Salmon Season Opening

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Been a long time coming, but the Salmon Season is arriving this weekend on April 3rd, 2010!

Going to be going out on a 17 foot Boston Whaler out of Santa Cruz, California early on Saturday morning in hopes of hooking up with a few of the red meat fish.  It has been a few years for so many people to have the chance to go and do this once again, hopefully the weather will cooperate.

The latest reports from local friends along the Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay parts of California is that the salmon are out there, so you bet my crew will already have the bait and gas ready when it comes time to go to bed on Friday night.  Our current plan is to head down to water a few miles off Moss Beach and to do some mooching with dead anchovies.  Mooching is fishing with the engine turned off with bait on a hook, and some weight to get the bait down to the desired depth.  This method is my favorite for salmon in the ocean as it allows you to feel the bite and set the hook on your own.  Also, it allows you to catch some sleep if you like with the hope of getting woken up by the sound of a fish pulling line against the drag.  Some people like using sardines for bait, and yet a very select few will use dead squid for bait when hunting for salmon.  I personally have never used the squid, but a few fishing buddies swear by it.

As for the fishing regulations, right now the rules for most of California are 2 salmon per person per day, and the minimum size is 20 inches.  Coho need to be thrown back to get those growing in numbers once again.

My hope is to be able to bring you all kinds of reports of how the action is and how things go down on the fishing side of things, if you have any great news to report on your end, feel free to comment it below.

Good Luck Fishing,

Fishing Feeds

Santa Cruz, CA Fishing Report

Here is a Report From BaySide Marine from Santa Cruz
Feb. 17
The swells have started to drop here and things are looking much better at the Harbor mouth. The few reports that we have had this month include Seabass, Squid, Halibut, and Perch. There was a nice Halibut caught near the Mile Reef in Capitola. The Seabass and Halibut are still hit and miss in Monterey but there were a few good days last week. The Perch fishing has been good near Manresa and the Cement Ship. The best bet is to use Motor Oil Grubs and Coon Striped Shrimp. There is a Perch tournament on March 20 and once again I will have all the live shrimp and worms you need. Stop by the shop to get the entry you must sign up by Feb. 21.
JAN. 19
The fishing for Seabass has been good for the anglers who were in Monterey before the storm. The Squid is still the bait of choice. The swells and winds have become huge so there has been no action today. The Humbolt Squid are still wide open in the edge of the Monterey Canyon in 800-1200 feet of water. Fishing for crab has been decent on the north coast in 240 feet of water The Surf perch have been biting well on Coon striped shrimp.

Jan. 2 2010 Happy New Year!
The Squid fishing, crabbing, and Sand dabs are keeping anglers busy during these nice calm winter days. There has been a few swells but the winds have been generally light after the rain. There are big Squid in the Soquel Canyon and near Davenport. There was a good bite on Squid near 36’46/121’51. The Squid are in 800-1200 feet of water and the big Glow Ahi Jigs are working best. The crab fishing is still doing well up the coast in 200 feet of water. I still have crab pots rigged from Mc Kay’s with 300 feet of leaded rope for only $205.

Dec. 19
The crab fishing is still doing well for the anglers fishing up the coast. There have been a few good reports of Humbolt Squid being caught in the Canyons in 800-1200 feet of water. The swells have been up and down with the storms that have passed through. We have the 2010 Sport fishing License in stock along with Gift Certificates for stocking stuffers. We also have a great deal on McKay Crab Pots and Ace Line Hauler. I hope to see you soon. Happy Holidays!
Nov. 18
The crab fishing is still going well for the anglers up the coast in 180-220 feet of water. There were some Humbolt Squid caught in 1200 feet of water 8 miles from Santa Cruz in the Soquel Canyon.
Nov. 14
The fishing was great today near Franklin Point and there were some good scores near 4 Mile Beach. The best bet on crab seems to be up the coast in 200 feet of water. There was no wind in the morning but there was a breeze in the afternoon. The winds are reported to be calmer Sunday so come finish off the Rock fishing season in calm weather. The sun has been out with a little morning fog.
Nov. 13
The fishing was good today for the anglers who went looking for crabs. I spoke to one boat who had 30 crabs for 6 pots in 200 feet of water up the coast. The Rock fishing was decent for the anglers who worked the local reefs. There was some wind today in the afternoon which did not help. The winds and swells are expected to decrease all day Saturday and Sunday making this a great time to go fishing before the Rock fishing closes.
Nov. 11
The wind was down all morning and the fishing for crab has been great. I heard of good reports on the Becky Ann with Capt. Jimmy. The winds are going to remain light for the weekend so come crabbing and finish off the Rock fishing season.
Nov. 10
The crab season is open and there have been some good scores near Natural bridges and straight out of the Santa Cruz Harbor. The Crab are ranging from keeper to 6 + inches. The Humbolt Squid are showing in the deep canyons near the Soquel Hole and Davenport. There were a few boats up near Franklin Point in calm seas today and the action was good. The winds are down for the next few days and Rock fishing closes Sunday so come fishing.
PV Report
I was down for a few days fishing with my girl Regina in P.V. for a few days. I went fishing with Danny ” LuLu” on his father in laws boat “Balta” the first day and caught a nice tuna in the upper 180’s. We caught a few more Dorado and came home with the sun on our backs. I had Ryan “Salty” who works on Maximo as my deck hand for 3 days. Ryan was able to sneak out and pull on some fish for the first time this year. I can not say enough about how much this kid has become a seasoned Salty angler / deck hand. We had a great day one and my freezer was filled. The second day we went to the bank with Danny Osuna and Regina made her first appearance on the boat. We caught Tuna from 60-90 pounds on bullet Tunas on the troll. Regina did a great job on her first Tuna and had a great time on the water and in P.V. The last day things went slow at the Bank but we did end up with some nice Dorado. All in all it was a great trip and great weather. Thanks again to all my good friends in P.V. and in La Cruz! Until Next Time!

