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May 27
The Salmon fishing was slower today but there were a few fish caught near Davenport in 200 feet of water. There were a couple fish caught near 3 trees as well. The area between Mulligan Hill and Soldiers is still producing a few fish on the bottom. The Rock fishing was good near 4 Mile beach and Scott's Creek. The Halibut are slowly starting to come in near the Mile Buoy and 3 Mile. The Striped Bass were on the bite in the morning near Marina.

May 26
The weather was flat calm all day long today but there was a small south swell. The Salmon were being caught straight out and near Davenport in 180-230 feet of water. There were some decent scores of Salmon caught and the fish are in the 10-15 pound range. There were some good scores of Salmon caught near the Sand Plant near Marina in 200 feet of water as well. The Rock fishing was good near 4 Mile Beach in 70 feet of water. The Striped Bass continue to bite on the beaches from Manresa to Monterey. Pencil Poppers and Big Hammers are doing well for the Striped Bass.

May 25
The Salmon fishing was good for the anglers who could stay near the bottom up at Davenport. The fish were caught in 180-20 feet of water near the bottom. The anglers who fished straight out of Santa Cruz in 200 feet of water caught some nice Salmon. The Salmon were caught 60-80 feet down. There were a few fish caught near the west edge of the Soquel Hole in 300 feet of water on the bottom. There were some nice Salmon caught near Moss Landing as well. The Rock fishing remains good near Natural Bridges. The Striped Bass were on the bit near Manresa today.

May 24
The Salmon reports remain scattered hear in Santa Cruz and Moss Landing. There were some fish caught straight out in 200 feet of water. There were a few fish caught near Davenport and 5 Mile Beach in 170-220 feet of water. The Soldiers Club produced a few fish in 130-200 feet of water but the Sea lions were a problem. There is no big school here at this time. The Rock fishing was great at South Rock and Natural Bridges. The Halibut is still hit and miss but there have been a few fish caught near the Mile Buoy and Capitola. The Striped Bass continue to bite in the dark. The water conditions were great today and should be the same for a few days.

May 23
The Salmon fishing was slow but there were a few fish caught near Davenport. The anglers were working in 200-250 feet of water. The few fish were caught trolling 50-100 feet down. There were a few Salmon caught straight out of Santa Cruz in 180-210 feet of water. The area near Soldiers Club was the same with a few fish being caught here and there. The Rock fishing was good for the anglers who were on the water early. The wind made it hard to go much further then Davenport today. The Rock fishing was best near South Rock and Natural Bridges. The Striped Bas were on the bite in the dark of the morning today near Manresa and Pajaro. There area a few Halibut being caught and we expect the bite to improve. The weather is expected to stay down for a few days after late in the evening.

May 22
The Salmon fishing was good for the anglers who were at Davenport first thing in the morning. The bite slowed down after the morning but there were some nice fish caught. The Salmon are being caught 30-110 feet down on Krippled Anchovies and White Krocodiles. There were some Salmon caught early at 36'53/121'57 on the east edge of the Soquel Hole. There were some other boats fishing for Salmon near the sand plant next to Moss Landing. The Rock fishing is still going good for the anglers who fished near Natural Bridges. There were some boats who ran up to Franklin Point and had some good luck on big Lingcod. There have been a few Halibut coming in daily and I bet things are going to turn on in the next few weeks. The winds were down all morning but it did pick up around 2:30. The Striped Bas were on the bite early near Manresa. There was a small rain storm that hit around 8:00 this morning that may have slowed the bite.

May 21
The weather was flat calm all day. The scattered showers allowed anglers to fish all morning for Rock fish and Lingcod. The anglers who tried for Salmon caught 0-3 fish a boat near the Soquel Hole and on the inside in 200 feet of water. The Salmon fishing is still decent near Soldiers and Pajaro but there is no hot spot. We hope to see more anglers out this weekend and here of some more fish. The wind looks down and the Rock fishing is still a sure thing if you don't get a Salmon. The Striped Bas continue to be caught south of Manresa.

