The California Department of Fish and Game announced the California ocean salmon fishing season for 2010. Unfortunately, the Northern Management Area (which includes Humboldt Bay and Eureka) is still to be decided, according to this flier.
The salmon season for ocean waters south of Horse Mountain in Humboldt County to the U.S.-Mexico border is scheduled to open on April 3. Season dates for ocean waters north of Horse Mountain and in Humboldt Bay will be decided in mid-April by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PMFC) and the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC).
All other areas, south of 40Â°10′ are open beginning April 3rd through April 30th with a limit of 2 per day and a minimum size of 20 inches.Read More
From the Times-Standard article Salmon aplenty in the Klamath River; Rockfish season set to close September 15:
Captain Gary Blasi of Full Throttle Sportfishing had the hot boat for salmon last week. He scored limits Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but had to cancel his Sunday and Monday trips due to scheduling and the weather. Gary found his fish out in the deep water with the downriggers set at 300 ft. Gary has halibut trips lined up the rest of the week, but has seats open for the weekend.
From the article Oregon albacore running at near-record numbers:
California’s 2009 salmon season goes quietly
California’s only saltwater salmon fishery of the summer came and went with a whimper last week. The Klamath Management Zone Ocean Fishery, which ran for 10 days (Aug. 29 to Sept. 7), was routinely a bust for most boats fishing between the California/Oregon border and Horse Mountain.
“It was horrible for most people,” says Gary Blasi of Full Throttle Sportfishing in Eureka, Calif. “They should’ve been staging in the river mouths, but those fish weren’t where they usually are. We can usually find them in shallow water close to the beach, but we had some really warm water in close this year, so that might’ve kept them out of the spots we usually find ’em.”
Blasi found his best success in deep water off the continental shelf, fishing in 1,000 to 1,200 feet of water with 300 to 400 feet of downrigger cable out, likely working on fish migrating toward Oregon’s Rogue River.
“The first few days we got three or four fish total, so we ran straight out for 14 miles into deep water,” he says. “There’s a ton of bait out there, whales all over the place, but, man, I’ve never had to fish for them that deep and that far offshore. It was a weird deal.”
From the Times-Standard article IT’S ON! — Salmon opener set for Saturday:
Outlook: This past week I’ve seen lots of bait in all the water columns from 180 ft and out. The birds have been out in force as well, which is a good sign the fish are there.
Tips: One of my favorite rigs is a purple haze hoochie with bait trolled behind a nine inch silver dodger flasher. That set-up always catches fish. A watermelon Apex is also a good choice.
Gary quoted in the Times-Standard article “Mouth of the Klamath River — more than just salmon“:
Captain Gary Blasi on the Seaweasel (707-498-7473) has been pulling limits of rockfish and California Halibut from the bay. Highlight of the week for Blasi was a 8.5 lb black rockfish caught over the weekend by local Ken Thrift. The current state record is 9.2 lbs.
Full Throttle Sportfishing and Captain Gary Blasi were featured in the Times-Standard article A great time of year on the North Coast:
Captain Gary Blasi on the Seaweasel (707-498-7473) had some spectacular days on the water last week. Sunday he hooked 10 halibut, landing seven and all within the first three and a half hours. Tuesday he was back at it, with four fish in the boat by 8:30 a.m. A little icing on the cake — he finished off both days with limits of rockfish.
From the Times-Standard article Outlook promising for weekend rockfishing:
Captain Gary Blasi on the Seaweasel (fullthrottlesportfishing.com) had anglers signed up for six days straight, but cancelled due to a fierce ocean. He’s chomping at the bit to get back out there and has paying customers starting Thursday if the weather holds.
Full Throttle Sportfishing was featured in the Times-Standard article “Rockfish season opens with a bang:”
Over on the Seasweasel, captain Gary Blasi (www.fullthrottlesportfishing.com) and his clients have been mainly targeting Pacific Halibut. Sunday he put two in the boat, including a 47.5 lb. dandy. On Monday he again ran to the halibut waters 300 ft. offshore with a family of four on board. After reaching the fishing grounds, he put the boat in neutral, and then watched as three of his four anglers turned a few shades of green. Needless to say, he was back fishing in the bay where the leopard sharks and rays were â€œbiting like crazyâ€. He gave it another go on Tuesday, but they got beat up pretty good by the weather, but did manage to put three Petroli in the box for his clients. â€œThere’s bait balls the size of football fields and the krill are everywhere, but the wind and the drift is making it nearly impossible to keep your gear on the bottom. Once this wind moves off, the ocean is going to come alive,â€ Blasi said. Blasi’s booked for weekend, but has days available.
Full Throttle Sportfishing was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Fishing Report:
Gary Blasi captains the F/V Sea Weasel out of Eureka, generally taking groups of four anglers to the fishing grounds. Past two weeks, he has put out just one rod per trip. Any more than the one, and chaos ensues. Blasi: “We put two out one day and had six doubles going. Too much work and we lose too many fish. As fast as the fish are biting, one rod is plenty, believe me.” If you’re not already sick enough, there’s more, like, albacore within 15 miles of shore. Blasi had a charter out for salmon last week but eventually followed the radio calls the few miles to the tuna water. Some of the boats, just to the warm-water side of the silvers and kings, had as many as 50 albies. Blasi’s group of four, with salmon limits in the box, stopped at a dozen longfins landed, between 20 and 35 pounds. In the same water, dorado, yellowtail and bluefin were caught. And if you’re waiting for the caveat, find it here, lector: Blasi and the other skippers have not been out since Saturday, when the wind whistled in and stayed. The forecast is for wind through the weekend, as well. Check your sources, plan accordingly.