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Fishing Report

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June 12
The fog stayed here all day making the winds calm. There was a south swell this morning but it seems to be fading. The rock fishing was good up the coast near Davenport. The halibut fishing was good at Pajaro and near Capitola.
June 11
The water was calm all morning due to the dense fog. The anglers caught limits trolling and drifting squid, herring, and anchovies. The anglers had good luck in 40-60 feet of water from Rio del Mar to Pajaro. There were a few nice halibut caught on the west side of Santa Cruz. The rock fishing was good near Davenport and Wilder beach.
June 10
The halibut fishing continues to be good from Capitola to Pajaro around the squid spawn. There were some good scores of halibut in 30-60 feet of water. The anglers fishing up the coast caught a variety of rock fish, lingcod, and halibut. The surf anglers are doing well on Lucky Crafts, Kastmasters, and Big Hammers. There are striped bass from Manresa to Marina. The halibut are slowly coming into the shallow water near New Brighten. The wind was calm all morning but there was a 4 foot south swell.
June 9
The rock fishing was good today near 4 Mile Beach and Davenport. The halibut fishing was good near Capitola to Pajaro. The anglers have been trolling and drifting squid. The anglers surf fishing are still catching a few nice striped bass and halibut. The Big Hammer swim baits are working well for the halibut. The striped bass are biting on Battle Stars and Kastmasters. The wind was calm all morning but the swell was building.
June 8
The inshore fishing picked back up today due to the calmer conditions. The anglers had luck on halibut from Moss Landing to Santa Cruz. There were some good scores trolling the flats near Pajaro and Moss Landing. The Mile Buoy and the west side of Santa Cruz produced some quality halibut. The shallow water near Capitola had some smaller halibut biting bait and Big Hammer's. The rock fishing was good near Davenport and Wilder Beach. The wind stayed down all morning due to the fog. The shore anglers are catching more striped bass and halibut. The perch fishing has been slower due to the last swell. I did hear one angler looking for tuna 10 miles out of Santa Cruz but I did not hear of any fish caught.
June 7
The swell is slowly fading and the fishing was a little better compared to yesterday. There were some halibut caught and rock fish caught on the west side of Santa Cruz. There have been some nice halibut and sea bass caught near Capitola. The wind was down all morning due to the fog.
June 6
There was a large mix of swells today which slowed the action. There were still some halibut caught near Rio del Mar and Capitola. The west side is still producing some rock fish despite the swell. There were a few halibut caught on the west side in deeper water. The anglers near Manresa are catching some nice striped bass.
June 5
The rock fishing was a little slower due to the building swell. There were still good scores of rock fish and lingcod near Natural Bridges. The bait is in and anglers are finding squid and sardines. There has been some success trolling and casting swim baits for the halibut. The halibut fishing has been good in Capitola and on the west side of Santa Cruz. The wind was down in the morning and the swell did not fill in until the evening.
June 4
The inshore rock fishing was good in the morning by Davenport and 4 Mile Beach. The anglers have been finding halibut near the schools of bait in Capitola. There were some nice halibut caught on the west side of Santa Cruz. The were a few sea bass caught near the Mile Buoy. The wind was down in the morning but it did come up in the afternoon. The swell was slowly building today.
June 3
The halibut fishing continues to improve in Santa Cruz. There were some nice halibut caught near Capitola and the Cement Ship. The rock fishing was good near Davenport and Wilder Beach. There were some nice halibut caught on the west side of Santa Cruz. The majority of the halibut are being caught in shallow water. There were a few sea bass caught of the shore on swim baits. The wind was calm and the swell was small.
June 2
The inshore fishing was decent for rock fish near South Rock and Natural Bridges in the morning. The halibut anglers are doing well near Capitola and Aptos in 30-50 feet of water. The wind came up early today but the swell remained small. The shore anglers are catching halibut and striped bass from New Brighten to Pajaro.
June 1
The halibut fishing has finally picked up in Santa Cruz and Capitola. There were some good scores of halibut caught near Capitola and the Mile Buoy. The bait and warm water has moved in. The rock fishing was good up the coast in the morning near Davenport. The wind was down in the morning and swell was small.
May 31
The inshore fishing for halibut was good from Capitola to Pajaro. The bait is moving in and shore anglers are catching halibut as well. The rock fishing was good up the coast near Davenport. The wind was down in the morning and the swell is still small.
May 29 & 30
The inshore halibut fishing was good near Capitola. The rock fishing was good near Davenport. The wind has been down in the morning and the swell is small.
May 28
The inshore rock fishing was great up the coast near Davenport. The halibut bite was good near Capitola today. The wind was down until noon and the swell is small. The striped bass are still being caught near Marina. There have been a few striped bass caught near the San Lorenzo river mouth. The halibut are biting near New Brighten for shore anglers.
