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Wind keep Half Moon Bay fleet bottled up

WON Staff Writer
Published: Jun 20, 2017
Shore fishing best option

HALF MOON BAY — High winds and rough seas kept party boats tied to the dock at Hal Moon Bay, but a few PBers got out early in the mornings and picked up bottomfish and salmon. Shore-based fishing proved to be the wisest option. Once boats could get out on Sunday, Deep Reef was the place to be for bottom fish.

ADD THE CRAB — You can always add Dungeness crab to the rockfish fillets during a rockcod/crab combo trip aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay. Joe Wenisch from San Francisco, Asin Tahir from Dublin, Gary Brunell from Campbell, Mike Bartlett from Fremont, and George Metzter from Pacific Palisades are holding up a few crab pulled up in the morning. Some slight breeze during the day mixed in with small swells.

Wind caused cancellations of trips for Queen of Hearts, Huli Cat and Riptide. Sherry ingles at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing said, “We take the brunt of the prevailing northwesterlies here and to get out to our usual spots it is a direct uphill battle, so the party boats didn’t run, in order to keep passengers safe. A few PBers got out in the mornings and fished for a few hours until the wind line chased them back to harbor.”


Finally on Sunday, Huli Cat was able to fish Deep Reef. Capt. Tom Mattusch said, “It was a great day of fishing at Deep Reef on Father’s Day. Folks caught a lot of lingcod and big coppers were also plentiful. It was nice to put big canaries in anglers’ sacks. Catch of the day was a nice Ugly Stick with a big Newell reel that had been down for years.” Kam Lui managed a 9-pound lingcod. New Capt. Pete also fished Deep Reef and Capt. Dennis Baxter reported excellent success with shrimp flies and squid strips.


Shore fishing was rated as decent only because of the wind and sea state. The fish were there and willing to eat for those who braved the conditions and presented baits or lures. Jetty anglers at the Harbor and pier anglers up at Pacifica used snares to catch Dungeness and rock crabs. Others soaked baits for perch, rockfish and cabezon.


Beach fishing was a challenge due to onshore winds until the weekend, but the perch were hungry. Most catches were barred surf perch, though there were stripers caught. The best areas for stripers were right below Pacifica and up at Mussel Rock.


CAPTAIN TOM’S CATCH — Capt. Tom Mattusch of El Grenada and the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor with a 13-pound gutted and gilled king caught trolling near W Buoy while fishing with Darrell Ticehurst and Paul Peoples aboard the Noosa Cat last week. They caught one other fish that day.

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