May 20
There were only a few boats out today fishing for Salmon and Rock fish. There was one boat who fished the area near the dump and caught one nice Salmon. There were a few Salmon caught near Pajaro and Soldiers Club. There are some more Salmon down in Morro Bay so we should see some nice fish in a week or so. The Lingcod and Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges. The wind was down all morning and it looks good for the weekend. The Striped Bass continue to bite late near Manresa. There have been some big schools of Striped Bass near Marina! There was a 34 pound Halibut caught near Capitola on a Mackrel. The Halibut fishing should be getting better as the water starts to warm up.

May 19
The Salmon was decent near Moss Landing and in front of Santa Cruz. The fish remain close to shore in 140-200 feet of water. The scores were 0-3 a boat around Pajaro and in front of Santa Cruz. The Rock fishing was good near South Rock when the wind was down. The Striped Bass are still on the bite early near Pajaro and Manresa. The swell has dropped and things are looking good.

May 18
There were some decent scores of Salmon caught in 200-230 feet in front of the harbor. The anglers caught 1-3 Salmon a boat down 130 to the bottom. There were some other anglers who caught some nice Salmon in 200 feet of water of Davenport. The Lingcod and Rock fishing was great off Natural Bridges and the Lighthouse. The wind blew hard in the afternoon so get on the water early. The Striped Bass continue to bite early and late on the beaches!

May 17
The Salmon bite slowed way down today near Pajaro and Soldiers Club. There were only a few fish caught in those areas that I heard of. I did hear of a few Salmon caught in 200-230 feet of water straight out of Santa Cruz. The Salmon were caught trolling 80-120 feet down. The Lingcod fishing was great near the Lighthouse in the morning. The Rock fishing was decent near the Mile Buoy and up near 4 Mile Beach. The Striped Bass were biting early today but the bite slowed as the tide changed. The wind was down all morning but it did blow around noon.

May 16
The Salmon bite was slower today near Pajaro but a few anglers did catch a few fish. The Salmon were caught around 36'51/121'55 in 140-200 feet of water. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges and 4 Mile Beach. The wind was down in the morning but it did come up in the afternoon. The Striped Bass were on the bite near Manresa early in the morning. The Pencil Poppers and Big Hammers were working well this morning.

May 15
The Salmon bite near Soldiers Club died today and most of the boats moved over to Pajaro. There were some good scores of Salmon caught at 36'52/121'54 and 36'51/121'55. The anglers caught the Salmon 120-180 feet down on Purple Haze Hoochies, White Krocodiles, and Gold Krippled Anchovies. The Lingcod continue to keep anglers happy near Natural Bridges and the Lighthouse. The wind was not bad and it looks good for the weekend. The Striped Bass were on the bite early near Manresa.

May 14
The bite continues to hold up near the Sand Plant for the anglers who are trolling the bottom. The scores are ranging from 0-4 fish a day and some anglers are reporting that the fish are barely biting. The fish may be off the bite due to the low pressure from the storm. The storm did not have any effect on the water today. The water was flat calm all day long and it should be fine the next few days. There was a commercial boat who fished in 200 feet of Pajaro and ended up with 9 nice Salmon. The Salmon are here in Santa Cruz as well. The anglers who fished Rock fish and Lingcod had good luck due to the slow drift. The Striped Bas were biting early near Pajaro.


May 13
The Salmon are still being caught in the shallow water near the Sand Plant and Soldiers Club. The Salmon are being caught in 100-160 feet of water. There were some good scores for the anglers who trolled near the bottom. The Lingcod were on the bite near South Rock and Natural Bridges. There were some big Vermilions caught in 60 feet of water near South Rock and the Mile Buoy. The Striped Bass were on the bite in the morning at Pajaro. The Stripers were biting the Big Hammers, Pencil Poppers, and Hair Razors. The wind came down and it was calm today. The rain may come back with some south wind Thursday but I think it may be ok out there in the morning. There has not been any anglers working the Soquel Hole but there were some fish caught there last week.

May 12
There were only a few boats out today looking for Salmon. There were only a few fish caught near Soldiers and Mulligan Hill in the shallow water. The Rock fishing was good because the wind was offshore here. The wind is coming down the next few days so come fishing.

