Monday, May 18, 2015


The Bays:
 Party boats are posting up some IMPRESSIVE striper counts with a few big halibut in the mix. On Saturday 6-16 Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker reported 50 stripers to 11 pounds adding 4 all 'toad" halibut to 23 pounds. Jim said they had one drift where they put in 20 fish in just ten minutes. Jim says with the big tides being on the right spot at the right time is key to success. With over 4 decades experience Jim is still learning new things each day.
 James Smith on the Cal Dawn reported 19 stripers to 20 pounds adding 7 halibut to 29.
 Jay on the Huck Finn out of Emeryville 33 stripers to 16 pounds adding 7 halibut to 24 pounds for 19 anglers. All three were working the usual haunts from Angel Islands to Alcatraz to Mel's Reef and the Berkeley flats. The Smith gang in Berkeley and the Emeryville sport center have lots of space available. While they are targeting bass and buuts in the bays now look for more boats to be running rockfish and ling trips. Emeryville is running salmon trips as well most days. Once school gets out those prime summer dates will book up quickly.

Striped bass fishing remained outstanding with Captain Joel Sinkay and his merry band of misfits going ‘balls out’ for 28 limits of striped bass and a halibut on the California Dawn on Tuesday. He said, “It was rough out there, and we stayed on the rockpiles throughout the day near Alcatraz for the stripers, but we didn’t hit any sandy areas for halibut throughout the day.” They were fishing off of Mel’s Reef and Blossom Rock for the majority of the day.
 Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker worked hard to keep his charter focused on fishing on Monday 5-11, and they finally were able to come to and come through by the afternoon for 35 striped bass and 3 halibut. He said, “There were several times that we had four and five fish hanging to land one or two, and all of locations were holding fish.” The charter was composed of plumbers, and they displayed their manual dexterity by getting the feel for hooking up by the afternoon. Smith is looking for some excellent halibut scores over the next few days. They have open loads on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the coming weekend.
 The halibut bite has restarted in earnest, and Captain Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing is focusing on the flatfish with 9 big halibut for 5 anglers on Tuesday 5-12.

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