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Written By: Dan Bacher, April 18, 2014
Location: Monterey Bay,
Trollers and moochers fishing Monterey Bay on the opening weekend of salmon season experienced one of the best openers in over a decade, with limits and near-limits reported by most charter and private boats.
The 30 anglers mooching aboard the Kahuna out of Moss Landing ended up at the dock with 60 salmon, full limits, by 9:15 am on April 5. The fish averaged 10 to 12 pounds each and the top fish weighed 30 pounds.
“We found a big school of bait and fish 4 miles outside of Moss Landing and the kings stared biting as soon as anglers put their lines in the water,” said Carol Jones of Kahuna Sportfishing. “They fished anchovies around 120 feet deep.”
On the following day, the great fishing continued, although the bite wasn’t as hot as on opening day. The Kahuna returned with full limits, 56 fish, for 28 anglers after fishing the same area as the day before.
Todd Arcoleo of Chris’ Fishing Trips in Monterey confirmed the top-notch salmon bite.
“Our boats had limits of salmon by 10 am on opening day,” said Arcoleo. “The first boat, the Caroline, returned to the dock by 9:30 am with 20 limits, while the Checkmate followed close behind with 22 limits and Star of Monterey with 32 limits of big salmon.”
“The bite on April 6 was good, although not as fast,” he said. The Checkmate pulled in with 39 salmon for 20 anglers and Star of Monterey 51 salmon for 30 passengers.
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