June 15, 2015    Headlines

Salmon Slows but rockfish are biting

Fort Bragg:
Captain Justin Wilder of Hooked on Mendo Sport Fishing reported Sunday 6-14, “Salmon fishing remains slow in Fort Bragg, and we tried for salmon for a short time in windy ocean conditions on Sunday before switching over to rockfishing. The salmon haven’t quite shown up yet.” Despite a fast drift in the wind, they managed to pick up a few rockfish. He combined a group with the Telstar on Friday, and they went south for quality ling cod including three in the high teens. He will be taking out a Fishsniffer charter with Ernie Marlan within the next few weeks. They have been focusing on rockfish either north or south of the harbor.
The salmon bite has been very slow in Shelter Cove as well. While a few very scattered salmon have been caught every week the majority of boats are targeting rockfish and waiting and praying for the salmon to arrive.

Fort Bragg:
Justin Wilder of Hooked on Mendo picked up 2 salmon for 4 clients on Saturday before switching to rockfish on Sunday 6-7. He said, “The salmon water is moving back in, and another charter came back with 5 salmon on Sunday along with private boats picking up a few fish.” Rockfishing was outstanding on Sunday with 17 ling cod including big fish at 20.5 pounds along with some 15’s and 10’s to go with 33 rockfish. He added, “Most of our customers are content to jig big lures, and the big baits are going to hold down the rockfish counts.” He will be running rockfish, salmon, or rockfish/salmon combos throughout the week.

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