by greenwater on July 18, 2016

The first half of July has been blessed with great fishing and good weather.  2 days were lost to big seas at the end of last week but it was almost a welcome break after fishing 31 days in row.   A little rest did me some good.  With salmon season closed until yesterday we had been focusing on Lost Coast rockfish, lingcod and halibut and the action was awesome.  Yesterday we opened back up for kings and were greeted with big fish, close to home.  We knocked out easy limits of salmon today within spitting distance of the Humboldt Bay entrance.  Top fish was a thick bodied 27 pounder and the average size was awesome.  July and August are always a couple of my favorite months and this year’s are on track to be epic.



by greenwater on June 27, 2016

We’re most of the way through our 2 week June salmon opener and fishing has been solid. Its not ridiculously wide open like Eureka can get but I’ve been really pleased with most our days.  A fish a rod to limits has been the norm with yesterday being my toughest day where we worked hard for 4 fish.  In hindsight I probably did to much runnin around looking for a home run bite.  Today we settled into an area I knew had some fish and we bounced back with limits by noon.


by greenwater on June 12, 2016

With North Coast salmon season being closed  for the first 2 weeks of June we’ve turned our attention the the incredible Cape Mendocino bottom fishing 17 miles south of the harbor entrance and the action has lived up to the areas larger than life reputation.  Big lings are on the heavy chew and bouncing 7 inch swimbaits over the tops of underwater pinnacles has been the ticket to seriously bent rods. Limits have been easy to come by with lots of fish in the mid teens and some pushing the 30 pound mark.  Rockfish have been chewing up jigs and shrimp flies with enormous reds and coppers between 6 and 8 pounds joining the other mix of china, quillback, yellowtail, blue, black, cabezon and greenling that have been making up our limits.  As a bonus, pacific halibut have been making an appearance as well with quite a few incidentals between 30 and 50 pounds hooked on the lingcod gear.  Mixed bag fishing at it’s finest!



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.