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FISHING REPORT

Berkeley Charter Boats
Fishing Report
October 10, 2016

Salmon Fishing Report

Salmon Fishing Report

 

The October salmon fishing along the Marin coast has started off with slow fishing with low scores. Salmon scores that have been reported by the small fleet of charter boats have been in the single digits despite the abundance of feed and perfect weather conditions .The typical day usually starts with a quick bite early in the morning near Duxbury reef then a snap later in the afternoon during a tide change. The salmon continue to move through the area but are doing so in low numbers with a lot of water in between. On Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th the results were similar with the top score around 7 with the big fish going over 20lbs, caught aboard the New Easy Rider. The Salmon Season will continue until thru the 31st and trips will be running providing there are enough customers to justify the trip.

 

Rock and Ling Cod Fishing

 

The good weather settled in around the Farallones Islands over the weekend and the cod fishing results were great. On Sunday Oct 9th the friends, family and coworkers of Mark Dunn boarded the El Dorado for their semiannual salt water fishing trip. The group had hoped that the Salmon would pick up but were prepared to go cod fishing if it looked like the salmon were not going to cooperating. The end result was great action for duration of the drifts finishing with limits of rockfish and 45 ling cod to 19lbs for 19 anglers. As a bonus, the El Dorado rolled into the SF bay to catch the highlights of the Blue Angle Air Show.

 

Upcoming $85.00 Crab Special

 

The introduction of a Crab Special starts November 5th & 6Th, on the opening weekend of 2016 season, The El Dorado will be offering 2 trips on Saturday and 2 trips on Sunday weather permitting. The first trips will leave at 6:00 am return around 11:00 the 2nd trip on Sat leaves at 12:00 returning before 5pm. The discounted $85.00 trip will target 10 Dungeness crab for each person aboard, and the predictions are for huge crab - the result of last season closure. Reservations are required and space is limited. The trip provides a unique look at the real workings of crabbing, with benefits of a discount, and the freshest bag of crabs.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

 

RJGallia@aol.com

Berkeley Charter Boats

Fishing Report

September 21, 2016

 

Salmon Fishing Report

 

The salmon season during the last 6 weeks has been evenly mixed with both good days, which produced better than a fish per rod, and slow days which ended with less than a fish a rod. During the good days, the fishing report would detail a nice bounce in the salmon action, which generated renewed interest for the following day. On many occasions, unfortunately the salmon customers that gambled on the good reports would make the boats the following morning only to find disappointed by the end of the day. The season has been on some days rewarding and on some days regretful. But salmon are still being caught. Overall the numbers are down from last year, but the last six weeks could turn things around. Reports from 10 mile beach near Bodega Bay indicate that a group of fish seemed to be moving towards the Golden Gate. The North/Westerly wind that is predicted mid-week should help move the school towards us by the week end.

 

Live Bait fishing

 

Most of the live bait fishing trips using anchovies are targeting rock cod, and ling cod. The weather over the last few weeks has been challenging on many days, but the results are still what you would expect at the Farallones for this time of year. Most trips that made it to the islands have been returning with limits of assorted rock fish and at least one ling cod per person despite the challenging conditions. The cooler offshore water conditions that prevailed during the summer, have transitioned to normal temperatures for this time of year. The weeks ahead should produce plenty of lingcod action, and limits of your school fish.

 

Crab/Rock Cod Combination Trips

 

The Berkeley Charter Boat will start taking reservations for the upcoming sport combination trips. The season is expected to open on November 5th, and the costs of the trips should be around $150.00 for at least the best 2 weeks of the season (prior to the commercial crab opener). Also during the best 2 weeks the El Dorado will offer Crab only, which provides an opportunity to get a limit of crab (10) for a discounted price of $85.00. The trips will be half day and have you back with a limit of cooked crabs before commute traffic.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

 

RJGallia@aol.com

Berkeley Charter Boats

Fishing Report

July 27, 2016

 

Salmon Fishing Report

 

Over the last several weeks, the salmon scores have been up one day and down the next. Posting honest salmon reports has been quite the challenge. During the past several weeks the scores seemed to rebound to a solid fish a rod for just one or two days then tumble back to well under a fish a rod during the same time period in the week, providing lots of disappointment for the weekender.

 

During this week on Monday a nice bounce took place, for the fleet and especially aboard the El Dorado with Capt. Bobby Gallia at the helm. They fished just outside Rocky Pt. in about 65ft of water and scored the top average with 17 salmon up to 21lbs for 13 anglers. Most of the salmon were caught at about 35 pulls using 40lbs braided line. The only customer using old school monofilament line never had a bite.

The salmon are holding deeper in the water column and the 40 lb braided line seems to be the only way to get to the right dept. The overall reports for the Golden Gate Fleet has been mixed and spotty with a few good scores reported every day, providing the captain puts in the time and you’re vessel is the chosen one. The majority of the action has been between the edge of the bar and Duxberry Reef, with the most success between 30-40 pulls.

