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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.

Fishing report, Monday, May 4, 2015


Salmon Fishing


It was a windy week over the Gulf of the Farallones, including the weekend. On Saturday Captain Joey Gallia aboard the New Easy Rider scored 11 salmon for 9 anglers up to 15lbs.  Better than a fish a rod average. The New Easy Rider, New Rayan and the Hog Heaven were the only 3 charter boats from the Bay Area and all reported similar scores. They reported good morning action with a few multiple hookups, some undersize fish mixed with larger ones and good weather. Captain Joey also reported that the salmon were mostly around 40-60 pulls and it looked like the area had enough feed to hold them for a few days.


Unfortunately, late Sunday afternoon the salmon scores reported by a very small fleet of 2 charter boats from Sausalito were disappointing - a combined score totaling 11 salmon for 30 anglers. The New Easy Rider did not have a trip.

More wind and more cooling is expected on the ocean for the next 3 days,  we should have the next window of good weather after Thursday, and with the $80.00 Mother Day Special running both  Saturday & Sunday it may be perfect way to get this season started.


Live Bait Fishing


The striped bass/halibut fishing was generally good on both Saturday & Sunday for most of the skippers fishing the cold and windy areas of the Central Bay. Treasure Island, Angel Island and South Hampton Shoals continue to produce large numbers of striped bass but most are on the smaller size. Much of the success over the last week is due to the favorable tides and conditions during this last week, and they should continue to be good through the coming Mother Day Weekend Special.


Seasoned skippers who fished Angel Island during the whole weekend produced some of the biggest halibut caught this year. One was reported over 30lbs, caught aboard the Sunfish with Captain Trung Vo, who repeated his drifts all day at Angel Island on Saturday. The halibut are starting to show in several places near the Golden Gate, Bonita Cove and on the North and South Bar, if the weather permits we are going to see some big numbers break out very soon.


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report, Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Salmon Fishing,


Nearly 4 weeks of 2015 salmon season have passed and most of the local Bay Area landings that report salmon scores, find themselves struggling to get enough customers to make the offshore trips.

On the most recent salmon fishing trip on Saturday 4/25/15 aboard the New Easy Rider, with 15 anglers, they scored 3 salmon up to 15lbs. They were fishing near the Deep Reef outside Half-moon Bay in about 240ft of water. Similar scores were reported last weekend from Monterey to Bodega Bay.

The windy conditions during April, which have kept most of the salmon fleet tied to the dock, will provide some much needed change in the ocean conditions. In the past week we have already seen a drop in the water temperatures, and the early effects of some upwelling around the North Farallones. By this coming weekend, as the weather is expected to improve, we should see a good jump in the salmon scores as the cooler water temperatures will provide new life to the Gulf of the Farallones.


Live Bait Combination Trips


The live bait trips targeting halibut and striped bass have been the crowd pleasers over the last few windy weeks. The better weather and fish scores have remained solid with most of the skippers reporting scores of a fish a rod on the striped bass, and scores up to 6 halibut up to 15lbs on Sunday`s trip aboard the El Dorado. Smaller tides are expected over the next 2 weeks and halibut scores should see a good bounce.


Photo: On the left - Sean Driscoll from Oakland, holding the $130.00 jackpot halibut.

In the middle - Nick Underwood from Sparks Nevada celebrating his bachelor party.

On the right is Mathew Maya from Grass Valley.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report, Tuesday, March 14, 2015


Salmon Fishing


During the first 10 days of the 2015 Salmon season, a few of the Bay Area skippers were able to locate a scattered school of salmon about 20 miles south of Seal Rocks in almost 45 fathoms of water. During that period of nice weather the results that were posted were good, with scores averaging a fish a rod of quality fish up to 19 lbs. But as the wind returned and the weather increased during this last weekend the scored were much harder to keep up, and daily results were quick to suffer. The next break in the weather will come later during this week and we should see a good bump in the salmon scores before the coming weekend is over.


Live bait/ Stripped bass/ Halibut


The live bait skippers have had a great start this spring putting up big scores of Bass and posting quality pics of large halibut all over the internet. But the big numbers and the large fish were the results of great weather and clear water conditions all around the bay. Over the last few days the conditions were turned upside down as the strong wind churned the shallow waters of the bay into almost a chocolate color.  The daily scores reported yesterday from aboard the El Dorado totaled 7 strippers up to 6 lbs. and 1 halibut up to 16 lbs. for 12 windblown anglers.


