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May 19
The storm made the ocean ugly today. The few big commercial boats who went out came in. We hope to see better weather soon!
May 18
The weather turned out to be nice today with some afternoon drizzle and no wind or swell. The anglers who went for Salmon were in early with limits. There were reports of Salmon caught at 36'49/122'00 and 36'50/121'55. There were some limits reported by a small boat who was trolling in 200 feet of water on the west side of the Soquel Hole. The Moss Landing area had some limits in the canyon down deep. The majority of the Salmon are eating Anchovies 200-300 feet down. The Halibut fishing was god from the Cement Ship to Pajaro. There are Halibut all over the beaches down below.

May 17
The fishing for Salmon is still going well for the anglers fishing deep on the west side of the Soquel Hole. The Halibut are still on the bite near Capitola, Manresa, and Moss Landing. The winds were down in the morning but the south swell is still here. The wind looks good for Saturday so come fishing. We hope to see more boats out looking for Bluefin this weekend.
May 16
The fishing conditions were bad today. There were a few big commercial boats who went out for Salmon. There were some good reports of Salmon caught near the west edge of the Soquel Hole yesterday. We hope the weather gets better Friday but N.O.A.A. says this weekend is the best bet.
May 15
There are still Salmon being caught up the coast and on the west side of Santa Cruz. There were not many anglers out today due to the south swell and wind. The wind and swell is expected to drop off by the weekend. It has been a strange May!
May 14
The Salmon bite picked up for the anglers willing to drive up the coast. There is a body of fish from Davenport to Franklin Point in 300 feet of water. The angler are doing well close to the bottom. The Halibut fishing has been good on the beaches from Capitola to Moss Landing. Anglers have been trolling and drifting bait for the Halibut. The Rock fishing was good up the coast in the deep water. The inshore Rock fishing was good on the west side in 100 feet of water. There were only a few boats out looking for Bluefin that I heard of. There were some jumpers seen straight out of the harbor. I have not hear of any hook ups yet. The winds were down in the morning but it did blow in the afternoon.
May 13
The fishing for Salmon has slowed due to the warm water that is in. There are a bunch of Halibut biting near Capitola. The Rock fishing was good in the deep water. The wind was up at 10:00 and there is a good sized south swell. I did not hear of any Bluefin today.
May 12
The Halibut fishing was good today for the anglers who trolled near the Mile buoy and below Capitola. The Rock fishing was great in the deep water near Wilder Beach. The wind was up on the Bluefin grounds so only a few boats went looking. I heard of some jumpers seen near the Soquel Hole at 36'48/122'04. There was a giant Thresher Shark caught while looking for Bluefin. The Thresher Shark hit a X-Rap way back. The bait has moved in and the water is warm on the inshore grounds. The Halibut fishing is going to get good next week!
May 11
The fishing for Halibut was good for the anglers who trolled and drifted bait near Capitola. The warm water pushed up and inside the bay so there is bait in front of the harbor now. The Bluefin were hard to find today but there were a few fish caught and lost. The Rock fishing was good in the deep water near Wilder Beach. There were a few Salmon caught trolling near the west side of the Soquel Hole on the bottom. The wind did blow in the afternoon. We will keep you posted on the Bluefin. There were some Bonito and large Mackrel caught in the canyon.
May 10
The fishing for Bluefin is still going well for the anglers who are putting in the time and hunting for them. The tuna were spotted at 36'49/122'01 and 36'46/122'07. There have been some big 100-200 pound Bluefin hooked and lost so bring the right gear! The anglers are having good luck with Flat Fall Jigs, Yozuri Hydro Popper, Rapalas, and Cedar Plugs. The Halibut fishing has improved on the beaches south of Capitola. The wind was down and there is no swell. There were a few Salmon caught on the bottom in 330 feet near the Soquel Hole.
May 9
The weather is still perfect and the anglers are out looking for Bluefin tuna. I had a great day yesterday trolling Cedar Plugs, Yozuri divers, and Rapalas in the Canyon edges. I ended up catching two 70 pound Bluefin. There were anglers who also caught some Bluefin using Flat Fall Jigs and Poppers. The fish are spread all over the place in the canyon edges from Davenport to Big Sur. The key is to go out and look for the bird activity and creep up on the Bluefin. If you position your lures over the schools with out spooking the fish you will improve your chances. The Halibut bite has been good near Capitola. The Salmon are still being caught near the bottom at Mulligan Hill and Soquel Hole. The winds have been calm.