 

The good news is reports from the northern landings (Bodega) indicate that a larger school is hanging around Pt. Reyes, and with cooler waters and feed in abundance along the Marin coast chances are good that we will see lots more action in August!

 

Live Bait Fishing

 

The halibut fishing was good during the earlier part of this month as smaller and slower tides provided near perfect conditions on the local sandy bars. Unfortunately, the windy weather accompanied with the larger swell prevented most captains from fishing these areas located just outside the Golden Gate bridge, As a result of the windy conditions many captains have been working the coastal areas scoring ½ to ¾ limits of rock cod then returning to the bay to nail the stripers on the high spots inside the Golden Gate during the peak of the tide current. Scores of the striped bass were averaging a fish a rod and better. 

 

Capt. Robert Gallia

RJGallia@aol.com

Berkeley Charter Boats

Fishing Report

June 10, 2016

 

Salmon Fishing Report

For the last 2 weeks the majority of the salmon fleet has been bouncing between Pedro Pt on the San Mateo Coast to Duxbury Reef on the Marin Coast. Daily salmon scores have been bouncing also. On the better days during the last 2 weeks scores bounced to well over a fish a rod and on the slower days drop well below a fish a rod. Everyday has been different and the scores have been consistently inconsistent.

Yesterday (June 9), the hot boat was the New Easy Rider with Capt. Joey.  With a light load of customers he located a new area of kings moving across the sandy bottom inside Drakes Bay. Capt. Joey fished his gear near the bottom and scored 16 Big Kings for his 8 customers. The quality is also worth mentioning as most of the salmon were of 10-12 lbs., great quality and Great Job.

Meanwhile the remainder of the fleet worked around Duxbury reef and scores varied from 6- 10 per boat.  

Live bait Fishing Report

The Striped Bass and Halibut fishing slowed up a little from last week big numbers due to the smaller and later tides during this week. On a recent trip, Thursday (June 9) aboard the EL Dorado Capt. Robert scored 11 Bass and 4 Halibut fishing the central bay in windy conditions. The trip included many stops around the central bay with a few fish being taken at every stop. Next week tides will be much better and the scores should bounce right back. Some big halibut are being caught on the North Bar when the weather permits.

Live Bait Sales

The live bait pens have anchovies and will be selling live bait this weekend. 

 

Berkeley Charter Boats

Fishing Report

May 23, 2016,

 

Salmon Fishing Report

Since the beginning of May, the salmon fishing along the Marin Coast has been gaining some attention, the scores have been surprising, and there even has been some consistency.  A school of salmon which moved into the Marin coast early May continues to feed on small pocket of anchovies scattered from the edge of the bar to the middle grounds. The best combination producing the most action is between 35 -45 pulls using 40lbs braided fishing line (which I strongly recommended). The salmon scores throughout the fleet have been very consistent, and most skippers are keeping up with average. The trips during the weekdays seem to produce better scores resulting from less pressure, but during the weekends the scores seem to fall back probably due to the additional interest and boat pressure.

On Saturday 5/21, after several windy weekdays the conditions along the entire coast, the weather pulled back and provided perfect conditions for the weekend. Scores bounced right back, and the action was on. When the word got out on Sunday, 5/22 the scores and the salmon went down.

 

Live Bait Fishing

During last week through Saturday 5/21 the halibut scores have been the crowd pleasers. Most of the charter boat decks are covered with halibut. Results during last week trips live bait trips continue to score impressive numbers of halibut, totaling a fish a rod averages, with the big fish up to 21 lbs. In addition to the big halibut counts some charter boats are reporting respectable scores of striped bass.  

On Saturday 5/21 one of the most recent live bait trips aboard the El Dorado, fishing the day in the Berkeley flats, they scored 24 halibut to 16lbs. and 5 bass to 7lbs. for 15 anglers.

This week tides will be much better for the halibut in comparison to last week. Both this week and next week you will start with better tides, and better tides will produce bigger scores of halibut in many of the parts of the central bay.

 

Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

 

RJGallia@aol.com

Berkeley Charter Boats

Fishing Report

May 4, 2016,  

 

Salmon Fishing

 

During the previous week of salmon fishing, the windy weather along our coast all but shut down the action that was just outside and below S buoy. When the weather pulled back on Sunday (5/1) the fleet headed right back to the area in hopes of locating the action which previously had been producing decent scores and quality fish with landings averaging a fish a rod.  In fact that is what happened, on Sunday (5/1) the scores bounced right back and scores were on average a fish a rod with many missed opportunities. On Tuesday 5/3, the El Dorado skippered by (Bobby) Capt. Robert Gallia Jr., rolled into Berkeley with 12 salmon for 12 anglers up to 16lbs working the same area outside and below S Buoy. The area has just enough feed to hold the fish, providing decent weather. Starting on Thursday 5/5 Capt. Joey Gallia (New Easy Rider) jumps back into the action as he wraps up his crab season and kicks off his 2016 salmon season.

We are expecting a few more nice days this week as the low pressure system holds of our coast, so if you are thinking about a Mother’s day gift bring her out on our Mother’s Day.