Rock Cod/ Lingcod


The 2015 rock cod season will start this Wednesday 04/15/15. The trips will target the Bass and Halibut, then move along the coast to target the Rock Cod and Lingcod, or vice versa. The trips were a big hit last year as the Salmon season did not see any good scores until late July. This year it is anybody guess but it is a great option during the sometimes long periods in which Salmon are few in numbers.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado


Photo: George Bowman landed this 17 lbs. halibut near Alcatraz. This was his first time halibut fishing and his first jackpot.

Fishing Report, Tuesday, March 31, 2015


The much anticipated 2015 Salmon season will open this coming  weekend on  April 4th , and the biological evidence according to the leading California Fish biologist indicate a 3% increase in the Early & Late Fall salmon returns - an interesting surprise, given the harsh drought conditions over the last few years. This small increase may be attributed to the trucking efforts of the salmon smelts from the State hatcheries to better water conditions downstream near the Delta. This was a campaign which the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) should be credited for.


Conditions around the gulf of the Farallones have been calm and good fishing weather is expected for the opener. The northern waters between the Farallones Islands and Pt. Reyes seem to have better signs, as reports of dark water and deep feed conditions exists between 250 and 300 ft. of water. Reports from the southern fleet suggest warmer water conditions and scattered feed over a large area.  


Temperatures over the last few weeks around the Gulf of the Farallones have been on the warmer side, not a surprise given the lack of North Westerly winds. These surface temperatures will change in a just a few days given a period of good North Westerly winds and the upwelling effect will turn the Gulf of the Farallones upside down, which is a typical scenario for our area.  


Halibut /Stripped Bass Fishing has started and over the past few weeks, boat both private and charters have been returning with impressive scores from just under a fish a rod to over a fish a rod. Most of the halibut fleet is trolling frozen bait in the shallow areas such as the Berkeley Flats, Alameda Rockwall and the Richmond rock wall.  A few Charter boat skippers that are targeting Bass are having good success near Pt. Pinole drifting live shiners. The bass are mostly school fish but the numbers have been good.


Sale of Live Bait. 

The reports from the crew of the one of the live bait boats, say they have been looking during the early mornings hours and late at night for anchovies. They have had success with their sets, but the fish has been on the small size.  They have indicated that live anchovies will be for sale by this weekend in San Francisco. 


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The rock cod/crab combination trips are still rolling out limits of rock fish and Dungeness crabs and great results on lings and we expect things to remain solid during the entire month of December.


The intense pressure from the big commercial crabbers has been eased since the out of state boats have decided to move North,  to participate in the December 1st North Coast crab opener.


The local crabbing seen will see huge benefits by producing more crabs, and a prolonged season, 6 weeks longer than last year.  The local sport fishing angler will also see more opportunity and reap the rewards: bigger catch lasting much longer.  A win-win situation for crab lovers. The longer crab season is the result of wet and windy weather, making it very difficult for the local crabbers and charter boat captains to service their traps. The weather systems are expected to last through Friday and provide clearing for trips planned for this coming weekend.


When the weather window opens up and the Berkeley Fleet gets out to the pots - they should be loaded! This is all good news for the anglers who are looking to book 1 or 2 trips before the season ends December 31st, 2014.


On the last calm day, Friday, November 28th the El Dorado with Captain Robert Gallia carried 15 anglers and scored limits: 150 nice quality rock fish, 90 commercial sized Dungeness crabs and 12 lingcod up to 15lbs, fishing the North Farallones islands in breezy weather conditions.  


Photo: Limits of fun!!!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014.

From left to right, Frank Lopez (crew El Dorado), Capt. Brian Chan, Adam Sewall (crew El Dorado), Michael Beronie (crew Happy Hooker)


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The crab combination trips are showing no signs of slowing down and in fact they keep getting better. On the most recent trip (Sunday 11/16/14) Paul Stellmaker and his girlfriend from Sacramento snapped this incredible sunrise aboard the El Dorado, exiting the SF Bay.  


Sunday`s trip produced limits of quality rock fish, limits of jumbo crabs, and 33 lings for 25 happy anglers aboard the El Dorado with Captain Robert Gallia.  They have been fishing just outside the middle Farallones Islands in 165 ft. of water and getting fantastic results.  Most of the experienced anglers all agree the rock fishing this year at the Farallones Islands has been loaded with quality and variety of rockfish. The area of hard rocky bottom has been producing lots of school fish mostly olives, and some blacks 5-10 ft. of the bottom. But the real treat was the variety of exotic rockfish such as quillbacks, tree-cod, and coppers, china cod and gopher cod that were caught while the customers were trying to fish for the lings.

The trip back towards the coast to retrieve the pots takes about an hour and it is a great time to break for your lunch and converse with company aboard. The pots are producing 15 to 25 big crabs per pot and it looks like it will remain that way through Thanksgiving.


