Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

Fish Were Hungry: Out of Half Moon Bay

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 09, 2013

PACIFICA/HALF MOON BAY Salmon massed up off of Half Moon Bay, where the local fleet was joined by many boats from the San Francisco Bay area. Conditions were good and the fish were hungry. Just up the coast at Pacifica, surf fishers celebrated prolific catches of striped bass.

Many of the boats from the San Francisco Bay area made a beeline for the waters off of Half Moon Bay. Capt. Jacky Douglas of the Wacky Jacky said, “lots of us fished off of Half Moon Bay on the opening weekend because that is where we found the best concentrations of fish.”

SALMON LIMITS FOR the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay came early enough on the opener Saturday for Capt. Tom Mattusch to also pull crab traps, ending up with full limits of salmon and crabs for the anglers on board. They found the big area of kings off Pescadero. “The salmon were shallow and multiple fish were common,” reported Capt. Mattusch.

Capt. Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay reported early success. He said, “Lester Yung of San Francisco had his first limit of salmon for 2013 on the Huli Cat by 8:45 a.m.  Lester trolled a Kone Zone with a Crippled Anchovy and a 2-pound weight out 80 pulls, fishing the lower end of Deep Reef in 53-degree water. I examined the contents of the salmon stomachs and found they were eating small squid, krill, and pompano (butterfish).”

Huli Cat fished 13 miles west of Pillar Point Harbor on Sunday. Hearing of a good bite off Pescadero, Capt Tom Mattusch made the 17-mile run. On the way back in, Capt. Mattusch said, "The fish bit well, the salmon were shallow and multiple fish on were common. The boat limited early, so we ran some crab pots for limits of Dungeness Crab for all. Weather was excellent, calm, cool and overcast."

The New Captain Pete got a fish on the WON Whoppers List opening day, Saturday. John Kinnou of Oakland hefted a 21-pound salmon aboard the boat, fishing the Deep Reef area. Then on Sunday the boat nailed 23 limits.

At Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, the Que Sera Sera posted limits of salmon for 6 people. The Riptide scored 11 salmon to 12 pounds for 17 anglers. The Queen of Hearts put aboard 20 salmon to 11 pounds for 24 people. “Thing is, there were tons of ‘lost opportunities’ with hookups that never made it aboard and the count could have been much higher,” said Zach Durham.

Marque Glisson of New Coastside Bait & Tackle in Pacifica reported very good action on 7- to 8-pound striped bass in the surf for people casting Hair Raisers and Vendetta lures. “Their stripes are all crooked and they are right out of the Delta,” said Glisson about these recently-arrived fish. Morning has seen the best bite, no matter the tidal cycle. Glisson, adding to the local report, said, “Crabbing was really good during the week but slowed over the weekend.”

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