|** 2010 ** Fishing Report (Every trip is reported!)
Previous season fishing reports:
Welcome to our 2010 Fishing Report. Here you will find out how we did on previous trips throughout the season. We will post our fishing report each and every day regardless of our catch success and not just the days we want to brag about.
November 14th - Great day on the water today and we got into some nice blues, blacks, olives and vermillion again. Limts for all plus crew. Rockcod and Lingcod season is now officially closed in California until next May.
November 13th - Winter's definately on its way in. Took a while but we managed to find some nice quality vermillion, olive, black and blue rockcod. No lingcod bites today. Seas were building.
November 6th - Great day on the water today. Sunny and flat seas. We were able to find a good bite of olive, vermillion, black and blue rockcod and two keeper lingcod! Great bunch of guys.
October 23rd - The storm system has arrived and fortunately we found a window with no rain and no wind. And we even found some nice vermillions, olives, blacks and grass rockcod. One small ling and one small white sea bass that we let go to grow. Looks like the sea bass may still be a good target. Storms should subside by Tuesday.
October 17th - Fun and wet. Rained a little today but that didn't deter the fish or the folks fishing. We did real good and rockcod limits for all six of good quality fish!
October 16th - Again rockcod limits for all six with some quality vermillions again mixed with olives, browns, blues. One lingcod was on the hook but we never got to see its face. Great day.
October 9th - Rockcod limits for all six with more than a dozen beautiful vermillions again mixed with olives, browns, blues. Nice keeper lingcod and four that had to go back and grow. Perfect water and weather today.
October 6th - Looks like Winter's coming early this year. South swell just won't stay away and as many of you know this knocks the bite down pretty hard. But we toughed it out again and managed 3/4 limits for all six with more than a dozen beautiful vermillions mixed with olives, browns, blues and some shaker lingcod. And everyone had FUN!
September 25th - Nice fishing today with perfect weather and lot's of vermillion (the red lobsters), olives and blue rockcod. One shaker lingcod.
September 19th - Tried for WHITE SEABASS again but came up empty handed. The South swell still here and our rockcod count was double yesterdays but still not good. Couple more days and we'll have normal water and fishing conditions again.
September 18th - Again WHITE SEABASS this time 40 pounds! South swell knocked the rockcod and lingcod bite down but the seabass don't seem to care. Great day!
September 17th - WHITE SEABASS are here now. Little Southerly swell today but we worked it out and got nice limits of blue, black, olive and vermillion rockcod, a few lingcod that had to go back to grow and a real nice White Seabass to take home. Congratulations to Greg on winning the jackpot!
September 12th - Fun fun fun. Nice day and lots of catching right from the get go. Big reds, a couple keeper lingcod, a few thrown back to grow, limits of blue, olive, black and vermillion rock cod.
September 11th - Way to go! Lingcod have arrived and BIG BIG reds. Limits plus crew limits of nice vermillions, oives, blues, copper, brown and black rockcod and 5 lingcod hookups with two to 15 pounds. Great time.
September 10th - Crew day on the bay today! Nice weather and we got to kick back in chairs and fish! Got some BIG vermillions, olive and blue rockcod. Hooked up a BIG lingcod. It's still out there.
September 5th - Very nice fishing today. Weather was pretty good and the fishing was better. Nice BIG vermillion, BIG olive and BIG brown rockcod and a good mix of blues, boccacio, black and blue rockcod and a nice keeper lingcod.
September 4th - Way to go! Great weather, flat seas and perfect fishing with full limits plus two crew limits of great olive, blue, black, brown, copper and rockcod up to 4 pounds. Lings are starting to show up for their annual stampede.
August 30th - Now we're talking! Great day fishing and BIG vermillions, big blues and lot's of quality black, olive, copper rockcod. Full limits for all six PLUS crew fish. Great, the South swell is gone!
August 29th - Much better fishing today. The South swell is going away and the fish are coming back on the bite. Great day on the water today with nice mix of BIG vermillions and BIG browns and olives, blues, coppers and black rockcod. Great group!
August 28th - The South swell still lingering so our catch was a bit off again. The South swell should be gone tomorrow.
August 27th - The South swell still lingering so our catch was a bit off again. The South swell should be gone after tomorrow.