May 27
The inshore rock fishing was good from Davenport to Natural Bridges today. There were some nice halibut caught trolling and drifting near Capitola. The bait fish have moved in and the shore anglers are catching some halibut. The wind was calm all morning and the swell is small.
May 26
The halibut fishing has turned on here in Santa Cruz and Capitola due to the bait fish moving in. There were some good scores of halibut caught trolling near the Cement Ship. The anglers fishing for rock fish up the coast caught limits. There were a few halibut caught near Wilder Ranch. The shore anglers caught some halibut near New Brighten. The striped bass are still biting well near Moss Landing. The swell has dropped and the wind stayed down all morning.
May 25
The rock fishing was better today on the west side of Santa Cruz up to Davenport. There were limits of rock fish and lingcod caught in 40-80 feet of water. The halibut fishing improved for shore and boat anglers. There were some nice halibut caught near the Mile Buoy and New Brighten beach. The wind was not bad in the morning and is expected to improve the rest of the weekend.
May 24
The wind was up today but a few anglers did troll in front of the harbor for halibut. The halibut anglers are trolling herring and hoochies near the Mile Buoy. The anglers caught 1-3 halibut in 40-60 feet of water. The rock fishing was decent near South Rock for a few hours in the morning. The wind is expected to come down on Sunday.
May 22-23
The report has been the same with inshore rock fish being the best bet. There were a few halibut caught. The swell is starting to drop today but there is wind expected for tomorrow. The end of the weekend looks best for calm conditions.
May 21
The inshore rock fishing was good up the coast this morning. The halibut are starting to come in now that there is some bait around. There were some halibut caught near the Mile Buoy and in Capitola. The shore anglers are catching striped bass and perch. There have been a few halibut caught from the pier and near Pleasure Point. The swell is slowly dropping and the wind has been coming up around noon.
May 20
The swell is still here and there was some wind blowing offshore. The few anglers who went fishing caught a mix of rock fish and lingcod. There were some bigger halibut caught. The shore anglers are still catching striped bass and perch.
May 19
The inshore rock fishing was better today for the anglers fishing up the coast. There were some halibut caught near the Mile Buoy and Capitola. The shore anglers are doing well on the striped bass and perch. The south swell picked up today and brought some warmer water. We hope to see more bait fish with the warm water.
May 18
The rock fishing was decent today near South Rock and Davenport. There were a few halibut caught in Capitola. The south swell picked up in the morning so the bite was not as good as yesterday. The anglers who fished in 80-100 feet of water did better on the rock fish and lingcod. The striped bass are still being caught on Battle Stars, Calissas, and Lucky Crafts.
May 17
The halibut fishing is getting better for the anglers working hard. There were some nice halibut caught near the Lighthouse and on the west side of Santa Cruz. The anglers have been drifting squid, herring, and anchovies. The rock fishing was good near Davenport. Ano Nuevo has been great for bigger lingcod. The striped bass are still being caught on the beaches. The wind was down in the morning and the swell was small.
May 16
The water conditions were great today due to the calm winds and no swell. There were some nice lingcod caught at South Rock. The anglers up the coast caught a mix of inshore rock fish and lingcod. The halibut is still slowly getting better. There were a few halibut caught near the Mile Buoy and near Capitola.
May 14 & 15
The inshore rock fishing remains good on the west side of Santa Cruz. There have been a few halibut caught near the Mile Buoy and Capitola. The wind is calm and the swell is dropping.
May 13
The fog was here all morning but when it cleared at noon the wind came up. The rock fishing was good on the west side of Santa Cruz. There were a few halibut caught. The south swell should be helping the water warm up. The warmer temperature should bring in more halibut and bait fish.
May 12
The inshore rock fishing is still going good up the coast. There was some swell today so most anglers were trying for rock fish and lingcod. There were a few nice halibut caught near the Mile Buoy and Capitola. The shore anglers are still catching halibut, striped bass, and perch. The wind stayed down due to the fog that was here all morning. The anglers who went looking for tuna yesterday saw lots of marine life but no tuna.
May 11
The fishing for rock fish continues to be good up the coast. The halibut are starting to be caught on the west side of Santa Cruz down to Capitola. There were some halibut caught near Franklin Point while rock fishing. There was one boat who went looking for tuna about 40-60 miles out. I have not heard anything from them. The weather is flat calm and foggy.
May 8-10
The inshore fishing is still going well for the anglers who are working hard. There was a south swell for a few days but anglers did still catch some nice fish. There were some halibut caught on the west side of Santa Cruz. The inshore rock fishing was good near Davenport and Franklin Point. The anglers in Capitola did catch some rock fish but there is a red tide down there. The shore anglers are still catching striped bass, halibut, and perch. The wind has been calm.