 

We are running a $85.00 Mother’s Day Special!

 

Live Bait / Pot Luck

 

The live bait season will get started this coming weekend as the bait receivers should have anchovies for sale to the public. The majority of the fishing has been in the south bay and the scores have been decent. The halibut and strippers scores have been a good mix, with the better halibut scores coming from live shiners, which until now have been difficult to get. This should change by this weekend.   

 

Capt. Robert Gallia/ El Dorado    

 

RJGallia@aol.com

 

Berkeley Charter Boats

Fishing Report

April 21, 2016

 

Salmon Fishing Report

 

After a disappointing Salmon opener on April 2 and 3 of 2016, only a few charter boats around the bay area committed to Salmon fishing trips only. During the first couple of weeks of the salmon season scores reported by charter boat were between 3-8 fish per boat. The weak scores gave many anglers an excuse to wait and see. Several skippers, including myself, have eased the customers’ pain during the first weeks of long days of waiting for salmon to show up with an opportunity of crab fishing. Each angler ended up with a bag of 10 crabs at the end of the trip as a consolation prize.

 

But since then, the ocean conditions are starting to improve. This past week of calm weather conditions along the coast provided the salmon a chance to coral larger areas of shrimp into smaller concentrations, which then allowed the salmon fleet to concentrate fishing efforts in smaller areas and produce much better scores.

 

A big improvement over what was reported in the first half of this month. The calmer weather has contributed a great deal to the better scores, and is expected to last until Friday.

Yesterday, April 20, 2016, the El Dorado with Capt. Robert Gallia Jr. at the helm, produced the top score on the coast fishing near S Buoy. Capt. Bobby scored 21 salmon for his 13 anglers, up to 16 lbs. 

 

Capt. Robert Gallia

Rjgallia@aol.com

Tel. 415-298-3948

Berkeley Charter Boats

Fishing Report

February 21, 2016  

 

 

During the winter months of (November, December 2015) Crab/Rock Cod Combination trips were put on hold. After the Rock cod season had closed most of the licensed Charter Boat skippers decided to start winter time projects and repairs, including myself, Captain Robert Gallia. Almost all of fleet were engaged in doing some sort of projects or repairs when the State decided to open the recreational Dungeness Crab season from Pt. Reyes South. The new rule of 10 crabs per person also took effect. Sports Fishing Captains had to scramble to prepare for the crab fishing season on a very short notice.

 

Last Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st, the El Dorado ran its first crab only trip from the Berkeley Marina, they headed out at 7:00 a.m., turned the corner at Pt. Bonita and travelled N/West up the gorgeous Marin coast. The windy weather system which had moved over the Bay Area during the earlier part of the week had left beautiful clear blue skies with a big lazy swell. The conditions were better than predicted. A good day to start the delayed 2016 crab season.  The cost of the trip is $80.00 per person.

 

While travelling up the coast for about hour, the crew, Bobby Gallia provided the customers with hands on training on how to bait crab jars, how to measure a crab, and how to throw a crab buoy. After reaching the crab grounds, Bobby suited up in his slicks and prepared to go to work. As Captain Robert maneuvered the El Dorado alongside the first buoy, Bobby put the long hook around the first buoy line, pulling it to the boat and creating just enough slack he quickly wrapped it around the hydraulic block. At this point, all 64 eyeballs were focused on the line tension pulling against the attached trap.

 

After several moments of anticipation and listening to the deep groan of the crab line rolling through the block, retrieving some 180 ft. of blue steel 3/8 line, the fist crab trap of the 2016 season boiled to the surface.  The trap was full of color and had very few vacancies - a huge moment of relief for everyone on board! The count for the first pot totaled 25 large commercial grade crabs, and all of the passengers and crew celebrated as each following pot produced similar results. After 15 traps the boat limit of 320 was completed. We arrived back around noon.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia

January 5, 2016  

Fishing Report

 

The 2015 rock cod and ling cod season closed on the 31st of December, 2015. The dungeness crab season which was supposed to open on November 7th is still on hold in the Gulf of the Farallones and in our local waters near the Golden Gate.

 

In the event the crab season opens in the near future, the Berkeley fleet will be providing trips to the local fishing grounds to harvest Dungeness crabs. The limit is still 6 crabs per person. The trips will be offered at a discounted price of $60.00. The trips will depart at the normal time 6:00 am (weather permitting) and should arrive back to the marina before noon.

 

During the last few rock cod/ling cod fishing trips aboard the El Dorado with Capt. Robert Gallia the customers were treated to perfect flat calm weather and one of the best ling cod bites of the year. The fishing results during the last 2 days of December totaled 129 ling cod up to 21lbs for a 2 day combined total of 44 anglers. The rock cod bags were also worth mentioning, as nice limits of rockfish were taken for everybody on board. The calm weather, combined with a hot ling cod bite was a nice way to forget about the difficulties that were overshadowing the 2015 fishing season.