Capt. Robert Gallia/El Dorado



Fishing Report 


November 13, 2014


The crab/rock cod combination trips season started on November 1, 2014.  The trips are providing the greatest rock fishing all year with daily results bringing huge smiles, lots of laughter and even rounds of applause for some of the skippers of the Berkeley Fleet. Every trip to the Farallones Islands has produced limits of quality rockfish, big numbers of lingcod, which have averaged on some days over a fish a rod. If you decide to target ling cod during your trip, you probably will score your limit and maybe 1or 2 for your friend, who you may have invited along. Yesterday Capt. Robert Gallia aboard the El Dorado turned in an amazing score of 17 limits of quality rockfish, 17 limits of large crabs and 17 limits of lingcod up to 21 lbs. Since the start of the season the trips are showing solid results for every angler and the weather has been good with the exception of a couple of days during opening weekend.  


Last Tuesday Captain Brian Guiles aboard the Flying Fish placed 8 pots before fishing at the Farallones Islands, after 4 hours of soaking, the crew returned to the area and  pulled by hand 3 of the 8 pots and scored 138 crabs enough for the entire crew! The crabs are nice size averaging around 2lbs each and it looks like it will remain good during the month of November.


Fishing Report, Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Salmon Fishing

The large swell that moved into the coastal areas over the weekend slowed the salmon action down temporarily pulling the October scores back from a fish a rod averages to just under a fish a rod. As the swell and conditions moved through on Sunday afternoon the Salmon scores started bouncing right back on Monday.

On Monday, the two salmon boats from Berkeley, El Dorado III and El Dorado scored a combined number of 26 salmon for 27 anglers up to 32 lbs. Both skippers Shawn Taylor operator of the New EL Dorado III and Robert Gallia fished the area just South of Duxberry Buoy in about 95 ft. of water, trolling between 45 -75 pulls.

The bite was a good pick, the area continues to hold plenty of bait and the fish remain of great quality, ranging between 14- 20 lbs., the perfect smoker size.  

Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado stated the action  which was better than the scores represent, landing some of the big kings proved to be too much for some customers who used their own gear and tied their own knots, gear failure contributed to 5 losses. This is not the time of year to try and land some of these big fish on equipment that has been sitting around for years and the score of 12 salmon for 11 anglers should have been better. The Salmon fishing this month so far has been more consistent than last year, and with the closing of commercial salmon trolling on Wednesday 10/15 it looks like there will be more action in the weeks ahead.


Coastal Combination Trip

The coastal combination trips aboard the New El Dorado III continue to offer good scores on salmon fishing, great results on the rock cod counts. Last Saturday trip scored ¾ limits on the rock cod for 28 anglers and 20 salmon for the ½ day effort trolling for salmon. The bag of rock fish is mostly nice blacks, browns and school fish olives. The New El Dorado III will be offering the combination trips this Saturday and through the rest of October.


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado 

Fishing Report, Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Salmon Fishing 


The salmon fishing during the first week of October produced beautiful weather, good action with quality results that ranged from half a fish a rod, to almost a fish a rod of bright red salmon.  A new school of salmon arrived into the area at the beginning of October, and seems to be holding around the area outside Rocky Point to the middle grounds in about 70-80 ft. of water. The new arrivals moved in from the deeper waters and are bright red after feeding on shrimp. They are big, fast and strong and present a great challenge to any angler. Some are getting away by charging under the boat, breaking faulty tackle, or throwing the hook just outside the net range. On Saturday Capt. Robert Gallia said that the frustration level was unbearable. They reported hooking 26 quality salmon, only landing 16 for the 18 customers aboard.

The salmon are still feeding on the abundance of anchovies and squid located all around the Marin coast, from the edge of the bar to Duxberry reef.

The morning bite has almost always produced the best action and most of the salmon are large, ranging between 14 to 18 lbs. with a few going into the mid-twenties. On Monday’s trip aboard the El Dorado two of the biggest fish landed totaled 58 lbs. both were caught by crewmember Frank Lopez. See photo below.


