IN THIS REPORT:
Past Daily Summary
Sat., Dec. 15 - Back at the harbor ready to go!
Fri., Nov. 23 - We're off to the boatyard for annual maintenance
Thu., Nov. 22 - Day off - Happy Thanksgiving!
Wed., Nov. 21 - 20 anglers, think we had around 7 a piece or so...
Tue., Nov. 20 - Scheduled day off
Mon., Nov. 19 - Scheduled day off
Sun., Nov. 18 - 24 anglers, not very many rockcod, 1 lingcod
Sat., Nov. 17 - 25 anglers, 109 rockcod
Fri., Nov. 16 - Day off
Thu., Nov. 15 - 11 anglers, 59 rockcod, 7 lings to 10#, 5# cab, 25# halibut
Wed., Nov. 14 - 18 anglers, 97 rockcod, 2 cabezon
Tue., Nov. 13 - Scheduled day off
Mon., Nov. 12 - 14 anglers, ?? rockcod, 1 lingcod
Sun., Nov. 11 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Sat., Nov. 10 - 18 anglers, ?? rockcod, 3 lingcod
Fri., Nov. 9 - Day off to attend PFMC meetings
Thu., Nov. 8 - Day off to attend PFMC meetings
Wed., Nov. 7 - Day off to attend PFMC meetings
Tue., Nov. 6 - Day off to attend PFMC meetings
Mon., Nov. 5 - Day off to attend PFMC meetings
Sun., Nov. 4 - 24 anglers, 174 rockcod, 5 lingcod to 16 lbs.
Sat., Nov. 3 - 29 anglers, 132 rockcod, 1 cabezon
Fri., Nov. 2 - 16 anglers, 73 rockcod
Thu., Nov. 1 - Day off
Wed., Oct. 31 - 13 anglers, 121 rockcod, 1 lingcod to 8 lbs.
Tue., Oct. 30 - Scheduled day off
Mon., Oct. 29 - Scheduled day off
Sun., Oct. 28 - 32 anglers, 244 rockcod, 8 lingcod to 20 lbs., a 13 lb. cabezon
Sat., Oct. 27 - 21 anglers, 131 rockcod, 2 lingcod to 10 lbs.
Fri., Oct. 26 - Day off for DFG conference call
Thu., Oct. 25 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Wed., Oct. 24 - 11 anglers, 81 rockcod, 1 lingcod to 7 lbs.
Tue., Oct. 23 - Getting ready to go back fishing tomorrow
Mon., Oct. 22 - Scheduled day off
Sun., Oct. 21 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Sat., Oct. 20 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Fri., Oct. 19 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Thu., Oct. 18 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Wed., Oct. 17 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Tue., Oct. 16 - Scheduled day off
Mon., Oct. 15 - Scheduled day off
Sun., Oct. 14 - See summary below for details
Sat., Oct. 13 - 35 anglers, 325 rockcod, 1 lingcod
Fri., Oct. 12 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Thu., Oct. 11 - 13 anglers, 76 rockcod (BIG swell again)
Wed., Oct. 10 - Cancelled due to ocean forecast
Tue., Oct. 9 - 14 anglers, 140 rockcod (limits) (snuck in before the front)
Mon., Oct. 8 - 12 anglers, 120 rockcod (limits), 4 lingcod to 9 lbs.
Sun., Oct. 7 - 21 anglers, 165 rockcod, 2 lings, 1 cabezon (weather getting better)
Sat., Oct. 6 - 26 anglers, 152 rockcod (fishable, but still big swell)
Fri., Oct. 5 - Too much wind at the harbor; cancelled
Thu., Oct. 4 - Day off for appointments on land
Wed., Oct. 3 - 14 anglers, 103 rockcod, 1 lingcod to 7#, 1 cabezon to 4#
Tue., Oct. 2 - Day off
Mon., Oct. 1 - Day off
Sun., Sep. 30 - 26 anglers, 201 rockcod+3 cabs to 5#,14 lings to 16#,2 halibut to 26#
Sat., Sept. 29 - 22 anglers, 149 rockcod, 5 cabezon, 2 lingcod, 6 lb. starry flounder
Fri., Sept. 28 - 27 anglers, 215 rockcod, 8 cabezon, 4 lingcod
Thu., Sept. 27 - 21 anglers, 168 rockcod, 12 cabezon, 12 lingcod
Wed., Sept. 26 - 27 anglers, 243 rockcod, 5 cabezon, 4 lingcod
Tue., Sept. 25 - 20 anglers, 194 rockcod + 6 cabs to 8# (limits), 2 lings to 7#
Mon., Sept. 24 - 5 Fishing Fools, 4 albacore caught and 4 lost, plus 4 skipjack
Sun., Sept. 23 - 34 anglers, 310 rockcod, 8 cabezon to 8, 14 lingcod to 17 lbs.
Sat., Sept. 22 - pm - 26 anglers,
Sat., Sept. 22 - am - 19 anglers, 190 rockcod (limits), 6 lingcod to 12 lbs.
Fri., Sept. 21 - 14 anglers, 140 rockcod, 1 lingcod
Thu., Sept. 20 - Wait one more day for ocean to settle down
Wed., Sept. 19 - Cancelled in the morning...too much wind
Tue., Sept. 18 - Day off
Mon., Sept. 17 - Went out, too rough for our liking, caught a few, came back
Sun., Sept. 16 - 17 anglers, 133 rockcod, 2 lingcod
Sat., Sept. 15 - 35 anglers, 280 rockcod, 12 lingcod, 1 cabezon
Fri., Sept. 14 - 13 anglers, 129 rockcod + 1 cabezon (limits), 12 lingcod
Thu., Sept. 13 - 13 anglers, 130 rockcod (limits), 25 lingcod to 15 lbs.
Wed., Sept. 12 - 14 anglers, 139 rockcod + 1 cabezon (limits), 5 lingcod
Tue., Sept. 11 - Day off to attend PFMC meetings
Mon., Sept. 10 - Day off to attend PFMC meetings
Sun., Sept. 9 - 22 anglers, 220 rockcod (limits), 7 cabezon
Sat., Sept. 8 - 20 anglers, 198 rockcod + 2 cabezon (limits), 6 lingcod
Fri., Sept. 7 - 20 anglers, 143 rockcod, 3 lingcod
Thu., Sept. 6 - Nasty ocean turned us back early
Wed., Sept. 5 - 9 anglers, 90 rockcod (limits)
Tue., Sept. 4 - 23 anglers, 230 rockcod (limits)
Mon., Sept. 3 - 39 anglers, 354 rockcod, 4 cabs, 9 lings, 25# and 28# halibut
Sat., Sept. 1 - 34 anglers, 272 rockcod, 9 cabezon, 8 lingcod
Fri., Aug. 31 - 17 anglers, 170 rockcod (limits), 3 lingcod
Thu., Aug. 30 - 12 anglers, 120 rockcod (limits), 1 lingcod
Wed., Aug. 29 - 17 anglers, 170 rockcod (limits), 4 lingcod
Tue., Aug. 28 - 9 anglers, 90 rockcod (limits), 1 lingcod
Mon., Aug. 27 - 8 Fishing Fools, 1 albacore
Sun., Aug. 26 - 29 anglers, 285 rockcod+5 cabs to 5# (limits), 9 lings to 12#
Sat., Aug. 25 - 24 anglers, 233 rockcod+7 cabs (limits), 5 lings, 1 halibut to 16#
Fri., Aug. 24 - 21 anglers, 210 rockcod, 2 lingcod to 10 lbs.
Thu., Aug. 23 - 20 anglers, 163 rockcod (big swell and south wind made it tough)
Wed., Aug. 22 - 19 anglers, 190 rockcod (limits), 1 ling to 8 lbs., 12 lb. wolf eel
Tue., Aug. 21 - 24 anglers, 239 rockcod + 1 cab to 7lbs. (limits), 3 lings to 8 lbs.
Mon., Aug. 20 - 20+ anglers, tough day, about 5 fish per person average
Sun., Aug. 19 - 30+ anglers, just shy of limits, 20 lingcod to 19 lbs.
Sat., Aug. 18 - 15+ anglers, (limits), 7 lingcod to 13 lbs., 1 halibut to 16 lbs.
Fri., Aug. 17 - don't remember...will update once Bob brings the info home
Thu., Aug. 16 - 25 anglers, waiting for the info
Wed., Aug. 15 - 23 anglers, 196 rockcod + 11 cabezon to 7#, 16 lings to 17#, 1 halibut to 12#
Tue., Aug. 14 - 15 anglers, 149 rockcod+1 cab (limits), 3 lings to 18 lbs.
Mon., Aug. 13 - 8 Fishing Fools, released one silver, still no kings to be found
Sun., Aug. 12 - 23 anglers, 226 rockcod + 4 cabs (limits), 14 lings to 17 lbs.
Sat., Aug. 11 - pm trip - 30 anglers,
Sat., Aug. 11 - am trip - 33 anglers, 231 rockcod, 4 cabezon, 3 lings to 18 lbs.
Fri., Aug. 10 - 32 from SM Boys & Girls Club - 256 rockcod, 1 seatrout, 3 lings to 15 lbs.
Thu., Aug. 9 - 14 SM PAL kids - 95 rockcod, 14 cabezon, 4 lingcod to 15 lbs., 28# halibut
Wed., Aug. 8 - 30 anglers, 296 rockcod+4 cabs to 6# (limits), 21 lings to 21#, 32# halibut
Tue., Aug. 7 - 21 anglers, 193 rockcod+17 cabs (limits), 8 lings, 2 halibut to 22 lbs.
Mon., Aug. 6 - 12 anglers, 118 rockcod+2 cabs (limits), 1 lingcod to 12 lbs.(limits)
Sun., Aug. 5 - 19 anglers, 189 rockcod+1 cabezon (limits), 2 lings, 20 lb. halibut
Sat., Aug. 4 - 34 anglers, 336 rockcod+4 cabs to 6# (limits), 3 lings to 12 lbs.
Fri., Aug. 3 - 17 anglers, 170 rockcod (limits), 14 lingcod to 16 lbs.
Thu., Aug. 2 - 11 SMPAL kids, 108 cod+2 cabs to 6# (limits), 10 lings to 15#, 23# halibut
Wed., Aug. 1 - 25 anglers, 248 rockcod+2 cabs to 8# (limits), 8 lings to 16#, 20# halibut
Tue., July 31 - 21 SM PAL kids, 183 rockcod, 5 cabezon, 3 lingcod to 10 lbs.
Mon., July 30 - 7 Fishing Fools, limits of rockcod
Sun., July 29 - 35 anglers, 350 rockcod (limits), 6 lingcod to 10 lbs.
Sat., July 28 - 25 anglers, 244 rockcod+6 cabezon (limits), 16 lings to 15#, 2 halibut to 22#
Fri., July 27 - 21 anglers, 208 rockcod + 2 cabs (limits), 5 lings to 10#
Thu., July 26 - 35 anglers, 348 rockcod + 2 cabs to 8# (limits), 3 lings to 9#
Wed., July 25 - 24 anglers, 184 rockcod, 3 lingcod to 6#
Tue., July 24 - More SMPAL kids catching fish....
Mon., July 23 - 20 SMPAL kids, 200 rockcod (limits), 6 lingcod
Sun., July 22 - 24 anglers, 144 rockcod, 5 cabezon, 31 lingcod!
Sat., July 21 - PM - 35 anglers, 350 rockcod(limits), 7 lings to 16#, 28# halibut
Sat., July 21 - AM - 16 anglers, 159 rockcod + 1 cab to 6# (limits), 8 lings
Thu., July 19 - 34 anglers, 333 rockcod + 7 cabs to 9# (limits), 8 lings to 20#
Wed., July 18 - 22 anglers, 219 rockcod + 11 lb. cabezon (limits), 9 lingcod
Tue., July 17 - 6 Fishing Fools salmon wishing...
Mon., July 16 - 16 PAL kids, 105 rockcod
Sun., July 15 - 33 anglers, 325 rockcod + 5 cabs (limits), 8 lings to 15#
Sat., July 14 - pm - 28 anglers, 278 rockcod + 2 cabs to 6# (limits), 4 lings to 16#
Sat., July 13 - am - 33 anglers, 322 rockcod + 8 cabs (limits), 4 lings
Fri., July 12 - 9 anglers, 84 rockcod + 6 cabs to 8# (limits), 15 lingcod to 18#
Thu., July 12 - 30 anglers, 297 rockcod + 3 cabs to 6# (limits), 7 lings to 15#
Wed., July 11 - 21 anglers, 210 rockcod (limits)...jumbos again
Mon., July 9 - 11 anglers, 110 rockcod (limits)
Sun., July 8 - 30 anglers, 233 rockcod, 3 lings to 16#, 5# cab, 12# halibut
Sat., July 7 - pm - 22 anglers, 220 rockcod (limits)
Sat., July 7 - am - 29 anglers, 290 rockcod (limits), 3 lings to 9#
Fri., July 6 - 7 anglers, rotten weather, not much better fishing
Thu., July 5 - 33 anglers, 141 rockcod, 6# lingcod - 9 foot swell
Wed., July 4 - 33 anglers, 264 rockcod, 8 lings to 9#, 5 cabs to 8-1/2#
Tue., July 3 - 35 anglers, 297 rockcod, 4 lings, 1 cab
Mon., July 2 - 8 Fishing Fools, 80 rockcod (limits)
Sun., July 1 - 37 anglers, 262 rockcod, 24 lings to 19#, 14 cabs to 6#, 21# halibut
Sat., June 30 - 34 anglers, 340 rockcod (limits), 1 lingcod (BOMBER rockfish)
Fri., June 29 - 24 San Mateo PALs, caught a mess of fish and had a load of fun
Thu., June 28 - 17 anglers, 125 rockcod + 6 cabs to 6#, 6 lings to 7#
Wed., June 27 - 35 anglers, 348 rockcod + 2 cabs to 5# (limits), 7 lings to 13#
Tue., June 26 - 24 anglers, 174 rockcod (about 7 per rod), 3 lingcod to 13 lbs.
Mon., June 25 - 7 Fishing Fools, shook two kings and one silver, no keepers
Sun., June 24 - 19 fishermen, 190 jumbo rockcod (limits), 3 lingcod
Sat., June 23 - 35 anglers, 185 rockcod (big fish, rough weather)
Fri., June 22 - 8 anglers, 2 salmon
Thu., June 21 - 15 anglers, 150 rockcod (limits)
Wed., June 20 - 31 anglers, 310 rockcod (limits), 1 ling to 8 lbs.
Tue., June 19 - 13 anglers, found one keeper salmon
Mon., June 18 - 31 anglers, 104 rockcod, 3 lings to 7 lbs., 1 cab to 4 lbs.
Sun., June 17 - 21 anglers, 171 rockcod, 6 lings to 10 lbs.