 

On December 30th Bob Swan from Vacaville participated in the last 2 days of the 2015 season and won a nice $240.00 jackpot on the 30th of December and was in the running on the last day, until the last hour, when another angler won the jackpot by about 2 lbs. over Bob’s fish.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia

Fishing Report

December 7, 2015 

 

The great Cod fishing and the abundance of Ling cod around the Farallon islands continues to please both entry level and experienced anglers who are seeking fresh seafood with a little head shaken action, while the crab closure is remains in effect. The trips over the last 2 weeks have been out to the Farallon islands and the results are producing nice sacks of rock fish, mostly (olives and blues) and limits of lings for most of the anglers who have been fishing the hard bottom with trap rigs and bars and jigs. On the most recent trip 12/5/15 aboard the El Dorado they scored 25 limits of rock fish with 60 lings up to 21 lbs.

The passenger loads continue to be light during the weekdays, and spaces remain plentiful on the weekends as more skippers try to provide trips on the weekends.

 

The ocean conditions in between the weather systems has been good, weather before the systems and after have been providing some nice windows of opportunity. Later this week after the systems move across our coast, the ocean conditions should look better towards the weekend.  2 systems are predicted to move through our coast during mid-week. 

 

 

Capt. Robert Gallia / El DOrado

 

RJGallia@aol.com

Fishing Report

November 16, 2015  

                 

The Berkeley charter boat fleet continues to make daily trips to the Farallon Islands for the great rock cod and ling cod fishing, despite the delay of the Dungeness crab season. The trips to the islands are producing some of the best quality of assorted rockfish accompanied with the best lingcod scores since the season opened last June. The lingcod fishing near the middle Farallon Island and north Farallon islands has been outstanding with consistent quality. Scores on the lingcod have been producing between 30 - 40 lings on most of the trips offered during this past week, and show no signs of slowing down. The assortment of quality rock fish combined with the numbers of lings is making the trips well worth the ride. All of the trips that are being offered during the weekdays are running with much lighter loads due to the delay in the crab season which is still in effect.  

 

Ocean conditions during this last week have cooled, and recent tests of the Dungeness crab are revealing a decline in the toxin that resulted from the warmer waters off our coast. The next test will be conducted on Wednesday and results will be posted by Friday. The Department is looking for 2 weeks of consistent results before making a decision to open the Dungeness crab season...we will post the news as it is made available.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report

September 30, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

The salmon fishing along the north coast from Chimney Rock to Muir beach continues to produce mixed scores of salmon with mixed quality. On some days fishing has been spotty with good scores in one area and soft scores from other boats fishing different areas. On the better days during this last week the better scores were a fish a rod playing bumper boats inside Duxberry reef. This small area inside Duxberry reef has been providing consistent action early in the morning before the masses arrive, and has proved to be the key to scoring a fish a rod average. The early morning bite inside Duxberry reef gave first arrivals the best chance of getting the best scores. During this time of the year however, bad lines, bad knots, and fouled releases contribute to reasons why some boats score under the fish a rod average. There were a lot of missed chances that were not included in the scores reported at the end of the day.

 

Rock Cod/Salmon Combination trips

Boats offering the combination trips are fishing along the Marin coast and these trips are still providing the best chance of taking home fresh fish. These trips will be offered through October on weekends only. The last trip aboard the El Dorado with Capt. Robert Gallia produced limits of coastal rock fish and 25 ling cod for 17 anglers. A great number of lings were caught between 70-90ft of water. Later that afternoon after they switched to salmon trolling and landed 3 fish up to 21lbs trolling near the edge of the bar outside Muir Beach.  

 

Tuna fishing

No confirmed landings so far. 

Fishing Report September 17, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

 

Salmon fishing along the Marin coast continues to produce good scores, action and quality. Over the last week scores have been averaging a fish a rod on the better days and just under on the off days. The quality of salmon that are landed, are in the teens and a few are over the 20lbs mark. The most of the action during the last week was located N/West of the main ship channel, then moved north, holding up inside Duxberry reef after the last southerly weather system passed. Yesterday, September 16, the New Easy Rider scored one of the best scores working around Duxberry reef. Capt. Joey Gallia landed 24 fish for 24 anglers up to 20lbs.

The fall run has arrived and the salmon are trickling into the Golden Gate from 2 different directions, northwest and southwest. Reports from landings above the Bay Area and below  indicate more salmon are moving towards our fishing grounds and will be feeding in our back yard as soon as this coming weekend. We should see some consistency in the level of action, and it is possible it will continue into the weeks of October.

 

Pot Luck / Rock Cod

The Marin coast has been producing ridiculous scores of ling cod and limits of rockfish for the last 3 months and last weekend, even during the breezy conditions, this was still the rule. The weekend scores produced 77 limits rockfish and 25 lings up to 15lbs. The continued success of the coastal trips using the lighter tackle is a huge factor for the beginners, and provides a great introduction to the coastal fishing. The Berkeley fleet will continue to offer these trips through October.