Coastal Combination Trips


The ½ day trip fishing for rockfish and the remainder of the day fishing for salmon have been very successful for the customers aboard the New El Dorado III. Last weekend they were able to bag 28 limits of rockfish and a hand-full of lings, before getting into the afternoon bite of salmon off the Marin coast near the edge of the bar. They continued to fish in about 80 to 100 ft. of water above Duxberry Reef. After scoring limits of blacks, browns and vermilions, they continued their campaign and trolled up 8 salmon up to 27lbs. This weekend they will try to improve on their counts as the good weather and fish counts remain solid.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report, Thursday, September 25, 2014


Salmon Fishing

The 3rd and 4th week of September has been surprisingly good for both salmon fishing and weather. As predicted a new school of salmon arrived and moved into the Marin coast last week and the Berkeley Charter Boat Fleet salmon scores took a good bounce, averaging just over a fish a rod for the recent week, one boat (New Easy Rider) scored 32 salmon for 16 anglers on Sunday (16 big limits). The bite continued on Monday and Tuesday as more and bigger fishing boats move into the fishing grounds. After a few intense days of high boat traffic pressure the scores started falling and the Charter Boat Fleet watched the scores fall back. As of yesterday with less commercial pressure on the water the scores seemed to rebound, holding at or around a fish a rod. The combined score for both El Dorado and New El Dorado III totaled 20 Salmon up to 23lbs for 20 anglers. The action is still spread out over the Marin Coast, from Duxberry reef to the channel buoys with many concentrations of bait fish in spots in-between. The areas of anchovy’s schools are also providing some of the best whale watching shows for the viewing public.


Coastal Combination Trips

The trips are producing some of the best coastal results in years, and maybe offered through October. The trips and have been producing almost limits of rock fish on every trip offered in September and we see no reason for things to change anytime soon. The warm water conditions along the coast have made it perfect for the near shore fishery. I expect great results to continue on the rock fish and Ling cod, especially for those who like working the bottom with hardware. Last weekend the New El Dorado III scored limits of rock fish and 6 lings before mooching up 2 salmon. The trips are catching mostly backs, browns and vermilion of the bottom off the Marin coast in about 75 to 90 ft. of water. 


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Fishing Report, Thursday, September 18, 2014


Salmon Fishing

Salmon fishing along the Marin coast near the Channel Buoy continues to produce good results for the skippers who work the small clusters of feed. Most trips have been averaging from just under a fish a rod to just over a fish a rod, and with bright red shrimp feeders moving in. The most success seems to be coming from a slow troll between 45 to 55 with deep rods fishing 65 pulls with straight baits. On Wednesday, September 17 aboard the El Dorado 11 salmon were landed for 9 anglers, fishing the middle grounds in 85ft of water. The average size landed was between 12lbs to 15lbs with the jackpot winner Steve Avila (photo on the left) from El Sobrante walking away with a limit over 30 lbs. He had one of his best days ever, landing all 5 of his big kings during the course of the day.

On the previous Sunday, September 14th, the scores were similar aboard the El Dorado and the weather was the same, flat calm, warm and sunny. The results for the trip were 16 salmon for 17 anglers, up to 21lbs, just one fish short for a fish a rod. What was even a bigger surprise for the passengers on Sunday`s trip was the big grey whale that swam under the bow of the El Dorado, giving the passenger an up close experience at the huge mammal. For Ben Tresser and his 5 boys, (Alan, Ryan, Myles, Andrew, Jacob - see photo below) dad provided an incredible experience which they will remember forever.  

In the weeks ahead we should continue to see similar results which mirror the action that was aboard El Dorado yesterday, and Sunday and we will see some of the best weather days of the year as we get closer to October. The days of the hot action seem to be behind us, and we have been seeing a slow but steady flow of new fish moving in after the adults move on. But prepare yourself for a new school of salmon that has just started moving around Pt. Reyes this week and is expected to arrive by the weekend.


Coastal Combination Trips

The salmon/rock cod coastal combination trips will continue booking on the weekends, and the trips are still producing solid limits of rockfish and plenty of lings if you have the ability to use artificial lures. The weather has been extremely nice and the warm waters that have moved into the Farallones Islands (deeper waters) has depleted the bait fish in the deeper waters forcing fish to look in the coastal areas. These large schools of rock fish are perusing bait fish into the coastal waters. The rockfish and lings are inhaling the live anchovies, strips of squid and anything you can hang on a hook. Trips are limited in space on the weekends so to reserve your spaces book ahead. Discounts are still available for large groups.


Captain Robert J Gallia / El Dorado 

Fishing Report, Monday, September 8, 2014


Last Monday, September 1st the Bay Area salmon fleet experienced some of the best salmon action of the season. The top score reported in the salmon fleet was unbelievable 57 salmon aboard the New El Dorado III. Many other scores reported during that day ranged between 30 to 40 salmon  per boat with the quality ranging between 10 –20 lbs. By Tuesday morning, September 2nd the news of the hot bite was the conversation at every launch ramp around the Bay Area, and the huge volume of vessel traffic slowed the bite down for the next few days. The pressure continued into the weekend and some of the better results reported at the end of the day seemed to come from the charter boats that were able to get away from the areas of intense boat traffic pressure.