May 8
The weather is perfect and anglers are still catching a few Salmon near the Soquel Hole and Mulligan. There have been some fish caught on the west side of Santa Cruz in 330 feet. The fish are still on the bottom. There are anglers looking for Bluefin so we hope to get some report.
May 7
The fishing for Salmon was slow again today but there were a few fish caught near Mulligan Hill and on the west side of Santa Cruz. The Rock fishing was good up the coast in the deep. The Bluefin are still being seen around the Soquel Hole and near Monterey. There have been a few more Yellowtail caught in the edges of the Canyon. The weather was flat calm.
May 6
The weather was great today and the fishing picked up. There were some Salmon caught at 36'47/121'52 down 100-200 feet. The bite was not bad for the anglers who put in the time. I fished on Go Fish Charters with Captain Greg for Bluefin today. We hooked two nice Bluefin but one came off. The Bluefin are biting on Cedar Plugs way back so make sure you have lots of line and a big reel. We saw fish all over the bay as we tacked down hill. There were jumpers at 36'47/121'58. There is a bunch of warm water out there so if you want Bluefin get out and troll Cedar Plugs out on the edges of the Canyon.
May 5
There were a few Salmon caught today on the west edge of the Soquel Hole. The Salmon were caught trolling 150-220 feet down near the edge of the canyon. There were some Blue fin spotted at 36'49/122'01 and 36'44/122'09. I did hear of a few fish caught but not many. There were a bunch of boats trolling fast all over so the Bluefin may have gone down. I would try slow trolling bait or Rapalas on a down rigger or try to cast at them with Poppers or metal jigs. The Cedar Plugs will work but you have to swing your lures into the fish and not drive over them like Albacore. The Halibut are starting to show up near Capitola. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges and in the deep water up the coast.
May 4
The Salmon fishing was slow today near the Soquel Hole. There were a few Salmon caught in 200 feet of water near Mulligan Hill. The good thing to report is that there are Bluefin Tuna near the west edge of the Soquel Hole. There were reports of 40-50 pound Bluefin at 36'50/122'00 36'47/122'02. There have been a few fish hooked up on Poppers, Cedar Plugs, Flat Falls, and Hoochies. There were a few confirmed Bluefin caught on Cedar Plugs near Soquel Hole. It seems like the warm water push has come and the tuna are here! The weather was nice today.
May 3
The Salmon fishing was slower today but there were some fish caught. The west side of the Soquel Hole produced a few fish down deep. The area near Mulligan Hill produced some nice fish. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges. There have been a few Halibut caught trolling the bottom for Salmon. The wind was down in the morning but it did blow in the afternoon.
May 2
The Salmon fishing was a little slower today but there are still some fish being caught. There were some fish caught up the coast near 4 Mile and Davenport near the bottom. The Soquel Hole did produce a few fish on the west side down 200 feet. The Mulligan Hill area is still producing some nice fish in 200 feet of water near the Moss Landing harbor. The wind stayed down until noon and there is a small south swell. The Rock fishing was good for the anglers near Natural Bridges.
May 1
The Salmon are still being caught near the edge of the Soquel Hole and on the Canyon edges of Moss Landing. There were some limits reported at Mulligan Hill in 170-250 feet of water. The fish are still being caught all over the water column because the bait balls are so big. There are some nice Salmon being caught near the bottom. The Soquel Hole was good for the anglers who fished near the bottom. The Rock fishing was a little slower due to the south swell. The winds were not bad and the swell is dropping Thursday.
April 30
The weather was nice today near the Soquel Hole and Moss Landing. There were some limits caught on the east edge of the Soquel Hole at 36'49/121'55. The majority of the Salmon near the east edge of the Hole were caught on the bottom. The Mulligan's area was good for some of the anglers working the edge of the canyon in 150-220 feet of water. The Salmon were caught 90-220 feet down near Mulligan's. The best bet is to troll Chrome or Watermelon Krippled Anchovies with a Hot Spot.
April 29
The fishing for Salmon was decent at the west edge of the Soquel Hole. The west edge of the Soquel Hole did produce a few limits trolling 220 feet down. There were reports of whales and bait on the west side of Santa Cruz near Davenport but only a few fish caught. There was a report of 5 nice Salmon caught at the east side of the Soquel Hole down 220 feet. The area near Moss Landing was a little better for the anglers in the Canyon and near the yellow buoy near the mouth of Moss. There were some scores reported in those areas and most of the fish were 150-220 feet down. I think with the low pressure and the front approaching the fish have gone deeper and not biting as well. That being said the anglers who are working hard are catching fish.
