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Fishing Report

APRIL 1 WE WILL OPEN 6-5 MONDAY-SUNDAY
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ROCK FISHING OPENS APRIL 1
SALMON SEASON OPENS APRIL 3

 

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April 22
The Salmon bite was slow at the Soquel Hole. There were a few fish caught near the Davenport fingers and Mulligan Hill. The wind was not bad. Rock fishing was good at Ano Nuevo.
April 21
The fishing for Salmon was slow near the Soquel Hole today. The best area was up near Ano Nuevo in the deep water for Salmon. The Half Moon Bay party boats have been catching limits there when the weather allows. The weather looks decent for the next few days to run up there and get in on the Salmon bite. The Halibut are still being caught near Capitola in 45-65 fet of water.
April 20
The fishing was slow again today due to winds. There were a few Halibut caught near Capitola. The few Salmon that have been caught were near the Soquel Hole on the west side. The wind is expected to slow down the next few days so we hope to have some better news tomorrow.
April 19
The fishing was slow for Salmon for the few anglers who tried the Soquel Hole. The few anglers who tried to make it to the hot bite near Pigeon Point were turned around at Davenport due to wind. The inshore anglers caught a mix of Halibut, Lingcod, and Rock fish.
April 18
The Salmon bite was the same today with only a few fish being reported near the west side of the Soquel Hole. There were anglers looking from Carmel Bay to the Soquel Hole and the best area if any was the area near the west side of the Soquel Hole. I spoke with one boat who caught 3 Salmon trolling below the jelly fish at 100-180 feet down. There were a few nice Lingcod and Rock fish caught near South Rock and Natural Bridges. The Capitola area is producing some Halibut in 45-75 feet of water. The weather was not bad but there was a lump on it all day due to the fog wind. I would say the best bet is to run up the coast to look for Salmon since the boats from Half Moon Bay are still catching some limits 25 miles from their harbor. The Striped Bass are starting to be caught near Marina at sunrise.
April 17
The Salmon fishing was slow again today with some scores of 1-2 fish being caught near the west side of the Soquel Hole and up near 3 Trees. The anglers who fished the east edge of the Soquel Hole had a hard time with jelly fish. The Monterey party boat Chubasco did catch 14 Salmon mooching but I did not get the location but my guess would be Soldiers Club. The Rock fishing was slow for most of the anglers due to cold water and Rock fish feeding on jelly fish. The weather was not bad in the morning but it did blow in the afternoon. The Capitola area is starting to produce some nice Halibut in 60 feet of water.
April 16
The Salmon fishing was slower today for most anglers possibly due to the fish gorging for two weeks. The anglers are catching a few fish near the west edge of the Soquel Hole and in the canyon near Moss Landing. The majority of the Salmon are still being caught 30-100 feet down. The Halibut fishing picked up near Capitola's Mile reef. The wind was not bad all morning but it did get windy in the afternoon.
April 15
The Salmon fishing was slow for the most part of the morning near the edge of the Soquel Hole. There were a few anglers who found some fish at 36'49/122'00 to 36'50/122'02. The bite in that area turned on around 10:30 when the anglers ended the day with 6 fish. There were a few Salmon caught near Mulligan Hill and Soldiers. The wind blew in the afternoon.
April 14
The Salmon fishing was better near the west tip of the Soquel Hole today at 36'49/122'00 and 36'50/122'02. The anglers who fished from the east edge of the canyon to 36'48/121'56 caught a few fish. The majority of the Salmon are still being caught 20-90 feet down. The bite was a little better in the mid morning as the tide changed. The Rock fishing is still on the slower side. The Halibut are being caught near Capitola in 60-80 feet of water. The wind was not bad until the afternoon.
April 13
The bite was the same today with jelly fish making trollers work. The wind in the mid morning did not help anglers either. There were still some scores of 2-5 fish caught on boats trolling near the surface. The Salmon are still biting on Krippled Anchovies, Blue Kajikis, Green Tom Mack's, and Watermelon Pro Troll Apexes 30-90 feet down.
April 12
The fishing for Salmon was slower today due to the jelly fish that moved in. There were some good scores of up to 10 fish reported from the Miss Beth. The anglers had to check gear all day and work their lines but they were rewarded. The area near the tip of the Soquel Hole out to the Monterey Canyon is where most of the action happened. The weather was nice all day today.