May 11
The Salmon were biting today near the Sand Plant near Moss Landing. The Salmon were caught in 100-180 feet of water. The wind did come up in the afternoon and it was bumpy in the morning. The Rock fishing was decent in the morning before the wind blew. The wind is expected to slow down on Wednesday.

May 10
The Salmon fishing was decent for the anglers who fished the Pajaro and Marina. The areas around 36'51/121'55 and 36'41/121'52 keep producing 1-5 fish a boat. The Salmon are being caught in 120-180 feet of water. The Salmon are being caught 100-180 feet down and on the bottom. There were some Salmon caught by a friend of mine at the Soquel Hole. The Rock fishing was good on the west side of Santa Cruz. The Striped Bass were on the bite early this morning near Rio del Mar and Pajaro.

May 9
The Salmon fishing was a little slower today but there were some scores of 1-5 fish a boat. The anglers were fishing around Pajaro in 140-180 feet of water. The area was around 36'51/121'53. The area near Soldiers Club at 36'42/121'51 produced some quality Salmon as well. The Salmon were being caught 120 to the bottom near Soldiers Club. Anglers are doing well with Watermelon Krippled Anchovies, White Krocodiles, and Blue Kajikis. The Rock fishing was good for the anglers who fished near South Rock and the Mile Buoy. There was one Halibut caught on the west side of Santa Cruz. The Lingcod were on the bite near Natural Bridges and 4 Mile Beach. The Striped Bass were on the bite near the dead whales and Great White Sharks near New Brighton and Pajaro. The Striped Bas are being caught on Spro Hair Razors, White Big Hammers, Pencil Poppers, and Wind Cheaters. The weather was nice due to the overcast sky until 2:00.

May 8
The Salmon came back on the bite today and the weather has settled down. There were good scores of Salmon caught near Pajaro in 155-180 feet of water. The fish are being caught at 35'51/121'53 and almost all the fish were caught near the bottom. There is a bunch of bait and it looks like these fish are going to stick around. The area near Soldier's produced some limits of Salmon in 150-180 feet of water as well. The Salmon continue to cruise around in the shallow water near the bottom. The Halibut are starting to show as well. There was a angler who caught a nice Halibut near the Mile Buoy on dead Squid. The Rock fishing has improved since the swell dropped back down. The Lingcod were biting Big Hammers and Assault Jigs near Natural Bridges in 60-70 feet of water. The Striped Bass continue to work the bait balls in the surf line near Rio del Mar and Manresa. The wind and swell is down and the fish are here so come fishing!

May 7
There were only a few reports of Salmon being caught today around the Soquel Hole and at Mulligan Hill. There was one boat who caught 6 fish west of Moss Landing in 120 feet of water. The Salmon are still being caught but the boat pressure is light so there have not been many good reports. The Rock fishing was decent but the south winds made it hard to stay on the fish. The wind and swell made it hard for the boaters and most stayed home. The rain cleared up in the afternoon and the wind settled down. The Striped Bas are still being caught near New Brighton and Manresa state beach. We hope to get some better reports this weekend.

May 6
The few boats who did go fishing today did not have much luck. The wind and swell was up and there not many boats out. There were some decent scores of Salmon near Marina and Pajaro before the big swell hit. The weather is expected to get better all week. The one angler who went Rock fishing found a few nice fish near Natural Bridges. The Striped Bass continue to keep shore anglers busy from Rio del Mar to Manresa.

May 5
The Salmon are still being caught in the area near Pajaro and Marina. The Salmon are still in the 150-180 feet of water and most of the fish are being caught near the bottom. There were not many boats looking for Rock fish today due to the large swell. The swell is expected to come down over the next few days.

May 4
The fishing for Salmon was the same again today but there were not many boats out. There were a few boats who caught 1-4 fish a boat around 36'51/121'53. The anglers near the east edge of the Soquel Hole caught a few fish. The winds were down in the morning but the south swell was up. The swell slowed the Rock fishing down today but there were some caught. The swell is expected to drop in the next few days.