Sat., June 16 - 34 anglers, 340 rockcod(limits), 2 lings
Fri., June 15 - 36 anglers, 360 rockcod (limits)
Thu., June 14 - 17 folks from Kansas, caught lunch and came back
Wed., June 13 - 14 anglers, 83 rockcod, 4 lingcod
Tue., June 12 - Cancelled due to wind and swell forecast
Mon., June 11 - Fishing Fools caught 1 salmon in tough conditions
Sun., June 10 - 36 anglers, 252 rockcod, 17 lingcod, 4 cabezon
Sat., June 9 - 20 anglers, 1 salmon
Fri., June 8 - 23 anglers, 138 rockcod, 28 lingcod to 13 lbs., 6 cabs to 7#
Thu., June 7 - 10 anglers, 1 kamakazee 12 lb. salmon
Wed., June 6 - 24 anglers, went to Pescadero, called it quits
Tue., June 5 - 7 anglers, hooked 9 salmon but no keeper kings
Mon., June 4 - Day off
Sun., June 3 - 32 anglers, 259 rockcod, 6 lingcod, 32 cabezon (LIMITS!), 18# halibut
Sat., June 2 - 37 anglers, 304 rockcod, 9 lingcod, 10 cabezon
Fri., June 1 - 27 anglers, LIMITS: 264 rockfish + 6 cabs to 6#, 8 lings to 9#
Thu., May 31 - 21 anglers, 5 salmon to 20 pounds
Wed., May 30 - 14 anglers, 22 salmon to 14 pounds
Tue., May 29 - 7 anglers, 10 salmon to 15 pounds
Mon., May 28 - 20 anglers, 4 salmon to 8 pounds
Sun., May 27 - 20 anglers, 11 salmon to 10 pounds
Sat., May 26 - 18 anglers, 146 rockcod, 13 lings to 11#, 9 cabs to 8#
Fri., May 25 - 20 anglers, 12 salmon to 38 pounds!
Thu., May 24 - 20 anglers, 15 salmon to 29 pounds
Wed., May 23 - Cancelled trip to Pigeon Point, but ready for tomorrow
Tue., May 22 - 14 anglers, the fish were there but so was the weather
Mon., May 21 - Cancelled...too much wind and swell
Sun., May 20 - Cancelled...too much wind and swell
Sat., May 19 - 20 anglers, 13 salmon to 22 pounds (best action so far)
Fri., May 18 - 15 anglers, 15 salmon to 28 pounds (and LOTS of action)
Thu., May 17 - Day off...wind didn't calm down soon enough
Wed., May 16 - Day off...too much wind to get to Pigeon Point
Tue., May 15 - 12 anglers, 8 salmon to 19 lbs. (lost another 8)
Mon., May 14 - Rescheduled our Fishing Fools to another date
Sun., May 13 - 15 anglers, too few rockfish to even count
Sat., May 12 - 14 anglers, 10 salmon to 10 lbs.
Fri., May 11 - 15 anglers, 5 salmon to 12 lbs.
Thu., May 10 - 7 anglers, 8 salmon to 23 lbs.
Wed., May 9 - 26 anglers, 134 rockcod, 2 lingcod to 11 lbs., 1 cabezon to 9 lbs.
Tue., May 8 - 5 anglers, 7 salmon to 20 lbs. (and more fish found)
Mon., May 7 - 6 anglers, hooked 3, landed 2, lost the big one (30lb.+/-?)
Sun., May 6 - Made it to Pigeon but Capt. Bob pulled the plug
Sat., May 5 - Boomerang morning
Fri., May 4 - Day off
Thu., May 3 - 12 anglers, went to Duxbury for the hot bite that didn't happen
Wed., May 2 - Day off
Tue., May 1 - 27 anglers, 165 rockcod, 15 lingcod to 17 lbs., 3 cabs to 5 lbs.
Mon., April 30 - 8 anglers, 3 salmon to 16 lbs.
Sun., April 29 - 25 anglers, dropped one sinker but no salmon
Sat., April 28 - 22 anglers, had one fish on but it got away
Fri., April 27 - Could've gone fishing but we rescheduled
Thu., April 26 - Cancelled due to the forecast...and it was windy
Wed., April 25 - Cancelled...too much wind
Tue., April 24 - 9 anglers, 2 salmon to 15 lbs. and a little more action
Mon., April 23 - 7 Fishing Fools, one 15 and one 20 pound salmon
Sun., April 22 - 20 anglers, no fishies
Sat., April 21 - 11 anglers, nothin...
Fri., April 20 - 6 anglers, only a shaker
Thu., April 19 - Cancelled to work on water pump
Wed., April 18 - Cancelled...still too much wind
Tue., April 17 - Cancelled...too much wind again
Mon., April 16 - Cancelled due to weather forecast
Sun., April 15 - Cancelled...too much wind, too much swell
Sat., April 14 - 21 anglers, 8 salmon to 15 lbs.
Fri., April 13 - 18 anglers, 5 salmon to 20 lbs. (out of 9 hooked)
Thu., April 12 - Day off for maintenance
Wed., April 11 - 10 anglers, 5 salmon to 16 lbs. (lost another 5)
Tue., April 10 - 25 anglers, 15 salmon to 14 lbs. (lost 5; shook 9)
Mon., April 9 - 8 Fishing Fools, 3 salmon to 16 lbs. (lost 3 more keepers, too)
Sun., April 8 - 25 anglers, 2 salmon to 13 lbs. (also had 5 shakers and lost a couple)
Sat., April 7 - 24 anglers, 2 salmon to 7 lbs. (out of 6 fish hooked)
Sun., April 1 - AM trip - Last trip of the season; saw whales 12 out of 13 trips!
Sat., April 1 - PM trip - Weather laid down a bit and whale still all over
Sat., March 31 - AM trip - Not the greatest of weather but lots of whales
Sat., March 24 - PM trip - Whales everywhere! Heather found the whale highway!
Sun., March 18 - PM trip - Lots and lots of whales
Sun., March 18 - AM trip - Limits...of whales
Sat., March 17 - PM trip - Today makes 6 out of 7 trips with whales
Sun., March 11 - PM trip - Lots of whales
Sat., March 10 - PM trip - Saw a sea otter, but too foggy to find the whales
Sun., March 4 - AM trip - Two groups of whales on both side of the boat
Sat., March 3 - PM trip - Followed 3 gray whales, saw 5 sea otters
Sat., March 3 - AM trip - Checked out 5 gray whales and a couple of sea otters
Sat., Feb. 24 - PM trip - Two threesomes of gray whales plus one minke whale!
Mon., Feb. 12 - The Queen is back where she belongs...and she's sooo pretty
Tue., Jan. 16 - Getting ready for final coat of paint
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WHOPPERS (20 lbs. and over in bold):
Thu., Nov. 15 - 25 lb. halibut - Pigeon Point
Sat., Nov. 10 - Andrew Hanson of San Jose - lingcod - Pigeon Point
Sun., Nov. 4 - Mike Biernacki of Hayward - 16 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Sun., Oct. 28 - Ronald Poon (yep, same guy!) - 20 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Sun., Oct. 28 - Ronald Poon of Elk Grove - 13 lb. cabezon - Pigeon Point
Sat., Oct. 27 - 10 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Tue., Oct. 16 - I've got to steal Bob's paperwork for update! Sorry!
Sun., Sep. 30 - 26 lb. halibut - Pigeon Point
Sun., Sep. 30 - 16 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Sat., Sep. 29 - Gene Charles of Roseville - 6 pound starry flounder - Pigeon Point
Tue., Sep. 25 - Sam Parnavar of Campbell - 8 lb. cabezon - Pescadero
Mon., Sep. 24 - Arno Ragghianti of Los Altos - 14 lb. albacore
Thu., Sep. 13 - 15 lb. lingcod
Sun., Aug. 26 - Randall Kasdorf of Scotts Valley - 12 lb. ling on the Tigger rod
Sat., Aug. 25 - Jerry Sproule - 16 lb. halibut
Wed., Aug. 22 - 12 lb. wolf eel
Sun., Aug. 19 - ?? of Vallejo - 19 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Sat., Aug. 18 - Paul ?? of Vallejo - 16 lb. halibut - Pigeon Point
Wed., Aug. 15 - Vince D'Arco of Larkspur - 12 lb. halibut - Pescadero
Wed., Aug. 15 - Kate Aselage of Pleasanton - 17 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Tue., Aug. 14 - Tom Heller of Diablo - 16 lb. lingcod -
Sun., Aug. 12 - Jason King of Jackson - 17 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sat., Aug. 11 - Steve Lyles of Pacifica - 18 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Fri., Aug. 10 - Kelly Duong of San Jose - 15 lb. lingcod - Martins Beach
Thu., Aug. 9 - Greg Hansen of San Mateo - 15 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Wed., Aug. 8 - Josh House of Ohio - 32 lb. halibut! - Pescadero
Wed., Aug. 8 - Cindy Tripp of El Granada - 21 lb. lingcod
Tue., Aug. 7 - Mike Casentini of South San Francisco - 22 lb. halibut
Mon., Aug. 6 - Ken Hatch of Fresno - 12 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sun., Aug. 5 - Baja Bev Seltzer of Los Gatos - 20 lb. halibut - Pescadero
Sat., Aug. 4 - Mike DeFrates of Belmont - 10 lb. vermillion - Pescadero
Fri., Aug. 3 - Mike Guffel of Davis - 16 lb. lingcod - Bean Hollow
Thu., Aug. 2 - Treven Li of San Mateo - 23 lb. halibut - Bean Hollow
Thu., Aug. 2 - Edmond Kanok of San Mateo - 17 lb. lingcod - Bean Hollow
Wed., Aug. 1 - Vinny Carnardo of Santa Clara - 20 lb. halibut - Bean Hollow
Wed., Aug. 1 - John Stimac of Merced - 13 lb. lingcod - Bean Hollow
Tue., July 31 - Anna Zhu (16) of Foster City - 10 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sun., July 29 - Don Myers of Milbrae - 12 lb. lingcod - San Gregorio
Sat., July 28 - Harry Boos of Sunnyvale - 22 lb. halibut - Pescadero
Sat., July 28 - Ernie Fries of Fremont - 20 lb. halibut - Pescadero
Fri., July 27 - Greg Walters of Palo Alto - 10 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Thu., July 26 - Kent Ruan of San Francisco - 9 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Mon., July 23 - Greg Hanson (15) of San Mateo - 10 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sun., July 22 - 31 lingcod to 13 lbs.
Sat., July 21 - pm - Ken Lui of San Francisco - 28.6 lb. halibut - Bean Hollow
Sat., July 21 - am - Matt Cardoza of Newcastle - 12 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Fri., July 20 - Richard Castillo of Redwood City - 14 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Thu., July 19 - Curt Holman of Dublin - 20 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Wed., July 18 - Harry Boos of Sunnyvale - 13 lb. lingcod - San Gregorio
Wed., July 18 - Bernie Lucero of Milpitas - 11 lb. cabezon
Mon., July 16 - Brandon Ponce of Foster City - 8 lb. vermillion - Pescadero
Sun., July 15 - Les Robinson of San Jose - 12 lb. lingcod - Ano Nuevo
Sat., July 14 - pm - Luke Smith of Citrus Heights - 16 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sat., July 14 - am - Cheon Hong Kim of Sunnyvale - 13 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Fri., July 13 - Erela Collins of Redwood City - 18 lb. lingcod - New Years Island
Thu., July 12 - 15 lb. lingcod - New Years Island
Wed., July 11 - Gar Lok Woo of Tiburon - 9 lb. vermillion - San Gregorio
Sun., July 8 - Rob Fannin of Sacramento - 16 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Sun., July 8 - Ken Vanderhoff of Sacramento - 12 lb. halibut - Pigeon Point
Wed., July 4 - Don't know who, but they caught an 8-1/2 lb. cabezon - Pescadero
Tue., July 3 - George Tha bit of LaHonda - 7 lb. vermillion - Pescadero
Sun., July 1 - Randall Kasdorf of Scotts Valley - 19 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sun., July 1 - Robert Madga of San Francisco - 21 lb. halibut - Pescadero
Sat., June 30 - Stan Wong of San Jose - 6 lb. copper - Martins Beach
Wed., June 27 - Edward Naow of San Francisco - 13 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Tue., June 26 - Doug Agress of Union City - 13 lb. lingcod - Martins Beach
Sun., June 24 - Joe Menard of Castro Valley - 9 lb. lingcod - San Gregorio
Wed., June 20 - Jay Singh of San Bruno - 9 lb. vermillion - Martins Beach
Sat., June 16 - Lee of San Jose - 10 lb. lingcod - San Gregorio
Wed., June 13 - Ceazar Milan of Burlingame - 15 lb. lingcod - San Gregorio
Mon., June 11 - Archie Frick of Cupertino - 15 lb. salmon - San Gregorio
Sun., June 10 - Jeff Kao of Oakland - 10 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Sat., June 9 - Laura Molnar of Pleasanton - 12 lb. lingcod - San Gregorio
Fri., June 8 - Daniel Kim of Redwood City - 13 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Thu., June 7 - David Berg, Jr., of Half Moon Bay - 12 lb. salmon - San Gregorio
Sun., June 3 - Mark Nakahara of San Jose - 18 lb. halibut - Pesacdero
Sat., June 2 - Victor Lau of Elk Grove - 9 lb. lingcod - Bean Hollow
Fri., June 1 - Lou Hacker of Foster City - 9 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Thu., May 31 - 20 lb. salmon
Wed., May 30 - Scott Gorelczenko of Windsor - 14 lb. salmon - B Buoy
Tue., May 29 - Mark Kengloskie of Lodi - 15 lb. salmon - S Buoy
Mon., May 28 - Nick Kosta of Belmont - 8 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Sun., May 27 - Michael "Zippy" Nelson of Santa Cruz - 9 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Sat., May 26 - Carlos Lopez of San Jose - 11 lb. lingcod - New Years Island
Fri., May 25 - Scott Steele of Las Vegas - 38 lb. salmon - No. Deep Reef
Thu., May 24 - Gene Coombs of San Mateo - 29 lb. salmon - No. Deep Reef
Sat., May 19 - Tim Sellars of San Jose - 22 lb. salmon - outside Deep Reef
Fri., May 18 - Hank Hansen of San Francisco - 28 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Fri., May 18 - Don't know who? - 27 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Tue., May 15 - John Young of Redwood City - 19 lbs. salmon - Deep Reef
Thu., May 10 - David Fong of San Leandro - 23 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Thu., May 10 - Joe Wilkowski of San Luis area? - 21 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Tue., May 8 - Cindy Tripp of El Granada - 20 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Tue., May 8 - Ron Mancuso of San Jose - 20 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Tue., May 1 - Russell Mayne of San Francisco - 17 lb. lingcod - New Years
Mon., April 30 - Christian Phillips of San Mateo - 16 lb. salmon - Pedro Point
Tue., April 24 - Rudy Martinez of San Jose - 15 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Tue., April 24 - Fred Leonard - 11 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Mon., April 23 - Arno Ragghianti of Los Altos - 20 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Sat., April 14 - David Pomeroy of Hayward - 15 lb. salmon - Montara
Fri., April 13 - Eric Petro of Oakland - 20 lb. salmon - Montara
Wed., April 11 - David Fong of San Leandro - 16 lb. salmon - Montara
Tue., April 10 - Fred Leonard of San Mateo - 14 lb. salmon - Montara
Mon., April 9 - Gene Exe of Palo Alto - 16 lb. salmon - Pescadero
Sun., April 8 - Mike Krengloskie of San Jose - 13 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Sat., April 7 - "Crow" Williams of So. San Francisco - 5-1/2 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
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PAST DAILY SUMMARY:
2007 summary: The customers onboard the Queen of Hearts during the short 2007 rockfishing season caught a combined total of right about 1,000 of the "big three": lingcod, cabezon and halibut...which is more than ANY other vessel in California south of the Golden Gate Bridge. These fish were all caught by our customers, not by any member of our crew, as we rarely include the few crew fish we take home for dinner in our reports. Those were ALL coastal trips, most of them fishing shallow water and using light gear we truly enjoy using, and a lot of them fishing around the Pigeon Point area. Not bad, not bad at all.
