Albacore Window Busts Open with Warm Water Inflow
The warm water moved during the final weekend of September, and Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing is planning to run trips on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while the fish stick around the region.
He said, “The last time we were able to go west for albacore was September of 2001 when we put in 280 longfins for 8 anglers.” He is hoping for similar action this year.
Private boater Scotty Marran of Yuba City went north of Bodega Bay to 37’41/123’11 on Sunday, September 29 for terrific albacore fishing, plugging the boat with 32 fish within a few hours.
Marran said, “We found a sharp edge at 57 degrees, and there were dolphins everywhere,” adding, “I have never caught albacore in the dolphins, but we immediately had all 7 rods hooked up.”
They experienced multiple hookups, landing a few each time the rods loaded up. The longfins were all over 20 pounds with only two or three in the 14 to 15-pound range. By noon, the water temperatures had risen to 61.3 degrees. In addition to these numbers, Powers was also aware of tuna found much closer to the harbor at 37’35/123’02. Rockfish action remains very good with Powers scoring limits of rockfish and over a ling per rod on all recent combination trips in addition to putting in some large salmon in the mid-20 pound range in the box.
The Dungeness crab opener is less than a month away on November 2, and the Bodega Bay campgrounds are generally filled well in advance of this popular opener, and interested anglers are advised to make their reservations as soon as possible.Back To Reports