May 3
There were a few anglers who looked around the Soquel Hole but said the jellyfish were too thick. There were only a few fish caught in that area today. There was one boat who left the Soquel Hole and ran down near Pajaro and found some nice fish. The Skunk Dodger caught 4 nice Salmon at 36'51/121'53 in 170-180 feet of water. The Salmon were caught on Sling Blades and Cable Baiters near the bottom. The anglers up near Davenport could not find the Salmon today but they did catch some nice Lingcod. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges. The south swell just started to fill in today and the wind was down. The Striped Bass continue to bite Pencil Poppers near Rio del Mar to Seaside.

May 2
The winds stayed down and the swell is not expected to come in until late Sunday evening. The anglers who looked for Salmon caught a few more fish around the Soquel Hole in 200-280 feet of water. The Salmon were hard to find but a few anglers did catch one or two while trolling. The Purple Haze Hoochies and the Watermelon Krippled Anchovies worked the best. The Salmon were caught 40-100 feet down. I spoke to a couple of anglers who fished Rock fish near Davenport and caught limits in the morning along with some nice Lingcod. The anglers found a bait ball on the way home in 180 feet of water and caught two Salmon there. They caught the two Salmon trolling Purple Haze Hoochies on the bottom. I have a good feeling that there are some schools of Salmon up the coast. There were some decent scores of Salmon caught near the Cement Plant on the south side of Moss Landing. The anglers who fished near the Lighthouse caught some nice Lingcod on B2 Squid and Fish Traps. The Striped Bass are on the bite early in the morning and late in the evening near Manresa and Rio del Mar. The Poppers seem to be catching the most fish.

May 1
The Salmon are still hiding from us here in Santa Cruz but everyday a few anglers get lucky. There were a few fish caught on the west side of the Soquel Hole in 280 feet of water. The anglers found a few fish trolling 100 feet down with Blue Kajikis. The Mulligan area was slower today. There were some limits of Lingcod caught near Natural Bridges in 80-100 feet of water. The Rock fishing was slower today due to the swell. The water was choppy today in the morning but it did settle down late in the afternoon. The Striped Bas continue to be caught from Rio del Mar to Pajaro.

April 30
The fishing for Salmon remained slow but there were a few luck anglers who caught fish. The few were caught on the east side of the Soquel Hole and near Mulligan's. The Salmon were caught on the edge of the canyon at the Soquel Hole. The anglers who trolled caught the fish 50-100 feet down. The anglers near Mulligan's were in 130-170 feet of water. The Rock fishing was god but the swell was up.

April 29
The fishing for Salmon was slow again but there were only two boats out looking. The boats looked around the Soquel Hole and near Manresa in 180-300 feet of water but did not find any Salmon. The Rock fishing remains good near South Rock and Natural Bridges. The water is starting to warm up so we may see some Halibut coming in son. There is a bunch of bait from the Santa Cruz Harbor to Manresa and the Striped Bass are on the bite. The average size is 6-10 pounds but there are some big ones in the mix. Get some Pencil Poppers and Kastmasters and catch some tasty white meat!

April 28
The fishing for Salmon remained the same today around the Soquel Hole and Moss Landing. There were a few boats out looking around the Hole but I did not hear of any fish. There were a few boats near Moss Landing but they were not finding much. The Rock fishing was good for the anglers fishing swim baits near South Rock. The Lingcod remain on the bite near Natural Bridges. The wind was not bad today and the swell was small. The beach anglers have been catching Striped Bass near Manresa State Beach. The anglers are catching 7-30 pound Striped Bass on Pencil Poppers, Wind Cheaters, Kastmasters, and Hair Razors.

April 27
The Salmon bite was slow again but a few boats did catch 1-2 fish. The Salmon were caught near the edge of the Soquel Hole in 300 feet of water. The Salmon were caught 50-150 feet down. The anglers are still doing best trolling. There were a few fish caught near 36'40/121'51 and at 36'51/121'53. The Lingcod and Rock fish were on the bite from Natural Bridges to South Rock in 50-90 feet of water. The wind was not bad today.