August 22nd - The South swell hits again and the catching was way off target today. Nice mix of rockcod but not the numbers nor the size we're accustomed to. South swell is supposed to dissapate within a couple days.
August 21st - What a fantastic day. Slow start then wide open Vermillion and Blue rockcod bite. Then when we were done with six limits plus crew fish we did a little salmon troll on the way home and got a sweet 19 pound KING SALMON!
August 17th - OK, back to normal. Took a while but we did manage to get limits for all including vermillions, olives, blacks, blues and brown rockcod. Threw back quite a few short lingcod too.
August 16th - Two-fer on the Vermillions. In fact, today we nailed 15 VERMILLION (think lobster) up to 5 pounds. Musta been something Rodney ate cuz we're in the fish bigtime and big fish. Six rockcod limts today plus crew fish. Doesn't get any better than this... or does it? Stay tuned.
August 15th - BINGO! Thanks to the folks at Holiday Muffler we were finally able to put TEN NICE VERMILLION and six limits of quality rockcod and a keeper lingcod in the box! Great day.
August 14th - NICE! Two sweet halibuts and six plus limits of great quality rockcod including vermillions, blacks, browns, blues, olives, china and copper rockcod. Great time today with perfect drift weather and perfect group.
August 13th - Hey hey, lots of fun and lots of fish! Rockcod limits for all six plus crew fish and a nice keeper lingcod.
August 10th - Was a bit more effort than the past week but we were able to pull it off. Limits for all including vermillions, olives and blues.
August 8th - Go git'em. Banged them today with limits for six plus crew fish of vermillions, BIG blues and lots of olives and some bocaccios too! That's limits each trip for the past 14 trips! HOT ROCKCOD BITE.
August 7th - Very nice day fishing. Six quality limits for six quality guys. Great trip today.
August 6th - Same spot same fishing action. Limts for everyone plus crew limits of nice quality black, blue and olive rockcod.
August 5th - Doesn't get much more wide open than this. WOW, 8 limits of rockcod of olives, blacks, blues, browns and vermillion to 5 pounds! GREAT FISHING TODAY AND GREAT WEATHER TOO!
August 2nd - Very nice day and lots of fish! 6 limits of quality rockcod and 2 crew limits plus a bonus dolphin show. A pod of dolfins were teaching their baby how to hunt with full acrobats and tossing their 20 pound seabass in the air like a toy. All this right at the boat. Better than the Discovery Channel.
August 1st - Happy birthday Rex! Six limits of nice blacks, blues, olive rockcod to take home. Flat calm water today.
July 31th - What a blast! Wide open olive, black, blue brown and BIG vermillion rockcod. A few short lings that we let grow and a BIG sweet halibut to wind up the day. Great time, great group.
July 30th - How about rockcod limtits for six plus two crew again. Nice blacks, blues, brown and olives today with a short ling. Dolphins around too. Started in bumpy water then laid down nice.
July 29th - Fun! Limits of vermillion, olive, black, brown, copper rockcod in the box and countless we let go to grow.
July 28th - Nice day! Limits of vermillion, olive, black, brown rockcod and hooked into 3 lingcod that we had to let grow.
July 26th - Flat calm water again today. Scored limits for all today. Fish not real big today but a lot of fun and a lot of fish going home.
July 25th - Really nice water today but a little chill. Great fishing and brought home limits for six plus crew fish consisting of Vermillions, Olives, Blacks, Blues and assorted other rockcod.
July 24th - Trip #2 - Wind came up for the afternoon but the fishing was non-stop! Got into the blues, olives, blacks pretty good and came home with six limits and crew fish too.
July 24th - Trip #1 - Flat calm all morning and great rockcod fishing. We had blues, blacks and olives. Limits for 6 and more for the crew.
July 23rd - Doh! Very flat calm today and whales everywhere! We spent all day weaving in and out of whale highway. Big and little humbacks. We estimate 20 were in our fishing area. Now for the bad news... we didn't catch a salmon today. We know the fish are there but I think we had a banana on the boat.
July 20th - South swell hit us and we worked pretty hard but we toughed it out and managed to get our six limits of olive, blue, black and vermillion rockcod and another limit for the crew.
July 18th - Another great day on the Bay and came home with three nice King Salmon to 18 pounds. Happy Birthday Newell!
