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Salmon Tub posted 04-12-2002 06:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Salmon Tub   Send Email to Salmon Tub  
OK, for all of you guys out here in lovely SF Bay Area, I am staring out the window of my office onto a beautiful, calm day. Tommorow is salmon opener, not much as far as info on where to go yet, but as always, I checked the weather sites, and low and behold, all the Small Craft Advisory warnings have just been flung up. I tell you, it has got to be some kind of set up with the Coast Guard, and the NOAA. They figure, its a Saturday, opening day, we don't want to be flooded with calls of dead batteries and out of gas boaters, so call the boys at NOAA and have them post a Small Craft Advisory so that half of the guys that would go out stay home, and we can enjoy a relatively peaceful saturday. You know how it will unfold, you will call the local bait shop to see how it was tommorow, and they'll say, it was beautiful, flat calm, have no idea where NOAA got their info for the weather reports. And monday, regardless of the weather, the reports will start to reflect the truth. Just the ravings of a mad whaler. P.S. this post had really nothing to do with Boston Whalers, but decided to place it here anyway.
andygere posted 04-12-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise: All the non-Whaler owners will stay home, and fishing pressure will be light. Keep your eye on the horizon and go get 'em!
Steve Leone posted 04-12-2002 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
hey salmon tub, the party boats have been going down to pigeon point. of course they may not travel as far now that it will open above. where are you located? i am in el cerrito near berkeley, ca. steve out.
Tom Byrum posted 04-12-2002 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
The small craft was just posted. It was variable to 15 all day. I am headed to Moss or Santa Cruz in the morning and I bet it will be a pond until 1 or so. Anyone else out give me a yell I will be on channel 19 & 11. Tom on Little Bear
Drisney posted 04-13-2002 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Remember when the salmon opener was on valentines day ? When the weather picked up then was more often and it seemed almost every year there was a ski boat upside down on the beach and Coast Guard searching...Dave
tflyer posted 04-13-2002 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for tflyer  Send Email to tflyer     
Hey Salmon Tub: If it'll make you feel any better. I got up at 3:30am, loaded the pickup and drove to Bodega. We were going to fish a new Skipjack 263-pilot house. Got the boat all loaded and ready to go and guess what? The flags at spud-pt. where standing straight out! Drove up the the head for a look-see...NASTY, 6 and 7 footers every 4sec.
Decided to go and have breakfast at the Sandpiper and wait it out. By 10:30 am we gave it up. Really no fish were caught and it was a Rough ride for those who went out. The bait and the fish are straight out @300 ft., no one could get there. The party boats came back with four small fish and a load of puking fisherman. Like you said earlier, the Pacific plays no favorites, it's either good for all or everybody turns tail. There'll be a another day, hope to have the Fontier out there in the next couple of weeks....Tom
andygere posted 04-14-2002 03:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
As I headed out of Santa Cruz this morning on my way to class, it was sunny and calm with glassy seas. Tom, did you make it down this way, and if so, any luck?
triblet posted 04-14-2002 08:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I got the last spot in the breakwater lot on
opening day at 6:20 a.m., and that only
because everybody else was afraid to try it
-- two big trailers on either side sloppping
into it. Two inches of clearance on each
side, and I surprised myself by getting in
and out on the first try. I really expected
to have to unhitch and push the boat by
hand. I was diving (I'd rather take fish
pictures), but the VHF chatter the first
two weekends was that those who knew what
they were doing were catching fish.
Yesterday, it seemed slower.

Andy, maybe up at the north end of Monterey
Bay it was calmer, but at the south end there
was a nasty wind chop. Lots of fishermen
going home after feeding the fishes.

We'll gotta go launch. At the least the
forecast has dropped from 4-8 foot WIND WAVES
to 3-6, biggest late and way south.


whalernut posted 04-14-2002 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
All you Slamon Fishermen are making me jealous, we really don`t have any Slamon in Lake Erie, I guess I`ll have to whine my way thru the millions of Steelhead we do have!!!! Good luck guys-Jack.
Tom Byrum posted 04-14-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Water was just as I predicted. Bathtub until 1 or so then the wind started. We went to Soquel Hole along with probably 100 other boats. Had to park up on the hill and take the shuttle. We had limits to 15#. All nice fish no dinks. You guys in Monterey Bay are really spoiled with the calm protected water you have. Andy I sent you a pic of our fish.
triblet posted 04-14-2002 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The north end of Monterey Bay (i.e., Soquel
Hole) is more sheltered than the south


jimh posted 04-15-2002 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed TOPIC; was (vulgar)--jimh.]
whaleryo posted 04-15-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
FYI - I believe the "Small Craft" in the Small Craft Warning applies to boats under 60 feet in length.

Salmon Tub posted 04-15-2002 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
First off, appologize for topic name, though I forgot what it was originally (sorry Jimh). Am feeling better now. Saturday seemed calm enough. Stayed in the bay chasing halibut. Did the long haul from Loch Lomond to Richmond Harbor, got bait, and proceeded to Oyster Point. At 18 miles, at Treasure Island, say 40 to 50 boats drifting, but did not want to stop short. Arived to Oyster Point to find .5 foot visibility in the water (muddy), and made a U-turn. Got back to the Island to find about 80 boats between it and Berkley. Fished until the top of the tide with no luck. Didn't see a single net swinging, neither on the party boats, nor on the private boats. Hit South Hampton, Paradise, and Sausalito, all to no avail. - Long Day. At Berkley, despite all the fishing boats, someone decided that they were going to have a rece, and so 40 or so sail boats proceeded to sail right through the fleet. Talk about chaos. I need to start working weekends, and get week days off. On sunday, it was howling, so I decided to shoot skeet. So, until next weekend, I can only stare out the window.
P.S., Triblet, where did you launch from? Steve, I am in Marin, out of Loch Lomond. Bait is still small, and water is still stained. The early morning high, and outgoing may be a different story next weekend.
triblet posted 04-15-2002 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I launched at the Monterey Breakwater to go
diving. Had 60+' visiblility below 60', which
is OUTSTANDING for Monterey. Linda found
a nice photogenic octopus, and we both got
some nice pictures. Unfortunately, when we
got home there was water in her camera.
She had to go back down to Monterey this
afternoon to drop it off with the repair
guy. Oh well, floods happen.

Conditions weren't bad in Monterey in the
morning, but both Saturday and Sunday it
really started to blow around 2:30.
Fortunately, I was back on the trailer by


andygere posted 04-15-2002 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Those are some nice looking salmon. I admit it is pretty nice to just roll out of bed and go fishing. I went early a week ago, and the wind came up hard and strong by 11 a.m. The fishing was great but the catching was lousy. I didn't see a fish all morning until I got back to the dock and saw the fatties my neighbor picked up just outside Moss. Anyway, if you want to go fishing and avoid the trailering and launching scene, just give me a call. My boat is in the water and ready to soon as our new little baby is born.
Tom Byrum posted 04-16-2002 01:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Thanks for the invite Andy but my crew wont let me fish without taking them with me. Say hi to Nancy. The trick to catching fish on Saturday was to go deep with green RSK from 80 to a 110 feet. Had to have downriggers to get to them. Sinker releases with balls only get to 50 - 55 feet. That was why some guys limited and most got skunked. Try mooching around 100 feet at gps numbers 52& 55.

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