April 26
The report remains the same for Salmon with only a few fish being caught daily. There were a few fish caught near the edge of the Soquel Hole in 320 feet of water. The Salmon were caught 70-150 feet down with Krippled Anchovies, Blue Kajikis, Pearl Krocodiles, and Purple Haze Kajikis. There were anglers who fished up the coast near 36'50/122'03 but only found bait and whales. The Rock fishing was good at South Rock in 70-95 feet of water. The Lingcod were chewing up Big Hammer swim baits near 4 Mile beach and Natural Bridges.

April 25
The fishing was slow today due to the stormy conditions. I did hear of a few fish caught in 320 feet of water down 50 feet. The anglers were trolling near the tip of the Soquel Hole. The Rock fishing was hard due to the wind that was blowing. The wind is expected to be 10 knots Sunday.

April 24
There were only a few boats out today and there was not much to report. I heard of one 20 pound Salmon caught at 36'41/121'51. The anglers that look for Rock fish did well on the west side of Santa Cruz. The wind blew most anglers off the water early. The wind is expected to come down but there may be some rain in the morning. Sunday the weather is expected to be calm!

April 23
The amount of boats out today makes it hard to get a good report. There were a few boats that I spoke to who had 1-2 fish around the edge of the Soquel Hole. There numbers were 36'51/121'58 and 36'50/122'00. The winds were down but there was a small swell. The Rock fishing was good up the coast near 4 Mile beach. We should have a better report by the end of this week if the rain does not blow us out.

April 22
There were only a few boats fishing for Salmon today so the reports were not plentiful. There were scores ranging from 0-2 fish that I heard of. One boat had 2 fish at 36'52/122'02 and another had 2 fish at 36'52/121'58. The fish were caught 70-150 feet down. There was only one boat near Moss Landing that I heard from and they did not have any luck. THe Lingcod bite was decent near South Rock. The wind was up in the morning but it was fishable. The winds are expected to be down Thursday morning but there may be some wind in the afternoon.

April 21
The fishing today for Salmon was slow today but there were a few lucky anglers. The best score I heard of was 3 Salmon on one boat who fished the inside edge of the Soquel Hole. The numbers were 36'52/121'58 in 200 feet of water. The Salmon were caught 50-150 feet down. The angler was using Purple Haze Hoochies and Krippled Anchovies. There were a few other boats who caught 0-1 Salmon near the Soquel Hole. I did hear of a few fish near 36'41/121'51. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges. The wind was down all day but there was a little swell. The cold front may have shut down the bite.

April 20
The Salmon bite was decent for some and slow for other anglers who fished the Soquel Hole. There were scores from 1-4 fish a boat. The anglers were fishing in 280-320 feet of water on both sides of the Soquel Hole. The Salmon are being caught 60-150 feet down and there were a few fish caught 10-20 feet down. The area near Soldiers Club slowed down and the best bet was the Soquel Hole. The wind stayed down all day and the bite did pick up for some anglers from 11:00-2:00. The Rock fishing was slower near South Rock but some anglers did have some luck near Davenport.

April 19
The bite was slow today near Soldiers and Pajaro. There were a few boats who caught 0-3 fish trolling in 110-170 feet of water. The anglers fished around 36'41/121'52 and 36'52/121'54. The few fish were caught 60-90 feet down and some anglers did best on the bottom. The Soquel Hole area has a school of Salmon swimming around but there has been very little pressure. Today a few boats fished from 36'50/122'01 to 36'50/121'58 and caught good scores of Salmon. There are a few boats who just caught limits in a hour. There is a 6 pack boat in the area loading up the Salmon as well. The Salmon are being caught 30-75 feet down at the Soquel Hole. Anglers are having good luck on Gold Tom Mack Spoons, U.V. Krippled Anchovies, Watermelon Krippled Anchovies, and Green R.S.K.'s. The weather is calm and there are a few boats going out for the afternoon bite! The Rock fishing was decent near Natural Bridges. The Lingcod continue to bite near South Rock and 4 Mile beach. The weather is expected to stay down for a few days so come fishing!

