The Fish Sniffer - Lingcod And Rockfish Hold Steady, Salmon Bite Picks Up
Lingcod And Rockfish Hold Steady, Salmon Bite Picks Up

Written By: Dan Bacher, June 23, 2014
Species: Saltwater Salmon Rockfish Lingcod
Location: Golden Gate,

Fishing for rockfish and lingcod continues to be great off the Monterey County coast, while the salmon bite appears to be improving.

The Kahuna returned from a trip to Big Sur on Sunday, June 15 with 185 rockfish amd 41 lingcod for 25 anglers. They also released 2 Chinook salmon, a promising sign, reported Carol Jones of Kahuna Sportfishing. 

On the previous trip by the Kahuna, the 16 anglers nailed 160 rockfish and 32 lingcod while using shrimp flies, jigs, bars and bait.

“We will start back up on salmon if the bite picks up,” she noted. “The albacore conditions are looking like they will arrive early this year. If that is the case, we anticipate a very productive tuna year.”

Eleven anglers landed 9 salmon to 32.9 pounds while fishing on a mooching trip out of Chris’ Fishing Trips on Monday, June 16, according to Keith Stemler

“We also lost 11 fish on the surface,” said Stemler. “Only one of the 9 fish was under 20 pounds. We caught the fish while mooching anchovies in Monterey Bay and off Asilomar.”  

Rockfishing remains excellent with the Checkmate retuning to the dock with 17 limits of rockfish and 6 lings while the Star of Monterey went south to Asilomar Beach for 192 rockfish and 50 lings for 32 anglers. The weather has been rough lately, limiting trips to the local reefs.

Ken Stagnaro of Stagnaro’s Fishing Trips in Santa Cruz reported 8 big lingcod and ¾ limits of rockfish for 16 anglers on their latest bottomfish adventure. “We caught quality brown, yellow and blue rockfish while fishing near Davenport in 80 feet of water,” he disclosed.


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