that went into the net and so as the rest of the lines were being brought in we hooked one more but since we already had limits we let the nice 15# salmon swim free. A check on the clock showed that the gang had boated 14 salmon by 10:30 in the morning. That's the kind of fishing we dream about.
7-30-19 We started the day in dense fog looking for any kind of salmon sign. We spotted a couple of birds sitting on the water and put our lines in. The fishing started off slow. Luckily, we had a "ringer" on board and she boated the first fish of the day. It was a slow pick for a while and then the fish turned on. We had a hard time keeping up with the bite but managed to put some fish in the box. We released a couple of fish that would have made the minimum but would not have looked good in the fish box next to the bigger fish we were catching. As they say "all good things must come to an end" and so it was with the salmon bite. Our last fish was a little under twenty pounds and was a good one to quit on. We headed for home just one fish short of limits.
7-28-19 After taking a couple of days off we fished in the Bay today for California Halibut. We spent a good portion of our time early on looking for live bait (anchovies). We were unable to find enough to work on so we went prospecting with the bait that we already had. The first area that we tried did not produce anything. We moved to a second spot where Carolyn put the first fish in the box. Then it was a pretty steady pick until we had limits just before the clock struck noon. We heard that the salmon bite is beginning to pick up so we should have a report on that after Tuesday's trip.
7-26 and 7-27-19 We did not fish due to weather and a slow salmon bite. Hopefully, with a couple of days rest the salmon will show up again.
7-25-19 I don't know why but the Halibut bite in the Bay was better today. We fished most of the day but managed to get limits for everyone. The weather was nice and it never got too breezy. It was a great group and there were plenty of stories and good laughs.
7-24-19 We fished in the Bay for California Halibut. While the bite was not as good as last year we still managed to put some fish in the boat. It was a nice day with a great gang.
7-23-19 The salmon bite continues to be somewhat slow with a bright spot every now and then. We never could get them to go today and only had a few fish to show for our efforts. Hopefully, the wind that we should get over the next few days will shuffle the deck and get the salmon to move in where they belong.
7-22-19 We took a chance that the improving conditions yesterday would mean nice conditions at the rockfish grounds today. Well, it didn't work out that way. It was a nice ride most of the way but once we got located the wind was blowing pretty good. The good news was that the fish didn't seem to mind and it was mostly wide open fishing all morning. The grade was excellent with some big Vermilion and Coppers and some of the biggest Yellowtail that I have seen in a while. The Ling Cod were biting as well and it didn't take long before we were heading home with a brimming full fish box.
7-21-19 Things started out a little bumpy on the ocean but then settled down and turned into a nice day. We spent the day searching for salmon. We found an area with a few fish but only managed to pull out two keepers. There was a lot of action with coho and shakers but the bigger fish remained elusive.
7-18-19 No fishing today or tomorrow due to rough ocean conditions.
7-17-19 For once the weatherman was wrong and it worked in our favor. It was bumpy and breezy on the way out to the salmon grounds but as the day progressed the weather just kept getting nicer until it was t-shirt weather. While we enjoyed the calm conditions the salmon were not in much of a biting mood. We stuck it out and released some shorts and silvers and ended up with a little better than a fish a rod. The bright spot was a young lady from Ireland that figured things out quickly and went on to land her limit of keepers.
7-16-19 It was a somewhat arduous day on the salmon grounds for us. We spent most of the morning prospecting and by noon we did not have a keeper size fish to show for it. We finally got located and began to catch some fish. We ended the day only one fish shy of limits.
7-15-19 We made the run to the Lost Coast again for Ling Cod and rockfish. The rockfish were biting all day but it took the Lings a while to warm up to our lures. Once they did the gang boated limits in short order. Most of the Lings were nice, big ones.
7-14-19 What began as a salmon trip ended up as a trip to the Lost Coast for Ling Cod and rockfish. The salmon bite was dead slow this morning . It has been weird this year the way that there is excellent salmon fishing one day and slow fishing the next. The decision to go for rockfish turned out to be the right one. The ocean conditions were a little bumpy but the fishing was good with some big Ling Cod coming over the rail. By the end of the day everyone had limits of rockfish and Ling Cod.
7-13-19 The salmon showed up today. We had a nice family on the boat that got to reel in some nice, big King Salmon. We had some come unbuttoned early on but then we got into the rhythm and began to put some fish in the box. By the end of the day they had a pretty good haul of fillets to take home.
7-12-19 We had the same group today that caught "the skunk" yesterday. After giving it some thought we decided to start right where we started yesterday. (dumb, huh?) We had our first halibut on the line almost immediately. Bingo! Our hunch was right, the fish were here, they just weren't hungry yesterday. After that it was a slow, steady pick all day with a halibut every now and then with some big Petrale Sole in between. These were good fishermen and it showed. By the end of the day we had four halibut for five anglers. We lost three halibut, two came unbuttoned on the way up and the third was a Captains error with an overzealous drag setting. All in all it was much better than yesterday.
