Reel Deal: Bottom fishing season underway

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate May 17, 2013 03:48 pm

Jim Mitchell of Crescent City caught this monster Pacific halibut out of Bandon, Ore. at 400 feet depth using a sardine.
Jim Mitchell of Crescent City caught this monster Pacific halibut out of Bandon, Ore. at 400 feet depth using a sardine. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell
Ocean fishing is in full swing on the North Coast after the season for bottom fishing opened Wednesday.

Dozens of fishermen hit the sea from Crescent City on Wednesday, and although the salmon bite outside of Tsunami Town is still slow, there are plenty of rockfish to be had.

Crescent City ocean fishing

On the first day of the season for rockfish, cabezon, greenling and lingcod on the North Coast, those fish took the show.

Only a handful of salmon were brought into Crescent City on Wednesday, but almost all anglers were able to land some groundfish, although the lingcod bite was weak.

Craig Strickhouser of Tally Ho Sportfishing got his clients’ limits of groundfish, 10 per person, mostly blacks. They also caught two lingcod.

“The rockfish is looking
really good,” Strickhouser said.

Brookings-Harbor ocean fishing

“The bottom fishing is pretty good; the halibut is
really good, and the salmon bite is non-existent,” said Scott Stewart of Ultimate Catch Charter.

Halibut are being caught every day, Stewart said, and the lingcod bite remains strong.

Jim Mitchell, of Crescent City, caught a nice halibut out of Bandon in 400-foot depth with a sardine. Mitchell said it’s been great halibut fishing in Southern Oregon, with his friends catching their limits, and days at least 40 pounds’ worth at a minimum.

Eureka ocean

Eureka charter boats had trouble finding salmon Wednesday, so Reel Steel Sportfishing took advantage of the groundfish opener and got its clients limits of rockfish and found a 60-pound halibut.

Reel Steel has been able get its clients’ limits of salmon eight out of 10 days they went salmon fishing so far this year. But Wednesday was just one of those odd days where salmon couldn’t be found.

“All the sport guys were just crying the blues today,” said Sherry Klassen of Reel Steel.

Trinidad area ocean fishing

Salmon fishing has been slow lately out of Trinidad according to Salty’s Supply Co., but many anglers were able to get their limits of rockfish on the first day of the season.

Fishing guide contacts:

Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Ultimate Catch Charter at 541-469-4814; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925;  Salty’s Supply Co. Surf, Skate & Tackle at 707-677-0300.

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