April 28
The Salmon fishing slowed down today but there were a few boats who worked hard and caught fish deep. The majority of the anglers fished near the Soquel Hole and near the canyon of Moss Landing. There were some decent scores caught at Moss Landing first thing in the morning. The Soquel Hole produced some fish in the morning at 36'49/122'00. There were a few decent scores of Salmon caught near Davenport. The anglers changed their depth in the afternoon and started working the flats in 240-300 feet of water. The anglers who stayed near the bottom caught some Salmon in the afternoon. The pressure changed today so the fish may have gone off the bite or deep. The wind stayed down all morning and there is no swell. The Rock fishing was good for the anglers in the deep water. There have been a few Halibut caught in the shallow water near Cowells and Capitola.
April 27
The Salmon fishing turned on at the Soquel Hole today. There were quick limits reported at 8:00 am today. The majority of anglers did good working the edge of the Soquel Hole into the canyon. The area from 36'48/122'00 to 36'51/121'59 was hot for Salmon this morning. The anglers were even catching limits of Salmon mooching. The majority of the fish were caught 50-90 feet down and a few deeper. The area around 36'47/121'55 was a slower today but there were some fish caught there. Mulligan Hill did produce some limits deep in the canyon trench. The Rock fishing was great for big Vermillion's in the deep water of west side.
April 26
The Salmon fishing remains great here in Santa Cruz. There were limits reported on the west side of the Soquel Hole at 36'49/122'00. There were some limits reported at the canyon in front of Moss Landing in 500-1000 feet of water. The majority of Salmon are being caught trolling and mooching about 30-70 feet down. The winds and swell is down and the Rock fishing is good. There have been some nice Striped Bass caught near Marina.
April 25
The Salmon bite is still going god near the west edge of the Soquel Hole and near the canyon in front of Moss Landing. There were some early limits reported by the anglers who were trolling. The Purple Haze Hoochies, Chrome Krippled Anchovies, Watermelon Krippled Anchovies, and Dill Pickle spoons are working well. The Rock fishing was good up the coats due to no swell. The weather is great and the fish are biting so come fishing.
April 24
The Salmon bite remain hot here in Santa Cruz and near Moss Landing Canyon. There were limits reported already this morning near the Soquel Hole and near Moss Landing. The moochers and trollers are doing great. The fish are being caught 50-100 feet down. The winds are down and there is no swell.
April 23
The Salmon bite remains good here in Santa Cruz. There were limits reported on the west side (36'49/122'00) of the Soquel Hole (36'51/121'55) and some on the east side as well. The Mulligan's area in still kicking out limits. The majority of the Salmon are being caught 20-70 feet down. The moochers and trollers are catching fish! The weather is down so come fishing.
April 22
The Salmon fishing continues to be good for the anglers working the deep canyon edges straight out of Santa Cruz and Moss Landing. There were a bunch of limits caught trolling and mooching and the west edge of the Soquel Hole. The wind was down all morning and some people went out for the afternoon bite today.
April 21
The Salmon fishing was wide open again today. There were limits reported from the 6 Pack Charter boats in a few hours of fishing. There have been limits reported by the party boats who are mooching closer to Moss Landing. The majority of the boats from Santa Cruz had limits in a hour. The fish were on the bite from 36'50/122'03 to 36'47/122'00. There were some other good scores on the east edge of the Soquel Hole at 36'49/121'54. The Moss Landing area is still producing limits in the middle of the canyon in 300-800 feet of water. The anglers are doing good trolling Purple Haze Hoochies, Blue kajikis, Glow Krippled Anchovies, and Glow F.B.R.'s. The deep water fishing for Rock fish was hot. The Mega Bite had limits of big Vermilions in the deep water. The wind was down in the morning but it got a little bumpy in the afternoon.
April 20
The Salmon fishing was great today before the wind blew. There were anglers catching limits from 36'50/122'03 to 36'49/122'00. The east edge of the Soquel Hole was good at 36'50/121'54. The area below was hot as well at 36'47/121'53 and 36'46/121'54. The majority of the fish were eating Anchovies and Krill near the surface so anglers did best fishing from 30-80 feet down. The best lures were the Chrome Krippled Anchovies, Dill Pickle Spoons, Purple Haze Hoochies, Blue Kajikis, and Green Hoochies. The wind was up in the morning but the anglers who went out were rewarded. There were a bunch of limits reported by 8:00. as you can tell by the G.P.S. number on my site the fish are all over which is a good thing!
April 19
The Salmon fishing was good at the Soquel Hole today. The anglers are finding bird piles along the edge of the Soquel Hole with Salmon feeding below. There were some limits reported at 36'51/121'57 and 36'51/121'54. The anglers near the canyon in the deep water at Moss Landing did good as well. The weather was nice in the morning but it did blow in the afternoon. The Rock fishing has been good in the deep water.