Friday, December 14 - The Queen of Hearts has completed our annual boatyard maintenance and we'll be back in the harbor tomorrow on Saturday. We're now taking reservations for the 2007/08 Surf Contest at Mavericks...more info about those trips is at www.fishingboat.com/mavericks.html. We are also available for whale watching trips, and our current plan is to start Humboldt Squid trips beginning on Saturday, January 19, and offer them every Saturday, weather and interest permitting. The squid trips will leave at 6:00 a.m., and the cost is $80 per person as there is quite a bit of travelling required to get out to the squid fishing grounds. If you have questions about the trips or would like to put your name on the books, just let us know.
Monday, December 3 - So, when does the salmon season open in 2008? Opening Day for salmon is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 5. That's according to the official rules published in the Federal Register last May located at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Publications/FR-Notices/2007/upload/72FR24539.pdf. The section that pertains to the start of the recreational season off our coastline is on page 8 of the notice. As we all know from last year, the season is not set in stone by any means. If there are any changes forthcoming to the start of the salmon season, hopefully we should find them out by the end of the next Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting that takes place March 9-14 in Sacramento. So, until we hear otherwise, we're available for charters and individuals reservations for the 2008 salmon fishing season based on the opening date of April 5, 2008. As always, if you're interested in a private charter onboard the Queen of Hearts, especially for a Saturday, the sooner you pick a date the better as they tend to book up well in advance.
Monday, November 26 - Slight change in our plans: We were going to run through November 30 and then go to the boatyard for our annual maintenance on the following Monday. That was before Bob found a part in the engine room when he did his daily check upon returning to the dock on our last trip that needs to be replaced. Not a big deal, but it would require a mechanic's expertise, and it just doesn't make sense to pay to have a mechanic make the run to Half Moon Bay when we were only a week away from going in for our annual maintenance anyway. So, that's it. We're done for the 2007 season. I must say we gave 'em hell...it definitely was a tough year between the lack of salmon, a lot of rotten weather, some uncooperative rockcod, the early northern closure and then the oil spill to cap things off. Kinda glad to put 2007 behind us to tell you the truth. I don't think our stent in the boatyard will take long, just a shave and a haircut kinda visit along with upgrading some new electronics, so hopefully we'll be back to the harbor before the holidays, available for Mavericks trips, and for whale watching and Humboldt squid trips after the beginning of the year. Our shop will continue to be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily to take care of any needs they can.
Oil spill update (as of 11/30/07): The DFG released a notice that testing has been completed in the areas affected by the oil spill and the closure has now been removed: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/spill/incidents/cosco_busan/sfbay_fish_open.pdf. Additionally, the DFG's report on the safety of consuming fish and shellfish is available for viewing at: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/special_reports/fish112907.html.
November 27: Health and Safety Advisory posted by the Department of Fish and Game affirms that fish outside the closure zones are safe: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/newsrelease_112107.asp.
November 14: The official Department of Fish and Game notice regarding the fishing closures that affect the Bay and the areas outside the Gate due to the oil spill at the Bay Bridge can be viewed by clicking: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/news07/07082.html. The south end of the closure boundry line is Pedro Point, which is north of the harbor at Half Moon Bay and well over 20 miles north of where we are fishing below Pigeon Point. To put it more clearly, anglers can continue to fish out of Half Moon Bay.
November 13: An Executive Order from Governor Schwarzenegger was released just after noon which sent shockwaves of confusion through the Bay Area fishing community. You can view the Press Release at: http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/8085/. According to the Press Release, fishing was suspended in areas affected by the oil spill effective Thursday, November 15. What are the areas affected by the spill? How far north and how far south along the coastline? Again, DFG's November 14 notice gives all the details. Bob is in pretty close contact with some of the DFG officials who are instrumental to this determination and we will pass along any additional updates as soon as we receive them. As always with this fisheries "stuff," try not to get too confused until the "official" word is released. We have fished several days since the November 7 spill, and there has not seen any signs of oil below Pigeon Point where we're fishing or any areas between our harbor and Pigeon Point. Two of the best websites I've found for updates regarding the spill, including overflight maps and press releases, are at: http://www.incidentnews.gov/incident/7708 and
Wednesday, November 21 - I heard the morning started out extremely slow with literally only a handful of fish by mid-morning. But then Bob finally found a spot where the fish would bite and they worked it for everything they had and were around the halfway mark last I knew. They're still fishing as I'm typing, but I wanted to get an update in now in case I am able to get away from the computer a little early. Bob says he continues to mark oodles of fish but making them bite continues to be another thing. Sure'd be nice if we could hire someone to dive down and stick the fish on the hook! Don't quite think that's allowed in the regulations, though. We'll be home with our family and friends for Thanksgiving Day, away from the shop, away from the phones and away from the computer. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and I'll be back with an update after the holiday weekend.
Monday, November 19 - The past month and a half of fishing below Pigeon Point continues to remind us how fortunate we are for how good our "normal" fishing in our area usually is. This past weekend about 160 rockcod were taken home by our anglers along with one lone lingcod, far from what we're used to or what we'd like. But, just like we do when salmon fishing gets tough, we keep plugging away and catching what the ocean offers. Thankfully our business has always been based on the idea that we do what we do because we enjoy fishing, and thankfully there are still plenty of folks that just want to go fishing and see what the day will bring. A little more than a week if left before the rockfishing season will officially close for good for boat-based anglers off our coastline until sometime around the middle of next year. Last I checked it looks like the weather on the ocean will cooperate this week. We'll be running Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and we're off on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with our family.
Thursday, November 15 - There hasn't been much to report about recently. Fishing has definitely been tough below Pigeon Point, sometimes to the point where we wonder if we should continue or not. There have been few days with limits, the lingcod haven't been real abundant. But all it takes is catching a fish like we did today to remind us that we continue to run trips because you just never know what you're going to get...like the 25 pound halibut that was landed! Add to that 7 more lingcod and 2 cabezon for 9 adults and 2 kids, along with a sprinkling of nice reds and assorted other rockfish, and it definitely was a day worth going fishing. The season officially closes two weeks from today, and we're still scheduled to run Wednesdays through Sundays as long as there are folks willing to give it a go and the weather permits, so there's still time to put your line in the water and see what may bite before we're knocked off the water until next season opens. As far as the seasons, not much was decided on at the meetings Bob attended in San Diego last week, other than to wait until next meeting in March to talk about it more. There is an experimental fishing permit that is going through the approval process that you may have heard about. It was approved by the PFMC to be sent on to the next approval level (National Marine Fisheries), but no need to worry about details until we get the final word.
Monday, November 5 - Capt. Bob is back in San Diego for the final week of PFMC meetings for 2007, so the next day the Queen of Hearts will be running will be when he returns this Saturday. Which brings me to my next soapbox moment: There is an outrageous misconception about these meetings that I have to set straight: Bob receives no money whatsoever for the time he takes off to go to all the meetings he goes to. The PFMC pays for his expenses consisting of transportation, hotel and a per diem food allowance, but that is it. He receives no wage, no salary, no compensation. Bob is not paid by any organization to attend these meetings, not by the PFMC, not by Golden Gate Sportfisherman's Association or by any lobby, government agency or charity. On top of that, we (as in Bob and I) either pay for another captain to take Bob's place so the Queen can continue to run, or we cancel our trips like we have done this week and let our boat sit idle. GGFA would reimburse us for a captain to run while Bob's at the meetings, but we don't seek reimbursement as unfortunately GGFA needs every penny it gets to be able to survive and continue it's vital work behind the scenes to keep our fisheries alive. So why does Bob go to these meetings? The same reason he is in this business: he loves fishing and sharing it with others. It would be tough to find anyone along the entire California coastline that has run more fishing trips than Bob over the past 20 years. The information he knows is absolutely vital to be presented to those who are seldom on the water but decide based on the numbers that come out of their computers when and where and how we can fish. And Bob really cares. He doesn't get his name in neon in the limelight even though oftentimes he should, but he knows what he does at these meetings and he knows he does make a difference, and everything he does is done as fairly as possible taking everyone's needs to heart, at times even to the detriment of our own business. So now I'll step back down off my soapbox, feeling a little pressure off my chest, and hope what I have said is understood to be an honest explanation and not taken any other way than that. Even my own relatives wonder why we're in this business at times and why we do what we do. All they have to do to remind themselves is to go fishing on the ocean with us one day and they'll know why.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 2, 3, 4 - Each day the weather improved just a tad, and each day so did the fishing. By Sunday the weather was flat out gorgeous and 5 more lingcod decided to grace us with their presence along with an average of about 7 rockcod per person. Capt. Randy told me folks really enjoyed themselves, including a dad with three boys who had a great time. That's all I need to know to know we're doing the best we can with the season we've been dealt this year. Overall the best lure of choice continues to be the good old standard superfly rig baited with a strip of squid. Those throwing the bars and plastics have really had their work cut out for them, with a lot of casting for tough results. Most bar casters are going for quality rather than quantity, though, as was evidenced by the biggest fish of the day that was caught by "Never Give Up" Mike Biernacki on either a fishtrap or a bar. Mike has gone fishing in the past on the Royal Polaris during our annual long range trip and, if there's a chance of catching a fish, Mike will be at the rail with rod in hand. Thanks again to Capt. Randy for taking over the helm for Sunday's trip and taking good care of our boat, customers and friends as always allowing Bob to attend more fishing meetings in San Diego knowing they're in good hands.
Wednesday, October 31 - When the dust settled at the end of the day and they dumped their sacks and counted their take, they pulled the plug with just about perfect timing...well, 9 more fish would have made it perfect. Tally for the day was 121 rockcod for 13 anglers, with several good size blacks, blues and reds included in the catch, along with an eight pound lingcod. The forecast is calling for the winds to back off again for this weekend; Saturday has just a few spots remaining but Sunday still has plenty of space available. There's more confusion floating around on the rumor mills about the rockfishing season: the season remains open and we can continue to fish for rockcod, and lingcod, and cabezon, through November 30 below Pigeon Point. For some reason folks are thinking the lingcod and cabezon season are closed. Wrong! That was last year...this is this year. No early closure below Pigeon. Again, we can fish for rockcod, and for lingcod, and for cabezon, through the end of November below Pigeon Point.
Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 - Notch another two good days of fishing to our season's belt. There were those who worked at it, and they caught their limit plus added a few to their buddies' bags, and then there were those who were more interested in pounding a few down than worried about catching their dinner. Sunday saw a good little spurt of lingcod, with eight keepers landed up to 20 pounds. Don't know who yet, but the lucky guy who caught the 20 pound lingcod also caught a huge 13 pound cabezon. Not too shabby, two fish, 33 pounds. The ocean forecast is looking like the swells and wind might bump back during the week but should lay back down for the weekend. We're scheduled to run, weather permitting, Wednesday through Sunday this coming week.
Wednesday, October 24 - Our private charter was graced with great travelling weather in the morning, but things changed by the afternoon. The ride home was met with lots of wind but thankfully still not much swell. Based on that wind and the forecast for the ocean for Thursday, though, we have decided to cancel Thursday's trip. It is right on the borderline of maybe we'd make it or maybe we wouldn't. If we thought we could eek out quick limits in the morning we might give it a try, but we've had to put our time in fishing below Pigeon to find fish that want to cooperate. Some days the fish are chomping but other days we've really had to work at it; today was one of those where we worked at it and ended up with right about 7 to 8 fish a piece. So, this time we'll throw in the towel and wait to go back out when the ocean calms back down on Saturday.
Tuesday, October 23 - The swells and the wind have backed down and the forecast looks good for our private charter tomorrow on Wednesday. We're available on Thursday even though we'll be watching the winds closely again, but we had to cross off Friday as there is another important DFG conference call that Capt. Bob is involved with to begin development of rockfishing regulations for the 2009/2010 season. Saturday is another private charter, but we do have space available for this Sunday...Saturday's ocean forecast looks good and hopefully Sunday will follow suit.
Thursday, October 18 - Very rarely do I cancel trips due to the weather forecast days in advance, but this is one of those rare occasions. The ocean forecast is calling for lots of wind and a huge swell through Sunday. How much? Well, building from south winds of 10 to 20 knots with a 10 to 15 foot swell today to as much as northwest winds of 15 to 25 knots along with a 12 to 14 foot swell peaking on Sunday. As they'd say in the Sopranos, "forgetaboutit". No reason to try to fight Mother Nature on this one. She wins, hands down, so we've cancelled our trips through this Sunday. On the encouraging side, though, the forecast submarines by Monday back down to light winds with a 6 to 8 foot swell, more like what we'd hope for this time of year, so hopefully we'll be back up and running for our trips next week.
Tuesday, October 16 - These systems coming through are starting to gain a little strength and we're really having to keep an eye on the forecast to duck and dodge 'em. We will be making the call whether or not we're going to give it a try for the next day's trip once we hear the afternoon forecast that comes out around 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. It is looking pretty iffy for the next several days, so definitely call at least a day ahead to check on the status of our trips. PLEASE NOTE...New Shop Hours: Through the end of November, we'll be opening our shop at 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On days where we won't be going fishing, the shop will open at 8:00 a.m. And, with things winding down, we've decided to cross off open load trips on Mondays and Tuesdays for the rest of the season, but will still be available for private charters on those days if anyone is interested. Our shop, however, will remain open 7 days a week.
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 - Two more good fishing days, one of them good catching and the other just good fishing. Saturday was the good catching day, with 325 rockcod landed for 35 anglers. No, not quite limits, but...give me a break...325 fish. Anyone disappointed in that just simply shouldn't go fishing. Sunday was the good fishing day. It was a private charter completely paid by a company to give their crew a day of fun on the ocean. It was a non-pressure kinda day, with a lot of guys doing this for the first time. How many fish did they catch? I don't know, and it really doesn't matter. They fished, they kicked back and ate and drank, they enjoyed their trip and they took some fish. Another successful day.
Thursday, October 11 - I've been too busy at my 9 to 5 job to touch base with Bob yet about today's fishing, and I plan on getting out of the office on time, so figured I'd better give a quick update while I had a chance. Looks like another small weather front will move through tonight and early tomorrow on Friday, so we've crossed off our trip scheduled for Friday. But this seems to be a fast moving front, and conditions look real good for the weekend with very little wind (5 to 10 knots) and a very small swell (4 to 6 feet). At this point our trip for Saturday is sold out, but last minute changes are always possible so let us know if you'd like us to put you on our standby list. We have a private charter on Sunday, so it's not too early to think about making reservations for next weekend...both Saturday and Sunday next week currently have space available.
Tuesday, October 9 - With the forecast calling for a front to come through, we weren't quite sure what was going to happen. But we headed down the coast and, despite a bit of wind off and on, we ended up with limits again for everyone onboard, even though they weren't quite as nice a grade as yesterday's. A good size boccaccio was landed, about a three pounder, a fish we don't see too often on our shallow water trips...so infrequently that our deckhand Jimmy who's been working with us for the past two seasons didn't even know what it was. We're off tomorrow but we have plenty of room on Thursday and Friday, and there's still space available for this Saturday. The forecast is actually not looking bad this week in spite of the system supposed to come through tonight, and it's looking downright decent for this weekend with not much wind and very low swells.
Monday, October 8 - This was the day I was waiting for. No, not because it was Columbus Day, but because we finally had some decent weather to really give Pigeon Point rockfishing a good test. And, just like we expected, Bob found the promised land and our customers loaded up on reds, browns and coppers, with a majority of them real nice quality fish, and threw four bonus lingcod onboard to boot. Now that's what we're talking about.
Sunday, October 7 - The weather continues to improve, and so does the fishing and the catching. Overall the gang today enjoyed getting out on the ocean, drinking a few beers, and catching some fish. That's what fishing is all about, right? It was still on the rolly polly side which put the whammy on a handful of folks being able to stand at the rail to put their lines in the water, so figure we caught limits for those who were fishing, or we ended up with an overall average of about 7 to 8 fish a piece. Take your pick how you want to look at it. For those who know that it doesn't require catching limits every time out to enjoy a fishing trip, it was a good day.
