Seas unkind, but bottom fishing abounds

Written by Adam Spencer, The Triplicate May 31, 2013 05:54 pm

‘The best start to a fishing season I can remember’ out of Eureka

Rough seas have kept most oceangoing anglers at home for the past few days, and when the ocean has been inviting, bottom fishing is the ticket as the salmon bite has remained slow out of Crescent City.

Crescent City ocean fishing

When it’s possible to get out on the ocean -— which hasn’t been the case for Tally Ho Sportfishing since Saturday — black rockfish and lingcod are plentiful near the south reef, according to Tally Ho Captain Craig Strickhouser.  

A few diehard ocean salmon anglers continue to try out of Crescent City, but have not had much luck, Strickhouser said.

Brookings-Harbor ocean fishing

A little bit of everything is biting in the ocean out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor, according to Scott Stewart of Ultimate Catch Charter.

The halibut bite is still pretty hot; lingcod are still on the inside with a fair bite; and black rockfish are mostly 80–100 feet of depth, yet hard to catch with a hard shrimp spawn right now, Stewart said.

A few salmon have started to bite by the whistle buoy, he said.

Trinidad ocean

Rockfish and lingcod fishing in Trinidad Bay is reportedly good, according to Salty’s Supply Co. in Trinidad, but still slower than usual as things are still picking up.

Salmon fishing is sporadic out of Trinidad.

Eureka ocean

“This has been the best start to a fishing season that I can remember. We have had limits on every trip except one since the season opened,” wrote Captain Tim Klassen in a fishing report last week.  

Klassen’s Reel Steel Sportfishing operation has been unable to get out on the ocean since Sunday, like most of the region, due to rough seas, but rockfish and lingcod have been biting well for Reel Steel near Cape Mendocino.

Salmon have been biting early and Reel Steel usually has been able to get limits of salmon for clients.

Halibut have been biting closer to tide change, Klassen wrote.

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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