July 2014

by greenwater on July 20, 2014

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As unbelievable as it sounds, the Eureka salmon bite actually slipped a notch this week!  The action was still solid but definitely not the easy limits we’ve become so accustomed to in this area.  The best bite was in tight to the beach in 60 to 90 feet of water.   Big schools of smelt in the area are keeping the salmon fat and the grade this week was by far the best of the season.  20 to 25 pound fish were common and I heard of multiple over 30 landed.

I took advantage of the good weather and made quite a few runs down to the lost coast where the lingcod and rockfish action was phenomenal as always.  Bouncing shrimp flies and swimbaits loaded the boat in short order and there were some real hogs in the mix capped by a 31 and a 32 pound lingcod.

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by greenwater on July 13, 2014

 

DSC01588It’s been a fantastic week here in Eureka with some great weather and really good fishing.  The salmon bite is still rolling strong with early limits most days.  The water has turned clear and the fish have been hanging a little deeper.  100 on the wire fishing over 160 feet of depth has been my pattern.  We’ve started to see some big fish in the mix with quite a few in the mid 20′s.  My longtime regular, Nick Johnson from Eureka joined an elite group on Friday when he joined the 30/30 club with a 32 pound salmon and a 31 pound lingcod in the same day!  That’s not an easy feat to accomplish anywhere in the world.  On Saturday we loaded Shellback with limits of salmon for 6 anglers before 11 and ran back down to the lost coast where we topped the day off with limits of rockfish and limits of lingcod.  The variety of rockfish was fantastic with huge vermillions, coppers, chinas, quillbacks, yellowtail, blacks, blues and cabezon.

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