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 today.
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 the boat.
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 Humboldt Bay.
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 of the 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 came in.
9-7-18 No fishing for us today.
9-6-18 We finished 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 of tasty 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 very nice.
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 fishbox 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 "defined" 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!
8-25-18 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 in.
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 three anglers.
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 for them.
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 though.
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 larger).
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 handle.
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 keeper salmon.
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 arou