Tuna Fishing in San Diego

What is the best way to catch tuna in San Diego?

There is all kinds of options so you better get your rod and reel ready.  You can use lures, bait, mooch, troll, spinners, jigs, you can even spear fish for them if you are really quick.

  • Bait- This is the method that the majority of the fish are taken with.  Many of the long long range fishing boats load up on this stuff, or catch more of it when they are out to sea.  Live bait is usually a big bonus, and time and time again produces the best numbers.  If you have a live bait well in your boat, definitely stock it up with some sardines or small mackrel, and the tuna will thank you for that.
  • Lures- For the people who want to cover a large distance during the day of fishing, lures provide great value, although they will hit your gas tank when trolled at high speeds compared to sitting still and mooching.  But there is a time and a place for everything.  Lures allow you to troll around and cover more ground if you are not certain where the tuna schools are located.  Also, this will allow you to test out different colors throughout the day until you setttle on one lure that works well, or several that work well.  There is nothing more exciting than trolling lures behind a boat and connecting with 3 or 4 tuna at one time.  its VERY possible too, so be on guard
  • Jigs and other Casting Lures- these work well when you located a school of tuna.  Tuna can be a bit picky on the jig that is thrown to them when they are jumping and nailing live bait, but they are very aggressive none the less.  There have been many people who have had the most success with jigs being cast into schools of tuna.  This can lead to less time spent re-baiting live bait which has the ability to either come off the line, or being stolen by a tuna fish.

IF YOU HAVE LIVE BAIT:

Once you make your way to a school of tuna, this is a critical time.  You want to make sure the fish don’t go too far without having given yourself the chance to catch at least a few of them.  So make it easy on yourself. Show up with some livebait.  This way, you can try to keep the fish near your boat by throwing over some sardines for example every few minutes.  Yeah of course you will be giving away some of your precious bait that has no hope of catching you a fish, but this will keep the fish near you.  And in the long run, this will allow you to catch more fish from either bait on hooks, jigs, or any other way you plan on catching the tuna.

All too often people show up to a school of tuna where the fish are jumping like crazy, but they scratch their heads when the fish take off, and are off and lost for good.  This has a great chance of being avoided if you just keep throwing over a few fish or bait in the water next to your boat at 3 or 5 minute intervals.

Stanislaus River Fishing and Flyfishing

Stanislaus River Fishing.  All types of news below on fishing off highway 4 up in the Gold Country.

The most up to date is below:

My own experiences at the North Fork of the Stanislaus River just below Boards Crossing .  It was really hot, around 100 degrees in the day.

stanislaus river fly fishing boards crossing

June 26-28 – Our group fished all three days, the 26-28th of June 2009. All in all for 3 of us, we had a total of 3 keeper trout, and several that were thrown back. We were fishing the part of the river just south of the Boards Crossing Bridge. As far as the water is concerned, it was flowing reasonably well. In past years, it has definitely been higher, but a nice level for fishing and walking around in the water. It is still super cold, but very refreshing on days and weekends like there was. We tried all types of things on the trout. Night crawlers on the spinning rod worked the best. Also, the largest of the keepers was a rainbow taken on a night crawler attached to a treble hook and with a floating bobber. One of my friends took one trout on the fly road with a nymph type of fly. We all tried the Woolly Bugger that came highly recommended, however we were not able to tackle any of the trout with the bugger. As far as spinners were concerned, we also tried several of those. Two times, fish were landed, but of the 6-8 inch variety, way too small to keep, and not much fight either. All in all, my suggestion would be to try some natural live bait if its available.spinners to catch trout in the riverWe did not have the chance to try crickets, but we have had great success on the trout around here with them in the past. Night crawlers were the most consistent, and someday soon flies will begin to work well. Up to this point, we really did not see too much in the way of fish jumping out of the water in search of food, so not sure what to say there. There were some other signs of fish being caught, the campers next to us had a wooden string of 5 trout one afternoon. When I went up to the guy to ask what he was doing to catch them, all he would say was the word determination, he would give no other ideas than just that. I will add though, that it was surprising to see him keeping a couple of the fish on the string, two which looked to be barely six inches long, but heck, not my problem trying to eat such a small trout I guess…

