Rockfish Is Best Thing Going
Rockfish have resumed their place as the most consistent species in the area as the warmer tuna water has moved far offshore.
The Queen of Hearts came back with 357 rockfish, 1 lingcod and 3 cabezon for 36 anglers after fishing shallow water along the San Mateo Coast on Saturday, September 28, according to Sherri Ingles of Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle. The Riptide returned with 170 rockfish and 1 lingcod on the same day.
Most private boats seeking albacore returned unfulfilled during the last weekend of September, but one skiff ran out 50 miles to 37/56/123’14 for a grand total of 5 longfins on Sunday, September 29.
Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat reported a few salmon continue to be taken right on the bottom between the Red Can Buoy to the Ritz Carleton with private boaters finding from 0 to 4 fish. He has been taking rockfish/salmon combination trips, and they stopped trolling for salmon at noon without landing a fish before loading up with rockfish limits on a recent trip.
He took a rockfish research trip for 553 rockfish caught, tagged, and released from Franklin Point north to Bean Hollow along the San Mateo County coast.
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete put in 13 limits of rockfish and a pair of ling cod south at Pigeon Point with the best action found the further south they traveled.
The Dungeness crab opener is a month away on November 2 and party boats are taking reservations for crab/rockfish combination trips. Further north along the San Mateo County coastline, fishing interest has waned with anticipation of the coming Dungeness crab opener.
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