Saturday, October 6 - The wind backed off allowing us to make it down the coast, but there was still a pretty huge swell that made for an uncomfortable but fishable day. Fishing was far from stellar, but considering how slow the day started, we felt fortunate to end up with the 152 fish that were landed for our charter of 26.
Friday, October 5 - This is a really frustrating time of year. The forecast some days is right at that teetering point where it could be a fine day for fishing or we could be going back to bed, and unfortunately there's really no way of knowing for sure until we arrive at the harbor in the morning to see which way the teeter totter will bounce. Today was one of those kind of days. This morning it was blowing enough at the harbor when we arrived that we had to wait until we had enough light and could drive a few miles north of the harbor to Montara to take a peak at what the ocean was doing. Didn't take Bob long to make the call: cancel. No second guessing needed when you rely on someone with his kind of experience. The forecast is calling for conditions to calm a tad over the next several days, which is all we need to get back on the water and get another shot at catching some rockfish. Which brings me to my next point: Don't be deceived: Boats that want to make the run to fish south of Pigeon Point can continue to rockfish through the end of November. The average run to Pigeon Point for us takes about an hour and a half, a good 45 minutes less than it would take to get out to the Farallones (which is now closed to rockfishing for the rest of the year anyway).
Wednesday, October 3 - Heading out of the harbor this morning there was no wind and not much swell. By the time we reached Pigeon Point about 18 miles south, though, we had found the swell, and then just when the fish started to really bite with the tide change around 10:00 the wind picked up making for tough conditions. We ended the day with a little better than 7 fish a piece with some real nice sized blacks along with a small ling and a cab, not bad considering a couple of gentlemen were down for the count early in the game and given the weather we were dealt. We're off tomorrow and have private charters on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but we still have room for the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. And thank goodness, last time I peeked at the forecast it looks pretty darn good for Monday, too.
Sunday, September 30, 2007 - Xtreme Ultra Light Tackle Tournament Round Two: Just as Captain Bob was expecting, the wind stopped, the swell came back down and we had great conditions once again for our second Xtreme Ultra Light Tackle Tournament. Night and day difference from yesterday's weather, thank goodness. If you were out yesterday, you never would have believed it could be so different today. So, with lots of Mighty Mites in hand, our anglers headed down the coast to battle the bottomdwellers. What's a Mighty Mite? It's a 24 inch ultralight rod with a small spinning reel filled with about 6 pound test, something completely foreign to most saltwater fishermen, manufactured by Master Rods. Everyone was provided with 12 lb. test Izorline leaders to ensure as much of a level playing field as possible for the various gear used. Top honors for the most unique rod has to go to Gabbie with the Bart Simpson spincaster...tap his butt to release the bale. Laughs and smiles were the rule as folks found out just how much fun using this outrageously light tackle can be. The fish didn't come over the rail fast and furious, but that was no problem as every fish was a battle, with great overall quality blacks and gophers making up the catch. The 14 lingcod that were landed were all nice grade, with only a couple requiring measuring, and their color was spectacular, many brilliantly golden and red colored to match and camouflage them in their kelp halitat, something you only see in extremely shallow areas. By mid-morning it was pretty apparent that the bar had been set for jackpot fish: a 26 pound halibut was landed as well as a 16 pound lingcod. A few rods and reels bit the dust, including the Tigger rod from the last trip that burned out its gears. The key phrase of the day was repeated by many, that they couldn't believe how much fun they were having with this ultralight gear. Master Rods, the manufacturer of the Mighty Mite rods, topped their last donation and gave us three rod and reel combos for today, one of which went to the largest fish caught on a Mighty Mite. The other two Master rod and reel combos were included in a raffle along with another rod donated by John, who truly got into the spirit of the trip, as well as a Totem Pole rod holder and free pass for a future trip onboard the Queen of Hearts. Izorline once again came through as they always do in the donation arena, giving us a 300 yard spool of 20 pound test First String for each and every angler. Without a doubt, this was another fantastic trip and will definitely become a tradition we look forward to continuing. The pictures are finally posted below...and thank you to all of you who participated and made this such a fun day.
Xtreme Light Tackle Tournament "Part Two" Photos:
Saturday, September 29 - Today was one of those days that falls under the category of "fishable" but far from what we'd hope for. The swell was close together and by the afternoon the wind was howling, making for some pretty tough conditions for our last afternoon trip of the season. But that's just the way it goes sometimes, thank you very much good old Mother Nature. As Scarlett said, tomorrow's another day.
Tuesday, September 25 - One by one by one the fish came over the rail, and by the end of the day it was another day with 10 fish rockcod limits for everyone onboard including 6 cabezon to 8 pounds along with a bonus of two lingcod. The weather forecast looks great for the next several days, so if you'd like to get one last shot at rockfishing in the waters above Pigeon Point this week, it looks like Mother Nature will cooperate. We have around a handful of spots open for tomorrow, and plenty of room still available for Thursday and Friday. There's also about a half a dozen spots left on this Saturday's afternoon trip. Remember, we will still be fishing next week, and the next, and the next, all the way through the end of November, weather permitting...it will just be below Pigeon Point.
Monday, September 24 - As most of us all know, this has been one of the toughest years for salmon fishing in recent memory along the Bay Area coastline. The retired gentlemen that make up the Fishing Fools gang needed to feel the tug of a fighter on their lines for the last scheduled trip this year. The weather looked favorable, so Bob called them Sunday and said let's go hunt for some albacore instead of going "salmon wishing". The best part of the trip is that everyone got to fight a fish. Some of the gang won their battles and some of the fish won others, but that's fishing. They ended up with enough albacore for each of them to go home with three nice loins off of the four tuna that were landed, plus they played with and lost another four, and they threw in a bonus of four skipjack.
Sunday, September 23 - A lot of folks have a hard time believing how fast the weather can turn on the ocean, from bad to good and good to bad. Today was a fine day on the ocean with the rains of the last two days a thing of the past. We had a darn good day, with 310 rockfish and 8 cabezon to 8 pounds for our 34 anglers, just a few handfuls of fish shy of limits, but the quality of fish more than made up for missing one fish in the sack, with several bomber vermillions and good size coppers and gophers filling out the catch. We had a good day on the lingcod, too, with 14 lings boated to 17 pounds. Some folks recently have been asking if we use live bait. The answer is: No, we don't use live bait for rockfishing on the Queen of Hearts, and, as our scores show, we do just fine without it. Why don't we use it? First and foremost, it's not necessary. We have great rockfishing using the various flys, bars and plastics that our at our avail. Second, rockfish tend to suck down live bait. That gives very little chance of releasing fish without seriously injuring them. Some fish can't be released due to decompression, but thankfully a majority of the fish we catch in the shallows do survive their ride to the surface. The last thing we need to do is unnecessarily injure fish that could otherwise be released given the current status of rockfishing along our coastline. We need to do everything we can to save our fishery, not wipe it out unnecessarily. Unfortunately a lot of folks have lost sight of that, and it's a real shame.
Thursday, September 20 - Given yesterday's weather and the forecast we received in the morning on Wednesday for Thursday, we decided to throw in the towel early, cancelled Thursday's trip in advance and will wait for things to calm down for Friday.
Wednesday, September 19 - The forecast didn't sound great, but we had to show up in the morning to see what the weather was going to do. It was absolutely howling at the harbor, so we made calls as quick as we could to try to catch folks before they left home to tell them to stay there...no fishing today. The forecast earlier today didn't look good for tomorrow on Thursday so we crossed off for Thursday and will shoot for Friday when it looks like things will calm back down.
Thursday, September 13 - Bob is finishing up in Portland at the PFMC meetings after giving it his all. Bob is serving his second or third term on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel which is right at the heart of the rockfishing battle. I've never heard him so beat after a meeting. It's almost unbelieveable what takes place anymore just to be able to get the opportunity go fishing. Joe aka "Hooch" is filling in Bob's boots at the helm of the Queen and had an absolutely stellar day. He said he hasn't seen fishing this good in probably the last 20 years. They ended the day with limits of mostly browns and coppers for 13 anglers, and just about had limits of lingcod as well, with 25 lingcod landed up to 15 pounds. He said at one point 4 and 5 pound browns were coming over the rail as fast as you could bring them up. What was the hot lure? Everything and anything. Take your pick, it worked. Plastics, bars, flys...they all caught fish. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, too, absolutely flat calm, just like I thought it would be at the beginning of the week. There are a few spots still available on Saturday afternoon's trip. Between the weather, the fishing and the impending closure, NOW is the time to go rockfishing.
Monday, September 10 - I know, I know, "Sherry, how come you haven't been updating your Fishing Report?" Nothing new...just the same old "too much to do and not enough time to do it all" syndrome. I've been so busy I haven't really had a chance to get too many details about the trips this past week, and the details are what make the reports. So, I'll work on adding in more details, but I at least have our daily scores listed above updated. Whopper info will be added later. Now, most importantly: This week's ocean weather forecast looks the best I've seen in a looooong time. Almost no wind at all and almost no swell. If this forecast turns out to be true, it should be about as flat calm as it gets on our ocean. Now for the bad news: The next round meetings of Pacific Fishery Management Council (the fishing Feds) takes place this week. The preliminary info is that there may be some downright terrible in-season adjustments closing the rockfishing along the Bay Area coastline much earlier than the current November 31 season end date. As soon as I get more info, I'll definitely pass it on.
Thursday, August 30 - The big brownies and coppers were biting, so we loaded up on them, threw a lingcod in the boat for good measure, and paddled back in with limits once again.
Sunday, August 26 - Xtreme Ultra Light Tackle Tournament day finally arrived. Today was special. Our whole purpose was to remind folks of how much fun fishing can and should be. The participants came with their rods in hand or picked up the gear they had reserved. Not the usual stuff you'd expect to see folks rockfishing with. This was Xtreme light tackle: rod of choice for the day was the Mighty Mite by Master, a 24" long (or short as the case may be) spinning rod with a small spinning reel containing somewhere around 6 pound test. There were a few others permitted to be used, like the Tigger (as in Winnie the Pooh) rod, the Ronco Pocket Fisherman, the Pirates of the Caribbean rod, and, of course, the pink and purple Barbie rod. From the feedback I received it sounded like the day was a blast, just like we expected. Rods bent over double, reels squealed, smiles and laughs were everywhere. Our folks had no problem at all battling the bottomdwellers with their Xtreme light gear, and actually ended the day with limits for all 29 onboard, 285 rockcod along with 5 cabezon and 9 lingcod up to 12 pounds. Top honors and the first ever Xtreme Light Tackle Tournament Trophy went to Randall for the 12 pound lingcod caught on his Tigger rod, second place was close behind with a 11 pound lingcod, and I believe 3rd place was taken by a nice cabezon. As if having a blast wasn't enough, prizes were awarded to the top three fish: Master donated two nice saltwater rod and reel combos that went to the 1st and 2nd place winners, and 3rd place took home a Penn Jigmaster donated by our shop, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing. Three one pound spools of Izorline (the ONLY line we use on our personal reels as well as our rental gear) were raffled off, and first fish on the boat, a gopher caught by Sonny on his Ronco Pocket Fisherman, won a Totem Pole rod holder. Special thanks to Craig Hansen who joined us on behalf of Western Outdoor News and shared with us the pictures he took which are posted below. We're really looking forward to seeing his report. The trip was an overwhelming success, so much so that we have scheduled another Xtreme Ultra Light Tackle Tournament for next month on Sunday, September 30. We've been promised even more prize goodies for the next trip, so if you looking to have a whole bunch of fun, grab your spot soon.
Xtreme Light Tackle Tournament Photos:
Friday, August 24 - We had another great, enthusiastic group today that were real easy to please. They made easy work of catching limits close to home just offshore the Ritz and enticed a couple of lingcod onboard, too. On the albacore front, it looks like Southern California is really getting a great wave of fish coming through. Maybe we might just get a shot at something good by mid-September if the weather will give us a break to be able to go offshore. Don't give up on the idea of albacore quite yet, tuna chasers.
Thursday, August 23 - The wind that was staying offshore yesterday decided to mess with us today. But once again it was not what had been forecasted: we were supposed to get northwest winds and ended up with wind straight out of the south. South winds on top of the already good size swell made us very grateful to do as well as we did, because it tends to put the fish completely off the bite. It wasn't limits and there were no lingcod, but we caught fish. 193 for 20 folks to be exact. We had a great group of troopers onboard with several kids finally getting a chance to join us before they have to go back to school, and they all hung in there and did well ending up with just shy of 9 fish per person. The forecast is all over the place right now, but overall it does look like the swell and wind is supposed to back off somewhat over the next several days.
Wednesday, August 22 - Northwest winds 25 to 35 knots, combined seas of 9 to 12 feet every 9 seconds. Sounds like wintertime weather, right? Wrong, that was the forecast for today! But, once again, what the forecast said and what we had in our part of the ocean were two different things. When you look at the weather forecast, always keep in mind that it covers an extremely large area, almost 200 miles of coastline and out to 60 miles offshore. There definitely was a good size swell but thankfully there was no wind. The models I've been checking out are showing that the wind is holding steady offshore, luckily leaving us alone along the coastline. But with today's swell, fishing the real shallow spots was out of the question; most of the action took place from 140 to 165 feet. The fish sure didn't care. Nice big reds, browns and coppers gladly jumped on our anglers' hooks, sending everyone home with easy and early limits. Top catch of the day was one of the biggest wolf eels Bob thinks he's every seen, a 12 pounder. He says it had to be at least 6 feet long. Bet the thing had some enormous teeth!
Tuesday, August 21 - Ya wanna catch fish? Then listen to the crew! Don't be so dang stubborn. Sure, what you used last time might have worked great then, but that doesn't mean it's the way to go today. We like using bars, we like using plastics. But the number one lure day in and day out this year...believe it or not...really, we're not kidding...is the good old shrimp fly or super fly rig. If you want to use a bar or bounce a plastic, they can work well, too, but it's an absolute must this season to tie a fly as a teaser above the bar. The teaser works as an attractant which might just catch the eye of that big red or ling or cab you want to grab onto that lure you're bouncing off the bottom. It finally sunk into my head several years ago on the long range tuna trips we go on that if the crew tells you to do something, don't question it, just do it. They are out there hundreds of days each year, not just a handful like most of us. Likewise, Capt. Bob has caught more rockcod over the past 30 years than anyone in Half Moon Bay and most of the Bay Area, too. Listen to his advice carefully; he only says something because he wants you to catch fish. Now, as far as fishing today, we ended up with limits in spite of an absolutely screaming current. Thank goodness there was no wind to speak of, even though the forecast was calling for it, which just proves once again to take the forecast with a grain of salt this time of year. But this outrageous current did make it tough to fish the shallows, even though Bob was fishing as little as 20 feet at times today, and required us to step it up a notch to keep in contact with the bottom.
Albacore Update: We are one of the official weigh stations for the tunabite.com albacore tournament that kicked off this past Friday. Top albacore weighed in so far is just a tad over 27 pounds, with all of the fish we've seen over 20 pounds. The tuna are still hanging tough on the outside near the Pioneer area. Still not quite enough fish in the area for the charterboats to get real excited about yet, but there are fish there for those interesting in making the run and itching to hook one of the best gamefish we have in our neck of the woods. The wind is forecast to really pick up offshore, so check out conditions closely and stay smart and safe.
Monday, August 20 - One of the toughest days we've had rockfishing in a loooong time. The current was flat out bookin'. We were flying over the reefs. I have this picture in my mind of a cartoon where one fish is asking the fish next to him, "did you see that?" because that's what our lures must have looked like to them, just a blur whizzing past them so fast they didn't even have a chance to figure out what it was before it was long gone. Heard one of the top anglers of the day was Katie, who has grown up so much since the last time I saw her. Sounds like she put several old timers in the bag landing more fish than a lot of folks onboard.
