May 2016

by greenwater on May 21, 2016

Back on the ocean today out of Eureka after 5 days of wind and rough ocean.  The salmon hadn’t moved far from where we found them on opening day but they slid inside about a mile.  Once we got located the bite was as hot as it gets with every rod that hit the water getting chewed within minutes.  We ended the day with a triple hookup all sliding into the net within seconds of each other.  Limits of jumbo crab rounded out a great day on the water.  It looks like we’re finally coming into a nice weather window through the coming week so expect to see some world class salmon action aboard Shellback in the days ahead.

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by greenwater on May 17, 2016

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It’s salmon time on the North Coast.  I’m back from an awesome month of striped bass fishing on the Sac and today was our Eureka salmon opener.  With a bad weather forecast only 3 boats crossed the Humboldt Bar in the morning but I was anxious to get a look at what was out there.  Two miles from the harbor entrance there was great sign and we dropped gear in the water.  The first downrigger rod popped the clip a few minutes later and the 2016 season was under way with a shinny king flashing on the surface.  Bites came fast and we had double, triple and ever a quadruple hookup.  Despite having a lot shake the hook, limits were on the boat before 9 am.  King salmon fishing at it’s best!  Our season this year is open the last 2 weeks of May, June and July and the first 2 weeks of August.  Availability is tight June through August but I still have a fair number of open seats for May.   Now’s the time!  Lets go catch ‘em while they’re biting.

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