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SF BAY HALIBUT EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS – John White poses with a 39-inch Oyster Point halibut as part of three limits caught while trolling frozen herring on a private boat.

Updated June 21, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Either though live bait has either been miniscule or not available, limits of striped bass remain a constant while halibut scores soared with the smaller tides. There are stripers and halibut throughout all sections of the bay, and when the fish are located and the tide is right, the bite is wide open. It’s as good as it gets.

HALF MOON BAY — Similar to every other northern California port, the ability to get outside the harbor has been limited by the northwest winds. When the wind lays down, it’s been limits of rockfish with a handful of lingcod for those working the shallows south of the harbor toward the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. A few halibut have been coming from the beaches. The bluefin hunters remain tied up with the offshore winds, but they are chomping at the bit to get back out and fast-troll Nomad’s Mad Macs. Only hoops or snares are allowed for Dungeness crab until the season ends on June 30. The City of Pacifica Pier is open, and snares are the best option for crab from the beaches or the pier.

SANTA CRUZ — Charter boats continue to head north towards Ann Nuevo and Franklin Point for the top grade of rockfish and lingcod. Along the local reefs, a smaller grade of rockfish is available, but if you want quality, you must head north. Halibut action from the beaches is picking up, and the key is to find clear water along the sand. Swimbaits are the top presentation along with drifted frozen anchovies or herring, but there have been legal halibut taken on perch gear. 150,000 juvenile Chinook salmon were released from the Santa Cruz Wharf on Monday by the Monterey Bay Steelhead and Trout Program.

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