July 17th - Biggest salmon of the year today! In fact, biggest in three years! Perfect day on the water. Only three hits today but who cares when the fish are 30 pounders!!!
July 16th - Fished nearshore again today and got early limits for all plus the two crew members. Nice quality fish today including coppers, browns, blues, blacks and olive rockcod.
July 13th - Fished nearshore today and did good with limits for all in Vermillions, olives, blacks, blues, coppers and brown rockcod. AND we got a nice 11 pound lingcod AND a nice at the 11th hour halibut. Great day on the water.
July 11th - That's the way you do it uh huh I like it. BIG SALMON today. Six people taking five big fish to 24 pounds home. Estimated 100 pounds of fresh King Salmon ($16-$25 a pound at the local store = $$$ of the best salmon you'll ever have). And we lost a few BIG fish too... including possibly the biggest fish we hooked this year (sealion)! Water was flat calm and the salmon are now in the area. Hopefully they'll be here for a while.
July 10th - Yeah baby! Limits of rockfish for all six and some more fish for the crew, nice 12 pound lingcod and the cherry on top was a nice halibut. Great calm day on the water today.
July 9th - YAHOO!!! Fished commercial salmon today and Rodney and I had a blast. And there were lots of fish! Brought home (to market) some nice fish averaging 19 pounds. We have a rockcod trip tomorrow and a sport salmon trip Sunday.
July 8th - Nice rockcod limits of blues, blacks, olives and black and yellows. Lots of shaker lingcod and a very nice halibut to take home for six. Nice weather! Tomorrow we go for salmon!
July 4th - Got early limits of vermillion, olives, blacks and brown rockcod then came in closer for a shot at halibut. The south swell was pretty strong and made the halibut fishing tough today.
July 3rd - Nice day on the water today and we landed some nice vermillion, browns, olives and other type of rockcod and we hooked into 9 lingcod and kept two. Nice group. We still have two seats available for tomorrow. Happy 4th!
July 2nd - Double down - 30 pound halibut in the box! And a few limits of NICE vermillion, olives and brown rockcod to go home with too. Now the problem is how do we get all this fish on the airplane. Great trip. Lots of fun and a great group of guys. Happy birthday Ryan. (p.s. the salmon have arrived.)
July 1st - Now we're talking! South swell and mixed seas but we waited it out and got a NICE halibut plus lingcod and an assortment of kelp and brown rockcod to take home. Threw 8 lingcod back to grow. Great day.
June 27th - South swell came in and knocked the bite off so we had a tough day today with some nice browns and one keeper lingcod to take home. Hey, it happens even to the best sometimes.
June 26th - Fish on! We got into some really nice BIG vermillion, olives, brown rockcod today to 4 pounds. And a good lingcod bite too with about 12 fish hooked of which two were big enough to keep. Great day and great group.
June 25th - Little windy today but we have a BIG boat so we can fish BIG winds. We did manage to fish it hard and were rewarded with 4 nice lingcod in the box and another 6-9 that we had to let grow. A little assortment of rockcod to go home with too.
June 24th - Slow and steady fishing today. 5 limits of olives, browns, crab cod and blue rockcod on the smallish size and 3 keeper lingcod to 13 pounds. Let about 7 short lings go. Great day on the water.
June 22th - BAMM! Rockcod mania today with limits of keeper olives, browns, coppers, blues and blacks and another 9 lingcod that were all short for 6 people. Talk about FUN! Water temps are warmer too so looks like were in for some good action over the next couple weeks.
June 20th - Much better fishing today. The winds stayed down till noon so we got to fish all morning. Hooked 12 Lingcod and kept 3 of them up to 11 pounds and a small assortment of rockcod including a couple slug olives to 3 pounds. Really nice day and a great bunch of guys. Happy Father's Day!
June 19th - Still high winds so fishing was difficult and slow. We did have a bite going for the first couple hours then dropped off. A small batch of rockcod including browns, olives, blacks, copper rockcod and a couple nice lingcod to 11 pounds.
June 18th - Slower catching today due to the high winds. Hung out with a big humpback whale for about a half hour too. Nice day but bit cold and a lot of wind. Came home with some rockcod and hooked several lingcod but all were too small to keep.