 

Crab / Rock Cod Combination Trips

The Berkeley Charter Boats reservations desk is “NOW” tacking reservations for the upcoming November 7th crab opener. The first 2 weekends will be the best, so get your reservations spots early...Space is limited.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

Fishing Report - August 31, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing Report

The salmon fishing along the Marin coast is seeing a great bounce in the action, and a huge challenge in the fight. The big Kings that were lounging in Drakes Bay within the plums of jelly and grass last week have made the move for the Golden Gate Bridge.

Over the weekend (Sunday, August 30th, 2015) the Berkeley salmon fleet encountered scores of the big Kings making their approach to Duxberry reef. Capt. Joey Gallia aboard the New Easy Rider and Brian Guiles aboard the Flying Fish scored a combined result of 38 salmon up to 36 lbs. for 25 anglers. The action took place in about 80 ft. of water around Duxbury reef, with the best results produced at both 55 and 75 pulls (trolling). Sundays combined total is just the beginning of a new wave of Kings moving from Drakes bay into protection of the reef. The action was spread around the reef during the weekend and both private and commercial boats were all engaged in the action. The flat calm weather on Saturday was cut short as a Westerly breeze moved into the coast on Sunday. But the winds did not slow the action down. Most of the salmon are on the large size into the 15 to 18 and many more are expected to move in during the next few days as the breezy conditions cool the local waters.  The early weeks of September will probably be the best weeks of the year, and the Berkeley Fleet is offering $80.00 special, Saturday, Sunday and Monday a great discount this weekend at the perfect time.

 

Coastal Live Bait / Potluck Fishing

The coastal potluck trips are still doing very well even in the breezy conditions that prevailed on Sunday. The trips are still producing limits of quality Blacks and Bolinas rock fish, and scores of lingcod ranging between 8 to 15 lbs. along the Marin Coast in about 80 ft. of water. This is easy fishing and lots of fun for the beginners. The coastal trip that was offered this weekend produced 12 limits of cod and a few lings during the breezy conditions outside. The El Dorado moved from the coastal areas of Marin into the Bay near Angel’s island and scored one halibut to 7lbs. later in the afternoon. This type of trips will be offered this weekend and will be part of the Labor Day promotion.

 

Tuna Fishing

We still have time to score some tuna, but until solid information is confirmed we are in a holding pattern.

 

Captain Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

Fishing Report, August 25, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

The salmon fishing took a nice bounce last week as a school of bright red 10 to 12 lbs. salmon moved into Drakes Bay. The great action lasted about 3 days during mid-week, then on Thursday the mackerel moved into the area, scattering most of the feed along with the kings. The salmon scores went from a solid fish a rod to limits for the better part of last week to under a fish a rod. During this past weekend most charter boat skippers expected those salmon feeding in Drakes bay to slide down the coast and make a good showing around Duxberry during the course of the weekend. Unfortunately that did not happen and the scores remained flat for both Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of the “Chosen One” Flying Fish who reported 15 salmon on Sunday at the end of the main ship channel.

The salmon that moved into Drakes Bay will arrive in the local hot spots Duxberry, Rocky Pt., and the channel buoys sometime this week. The weather is expected to be nice and we will see a nice bounce in the scores by this weekend.

 

Potluck / Live Bait Combination Trips

The flat calm ocean conditions, balmy weather, and small tides contributed to a very productive weekend of coastal live bait fishing. The scores of ling cod and rock cod continue to be the crowd pleaser, and show no signs of slowing down. On a recent trip aboard the El Dorado anglers scored 34 lings and ¾ limits of rock fish after trying for a couple of hours for halibut. On most of the combination trips, scores and quality of lings along the Marin coast have been equal to the scores reported at the Farallon islands. The trips will be offered this coming weekend and plenty of room is available.

 

Tuna Report

During the weekend a few private boats ventured off shore and scouted the waters from the Gumdrop to the Guide. The information that was available seemed to suggest that no big scores or schools were located. It was reported that one albacore that was caught near Pioneer Canyon was about 7-8 lbs. The weather is good and more scouting trips are expected by the weekend.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

RJGallia@aol.com

Fishing Report - August 11, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

The recent salmon fishing scores along the Marin and San Mateo coast continues to produce results that are very similar to a roller coaster ride. One day up, the next day down. The scores produced on Saturday 8/8/15 fell far short of a fish per rod, then started to rebound on Sunday 8/9/15.  On Monday 8/10/15 the New Easy Rider with Capt. Joey Gallia fishing the San Mateo coast scored 13 salmon for 13 anglers up to 23 lbs. The other skippers fishing on Monday around the Duxberry, Rocky Point, and outside of Muir Beach scored very similar results and a mix of quality fish by the end of the breeze day. The salmon seem to be scattered and they are for the most part holding closer to the bottom in the cooler waters. The recent cooler weather moving across the coast will help cool the surface conditions, which should provide a bounce in the scores in the later part of this week. Look for the action to pick up by Thursday and maybe last through the weekend providing there is not too much commercial boat pressure.

