Bluefin Tuna 2015
Bonita Tuna 2015
Robert Wins A Bet
Skip & Charlie’s Wild Salmon Trip
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2015 Fishing Report
December 31 – Water was perfect today and the winds were gone by 10am. Great fishing day and a great crew. Limits of blue, brown, olive and red pacific snapper to 4 pounds.
December 30 – Water was flat calm all day but there was a definite chill in the air and it was COLD! Pretty steady pic throughout the day. Came home with limits plus crew limits of blue, brown and olive pacific snapper.
December 29 – Water was a bit grumpy this morning topped off with a bit of wind. Slow fishing for the first four hours but things picked up around noon and we started hauling the fish in. Limits of blue, black, olive and red pacific snapper for all plus a nice fat cabezon.
December 28 – Flat calm water again and it was actually a little warmer air too. Went to one of our favorite spots and immediately started loading the boat with some BIG black, brown, blue, oliove and red pacific snapper. Finished with early limits of snapper so came nearshore and spent a couple hours fishing for lingcod.
December 27 – Very nice water today with just a little cold wind and the fish were still holding at Natural Bridges. Didn’t see any lings today but the rockcod were pretty active. Cmae home with limits of blues, blacks and red pacific snapper to five pounds.
December 26 – Hey hey the storms are gone! And, the fish are ready to bite. As soon as we dropped in lings started showing up. Hooked about eight lings today of which two were short, two made it in the box and a few more were farmed. BIG blacks and some BIG blues and red pacific snapper today. Water was flat with a little wind.
December 25 – Less than a week left of fishing before the season shutdown on Dec 31. We have a few seats left on Tuesday and Wednesday. We start our fishing season up again April 2, 2016 for salmon, snapper and lingcod. If you know the date(s) you want to fish in 2016 you should book now so you can take advantage of the 2015 prices. And thank you all for making us the NUMBER ONE CHARTER OF MONTEREY BAY! Couldn’t have done it without you.
December 18 – Awesome day of fishing today and a lot of fun for all. We loaded up right from the get go with limits of blue and yellowtail pacific snapper and just when we were ready to head back in… Bonita bite! Got back in before the storm hit the water.
December 17 – Weather is still holding and the fish are active. Great fishing today with limits for all plus crew of black, blue, yellowtail and red pacific snapper.
December 16 – Now that the storms have passed it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Started out to be a slow morning then after a couple hours of hunting around we hit the hornets nest! Fish were hooking up everywhere. Limits for all plus crew of BIG olives to 4 pounds, reds, blues and black pacific snapper.
December 13 – Some big water in town from these recent storms. Weather settles down starting tomorrow and the best day to resume fishing is Wednesday.
December 7 & 8 – These are the only days left this week before the big storm hits. The storm will be here the 9th through the 13th.
December 6 – Wow. BIG BIG blues over three pounds again. We smashed the snapper today with eight limits of BIG blue pacific snapper.
December 5 – Swell coming down a bit which made for a lot easier fishing today. Came home with limits of blue and olive pacific snapper. And again some of the blues were monsters!
December 4 – Pretty big swell still here from yesterday’s storm but we toughed it out and came home with limits of blue and olive pacifc snapper. Some of the blues were over three pounds!
December 2 – This is as good as it gets. BIG blues, really BIG blue rockcod (pacific snapper). Hauled in over 80 pounds of blues for the day. And, we had rockcod ceviche for breakfast on the boat.
November 28 – Water was flat today. The fish were slow to waking up but we put in our time and the fish cooperated. Nice lingcod and limits of blue, olive and red pacific snapper.
November 27 – Water and air getting colder now and the fish are being a little more difficult to catch but that didn’t stop our group of six from hammering out limits of copper, black, blue, brown, olive and red pacific snapper and a couple nice lingcod.
November 24 – Water’s getting a little colder now and the fish are slowing down. Live bait is back in the bay! After picking up a dozen mackeral and jack smelt we headed to South Rock. Seas were flat calm and the fish were waiting for us. Got some nice lingcod and 3/4 limits of nice brown, black, blue and olive pacific snapper.
November 23 – Lot of fun today and the live bait was back in town! After spending about an hour catching mackeral and jack smelt we headed out to South Rock for a full day of lingcod and rockcod (pacific snapper) fishing. Lost a few lings and got just as many in the box plus limits of quality pacific snapper.
November 21 – Paradise. Everything was perfect today. Happy campers catching some lingcod, limits of pacific snapper and a two hour troll in the Bonita grounds.
November 19 – Weather and water were picture perfect today and the fish were ready to play! We put some lingcod and limits of blue, olive and brown pacific snapper then went after Bonita.
November 13 – Flat calm water with a bit of a chill today. Fishing was slow and the fish weren’t as big as we’d like but after weeding through at least 200 fish we were able to reach our limits. After we limited out we headed to the Bonita grounds but no fish to be found. The storm coming in seems to have chased our fish down and out. We’re going to take a couple days off the water to let the storm pass through and give the fish a chance to settle down.
November 12 – Brrrr. Getting colder out there. Warmed up real nice later in the morning and the fish started biting pretty good. A couple nice lingcod and limits of pacific snapper then… we went hunting for Bonita. Hooked a couple and got one in the boat.
November 11 – Storm’s passed and all is well. Fishing started a little slow then gradually picked up throughout the day for some lingcod and limits of pacific snapper. After we limited out on snapper we headed out for Bonita and found them! First Bonita hit then BAMM, a six-way hookup! Came home with nine quality Bonita. Poki, sushi, and ceviche tonight.
November 7 – Weather was great and the fishing was great too. Limits of blue, olive and china pacific snapper. Tried for Bonita but didn’t find any takers.
November 6 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) Wild and fun fun fun fishing today with BIG fish and LOTS of fish! Limits of lingcod to 18 pounds and limits of BIG blue, black, copper and red pacific snapper to 8 pounds! Weather was perfect and the water was flat calm all day long.
