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In search of Great Whites at Farallon Islands.
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posted 03-20-2010 11:29 AM ET (US)
I want to run my 170 Montauk from San Francisco Bay to the Farallon Islands to spot some Great Whites this season.
If there is interest from other CW members, let's set a tentative date.
posted 03-21-2010 04:13 PM ET (US)
I want to see a great white.
If we get a few boats out there, we have a better chance of spotting one.
Is the Farallons part of the rockfish closure this year?
posted 03-21-2010 07:42 PM ET (US)
I'm on, pards. What a super mini-rendezvous this could make with half-a-dozen NorCal BWs all heading out together. Thanks for a great idea, WT; let's do it!
posted 03-21-2010 08:39 PM ET (US)
According to the links above, the best time to go is late September through November.
If I where to go alone I would probably have followed a party dive boat out to the Farallons. I suppose we can still follow a party boat out.
If no one else wants to go, we can leave out of Bodega Bay and either head back to Bodega Bay afterwards or towards the Golden Gate Bridge and inland to Petaluma.
This could be a great photo trip.
posted 03-21-2010 08:55 PM ET (US)
Yikes, WT. Bodega Bay down to the Farallons and then back against the wind and waves? I think your original idea is better. Launch and return from San Francisco or Sausalito.
posted 03-21-2010 09:20 PM ET (US)
If you pick your days it should be alright.
From the Berkeley ramp to the Southeast Farallon it's about 40 miles. From Bodega Bay's Westside ramp it's about 45 miles to the Southeast Farallon.
Leave around 6 AM get to the Farallons around 8 AM, cruise around/fish until 11 AM and get back to the ramp around 1 PM.
I can visualize catching a monster Ling Cod and getting it to my boat when a Great White lunges at it, just like in Jaws. :-O
posted 03-21-2010 09:31 PM ET (US)
Rockfishing is not open until June 13th.
Link to what is/is not open
Remember there are new areas closed to all fishing. Like around Bodega head and around any of the Farralon Islands and around Duxbury.
See the maps here: (Red area No Fishing/Blue and yellow special regulation areas).
Be careful where you go if you have fish in the boat. For example coming from North of Bodega back to the bay.
posted 03-21-2010 09:46 PM ET (US)
Fishmore, thanks for the heads up. I have inputted the GPS coordinates for the State Marine Reserves north of Bodega Bay but have not done it for the Farallons yet.
My understanding is that I may have fish on board while traveling through the State Marine Reserves, I just can not stop my boat or fish in the SMRs. I initial thought was that I had to go around and not enter the SMR waters north of Bodega Bay.
posted 03-21-2010 10:10 PM ET (US)
This sounds like it could be a lot of fun! With a support group we should have a blast! I am in. We can talk more at the rendezvous in May!
posted 03-22-2010 12:16 AM ET (US)
Here's another option. We could leave out of Half Moon Bay/Pillar Point ramp. It's only 33 miles uphill to the Southeast Farallons and might be an easy downhill ride back home.
Lots of options and we have lots of time until October-November.
posted 03-22-2010 09:56 PM ET (US)
Merde! I still have not made a west coast Rendevous and another one is already in the planning. Warren- I would love to do the run with you all. Again, I have to be on the right coast AND trailer our newer to us Outrage up there. But I have a local CW'er in So Cal who would also like to do the run.
I have no experience in the waters like Bodega Bay that Tony posts from.
posted 03-22-2010 10:54 PM ET (US)
I've had my Montauk to the Farallones a few times.
It's not a place to go with just one small boat.
It's not a place where you can schedule a date. There are
I'd leave from Half Moon Bay, NOT SF or Sausalito. The
I think the Farallones to Blowdega Bay would be across the
The MPAs allow transit with fish and gear on board. Just
(8) Transit or Drifting. Vessels shall be allowed to transit
gear, except legal fishing gear used to take species
posted 03-22-2010 10:57 PM ET (US)
What you need to do is watch the conditions, and on about Wed.
make a "maybe this weekend" call, and after the 3 pm forecast
comes out the day before, make a "meet up and we might go"
call, and make the final call at the launch ramp. And maybe
posted 03-23-2010 12:13 AM ET (US)
I agree with Chuck.
Half Moon Bay would be the easiest trip.
We can plan for every Saturday starting the end of September until we get a good day.
Meet at the Pillar Point parking lot at 5:30 am.
posted 03-23-2010 07:49 AM ET (US)
One more consideration is fuel. It's about 28 nm one way from
HMB to SE Farallon. Plan accordingly (BTW, if anybody needs
any plastic jerry cans, I've got a couple I'd like to sell
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