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Half Moon Bay boats get out after rockfish and lingcod, or they nailed salmon

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 28, 2017
HALF MOON BAY — The weather cooperated enough for Half Moon Bay party and charter boats to put their passengers on some very good rockfish and lingcod. Salmon were also an option and there were some limits caught. Shore fishing for crabs was decent and crab season ends June 30. Striped bass showed strongly along area beaches.

SHRIMP FLY BITER — Mike O’Connell of Pacifica caught his 5-pound vermilion rockfish using shrimp flies during a trip aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay south of Pillar Point.


Party boats from Half Moon Bay were able to get out towards Deep Reef and fish some of the deeper structure spots that opened up this season. Fishing was good and sacks were plump on Huli Cat, Queen of Hearts and New Capt. Pete, all premier party boats. Huli Cat skipper, Capt. Tom Mattusch reported heavey sacks including big yellowtail rockfish, coppers and lingcod on trips below Pigeon Point and also at Deep Reef. “Anglers are enjoying the last of the Dungeness and rock crab prior to the June 30 closure,” said Capt. Mattusch.

Salmon came over the rails of New Capt. Pete on a weekend trip to spots of thick krill between Montara and Pedro Point. Capt. Dennis Baxter said, “We had krill all the way to the beach and blue whales 3 miles off the beach. The fish were on the surface at 20 to 35 feet. The bite started early and shut off by 11:00 a.m., by which time we had 16 fish for 17 people.” Brad Hull caught a 22 pounder. Sybylle Weilkel caught her limit with a 12 and 13 pounder. She earned the respect of everyone on board when her hair got caught in the spool during the fight and she chose to just keep cranking and brought her fish in. The hair will grow back.


Striped bass were very active along the beaches. Sherry Ingles from Half Moon Bay Sportfishing said, “The stripers are hitting all along the beaches both to the south and to the north. We’re selling a lot of Daiwa SP Minnows which are the most popular lure. Capt. Baxter mentioned striper action, too, and knew of fish being caught all the way down the coast to Pescadero.


JUNE CRABS — Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay went out for a crab only trip off of Martins Beach. Edwin Dumlao from Daly City and Burke Montague’Alanin from Woodside hold up a few crabs pulled up in the morning.

HMB BIG BOY — Brad Hull of San Lorenzo caught his 22-pound salmon off of Montero aboard the New Capt. Pete out of Half Moon Bay last week with Capt. Dennis Baxter.

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