April 11
The Salmon bite continues to be good near the east edge of the Soquel Hole. The anglers were catching early limits from 36'50/121'56 to 36'48/121'57. The fish are still being caught 20-90 feet down. The anglers using the Krippled Anchovies, Watermelon Apexes, Green Tom Mack's, and Glow F.B.R.'s did well today. The wind was not bad and some anglers fished until 1:00 in the afternoon. The Rock fishing is still slow in the shallow waters. The Halibut is getting better in Capitola.
April 10
The Salmon continue to bite near the east edge of the Soquel Hole to the Monterey Canyon. The anglers did well trolling Krippled Anchovies, Watermelon Apexes, Green Tom Mack Spoons, and Blue Kajikis. The majority of the Salmon are being caught 30-90 feet down but there have been some bigger fish caught 150 feet down. There were some early limits reported to me by 8 am today. The majority of the anglers had to work for their fish but ended up doing well. The wind was up and down all morning but the anglers stuck it out for the beautiful Salmon. The Halibut and Rock fishing remains slow due to the cool water that is here.
April 9
The Salmon bite was still hot today with early limits being reported before 8 am. The anglers are still catching fish from the east edge of the Soquel Hole to the Monterey Canyon. The area from 36'50/121'59 to 36'48/121'56 has been red hot in the morning. The majority of the fish are being caught from 30-80 fet down but there were a few fish caught 150 feet down. The Watermelon E Chip Apex, Blue Kajikis, Gold Krippled Anchovies, and Gold Tom Mack spoons, Green F.B.R.'s, Red E Rotary's, and Brads Cut Plugs have been working well. The wind was not bad today and the swell is small. The Rock fishing is decent on the local reefs. There have been a few Halibut caught in Capitola. There have been a few Striped Bas showing up near Pajaro and Monterey.
April 8
The Salmon continue to keep anglers happy near the east edge of the Soquel Hole out to the Monterey Canyon. There were a good amount of boats coming in with limits when I went out around 9 am. The anglers were fishing from the tip of the Soquel Hole and out to the east in the deep water near Moss Landing. The fished from 36'50/121'56 to 36'48/121'57 and ended up with 4 nice Salmon. We caught all the Salmon from 40-80 feet down with Watermelon Krome Krippled Anchovies and Krome Krippled Anchovies. The weather was not bad until noon. The Miss Beth had limits for all 6 of their clients today! The Rock fishing was not bad near Natural Bridges. The Halibut are starting to show up near Capitola.
April 7
The fishing was great today for Salmon with limits reported from boats early in the morning. The Miss Beth gave me a call and had limits before noon for all their clients and crew fish. The majority of the action came from the tip of the Soquel Hole and out to the east edge of the canyon in 400-600 feet of water. The anglers who were out early were in the harbor with limits around 8:30. The fish are still being caught 20-90 feet down. The party boats are also catching some Salmon mooching! The Halibut and Rock fishing continue to improve daily.
April 6
The Salmon continue to keep anglers happy from Pigeon Point to Monterey. There were some limits caught near Mulligan's, Soquel Hole, Soldiers, and Pigeon Point. The anglers who worked the east edge of the Soquel Hole down to Pajaro caught some Salmon in the 20 pound range. The fish are still feeding 30-80 feet down but there were some caught near the bottom today. The Rock fishing was good for the anglers fishing the west side of Santa Cruz. Capitola is starting to see some Halibut on a daily basis.
April 5
The fishing was good for some and slow for others near the tip of the Soquel Hole. There were some limits caught by 8 am trolling Gold Tom Mack's and Gold Krippled Anchovies at 36'49/121'57. The anglers are working the edge of the Soquel Hole to the east canyon edges. There were some early limits caught at Soldiers Club trolling 40-90 feet down. The wind was not bad in morning but it did blow in the afternoon. The Rock fishing was decent near South Rock.