 

Potluck / Live Bait Combination Trips

The daily coastal trips using the live bait along the Marin coast have and continue to be the crowd pleaser. The trips have been producing ¾ to limits of rock fish, and averaging around 20 lings per trip, fishing 70 to 80 ft. of water just above Duxberry reef. The mix of cod being caught is of nice quality and a good variety, consisting of blacks, bolinas, and some quality vermilions. But the prize catch is the lings and the consistency of their scores. On a recent trip Monday the El Dorado Capt. Robert Gallia scored ¾ limits of rock cod and 17 lings to 15 lbs. for 10 anglers fishing in just 80 ft. of water. The conditions along the Marin coast seem to be perfect for the bottom fish as more school fish seem to have moved into the area during the last week of minus tides.

 

Tuna Fishing

The hope of having a tuna run is being discussed, and Capt. Brain Guiles of Flying Fish is the skipper that may do the job. An exploratory trip may happen as soon as next week if the conditions offshore continue to improve. No positive reports have been provided as of yet, due to the weather conditions off shore. Information about possible tuna trip will be posted when the decision is made….  

 

Photo: NorCal Construction group with their catch of the day!

 

Capt. Robert Gallia/ El Dorado


rjgallia@aol.com

Fishing Report, July 27, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

Salmon scores outside the Golden Gate continue to produce a wide range of results. This past weekend scores ranged from 6 salmon to the top score of 30 on 7/25 then 35 on 7/26 with Capt. Joey aboard the New Easy Rider. Capt. Joey produced these top numbers fishing the San Mateo Coast, avoiding the large amounts of boat pressure from commercial and recreational fleet, while capitalizing on small areas of salmon. The quality of his catch was mixed, from 20 inches to 25lbs, and the majority of the fish were on the smaller side.  On the North side, the majority of the charter boat fleet that was working the Channel Buoys and North Bar area last week, moved North to the coastal areas of Bolinas on a report that new school of salmon started moving into Duxberry Reef. However, the bite was short and spread over a very small area, allowing only a few charter boat to capitalize. Then boat pressure shut down the bite for the rest of the day. These scores although mixed is good news and the beginning of a much larger school which appears to be moving into our area. The action was reported in 60-75 ft. of water with the best depth range being 40 to 60 pulls. The majority of the action has been early morning then turning to a pick the rest of the day.  The quality of the salmon on the North side is better, these are larger fish and we can expect good action this week after the winds pull back by Wednesday.

 

Coastal Live Bait / Potluck

The combination of Rock cod, ling cod and striped bass fishing continues to be a big hit with beginners and experienced anglers alike. On Saturday and Sunday travelling up the coast in the morning and fishing in 75ft. of water between Double Point and Bolinas. Late Saturday the El Dorado scored limits of rock cod 15 lings to 14lbs and 25 striped bass for 23 anglers. Capt. Robert Gallia reported that coastal rock fishing seems to have improved during these past weeks as cooler waters have moved back into the coast. The rock fish were mostly Bolinas cod and blacks with some hard heads and Cabazon in the mix. The ling cod are there for those who target them, and anglers that have targeted them were landing 2 per bag. The striped bass action has been hot late in the day at Harding Rock, both Saturday and Sunday produced scores in the twenty’s in a short period of the tide.

 

Tuna Report

No reports of tuna scores, as the weather off shore has not been good.

 

 

Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

 

 

Fishing Report, July 22, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

 

After 2 weeks of silvers and scratch fishing along the edge of the bar, which produced a wide range of scores from 5 fish to 25 fish on a daily basis, salmon fishing started showing some solid signs of improving. During the last few days, 7/20/15 and 7/21/15 all the charter boats fishing near the end of the main ship channel scored on the average a fish a rod to limits in windy conditions. Then on Tuesday 7/22/15 as the weather seemed to improve the charter boat fleet scored solid numbers again. The New Easy Rider and the New El Dorado III scored a combined 25 limits of kings up to 20 lbs. Very few silvers were reported, and the action was exhausting. Some skippers reported lots of short bites which required bait changes every 2 minutes, and you couldn’t take your eyes off the rod. The mix of salmon is good, ranging every between 20 inches to 20 lbs. The salmon located at the end of the main ship channel are new arrivals as the color of the meat is red, indicating that have been feeding on shrimp from deeper cooler waters.

 

Photo: 15 milits aboard the New Easy Rider

 

Tuna Report

 

The local landings from Monterey to Bodega Bay have not reported a tuna landed within 100 miles of the Central Coast. Still too early... But with weeks of opportunities ahead, and changing water conditions daily I think we will see better temperatures in August.

 

Live Bait / Potluck

 

The Striped Bass / Potluck fishing continues to be the crowd pleaser, as most trips continue to score at least a fish a rod to limits on the bigger and  faster tides with the ripping current under the Golden Gate Bridge, Harding Rock, and Raccoon Straight high spot. The tides during this week caused big morning currents which provided perfect conditions for the bass fishing. Unfortunately the fast tides work against the halibut and the bite has been very slow for the flatties.

