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It is shaping up to be a classic live bait potluck season for Bay Area anglers. There are big numbers of stripers in the bay and solid numbers of halibut. To compliment the bass and halibut action, the rockfish and lingcod bite has been outstanding both inside and outside San Francisco Bay.
“We are still getting plenty of stripers and a few halibut every day, but it’s lingcod and rockfish that are going really good right now,” exclaimed Captain James Smith of California Dawn Sportfishing. “On an average trip we are scoring limits of rockfish and about 1 to 1.5 fish per rod on lings. We are probably average a half to full fish per rod on bass. Halibut are a scattered, but we are picking up a handful everyday.”
When the New Easy Rider is able to navigate to the salmon grounds, king salmon to 25 pounds have been the result. Unfortunately, on most days weather keeps Captain Joey Gallia focused on bottomfish. On rockfish trips his anglers are scoring limits of rockfish and adding about a lingcod per rod.
Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sportfishing has been putting his clients on a solid assortment of stripers, halibut, rockfish and lingcod while fishing both inside and outside S.F. Bay.
Over at the Emeryville Marina the New Huck Finn, Sea Wolf, Tigerfish and C Gull combined to land 1,036 rockfish and 105 lingcod to 17 pounds on Father’s Day. Two boats did make a run for salmon, but were turned back by 20 knot winds.
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