Reel Deal: When the wind dies down, bites pick up

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate June 16, 2012 12:00 am

Eureka salmon fishing has been ‘amazing’

High winds have been thwarting ocean anglers the last few days, but when conditions permit, the salmon bite is still hot in Eureka.

Wind or salmon in Eureka

“The salmon fishing truly is amazing right now,” Tim Klassen wrote in the fishing reports on “I really don’t know what else to say. If you ever wanted to give salmon fishing a try, now might be the right time.”

Reel Steel’s reports are peppered with quick limits on salmon, when they haven’t had to cut trips short or cancel them entirely due to wind.

On Tuesday, Reel Steel had the biggest fish of any single day this season with three 20-plus pound chinook.

Klamath salmon

Mike Stratman of Redwood Coast Fishing said the spring chinook bite on the Klamath River remains a little slow, but people are catching fish.

There’s been about one to three fish per boat per day “with more people having one’s than three’s,” Stratman said.

As the river has been getting clearer, Stratman recommended metallic blades over bright colors for spinners.

“There are fish coming through every day and fish getting caught every day,” he said.

Shelter Cove

Russ Thomas of Mario’s Marina in Shelter Cove had one word to encompass fishing conditions: windy. “Someone has turned the wind machine on and it hasn’t turned off yet,” Thomas said. “Perch was good off the jetty this weekend and on the beach.”

Rockfish tips

Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips doesn’t like to lose any fish, even “hitchhikers.”

A fish (often a lingcod) is hitchhiking when it bites down on a hooked fish and gets pulled up to the surface, because it refuses to loosen its jaw.

“If the lingcod is not hooked, don’t let the lingcod’s head break the water.  He will let go,” Mitchell said. “Gaff him before he breaks the water.”

Fishing guide contacts:

Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips at 707-464-8482; Reel Steel Sport Fishing at 707-499-492 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Redwood Coast Fishing at (707) 601-8757.

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