On the Marin Coast the rock cod fishing continues to be very good with scores averaging about ¾ of your bag limit, with a good mix of variety. The lings cod fishing has also been very good as most anglers who targeted the lings have been catching on the average 2 per rod.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

 

Photo: King Ling and Jackpot

Fishing Report, July 6, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

 

The Salmon fishing outside the Golden Gate during the Holiday weekend was blessed with flat calm weather and plenty of action, ideal conditions for salmon catching. The weekend provided lots of hookups and many missed opportunities, and some new arrivals of quality salmon with bright red flesh, (shrimp feeders) that moved into the area. The daily fish scores throughout the charter boat fleet, although still mixed from under a fish a rod to over a fish a rod, do not represent the total action that was experienced over the weekend.  On Sunday, for example, both the New Easy Rider and El Dorado had a combined score totaling 26 salmon for some 38 anglers with some 20 other missed opportunities. Some small overlooked details such as (tight drags settings, failed knots, fouled sinkers releases, thumbing the spool, just to name a few) were some of the contributing factors that hurt the end totals. The salmon were there and the action was more consistent than any time in the past, as more and more salmon keep moving into the area.

July will be a great month, it will offer more opportunities for quality fish, providing you are ready work the gear. The skippers that have been doing well are the ones that are carrying the anglers standing by their rods, ready to change the bait the moment a bite is missed. Dragging bad bait hurts the chances of people fishing around you. So let’s step up our game, check your gear, and get ready for the biggest month of the year. The Kings are moving in…

 

Live Bait / Pot Luck

 

The live bait fishing was full of success, smiles and plenty of action during this calm holiday weekend and the scores of striped bass and ling cod continue to average a fish a rod to almost limits. Best locations are under the Golden Gate Bridge for the striped bass, and off the Marin coast for the lings. The New El Dorado III scored 33 striped Bass, 19 lings ¾ limits of rock fish then adding 2 halibut on Sunday July 5, 2015.  After the big bite of bass in the morning the skipper made his way to the calm waters up the Marin coast to work on the limit of rock cod and ling cod scoring a verity of ¾ to limits of rock fish above Duxbury reef and adding at least a fish a rod of lings in the same area. After that he moved into the sandy bottoms of the N bar and scored a few halibut, making it an incredible day of fishing. This coming week will provide even better tides for more of the continued action.

 

Tuna

 

The tuna fishing is still on hold, as the latest report indicated no tuna. Good temperatures and feed were spotted 25 miles outside the Guide Seamount. Unfortunately, the results of a 3 day commercial trip were bleak, and no tuna were caught. 

 

Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

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Fishing Report, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

 

The past weekend the coastal salmon fishing was slapped Saturday with a sudden change of weather, Southerly winds and a sharp wind chop with a North/Westerly swell created the condition called “jackass”. The sudden change in weather all but shut down a good week of consistent scores, with averages of a fish a rod. When the Southerly breeze backed off and turned around to North/West on Monday the salmon scores turned around with it.  The bite was back and the scores bounced with it. The El Dorado and New Easy Rider were the 2 boats salmon fishing from Berkeley and the combined score totaled 33 salmon for 25 anglers. A nice come back in the short order of one day. The mixed grade of salmon ranged from 20 inches to 20lbs, fishing just outside of Muir beach on the edge of the bar in 45 to 70 ft. of water. The magic zone was 40 to 45 pulls and lots of bait changes. The salmon were biting short and the area has a small mix of silvers (Coho salmon) in the mix, the action was for the most part throughout the day.

 

This week the weather is expected to improve all along the coast and with the Berkeley Charter boat Captains offering a great weekend promotion starting on the 4th continuing through the weekend it will be the best place to catch your kings in action!

   

Live Bait/Potluck

 

The San Francisco Bay has had a great run of striper action and shows no signs of it slowing down. Most skippers who regularly fish the Bay waters continue to score easy limits of bass on the familiar rock piles, reefs and sandy bottoms of the Bay. The areas that provide the swift movement of Bay waters with concentrations of bait produce the best results. On recent live/bait trip aboard the El Dorado Capt. Robert Gallia scored 13 limits of Striped Bass in Raccoon Strait then finished the second half of the day on the North Bar scoring 8 quality Halibut. Recent slow tides during last Thursday, Friday and Saturday contributed to the terrific scores of quality Halibut, and as the tides during this week will continue to improve and provide more opportunities for the flatties by the weekend.

 

Tuna Report

 

Scouts from the Half Moon Bay Pillar Pt. Harbor, ventured out on Sunday and scouted the waters near the Guide, Pioneer Seamount, and the Gum Drop. The scout reports indicated that the water were of the right temperatures and feed conditions looked good. Another report indicated some tuna were seen on the surface but none were reported caught.

