North & CenCal Saltwater

Updated August 3, 2020

North Saltwater

SHELTER COVE – Albacore were targeted and caught out of Shelter Cove. Capt. Jake Mitchell on Seahawk ran 40 miles to find the right water and boated 20 tuna. The next day after a shorter run the boat had another 20 longfin onboard.

EUREKA — Albacore were located 50 to 60 miles southwest of the entrance to Humboldt Bay and boats tallied 11 to 21 fish per boat. Early limits of Pacific halibut were common at the 300-foot curve and there was time for boats like Sea Weasel II, Reel Steel and Shellback to come inshore to troll for salmon. Inside Humboldt Bay the California halibut kept people interested, giving skiff and kayakers something fun to do.

FORT BRAGG — It was just 14 miles out of Noyo harbor that boats began encountering albacore tuna and there were some nice counts on various boats. Salmon were caught, but the numbers were up and down like a yo-yo. Rockfish and lingcod were taken in good numbers both locally and off Mendocino aboard Sea Hawk and other party/charter boats.

BODEGA BAY — Double limits (salmon and rockfish) were not just possible, but common aboard New Sea Angler and Reel Magic. There was a 31.5-pound salmon taken at Ten Mile Beach by a New Sea Angler passenger. Fish were found at Fort Ross, Ten Mile and elephant Rock. Good counts of halibut were caught inside Tomales Bay, just outside the entrance to the Bay, at Ten Mile Beach and off Doran Beach.

SAN PABLO BAY — Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond bait Shop reported improved weather but big tides, so more people were out but fishing good instead of great. Before the high tides, bass and halibut fishing was extra special and is expected to be again after the tides settle about mid-week. At Vallejo, the Waterfront saw lots of fisherfolk soaking baits and tossing lures for striped bass.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY – Salmon boats had mostly good weather and found high-grade fish between the Channel Buoys and Double Point where numerous fish in the teens and twenties were taken by boats like Salty Lady, Hog Heaven, Outer Limits, Flash, Lovely Martha, C Gull II, Sundance, El Dorado III, El Dorado and New Easy Rider. Private boaters ran out the Gate and southward to try for bluefin but often went out undergunned and lost fish. California Dawn, Pacific Dream and Bass Tub hit the halibut and bass hard for frequent limits.

HALF MOON BAY — Boats running towards Deep Reef in search of salmon and rockfish were waylaid by jumping bluefin tuna. Most boats didn’t have the right gear onboard and lots of tuna were lost, but fish up to 150 pounds were caught. Salmon were caught inshore by kayakers and skiff fishers. Party boats Queen of Hearts, New Captain Pete and Huli Cat focused on the great rockfish action down the coast.

CenCal Saltwater

MONTEREY Local party boats Chubasco, Checkmate and Star of Monterey scored limits of rockfish from local reefs on half-day trips and from near Point Sur on all-day trips. Private boats jigged bait and drifted for halibut above town, or they geared up heavily and ran offshore to hunt big bluefin tuna at the Canyon.

SANTA CRUZ – Bluefin tuna to 140 pounds were taken by Santa Cruz private boats at the Soquel Hole, out over the Canyon and up the coast off Davenport and Ano Nuevo. Salmon were hooked in deep water at Soquel Hole and some nice ones were weighed in at Bayside Marine. Skiff and kayak and even wharf fishers hooked surprising numbers of halibut off Santa Cruz, Capitola and especially at Mile Reef. Miss Beth fished rockfish and lingcod off Davenport and locally near Santa Cruz.

MOSS LANDING – Kahuna had to cancel a couple of Point Sur trips for huge rockfish but has plans for more trips to keep her clients busy. Private boaters had decisions to make. Some fished locally for halibut, some ran for Soquel Hole for salmon and some put their heavy gear onboard and ran offshore hunting for bluefin tuna which were running from 70 to 140 pounds.