The Fish Sniffer - Boats Get Ready For Salmon Opener
Boats Get Ready For Salmon Opener

Written By: David Hurley, April 3, 2014
Species: Saltwater Salmon
Location: Half Moon Bay,

The opening day of salmon season on April 5 looks promising, as drag boats working the Deep Reef and below the Farallon Islands are seeing some salmon by-catch.

Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing reported not much has been happening over the past few weeks, and the Queen of Hearts is already filled for the salmon opening weekend, but there is room on the Riptide and the Que Sera Sera. A few anglers are fishing for surfperch from the shorelines with grass shrimp, sand crabs, or pile worms or setting pots for rock and Dungeness crab at the pier inside of the harbor.

Mike Aughney of USAFishing.com said, “Nearly all the early season fishing is along the 50 Fathoms Curve from the Farallon Islands south to the Deep Reef and down to Pigeon Point. Below Pigeon Point. Monterey Bay-based boats are reporting an abundance of anchovies off New Years Island.”

Aughney concluded, “For private boaters, Half Moon bay offers the closer port to the best action for now.”  

The New Captain Pete and Huli Cat have plenty of room at the present time for the opening weekend.

Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica reported, “The water is still a bit rough out here, and snares continued to be the top producers of Dungeness crab from the pier.”

They received a shipment of pile worms, and surf perch are biting the worms with the occasional striped bass taken on lures or bait from the beaches.  

 

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