November 5 – Had a few days off the water and we’re back to fishing tomorrow. Just this morning the California Fish and Wildlife announced a delayed start to the 2015 Dungeness Crab season. They didn’t say how long the delay would last. We will be substituting the crab portion of our combo trips with Bonita trolling. So after we get limits of snapper we will troll for tuna. Pretty sweet deal. There are still some bluefin around and our rockcod trips are still limiting out.
November 2 – Weather has become a concern this week so we rescheduled trips to make sure everyone gets fish and everyone’s comfortable instead of going out and getting beat up and coming home with little fish. Expect the weather to become fishable again on Friday. There are still some bluefin around and our rockcod trips are still limiting out.
October 31 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) Mild weather with just a little wind so we headed up to Jurassic Park for a day of lingcod and rockcod fishing. Had a little trouble finding big mackeral bait. Once we got to the Park we were bringing BIG blues and BIG blacks over the railing non-stop. The recent swells seem to have stirred up the water so the reds, browns and lings were not on the bite. After getting limits plus of BIG blue and black pacific snapper decided to troll home for Bonita. Unfortunately we didn’t find any bonita.
October 29 – Again great weather and a fun day tuna fishing. Today we zigged instead of zagged and headed to new grounds. We found where all the whales, dolphins and birds went and we were in the thick of it most of the day. Like being at Sea World. Great whale shows. Trolled all day and were lucky to bring home six nice bonita.
October 28 – Weatherman was a little off again and we had perfect fishing weather all day long. We trolled pretty much all of the western side of Monterey Bay for just one hookup that was lost at the boat. Three other boats fished near us and all four of us came home with zero bluefin. No whales and dolphins spotted today so tomorrow we’ll try a different area. They’re in the bay we just have to find them again.
October 27 – Real nice day on the water and the fish were ready and waiting as we landed limits of blue pacific snapper. Tuna tomorrow. Crab season opens in a couple weeks.
October 25 – Gorgeous weather today and off the hook fishing! Again we caught well over 130 fish but just kept the nicest fish (or the fish that probably wouldn’t survive if put back in the water) for limits for all and crew of some BIG blue, olive, brown and red pacific snapper.
October 24 – Nice day today with a little wind and flat seas. Took the fish a while to get started but once they did we were in the fish big time! Must have hooked well over a 150 fish but we only kept our limits of 80 pacific snapper. We let the little ones go so they can grow to be caught another day. Birthday boy Aiden was our highliner with a double BIG blue hookup. Happy 13th Aiden.
October 23 – Another perfect day on the water for fishing. Great fishing today with our gang of six anglers. We loaded up with limits of blue and olive pacific snapper and some nice lingcod.
October 22 – Perfect weather today. Went for tuna again and found the temp break. It was holding whales, dolphins and birds but no fish. Worked all day with three other boats and only one bluefin caught amongst the four boats (and it wasn’t us).
October 21 – Went for tuna today and we found lots of bait and birds but not many tuna in the area. The water temperature in the area we have been working tuna has dropped to 62 degrees and it seems the fish have move outside a bit to 64 degree water. Tomorrow we will get ’em!
October 20 – Contrary to the weather forecast, it was a beautiful day on the water today. Whales and dolphins everywhere and the fish were on fire! Limits plus crew limits of BIG blues today and even got lingcod.
October 18 – Wow. Tuna trip today so we went up the coast to Davenport and made bait (caught our mackeral for Bluefin) and since we were in an area that we saw Bonita yesterday we decided to spend a couple hours and give it a try. We got busy. Real busy. We had doubles, triples and five-way hookups with Bonita. It was non-stop catching then after about 20 fish we decided it was time to go to deeper waters and try for Bluefin. No Bluefin caught on the radio but we joined the group of boats and gave it a try anyway. After an hour or so the winds came up and the ocean got BIG. So big we had to pull the plug and spend a couple hours making our way back to Santa Cruz. Great day and wide open Bonita bite. FUN. The video is at the top of this page under Bonita Tuna 2015.
October 17 – Water was perfect for nearshore fishing today and our happy anglers put in limits of BIG blue, red and olive pacific snapper. Our highliner of the day was 70 year-old birthday boy Byron with a nice red and blue double. Found lots of quality Bonita out there too and a couple Bluefin jumpers.
October 16 – Nice day on the tuna grounds today and we covered a lot of water. Bluefin fishing slowed down yesterday and today so after trolling most of the day we headed to another area for a shot at Bonita and we got em!
October 14 – Great weather and flat calm seas today and the fish were happy to see us. We caught well over 140 fish but we only kept 80 blue and olive pacific snapper and lingcod. Our highliner of the day was 9 year-old “rod bender” Loren with a nice lingcod and a 3+ pound blue.
October 12 – Still have a big south swell which always makes fishing a little more challenging. We hunted for about an hour until we found some pretty big and hungry fish offshore then loaded up with limits of BIG blue and olive pacific snapper.
October 11 – The water had a big south swell today so fishing was a little more difficult than usual but our anglers worked through it and got their limits plus crew limits of blue and olive pacific snapper.
October 10 – Out to the tuna grounds today and almost as soon as we dropped in we hooked up on a big fish but soon lost it. Sawed off the hook! Next fish was a small skipjack tuna then a couple more misses until the BIG 45 pound Bluefin jumped on the line. Birthday Dave got his birthday wish and fought the beast (with a little help from his fiends) for an hour and a half until it finally got close enough to gaff.
October 4 – Afternoon trip weather was very nice and the fish were eager to bite. Limits for all plus crew limits of BIG blue and olive pacific snapper. 16 year-old Mitch took honors with the biggest fish of the day.
October 4 – Morning trip weather was bUmPy but fishable and eventually leveled out to smoother seas. Great group of teenagers with the Dads. The fishing went wide open and we caught limits of pacific snapper.
October 3 – The winds picked up quite a bit today so had to call off going up the coast to Jurassic Park and fish Davenport and Santa Cruz instead. Great day with limits of BIG blue, black and red pacific snapper. Didn’t hear much about the tuna bite today due to the high winds. Weather back to normal starting tomorrow. Weather buoy water jumped two degrees from yesterday meaning the warm water loaded with tuna is pushing up from the south. Get your tuna face on!