7-11-19 It was a long, slow day on the Halibut grounds. We caught some misc. fish but only one "possible" Halibut bite. Conditions were right but the halibut weren't in a biting mood.
7-10-19 It was foggy and the ocean was greasy calm when we arrived at our first fishing spot on the Lost Coast. As soon as baits hit the bottom it was "game on!" First fish was a 20# Ling Cod. The fish kept biting all morning and we only hit three spots to get limits of rockfish. It was a great crew with a couple of fun-loving youngsters that held their own at the rail and caught some really nice fish. They caught 12 different kinds of fish today.
7-9-19 It was very nice on the ocean today with low seas and not much wind. It tried to sprinkle once but that was the extent of it. The salmon fishing was not red hot but good enough with little flurries of action and dry spells in between. We almost had limits at the end of the day when the last fish we needed slipped out of the net and spit the hook. We hooked what we think was a Thresher Shark that caused pandemonium as it ripped from one side of the boat to the other before breaking the line. We never saw it. The fish were the best grade that we have had in two years. Lots of nice big ones.
7-8-19 The Bar was a little bumpy for our crossing this morning and the ocean was choppy and breezy at first but calmed down nicely after a bit. The salmon fishing was steady if not spectacular. We had plenty of opportunities but a lot of fish just refused to join us in the boat and managed to win their freedom. In spite of that we finished up just two fish short of our limits.
7-7-19 We stayed in the Bay today to fish for California Halibut. Whether it's the big tides or just a lack of fish we did not do much with only one short to show for our efforts. We still had some bait that lasted longer than our patience so we used it to catch some Ling Cod and rockfish.
7-6-19 We started off the morning trying for salmon but decided to run to the Rocks to catch some rockfish to at least get some meat on the boat. After getting some rockfish we went back on the hunt for salmon. We moved around a lot while we looked but only had one fish to show for our efforts. Then we stumbled onto a spot that was holding some fish and put a few more nice salmon in the box. We ended up with a fish per rod plus the rockfish so it wasn't too bad of a day at all.
7-5-19 It was a tough day out on the fishing grounds. We started off trying for Pacific Halibut offshore but after about an hour the wind and current were too strong to keep fishing. We pulled in the gear and switched over to salmon. We trolled in from the Halibut grounds and landed a nice King on a current break. We worked that area for a while with no more action other than a couple of Coho and shaker Kings. We ran into where the fleet was fishing and dropped in. We hooked and landed a nice big King. Then it got real slow. We hooked another nice fish that came unbuttoned and then landed one more keeper and called it quits for the day.
7-4-19 !!!HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! It was another great day on the Big Pond. The ocean was nice all day with pleasant temperatures and little wind. The fish were biting a little when we first dropped in but it took us a while to put anything in the fish box. We had three fish in the box when we hit a serious dry spell. We decided to look around some and eventually found some biters. Then it was only a matter of time before everyone had their limit of salmon and we were headed for home.
7-3-19 This morning was pretty much a repeat of yesterday morning. We dropped in on a red-hot salmon bite and started landing fish, singles, doubles.... lost a bunch but who cares? "It's wide open". Then the bite died. We were halfway to limits by then and everyone had lost a fish or two. We worked and worked and picked up a fish here and there but we also continued to lose some as well. We finally pulled the plug and ran in just one fish short of limits for everyone. The ocean was nicer than expected so it was a good day to be on the water.
7-2-19 We started off with a pretty good bite first thing in the morning. The problem was that the fish were just not sticking for us. We lost several fish right at the back of the boat and missed numerous bites. We were going through a tray of bait per fish landed. Then things quieted down and we began to land the fish we hooked. The fish were mostly pretty nice size. We stayed at it and eventually everyone got their limit of beautiful, bright salmon.
7-1-19 We had a small group on the boat today. The fishing started off a little on the slow side but everyone stuck with it and we had salmon limits before noon.
6-30-19 It was another nice day to be out on the ocean. The seas were flat calm and there was very little wind. The salmon fishing was just like the "good old days". We had steady action with a bite every 10 minutes or so. Lonnie caught his limit in five minutes after missing a couple of bites earlier. By 8:30 we were done with limits for everyone. The gang decided that the Captain needed a Birthday fish so after 10 more minutes of trolling they put the last fish in the box and we made our way back to the dock in time for breakfast.
6-29-19 The grade of salmon just keeps getting better and better. Today's catch was the best size that I have seen in the last two years. Beautiful, bright fish with brilliant red flesh. Great for a Fourth of July BBQ.
6-28-19 We were blessed with another flat calm ocean today. It was very foggy in the morning but the fog even