BERKELEY/EMERYVILLE/SAN FRANCISCO — Boats steamed out of the Bay, through the Golden Gate, on opening morning of salmon season to find their quarry, and they succeeded by spreading out from Deep Reef to the Marin Coast and then communicating among the fleet.
Raymond Salazar at Emeryville Sportfishing said, “We scored better than a fish per rod on the opening weekend and the fish ranged up to 15 pounds. That grade of fish was caught aboard both the New Huck Fin and the C-Gull II. Our fleet score was 80 salmon for 59 anglers. We also ran a Bay trip aboard the Tiger Fish for a 10-pound halibut plus 2 stripers to 8 pounds.
‘EASY’ LIMIT — Scott Sutherland of Berkeley Marina sent in this shot of Andy Toles of Emeryville with his 10- and 20-pound salmon caught trolling aboard the New Easy Rider on opening day of the ocean season near S Buoy.
Happy Hooker was out of service this week and intends to run out of Berkeley for their summer program of stripers, halibut, rockfish, crab combos, plus salmon. “Salmon anglers are given first class service aboard the Happy Hooker,” said Dave Marghuardt. Expectations are for a busy and productive summer.
California Dawn returns to Berkeley this week for the summer season. Capt. James Smith is anxious to get into a wider variety of fish.
Scott Sutherland of Berkeley Charter Boats said, “Opening day was fantastic! The ocean was flat and our boats fished between the Deep Reef and S Buoy. Our fish averaged about 10 pounds. The New El Dorado III had 36 salmon for 24 anglers to 20 pounds. The New Easy Rider had 33 to 21 pounds for 21 anglers. The El Dorado had 28 salmon to 27 pounds for 20 anglers. Jeff Miller fished aboard the El Dorado and caught the biggest salmon, a 27 pounder.
Capt. Erik Anfinson on the Bass Tub out of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, after fishing Sunday, said, “We had 4 angers today just to get the season going and we had 4 halibut and 1 bass while trolling Alameda. The biggest halibut was taken by dean Woon from the East Bay. It was 16 pounds, followed by Clarence Johnson of San Jose with a 14 pounder. Next was Kellsi Noble of Rhonert Park at 12 pounds and the smallest halibut was a 6-pound fish brought in by Nial Brash from San Mateo. The bass was a 5 pounder caught by Robert Dresser from San Mateo. All our fish were caught while trolling the Alameda Rock Wall using anchovies. We are running Bay trips and salmon trips now.