October 1 – Really nice flat calm water. All the signs were there for tuna today. Lots of whales, dolphins, birds and tuna jumpers but no takers today.
September 29 – Probably the flatest water day yet this year. Perfect conditions and the fish were happy! We limited out early on pacific snapper so we spent the final hours trolling for bonita tuna. We have a couple open seats for tuna this coming Friday.
September 27 – Perfect weather and great fishing today. We spent the day trolling and had four hookups and landed two bonita. Two of the hookups may have been bluefin. We had jumpers (some clear out of the water) next to the boat a few times and the fish looked like 50 to 80 pounders but no takers on the troll. A boat fishing within a mile of us did boat one 45 pound bluefin and that’s all that was caught for the entire Bay today. Now that the bad weather has passed the tuna bite should turn on big time. Water temps and breaks are starting to form and the fish are getting more active.
September 26 – Planned on going up to Jurassic Park but water conditions were not very nice so we stayed closer to Davenport and Santa Cruz. Had to weed through over 150 fish to get our limits of 60 blue, black, olive and red pacific snapper. Tuna run tomorrow.
September 22 – Shake down crew trip today with all the tuna rigs setup. Water could have been a little kinder but we still managed to get out to where some fish were spotted yesterday and we got ’em! Had just one slam and it was a four-way hookup on nice bonita. Got three in the boat. Trolled another hour before the weather started turning sour then headed back to the barn. Mako and thresher sharks in the area too which are real good eating. We’ll save that for the next trip out to the tuna grounds. Here’s a short video of the crew pulling in tuna.
September 21 – Last night another bluefin was caught near Santa Cruz. That’s four bluefin caught in ten days for who knows how many boats and attempts. The good news is the latest fish was just ten miles out of Santa Cruz and there were jumpers spotted too. Fish have averaged 40 pounds. Instead of a paying Customer run today we decided to hold off and see how the scouting boats do today and make a crew run tomorrow as part of the scouting party. If you’re interested in going for tuna just watch our reports and if you think you’re up for the challenge go to our RATES & BOOKING page and sign your party up. We need at least five people on the boat to make a go of it. Just be aware this early in the tuna bite season can also mean zero fish caught.
September 20 – Perfect water today and temps around 72 all day. Fish were not as active today and not a lot of big fish to boot. Came home with lingcod and limits plus of pacific snapper.
September 19 – Nice water conditions today and it got better as the day went on. Limits plus of blue and olive pacific snapper and two nice lingcod caught by 13 year-old Bode and 11 year-old brother Jack.
September 16 – 14 – We’re out on the water every day but not fishing for a few days instead we are conducting a biological survey with contractors for National Ocean Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
September 13 – Afternoon trip weather was a bit better with a solid West wind which made it easier to control our drift. Limits plus of BIG blue pacific snapper, olives, browns and blacks and one nice lingcod.
September 13 – Morning trip weather was still a little bumpy and the fish were not as active but after pounding the area all morning we were able to scratch up limits plus of blue and olive pacific snapper and three lingcod.
September 12 – Water was a little confused today from the inbound storm which makes for a slightly uncomfortable day. Three kids rested while the dads went to work on bringing home limits of olive, blue and black pacific snapper and one lingcod.
September 10 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) Great morning weather for our trip to Jurassic Park but once we got there the water was a bit bumpy and the wind was up. Tough fishing conditions but our group toughed it out and nailed BIG blue, BIG black and red pacific snapper and BIG lingcod to 20 pounds.
September 7 – Afternoon trip weather was gorgeous with a little wind. Same drill… went to our offshore spot to get away from the ground swell and the fish were waiting for us. Again knocked out limits plus of BIG blue and olive pacific snapper and one lingcod.
September 7 – Morning trip weather was flat calm and 62 degrees out. The fish were still biting in our offshore honey hole. We knocked out limits plus of pacific snapper and one lingcod.
September 6 – Afternoon trip started out with a bit of a lump and wind and it got windier! Fish sure didn’t seem to mind, we limited out with BIG blue and BIG olive and BIG red pacific snapper within just a few hours. Must have been the bait again because today we were on our game! Like they say “big water, big fish”.
September 6 – Morning trip started out with a bit of a lump on the water but it soon leveled out to nice seas. For some reason we had more fish coming over the rail than normal (and the other boats surrounding us gazed in amazement) and we limited out by 8:30am. We threw back all the little fish and still had limits of BIG blue and olive pacific snapper! Must have been the bait. I mean we were red hot! After we limited out we went for halibut and lingcod. Weather was pretty nice too.
September 5 – Back from our offsite tuna seminar and glad to be back on the boat. Perfect weather. Great group today with limits for all plus crew limits of blue, black, olive and red pacific snapper and three lingcod to 12 pounds.
August 29 – September 4 – The MEGA-BITE crew is at an offsite tuna training seminar and will return September 5th.
August 28 – Much nicer water today and just a little wind. We got into the blues and lings bigtime! Came home with limits of pacific snapper and 12 lingcod.
August 27 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE) The water was a bit lumpy and the winds were up so fishing was a bit of a challenge. That didn’t stop our crew from pounding on the lingcod and rockcod and took the long ride home with lingcod to 15 pounds and rockcod to six pounds.
August 26 – Perfect water today and lots of smiles from our three boys ages eight to ten with Dad. The kids did great hauling in well over a hundred pacific snapper and limiting their keep to just 60 fish. Ten year-old Roan was the highliner with a nice blue lingcod and a four pound red pacific snapper.
August 25 – Weather was kind to us with just a little bump from the offshore winds so the fish were still stirred up a bit from yesterday’s winds. Fished near Santa Cruz for limits of black, olive and blue pacific snapper.
August 23 – Perfect perfect perfect. Flat calm water, no sun beating down on us and the fish were wild! Caught way more than 120 pacific snapper but only kept the best 70 fish. Lingcod are on the bite and we boated seven ourselves! Live bait is the trick. Thank you Boccie Boy Bait.