On Sunday, September 7th after fishing the main ship channel for the first half the of the day and scoring only a few fish, Captain Robert Gallia /El Dorado decided to venture North some 12 miles, stopping just below Double Pt. in 75ft of water. They stopped over a concentrated area of anchovies and before all the lines were back in the water, “everybody heart rate tripled” and the action was on… landing 13 of the 15 hook ups up to 30lbs in a very short period of time.  

With more fish on the way, and good week of weather ahead, it a good bet that more great days are ahead for the month of September.


Coastal Combination Trips

The last combination trip aboard New El Dorado III produced 35 limits of rock fish, 12 lingcod up to 14lbs, 1 halibut up to 18lbs, and 8 salmon up to 21 lbs.

The trips continue to fish the hard bottom near Bolinas where schools of feed continue to roll across the bottom. Most of the combination trips will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays, large groups are encouraged to schedule so that these trips can continue.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Photo: Tom Treto and El Dorado crew members Frank and Adam holding Tom's second 30lbs salmon of the year.

August 26, 2014 Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing

During weekend salmon scores took a hit as most captains suffered from the madness of high volumes vessel traffic along the Marin coast caused by previously reported high scores. Scores turned in this weekend were mixed and results reported from a large geographical area ranging from Double point to the Channel buoys ranged from 5 to 25 then falling again on Sunday after the American Canyon earthquake.

On Monday things turned completely around, with much less pressure on the Marin coast and good weather, the El Dorado scored huge, landing 16 large salmon just below Duxbury reef. The 8 limits was not a big score, but the quality was great, 14 of the salmon ranged between 12 to 24lbs with 2 less than 26 inches. Captain Robert Gallia reported that it was a good pick, which continued throughout the day with a break between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Good scores were also reported above Double Point and a late bite developed near the Main Ship Channel.

The week ahead looks good as a calm weather pattern has settled in over the Central Coast and more fish are arriving from the North.


Coastal Combination Trips

Due to the volume of interest in the combination trips, the Berkeley fleet will continue to offer these trips during the month of September. The trips have had a great track record of results, with limits of rock fish on almost every trip, and a good showing of salmon for the time provided and lings for those who target the species with hardware and artificial lures. With good weather predicted in the month of September results should be great!


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

El Dorado on Monday, August 25, 2014

August 12, 2014 Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing

The salmon fishing gained more momentum over the weekend as more salmon moved into the Marin coast and scores bounced to well over a fish a rod. Some skippers reported scores between 30-40 salmon with many between 15 to 18 lbs. with a handful in the 20lbs class. On Saturday the El Dorado turned in an impressive score landing 29 salmon for 20 anglers up to 36 lbs. The hot bite took place just outside Slide Ranch in 60 ft. of water dragging anchovies between 30 to 40 pulls.

The cooler conditions that moved into the Marin coast over the weekend delivered a new large school of anchovies followed by a new school of large salmon. Many of the beginner anglers were simply outmatched by the stamina of the fish and the weather conditions, and many captains reported more losses than landings. The action slowed on Sunday as the predicted weather calmed down. The calm conditions allowed lots of private boats to move into the Marin Coast increasing the pressure which drove the salmon down and the scores pulled back. On Monday with less pressure and beautiful weather the scores rebounded. The New Easy Rider and the El Dorado reported scores in the mid twenties for their passenger loads. Their combined score between the 2 boats totaled 50 salmon for the 44 passengers.


Coastal Combination Trips

The New El Dorado III provided the perfect platform for the combination trips during the past weekend and reported limits of quality rockfish for 4th week in a row, along the Bolinas coastline. The mix of quality rockfish, mostly blacks and olives were caught in the deeper waters around 100ft using a small piece of squid attached to a yellow and red shrimp fly. If you targeted the lings with your artificial jigs, you would have scored your limit of lings too. The hard bottom off the Bolinas coast provides ideal environment for the combination tips. The scores on the lings produced 6-10 per trip, up to 24 lbs. Only a few anglers were targeting lings cod and it was reflected in their scores for the time allowed.

The trips then changed gear to the great salmon action. On Saturday the New Eldorado III scored 15 salmon out of 21 opportunities, and on Sunday they scored 7 out of 13, mostly all big females.


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

August 8, 2014, Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing

The Bay Area salmon fleet got a shot off adrenaline this last week, as a wave of Big Kings moved into the Marin coast. Scores took a bounce, and have been reflecting a fish a rod on average, most boats landing more and a few landing less. Most of the Big Kings are ranging around the 15lbs. to 18lbs. with the jackpot winner usually around 30lbs. Most of the action was located around the North Bar between 60-70 ft. of water during the mornings hours, followed by a bite later in the afternoon between Rocky Pt. and Duxberry. The fishing has been steady, and spread out over a large area with the best depths between 30 to 70 ft.