May 7
The inshore fishing was good for lingcod near South Rock. There were a few halibut caught near the Mile Buoy and Capitola. The inshore fishing has been good for striped bass and perch. The wind did blow in the afternoon today and the swell was a little bigger.
May 6
The water conditions were great today. There were some nice halibut caught in Capitola. The rock fishing was decent near South Rock. The lingcod were biting on the west side. The shore anglers are still catching a mix of striped bass, halibut, and perch.
May 5
The wind was up but a few anglers fished the South Rock and the Mile Buoy. There were some nice lingcod, rock fish, and halibut caught. The shore anglers are catching some striped bass, perch, and halibut. The wind is predicted to be calm this week.
May 4
Stormy.
May 3
The rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges. There were some nice lingcod caught at South Rock. The halibut fishing has been decent near Capitola. The shore anglers did well on striped bass, perch, and halibut. The wind was down in the morning.
May 2
The fishing is still going well for inshore rock fish. There were a few halibut caught in 60 feet of water near the Mile Buoy and Capitola. The bait fish are starting to move in near Pleasure Point. There were some halibut caught by beach anglers near Capitola. The wind was calm until noon.
May 1
The inshore conditions were calm all morning today. There was a mix of rock fish and lingcod caught in 120 feet or less. There were a few halibut caught in Capitola. The striped bass are still biting on Lucky Crafts near the west side. The conditions look good for tomorrow.
April 30
The deep water fishing was decent today in the gusty wind. There were some big rock fish caught in the deep water. The near shore fishing for 120 feet in begins tomorrow. We hope to see some more halibut and lingcod caught. The wind is finally slowing down.
April 29
The wind is still here but a few anglers did go fishing. The deep water rock fishing was good but choppy. The halibut are starting to be caught near the Mile Buoy. The striped bass are being caught on the west side of Santa Cruz on Lucky Crafts and Battle Stars.
April 28
The wind was up on the deep water rock fishing grounds but a few anglers did give it a try. There were some nice rock fish and lingcod caught in the deep water on the west side. There have been a few scores of 1-2 halibut caught near the Mile Buoy. The anglers were trolling and drifting bait for the halibut. The striped bass are starting to show up on the beaches past Moss Landing. The Lucky Crafts, Battle Stars, and Kastmasters are working well. Were hoping to see some better weather for the inshore opener on May 1.
April 27
There were a few boats who made it out to the deep water in the windy conditions. The anglers did get limits but the weather was nasty. The inshore was decent for the first part of the morning. There were a few halibut caught near the Mile Buoy. The wind is expected to stay here for a few more days.
April 26
The wind blew hard again today and things are not looking good for Saturday. The wind is going to be up on the deep water rock fish grounds. We will keep you posted.
April 25
The wind came up today so most anglers tried for halibut. There were a few halibut caught in Capitola. The wind is expected to blow hard tomorrow.
April 24
The wind was calmer today and a few boats made it out for deep water rock fish and halibut. The deep water produced quality limits. The halibut fishing was decent near the Mile Buoy.
April 23
South wind blew hard so not much to report.
April 22
The deep water rock fishing is still going great. There were some nice sole caught in the deep as well. There were a few halibut caught in Capitola. The wind was calm today but there is some south wind expected tomorrow.
April 21
The deep water rock fishing was great today due to the calm conditions. There were a few halibut caught trolling in Capitola. There were some bonito caught near the Cement Ship. The striped bass are starting to be caught near the river mouths.
April 20
The rock fishing remains great in the deep federal waters. There were some nice sole and sable fish caught in the deep looking for the rock fish. There were a few halibut caught in Capitola. The wind was calm all morning and the swell is small.
April 19
The deep water rock fishing was great today in federal waters. The water conditions were calm all day. There were a few boats looking for bluefin near the Fingers and the Dog Bone. The anglers did see bait, birds, and whales. I did not hear of any tuna caught today. The halibut fishing is getting better near Capitola. There have been some nice halibut caught in Monterey as well.
April 18
The swell made the water bumpy but the wind stayed down. There were good scores of rock fish and sole in the deep water.
April 17
The south swell came up today and is expected to stay until tomorrow. There were a few deep water rock fish caught. The halibut fishing is starting to get better.
April 16
The deep water rock fishing in federal waters remains great. There were limits of big rock fish caught straight out and up the coast. The wind stayed down all morning.
April 15
The sun came out today and the weather is improving. There were some deep water rock fish caught in federal waters. The wind is looking good for the next few days.
April 13 &14
Stormy!
April 12
The rock fishing was good in the deep federal waters today. The wind stayed down and the swell dropped. There was a boat fishing black cod near Davenport that saw schools of bluefin feeding.