August 22 – Afternoon trip weather was perfect. No wind and still overcast at 65 degrees. Limits of blue, olive, black and red pacific snapper and lingcod. Jenny was our highliner with a five pound red snapper and a 12 pound lingcod.
August 22 – Morning trip had perfect morning weather again, overcast and 62 degrees. Limits plus crew limits of olive, blue, black, brown and red pacific snapper and lingcod.
August 21 – Afternoon trip weather was clear skies and windy but still 62 degrees. Ten year-old and first time on the ocean Gabby was our highliner with a four pound red pacific snapper. Came home with near limits of brown, olive, black, blue and red pacific snapper. The kids had a blast.
August 21 – Morning trip had perfect weather, overcast and 62 degrees. As soon as we started fishing the fish were coming over the rail. Limits plus crew limits of olive, blue, black and brown pacific snapper and five lingcod to 15 pounds!
August 20 – Local snapper & lingcod today and what a great day it was. Flat flat flat calm water and 65 degrees with sunshine. Limits of BIG blue, black and brown pacific snapper and four BIG lingcod to 16 pounds. Carol from Redding was our highliner with two hitch-hiking lingcod at the same time for a total of four fish on the line at once! The two lings weighed in at 12 and 16 pounds and we kept the rockcod they were attached to too. First time for the MEGA-BITE.
August 18 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) Wow, fourth day in a row we headed to the island and again limits of BIG rockcod and BIG lingcod. Water was flat all day and the winds never showed up. Actually got nicer as the day rolled on. Our highliner Penny caught her three lingcod within 30 minutes, not to mention BIG reds and BIG blue pacific snapper. Came home with 150 pounds of lingcod and pacific snapper (rockfish, rockcod, whatever you feel like calling them). Great time.
August 17 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) We’re on a roll. Water was a little difficult and the fog was thick so it took a little longer to get to Jurassic Park than normal but it was well worth it. As expected BIG brown, copper and red pacific snapper and BIG lingcod to 18 pounds. We are now opening up LONG RANGE to everyone so you no longer have to rent the whole boat. You can be a party of one or as many as you like. Once we have six people signed up we go.
August 16 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) Weather was supposed to be better… supposed to be. Took a while to get up the hill through all the bumps but we finally made it and the fish waited for us. Immediately we started whacking them good. 18 lingcod today and a couple over 18 pounds. The fish were hitting the live mackeral bait hard today.
August 15 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) Weather was forecasted to be mixed so we decided to get up the hill as far as we could in hopes we could make it all the way to Ano Nuevo. The weather coopertated and we entered Jurassic Park after a couple hour boat ride. WOW. Immediately started hooking up lingcod. Four on at a time! Wind started to show around 10 so we headed back to town to fish halibut in front of Santa Cruz. Came home with some BIG rockcod and 16 (yes, sixteen) lingcod to 19+ pounds!
August 14 – Weather was flat calm but the forecast indicated winds were on their way so we decided against an Ano Nuevo run. Good thing too, around 10AM the winds showed up. We were able to jig up some live mackeral then fished hard all morning for limits of pacific snapper plus at least a half dozen lingcod hookups. Our highliner was ten year-old John with a nice lingcod.
August 13 – Flat calm water today and great fishing too. Limits plus crew limits of BIG blue and red pacific snapper and three lingcod.
August 12 – Afternoon trip was real fun too with a slight wind but no swells. Went right back to the spot we loaded up on in the morning and the fish were still on a feeding frenzy. Limits again of BIG red, black and blue pacific snapper and again three lingcod!
August 12 – Morning trip was gorgeous weather conditions early and the fish were biting like mad. We landed limits of BIG red, BIG blue and BIG black pacific snapper and three BIG lingcod. Then the fog came in.
August 10 – Much nicer fishing conditions today and we were able to get up the coast a bit for a change of scenery. Within a few minutes of fishing we had a BIG lingcod and the BIG blacks and BIG blues started coming over in streams! Water was a little rolly but that didn’t stop our young men 11 to 14 year-olds from putting the hammer down on the fish! And, the dads managed to get a few nice fish in themseleves. Ended the day with limits plus of BIG black, BIG blue, a a mix of other pacific snapper and one BIG lingcod.
August 9 – There goes the lake… wind and a bit of a chop today and everything has changed. Still managed to get limits of quality blue, olive, black and brown pacific snapper and managed to get 3 of the 10 lings hooked up in the boat.
August 8 – Like a lake today with 64 degree air temps and 5 mph winds. Gorgeous day. We headed up the coast to look for some bigger rockcod and lingcod and right away we started hauling in the BIG blacks, BIG reds and good olives and BIG blue pacific snapper and two lingcod. 78 fish, 64 degrees, clear with cloud cover.
August 7 – Calm ocean and light winds today and the fish were anxious to start biting. We were able to net some live anchovies for bait again and it really makes a difference in the size and number of fish. Limits plus crew limits of BIG red, BIG blue, black and olive pacific snapper and two lingcod.
August 6 – Flat calm water but lots of fog today. Headed out to South Rock and the fish were waiting for us. Came home with limits plus of BIG red, and a mix of blue, olive and black pacific snapper.
August 5 – Afternoon trip was again a little windy but still a nice 66 degree air temp. Our family of six got to business right away and the fish started coming over the rail left and right. Great family fun. Lots and lots of laughs. Near limits of black, blue and olive pacific snapper.
August 5 – Morning trip was spectacular. Flat calm with no wind. The crew kept us busy all morning and we quickly caught our limit of 60 and then some. Nice mix of blues, ling, and red snapper. Crissy landed the big one for the day with a ling while uncle billy had the high total. Great time today for all. Thanks for everything Tom and Greg! Thank you Troy and gang for the very nice fish report!
August 4 – Afternoon trip was a little windy but still a nice 65 degree air temp. The youngest set of anglers we’ve had yet ages 6, 7 and 8 accompanied by Mom, Dad and Grandma! These kids were awesome pulling in fish after fish all by themselves at times in depths of 100 feet! Wound up the day with half limits and big smiles and enough fish to feed a small army.
