July 2012

by greenwater on July 30, 2012

The past few days the ocean has flattened off and the salmon have gone back on a ridiculous bite. Hoards of fat kings running from 10 to 20 pounds are bitting hot and heavy a few miles outside of Humboldt Bay. Today bites came as fast as I could put lines in the water and despite loosing over a dozen fish, we had our limits of 14 on the boat in about an hour. I heard someone at the dock say "with the way those things are biting I’d be afraid to fall overboard. They’d probably eat me."

With the nice ocean and quick salmon limits we’ve been running some combo trips and looking for halibut. The bite has still been a little inconsistent but when the conditions line up the fish are there and willing to cooperate. The last day I tried it they were on the chew and we put on limits for 4 guys in under 2 hours. The fish went 12 lbs, 22 lbs, 34 lbs and 51 pounds. I wish it was always that easy.

The tuna water has broken down with last weeks wind but I’d expect to see it start building back up and pushing within range if we get an extended block of good weather. August and September are usually the prime months.

The Klamath is starting to get rolling with some great summer steelhead action and few fall kings starting. Action from Blue Creek to Blake’s Riffle has been great with more fish showing up everyday. Look for this one to really pop off big in the next couple weeks.


by greenwater on July 23, 2012

After six weeks of my reports reading like a broken record we’ve finally seen bit of shift. While the salmon fishing has still been excellent, it’s come back down to earth. The water has warmed and cleared moving the fish out of their normal haunts. The past few days I’ve been trolling and mooching tight to the beach for a steady bite on big kings running 15 to 25 pounds. While we’ve still managed to come away with limits every day I’ve had to fish until 1:30 to get it done which feels like a long day after weeks of being finished by 9 am.

With the flat weather and warm water we made our first tuna run of the season. We found 59 degree water just 13 miles from the harbor and while the action wasn’t fast and furious, there were some fish to be caught. Most of our stops were singles on the troll with a couple slide fish and one quadruple hookup. It wasn’t the big payoff we always hope to find when we head offshore but it’s really just getting to be that time of year. The next couple months will surely bring more opportunities.


by greenwater on July 14, 2012

The reports are still reading like a broken record. Limits of salmon every day this summer. If there’s any change, the bites been getting even better. Today I mooched less than a mile from the harbor entrance and had 15 pound kings fighting over our baits 10 feet under the boat. We had 4 fish over 20 pounds today which are little nicer than the average grade this season.

The halibut bite hasn’t been red hot but if you put the time in there are some nice fish to be caught. The past few days we’ve had breezy conditions which makes fishing them near impossible but on monday we gave it a few hours and came away with a couple nice ones to show for it.

In the next few weeks these salmon will start entering the Klamath and I think we’re in for a really special season. With the biggest run forecast in a lot of years I’m really looking forward to this one. I’ve got a few dates left in early September for the peak of the run but they’re getting limited. Give me a call (707) 845 9588 or shoot me an email if you’d like to get in on the action


by greenwater on July 4, 2012

The Eureka salmon bite is starting to sound like a broken record. Quick limits of nice kings day after day. We’re around 40 charters into our season and we’re still haven’t had a single day where we didn’t fill out all all our salmon. Most of the fish are running a respectable 12 to 16 pounds now with some bigger ones up into the mid and high 20′s. It really doesn’t get any better. The halibut bite has also been on upswing with action getting more consistent on fish running 20 to 60 pounds.

On the Klamath, the springer bite finally went on a pretty good tear with boats scoring up to 8 fish a day. Summer steelhead were showing up as well and get caught while salmon fishing but with the flows still high people weren’t targeting them yet. As soon as the water drops sidedrifting for them will become an option.