The Fish Sniffer - King Salmon Fishing Picks Up
King Salmon Fishing Picks Up

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 11, 2014
Species: Saltwater Salmon Rockfish Lingcod
Location: Monterey Bay,

Salmon fishing is by no means hot, but the fishing inside Monterey Bay has finally picked  up.

For example, the 17 anglers aboard the Kahuna landed 5 Chinook salmon on Saturday, June 28. The passeangers were mooching with anchovies in the bay, according to Carol Jones of Kahuna Sportfishing.

Rough weather has prevented the boat from getting down to Point Sur to target rockfish and lingcod. On the latest bottomfish adventure to Point Sur, the 25 passengers landed 185 rockfish and 41 lingcod and released 2 salmon aboard the Kahuna.

Live bait trips to the local reefs are producing limits of lingcod and half to three-quarter limits of rockfish, reported Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Fishing Trips in Monterey.

“The Checkmate ended up with limits of lingcod and half to three-quarter limits of rockfish for 15 people on Monday, June 30,” said Arcoleo. “They fished live squid off Point Joe. We haven’t been able to get down south lately because of the northwest wind.” 

On the previous day, the Caroline returned with 20 limits of lingcod and half limits of rockfish and the Checkmate had 22 limits of lingcod and half limits of rockfish.  

“On Wednesday our six pack boat the Sea Stag had an awesome cod trip,” said Ken Stagnaro of Stagnaro’s Fishing Trips. “They returned with their limits of big, grumpy black rockfish along with 3 keeper lingcod.”

He added, “The salmon have showed up right out front of Santa Cruz. Many big fish are reported.”


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