April 18
The Salmon bite was slower today for the anglers fishing around Mulligan Hill. There were a few fish caught in 180-220 feet at 36'44/121'51. The scores ranged from 0-4 fish a boat if you stayed out all day. There were a few boats at 36'52/121'53 in the afternoon that found some fish in 95 feet of water. Most of the Salmon were caught near the bottom today. The wind was not bad until 1:00. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges and 4 Mile Beach. We hope to hear of some more fish Sunday. The Salmon may have been off the bite due to the fact they were feeding heavily yesterday.

April 17
The Salmon bite went off today near 36'41/121'51. There were limits on a good amount of boats fishing in 160-180 feet of water. The Salmon are being caught 80-150 feet down. The anglers who fished from Capitola to Pajaro had 0-4 fish in 120-150 feet of water. The wind was down all day until noon. The Lingcod and Rock fishing is still going good near Natural Bridges.

April 16
The Salmon bite was good for some of the anglers who fished near Manresa Beach. The scores ranged from 0-6 fish a boat around 36'52/121'54. There was one boat who had his four fish in 45 minutes trolling 30-60 feet down. The anglers are having the best luck trolling Watermelon Krippled Anchovies and White Krocodiles. The area near 36'41/121/51 produced some limits on the other side of the bay. The Rock fishing was decent but the Lingcod bite was good. There was no wind today until the afternoon and it looks good for Friday. There is a swell expected to come in Friday so Salmon fishing may be better then Rock fishing.

April 15
The bite was the same today with some anglers catching a few fish near Capitola and Manresa. The scores ranged from 0-3 fish a boat for the anglers who fished hard. The anglers are finding the fish in 100-120 feet of water and most are being caught near the bottom. There have ben a few fish caught near Mulligan's and in front of Moss Landing harbor. The wind was not bad until noon today and it is expected to be nice for the next few days. The Rock fishing and Lingcod bite continues to be good.

April 14
The Salmon fishing was good for a few boats who trolled near 36'52/121'54. The Salmon bite was slow out in front of Santa Cruz so the anglers went looking around. Gerry on Doble had 5 nice Salmon trolling in the 36'52/121'54 area. There were other boats who followed him into the same area and caught a few fish as well. There was one boat that I talked to who caught his limit at Mulligan's in 150 fet of water. He caught the fish trolling Krippled Anchovies 80 feet down. The wind was down this morning but it did pick up in the afternoon. The Lingcod fishing was great near South Rock and Natural Bridges.

April 13
There were a few boats who did well for Salmon first thing in the morning near Capitola. The area was at 36'55/121'58 in 90 feet of water. The Salmon were biting first thing in the morning for the trollers using Krippled Anchovies. The Salmon were caught 65-85 feet down. There were a few fish caught at 36'48/121'50 on the bottom. There are some big bait balls from the Mile Buoy to Pleasure Point in 70-909 feet of water where a few Salmon have been caught. There was a pressure change which may have effected the bite. The wind did not get bad until noon. The Lingcod fishing was good at Natural Bridges in 55 feet of water.

April 12
The Salmon bite remains the same for the anglers fishing from the Mile Buoy down to Manresa. The scores are ranging from 0-4 fish a boat. The area near 36'52/121'54 and 36'53/121'55 sounded to be the best today. The bite started to pick up in the afternoon when the tide changed and the wind picked up. There were some anglers who caught 1-4 fish near Mulligan Hill in the shallow water. The Salmon are being caught in 65-115 feet of water where you see the birds working. The Rock fishing was good up the coast along with Lingcod.

April 11
The Salmon fishing was hit and miss again for the anglers working the shallow water from Manresa to Pajaro. There were a few boats who caught their limits by trolling Gold Krippled Anchovies on the bottom in 80 feet of water. The majority of anglers caught a few fish trolling in 80-125 feet of water near Pajaro and around 36'52/121'56. There was one boat at the Soquel Hole who caught 3 nice Salmon. I only heard of a few Salmon caught near Davenport. There were a few decent scores of Salmon caught at Soldiers Club and near the green buoy near Moss Landing. The Rock fishing was best near South Rock and Natural Bridges. The wind stayed down until 3:00.

