The Fish Sniffer - Coastal Rockfish And Lingcod Lead San Mateo Coast Action
Coastal Rockfish And Lingcod Lead San Mateo Coast Action

Written By: David Hurley, July 21, 2014
Species: Lingcod Saltwater Salmon Rockfish
Location: Half Moon Bay,

Salmon are still missing in action along the San Mateo County coastline; however, the Que Sera Sera, a six-pack out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing, was able to find a single 20-pound salmon on Saturday, July 12 for a committed charter.

Other than this solitary success story, coastal rockfish south of the harbor remained the primary engine keeping private and party boats rolling. 

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete reported, “The lingcod action has been outstanding, and my son Braden has been finding consistent action with dead bait on a trap rig.” Braden also landed a large thresher shark while assisting on the Huli Cat on July 12.

Sherry Ingles of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing confirmed the outstanding rockfish action, reporting limits to near limits of rockfish with the occasional lingcod and cabezon on each trip down the coast.

The Queen of Hearts returned with 27 limits of rockfish and 3 lings on July 12 while the Riptide ‘had some experienced fishermen on board,’ and they scored 17 ling cod to 14-pounds in addition to 18 rockfish limits.

A few private boats made the long offshore run for albacore, but the high count so far this season has been three longfins taken at the Guide.

Further north in Pacifica, striper fishing has been solid from the beaches both north and south of town with hair raisers, top water lures, or metal spoons from the access locations such as Mori’s Point, Mussel Rock, Linda Mar, or Rockaway Beach. 


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