April 4
The Salmon fishing is still going good for the anglers who are trolling 30-80 feet down but there were a few fish caught 100-150 feet down. The area from Mulligan Hill to Soldiers Club was good early this morning. The area on the east edge of the Soquel Hole was good around 36'48/121'56. There were a few boats who went up to Pigeon Point and found some Salmon in lumpy seas. There were a few boats who went out to the Soquel Hole this afternoon and caught 2 nice Salmon but the wind was up. The conditions were nice this morning but the wind did come up in the afternoon. The best bet is to troll Krippled Anchovies, F.B.R.'s, Blue Kajikis, Gold Tom Mack Spoons, Purple Haze Kajikis, Watermelon Apexes, and Brad's Cut Plugs. The Halibut and Rock fishing has been a little slow due to the cold water.
April 3
The fishing for Salmon was not bad today for most of the anglers. There were some limits reported at 36'50/122'02 near the west side of the Soquel Hole. The area near Mulligan Hill was good for the anglers who worked through the jellyfish in 260-280 feet of water. The best areas I heard of around Mulligan's and Soldiers were 36'42/121'53 and 36'44/121'52. There were some nice Salmon caught on the edge of the canyon near Pajaro and Moss Landing. I did not get any reports from Davenport but there were a few boats below Pigeon Point who caught some nice Salmon in calm conditions. The majority of the Salmon were caught trolling 30-110 feet down. The Blue Kajikis, Krome Krippled Anchovies, Purple Haze Kajikis, and Glow F.B.R.'s were doing well today. All in all it was a good opener with Salmon being caught in multiple areas. The winds were down and the swell was not bad. The Rock fishing was decent in the shallow water. There were some Halibut caught in front of the Harbor and in Capitola.
April 2
The Rock fishing was good today up the coast near Davenport and Wilder Beach. The Halibut are starting to show up in Capitola in 45-75 feet of water. The wind was down but there was a small swell.
April 1
The Rock fishing conditions were great today and anglers went from Big Sur to Ano Nuevo. There were solid scores of Rock fish caught near Wilder and Davenport. The Halibut fishing is starting to get going now that the weather is warming up. There were 4 Halibut caught that I heard of in Capitola. The winds were calm and things look good for the Salmon opener on Saturday.
March 28
The Halibut are slowly coming in near the Mile buoy and near Capitola's east reef. The Halibut have been biting on frozen Squid and Anchovies. The wind has been up in the afternoon. The Perch fishing has been good near Manresa. The anglers are doing well on Jerry's Grubs soaked in Shrimp oil.
March 13
There were a few Halibut caught the last few days near the Mile Buoy and in Capitola. The Halibut are being caught on Herring and Squid in 70-90 feet of water. The Surf Perch fishing was good near Rio del Mar.
March 1
The surf anglers are catching some nice Perch and a few Striped Bass near Manresa. The Rock fishing is going to start on April 1. We will see what the P.F.M.C. decides on the Salmon season but I would expect a opener on April 3.
Feb. 19
The water conditions are slowly improving now that the swells and winds have calmed down. There have been a few nice Halibut caught near the Mile Buoy, Capitola, and Pajaro. The majority of Halibut are being caught in 65-80 feet of water. The bay is still full of Anchovies so we should see more action soon. There will be no more regulation books available so you have to get all new regulations on the D.F.W. web site!
Feb. 9
The Perch fishing has been the best bet near 26 Ave and Rio Del Mar. The anglers are having good luck with Jerry's Grubs and Shrimp Oil. The Crab fishing remains slow but there is some good Sand dab fishing in 250-300 feet of water. The Steelhead are starting to make it into the local rivers now that they are opening up due to rain. I have heard of a few nice Steelhead caught on Mad River Pink worm, Little Cleo's and Roe. The Harbor is shallow so use caution and check the soundings at low tides!
Jan 15
The swell dropped today and it was a good day for Sole and Crab fishing. There have been some big Sole and Sand Dabs caught near Pajaro in 250-300 feet of water. The wind was down and the Perch fishing was decent at Manresa.
Jan 10
The Sand Dab fishing was good for the Stagnaro party boat today. The Perch fishing has been slow due to the big swell. The mouth is shoaling at the harbor so be ready at low tides. The Crab fishing is still slow for most anglers in Santa Cruz.
Jan 3
Happy New Year to all the people who kept me going last year. Whether you are a first time Perch angler or a all time Tuna tamer Thank You! We hope 2021 brings back some normalcy!



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