8-21-19 The ocean was glass flat all day with just a little swell in the afternoon. The rockfish were biting right off the bat and we didn't have to stray far from our first stop to get everyone's limit of big Coppers, Quillbacks and Vermilion. The Ling Cod bit better today as well and we were just short of limits of Lings when it was time to make our way back home. The air was muggy with a chance of rain (it sprinkled on the way in) but the view of the Lost Coast was spectacular. All in all a great day.
8-20-19 It was a tough day for the gang salmon fishing today. There were quite a few missed bites and when a fish would stay on the hook it would either be a shaker King or a Coho. We stayed out hoping for an afternoon bite. It seemed like a good decision when we boated a fish , missed a couple and had another shake the hook at the back of the boat. But then that bite kind of died too so we surrendered and headed back to the dock. I have to give credit to the whole group that maintained a positive attitude all day.
8-19-19 We had a good group on the boat today and they were ready to catch some big rockfish. The ocean was flat and the fish cooperated. The Ling Cod bite was a little slow for us but the guys made up for that with a box of quality rockfish and a nice Pacific Halibut.
8-18-19 We were back out today. The seas are finally starting to settle down. We started in the Bay for halibut and had four fish before the tide change when we left to go offshore to look for salmon. We did not see much good salmon sign and only caught a couple of Coho before we made the decision to finish the day in the Bay. The South wind was cold but the gang braved the cold and caught some more Halibut for their efforts. The tuna water has broken up offshore so we are hoping for some good weather so it has a chance to move back in.
8-17-19 We have been off of the water for a few days waiting for the wind to die down. It looks like we will get some time in starting tomorrow. The strong offshore winds have pushed the tuna water back out and it will take some very nice weather to be able to access it again. I don't think it's over but it may take a period of nice weather for it to push back within our range. There are only a few weeks left in the salmon season so if we can find them the salmon will be our main focus. Pacific halibut has been up and down this year but we are a long way from the quota so it should run to the end of October (when we have seen some of our biggest fish).
8-14-19 With rising seas predicted we stayed inside the Bay and fished for California Halibut. The bite was a little spotty for us but we stayed with it and finished just 2 fish short of limits.
8-13-19 We took the day off to get live bait for tuna and halibut. We got a lot of real nice anchovies that we can't wait to take fishing with us.It looks like we have a little weather coming up the next several days which may keep us from going offshore. It is still a little early to tell but it looks like the tuna should stick around for a while.
8-12-19 While we have been out on the tuna grounds for the last few days the salmon guys have been doing pretty well out of Eureka. So it was with confidence that we headed out to the salmon grounds today. Unfortunately, the salmon fishing stunk. For whatever reason the salmon were just not hungry today. We had very few bites all day and except for a couple of welcome exceptions the fish that did bite did not stick. Tomorrow we will take the day off to get bait for when our next tuna opportunity arrives.
8-11-19 More success on the tuna grounds. The ocean was nice again and we started right back up where we left off yesterday. The bite was a little different with more singles and the best we did was one triple but it all added up in the end with a good score. The fish were mostly medium size with one fish over 27#.
8-10-19 What another great day out on the tuna grounds. The fishing started off kind of slow but once we got located it was GAME ON. We had doubles and triples and even a six way (only landed 5 of those). The ocean was glass flat and we were treated to whales and acres of mackerel on the surface. It was another great group and I bet they'll be tired tonight.
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.
-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