The Fish Sniffer - Red Hot Lingcod Action Leads Angling Parade
Red Hot Lingcod Action Leads Angling Parade

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 20, 2014
Species: Rockfish Lingcod Saltwater Stripers
Location: Golden Gate, San Francisco Bay,

Fishing has been outstanding for East Bay Charter boat enthusiasts departing from the Berkeley and Emeryville Marinas. Lingcod are providing the best action, but big rockfish, salmon, halibut and stripers are in the mix too.

Captain James Smith of California Dawn Sportfishing has been enjoying stellar mixed bag action.

“The lingcod fishing has been incredible and we’ve been catching limits of rockfish along with a mix of stripers and the occasional halibut,” reported Smith. “Steve Carson of Penn was on the boat last week for a Penn University trip that produced a lot of quality fish. Outside the gate we put on 22 limits of rockfish along with limits of lingcod to 26 pounds. We had 4 lings over 20 pounds on that trip and lots of smaller double digit fish too.”

Captain Joey Gallia of New Easy Rider Sportfishing has been splitting his time between salmon trolling and live bait drifting. His recent trips have been producing a mix of salmon to 25 pounds, lingcod to 20 pounds and limits of rockfish. Joey’s trips have produced some handsome bonus halibut in recent days too.

Captain Chris Smith of Captain Hook Sportfishing has also been putting up mixed bag scores. Most days he focused on  rockfish and lingcod, but he’s been chasing salmon, stripers and halibut with success too.

Captain Jim Smith of Happy Hooker Sportfishing recently had a stellar striper trip in the  north bay that produced 28 bass to 15 pounds. The average grade of the bass was 8 to  11 pounds.

Out of the Emeryville Marina, most of the fleet has been focused on the limits style rockfish and lingcod action, but some boats have been targeting salmon with success too. A lady angler recently landed a massive 35 plus pound lingcod while fishing aboard the New Huck Finn.

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