August 4 – Morning trip was flat calm water and a nice 64 degrees with no wind. Bliss. While the dads tried to keep up the kids went to work and brought in fish after fish after fish but we only kept 79 of them. Biggest fish was a five pound red pacific snapper by Grandpa!
August 2 – Another flat calm day on the water and the fish were happy to see us. BIG blacks and red pacific snapper. Around noon a boat and people in the water distress call came over the radio so we ran over to assist. A couple guys flipped their tiny boat two miles offshore and dog paddled for 20 minutes. Another small boat got the two men out of the water and asked if we could tow in the disabled boat. Needless to say our fishing trip was cut short. The two men that went in the drink did come by our dock and gave the charter group $200 as a token of their appreciation and to help offset the cost of the charter. It was a win win for everyone.
August 1 – Flat calm water and sunny all day today. Slow start but then the fish went on the bite and we whacked ’em good with limits plus of BIG red, BIG black and BIG blue pacific snapper.
July 31 – It was foggy and it was sunny and it rained a little and the water was as flat as a lake. Real fun day and real good fishing! Limits plus crew limits of red, blue, olive and brown pacific snapper and three keeper lingcod.
July 29 – Afternoon trip – Absolutely perfect fishing conditions. Slight wind and slight overcast with small seas. We set out to good ole South Rock and the fish were waiting for us. Again non-stop fish over the rail. After catching a hundred or so fish we kept six limits of BIG blue, black, brown and olive pacific snapper. Eight year-old Charlie was our highliner with a four pound brown. Eleven year-old brother Andrew was second place with a double blue hookup (two fish at once) totaling four pounds.
July 29 – Morning trip – Water settled down and the winds were calm. Perfect fishing day and the fish were ready for us. We fished up the coast to one of our secret spots and it was wild action with fish on everyone’s line and some of those being doubles! After about an hour and a half of non-stop fish over the rail we had eight limits of BIG black, blue and red pacific snapper. Then headed back to Santa Cruz for some halibut and lingcod action. Dan was the $120 jackpot winner with a five pound red snapper.
July 28 – Water bump was even bigger today and the fog was thick all morning so we stayed closer to Santa Cruz. We moved around quite a bit to get fish to bite and ended up with limits plus crew limits of medium quality yellowtail and blue pacific snapper.
July 27 – Water had an even bigger lump on it today so the ride was a little rougher. Went up the coast and got into the BIG blacks, blues and olives, lingcod and our first thresher shark of the year!
July 26 – Water had a bit of a bump on it today but we managed to crank out limits of BIG black, BIG blue, and red pacific snapper and lingcod.
July 25 – Afternoon trip was a bit bumpy with all the wind but our four anglers fished hard and had a great time.
July 25 – Morning trip was real good. Great group of people and lots of BIG blacks, red and olive pacific snapper.
July 24 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) Ran up to Jurassic Park (Ano Nuevo Island) again the lingcod went on a feeding frenzy. Limits of lingcod (18 lingcod to be exact) to 17 pounds and pacific red snapper to five pounds! Absolutely an amazing place to fish when the weather permits. Oklahoma boy Hunter (he who noodles for big flathead catfish) was our highliner with a 17 pound monster lingcod.
July 22 – Nice water today and a group of eager 13 to 17 year-olds ready to get to work. They did battle with well over 120 fish including a BIG 5 pound red and some BIG blues along with various other species of pacific snapper for limits. 17 year-old Malhar was today’s highliner with a 5+ pound red pacific snapper.
July 21 – Water was a bit bumpy in the beginning then it quieted down a bit for the morning. The fish didn’t mind one bit. We slayed the BIG blacks, BIG reds and BIG olive pacific snapper and lingcod today! Live squid did the trick again. Guillermo was the highliner with a double BIG red snapper haul.
July 20 – Water was flat calm again and this time we were lucky enough to buy some live squid! Live squid was the ticket today because as soon as we dropped in we were nailed with a couple lingcod and some of the biggest reds we’ve seen in years! Came home with big smiles, BIG red snapper and six lingcod. Robert was the $140 jackpot winner with his 6+ pound vermillion (pacific red snapper).
July 19 – Flat calm water again and since there are no salmon around we stayed nearshore and fished for lingcod, halibut and snapper. Easy limits of medium sized blue, olive, brown pacific snapper.
July 18 – (LONG RANGE NEARSHORE… a.k.a. Jurassic Park) What a day. Headed up to “The Island” a.k.a. Jurassic Park and as soon as we dropped in we were pulling lingcod in. Talk about hard work… our team of six pulled in 23 lingcod of which 19 we kept and we lost another dozen or so hitchhikers. It was non-stop mayhem. Not only did we set a new charter boat record for lingcod we also boated the BIGGEST red and brown pacific snapper of the year. The biggest brown at 4.6 pounds is being submitted to IGFA as a new world record! Last year we submitted an olive rockcod it was officially made the new world IGFA record. Can the MEGA-BITE do it again? Oh yes. Happy Customers and happy crew (and tired).
July 17 – Wonderful day on the water today and the rockcod (snapper) were happy to see us. Limits plus crew limits of BIG red, copper, blue, olive and brown pacific snapper and two lingcod.
July 15 – Weather was much better today and the fish were biting like crazy. Limits plus crew limits of yellowtail, blue and black pacific snapper, two lings and two sharks again!
July 14 – Wind and water kicked up today so the fishing was a bit more difficult. Got half limits of blues and yellowtail pacific snapper and one lingcod. Big whale show today and two sharks too!
July 13 – Since the salmon bite continues to be slow we opted for nearshore fishing and good thing too. Again limits for all plus crew limits of medium sized pacific snapper and three keeper lingcod. 83 fish, clear, 62 degrees.
July 12 – Salmon fishing is dead so we opted for nearshore again and a good thing we did. Commercial salmon guys only getting a few fish and they’re running 30+ hooks (we can only run one hook per Customer). We headed to our nearshore hot spot and immediately got into the blues and olive pacific snapper. Got early limits so headed up the coast to see if the halibut bite was going to turn on. Unfortunately, no halibut being caught so came back and got another crew limit of BIG red and BIG black snapper. Couldn’t get the lingcod to stay on the hooks today.
