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.


by greenwater on May 17, 2016


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.