by greenwater on June 22, 2014

It’s been a week of nice weather and great fishing out of Eureka with limit style action on fat salmon.  Charter boats were on the water posting big scores every day.  Basically, just more of the usual for this North Coast port that’s been dubbed the worlds greatest saltwater king fishery.

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The fish pushed in closer to the beach for most of the week gorging on the mind boggling quantities of bait in the area.  140 to 170 feet of water was the magic zone and several mornings clouds of krill were pushed to the surface with big salmon rolling in every direction.  Bites were coming as shallow as 15 feet on the downriggers early and then sinking out as far as 80 in the afternoon.  Most boats were doing their damage on trolled anchovies or purple haze hoochies drug behind flashers.  The grade of fish bumped up a notch with a good number in the 20 pound class.  The biggest of this young season was weighed in this week and broke the 35 pound mark.  It was caught by Jimmy Glenn who was fishing with Green Water Fishing Adventures on board the Shellback and was the last fish of the day capping an awesome set of limits.

The pacific halibut bite slowed a bit this week with brown “salmon water” pushed all the way out to the flatfish grounds in 300 feet.  For some reason that always seems to put a damper them but despite the marginal conditions there were still some dandies caught by the fleet.  We took advantage of the good weather and charged the 17 miles to the lost coast and found the bottomfish willing and ready as they always seem to be in this area.  Limits in minutes was the word from everyone that made the run.

Looking ahead, the marine forecast is calling for favorable conditions through the next week.  As we come off the full moon, tidal exchanges will diminish making the harbor entrance more manageable for small boat.  As good as action has been for the last few weeks, we’re just now coming into what is normally peak time.

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