July 11 – We were supposed to be fishing for salmon today but since the salmon bite has been so slow we opted for nearshore fishing with the option to go salmon of things heated up. Good choice too! Hardly any salmon caught by the commercial boats and fortunately the rockcod (pacific snapper) fishing was red hot! Lunker lingcod (thank you Leroy) were biting today too! Limits for all plus crew of mixed pacific snapper to 4 pounds and two lingcod to 18 pounds.
July 10 – Afternoon trip was just as spectacular as the morning trip! I mean this was one of those WOW kinda days. Again the catching was non-stop and weeding through more than 100 fish we kept the best 70+ BIG blues to 4 pounds, BIG olives and brown pacific snapper. I like it when I overhear the Customer saying “What are we going to do with all these fish?”. Happy happy campers. Happy crew too.
July 10 – Morning snapper trip was over the top! Three dads and three 11 year-olds and it was non-stop, crazy and big fish for the first couple hours then… we were done with 70 mixed snapper in the box. Still needed to fill our time so we headed up the coast in search of halibut. Tried for a while with about six other boats but nobody was getting halibut. So… headed back to South Rock and topped off our pile with another ten BIG blues. Biggest of the year!
July 8 – My very first Customer ever returned today to fish with his son and his two boys and we had a blast!!! Afternoon trip was a wild ride from the wind and the fish seemed to be biting even better! We whacked ’em good this afternoon with limits plus crew limits of quality black, blue, yellowtail and red pacific snapper. Tons of fish coming over the rail throughout the trip. Air temp 61 degrees.
July 8 – Morning trip turned out to be a real nice day of fishing and lots of catching. Our highliner six year-old Grant kept bring fish over the rail with eight year-old sister Ava right behind him but were outfished by mom with a 16 pound blue lingcod. Dad got to take the pictures. Everyone had big smiles and limits plus crew limits of BIG blue, yellowtail, brown and red pacific snapper and lingcod. Air temp 62 degrees.
July 6 – Beautiful day on the water today and the fishing was red hot! Limits of BIG blue, black, olive, brown and red pacific snapper for everyone plus crew and also a couple big lings to 17 pounds!
July 4 – Fog didn’t lift much today but the seas were flat and calm. Gangbuster fishing today with limits for all of quality pacific snapper and some lingcod.
July 3 – Another perfect day on Paradise and the fish were waiting for us again! Hooked over a dozen lings and managed to get six in the boat. And, limits of BIG blue, olive and brown snapper!
July 2 – Gorgeous day. Perfect seas. BIG fish. Happy people. It really was a special day and the lingcod were going off bigtime! Our highliner of the day was Wayne the Lingcod King with six lings to 15 pounds under his belt. Next was Martin with two and there were more along with limits of quality olive, blue, starry and brown snapper. Ho Dai Yu!
July 1 – Real nice day on the water with no wind and flat seas. The fish were happy to see us and we cranked out limits for all plus crew of pacific snapper and even brought home a couple lingcod. 65 degrees most of the day and our group was heading back home afterwards to 109 degrees in Fresno.
June 30 – Water and wind were a bit rough today and catching was a challenge. Fish were finicky but we were able to manage limits for all plus crew of nice quality olive, copper and blue pacific snapper.
June 29 – Wind was up a bit today so had to fish closer to shore. Fun fishing and came home with three limits of quality blacks, yellowtail and blue pacific snapper.
June 28 – Flat calm water today and a very smooth ride to our lucky lingcod and snapper fishing spots. Great action today with non-stop catching all morning. Quality yellowtail, blues, brown pacific snapper limits and lingcod. Nine year-old Fin was our highliner with over 20 fish caught.
June 27 – Another day on Paradise. Fishing was outstanding and it was non-stop action for our first-timers on the ocean from Utah. They were a bit worried about getting seasick but that fear went away once they started bringing fish over the railing. Everyone had fun and nobody got sick. Our highliner for the day was eight year-old Carson with over 30 fish caught. We finished the day with pacific snapper limits and lingcod.
June 26 – Great weather and great fishing today with limits plus crew fish of pacific snapper plus three keeper lingcod.
June 25 – Weather is finally starting to settle down and look more like summer seas. We tried for salmon but nobody home so switched over to nearshore and were greeted with BIG lingcod and BIG blacks then worked our way toward Santa Cruz and picked up more lingcod and snapper. Came home with pacific snapper limits and 9 lings to 16 pounds and we lost a few that were bigger!
June 23 – Flat calm water till about noon and the fish were biting! Limits plus crew fish of olive, blue, black and brown pacific snapper and two nice lingcod.
June 22 – Decided to pass on fishing for salmon again since the salmon bite is so slow. Went up the coast toward Davenport and immediately landed a fat lingcod. Got a couple more rockcod then the wind started to blow. Traveled down the coast a ways to escape the wind and finally found some fishable water in front of Santa Cruz. Caught 3/4 limits of olive, blue, black pacific snapper then the wind really kicked up so we had to pull the plug for the day.
June 21 – Skip the salmon we headed for big game up the coast! Wow, water was flat calm for most of the morning and the fish were biting! Lingcod, starry flounder, biggest cabezon anyone’s seen in 30 years! and limits of quality pacific snapper. Great Father’s Day!
June 20 – Afternoon trip was just as much fun and the water was even bumpier! Again limits of quality pacific snapper.
June 20 – Morning trip was fun fun fun and the water was pretty bumpy. Limits of quality pacific snapper and one lingcod.
June 18 – Another try at salmon and after a couple hours switched over to nearshore fishing and then WHAM! We hit paydirt. The snapper were on a feeding frenzy and the four kids on board were busy pulling in fish after fish after fish. Hooked more than 130 pacific snapper today but only kept 80. Afterwards went over to check our prawn traps and the kids again had a blast handling the small octopus and checking out all the other little sea creatures. The Dads had fun too.