April 10 & 11
The deep water rock fishing is still going great in federal waters. There were some halibut caught near Capitola. The few anglers looking for bluefin from the Soquel Hole to Monterey did not see much. The wind was calm in the morning but it did come up around noon.
April 9
The deep water rock fishing continues to be good in federal waters. There have been a few halibut caught near Capitola and New Brighton beach. There were a few boats looking for bluefin in the canyons today. The anglers looked from the Soquel Hole to Carmel. I did hear of one fish caught on a Mad Mack near Cypress Point. The wind was calm until noon.
April 8
There were 2 boats looking for bluefin today. The anglers were looking near the canyons from Soquel Hole down to Monterey. There were some good signs but no tuna were seen boiling. The rock fishing was good early in the deep water. The wind was on and off with gusts to 15 knots.
April 7
There were more bluefin spotted today by one of the party boats. There were bluefin about 7 miles out of Moss Landing. There were a few bluefin caught with Mad Macks and Knife Jigs about 14 miles straight out of Santa Cruz. The bluefin were spotted from the west side of Santa Cruz to the point of Monterey. The rock fishing continues to be good in the deep federal waters. The lingcod are biting in the deep water as well. The halibut are slowly coming into the shallows. The perch fishing is still good near Rio del Mar.
April 6
The weather was calm in the morning and anglers caught a nice mix of rock fish and lingcod in the deep water. The anglers are still fishing in federal waters out of Santa Cruz. There were a few halibut caught near Capitola. There were some rock fish anglers who said they saw bluefin straight out of Santa Cruz in the canyon.
April 5
The storm is slowly clearing up and the ocean conditions are expected to improve Saturday. we will keep you posted on how things go Saturday.
April 3
The deep water rock fishing is keeping anglers busy in federal waters. There were some quality rock fish caught today. The wind was down until noon today. The halibut are slowly coming in to the shallow water.
April 2
The deep water rock fishing is keeping anglers busy in federal waters. There were some quality rock fish caught today. The anglers reported some wind in the morning on the rock fish grounds. The wind came down through the morning. The anglers looking for bluefin are seeing good signs and a few possible jumpers. I have not heard anyone catch a bluefin here yet. The anglers looked from Monterey to the Big Sur Canyon for the bluefin. There is bait, birds, and whales in the area.
April 1
The anglers who fished the federal deep water found a mix of rock fish today. There were a few boats who went looking for bluefin near Monterey. The anglers saw birds and whales but did not see any bluefin today. There have been a few halibut caught near Capitola. The perch fishing has been good near Rio del Mar. The swell was small but there was some bump on the water on the rock fish grounds. The weather looks good Tuesday.
March 30
There have been some bluefin eating balls of anchovies near the point of Monterey. There was a rumor of a 85 pound bluefin caught in that area. The halibut waters were stirred up due to the swell. See you Monday for deep water rockfish.
March 22
There were a few bluefin caught trolling Mad Macks outside the Farrlons. There was one boat that went looking for bluefin yesterday near the Fingers. The anglers near the Fingers did see bait and whales and good water conditions. The bluefin were not in the area yesterday near the Fingers. The majority of anglers are catching a few halibut near the Mile Buoy while testing their boats. The perch fishing has been good near the San Lorenzo River.
March 18
The deep water rock fishing is set to open on April 1 in the deep water only. The inshore rock fishing is set to open on May 1. There have been some halibut caught trolling near the Mile Buoy. The wind has not been bad in the mornings.
March 7
We will have live Pile and Blood Worms tomorrow.
Feb. 23
The season for rock fish and salmon will be determined in March meetings.
Jan 12
Crab fishing with is now open with hoops or pots. The crab endorsement from D.F.W. is needed for using pots. The weather was calm all day today.
Jan 5
The water conditions improved after the rain and swells. There were some crab and sand dabs caught near the Soquel Hole. The perch anglers are catching big fish on Honey Badger Grubs. The rock fishing is closed. The steelhead fishing has been decent at the San Lorenzo. We have roe and worms in stock.
Dec. 27
The wind was down but the swell was big. The rock fishing was great in the deep water.
Dec. 23
There were some nice crab caught on the east edge of the Soquel Hole. The deep water rock fishing was good near Davenport. The ocean conditions were calm.
Dec. 19
Stormy conditions.
Dec. 16
The crab fishing was good near the east edge of the Soquel Hole in 100-190 feet of water. There were some bonito caught in the middle of the canyon in front of Moss Landing. The deep water rock fishing was good near Davenport. The water conditions were great after the east wind eased mid morning.
Dec. 15
The anglers are still catching deep water rock fish and crab. There have been a few halibut caught in 60-80 feet of water. The perch fishing has been good near Manresa. The striped bass are being caught near the river mouths. The steelhead are around but some of the rivers are closed due to low flow. Make sure you check the regulations before you go steelhead fishing.


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