 

Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report

June 23, 2015

Salmon Fishing

 

 

The Salmon fishing along the Marin coast over the last 2 weeks is finally starting to gain some momentum.  Daily fishing reports over the last 3 days from the fleet of charter boats fishing salmon along the Marin coast has averaged good scores, plenty of action, and quality salmon. Recent developments produced scores averaging a fish a rod and pleanty of missed opportunities. Monday’s action was some of the best all season with smoking hot action all day . One skipper from Sausalito reported 15 limits. On Monday, Capt. Joey aboard the New Easy Rider scored 25 salmon up to 21lbs for 21 anglers. Joey stated they were snapping and the action was on!!!   He stated they hooked over 60 salmon landing less than 50% of what they played. The recent action is the result of some new fish moving into the area and more are on the way. There were some Coho in the mix, so beware. The weather was overcast and is expected to be the same throughout this week. 

 

Live bait/Combo`s

The striped bass/halibut bite during the last 5 days continue to produce a good mix of results, despite the week of windy conditions and muddy waters produced by the minus tides. The area near the Berkeley flats produced good results on Sunday 6/21 aboard the New Eldorado III , landing a nice combination of 28 fish, for 28 anglers.  The combination of 14 bass up to 8lbs and 14 halibut up to 12lbs on Sunday was one of the better overall scores reported. On Monday 6/21 Capt. Robert aboard the EL Dorado scored 8 limits of striped bass up to 13 lbs, 4 halibut up to 28 lbs fishing near Alcatraz. The consistence scores that have been produced during the period of minus tides will only get better everyday this week as we get smaller tides and improved weather in the days ahead..

Fishing Report, Tuesday, June 2, 2015

 

Salmon Fishing

 

The salmon fishing along the Marin coast took a surprising bounce over the past weekend. Scores reported by most of the charter boat skippers remained solid over the last 3 days, averaging a fish a rod on all charter boats operating Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The first time we have had 3 days of consistent scores.

Monday action aboard the El Dorado was 12 salmon up to 17lbs for 6 paying customers. Capt. Robert Gallia reported during the morning hours there were a few slow periods, but overall pace of the action was good. The bite continued throughout the midday outside Muir Beach, in the range of 60-70ft of water. Most of the salmon were caught between 40-50 pulls using straight bait without flashers.

The recent arrivals moved into the area to feed on the abundance of bait fish (anchovies) which have been stacked on the edge of the bar. The quality of the salmon was between 10-12lbs with big fish between 15 and 20lbs. The weather was good during the last 3 days but is expected to pick up on Wednesday, Thursday getting nice again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The surprising appearance of quality salmon in early June along the Marin coast was a welcome sight, and may be attributed to the cooler conditions that have developed along the Marin coast. This may be just the beginning of a much larger school preparing to move in.

 

Live Bait / Pot Luck Fishing

 

The halibut fishing was the center of attention over the weekend as the smaller tides contributed to the large scores and big fish (some topping 30 + lbs). The areas in the Berkeley Flats, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Sausalito channel were all producing mostly Halibut, with a good mix of quality Striped Bass.  Some of the areas that were not pounded by boat pressure produced some of the biggest halibut this year. The charter boats that were targeting halibut over the last 3 days, all returned with halibut scores between12 to 16. The El Dorado on Friday and Saturday returned on both days with several halibut over 30lbs.The bite continued in the Berkeley Flats through Saturday and Sunday and remained good through Monday. 

 

Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report

May 18, 2015

Salmon Fishing

After another stretch of strong windy weather last week, a window of nice weather appeared last Thursday 5/14. It provided the perfect opportunity for three charter boats from the Bay Area, (New Eldorado III, New Rayan and the Outer Limits to venture out past the Gate and survey the windblown waters of the Gulf of the Farallones. After hours of travelling and scouting they merged into and area located just south of the main Islands in 300 ft of water. Capt Eddie aboard the New Eldorado III located the school, and scored 14 limits up/to 23 lbs. One of the best scores this year. Both the New Rayan and Outer limits scored limits as well. The school of salmon averaging between 10 and 13 lbs were reported to be feeding on short belly rock cod and shrimp, and caught on the deeper side between 40 to 60 pulls. The following day, Friday 5/15 a small fleet of charter boats from the Bay Area returned to the area and finished the day with averages around a fish a rod to just over a fish a rod. On 5/16 the windy rough conditions returned and the scores fell to well under a fish a rod, many reporting 3 to 6 fish. Top score reported was 11.

 

 Live bait/Combo`s

The Halibut / Striped Bass fishing continue to be the crowd pleaser, as the scores on the Bass last Saturday were well over a fish a rod then dropping to just under a fish a rod on Sunday. Their continues to be big numbers taken on the Striped Bass, as the bigger tide prevail throughout this week and into next week. The Berkeley flats, around channel marker #4 and #6 continue to be the hot spots and have been producing huge amounts of school fish. The bigger Halibut are showing around Angel Island with one Halibut reported to be tipping the scale around 35lbs.

Albacore Fishing Aboard El Dorado on September 15, 2013, please click on the U-Tube video link below:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1HhtduTrtQ

 

 

Check out this video from July 18, 2013!

 

"Reeling the Big One aboard El Dorado"

 

http://youtu.be/ZAfVZX0COv8

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