June 17 – Went for salmon in the morning without success so came in nearshore and caught our limits of quality red, brown, blue, black and red pacific snapper and some quality lingcod.
June 16 – Nice day on the water and great fun catching limits of BIG brown, red, olive, blue and black pacific snapper and lots of lingcod to 15 pounds.
June 15 – Little bumpy out there today but that didn’t seem to bother the fish. Came home with quality black, brown, olive, blue and red pacific snapper and lingcod.
June 14 – Perfect day on the water. Lots of whale action but no salmon. Switched over to nearshore and got quick limits of black, blue, olive and red pacific snapper.
June 13 – Beautiful day on the water. Decided to fish nearshore first and if the salmon bite picks up move out to the salmon grounds. We fished nearshore all day and had non-stop action. Came home with limits of quality olive, black, blue, brown and red pacific snapper and three lingcod.
June 12 – Another flat calm day on the water and after trying for salmon in the morning we switched over to nearshore. Nice quality black, olive, blue and red pacific snapper and one keeper lingcod.
June 10 – Nice flat calm water to start off our rockcod and lingcod day so we headed up the coast to our secret spot (Jurasic Park II). Fish were there but unfortunately so was the ground swell from the incoming storm. We got some nice lings, lost a few then headed back toward Santa Cruz before the winds kicked up. Finished our day nearshore with quality lings, blacks, blues and brown pacific snapper.
June 8 – The salmon have arrived! For those who want to go out and try fishing for salmon we have spots open this Thursday, Saturday and almost all of next week. This new salmon school should be around for a while now that the water temps came up and the bait has come into the bay. All I can say is ’bout time!
June 7 – Another perfect day on paradise. Three dads and three young’ens between 11 and 12 with wide-open fishing. Non-stop pulling limits for 8 of olive, blue, brown and red pacific snapper!
June 6 – Perfect day on the water. Headed up to the salmon grounds and after an hour of no action decided to move into nearshore fishing. Hooked into at least 8 lingcod of which 4 came home with us along with a few dozen BIG black and blue pacific snapper.
June 3 – Started out flat calm weather then it turned into Mr. Toads Wild Ride. Nice quality blues, blacks and olive pacific snapper and one lingcod.
May 31 – Perfect water today so once again set out for salmon and we were happily surprised to find the fish biting! Hooked into five nice salmon and brought home three.
May 30 – Went for salmon and didn’t switch over since nearshore fishing has also been tough with the ground swell we’re having. A long boat ride today.
May 29 – Flat calm water throughout the morning but the big ground swell was hurting the bite. Landed one lingcod and a couple dozen quality brown, black, blue and olive pacific snapper. Wind did come up strong around noon.
May 27 – The good weather finally seems to be holding up. Tried for salmon again up near Davenport and after a while decided to switch over to rockcod and lingcod while still up at Davenport. In 70 feet water we got slammed with BIG blacks for a good half an hour or more then the bite went quite. Started fishing closer to Santa Cruz and picked up one here and one there. 3/4 limits of quality black, blue and china pacific snapper. All were big fish.
May 25 – Good weather again and the fish were biting! Nice mix of BIG reds, blues, blacks, brown and olive pacific snapper. Three lingcod hookups and one made it in the boat.
May 24 – Better weather today and the salmon were biting. Unfortunately, so were the sealions. Decided to quit feeding the sealions and came in for nearshore fishing. We did great and everyone was going home with fish today.
May 23 – Well, it didn’t last. The weather was ugly to start the fishing day with and ugly when it ended. We tried for salmon for about an hour and decided to switch over to nearshore before the winds got out of control. Unfortunately the wind beat us to our nearshore fishing grounds. Real tough fishing today but everyone had smiles at the end of the trip. Maybe because they were glad to be off the water? It wasn’t a pleasant ocean day.
May 22 – Went right back where we left off yesterday and after we put in a little time the fish began to bite again and we ended up with three nice salmon in the box.
May 21 – Put on a lot of miles today in search of salmon. The crew said they didn’t want to fish nearshore as a backup. They said “salmon or bust”! Good choice too. Wasn’t until 3 hours into the trip before we got our first hookup but… it came unbuttoned. Fished another couple hours before our next bite and that one made it in the boat. Then we got bit three more times of which two made it in the boat. Happy campers today.
May 18 – Since salmon fishing is slow we opted to fish nearshore and we weren’t disappointed. Took a while but we got 3+ limits of BIG red, black, blue, olive and brown pacific snapper. Missed a couple lings.
May 17 – Decided to start with nearshore fishing with the option of switching to salmon if the salmon bite turned on. Good move too. Not many salmon caught by anyone today. The lingcod bite was good with 6 hookups of which 3 were big enough to keep, one cabazon and a couple limits of nice pacific snapper. Wind kicked up again around noon.
May 16 – Same as yesterday, day started out flat calm and lots of good salmon signs. Trolled all day and hooked into two salmon and got one in the boat. Weather came up fast and had a bumpy ride home.
May 15 – Day started out flat calm and lots of good salmon signs. Trolled all day and hooked into two salmon and got one in the boat. Weather came up fast and had a bumpy ride home.
May 10 – Another nice day on the water and we fished nearshore for BIG black, red, blue and olive pacific snapper.
May 9 – Very nice day on the water today and we stuck to salmon fishing. We had four hookups and got three nice salmon in the box. Looks like the salmon are finally starting to come in the Bay!
May 6 – Tried for salmon for an hour or so but the weather was deteriorating fast and no fish were being caught by other boats so we decided to head in for nearshore fishing. Great fishing and getting BIG black pacific snapper. The weather eventually caught up with us again and forced us to come back in to the dock.
May 4 – No salmon around so we opted for nearshore again. Good fishing with limits plus crew limits of medium sized olive and blue rockcod. Water was a bit bUmPy and the wind kicked up a bit.
May 3 – Another day on paradise and a very happy family with the dads and kids. Got right into the action with limits of blue, olive, black and brown pacific snapper and one keeper lingcod.
