Not much to say for the day. For the most part, the weather was pretty nice. We went up north and ran our crab pots first thing. Lately I’ve been having a problem with starfish getting in the pots and letting the crabs out. So, our counts were a bit off. Then, we went offshore and fished for some salmon. Between the current and the wind, I didn’t have much choice where I wanted to go. We had no bites, and then the wind decided to really blow. At that time we all decided it was time to go get our crab pots and head for port. By the time we arrived at the crab grounds, the wind was really cranking on. Pretty steady 30kts. The crew worked excellent and we managed to stack all 20 pots and return safely home. End count was 5 crabs around. Fish-On!
Archive for May, 2011
The Audubon Society went out on the Telstar* today looking for anything that has wings. We were fortunate that the weather allowed us to head in a southwest direction. The highlight of the trip was a rare bird sighting. A short-tailed albatross. To see more info on this rare bird, check out www.menocinocoastaudubon.org. Photograph by Ron Levalley.
May 28th, 2011 — The weather thinks it’s March, maybe the fish do too. Everything else looks good. The water temp is good, there’s lots of bait, and the water color is what we like to see. So why no fish? That’s the question that I try to solve everyday. Today we fished southwest 4 to 5 miles out in 350 to 400 feet of water. Like I say, the ocean looks fishy. We landed one fish for 6 anglers weighing in at 16 pounds caught by long time customer Jim Sapp out of Gridley Ca. Jim was fishing on a downrigger at 40 feet with a chrome/brass flasher with a J-71 hoochie over a cut anchovy. We lost a couple of keepers and had a lot of action with bites but I think they were little fish (undersized). We did release one small king. Ocean was calm with some rain showers off and on. Looks like we might have some wind coming tomorrow. Fish-On!
Friday, May 27th, 2011 — Telstar* did a salmon/crab combo today with 5 anglers on board. Fished up northoff of Ten Mile beach. We fished for awhile in 150 feet of water with no action and lots of kelp and seaweed to try and dodge. We moved offshore to about 350 ft of water. The conditions look great in both areas. We had one on for a couple of minutes and lost it and had a couple other bites. After a couple of hours of that, we decided to go into the beach and run our crab pots, which we put in this morning. We ended up with 46 crabs for the 5 anglers. We stopped and fished for 45 minutes to an hour on the way in, but again, no action. End score- 0 fish, 9 crabs around. The ocean was beautiful and the sun was shinning. Not bad considering that we woke up to rain this morning. Picture left to right; Leticia, Alex (10 years old), Summer (6 years old), and Alberto Perez. A nice family from Carson City, Nv. showing off their catch! We all had a very enjoyable time.
Once the winds died down, the ocean took no time to calm down. Although the south winds picked up this afternoon. All kinds of weather change today. We found a couple of fish today. Not much other action. Had a couple of bites besides the two we landed. We caught one south of the whistle buoy and the other north about the same distance. Between 200 and 240 feet of water. Lori Garcia from Colfax(left in the picture) caught the first and the biggest salmon at 17 lbs. She was fishing with a red and orange hoochie over a cut anchovie behind a flasher down 45′ with a 2 lb weight. Johnny hooked his 16 pound king on the bow downrigger at 40′ with a green/crome crocidile spoon. Johnny Radzik resides in Little River, Ca. Fresh salmon for dinner tonight. Fish-On!
May 17th, 2011– Telstar’s* first day fishing the rocks. Not the best conditions. Southerly wind and cool water, but we found plenty of action anyway! Had 6 lings and released at least that many. About 3/4 limits around and almost a ling per rod. Biggest ling of the day was 14 lbs caught by regular Susan Copeland. Her and Bob Ruddock each had a pair of nice lings. Plenty of variety too. Vermillions, nice blacks, and china’s and gopher’s. Fish-On!
Pic’ left to right; Dean Rice/Orland, Suzie Copeland/Fort Bragg-El Paso Tx., Herb Ng/Daily City, Gracie Martin and Her dad Jim Martin from Fort Bragg.
Decided to go south today and see what fishing is like down off Jughandle. We fished everywhere from 130′ to 300′ of water. Not much action. I talked to a couple of boats that were fishing up north between Virgin Creek and the reef and it sounded like they were having lots of action but not putting anything in the box. I thought I’d stick it out down here, it looks like there should be salmon here. About 10:30 edges started forming and birds started showing up. Maybe some action is about to happen. Then, I saw something fining just underneath the surface alongside the boat. It wasn’t a shark. It wasn’t bait. It wasn’t a bird. But it seemed that every time it broke the surface, it would break it in two places. Like a fin and a tail. I thought it might be a silver that someone had released and was a bit stunned or something. Pretty soon, it was directly in front of the boat. I grabbed my 8′ bait caster and snapped a on it and winged it out there. It landed right next to whatever it was swimming in the water. I didn’t feel any bites so I reeled it back in before I trolled over it and tangled my lines. About 30 seconds later “Fish-On”. Could it be? We’ll never know, but we did land a 16 pound king right then! Holding up his prize, is Jim Smith out of Hamilton City Ca. After that we had some action. We ended up landing one more fish around 12 pounds caught by Linda Abbott from Willows. The picture with her holding her fish didn’t turn out very good so “sorry Linda” you’ll just have to come back and we’ll do it again. We also released some shakers and a couple of silvers. Boats around us were catching as well. When the fish turned on, we were in about 280 ft of water about 1.5 miles southwest of the buoy. Fish-On!
5/13/11– Ocean was calm, winds were light and the sun was worming our bones while we patiently awaited for one our rods to start bouncing. The salmon water is here. Chocalate brown with birds working and good tempurature. All we need now is for some hungry salmon. We were fishing about 1/2 way up the beach (6 miles north) in 200-250′ of water. We landed one fish (nice one), lost one due to the handle of the reel fell off, released one shaker and one silver. After our serious effort, we resorted to our crab pots. I had my pots in 30-35′ on the beach and they produced well. A bit slower than I expected but we ended up with 8 around for 10 anglers. Not bad for a bad day of crabbing. I think the fish are here just not hungry. Maybe tomorrow. I’ll keep you all posted. Fish-On!
May 11th, 2011 report– Fishing was pretty slow today. The ocean was flat and the winds were calm. First I dropped 20 crab pots up north on the beach in about 20-25 ft of water. I figured that by the time we were done with that I might hear of a good fishing spot. Not so. So we ran west till I found some bait and put in our salmon gear. Not much action getting reported from all my feelers out there. Not much happening where I’m at. The water temp is a bit cool (48 degrees). Finally we hooked up are one and only bit of action. Richard and Tracy our on their honeymoon from Wichita and would like nothing better than to taste some of our fresh wild ocean caught salmon. Well, there you have it! Tracy scored! A nice 9 pound king. Just right for eating. Good job Tracy. At about 12:30 I decided to go in and run our crab pots. 84 nice jumbo’s. 8 around for everybody on the crabs!!! Thank goodness for the good crabbing! Fish-On!
Monday, May9th, 2011– salmon/crab combo up north again. Weather a little different today. Northwest winds are blowing. Today if you were to ask me how fishing was, I would reply “That’s depends on who you ask”. Rodger was the lucky one to land not only one salmon but two nice ones. He even let one go. That was the only fish we boated today. Crabbing still holding on strong with a score of 103 crabs. At least everyone got to take home 8 crabs apiece. Fish-On