Sunday, August 19 - Don't have the exact score, but I know we didn't quite have limits, but we did have a great score of 20 lingcod to 19 pounds. If you take a moment and look through my list of whoppers, you'll see a pattern kinda developing with the lingcod getting just a tad bigger and bigger and consistently taking top honors for the biggest fish each day. Maybe it's a sign of things to come??
Saturday, August 18 - We had a great group from S & P Flooring who couldn't have fished better: when the fish were biting, they'd make sure they were patient and wait for that second fish before reeling up. Worked like a dream to ensure they went home with limits of rockfish, along with 7 lingcod to 13 pounds, and top dog was the co-chartermaster, Paul, with a 16 pound halibut. Charter the boat, catch the biggest fish. Works for me.
Wednesday, August 15 - The fish didn't come in like gangbusters, but one by one they kept adding up until we ended the day with a dang good shallow water score. We were just a couple handfuls of rockfish shy of 10 fish per person limits which included 11 cabezon to 7 pounds, plus they picked up 16 lingcod to 17 pounds as well as another bonus halibut, a 12 pound beauty. One of the things we like best about shallow water light tackle rockfishing is the variety of fish. Bob often uses the Forrest Gump line: "It's like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get." Every day is just a little different. One day it's lings, the next it's cabezon, there's a sprinkling of halibut, and then we have the array of rockfish I like to call the shallow water smorgasbord. Use light gear, just a few ounces of weight, and now not only is the fishing productive, it's just downright fun. And that's what we like, having fun fishing. And that's what we like folks to experience with us and why we'd done this onboard the Queen of Hearts that last 17 years. So, wanna join in on the fun? We're still running 7 days a week, but our weekends are getting pretty booked until the middle of September. We do have room on the Labor Day weekend Saturday, September 1, and we have now confirmed that we'll continue running afternoon rockfishing every Saturday afternoon in September.
Tuesday, August 14 - Well, I finally got all the paperwork together and sorted out after returning from our vacation a week ago so I could update the scores and whoppers. Whew. What a slew of stuff! But, at long last, pretty much every score and every whopper I could pull from the reports the guys give me are listed above. If you get a chance, take a couple of minutes and check through it. Day after day of lots and lots of rockfish, days with limits of cabezon, days with loads of lingcod, a good string of halibut caught. Without a doubt, we're right in the heart of the shallow water light tackle rockfishing season, with some absolutely excellent days of fishing taking place. It's getting close to my favorite time of year with hopefully our Indian Summer just around the corner, which should only make what's good even better with some of the best weather of the year on the ocean. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again: we are really spoiled by the fantastic rockfishing opportunities we have off our coastline. It is precious resource that I'm proud to be able to share with those who join us onboard the Queen of Hearts.
Time for a couple of tackle updates: First: We just received a fresh batch of Calstar rods at our shop, and I think you'll find that we have just about the best price available. Matter of fact, our prices beat one of the largest internet tackle sites out of Southern California that offers some of the best prices around. So, if you've been waiting to pick up that quality graphite or West Coast Calstar rod, it's time to come by our shop, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, while we have them in stock. And second: I have to take a few moments and give a report on a fantastic reel I used on our recent long range trip. My Christmas present to myself last year was a silver Avet SX two speed reel. I've never considered myself a tackle hound, and don't spend a lot of money on gear, but after going on long range trips for over a decade now, I knew the SX two speed would be perfect for the five day trips we go on every summer. I had to patiently wait almost eight months until our trip, but I finally was able to put the reel to the test on our trip a couple of weeks ago. Oh, my goodness! The reel was everything I expected! Absolutely awesome. I could cast a sardine as far as any of the best on our trip (with exception of the crew, of course, who are amazing casters). The reel never missed a beat, and allowed me to land yellowtail after yellowtail and dorado after dorado. I was hoping to put it to the test against albacore and maybe a few yellowfin or bluefin, but unfortunately the tuna didn't show. It sure was nice when I had a yellow that was hanging tough in open waters to be able to push the little button, clicking the reel into low, and crank the stubborn fish in with relative ease. We can't say enough about the reels...they're strong, lightweight, cast like a dream, well worth their price, and, believe it or not, actually made in California. We always have a good selection of Avets for sale in our shop, but if we don't happen to have the Avet in stock you're looking for, we can usually get it within about two days. Match the SX like we did with a Calstar 196-6C and it's an absolutely killer combination!
Monday, August 13 - After catching limits of rockfish their last trip out, our every-other-Monday Fishing Fools gang was ready to take another crack at the very elusive salmon. They headed to Duxbury, about the only spot within range were the salmon have been trickling through off and on, put the lines in the water and trolled. And trolled. And trolled. They did hook and land one nice salmon. Only problem was that it was the wrong kind of salmon, a silver which we can't keep. So the guys took a good stare to remember what a salmon looks like, sniffed it to remember what they smell like, gave it a kiss goodbye and graciously released it back to the briny blue. And that was it for the day. For those of you wondering why we're not scheduling salmon trips, this is why. Sure hope the salmon return next season.
Wednesday, August 8 - AM REPORT: Checked in with Capt. Bob a little after 10 in the morning. He said the fish are coming in a tad slower than yesterday but the catch is still great with a whole bunch of quality reds, probably around 8 lingcod already onboard, a few cabezon and a REAL BIG halibut. He didn't have the weight yet, but it's definitely in the running for one of the biggest this season. I still haven't had the chance to update the scores from last week, but there has been some pretty awesome fishing going on in the shallows. I heard one day last week Randy had limits of rockfish, limits of cabezon and limits of lingcod as well as a big halibut. The halibut definitely seem to have moved in as we are seeing one of these bonus fish just about daily. Now, the final tally for the day: With at least 15 out of the 30 folks onboard being first-timers, and two-thirds of everyone onboard rent-rodders, we had an absolutely fantastic day: limits of rockfish with a "sh*tload" of big reds (as Capt. Bob eloquently put it), a great score of 21 lingcod to 21 pounds, the biggest going to my right hand morning helper, Cindy (way to go), a dash of cabezon, and our season's biggest halibut: a 32 pounder! That's shallow water, light tackle rockfishing at it's finest!
Tuesday, August 7 - Capt. Bob's back in the swing of things after returning from last week's vacation with a great score of limits of rockfish including just a couple fish shy of limits of cabezon with 17 cabs for 21 anglers (the limit on cabezon is one per person at least 15 inches long as part of each angler's 10 fish daily bag limit). Add to that 8 lingcod and two nice halibut, an eight pounder going to Michael Longi, his first ever halibut caught SWLT rockfishing, and the whopper of the day, a 22 pounder, landed by Mike Casentini. Way to go Mike. And way to go Capt. Bob. Nothing like going on vacation to refresh the drive to find fish. Not to say that you need it, that is, but we both agree that it sure was nice to have the break.
Monday, August 6 - Back from San Diego, back to updates... But first, wanna see one of the fishies I caught? You can see one of the pictures Darryl from the Royal Polaris took by going to http://www.royalpolaris.com/news/media/2007images/IMG_2824.jpg Oh yeah, lots of fun. For those of you who don't know what kind of fish that is, it's a yellowtail, probably a little over 20 pounds. Very strong fighting, good to eat fish. Anyway, back to Queen of Hearts stuff: Just as we expected, Randy, Heather and Jimmy did a great job while we were away and continued to pound out limits of rockfish along with good numbers of lings and cabs as well as a good sprinkling of halibut. More details to come...
Friday, July 27 - Time for Bob and I to go on our 13th annual long range fishing trip out of San Diego on the Royal Polaris. The Queen of Hearts will still be running trips daily and will be in good hands while we're away with the second half of our "A Team" at the wheel, Capt. Randy Bankord, and Heather and Jimmy will be taking care of everyone on deck as usual. If you want to check in on the Royal Polaris website to see how we're doing, you can find out the reports for the Royal Polaris by going to http://www.royalpolaris.com/news/index.php. Our trip departs on Monday morning, July 30, and we'll be back at the dock on Saturday, August 4. If you're wondering what's up with the Queen of Hearts while we're away, give Debbie and Robert at our shop a call at 650-728-3377 to get the lowdown and check on our availability or make a reservation. Please keep in mind that while I'm away I won't be able to check our email, so definitely be sure to call if you need to reach us. Heard there's a few big bluefin lurking in the waters off the Baja coast...hope I find at least one of them! Enjoy your week...I plan on enjoying mine!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20, 21, 22...great fishing...31 lingcod on Sunday, 28.6 lb. halibut on the afternoon trip on Saturday plus 35 limits...sorry I don't have the time for more details....
Thursday, July 19 - How shallow are our shallow water light tackle trips? Well, how about as little as 20 feet...that's some of the territory we fished today. Tell me that's not fun. The shallows are definitely starting to crank out more fish, today 34 limits made of mostly of some good size blacks, gophers, black and yellows, china cod and the like. Seven cabezon were landed as well as 8 lingcod, the top fish succumbing to a lure presented by Curt Holman, which ended up being a personal best 20 pound lingcod for Curt. Bet you're glad you decided to stick with your decision to come out today, huh? There are still a few spots available for tomorrow. If you'd like to join us, we'll have the doors open at 5:00; check in no later than 6:15.
Wednesday, July 18 - The drizzle stopped just after we got underway, and after the fog burned off it was an absolutely gorgeous day on the ocean with absolutely flat calm, sunny, t-shirt conditions. The rockfish continue to chomp, with limits of mostly browns, reds, and a few olives and blues thrown in. Congrats to Bernie for catching his personal best 11 pound cabezon. I think that's the biggest cab landed so far this season. Nine lingcod were also landed, too, but I didn't get the report on the size. Albacore update: Yes, albacore are being caught. I believe the report is that they are about 45 miles away outside the 601 area. Looks like we might just be in for some good tuna fishing real soon. Bob and I are going on our 13th annual five-day long range on the Royal Polaris out of San Diego from July 30 to August 4, so any albacore trips onboard the Queen of Hearts will have to wait until we get back. While we're away the Queen of Hearts will continue to run with Capt. Randy Bankord at the wheel, the second half of our "A Team", with Heather and Jimmy on the deck as normal.
Tuesday, July 17 - The Fishing Fools gang was on the prowl for salmon again. There were some salmon caught during the weekdays last week between Point Reyes and Tomales Bay, but by the weekend the bite was over. So, with no hot bite to run to, we started our day around Pedro Point and tried spots from Pedro all the way up to Duxbury. The guys got to refresh their memories on what a real salmon looks like when they actually had a hook up, but it turned out to be a shaker and had to be released. For those of you wondering why we're not scheduling salmon trips, this is why: very few fish south of the Golden Gate this year with only a handful caught in our territory since the end of May. The salmon season is far from over and the fish may magically appear and we may get one more hurrah, but we're not holding our breath. So, it's back to rockfishing tomorrow, thank goodness, and back to catching fish.
And now, for the announcements: (1) Our popular afternoon rockfishing trips on Saturdays are now in full swing. Check in time for the trips is by 2:30 p.m. so they can depart by around 3:30 p.m. and return around dusk. Cost is $55 per person. Next afternoon trip this coming Saturday, July 21. (2) The next "Limited Load Rockfishing Trips" on is set for this coming Wednesday, July 25. What's "limited load" mean? Well...The Queen of Hearts is licensed for 45 people, but we usually keep our trips to no more than 35 anglers. The "limited load" trips are limited to no more than 25 people, which gives a lot more elbow room at the rail and on the decks on one of our more popular days of the week. The cost on these trips is $65 per person. More limited load trips trips may be scheduled in August depending on demand. (3) Ready to have a lot of fun?! We have finally picked a date for our Ultra Light Tackle Rockfishing Tournament: Sunday, August 26. The trip will be limited to no more than 25 anglers and the cost will be $80 per person. We're working on the prizes and details and will give more updates as they're received. The trip is filling fast...only 3 more spots left and we'll be full.
Monday, July 16 - The kids with the San Mateo Police Activity League joined us for their second trip of the season. Capt. Randy was at the helm and I haven't touched base with him yet, so I don't have much in the way of details about the day. But for those of you looking for my blow by blow daily updates, figured I had to put something down for you to read.
Sunday, July 15 - Another day of shallow water light tackle rockfishing, another day of limits for 33 people, 325 rockcod plus five cabezon and eight lingcod to 15 pounds. Foggy and overcast but pretty much flat calm conditions. According to the ocean forecast, looks like more of the same for the coming week...it's about time!
Saturday, July 14 - Limits in the morning, limits in the evening...again. Lingcod and cabezon in the morning, and lingcod and cabezon in the evening. Whether you're an early bird and go on our trip leaving at 7:00 a.m., or you want to sleep in, enjoy a nice brunch and go fishing in the afternoon and bring home a bag of fish, take your pick: good fishing to be had on both trips. We have another afternoon trip next Saturday, July 23...the word's getting out about these trips so don't wait too late if you want to grab a spot or two.
Friday, July 13 - For Erela and Mike's 17th anniversary they chartered the Queen of Hearts, brought along one friend and one guest and made it a Crew Appreciation Day. All of us from the shop and from the crew (Bob, Randy, Heather, Jimmy, Sherry, Cindy and Robert) were treated to a day of fishing, food and fun, and a day where we all got to go fishing together for the first time ever. We had a blast catching rockcod, cabezon and lingcod, joking around, eating way too much food and partaking in a few livations just a tad, too. Okay, more than a tad. As it should be, biggest fish was caught by Erela who organized this event and must have shopped and cooked for hours and finally ended up with her first QH Lucky Lure. Thanks, Mike and Erela. We all had a great day, and it was much appreciated. Thanks for sharing your anniversary with us.
Thursday, July 12 - With an absolutely flat calm gorgeous ocean, Capt. Bob decided to burn some fuel and try some of his favorite spots down at New Years Island below Pigeon Point. A lot of these spots will be closed when the Central Coast MLPAs go into effect after the regulatory process is completed, and Bob wanted to give our group today what might be the last chance in their lifetime to see New Years from a boat. We had several fathers and sons enjoying a day together, and the kids showed their elders how to lay the fish away. In addition to a good day of fishing, there were sea otters to check out on the way down and back and thousands upon thousands of jellyfish floating in a big patch, so many it makes a big white slick in the water. Not many bar casters onboard, but a nice 15 pound lingcod took top honors.
Wednesday, July 11 - Today was the first of our limited load rockfishing Wednesdays. Lots of room at the rail, lots of room on the decks, only a handful of coolers...pretty nice for one of our more popular days of the week. The deeper water just keeps cranking out big giant reds, coppers and brownies. We can't do better than limits of those fish, and we're not going to kill rockfish we can't keep to try to see if we can add a few lings, so, with limits in hand of mostly bombers, we were heading back to the dock a little before noon. We'll be running limited load rockfish trips on Wednesdays through the end of July, so make reservations early if you're interested in grabbing a spot on one of these trips. What's "limited load" mean? Well...The Queen of Hearts is licensed for 45 people, but we usually keep our trips to no more than 35 anglers. The "limited load" trips are limited to no more than 25 people, which gives a lot more elbow room at the rail and on the decks on one of our more popular days of the week. The cost on these trips is $65 per person.