May 2 – What a difference a day makes. The water was almost flat calm and the sun kept peeking out. Made the call to go for nearshore fishing first and if anything materialized on the radio we would switch over to salmon fishing. We never switched over and we had a great day on the water with limits for all plus crew limits of pacific snapper.
May 1 (twilight trip) – Went right back where we slammed the cod earlier today and hit it big time! Limits of BIG reds, blues, olives and brown pacific snapper (rock cod). Water was a bit bumby.
May 1 (day trip) – Went to salmon grounds but couldn’t keep the lines in the water due to the bad sea conditions. Came in nearshore and whacked out limits of pacific snapper with BIG reds, blues and olives. No commercial salmon were reported today either.
April 30 – Off to find salmon again and again no signs of life so we came in nearshore to fish for cod. BIG swell in the area so the fishing was tough but we did manage half limits of pacific snapper.
April 27 – We headed off to the salmon grounds in hopes the storm blew in some new fish and were immediately rewarded with a nice salmon. Trolled around for another few hours and landed an even bigger salmon. Came home with two nice kings, plenty of salmon for everyone. According to reliable commercial salmon fishermen sources, the big school of salmon are on their way.
April 26 – Took a couple days off the water until the storm passed. Headed out to the salmon grounds with a few other boats and no one was getting hookups so we decided to switch over to nearshore fishing and after a slow start we whacked ’em good! BIG blue and red pacific snapper. Water still still lumpy but fishable.
April 23 – The ugly weather is still lingering but Apa, Deckboss Greg’s faithful yellow lab, pursueded us to go out and give it a quick try without passengers. He found us two nice king salmon within about an hour then that was it. Came home and gave Apa a bone for a job well done.
April 22 – Due to the weather today’s trip has been canceled.
April 21 – Just when things were looking up for our salmon season… someone hit the reset button. Weather got cold and at times sloppy, and the fish weren’t biting.
April 20 – Another great day of fishing and catching. 5 hookups and 4 BIG salmon, a couple over 20 pounds, in the box!
April 19 – Great weather. Great salmon catching. What a wild day watching, and watching out for, all the whales. Birds everywhere and the salmon were biting! Came home with 8 nice quality salmon and left them biting. We’ll pick up where we left off tomorrow and hopefully the fish decided to stay put for a spell.
April 18 – Weather is still great but the salmon have moved from where they were yesterday. We headed down to Soldiers Club area and got one hit and lost it. Decided to come back to Pajaro area for a shot before we had to head in and got one fish in the box. Had to pull the plug early today because our group had an engagement to get to at 12:30. Whales everywhere today. Still no real bead on the fish. But they’re coming… stay tuned!
April 17 – Weather still holding but the salmon have moved away again. Switched over to lingcod and snapper fishing but had a hard time catching due to the BIG swell that came in this morning.
April 16 – Excellent weather and excellent salmon fishing. Right away we hooked up a fish and throughout the morning we had a total of six hookups and got four fish into the boat. Whales in the distance, sun and water were perfect!
April 15 – Weather was nice as we headed to the salmon grounds. Tried salmon for a couple hours and had 3 hookups. One too short, one a sealion got and the other we never got a chance to see it before it became unbuttoned. Decided to head for lingcod grounds and were able to get a couple dozen nice pacific snapper, 2 lingcod and a cabezon. Salmon season is off to a slow start but they’re coming!
April 14 – Pretty windy and cold but that didn’t stop our group from trying for salmon then switching over to lingcod/rockcod fishing for the remainder of the day. Salmon fishing is slow but fortunately we still have the option of fishing nearshore for lingcod and rockcod. We ended up with 3 nice lingcod and a couple dozen red, black, grass and olive pacific snapper.
April 13 – Bit colder today. We decided to stay nearshore and try our luck at lingcod and rockcod. Good choice… We did great! 5 keeper lingcod to 15 pounds, 1 cabezon and 30 BIG black pacific snapper.
April 12 – Nice weather but the fish, birds, whales and bait have moved away and no one was able to locate them. We had one nice king to the boat and it got away.
April 11 – And the days are getting nicer! Tons of bait and the fish are coming into the Bay. We boated 3 nice kings to 17 pounds and had a great whale show too.
April 10 – Another perfect weather day on paradise and the fish were ready to bite. Hooked up 6, lost one BIG one, one shorty released and 4 nice salmon brought home.
April 9 – The salmnon are starting to show up now. We were able to boat a couple nice salmon to 17 pounds. Looks like the spring run of fish is finally showing up. Lots of bait in the area too. Perfect weather.
April 8 – Tried for salmon today and again the salmon were hard to find. We managed to get two hookups and landed one nice 15 pounder. The fish being caught are few and far between but any day now the large school will arrive. Perfect weather.
April 6 – The salmon still haven’t arrived in numbers so we elected to try our luck at nearshore fishing. Weather was cold and the current was fast but after a day of fishing we did real well with a boat load of BIG reds, blacks, blues and olive pacific snapper and one keeper lingcod.
April 5 – Second day of salmon season and still no salmon to be found. There’s a fish here or there but most boats have no fish. Of the five charter boats (30 fishing poles) only two fish were caught. We fished salmon till about 9am then decided to head to the rockcod grounds. Good move, we were quickly rewarded with BIG red, BIG blck, copper, olive, brown pacific snapper and a BIG blue lingcod.
April 4 – Our first day on the salmon grounds since last season and there were probably a couple hundred boats with us all searching for fish. Not many fish caught today and mid morning we decided to switch over to nearshore fishing. Good thing too, we got some BIG red, black and blue pacific snapper and one keeper lingcod.
April 3 – Started out slow for an hour or so then the bite picked up and then went wide open! Limits of nice BIG blacks and olive pacific snapper and three lingcod of which one we put back to grow. Great time for everyone. Happy campers. Salmon opener tomorrow… stay tuned!
April 2 – Great fishing day and the wind cooperated till about noon. BIG blacks, china and olive pacific snapper, greenling and a nice fat lingcod. Even saw a salmon jump beside the boat.
April 1 – Mother Nature decided to blow hard so we didn’t get out today.