by greenwater on June 15, 2014

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The gale force spring winds that held fishing in check last week have finally subsided.  The Eureka fleet hit the water again Wednesday anxious for its first peek at what was sure to be a shuffled deck.  The 10 days of hard breeze left exactly what everyone had hoped.  Cold, nutrient rich water had rolled from the depths and the stage was set for that which this port is so famous.  Really good salmon fishing!
By Thursday the ocean had flattened out and warm weather combined with easy limits put smiles on everyone’s faces.  The fish were scattered over a huge area from 90 feet of water out to 300 and people were catching both north and south of the harbor entrance.  Trolling is the go to method this time of year but there are enough fish around to making mooching an option.  After loading up on a really nice grade of kings, I pointed Shellback to deep water and capped the day off with a pair of beautiful pacific halibut led by one in the 50 pound class.
Several boats took advantage of the flat ocean and made the run 17 miles south towards Cape Mendocino and the infamous Lost Coast.  It’s resident swarms of untapped rockfish and lingcod crushed shrimp flies, jigs, plastics and whatever else you wanted to drop on them.  Sacks were full in short order.
Looking ahead, fishable weather is in the forecast for the foreseeable future.  Some offshore wind will bring a moderate swell through the early part of this week before smoothing out by Wednesday.  June, July and August are typically the peak of the action and it doesn’t appear this year will disappoint.

**Photo**  Jim Loyd from Petrolia fished with Green Water Fishing Advenutres aboard the Shellback for this awesome pacific halibut in the 50 pound class.  There aren’t too many places in the state that offer a shot at these beauties.  He also bagged a limit of fat salmon to go with it.

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