Saturday, July 7 - Limits in the morning, limits in the evening...life is good. Capt. Bob ran the boat in the morning down below Pigeon Point and found the fish biting and ending the day with easy limits. Capt. Randy ran the boat in the afternoon, leaving the dock a little after 3:15 and heading back with limits for all 22 onboard just a little after 6:45, giving him plenty of time to get back well before dusk. We'll be offering afternoon rockfishing trips the majority of Saturdays for the next few months as long as the crew is available. It's a great alternative for those folks who prefer to sleep in on the weekend and still enjoy going out fishing. Randy started out today right where he left off last season with limits of rockfish for our afternoon anglers, and hopefully there will be several more to come.
Monday, July 2 - Our Fishing Fools group finally took home limits of fish...limits of rockfish that is. They like salmon, they want salmon, but try as we might, the salmon have just been few and far between this season. So, fishermen first, salmon fishermen second, the group decided it was time to give the salmon "wishing" a break and simply just get back to catching fish.
Sunday, July 1 - With a boatload of folks onboard, a great majority of who were newcomers to ocean fishing, Capt. Bob decided to give the shallows a try. He headed down to below Pigeon Point to start the day. The wind was howling, the water was off color, and the fish wouldn't bite. So he pulled out a little more hair out of the little he has left, picked up the lines and headed back from the direction he started. Heading up the line he got one of his feelings and decided to stop on a spot that just felt right. It was the right spot, as it cranked out fish from the time the first lines hit the water. Those who knew how laid away the fish, with great quality of what we affectionately like to call the Half Moon Bay smorgasbord of rockfish. The lingcod were chomping and 24 were landed, the biggest by Randall Kasdorf who caught his personal best 19 pounder. A good number of cabezon also filled with sacks, and top fish honors, a 21 pound halibut, went to Robert Madga of San Francisco who was on the trip courtesy of his wife's surprise birthday present.
Saturday, June 30 - Bombers. Absolutely huge bomber rockcod. And limits. No need to say more.
Friday, June 29 - Today was the first of many fun trips scheduled this summer with the San Mateo Police Activity League. It's a great organization that, among other things, keeps kids from the San Mateo area involved and introduces them to different activities during the summer while school is out. Our crew always looks forward to these trips because they love getting kids hooked on fishing and the kids are happy just to simply catch a fish without the pressure of having to land limits every time out. As always, the kids had a ball catching loads of rockfish, and they landed several of the big whoppers we've been seeing recently, too. Heard they had some fun tasting some of Capt. Bob's hot sauce collection on the way back in at the end of the day. Hope they had a lot of bottles of water! By the way, the best lure recently, believe it or not, has been the simple, normal, good-ole-standby shrimp fly jig (well, super fly to be exact) with either a strip or a whole squid.
Thursday, June 28 - An absolutely gorgeous day on the ocean for today's private charter. The group decided to shoot for rockcod since the salmon have still been pretty much absent from our area, and hopefully they were satisfied with their decision: Rather than landing only a fish or two the way the salmon fishing has been, they ended up catching and keeping 125 rockcod for their group of 17 along with 6 lingcod and 6 cabezon. Heard they had some kids on board that were real killers and caught on real quick, reeling in some bombers. Hopefully we'll have a better shot at the salmon next season.
Wednesday, June 27 - We started out the day hitting the deeper water and loaded up on some of the quality belly busting rockcod the area has been cranking out. Even some of the blues were huge. With the calm seas we had today, Bob headed to the shallows after the tide changed. They rounded out their limits for all onboard there, adding 7 lingcod to 13 pounds and a couple of cabezon into the mix.
Monday, June 25 - The Fishing Fools gang took another stab at finding some salmon that wanted to play, but all they found were two small shakers and one silver to release fishing in about 180 feet of water offshore from Montara. Tomorrow it's back to the rockcod grounds, and we have room available. Come on down and check in by no later than 6:15; we'll have the doors open at 5:00. And more news: Looks like we'll start offering our popular afternoon rockfishing trips on Saturdays beginning in July. The second half of our "A" team, Capt. Randy, will be running the trips that will leave around 3:30 p.m. and return around dusk. Watch for more updates soon!
Sunday, June 24 - Ernie and Eric from Hayward Commercial Door have put together a cream of the crop group of fisherman over the years, and we expect nothing but the best when the gang joins us for a day of fishing. These guys know what gear to bring and they know how to use it. In spite of a downright pretty snotty ocean, in no time at all king size jumbo rockfish, just like we used to catch in the good old days, were swinging over the rail. Vermillions, coppers and bolinas made up the bulk of the catch again, with a few olives and a smattering of blues rounding out the sacks. Long before noon the guys were heading back to the barn with limits for all onboard with hefty sacks for those listened to the man upstairs...upstairs in the wheelhouse that is. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if Capt. Bob gives you some advice or recommends something, don't ask why, just do it. Bob is one of just a handful of guys in the Bay Area still in the business who has pretty much exclusively either decked on or ran charter boats for over 40 years. You can't beat that kind of experience. Between the guys fishing and the man running the boat for today's trip, they just don't come any better.
Saturday, June 23 - Our Northern California ocean was not nice to our passengers today, and unfortunately even the best of seasickness prevention medications didn't help for too many folks. Too bad, too, because those left standing were cranking in more of the big bombers the deeper water has been churning out. Those who were fishing went home with limits of nice quality rockfish, but those who succumbed to the motion of the ocean went home pretty empty, in more ways than one. This has been the year of the wind...some days we get it and some days we don't...this was one of those when we got it and we got it good, or bad depending on how you look at it. Summer's here, though, so it should start chilling out soon, we hope.
Friday, June 22 - Another day in search of salmon, and we actually caught a limit...one limit equals two fish, right? That was it. Two fish to a whopping five pounds. We trolled and we trolled and we trolled, and finally about 11:30 we had a double header, two fish on at once. Bam, bam, two fish hooked, two fish fought, and two fish landed. And as fast as it happened it was over. Just another day in an outrageously tough salmon season.
Thursday, June 21 - Super size rockfish is what Capt. Bob says about today. Nary a small fish in the lot. Most of today's catch consisted of bomber vermillions, coppers and brownies, with just a handful of olives and blues. There was virtually no swell with a bit of wind in the morning that went away and made for a gorgeous day. Tomorrow we're back on the hunt for salmon. We have plenty of room available on tomorrow's salmon trolling trip, so, if you'd like to join us, come on down and check in at our shop, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing...look for the BIG yellow "TICKET OFFICE" sign...we'll have the doors open at 5:00; check in no later than 5:30.
Wednesday, June 20 - There are times you've gotta do what you've gotta do to catch fish, and this is one of those seasons. We always prefer to fish as shallow as possible onboard the Queen of Hearts. It allows us to use real light tackle and have a lot of fun catching fish. This year has been a tough year for catching salmon, and the rockfish are not making it real easy on us so far either, causing us to change our tactics a bit. Captain Bob has over 20 years experience taking folks fishing out of Half Moon Bay and no one knows the area off the San Mateo coast better than him whether we fish the shallows or the deeper water. The fish in the shallows have been real reluctant, but we have been finding excellent quality and pretty much limits of fish to be had in the 150 to 170 foot range with some bomber vermillions, coppers and brownies (bolinas) filling the sacks. So, until the shallows start cranking out fish on a more consistent basis, if you have your own gear be sure to bring out gear that you can have fun using in the shallows and also bring out the heavier stuff to hit the big fish in the deeper end of the spectrum. What size gear? Two to four ounces of weight with 10 to 12 pound test line for the shallows, and 8 to 12 ounces with 20 to 25 pound test for the deeper stuff. We ended up sticking it out in the deeper water all day today, capitalizing on the quality bottomfish and ending the day with 31 limits, the biggest vermillion tipping the scale at nine pounds beating out the one lingcod caught.
Friday, June 15 - Captain Bob has been at another round of Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings this week, taking more time away from our business doing what he can to try to protect recreational rockfishing along the North Central California coastline so that we can all have the opportunity to enjoy the great fishery we are so lucky to be graced with just offshore. Next time you come fishing with us, make sure to thank Bob for all the time he's put in to attend these meetings and reading through the mountains of paperwork while at the same time paying others to take over his position at the helm. He's not in these meetings for any glory, but a thank you every once in a while sure goes a long way to letting him know what he's doing is appreciated. I'm sure you've noticed that my reports were missing the last couple of days, too, primarly because most of my info comes from talking to Bob on the cell off and on during the day. So, I don't have much info about this week, but here's the summary of the last couple of days: the weather today on Friday was described as absolutely beautiful and just got better as the day went on. They fished at the deep end of the waters we're allowed to fish and scored some fantastic quality rockfish, with a combined score of at least five dozen big vermillions and coppers. No lingcod on this trip because this was big rockfish territory, not lingcod territory. By just a little after 1:00 they were heading home with 36 limits of quality fish. Our charter yesterday was a gang that joined us from Kansas on a couple-week-long vacation, and their goal was to catch some fish and have a fish fry when they got back to the dock. And that's exactly what they did. Hope they enjoyed themselves, even though the Pacific Ocean wasn't the kindest on their flatland tummies. Wednesday was a tough one; the first drop of the day produced two big brownies right off the bat and it looked like they were in 'em, but it was a slow pick all day to end up with a little over half limits and four lingcod. I'd like to end by thanking our two relief captains, Randy and Joe, for taking time off of their jobs to cover for Bob so he could attend this week's meetings. As always, you both put your heart and soul into catching fish and taking care of our customers, and it is greatly appreciated. Finding good captains that really care are hard to find, and we're glad we have you on the team. Last but not least, Happy Father's Day to all you Dads...I'm gone for the weekend; look for my next update on Monday.
Tuesday, June 12 - That does it. I will NOT cancel again the day before a trip from here on out until summer is over. From this point forward, we are simply just going to show up in the morning and see what we get. It was blowing a gale yesterday afternoon. The afternoon forecast was calling for 20 to 30 knots for today. So we cancelled. We get up this morning and there is not a breath of wind along the coastline. The wind forecast was downgraded to 15 to 25, which is still not great but again by mid-morning we still don't have it along the coast. What the forecast says and what we get have been completely different way too much recently. So, if you make a reservation, don't even worry about looking at the weather forecast. Just plan on coming down in the morning, because that's what we plan on doing, too. I apologize in advance if we have you come down and find out we can't make it out, but that's just the chance we'll have to take.
Monday, June 11 - Our Fishing Fools gang has had a tough time getting out this year due to some downright rotten weather on the ocean. They made it out today, but it was still in some downright rotten weather. The swell was humping and the wind came up making for a tough day. Some salmon turned up at San Gregorio over the weekend so at least we didn't have to travel too far. They were able to coax one salmon into the boat, shook a couple of undersized fish and gave it the old college try. We ended the day trying the water just south of the harbor where the birds have been working quite a bit the past week, but unfortunatley we didn't find any salmon so by a little after noon we turned back to the safety of the harbor. The latest forecast is calling for 20 to 30 knots out of the northwest along with an 8 to 10 foot swell every 10 seconds for Tuesday, so, based on what we saw today and what is forecast for tomorrow, the trip for Tuesday has been cancelled. Just like last week, we'll have to take it day by day.
Friday, June 8 - The lingcod and reds were biting, so we kept picking away at them and ended up with a great shallow water score of 28 lingcod for our 23 anglers up to 13 pounds as well as 6 cabezon to 7 pounds. Some folks went home with limits of rockfish and some went home with only a couple...today was one of those days it really helped to take the crew's advice. Those who listened did well. Those who were stubborn and didn't adapt didn't fair quite as well. One gentlemen today caught not only his first big red, but also his second, and then his third, and they were all nice big fish. Heard today the hot stick was using a light blue and white swimbait...definitely not one of the more popular colors...which just goes to show you never know from day to day what the fish will like best. The wind left us alone again this morning; hopefully the pattern will continue.
Thursday, June 7 - The winds that were howling along the coastline yesterday were gone this morning so off we went once again in search of the elusive salmon. Last I heard they shook one silver, had another fish pop a weight, and are in the smack dab in the middle of a football field of bait. And breaking news: there still are salmon in the ocean, 'cause we just caught one. Or does that mean there's one less salmon in the ocean? Toot the horns, raise the flags. Where there's one, there's gotta be more, right? Please, oh please, oh please...
Wednesday, June 6 - One tell tale sign we watch for as we arrive at the harbor in the morning are the flagpoles at the hotel just south of the harbor. This morning the flags were flapping hard. Not what we like to see. The forecast was calling for a low swell, though, so we loaded up the boat and headed down the coastline. The further we went, the more wind we got. Captain Bob had his sights set on Pescadero and made it to the promised land, but conditions were downright rotten, so he turned the boat back north and headed back in. The wind forecast has been pretty much the same for quite a while now, but every day has been different. We continue to just have to take the weather day by day and see if Mother Nature will give us a decent enough day to put our lines in the water.
Tuesday, June 5 - Nine salmon for seven guys would be a good score, if those nine fish were keepers, that is. But they weren't. Half a dozen where silvers we had to release, two were kings but were under the 20 inch minimum, and one would have been dinner but won its battle for freedom.
Sunday, June 3 - How about limits of cabezon?! Only the third day of the season and already a day where everyone went home with a cabezon to round out their bag of rockfish. This third day of the season also saw our first halibut of the season, a nice 18 pounder. I believe it was caught on a white glow bar, just like one of the new hot lures we have in the shop. The water temperature is still extremely cold which makes for some sluggish fish. Captain Bob's hot tip is to slow down your jigging to better match up with the fishes' speed.
Friday, June 1 - Opening Day for our Shallow Water Light Tackle Rockfishing season: The best part of the day was the smile I could hear in Bob's voice when I called him at the end of the day to get the day's score. It's been a rough couple of months of chasing salmon, so a fun day of rockfishing sure did a whole bunch to change his attitude real fast. Sure makes me feel better, too...we're in this business because we like taking folks out to catch fish, but this has to be one of the toughest seasons I can recall in the 17 years we've owned the Queen of Hearts. Thankfully it didn't take long for our group to start bringing rockfish over the rail: blacks, browns and gophers, with a few reds and olives thrown in, and by day's end we had limits for all 27 anglers, 278 fish total including 6 cabezon to 6 pounds and 8 lings to 9 pounds. Depths fished ranged from as little as 30 feet to about 80 feet for the deepest. The whale shows continued, too: We were visited by a juvenile gray whale, pretty late in the season to see one in our area, and there were also a couple of humpbacks that graced us with their presence. Bob was in such a good mood I bet he even waived the $5 whale watching surcharge...okay, we don't really charge a surcharge for seeing whales, but we like to joke around about it. Just about time to start scheduling afternoon fishing trips on the weekends...watch for more info soon.
Thursday, May 31 - Went to yesterday's hot spot but it was a different story today. Only a couple salmon caught here and there early on, so the boats ventured off in all directions to play the hide and seek salmon game once again. We ended up with another nice 20 pounder, but only five fish total for the day. Thank goodness our rockfishing season opens off our coastline tomorrow. We have a great group of folks scheduled to come out the next several days, so if the fish are there, we should have a shot at some pretty good scores.
Wednesday, May 30 - Sorry for the lack of updates the last few days. My lack of updates never has anything to do with the fishing, just with me having way too much to do and not enough time to do it all. Today the salmon were chomping for our charter of mostly first-time salmon searchers, and we ended up with a solid fish and a half per rod fishing around the B and S buoy area. The fish were up high and the fish were down deep. They bit on bait and they bit on hardware. Capt. Bob is pretty much a bait advocate when it comes to salmon fishing, but he's recommending bring along an Apex or Krocodile, and for one or two of the folks fishing directly off the stern now could be a good time to try a flasher. Just check with the crew when you get onboard to see what they recommend for the spot you're fishing at on the rail. The crew is out there every day, have first hand information on what's been working and anything they suggest is solely because they want you to catch fish. When in doubt, ask the crew! Rockcod update: Our shallow water light tackle rockfishing season opens at long last along our coastline this Friday, June 1. After confirming reservations, we now have four spots open for Friday. Should be a real fun day. If you want to join us, give us a call to grab your spot.
