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End of February crab report

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

I’ve averaged 3 trips a week so far this month and we’ve had to work at it, but we usually end up scoring limits. On one Saturday I had 18 boycotts and we ended up with 1/2 limits. But the next day we scored limits for 12. I’m writing this on the 26th, and the last trip we threw back quite a few soft shells. We still ended up with what we needed. Well, we were 3 short for 5 anglers. That’s still not bad, 9 1/2 apiece. I’ve been moving my pots around and I’ve been putting my go pro down in the pots and am learning about the crabs behavior. I don’t know what I’m learning, but someday maybe it will all make sense. Until then, as long as I can score limits or at least close to limits of crabs for my customers, it all good! The last two weeks the weather has been really nice. A couple of days were almost 70 degrees out on the water. Nice! Fish-On!

Capt Randy
Picture; 4 year old Zoe Steele with dad/senior deckhand Casey on the way in from our last trip. IMG_0501

End of January crabbing report

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

1/31/2015–Well, the first month of 2015 is behind us now. I fished just about 1/2 the month for crabs (since that’s the only thing a person can fish for from a boat here right now). We did good with pulling limits 80% of trips. On some of my trips , I’ve only averaged a crab per pot. Tough! That just means we have to pull a lot of pots. So that’s what we did. Like I say, limits 80% of the time. The ocean overall has been very nice. Today when I came in at noon, it was 64 degrees. Not to mention all the whales out. I saw a whale breach this morning while we were  crabbing, and again later when I was actually on a whale watching trip. Today’s trip was better. We averaged 6 crabs per pot. Nice big ones too. This year most certainly has  been the nicest grade. We had several pots with over 10 keepers in them with the best one having 12. I hope that is a sign of things to come. If not, we’ll still have fun hunting them! Fish-On!!

Capt Randy

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Crab report from 11/22/14

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

IMG_040211/22/14–I have fished 3 times since my last report. We scored limits all but one trip in which we ended up with 9 crabs per person. Not bad! Today we went up north again. About 7 miles in 110 feet of water. Again the size of these crabs are some of the best I’ve seen here. /we scored limits of crabs for 11 anglers.IMG_0405 We ran 25 pots to achieve that.Our best pot today had 13 nice keepers in it. Not bad, we were back at the dock at 10:45!      Crabs-On!

Capt Randy

Picture (left); Everybody is pitching in and having a great time.

Picture(right) Even Bill’s pitching in. Thanks for the help Bill!

Picture perfect day!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

IMG_0380Thursday, November 13th, 2014–Took out the crab-n-grab bunch from Sea Ranch. They come out every year at this time to get their anual pile of crabs for a big shindig. Great people. We always have a great time. This year was exceptional. The morning started off like a typical winter day. Rain in the forecast and already here. By the time we got to the crab grounds, the rain was gone and the sun was shinning! The air temperature was in the mid 60’s and the winds were calm. With only about a 3 foot swell, it was quite enjoyable. All we need now is some nice big crabs. I had high hopes because these pots have been soaking for 3 or 4 days. Well, to sum it up, we left the dock at 9:00 a. m. and returned at 12:30 with 170 crabs!! Nice big ones too! Great job everyone. Crabs-on!

Capt Randy

LIMITS!!!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

IMG_0377November 10th, 2014 crab report– We did well this weekend. On Saturday we scored limits for 18 anglers. On Sunday we came up one short to end up with 9 crabs per person. We went out again on Monday with a light load and got limits for 8 without too much effort. The crabs are big and full of meat! Fish-On!

Capt Randy

Pic; 7 year old Cameron Ashby and his father came all the way out here from Rexburg Id to partake in the hunt. Cameron was a real trooper helping out with the efforts. Thanks for the help Cameron. Enjoy!

Crabs are here!!