Below is a clip from the Ebbetts Pass Site, It is their fishing report for right now.
Central Sierra/Hwy 4 Fishing Report July 12, 2009
Lake Alpine has been recently planted and fishermen are catching fish.
Bait casters should try Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, inflated nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs on a 24″ to 30″ leader using a sliding sinker. Lure casters should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, and Rooster Tails. Trollers should try Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, and Wedding Rings behind a small dodger tipped either with a nightcrawler or a Gulp Nightcrawler. Fly fishermen have been using woolly buggers, stone fly nymphs, ants, adams, stimulators and bead head nymphs.
Spicer Lake
has been slower since the weather has been getting warmer. Trollers have had success using Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, Rapala’s, Wedding Rings and using just a flasher/nightcrawler combo. Bait fishermen have been using Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Crickets, Nightcrawlers, and Gulp Nightcrawlers. Lure casters should try Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapalas. Fly fishermen should try ants, adams, stimulators, and woolly buggers.
The North Fork of the Stanislaus
has been tough due to lack of plants lately. The No. Fork has been in excellent condition. Fishermen should try split-shotting nightcrawlers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Power Eggs, and Floating Power Eggs. Lure fishermen should try Rapala’s, Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tail’s, and Kastmasters. Fly casters should try stimulators, parachute adams, ants, royal wulff, woolly buggers, and bead head nymphs.
Beaver Creek
was planted this past week and has producing some beautiful fish. Bait casters should try split-shotting nightcrawlers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, Gulp Power Eggs, Power Eggs. Lure casters should try Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapala’s. Fly fishermen should try woolly buggers, small stimulators, royal coachman, ants, adams, and bead head nymphs.
White Pines
has still not been planted due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services putting a hold on planting as of right now. No word as to when it will be planted. There are still some nice Bass and Bluegill that are very plentiful in White Pines.

Campgrounds at Sourgrass are now open. Camping is also available at Big Trees State Park and Golden Pines just beyond Big Trees on Highway 4. You can contact Big Trees State Park at 209-795-2334.

Fishing Opportunities On the Highway 4 Corridor… Central Sierra/Hwy 4 Fishing Report June 16, 2009

Please visit the More Fishing Link for important news on a recent court ruling!

Due to the stocking of White Pines Lake being held up by the Federal Fish & Wildlife Division, they are unable to stock the lake and therefore we must cancel the Father’s Day Derby. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Ebbetts Pass is now open

Lake Alpine is now on the Plant list and is to be planted this week. The Lodge at Lake Alpine is now open and can be contacted at 209-753-6358. The phone number for the campgrounds is 209-753-2671.

Bait casters should try Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, inflated nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs on a 24″ to 30″ leader using a sliding sinker. Lure casters should try Kastmasters, Panther Martin spinners, and Rooster Tails. Trollers should try Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, and Wedding Rings behind a small dodger tipped either with a nightcrawler or a Gulp Nightcrawler.

Just remember to troll really slow as the water is still really cold and the fish are still lethargic. Fly fishermen have been using woolly buggers, stone fly nymphs, ants, and bead head nymphs.

Spicer Lake has been excellent and the dock is now in the water. Trollers have had success using Apex, Needlefish, Glo Bugs, Rapala’s, Wedding Rings and using just a flasher/nightcrawler combo. Bait fishermen have been using Gulp Power Eggs, Gulp Power Bait, Floating Power Eggs, Crickets, Nightcrawlers, and Gulp Nightcrawlers. Lure casters should try Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapalas. HOBART CREEK IS OFF LIMITS UNTIL JULY 1, 2009.

The North Fork of the Stanislaus was planted this past week. The No. Fork has been in excellent condition. Fishermen should try split-shotting nightcrawlers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Power Eggs, and Floating Power Eggs. Lure fishermen should try Rapala’s, Panther Martin Spinners, Rooster Tail’s, and Kastmasters. Fly casters should try stimulators, parachute adams, ants, woolly buggers, and bead head nymphs.

Beaver Creek was also planted this past week and has producing some beautiful fish. Bait casters should try split-shotting nightcrawleers, crickets, salmon eggs, Gulp Nightcrawlers, Gulp Power Eggs, Power Eggs, Gulp Maggots. Lure casters should try Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tails, Kastmasters, and Rapala’s. Fly fishermen should try woolly buggers, small stimulators, royal coachman, ants, and bead head nymphs.

White Pines has still not been planted even though the EIR report has been completed. No word as to when it will be planted. There are still some nice Bass and Bluegill that are very plentiful in White Pines.

Mosquito Lake has thawed but no word as to when it will be planted.

Campgrounds at Sourgrass are now open. Camping is also available at Big Trees State Park and Golden Pines just beyond Big Trees on Highway 4. You can contact Big Trees State Park at 209-795-2334. Golden Pines website is www.goldenpinesrvresort.com

For more information you can check our website or email us through the website www.ebbettspasssportinggoods.com for weekly updates or call Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods at (209) 795-1686 and ask for Bill. We have lots of new items coming into the store weekly. Drop by and check it out. Thanks again for patronizing our store. We look forward to seeing you all again. Bill Reynolds – Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods