July 11, 2017    Headlines

Rockfish and Lings

Captain Justin Wilder of Hooked on Mendo Sport Fishing had one of those experiences that we all dread while on the ocean on Thursday 7-6, but thanks to a cool head, he was able to avert disaster by offloading his passengers onto another party boat while his deckhand was working the emergency pump. A clamp broke on a hose that went to a drain line at the water line, and they began to take on water. Wilder fixed the problem within minutes after locating the leak, but in the interim time, he chose to put his passengers onto a companion party boat. They were able to move under power back towards the harbor, and the Coast Guard arrived at the top of Ten Mile Beach to pump out the remainder of the water. Wilder said, “I made the decision to offload since it was a good ocean, and my customers are my top priority. We actually drove to the Ambush as they were still fishing, and the Coast Guard got to me at Ten Mile. We pumped what we didn’t get on our own, and the boat was literally dry within 3 seconds with their pump. I kept a cool head and did what I that was best, and I would do it the same way if the situation ever arises again. I am very happy that everyone is safe, and my only concern is that the media published a story without talking to me since the facts were different than reported.” Wilder got back on the horse on Friday with limits of rockfish and ling cod to 18 pounds along with Dungeness crab in the Westport area. That takes some resolve to get back on the horse after such an experience.

2017 Sport Salmon Season Options:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The final 2017 salmon options for the upcoming season have been released. There have been changes in the past few days and the reason for the update to this story. For sport anglers they range from good (greater Bay Area) to Bad (Monterey bay) to Ugly (Eureka) which will be closed to fishing this year. The link at the bottom contains all the details and we are posting the general options below. The one concern is that in all areas the third option calls for just a 30 day season in April. We are hoping that overall we see options that are close to what the 1st and 2nd options call for.
For commercial anglers it's sadly all bad news with very limited openings and time on the water.

Sport Options
Cal / Oregon border to Horse Mountain: All three options now call for a full closure for the waters from the Cal Oregon border to House Mountain will be closed for the 2017 season

Horse Mountain to Point Arena:
Option 1: April 1st to 30th. Then May 15th to October 31st
Option 2: April 1 to May 31st and then July 1st to the 12th and then September 1 through November 12th.
Option 3: April 1-30th.

Point Arena to Pigeon Point:
Option 1: April 1-30th then May 15th to October 31st
Option 2: April 1-30th then June 15th to October 31st.
Option 3: April 1-30th

Pigeon Point to Point Sur:
Option 1: April 1- July 15th
Option 2: April 1 to June 30th
Option 3: April 1-30th

Here's a link to the proposed recreational seasons

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