With the weather finally in a calmer mode, and evidence of the Big Kings moving into the area, it would be wise to oil up your reels, spool up with some good line and prepare yourself for the best action all year...


These Big Kings are not taken easily!!!



Coastal Combination Trips

The coastal trips are still doing very well, producing limits on rock cod, 6-10 lings up to 14lbs. and 7-11 salmon up to 26lbs. on trips offered this week. The scores on the coastal rock fish continue to remain solid and the quality remains excellent. The trips surprisingly continue to produce large blacks and olives in 60 to 100 ft. of water near Bolinas. The trips offer a great alternative to the angler who enjoys a variety of fishing without the long travel to the Farallon Islands.


Photo: Robinson Tyrer holding 31lbs. King Salmon aboard El Dorado

Tuesday, August 5, 2014



Salmon Fishing Picks Up!!!




Photo: Kyla Wright, twelve and a half years of age from San Rafael.  Kyla landed her first 12 lbs. King Salmon all by herself (with some encouragement from her mom) today aboard El Dorado. This is Kyla's first salmon fishing trip!


Steve Avila from El Sobrante caught his 40 lbs. limit aboard the El Dorado with capt Robert Gallia.

Monday, July 28, 2014 Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing

The mild weather along the coast over the last week, combined with a calmer ocean conditions and scores that averaged a fish a rod provided the perfect weekend for the Bay Area salmon fleet. The Bay Area salmon fleet experienced the best week of salmon fishing since the season started. The fleet concentrated around Duxberry reef and Rocky Point in the afternoon.

There has been a great showing of big fish and reports from up north indicate more moving in to the area. The action in the morning was the best in the upper range 35-45 ft. of water then the action goes deep to 60-80 ft. The salmon that was landed, averaged 18 to 20 lbs. with many skippers posting fish above 30lbs. Yesterday big fish weighed in at 37.5 lbs. aboard the El Dorado and Capt. Joey reported landing one 36 lbs. This bounce in fish scores seems to indicate the second wave of salmon moving into the area, and it looks like a good week ahead with good weather predicted.


Coastal Combination Trips

The coastal combination trips remain the best thing and there are no indications that the great coastal fishing is going to slow down, the combined scores for Saturdays fishing were solid, between 3 boats El Dorado, New El Dorado III and the Flying Fish, they scored 84 limits of rock fish, with mixed quality of blacks and olives and 34 ling cod up to 15 lbs. Then on Sunday, the El Dorado III after scoring 18 limits of rockfish and 14 lings up to 15 lbs. added 5 salmon up to 28 lbs. and 1 halibut 14 lbs. to the fish box in a few short hours near Rock Pt.  

There is plenty of room this weekend for both Salmon and Coastal combination trips and the weather will be perfect.


Capt. Robert Gallia 

Greg Carlton (on the left) won jack pot with his 20 lbs. ling cod on Saturday, July 12, 2014 aboard El Dorado.

Fishing Report, Monday, July 14, 2014


Salmon Fishing

The Bay Area salmon fleet saw salmon scores improve last Thursday around Duxberry buoy in about 60-100 ft. of water. The few salmon boats that were out that day saw a big bounce in fish scores, (up to 22 fish) as a new school of large adults arrived in the Bolinas area.

The following day, Friday, July 11 provided a huge disappointment for the fleet as the salmon seemed to have disappeared from the area overnight, and the fish scores crashed.  

On Saturday, July 12 the weather was calm, but the results were weak, the top score turned in for a full day of salmon fishing was 8 salmon.

Sunday, July 13 the high overcast cloud cover cleared and calm weather changed, by early noon Mother Nature was delivering another round of punishment to the fleet as the winds increased to 20 knots. Top score turned in for the day was 4 salmon.


Pot Luck Fishing

The rock cod / ling cod fishing continues to be excellent in areas near the coast, up the coast, and off shore near the Farallones Islands.

On Saturday the Flying Fish scored 26 limits fishing the coastal areas near Bolinas.

The New El Dorado III scored 27 limits of rock cod and 34 ling cod fishing above PT Reyes. And  the El Dorado scored 27 limits of rock cod and 54 ling cod (27 limits) up to 21 lbs. fishing at the Farallones Islands.