June 17th - The lingcod are still biting BIG TIME just in front of Santa Cruz! How about hooking up 10 lingcod, all on live sardines. It was pretty much wide open bite and we were swatting lingcod early in the morning. Again we came home with 4 nice lingcod, a mix of rockcod including a FAT Olive rockcod. And... gorgeous all day.
June 13th - The lingcod are biting BIG TIME just in front of Santa Cruz! How about hooking up 30 lingcod, all on live sardines. It was pretty much wide open bite and we were swatting lingcod throughout the day. And we came home with 4 nice lingcod, two were 12 pounds, all sorts of rockcod including vermillions, blacks, blues, grass, crab and a nice petrale sole too. The wind stayed down and the skies were clear so it was gorgeous all day.
June 10th - We fished near Capitola today and saw great signs of bait. We jigged up our live sardines and went to work but only came up with a short lingcod. Apparently the fish were already happy eating the bait and weren't too interested in what we were offering.
June 6th - Way to go boys! Nice mix of quality fish today with rockcod, lingcod, cabezon and a FAT 31 pound halibut in front of Santa Cruz lighthouse.
June 5th - Summertime is coming! Beautiful day on the water today and some nice fish caught too. Not a lot of fish but really nice fish including a 5 pound vermillion. Also hooked and released about a dozen lingcod.
May 30th - Very nice day on the water today and really nice fishing too. We fished rockcod, lingcod and halibut and got into a good early bite of rockcod. One keeper lingcod, three that had to grow a little more and 20+ rockcod. Didn't see any halibut today.
May 29th - Beautiful fishing day. But no salmon. After a few hours switched over to nearshore and were able to score some rockcod and petrale sole and 3 shaker lingcod. Tomorrow I will try and persuade the group to skip salmon fishing and go for halibut while we wait for the salmon to come back in the Bay.
May 27th - Slim pickens today on the salmon grounds. Water temp is 52 and we need to see 54/56 before things pop. Hopefully this weekend will be what we've been waiting for.
May 22nd - Weather kept us near shore today and we tried trolling for a couple hours for salmon with no luck. We then switched over to fishing halibut and got a short lingcod and a keeper rockcod. Wind came up strong around 11AM so we came in. Canceled tomorrow's trip due to high winds. Supposed to be much better Monday.
May 21th - Ouch, another day of trying to find where the salmon moved off to. Tried for halibut after the wind came up with no luck. Hooked into two undersized lingcod.
May 20th - Where'd the fish go? We still have krill and the air pressure got better but no fish today. Not even a bite! Wind kicked up so cut the trip a little short today.
May 16th - Seems like the South swell is keeping the fish away. We had many hookups and managed to get two nice salmon in the boat. Tyler got his fist salmon ever! Way to go Tyler, Good Job! The swell is supposed to come down in a couple days. Things should pick up.
May 15th - Wow, what a difference a day makes. Today the fishing was less than perfect. We did bring home two nice fish but we lost 4 or 5 in the process. Everyone's going home with fish.
May 14th - Wonderful day on the water and a great bunch of guys too. And we got early limits of fish plus crew fish. Biggest fish was 21 pounds! Smallest about 12 pounds.
May 13th - Now we're talking. Hooked into the fish good today and brought home 6 nice fish to 17 pounds. Good quality fish. Lost a few to short bites and one nice one unbuttoned at the boat. Great day.
May 10th - We got into the fish right away! Not 10 minutes and BAMM! But unfortunately, the bite went off as quick as it started. One NICE fish to go home and a good number of lost fish.
May 8th - Really nice day on the water and a good day of catching too. Four nice kings in the box, a dink or two and a number of missed hookups. Great bunch of guys.
May 7th - Weatherman was a little off again. More wind than forecasted and was tough fishing in. We did get a nice 14 pounder in the box then we headed closer to shore to try halibut.
May 6th - Nice day on the water today and brought home a couple nice salmon. Lost a BIG one and got a dink too.
May 3rd - It's been a few days since we've been able to get out due to high seas and high winds. No fish to report today. The water color is getting better and the bait seems to be moving in but the water temp dropped to 53+ degrees. We have to wait a couple more days to get the water temp back up and the fish should start biting again.
April 27th - Real short day today due to weather came up. Only got to fish an hour before the seas and wind went ballistic on us. I'd like to take a weatherman out fishing someday. Rain check for everyone.