April 18
The Salmon bite continues to be good for the anglers trolling and mooching. There were some good scores of Salmon caught on the east side of the Soquel Hole near 36'51/121'53 and 36'51/121'55. There was a good bit near Moss Landing in the middle of the canyon. There were good scores for most of the boats out there. I fished near Moss Landing and caught 4 nice Salmon in the 10-12 pound range. We caught the Salmon on Chrome Krippled Anchovies and Glow Krippled Anchovies. The majority of the anglers were catching fish from 40-90 feet down. The wind stayed down all morning but it did blow around 1:00. The Rock fishing was decent at Natural Bridges.

April 17
The water has moved around due to the winds so there are little pockets of fish all around the Soquel Hole. There was a boat who was Rock fishing and saw Whales and bait jumping up near 4 Mile Beach in 170- 200 feet of water. The Moss Landing area to Monterey has a bunch of clear blue and green water which is usually not good for Salmon. The area at the tip of the Soquel Hole was good for some of the anglers who fished early. There were some limits caught from 36'51/121'57 to 36'51/121'55. The majority of the fish were caught trolling Anchovies 80-180 feet down. The wind stayed down until noon and things look good for Thursday. The Rock fish was a little better due to calmer winds.
April 16
The Salmon fishing was decent for the few boats who went out in the wind. There were some decent scores at the tip of the Soquel Hole (36'51/121'57). The Rock fishing was slower due to wind and swell. There were only a few boats fishing and the majority of them caught 1-4 Salmon on the troll. The wind has moved the water around and the Soquel Hole has the most feed and life. There were some limits reported from the party boats in front of Moss Landing. There have been some fish caught near Davenport. The wind is expected to be less tomorrow.
April 15
The fishing for Salmon was good for some of the anglers near the tip of the Soquel Hole. There were some limits caught at 36'51/121'57 to 36'50/121'55. There were a few Salmon caught in 130 feet of water near Capitola. The anglers near Mulligan's and Soldiers did decent in 180-220 feet of water. The majority of the Salmon were caught 60-120 feet down. The Krippled Anchovies and Blue Kajikis were working well. The wind was down until noon but it did get bad until 2:00.
April 14
The Salmon fishing was pretty good for most anglers who fished on both sides of the Soquel Hole. There were some limits caught near the bottom at 36'51/121'59. The area from 36'49/121'57 down to 36'50/121'55 was good for the anglers who worked hard. The bite was good around 7:00 and 11:00. The Salmon are being caught near the bottom but there were some fish caught 80-150 feet down. The best bet has been trolling Chrome Krippled Anchovies, Glow Krippled Anchovies, and Pearl Krocodiles. The area near Moss Landing was slower today near the Sand Plant.
April 13
The fishing near the Soquel Hole was pretty good for most anglers. There were some limits reported at 35'50/121'55 and 36'51/121'56. The majority of the Salmon were caught in 180-280 feet of water and 100-180 down. There were some limits caught on the west side of the Soquel Hole in 250 feet of water on the bottom. The area from Mulligan's to Soldiers Club is still producing some nice Salmon. The area at 36'47/121'50 was good for Salmon the majority of the fish down near Moss Landing and Monterey were caught in 170-220 feet of water. The majority of the Salmon down there were caught 40-110 feet down. The Glow Krippled Anchovies, U.V. F.B.R.'s, Chrome Krippled Anchovies, Green Hoochies, and Watermelon Apexes were working good today. The Rock fishing was decent near Natural Bridges. The wind stayed down until 1:00.
April 12
The Salmon fishing was good today. There were some limits reported on the east edge of the Soquel Hole at 36'51/121'57. The majority of the fish at the Soquel Hole were caught 110-200 feet down. There were some solid scores for the moochers and trollers near Soldiers Club. The anglers are fishing from the Sand Plant to Soldiers Club in 180-220 feet of water. The majority of the Salmon were caught on Anchovies 80-110 feet down. The wind was not as bad as expected and the swell dropped. The weekend should be a good time to catch Salmon so we will see you soon!
April 11
The Salmon waters have been windy for the last few days. There has been a few fish caught at the east end of the Soquel Hole. The Soldiers Club was good this morning for the anglers who braved the wind. The weekend is looking good so we will see you soon!
April 10
The weather was not bad today and the few boats who fished the east side of the Soquel Hole caught fish. The Salmon were caught in the same area on Blue Kajikis, Chrome Krippled Anchovies, and Watermelon Apexes. The Salmon were caught 180-220 feet down near 36'50/121'57. The weather was decent until 11:00 am. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges.