Tuesday, May 29 - The morning started out slow, but we finally started putting some salmon in the box a little after 10:00 and had a pretty good bite going, with an honest-to-goodness, first-of-the-season triple header...three fish on at once and all three made it in the boat and all three were keepers. The bite tailed off a little after lunch and we ended the day with 10 keepers for our 7 anglers to 15 pounds.
Monday, May 28 - We actually hooked about 30 fish, unfortunately almost all of them turned out to be shakers or silvers, with only four of the right kind making it over the 20 inch minimum mark. Pretty darn disappointing, but it's been one of those kind of years so far.
Sunday, May 27 - Don't have any details about the trip, other than the score: 11 salmon to 10 pounds for 20 anglers.
Saturday, May 26 - Pretty decent Pigeon Point rockfishing trip: about 8 rockfish per person, 13 lingcod and 9 cabezon. As of next Friday, June 1, the entire coastline including all our usual haunts, like Pescadero, Martins Beach, Montara, opens for rockfishing. Let the real rockfishing begin!
Friday, May 25 - The biggest salmon of the season was landed today: a 38 pounder!!! Scott Steele from Las Vegas called me on Wednesday asking about going fishing today. I gave him the rundown and he said he'd think about it. Well, he ended up leaving me a message at 11:30 p.m. (no, I don't answer the phones at night!) that he and his three buddies were leaving the lights of Las Vegas and heading our direction and had decided to go fishing. I think they're pretty darn glad they did. Scott caught the fish of a lifetime lunker and I believe his buddies took home a fish or two, too. Honorable mention today goes to Bob Juner who landed what normally would wow the crowd with a 23 pounder. We ended the day with a respectable score of 12 salmon for 20 anglers to 38 pounds, not nearly the type of score we'd like to have for this time of year, but compared to what we had last month, we'll take it. Oh, yeah, and by the way, weather was overcast with virtually no wind and no swell to worry about. We're in good shape for our Pigeon Point rockfishing trip tomorrow, and we still have plenty of room if you'd like to join us. Just come on down in the morning.
Thursday, May 24 - We picked away from start to finish with a fish here and a fish there, with an overall pretty decent grade of fish, quite a few in the 8 to 15 pound range. At one point in the day it seemed like we might have finally found the hot spot, but five fish on at once turned ended up being two keepers and three silvers. Gene, Gene The Fishing Machine landed the 29 pound jackpot winner on a red Krocodile juiced up with krill-flavored ProCure...which, by the way, has been a pretty consistant good combination so far this season. The swell has laid down nicely, the winds have backed off and conditions good real favorable for tomorrow's trip. Still have a couple of spots available if you want to join us. Be at our shop when we open the doors at dark-thirty...I mean 5:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 23 - The moons didn't align right for us to run a rockfishing trip to Pigeon Point today, but we have high hopes for our salmon trip tomorrow on Thursday. Looks like we just might get the break in the weather we've needed to have a decent shot at putting some fish in the box....
Tuesday, May 22 - We headed towards the salmon grounds, made it out far enough to be able to put our lines in the water, but the ocean is still not cooperating. It may be gorgeous on land, but it's still downright not nice on the ocean. We were hoping the wind would hold off until the afternoon, but there still was just too much swell and just enough wind in the morning to be unable to make a day of it. To add insult to injury the fish were there, too. We released several silvers, a couple of shakers, boxed one keeper and lost one nice one before we called it quits a little after 9 a.m. The forecast is calling for the wind to back off a tad for tomorrow but not enough for our liking so we've cancelled our Pigeon Point rockfishing trip for Wednesday. Good news is that the forecast is looking pretty decent for Thursday, and it sure seems like the fish are waiting for us, so maybe, just maybe, we'll have good things to report Thursday afternoon. We have room available all of our trips through Memorial Day weekend...rockfishing on Saturday, and salmon on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday...so give us a call if you'd like to join us.
Saturday, May 19 - The fish were chomping first thing this morning. As Capt. Bob put it, "the boat was lit up". Right off the bat we had four and five fish on at once. Only problem was that these were big fish, this was the first salmon experience for a lot of folks, and the weather was night and day different from yesterday. We were lucky to get one fish out of five even though with the action we had we easily should have had a fish per rod within the first hour of fishing. You name it, it happened: wrapped leaders, yanking on the rods, fish walked right into a tangle...absolute pandemonium. And to top it all off, the wind started howling again and the swell kept building as the day went on. If the weather was like yesterday, it probably would have been limit fishing. Would've, could've, should've... Anyway, it really does look like the fish have finally moved into our neck of the woods, so if we can get the weather to cooperate for a few days in a row, who knows.... The five day forecast is calling for the wind to continue, and tomorrow's trip on Sunday has been cancelled. We'll have to take it a day at a time to see if we'll be able to make it back out and hope the fish will be waiting for us.
Friday, May 18 - Without a doubt today we saw the best action so far this season on the Queen of Hearts. Our 15 anglers were graced with flat out gorgeous weather and ended up hooking around 50 fish. About a dozen of those were shakers, another dozen were silvers, we probably lost about a dozen and we ended up with a fish per rod in the box, landing 15 salmon with the two biggest bottoming out the scales at 27 and 28 pounds. We still have plenty of space available for tomorrow...if you want to join us, give us a call or simply come on down! We'll have our shop, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing (look for the BIG yellow "TICKET OFFICE" sign), open by 5:00; check in no later than 5:30. If you have your own gear, we're trolling; if you don't have gear, everything you need is available to pick up in the morning.
Thursday, May 17 - The winds finally calmed down...unfortunately just a tad too late for us for today, though. It was still howling until about 8:00 this morning, and by that time we had long since cancelled today's trip. Looks like the wind machine will be turned off for at least a day or two, so we'll see what tomorrow brings.
Wednesday, May 16 - We ended up cancelling our Pigeon Point rockfishing trip this morning as there was already a little too much wind when Capt. Bob arrived at the harbor, but thankfully the forecast is calling for the winds to come down tonight so we should be in good shape for our Thursday salmon trip.
Tuesday, May 15 - Sorry for the break in the reports. Took a trip to Yosemite with my Mom for Mother's Day. Oh my goodness, pictures do not do Yosemite any justice whatsoever. I had never been there before, even though I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life...what a crime. It was absolutely breathtaking. The granite faces, waterfalls, meadows...I now know why people come from around the world to see it. Anyway, back to fishing. Capt. Randy headed out to where Bob had been picking away at the salmon last week and said they started hooking fish right off the bat. Best action was first thing in the morning and then it was a slow pick the rest of the day with a fish here, a fish there. They probably lost one for every one they landed, ending the day with a mixed grade of fish with a couple near the 20 pound mark. We're rockfishing tomorrow on Wednesday with plenty of space available, and then we'll be back on the salmon hunt Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and there's still lots of room on those trips, too.
Thursday, May 10 - I wish I could say we caught limits, but we didn't. But we did end the day with 8 salmon for 7 anglers, sending everyone home with a salmon each of them caught, with the big fish making a thud on the deck and weighing in at 23 pounds. This really was not bad considering we were fishing at yesterday's salmon hot spot above the Deep Reef that must have attracted over 200 commercial boats in addition to a handful of charter boats today, making for tougher fishing. The last fish of the day takes the award for the best story of the day: What turned out to be a 21 pound bruiser was hooked on one of the rods towards the bow. The crew had to work their magic to finally get the fish to pop out from under the boat, and Joe went to work trying to reel in this smoker-sized salmon. The fish made at least four big leaps out of the water, with one of those resulting in the fish throwing the hook. Now things get real interesting. The hook ends up sticking the salmon in its back and now Joe has to try to reel in this strong fish sizeways without pulling too hard to avoid ripping the hook out of this 20 pound plus fish's back. They ended up having to take all lines out of the water and actually back down on the fish. It battled to the end, giving Heather a run for her money trying to get it in the net, but, after what ended up being about a 15 minute battle, they finally got it. Sounds like the spot a bit further north produced limits again of a smaller grade of fish, so we may end up that direction the next couple of days. At least there are options...big fish or smaller fish, sure is nice to finally have fish to catch!
Wednesday, May 9 - Yes, the salmon are biting! There are fish close to Half Moon Bay and there are fish below the South Farallon Islands, and both locations are producing again today according to the reports we're hearing. Both areas produced limits for everyone with fish up to 30 pounds! We're rockfishing today, but have a salmon trip scheduled for tomorrow. It looks like the weather is going to pick up again next week, so now's the time to jump and get out while the getting's good. If you'd like to join us on our trip tomorrow, give us a call!
Tuesday, May 8 - Sounds like the salmon have been tracked down!! It appears that a large school of salmon have been found mid-way between Point Reyes and the South Farallon Islands. Boats today had as many as 23 limits! Yes, limits! We only had a handful of faithful willing to give it a try today so we couldn't make the long run to the hot bite, but we found our own fish anyway. Fishing the north end of the Deep Reef about 9 miles from the harbor, we ended the day with a very respectable score of 7 salmon for our 5 anglers with two fish fighting for big fish honors teetering right on 20 pounds each and all the rest not far behind, with the sole exception being one fish that barely broke by the 20" minimum by about an inch. We're rockfishing tomorrow (with space still available) but we'll keep a close ear on what happens on the salmon front. We're available for salmon fishing on Thursday and Saturday this week, and we're rockfishing again on Sunday. Keep a close eye on things. This may just be what we've been waiting for!
Monday, May 7 - This past week a few more salmon have been showing for a few boats up and down the coastline, but they're still playing a lot of hide and seek. One day the fish will be in one spot and the next day they're gone. We're on the hunt again today and had a keeper in the boat before 10:00. Weather is absolutely gorgeous, they've found the feeding whales, porpoise are playing all around the boat, now we just need some more fish!
Sunday, May 6 - Not a breath of wind at the harbor this morning, so down the coast we went. Today we made it to Pigeon and put the lines in the water, but the wind just kept increasing and the water was outrageously cold, somewhere around 47 degrees, too cold for the rockcod to be real interested in chasing after our lures. With this combination, Capt. Bob pulled the plug early and headed back in after only finding a few fish that wanted to come out and play. On an encouraging note, Bob metered several areas in deeper territory which have been closed to fishing the past years that is now open and looks ripe for the picking. Bob prefers to fish shallow, but be prepared to fish some deeper stuff, too, while we're fishing below Pigeon this month, possibly between 120 and 190 feet, as the current regulations permit rockfishing out to areas as deep as 240 feet. This should give us a lot more opportunity to put some fish in the sacks.
Saturday, May 5 - As we headed further and further down the coastline towards Pigeon Point the wind kept increasing, and unfortunately we couldn't make it down far enough to even put our lines in the water. For those of you old enough to remember the old Disneyland system, today was an E Ticket ride.
Thursday, May 3 - There are times you just can't win for losing. Our charter today had decided to go rockfishing since salmon has been so slow. But that was before we got the hot news late last night: A couple of boats found some salmon off Duxbury yesterday, one of them even ending up with something like eight limits. So we gave our group the choice this morning: go guaranteed and go rockfishing below Pigeon Point, or roll the dice and head the opposite direction to Duxbury. Well, the decision was made and we headed to Duxbury. And we trolled. And we trolled. And we trolled. Unfortunately the bite didn't happen today, and we ended the day with another stinking skunk for the books. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves why we keep trying: the salmon season is still less than a month old, the season is far from over, salmon fishing can turn on just as fast as it can turn off, and the fish have to, they just have to turn up somewhere sometime. Doesn't help the sting much right now, though. Sure hope these salmon cooperate soon. In the meantime, if you'd like to join us for our Pigeon Point rockfishing trip this Sunday, we still have some space available. We'll be taking another stab at these elusive salmon on Monday.
Tuesday, May 1 - Dinner tonight: fresh lingcod panfried in olive oil with a little salt and pepper! Yum. Today we had a great group out for the first "below Pigeon Point" rockfishing trip of the year. Some of "firsts" for the season include: The day started off with Bernie Lucero landing the first fish of the season, a tasty gopher. The first ling (some of which I believe is my dinner tonight), a feisty eight pounder, was caught by Capt. Randy Bankord who joined in on the fun on his day off. First cabezon honors goes to Bernie again for his five pound grinner. Tony Nanay had the lingcod touch, enticing five of the toothy critters from their caves, two of which were shakers, and went home with his two ling limit, the biggest weighing in at a solid 12 pounds. The biggest fish of the day was a hefty 17 pound lingcod which was caught on a four ounce jighead and large white curlytail plastic by Russell Mayne of Fremont. Pretty fish award goes to none other than Harry The Jigman Boos for the first vermillion of the year. Harry was beat out for the biggest vermillion of the day, though, by Hector Cortez of Fremont who landed a fat six pounder. Overall the day went pretty much exactly as we expected. Not everyone went home with limits but we really didn't expect to with the cold springtime water temperature that doesn't encourage the rockfish to be very active. It sure is nice, though, to be able to end the day sending everyone home with fish for dinner and a smile on their face after the tough past month of fishing we've all had to endure. Even though the territory below Pigeon Point is open out to 240 feet, Capt. Bob fished in areas averaging in the 60 foot range outside New Years. Most of the casters used four to six ounce bars, with some of the flies needing 12 ounces or more to hold the bottom when the wind picked up. One of the hot lures of the day was the new plastic squid jigs we sell at the shop filled with a squirt or two of ProCure bait gel. Rockcod convert Cindy Tripp landed four keepers in a row after finally giving in to Capt. Bob's advice. Our next rockcod trip will be this Sunday, May 6. If you're ready to come out and join in the fun, the forecast looks pretty decent for Sunday last I checked and we still have space available. We've added several rockfish trips to our schedule for the month of May, so check out our "Schedule" webpage to see if we have a open day that works for you.
Monday, April 30 - Much better start to this week: by just a little after 8:00 in the morning, we had two salmon dressed out and in the box. The third and last salmon for the day was landed mid-morning by Paul, I mean George, I mean Larry, no, no, no...it was Frank. And I was tickled pink when I heard...glad you got one, Frank. And everything looks great for our first Pigeon Point rockcod trip we'll be running tomorrow on Tuesday. Let's see if the rockcod will cooperate a little better than the salmon. If you decide at the last minute you'd like to join us, just come on down in the morning. We still have a few spots available. I'll have the doors open by 5:30 a.m.; please be sure to check in no later than 6:15. As soon as everyone's onboard, Capt. Bob says he's not waiting for stragglers and plans on taking off as soon as possible.
Sunday, April 29 - We had a great bunch of enthusiastic folks who knew the odds of catching were definitely on the low end but they were looking to going fishing anyway. Fishing we did, catching we didn't. We knocked but no fishies were home. Bob went south today towards the area that looked great earlier in the week before the wind blew, but it just wasn't happening. Tomorrow we'll head north to see if anything's turned up in that direction.
Saturday, April 28 - Our crew gave it their all trying to find some salmon for our De La Cruz Deli group to take home, but it just didn't happen. The one fish that was finally hooked towards the end of the day didn't stay that way for long. Thanks to Cliff for all his hard work putting another trip together and preparing the loads of goodies he prepares for his gang and the crew. All your efforts help to always make for good fishing trips, even if they're not good catching trips.
Friday, April 27 - Sometimes in this business you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Today was one of those days. Based on yesterday afternoon's forecast we gave our charter the option of rescheduling, which they decided to take. Murphy's law...no wind this morning and pretty calm conditions on the ocean. The forecast now looks pretty decent for the next several days, especially for our rockfishing trip on Tuesday. And more rockfishing schedule changes: We have now scheduled a Pigeon Point rockfishing trip for next Sunday, May 6.
