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San Francisco Bay boats take high counts of salmon

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 20, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — Despite windy conditions, or perhaps thanks to windy conditions, San Francisco Bay boats chased, found and caught good counts of salmon. A number of boats pulled full limits and most boats boated well over a fish per rod, which is great action. The buoys served as the hotspots where the best counts came from.


CAPT. JACKY DOUGLAS of the Wacky Jacky took her passengers to the N Buoy for limits of salmon in 2 hours during Lance Parsen’s Charter on June 10. A bonus was seeing whales everywhere.


“Salmon went on the chew in a big way and fishing has been great,” said Capt. Jacky Douglas on Wacky Jacky out of Fisherman’s Wharf, who graciously provides WON with lots of whopper list entries from throughout the fleet each week. She added, “My ‘Wackyites’ all landed salmon at the W and N buoys and the size was excellent, between 15 and 25 pounds.” Eric Beneken caught a 17 pounder.


There was some discussion about whether the wind hampered the bite or the wind fueled the bite, but there is no controversy about how good the fishing was. Sausalito boats were in the thick of things. Salty Lady put up awesome scores and limits of salmon were also posted by Outer Limits, New Rayann and Hog Heaven. Salty Lady had the distinction of boating the biggest salmon of the week, a 31-pound slug caught by James McLaughlin at N Buoy. New Rayann wasn’t far behind with a 30 pounder caught by Larry Orlkers. Aboard Blue Runner, Deken Glenzinski caught a 15 pounder.


New Easy Rider came back in before noon with limits of salmon, according to Scott Sutherland at Berkeley Charter Boats who said, “Crappy conditions all week, but the fish seem to like it.” Tim Winters got a 24 pounder onEl Dorado at N Buoy. Desmond James took a 26 pounder aboard New Easy Rider in the same area. Andy at Fish Emeryville also reported good success with a solid fish per rod to early limits all week. He pointed out that the 8- to 18-pound fish were feeding heavily on krill.


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