April 10
The Salmon fishing was slower near the Pajaro and Capitola area today but there were some anglers who caught some fish. The scores were ranging from 0-4 fish a boat. The best scores came from anglers who worked the areas outside of the fleet in 90-130 feet of water. The area near Pajaro produced the same results but some anglers mooched up some limits closer to Moss Landing. The Soldiers Club is still producing some decent scores of Salmon as well. The Salmon may be full since they have been feeding hard for the last few days. The Rock fishing was good near Ano Nuevo today. The anglers who fished Ano Nuevo caught big Lingcod and Rock fish and on the way back found big bird piles at Davenport. There is a god chance there are some Salmon near Davenport in 200-250 feet of water.

April 9
The Salmon are still on the bite near Manresa and Pajaro in 80-135 feet of water. There were some limits of up to 8 fish caught in that area today. The Salmon are feeding on Anchovies so the Gold and Green Krippled Anchovies have been working well. The Salmon are being caught near the bottom and on the bottom. There were some fish caught near Soldiers Club as well. The weather has been great with no wind until noon. The Rock fishing remains good on the west side of Santa Cruz.

April 8
The bite turned on today for Salmon between Capitola and Pajaro in 80-120 feet of water. There were some limits caught by anglers who were trolling near the bottom. The anglers had great luck on Krippled Anchovies, White Spoons, Red Krocodiles, and Watermelon Apexes. The wind was down all morning until non. The anglers near Soldiers Club did catch a few fish in 100-140 feet of water. There were a few Salmon caught in front of the harbor in 120 feet of water. Get out of the Canyon the Salmon are on the beach which is great for small boaters! The swell is dropping and the moon is fading so Rock fishing should get better.

April 7
The rain came in hard today and the southerly winds made the ocean ugly. The few boats who went out in the morning came back in. The few boats who waited for the storm to clear went out around 11:00. There were only a few fish caught near Soldiers Club. The Soquel Hole was quiet and I did not hear anyone trying the shallow water here. We hope to have a better report as the weather settles down these next few days.

April 6
The Salmon bite remains slow for most of the anglers fishing near the Soquel Hole. There were a few fish caught at the Soquel Hole in the morning. There were a few limits caught at Soldiers Club in the morning and around ten in the morning. There have been some nice fish caught in front of Santa Cruz and Capitola in 120-160 feet of water. There was one boat who had 3 fish at 36'53/121'56. The Salmon were caught in the shallow water near Soldiers Club as well. I have a feeling that there is a good amount of Salmon in 100-170 feet of water where all the bait has been. The Salmon were caught 50-130 fet down today. The Lingcod and Rock fishing was good for the anglers who worked South Rock and Natural Bridges with Big Hammers and Squid. The wind never blew hard today.

April 5
The bite was decent today near Pajaro and Soldiers Club today. The scores ranged from 1-6 fish a boat that I heard of. The best area I heard of was near 36'48/121'52. The Salmon are still being caught 40-90 feet down and there have been some caught 120-200 feet down. The winds were down all morning but there was a little wind near Santa Cruz. The Soquel Hole area was the same with a few fish caught in the morning. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges in 70-90 feet of water.

April 4
The Salmon season opened today but the fishing was slow on this side of the bay. There were a few decent scores of 2 fish caught near the edge of the Soquel Hole in 220-260 feet of water. The few fish I heard of were around 36'51/122'00 and 36'51/121'59. The better bite was on the north side of Moss Landing at 36'49/121'51 and 36'48/121'53. The anglers worked from 260 to 500 feet of water near Moss Landing. The anglers had best luck trolling 40-120 feet down and there were some fish caught 180-200 feet down. The anglers did best trolling Purple Haze Kajikis, Krippled Anchovies, and Chartruse F.B.R.'s. The best bite was early in the morning and late when the wind blew. The wind started to blow around noon today.

