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Half Moon Bay anglers pound rockfish, salmon!

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 13, 2017
HALF MOON BAY — Salmon counts bested a fish per rod out of Half Moon Bay, and rockfish trips on party boats were largely successful, with weather being the only limiting caveat. Beach fishers enjoyed an uptick in striped bass catches. Jetty and pier folks got crabs, perch and rockfish.

BROWN ROCKY — Young Carson Cattiano from Burlingame with a 3-pound brown rockcod he caught using shrimp flies aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.

Capt. Dennis Baxter on New Capt. Pete reported 19 salmon to 16 pound for 16 people. Good catches came from N Buoy, S Buoy and N Buoy. Capt. Baxter is hopeful for local salmon. He said, “There have been no Coastside netpen fish caught locally yet.” Fingers are crossed.

Keeping an eye on local fishing, Baxter also pointed out that beach fishers have been catching schoolie stripers from the Harbor on down to the Ritz. The story is similar up the coast from Pacifica up past Mussel Rock according to Sherry Ingles at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing.

Queen of Hearts fished Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for limits of quality coppers, bolinas and vermillion rockfish. On Wednesday the lingcod count was 1 per rod. Riptide was out Saturday and had limits of rockfish for 17 customers and 2 crew, with 10 lingcod. By Sunday the wind was howling and trips had to be cancelled.


FULL FRAME FISH — Joanna Nelson of Castro Valley caught a 5-pound vermilion while using shrimpflies aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay during a combo trip for rockcod and crabs out of Pillar Point.

Party boat Huli Cat went rockfishing off of Pillar Point and passengers brought up some sizable specimens. Ken Yuen pulled up a 4-pound vermillion and a big 6-pound bocaccio using shrimp flies. Rick Berg took a 5-pound copper rockfish on a shrimp fly and an 8-pound lingcod on a sanddab. On Sunday the boat ran a crab only trip off of Martins Beach and pulled up good counts of healthy crabs.

Salmon were caught, though not in big numbers. Capt. Tom Mattusch went fishing with Darrel Ticehurst and Paul Peoples at the crack of 9 a.m. After stopping just outside the harbor on birds and bait to no avail, they ran the 21-mile distance to W Buoy then worked up and in. Capt. Mattusch said, “We pulled two fish. The first one on a red Rotary Salmon Killer at 40 feet, the second on a Slingblade and a Blue Dancer at about 60 feet.”

Pacifica Pier, Pillar Point Harbor jetty and the public pier in the harbor were all utilized by crabbers using hoop nets in calmer water and casting baited snares around structure or in surgy water. Dungeness were still taken, along with rock crabs. People using hook and line accounted for at least 2 cabezon, a few rockfish and plenty of perch.


A MONSTER COPPER rockfish came from Pigeon Point for Bev Selzer of Los Gatos in the newly opened territory just outside the 50-fathom contour aboard the Queen of Hearts out of Half Moon Bay. “This was my biggest copper rockfish, but I had 4 more that were very close,” she said.

FISTS FULL OF CRABS — The Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay is still picking at the Dungeness crabs during their combo trips. Faustino Plancarte Jr. from San Jose, Hugo Galan from San Jose, Faustino Plancarte Sr. from San Jose, and Manuel Garcia from San Jose, are holding up some Dungeness crab pulled up in the morning.


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