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

IMG_0373November 8th, 2014 Crab report–We left the dock shortly after 7:00 a.m. on our way to the crab grounds. The winds were calm, the seas were flat, the sun shining and the temperature is 52 degrees. 40 minutes later we arrived at the crab grounds. First thing we do is drop any pots we have on the deck.  I felt the pots we had in the water prior are going to produce so I thought I’d do a little scouting. I put 5 pots in 40 ft of water to see if there are any crabs there. Not many, we only got 4 crabs out of the 5 pots. However, the pots that we had soaking did indeed produce. In this pictue I think we had 15 or more keepers. Our best pot was 24!! Nice big crab too. We ended up pulling 28 pots for 180 crabs. Nice day on the water!!

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Pic- some great customers having a great time!

Salmon report

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

IMG_0202June 5th, 2014– We went after the big salmon today. The weather was a bit sloppy today. A northwest swell with a southwest swell, and the wind out of the south with fog. Thank goodness we got some salmon to bite. We landed 4 nice ones and lost at least 4. Biggest one landed was just over 31 lbs caught by Madi Fuehrer all the way from Central City, Nebraska. Shortly after that one, we lost one that would have compared with it. We never saw it, so anyone knows, but it was strong. The fuehrer family ruled today with 3 of the 4 fish! Maybe the fish from up north finally decided to show themselves around here. Let’s hope so! Fish-On!

Capt Randy

Picture from left to right; CoryFuehrer-10 lbs, Madi with here big one, Jodi Fuehrer with a 15 lb king and 8 year old Dylan Palmer from Long Island New York with his 23 lb king.

Lings and Crabs!!

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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We went out on an all day adventure. First we started off salmon fishing and after awhile of nothing we decided to go and have some fun. We cruised up to Westport and dropped a jig down for some lingcod. Bam!! Fish-on. Nice lingcod! It turned out to be a nice day. The ocean was calm and so were the winds. We ended up with limits of lingcod for 10 anglers and a bunch of nice rockfish. On the way home we checked our crabpots. They averaged 5 per pot with the best one being 19 keepers!! We scored limits of crabs for everybody as well. Fish-On!

Capt Randy          Picture left; Jeffrey and Todd Rogers from Sac, Kevin, Kyle, Landon, and Jimmy Patterson from L.A. showing off the best pot.     Picture right; Kristen Patterson from L.A. with 2 keeper lings caught at the same time!! Her dad later did the same thing(not as big though). Good job by everyone!

Fishing report

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

IMG_0191We’re still looking for the salmon to show up. There has been some caught but I have been busy catching lings and rockfish. The salmon water moved in and slowed the rockcod bite some but we’re still ended up with nice bags of fish. I finally did a salmon trip the other day, and the water turned clear. I didn’t score. So we went back to rockfish and lingcod. Picture; Randy King from Yuba City was big fish winner for this day with a limit of lingcod and a nice limit of rockfish. That’s a 5 lb black rockfish in his right hand. Fish-On

Capt Randy

Ling cod !!!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
 
Bruce Goddard with the best catch of the day with 2 keeper lings at once!!

May 15th, 2014–

First day for rockfishing. Even though the moon was very bright last night, the rockfish and ling cod were out and hungry. We had to work at getting limits of rockfish because we had a hard time getting through the ling cod. By 10:30 we had limits of lings for the passengers and the crew. 20 lings in all. I would say that we threw back close to that many too. We finally got limits of rockfish for the passengers and called it a day. A great day. The ocean was flat and the winds were calm and the temperature was about 60 plus when we left the dock at 7:15. Nice size rockfish and a good variety too. We fish south of the buoy about 2.5 miles in 60 ft of water. Picture from left to right; Greg Ybenez from Durham, Bob Rodduck from Lake County, Terry Wagers (with the big fish of the day-7 lb ling) from Lodi, senior deckhand Josh Schneider, Doug Spaulding from Pioneer, Mark Hoffmann from Volcano, and Bruce Goddard from Mendocino. And in the background is Andrew “Peaches” Crawford from right here in Fort Bragg. Fish-On!!

Capt RandyBruce Goddard with the best catch of the day with 2 keeper lings at once!!IMG_0183