April 2
The Rock fishing was decent today for the anglers who fished near South Rock and Natural Bridges in 50-75 feet of water. The wind did come up in the afternoon so get on the water in the morning. The water temperature has dropped at the Soquel Hole and the Salmon season should be good. We have nice tray Anchovies and Herring so stop by.

April 1
The Rock fishing was decent for the anglers who went out today near Natural Bridges and the Lighthouse. There were some good scores of Lingcod for the anglers who jigged up live Mackrel and fished Big Herring. The best reports came from the Lighthouse in 30-45 feet of water for the Lingcod. The wind was not as bad as expected today. The wind is going to stay down in the morning so come over and fish.

March 17
The Salmon season is going to open on April 4 and Rock fishing is open on April 1. It is a good time to get your reels spooled up, get your license, and prepare your gear! Stop by we will see you soon.

March 4
Fisheries Agencies Report Positive Outlook for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishing Season! At the annual salmon informational meeting held in Santa Rosa, state and federal fishery scientists presented encouraging news for sport and commercial salmon anglers. Forecasts suggest there are 652,000 adult Sacramento River fall Chinook salmon in the ocean this year, along with 423,800 adults from the Klamath River fall run. Fish from these runs comprise the vast majority of salmon taken in California's ocean and inland fisheries .These forecasts, which were higher than last year, will be used over the next few months by fishery managers to set sport and commercial fishing season dates, commercial quotas, and size and bag limits."The forecasts are encouraging and suggest that California fisheries may see salmon seasons in 2015 that have increased opportunities over last year," said Melodie Palmer-Zwahlen, a senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chinook salmon harvested in ocean fisheries in 2015 hatched 2 to 4 years ago and, as a result, have not been highly impacted by California's drought. Starting next year, it is anticipated that future ocean salmon fishing opportunities may be impacted by the ongoing drought .Season dates and other regulations will be developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and California Fish and Game Commission over the next few months. For more information on the salmon season setting process or general ocean salmon fishing information, please visit the Ocean Salmon Project web page or call the Salmon Fishing Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

Feb. 24
The weather has been great here for the anglers fishing for Crabs and Sand dabs. The Crab fishing has been best straight out of the harbor in 150-200 feet of water. The anglers are finding the Sand dabs near Capitola in 110-155 feet of water. There have been some good scores of Bonita for anglers in 80-100 feet of water near the Capitola Wharf. The anglers are using small Squid Sabikis with a Assault Jig on the back to get the Bonita. Trolling slow below the surface has been the best way to catch the Bonita. Anglers caught some incidental Salmon trolling for the Bonita and dropping down for San dabs. The Perch fishing is on fire near the Cement Ship and Manresa. The Perch Tournament is almost filled up so stop by and sign up soon! We still don't have a opening day for Salmon because there are meetings in March. We hope to see Salmon open on April 4 and possibly a April Rock fish opener. I will keep you posted!

Feb. 4
The weather has been nice for Sand Dab and Crab fishing. The Crab fishing has picked up straight out of the Harbor. The Bonita are still being caught in 60-110 feet of water near Pleasure Point. The Surf Perch fishing has been great near Manresa and 26 Ave. Were waiting for the new regulation to come out and will update you when we hear of season openers.

Jan. 16
The weather is perfect for Sand Dabs and Crabs! The Surfperch are on the bite here at the Harbor Beach and 26 TH Ave. The winds are down and there is a small swell. Come fishing!

Jan. 11
The Crab fishing is starting to pick back up in 200 feet of water straight out of Santa Cruz. The Surf fishing has been good for Surf Perch and a few Striped Bas. The Sand Dabs are thick in 120-180 feet of water near Capitola.

Jan. 3
The weather is flat calm and the Crab and Dab fishing is the best bet. The Surf Perch are on the bite!
Jan. 2
The fishing for Sand Dabs and Crabs was good today near the Pajaro and 5 Mile Beach. The wind has settled down and things look god for the next few days. There is no swell so come fishing and run your boat. The Surf Perch are on the bite at Twin Lakes, 26 Ave, and Manresa!



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