April 9
The fishing for Salmon was decent for the few people who went out in the wind. There were a few fish caught at 36'50/121'55. The wind blew hard at 9:00. There were only a few fish caught due to very few people fishing.
April 8
The Salmon fishing was slower in the morning but it turned on in the afternoon. The area near Moss Landing was slow but there were a few fish caught near the yellow can. I fished near 36'51/121'57 and 36'50/121'54 in 170-250 feet of water. We caught a few fish in the morning 140 feet down. In the afternoon the bite turned on and we ended up with limits. We caught the majority of our fish on Chrome Krippled Anchovies and Glow with red nose Krippled Anchovies. The Salmon we caught were down 150-200 feet down. The wind was not bad until one. The deep water Rock fishing has been good but the swell has slowed down the inshore bite.
April 7
The Salmon fishing was great on the east end of the Soquel Hole to the Pajaro flats. There were limits reported around 36'50/121'56 down to 36'50/121'52. The majority of the limits were caught trolling 110-190 feet down. The Salmon were biting near Mulligan Hill in the same depth of water early this morning. There were some early limits reported from Moss Landing as well. There were some boats who went out in the afternoon on the east side of the Soquel Hole and caught limits in a hour. The wind was down all day but there was some swell. The swell slowed the Rock fishing so go for the Salmon!
April 6
The Salmon fishing was good for some and slow for others. There were a few good scores on the east edge of the Soquel Hole to Pajaro. The majority of the Salmon were being caught in 200-250. The Salmon were biting Glow Krippled Anchovies, Green F.B.R.'s, and Blue Kajikis. The majority of the Salmon were caught 110-220 feet down. The Mulligan's area did produce some nice Salmon in 190-240 feet of water. The Soquel Hole was decent with some scores of 1-3 fish a boat. I did not get any reports of anglers looking up near Davenport despite the incidental Salmon being caught there all last week. The best bite was around 7:00 to 10:00 during the tide change. The Rock fishing remains good. There have been some Halibut caught near Natural Bridges and the Cement Ship. The wind was blowing for the south in the morning but then it laid down.
April 5
There were only a few anglers fishing for Rock fish today. The weather was not bad with a small swell and a little south wind. We will see what happens for the Salmon opener tomorrow.
April 4
The Rock fish and Lingcod continue to be caught near Natural Bridges and Davenport. The weather has been odd with south winds and swell and flat calm days. A few Halibut have been caught on the beaches near Rio del Mar. The Striped Bass continue to bite Swim Baits and Lucky Crafts near Marina.
April 3
The Rock fishing continues to be good for the anglers fishing. The wind was down in the morning and the swell was small.
April 2
There were only a few boats out on the water today for Rock fish. There were some nice Lingcod and Rock fish caught on the west side of Santa Cruz. The weather was not to bad but it was raining.
April 1
The Rock fishing was good today. There were limits caught by 10:00 am near Natural Bridges. The wind stayed down all morning. There have been a few Halibut caught near Capitola. The Salmon opens Saturday so get ready!
March 14
The Rock fishing is going to open on April 1 and the Salmon season opens April 6. It is time to get ready!
There have been some nice Halibut caught trolling near the Cement Ship. The big Sand Dabs and Sole are being caught in 300 feet of water. There have been a few incidental Salmon caught while fishing for Sand Dabs on the east side of the Soquel Hole. The Surf Perch have been on the bite near Rio del Mar. There have been a few Striped Bass caught on Lucky Kraft Minnows. The weather has been nice and the Santa Cruz Harbor is open with no problems.
March 7
We have live Ghost Shrimp, Blood Worms, and Pile Worms for your surf fishing! Get some and win the Sand Crab Classic!
March 3
The Salmon and Rock fishing is about to start in April. Stop by and get ready now. If you need reels or rods serviced this is the time to do it. We will have some Pile Worms for the Perch tournament this weekend coming up!
Jan 27
The weather is great and the harbor mouth is fine due to small swells. There were some reports of a Halibut being caught trolling near the Cement Ship. The Sand Dabs are biting in 150-220 feet of water near Pajaro. There have been some incidental Salmon caught and released while fishing for Sand Dabs. The Soquel and San Lorenzo rivers have been producing some quality Steelhead. The Steelhead are biting Roe, Night crawlers, Pink Worms, and Little Cleos. The Surf Perch fishing has been great with reports of 10-15 inch fish being reported from the beaches south of Rio del Mar.

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