The much anticipated Salmon season got off on a rough start this year. From the Times-Standard Fishing the North Coast:
After sitting out the salmon opener with a minor boat issue, Captain Gary Blasi on the Seaweasel was back on the water Sunday. What he found was warm water and no salmon. On Monday he trolled his way down to the Cape and had a couple grabs, but nothing stuck. When he arrived at the Cape, he put quick limits of big rockfish in the box.
From the Times-Standard, Fishing the North Coast: Eureka boats load up on rockfish.
For the boats that made the left turn out of Humboldt Bay and trekked down to Cape Mendocino over the weekend, the reward was limits of tasty bottom fish. The halibut bite on the other hand, has tapered off the last few days. On Saturday, the boats that stayed close to home and drifted for halibut had a miserable day. A fierce wind and a ripping current made it nearly impossible to keep your bait anywhere near the bottom, even with four-pound balls. The lone bright spot was a 34lb halibut caught by a 13 year-old angler who was fishing with Captain Gary Blasi aboard the Seaweaseal. But that was it for the Seaweasel and most of the other boats reported big fat zeroes.
Word is getting around that the Seaweasel has maxed out on Halibut for the past three days. Captain Phil Glen of Shellback plugged Full Throttle Sportfishing to the Sacramento Bee in their May 13 edition of Fishing Line.
EUREKA – The ocean finally calmed down and anglers got out for Pacific halibut with good results that included a big fish of 70 pounds, and several others in the 35- to 45-pound class caught. Most fished around the 300-foot contour straight out. “The action isn’t great, but it’s fair,” said Lonnie Dollarhide, who fished with Captain Phil Glenn on the Shellback. Three anglers on board caught three pacific halibut topped by a 46 pounder. “Captain Gary Blasi of Full Throttle Sportfishing has had limits of halibut the past three days!” he added.
It’s no surprise, though; Full Throttle Sportfishing has had the highest pacific halibut count in Eureka for the last 5 years. Be sure to sign up for a halibut charter trip.Read More
The Seaweasel, along with 14 other boats went out Monday to the Halibut fishing grounds in Eureka:
The Seasweasel, with Captain Gary Blasi of Full Throttle Sportfishing at the helm, found fish and found them quick. Though a minor boat malfunction cost him a couple hours in the morning – by 11a.m. he was drifting over one of his favorite spots. It didn’t take him long to figure out there were no takers, so he pulled the lines and moved south. Within minutes of dropping the gear at spot number two, he had a double and brought both fish to the gaff. Thirty minutes and a couple drifts later, he was headed to the barn with limits. Not a bad way to start the season.
Read the whole article: Halibut on tap for the weekend.Read More
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.