The Fish Sniffer - Jan 3, 2012 Weather Only Limiting Factor For Crab/Rockfish Limits At Season’s End
Jan 3, 2012 Weather Only Limiting Factor For Crab/Rockfish Limits At Season’s End

Written By: Dave Hurley, January 3, 2013
Location: Bodega Bay,

(Bodega Bay) Limits of Dungeness crab and rockfish remain the rule out of Bodega Bay, but the key has been to launch in the brief weather windows that have been occurring infrequently during the final weeks of the season. 

Captain Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler went out with a light load of 12 anglers on December 19 and they put in quick limits of crab and rockfish, adding a 10-pound ling od. They had averaged between ½ and 1 ling cod per rod on their previous three trips north of the harbor near the mouth of the Russian River. 

“We have been heading north to work the reefs for lings, but if the weather cooperates, I would like to head back down south to Point Reyes for the large grade of rockfish and lings,” said Powers.”

On the days that they have been able to get out into the ocean, Powers has been putting up quick limits of rockfish and lings with an average time of returning to the docks by 12:00 noon. 

There continues to be significant interest in Humboldt squid, and Powers is looking forward to finding the squid starting January 1. The Humboldt squid have been ‘missing in action’ the past two seasons, so there is great anticipation of their return, especially with the smaller grade of squid along the coast from Half Moon Bay to Monterey. Powers will run Humboldt squid only, squid/crab combinations, and crab-only trips until the salmon opener in April. 

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