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WT posted 06-24-2005 01:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
I'm planning on getting limits of rock cod next Friday. How crazy will it be at the ramp? Will I need to get ther before 5 AM?

(Last Saturday I was at the ramp at Moss Landing at 4:30 AM and there was already a line.)

I hope to see some fellow Whalers out there this season.


elaelap posted 06-26-2005 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     

I can't decide whether I'm going this coming Friday or not. I DO think it will be crazy at the dock, especially with opening day coinciding with the long Fourth of July weekend, but in my experience with the Westside ramp if you get there by 5:30 a.m. you'll beat the long lines. It was miserable this past weekend with Father's Day crowds, but I got there real early and dozed in my camper for an hour or so before launching. As I'm sure you know, sometimes retrieving one's boat is a much bigger pain than launching, especially when it's blowing a little in the harbor and ten or fifteen boats at a time are jostling around in front of the ramp waiting to pull out. Last Sunday I got my two salmon by noon and yanked my boat before the crowd gathered. If I had waited until two or three in the afternoon I probably would have tied up in an empty slip in Porto Bodega for a couple of hours and thus avoided the craziness at the ramp (I know that might not always be an option for you, since you have a lengthy tow back to Sacramento after a long day of fishing).

I'm mighty tempted to just skip opening day and the whole July 4th weekend, but I know myself too well to imagine that I'll be able to resist when the time comes, so look for me very early Friday or give a shout on channel 77 and/or 9 when you leave the harbor. If you catch me in the right mood I might even show you one of my secret ling cod spots :-).


WT posted 06-27-2005 01:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I hope you can sneak out Friday. I plan on being at the ramp around 5-5:30 am and hope to get north of the Russian River by 6-6:30 am. Perhaps I'll troll for salmon after we limit out on rock cod. :)

I'm going to be in Las Vegas Tuesday through Thursday for our 25th wedding anniversary. I may be a bit tired when I leave my house at 3 am but I'll be there.

Anyone else is welcome to run with me.


17 bodega posted 06-28-2005 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Hah! I knew this was coming Warren! I'm going to try for it, weather permitting. I have one deck hand, smiles, coffee, and lots of jigs. I think you will be ok at the ramp at the hour you suggest, espeically west side with the 2 lane traffic. It won't be as crazy as moss, but be prepared for the usual zoo conditions. There is a good salmon bite too. have your hootchie/flasher and downrigger ready. Bring lots of ziploc bags and give yourself an hour to clean fish!

hope to see you guys out there. All the partyboats will be with you at Ft. Ross.

I'd like to get a halibut myself. Only shorties for me so far.


17 bodega posted 06-28-2005 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Happy 25th too by the way!

She must like all the fish you bring her to allow for all your fishing! I need counsel from you guys that manage the fishing passes. My girlfriend likes rockfishing but hates salmon trolling.

17 bodega posted 06-28-2005 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Looks like it might blow in the afternoon on Friday. Watch out for the game warden on the rockfish and salmon on board. I think the deal is once you have salmon on board, all hooks must be barbless. Stupid rule but the tickets are big bucks.

Rock cod secret spots are useless unless you are socked in by fog. just follow the partyboats, and get in even closer to shore than the party boats can. We got whalers!!

elaelap posted 06-29-2005 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Man I get so confused at the start of every rockfish season about the salmon/rockfish overlap regulations. I don't know whether you're right about using only barbless hooks for rockfish after you've caught a salmon, Steve, but I sure ain't saying you're wrong. I think another one we better remember is if you've caught rockfish and then decide to troll for salmon you can't fish in water any deeper than 120 feet...I think. I'm going to break down and go over to Coastside and try to figure this stuff out yet again before Friday. And hopefully they will again have that great downloadable color chart showing the legal and illegal rockfish, the limits, the bag limits, the combo limits, etc, etc. I laminate that and keep it on board and it helps a little. Damn, I'm getting too old for's almost as bad as trying to figure out the lyrics to my kids' favorite Sublime songs.