April 26th - Tough fishing today. Swell and wind came up and the fish seemed to be scattered where we fished. We did manage to get one nice salmon in the boat but it was a long day waiting for more fish to bite. Hopefully this will be a minor weather change and things will be back to normal with 1+ fish per person tomorrow or Thursday.
April 25th - What a great group and a great day on the water. Everyone goes home with salmon. Three keepers to 15 pounds. Lost a fish or two at the boat.
April 24th - Pretty big swell and the fish seemed to love it! Came home with five king salmon up to a BIG 20+ pounder. Great day!
April 23rd - Nice day fishing today. Great group and we came home with a couple nice 12 pound salmon.
April 22nd - Wow, big swell from the storm and fishing was slow at first then things came to life. Managed to get three NICE salmon in the box to 18 pounds.
April 19th - Good fishing! Great weather and great fishing and great group. We had a lot of action today and came home with 6 nice fish to 17 pounds. Tomorrow and Wednesday have been rescheduled due to weather.
April 18th - NICE DAY on the water and catching. Hooked up a good number of fish and even had a triple! with all fish landed. Biggest on the triple was 18 pounds. Nice job boys! Came back with 6 quality king salmon.
April 17th - Perfect day on the water today but the bite went quiet again like a couple days ago. We lost 4 or 5 fish but did manage to get a couple nice salmon to 16 pounds in the box.
April 16th - BAMM!!! Slow start today with perfect weather then after a few hours of motoring around the bite went wide open! We lost some hookups today but more importantly, we brought home 8 NICE salmon for 6 people. Great group and great fishing. This is what it's all about.
April 15th - The weather was picture perfect. The fishing was flat. There's always a first and today was our first skunk. Heard of a couple fish caught but the majority, ok everyone except a few, came home empty handed.
April 14th - Crew day today and we set out looking for new signs of salmon. Water temps are perfect for salmon but the bait still hasn't shown up. The krill is still pretty thick and keeping the salmon pacified for the time being. Once the sardines, anchovies and squid show up we can expect limits of salmon. Tomorrow (the 15th) is also the day the Pacific Fisheries and Fish and Game announce our salmon season extension or closure so stay tuned!
April 13th - Been a few days since anyone could get out to the salmon grounds so we're all starting from scratch. We did manage to hookup 4 nice fish but two came unbuttoned before they got to the boat.
April 10-12th - Small Craft Warnings and Advisories. Rescheduled trips.
April 9th - Fished the same area today and got some great hookups including a 25+ pounder that stayed on for more than five minutes and spooled! Great day and brought home 3 nice fish to 17 pounds.
April 8th - Fine day on the bay today. Lots of hookups down deep and a couple nice salmon to 18 pounds to take home. Thank you Clint and family!
April 7th - Nice and sunny out and perfect salmon fishing weather. We lost a few salmon, as did most boats and came home with a nice 18 pound buck and a 12 pound hen. Real nice fish. Thanks to Larry and Sarah for hauling in the fish and spreading the wealth!
April 6th - Well, wasn't as good catching as yesterday's reports but we did have a lot of hookups that turned into no-shows. There's tons of krill in the water and the salmon have been feeding on it. There not really too interested in our bait but we did manage to get two in the box before heading home. Great group! Go Army and Go Air Force!
April 4th - Water was pretty bumpy today but we managed to fish it rhrough the morning. Lot's of fun with a great crew. Nice salmon to go home with.
April 3rd - Here's the news we've all been waiting for... No more than 5 minutes from dropping in and we got our first fish and fact... it was a double! A nice 15 pounder and a smaller 8 pounder. Fishing 150-250 feet deep and continued to get hookups throughtout the day. Ended the day with 5 nice fish in the box and another 5+ that came unbuttoned.
April 2nd - Tomorrow is our opener and we're all sitting on pins and needles. We haven't been allowed to fish salmon since 2007 and we probably will only get to fish the month of April this season. It's going to be a busy and wild April. Word is there are plenty of salmon in the Bay. Our weather forecast as of 7:30AM Friday appears to be good fishing seas. Less than 15 knot winds and less than 9 foot swells predicted. The salmon should be in the 17-20 pound average this season too. The sealions are not here in heards which is also a big plus. So, here we go 2010. It should prove to be our best fishing season yet!