Thursday, April 26 - More rockfishing changes: Capt. Bob gave us the green light and told us to make another schedule change: we are now scheduled to go rockfishing south of Pigeon Point every Wednesday in May starting as of May 9 (except for the last Wednesday of the month, May 30, as we have a private charter on the books). One bonus of having to run to Pigeon Point is that we'll be able to keep an eye on the territory south of the harbor for signs of salmon. Oh, yeah, and folks are asking about the rockfishing trips: yes, our normal weekday rockcod price applies, check in at the shop around 6:00 a.m., and we will leave at 7:00 a.m. and return around 3:00 p.m., give or take depending on how things go.
Wednesday, April 25 - We showed up this morning ready to give it another go, but the wind decided otherwise and we had to cancel our trip today. We've also crossed off tomorrow on Thursday at this point, but the forecast is calling for the wind to back off a tad by Friday so we should be back at the hunt for the weekend. Reminder: we'll be running a Pigeon Point rockcod trip when the area opens up this coming Tuesday, May 1. Wanna join us? Let us know and we'll put you on the books! And make sure to tune in later that day for an update...depending on how the trip goes we may be making quite a few schedule changes for May.
Tuesday, April 24 - Not much happening until a little after noon, when finally Capt. Bob came across some darker water. Low and behold, we found a few fish. Ended up landing two salmon, both nice fish weighing in at 11 and 15 pounds, dropped three more weights, and had a couple of handfuls of scratched baits before it was time to head back to the barn. I know, pretty bad when we're excited about having scratched baits, but compared to how it's been the past week, getting scratched baits is big news. Bob says he does see changes happening on the water for the good, so let's keep our fingers crossed something breaks soon.
Monday, April 23 - Capt. Randy's at the helm today and I told him he needed to work a little of his magic to find some fish for us. Well, by 10:00 I heard they had a 20 pounder in the boat. Not bad, Randy. They had one more bite for the day and landed that fish, too, a 15 pounder. So the final tally for the day: two bites, two nice fish. That just made up our minds...TIME FOR A SCHEDULE CHANGE: On Tuesday, May 1, we will start "Pigeon Point Rockfishing". The rockcod season this year opens at different times in different areas. The official "opener" in our area when we can start our SWLT rockcod season at our local reefs opens June 1, but, as of May 1, the territory below Pigeon Point opens. Pigeon Point is about an hour and 20 minute boat ride south for us, kinda the southern-most part of where we tend to go rockfishing. We were waiting to see if the salmon would cooperate before we decided to make the run to Pigeon. Pretty obvious the salmon have decided to play hide and seek, and we're tiring of the game. So let's go rockfishing. Our first official Pigeon Point Rockfishing trip has now been scheduled for Tuesday, May 1. We may very well make a lot of schedule changes for May based on what happens on that first Pigeon Point Rockfishing trip as long as the rockcod cooperate better than the salmon have, so stay tuned. We'll make our next decision after we run that first trip.
Sunday, April 22 - After scouring the areas offshore and south yesterday and coming up empty, not much of a choice but to head back to the area off Montara to see if we could at least put something in the box. But it was not to be. There were only a few fish caught for the fleet, and unfortunately we weren't one of the lucky few today.
Saturday, April 21 - We ended the day yesterday with three bites: one was a shaker and the other two fish went "pa-too-ee" and spit the hook before we could get a glimpse of them. So, time to keep the offshore waters honest. Capt. Bob headed down and out off Pigeon Point and tested the waters all the way out to where the bottom drops off to 1,000 feet, as he puts it, "I've caught tuna closer than where I'm fishing today." More of the same: great signs...bait, birds, whales, water rips, the whole nine yards...but still no salmon to be found.
Friday, April 20 - The weatherman did his best to chase folks away with threats of RAIN, but luckily we still ended up with a handful of brave souls this morning who knew they wouldn't melt. And, low and behold, the rain stopped and is now supposed to hold off again until the evening on Saturday. Bob reported in early this morning that there is bait everywhere, and at least a dozen humpbacks feeding all around him, so we'll have to wait to see if he can find any fish that want to bite. Heard there were a couple of boats out yesterday that made up in quality what was lacked in quantity: each landed a 30 pound plus salmon. If you'd like to give it a try with us tomorrow on Saturday, just give us a call.
Wednesday, April 18 - No trip today...still too much wind. The wind is really supposed to come down for tomorrow...honest, really it is, the weatherman is saying...but we've gotta take the day off anyway to replace a part in a water pump. If the wind does cooperate like it's really, truly, honestly supposed to, we'll be back out fishing Friday. We have plenty of room on Friday and still a couple of spaces open for this Saturday, too.
Tuesday, April 17 - The wind didn't cooperate this morning. We arrived at the harbor to find the flags standing at attention in the breeze signaling the end of our hopes for making it out today. However...we just received the updated afternoon forecast and the wind is supposed to back off a tad, so we're going to give it another try tomorrow on Wednesday. Same drill: if you're up for giving it a go, come on down and check in between 5:00 a.m. when we open the doors to no later than 5:30.
Monday, April 16 - The latest swell forecast for tomorrow on Tuesday gives us hope that we'll be back on the water in the morning...it will all depend on what the wind decides to do. We'll find out in the morning, but at this point the trip for Tuesday is a go. We'll have the doors open by 5:00 a.m.; check in no later than 5:30.
Sunday, April 15 - Saturday's rain stopped so we can go fishing, right? Wrong. Blue skies have absolutely nothing to do with whether we go fishing or not. It's all up to the wind and swells. And both of them were humping and bumping. I looked at the Half Moon Bay buoy report mid-afternoon and it was reporting winds of 29 knots with gusts to 35 and a 16 foot swell every 11 seconds. Definitely not a day to be out fishing, and we weren't. We've also cancelled out our trip scheduled for Monday, and we'll be taking this week day by day to see when it looks like the ocean will cooperate enough to let us continue our hunt.
Saturday, April 14 - The day started out with a bang, and in no time at all we had landed seven salmon. But then the rain started falling and the cabin started filling as folks ducked inside for cover, leaving the rods to fend for themselves. Even with our crews' best efforts, unattended rods turned into tangles, and tangles shut off the bite. We squeezed one more keeper onboard and ended the day with eight fish in the box up to 15 pounds. The forecast for tomorrow is calling for major winds with gusts up to 35 knots on top of a 12 to 14 foot swell, so, even though the rain will stop, so will the fishing, at least for a day or two.
Friday, April 13 - I was hoping Friday the 13th would mean bad luck for the fish, but alas it wasn't nearly as bad of luck for them as we wanted. One high point of today's trip was that the salmon that were hooked overall were nice size fish, most over 10 pounds, with the biggest tipping the scales at 20 pounds. We ended up landing five salmon, lost a couple of bombers and only shook one. The forecast is calling for the possibility of rain/showers tomorrow on Saturday, but that won't stop us from fishing...the ocean forecast looks fairly decent...but if you're joining us tomorrow, definitely bring along some raingear. Tomorrow's weather, though, does look like the calm before the storm. It appears that the springtime winds and swells are planning on kicking up their heals possibly as early as Sunday, but we'll have to play the wait and see game to see how it plays out. There is a wind and swell model website I watch that shows there may be a break on Tuesday that may allow us to take another stab at putting our lines in the water and tracking down some more salmon.
Wednesday, April 11 - The day started off promising: we had our first fish on before 8:00, but it turned out to be a shaker. Then we had another fish on shortly thereafter, but a little too much slack and fish gone. And so it went. We hooked 10 fish, lost five and put the other five in the box. Another nice 16 pounder took jackpot honors. There continues to be really good signs, just not any major concentration of fish found yet. We'll be off tomorrow on Thursday to take care of a little minor maintenance to keep a small problem from becoming a big one, but we'll be back at it Friday morning, weather permitting. We had a couple of folks who had a change in their schedule and won't be able to make it out with us this Saturday, April 14, so we currently have 4 spots available. We also have a big group we're trying to confirm, so we might just end up having some more space come available. If you're interested in Saturday, just give us a call.
Tuesday, April 10 - Morning report: The weather forecast was downright rotten, but there was not a breath of wind at the harbor. Our hearty anglers knew fishing has been pretty spotty, but they also know that salmon fishing can change drastically from one day to the next, so they were up for the challenge. Bob headed up and out to get a better line on the weather before putting the lines in the water, and low and behold, we had our first fish on the boat before 8:00. By 9:30 they had reached 10 fish, and last I heard they were up to 14 fish in the box, lost a handful and shook just about as many. Sound like pretty decent action. Looks like one of those weeks where we won't be able to tell what the weather will actually do until we get on the water, so close your eyes, close your ears and just go fishing. Final Tally: We had decent action until just before noon when the wind decided to put a kabosh on things, so we ended the day with 15 fish in the box up to 14 pounds out of about 25 fish hooked. Definitely the best action we've seen so far. If you'd like to join us tomorrow but don't get a hold of us, just come on down. We'll have the doors open by 5:00; check in no later than 5:30.
Monday, April 9 - As I was typing away to update my report, I gave Bob a call to get a little information to fill in the blanks about the weekend. I was greeted with his "Eeewwwee, Fish On" announcer followed by "In the Box". We talked for about 10 seconds and then he yells out, "Port, Port, Port, Port!" and "I've gotta go." Oh, I like to hear that.... Today was our first of many every-other-Monday Fishing Fools charters with a group of retired gentlemen who join us all season long. We batted .500 today, landing 3 out of 6 fish for our group of 8, with two of those fish weighing in at 13 and 16 pounds.
Sunday, April 8 - I heard from Bob mid-morning that he found a spot that produced five shakers but he was moving on to see if he could find something to put in the box. They found humpback whales feeding, and more great looking conditions, but not many keepers that wanted to bite. The fish we have caught so far have been stuffed to the gills with krill, another real good sign, so we've gotta keep high hopes. By the end of the day we tied our score from yesterday with two keepers, one of which was a real nice 13 pounder. Conditions just look too right for the fish not to start biting.
Saturday, April 7 - At long last, we get to see if there are any fish left in our ocean. Today we ended up with two keepers, two shakers, one that got away, and one driveby. Definitely not what we were hoping for for opening day. Scores were anywhere from a fish or two up to I believe was high boat for the fleet with 11. All we can say is one day does not a season make. Thankfully a majority of those who join us opening day are fishermen that really appreciate just being able to put their lines in the water...of course they like to catch fish, too...but they still enjoyed themselves. Not much happening anywhere yet. Signs are real good, so looks like we'll just have to be patient.
Thursday, April 5 - Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy...only two more days until we can get back to doing what we do best. While we're anxiously waiting, I wanted to mention something that I've been asked about a lot recently: No, you do NOT need an Ocean Enhancement Stamp to fish for salmon in our area. That stamp is only required, and this is straight off the DFG's website, "to fish in ocean water south of Point Arguello (Santa Barbara County). A lot of folks who have been purchasing their fishing licenses from the larger chain sporting goods stores are mistakenly being told they should buy the Ocean Enhancement Stamp. Nope, it is not needed in our area. Actually, for anyone 16 and older to fish for rockfish or salmon off our coastline, all you need is just an annual or one day license (and we do have them for sale at our shop). A license is not required for anglers under 16 years old. For those who have an annual license and fish the Bay, Delta and rivers leading into the Delta, a Bay Delta Enhancement Stamp is required. For descriptions and costs of California fishing licenses, stamps and report cards, including a link to a map of the areas where the Bay Delta stamp is required, check out the DFG's webpage at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/fishdescrip.html.
Monday, April 2 - The salmon season opens this Saturday, April 7! And it's looking pretty fishy off the coastline. Heard reports of killer whales spotted tossing around salmon on the surface just to add a little salt to the wound before we can put our lines in the water. The weather looks like it's going to cooperate; we'll find out Saturday if the fish will decide to do the same. With fingers crossed... Change in our schedule: We are now available on Saturday, April 21 for salmon fishing as we had a private charter that had to cancel. This is one of the very few Saturdays that is now available...wanna spot? Let us know soon!
Monday, March 26 - We're now batting nine for ten: we've seen whales on every trip except one when the fog moved in and made finding a whale pretty tough. This past weekend our deckhand Heather was the first to spot the whales for the afternoon trip on Saturday and Capt. Bob said it was an absolute highway of whales heading up the coast. Next weekend will be our last whale watching trips for us for the season as we start our salmon fishing season on Saturday, April 7. Salmon news: Conditions looks "right" for the upcoming season. The current is heading downhill, the northwest winds have been blowing and look to continue, there is "hard" bait in our area (anchovies, etc.), and the commercial guys are reporting there is krill offshore and salmon are showing up in their gear. Our salmon season for 2007 will definitely open as scheduled on Saturday, April 7 and, barring any in-season adjustments, will be open until the second Sunday in November. Rockcod news: The rockfishing season opens on Friday, June 1, and I am taking reservations for rockfishing. Matter of fact, a lot of weekends in June are already booked. If you're kicking around the idea of a weekend charter with us during the summer, now's the time to call and grab a date. Not a sales pitch, just being honest. And last but not least: We went shopping during the off season and found a couple of good deals: We have a Penn Slammer rod with a Penn Jigmaster reel for sale in our shop for $99, or upgrade to a Shakespeare Ugly Stick 2201 (like we use onboard) for another $20. And we've added a whole bunch more stuff to the shop, too, with more on its way. All kinds of goodies coming for the rockfishing season. It was kinda nice having the winter off, but now we're ready to get back to business.
Monday, March 5 - So far we're four for four on our whale watching trips: we've found cooperative gray whales on every trip we've run so far. And there have been some bonuses, too. One of the best happened on our first trip, when a minke whale, which are typically very reclusive and shy in our area, came alongside the boat to check us out and swam right next to the boat for over an hour! And this past weekend we were graced with fantastic weather and were able to spend a little time checking out some sea otters in addition to the whales. Captain Bob is in Sacramento this week manning his post on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel at the first Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting of the year. We'll let you know of any fireworks (or bombs as they may be) that may come out of the meetings that may affect our fisheries. And on the fishing front, Opening Day for salmon, Saturday, April 7 is full, but we do still have quite a few spots still left for Sunday, April 8, and I just updated our schedule through the month of April.
Friday, February 23 - We have whale watching trips scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday afternoon this weekend. If you're interested in joining us, be sure to give us a call to put you on the books, or at least check in with us by mid-morning to verify that the weather looks like it will cooperate with us for the trips.
Monday, February 12 - Four important updates: First, the Queen of Hearts is back at the harbor with her nice shiny paint job and ready for action. Which leads me to news number two: We have scheduled a squid and dab combo trip, weather permitting of course, for this Saturday, February 18. The trip will leave at 7:00 a.m. and the cost is $75 per person. (This trip has been cancelled...too much wind and too much swell to go offshore.) News item number three is that we are now taking confirmed reservations for the Mavericks contest. Email me and I'll send the link to book your spot(s). And last, but not least, we'd like you to show your support for our Northern California chapter of United Anglers by joining us at their benefit dinner this Friday, February 16 in San Mateo. Reservations must be made by no later than this Wednesday. Again, email me and I'll send you the details. I'll be updating our Schedule webpage sometime this week, too...we appreciate the continuing support of those who fish with us and there are a lot of dates that are already booked (whew!), but now's the time to start looking for a date to grab for a charter before it's gone.
Thursday, February 1 - Time for the crew to have a little fun. We're all heading down to Mexico for a little sun and fun on an 8 day cruise. As soon as we get back, though, it's time to get back to business. The boat's ready to come back home and we're ready to get her there.
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