Tight lines, guys. I suspect I'll see you there on Friday...against my better judgment.


I've been out four times in Cetaceous and once in George's 6-Pak (Sandy Ann) over the past eight days...lots of salmon but only one barely over 20 lbs. Today was a little breezy from the south with somewhat confused seas and 7-8 ft swells, but no noticable whitecaps, which was strange with the wind across the waves. We fished all the way down to the end of 10-Mile Beach, close in and out to 270 ft of water. My pal and I got one 10 pounder each; some boats did real well with large fish and near limits. Yesterday was very hot with many limits by nine or ten o'clock, but naturally I missed it because I had to (yuck) work ;-(

17 bodega posted 06-29-2005 03:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Heh.. Tony.... use the "F" word regularly and you have sublime songs down. Anything about the "F" word and police and you're on the right track.

I haven't seen the rockfish charts this year, but usually there are some F&G guys around with some laminated versions on opening day. It's in the regulations book too, you just rip it out and take it to kinko's for a couple of bucks to laminate it. I still have mine from last year.

What sucks is when I was in the Morro Bay area two weeks ago, the party boats were reeling up rockfish nonstop at 220 feet of water. Not fair!

Glad you guys got the salmon. I got limits on Sun at the 13/4 spot. It was a 7 pounder and a smaller keeper. I was reading the scale wrong on that 15. Should have known you were right. :-) I miss hearing George on the radio. He is my favorite to listen to of all the captains. He's just got that crackle to his voice and good humor.

Anyway, It will be cool to see you and Warren if the weather is good. I'm still more thrilled with the salmon than the rockfish.

We should get some kind of Bodega gig together where we all at least break some bread before we head off to unhook the boats. Maybe eat some of Ricks fish and chips.


elaelap posted 06-30-2005 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Well, looks like I'm gonna give it a try tomorrow with my brother-in-law. I knew I couldn't resist when the time came. Weather report looks fair, for the morning at least. I'm launching from Westside before six (unless there's already a huge line) and then heading up to Porto Bodega to pick up my passenger. Hope to see or at least chat (chs 77 & 9) with you fanatics at some point.


If the early salmon bite is hot I might pass altogether on the rockfish, but qui sais?

17 bodega posted 06-30-2005 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Yeah. I'll be there to check it out too. Not sure about the slog up to fort ross in the 8 x 8... could be a long ride home and I have to work in the afternoon. The salmon was supposedly around 10 mile today, which isn't a good ride home in Loolee in the current forecast either. I heard about some fish caught around the whistle and jingle bells, which could be the ticket with all the bull about 120 feet. You were right by the way with your post above, unless you unload the salmon and go back to cod. Big pain.

See you out there. I bet Warren will be there too.


elaelap posted 06-30-2005 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm probably going to hang pretty close as well, Steve, if I decide to go for rockfish. Maybe we'll just fish off Mussel Pt and the Salmon Creek reef. I got a 24 lb ling there last year on very light gear...what a gas. On the other hand I might shadow you and find out about some of your secret spots down near the Esteros. On the other, other, other hand, if the salmon bite is on like it was on Monday...rockfish can wait!

See ya tomorrow.


17 bodega posted 07-01-2005 12:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Heh... I hope someone has a secret spot because I'm supposed to have a beer battered fish fry with the kids Friday Night.
WT posted 07-01-2005 01:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
He Tony and Steve:

I just rolled in from Las Vegas. Looks like it might be 8X8 waves. I usually head up past the Russian River that about 14 miles.

I may have to find some rock cod spots closer in than 14 miles.

I'll monitor channel 77. I'm leaving at 3 am so I'll probably be at the ramp by 5:30.

Hope to see or hear you guys on the VHF.

Or call me on my cell phone 916-952-3333.


WT posted 07-02-2005 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
We went 20 miles north to Fort Ross in 6-8X9 waves. It was worth it. It was like taking candy from a baby.



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