Capt. Robert Gallia reported that the windy weather has prevented most captains from going off shore. But Saturday’s flat weather was a calling and the ling cod action at the Islands was worth the ride, one of the best bites I have seen in years, and it will continue as soon as the windy weather backs off for us.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Veronica Van Ausdal, Rebecca Richard and Sara Malott having fun fishing aboard El Dorado on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing

The salmon fishing generally around the Gulf of the Farallones has been slow. Very few boats are making trips during the week and weekends. This makes it hard to obtain a detailed report and daily salmon scores. On Monday Capt. Joey Gallia aboard the New Easy Rider, the only salmon boat out on the bay, stuck to his plan and worked around 100 ft. of water off the Marin coast near Duxberry reef and Bolinas. His plan was to troll in the morning for a few hours and then switch to drifting for rockfish to take advantage of the tides then back to trolling later in the day and landed 5 salmon up to 18lbs. Then on Tuesday the charter boat out of Sausalito (New Rayan) scored 5 salmon as well. Although the numbers were small, this was big news to the local fishing community and maybe  the first wave of change and the salmon are finally starting to move into the area. 


Coastal Combination Trips

The rock cod and ling cod fishing continues to provide the best bang for the buck, and the results of most trips have been consistent for local anglers and first timers. Most trips are producing quality and quaintly of the big blacks and plenty of lings. On the recent trip on July 7 aboard the El Dorado, sacks full of fish that were taken from the boat back to anglers’ cars required the use of the marina hand cart and two guys pushing it with brief break at the top of the landing ramp. The scores of ling cod continue to be solid and Monday’s trip they reported 23 lings up to 17 lbs. for 13 anglers. Also reported were limits of rockfish with a great verity of blacks, olives and vermillion. Over the weekend most of the fleet worked the smaller areas of hard bottom near the towers in 60 -100 ft. of water using squid or live anchovies. All reported great results.


Capt. Robert Gallia

Fishing Report, Monday, June 30, 2014


Salmon Fishing

Over the weekend most of the Bay Area Salmon fleet discouraged by more wind and weather offshore located themselves off the Marin coast drifting for rock fish. A few hard core captains tried to revive the low salmon counts by scouting below the Farallones Islands and down to the Deep Reef, but the reported results by the end of Saturday amounted to 1-4 fish with a few shakers. The weekend results did not provide any evidence that things are ready to start improving for the Bay Area salmon fleet.

But north of us things are improving, reports from commercial fisherman indicate that Sacramento salmon and lots of them are moving south towards us, and with everyday off wind that we have, they will be pushed down the coast closer and closer and it looks like July will be a game changer for the salmon fleet. In matter of days we should start seeing improved salmon scores.  



Coastal Combination Trips

The coastal combination trips were faced with their own set of challenges this weekend as the wind and wave conditions moved into the coastal areas by mid-day on Saturday. Skippers that worked long hours on the hard bottom above Bolinas scratched out limits of rockfish with a good showing of lingcod, totaling just under a fish a rod. In addition to the limits of cod fish Captain Robert Gallia aboard the El Dorado added 3 large halibut to the box around Pt. Bonita upto30 lbs. and 2 striped bass near Angel Island. On Sunday the wind and waves pushed up against early, making it difficult to fish the rocky coastline. Scores fell off for most of the fleet and the weather chased many inside the protected waters of the bay. Scores generally totaled ½ limits of rockfish and a few lings per boat. Capt. Robert Gallia reported 1 additional halibut up to 14 lbs.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Ian, Rachel and Clarence Adams from Walnut Creek aboard El Dorado on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Rachel caught this huge halibut and won $150 jackpot for the biggest fish of the day!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing


The last 3 weeks of June have been the windiest days of the 2014 season - 23 days of June out of 25 have been extremely breezy. Some these breezy days had the fleet pinned to the coast, and it appears more pain is predicted through this coming Friday. A small break in the wind and a window of opportunity looks to happen within the next few days and continue possibly into weekend.

The windy conditions of June could be the blessing for the month of July if the salmon decides to show. Recent reports suggest that the ocean has turned over and large areas of dark water created by upwell and cooler conditions are transforming the Gulf of the Farallones, but nobody will be able to verify or test the waters until WIND STOPS BLOWING!

Around the local areas like Duxbury reef there was a report of a salmon landed, but no large numbers. Capt. Joey Gallia aboard the New Easy Rider landed a 20 lbs. female last Saturday, before cutting the day short due to the windy conditions, and it was the last reported salmon landed.


Coastal Combination Trips – halibut/rock cod


The customers aboard the coastal combo trips are still enjoying fat sacks, which include a verity of rock fish (mostly blacks) caught along the rocky coast of Marin. The trips over the weekend and the recent trip on Tuesday aboard the El Dorado produced near limits to limits of rock cod and 8 lings to 13 lbs., just under a fish a rod of lings for 11 anglers. Capt. Robert Gallia reported - if you spent time working tossing hardware and or artificial lures you got your limit of lings. Two of the Charter Boats skippers (Capt. Robert Gallia and Capt. Eddie Gallia a.k.a. “Fast Eddie”)  are working the coastal areas of the Marin coast from Pt. Bonita to above Duxbury and both skippers are finding time in the afternoon to fish to the slower parts of the tides inside the Bay to catch a few halibut. Captain “Fast Eddie” scored 4 halibut around Alcatraz up to 25 lbs. before calling it a day yesterday along with limits of cod.


 Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado

The El Dorado totals for today, Friday, June 20, 2014 are five halibut up to 25 lbs., eight ling cod and sixty five rock fish - all caught by 11 anglers.


Photo: Big huliBUTs in San Francisco Bay!

Photo: Anthony Ortiz from Modesto scored this nice 15 lbs. halibut at Bird Rock aboard El Dorado today, Friay, June 20, 2014.

Photo: Evan Ferro from Walnut Creek and crewmember Adam aboard El Dorado today, Thursday June 19, 2014 with 24 lbs. halibut which he has just caught this morning in San Francisco Bay!

Fishing Report, Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Salmon Fishing

Most of the landings up and down the coast continue to wait for the weather to break as the N/Westerly winds and waves returned during Father’s Day weekend. The strong winds during the weekend in the gulf of the Farallones reached over 40 mph and generated swells up to 12ft in the unprotected areas.

Mother Nature delivered a fresh round of pounding to the Bay Area Golden Gate fleet. Only a few captains made and effort to troll Duxbury reef, and some of the protected coastal areas of Pt. Reyes. Most were not able to complete a full day of fishing as the winds increased during the afternoon.

A break is expected soon! The strong winds are forecasted to pullback by Wednesday morning and we should see calmer conditions settle in for the remainder of the week. We should see a good bounce in salmon scores later this week as conditions will allow the fleet to locate the salmon that were rumored to be near the North Island.


Coastal Combos/Live bait


The Coastal Combination trips were the right ticket during the windy Father’s Day weekend and continue to be a huge success, in spite of the windy weather. Some of the Berkeley skippers worked the coastal shores of Marin and scored limits to near limits of cod, mostly blacks & blues and bolinas, and managed to score solid numbers of ling cod. The skippers on both the Flying Fish and the El Dorado turned in a combined score of 35 limits of rock fish, 25 ling cod up to 15 lbs. for 35 anglers - a good showing given the windy coastal conditions.

There was also a good showing of striped bass inside the Bay, but they went on the bite while both skippers were enjoying a good bite of rock cod. Halibut started showing around Angel Island and with good tides coming this weekend the combos are going to be hard to beat...


Capt. Robert Gallia



Fishing Report, Monday, June 9th, 2014


Salmon Report

The Golden Gate Salmon fishing fleet burned record amounts of fuel and pushed the envelope wide open looking for any schools of salmon over this past weekend. The fleet travelled north and south, east and west as far as anybody could guess. But the end result was 8 salmon for the top score on Saturday and 6 for the top score on Sunday. In several places the skippers located perfect conditions for the Kings, feed conditions were present, water color and temperatures looked good, but nobody was home. The most encouraging news about the salmon was - there were a few caught around the local scenes. The New Easy Rider with Capt. Joe Gallia aboard successfully landed 4 big females around Bolinas. This catch although small in numbers was the first indicators that there are more on the way. Good weather is expected starting mid-week, and this is and will be where the action gets started.


Coastal Live Bait Fishing

If you played your cards just right, and fished in the SF bay on Saturday morning catching 6 out of 10 big halibut at Angel Island and Alcatraz, then moved to the coastal waters in the afternoon to get limits of rockfish and 10 ling cod, then fished the reverse on Sunday, then you were able to enjoy the best of the weekend’s weather and good fishing!!! This is what Coastal Live Bait Fishing is all about. Making the right decisions and choices so as to make it enjoyable for all the customers that are willing to spend the day on the local waters without getting sea sick...

The halibut and stripers scores pulled back due to the smaller tides, around the SF Bay during this week, but with the opening of the rock cod / ling cod season it will not slow things down.

Everybody is enjoying great coastal fishing for the rock fish and ling cod, and if in addition you are given the opportunity to catch some of the big halibut and stripers then this is the best bang for your buck! (Considering the results of the salmon trips over the weekend).

Combined scores aboard the El Dorado for the weekend totaled 44 limits of rockfish 20 lingcod up to 17 lbs. and 10 halibut up to 18 lbs.


Photo: Jermeny Dude and Mike Hoellwarth both are from Concord.

Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado


Dave Comber from Dixon with his catch of the day - 28 lbs. halibut aboard El Dorado on June 6, 2014 with the crew member Adam.

John Vantassal with his huge ling cod aboard El Dorado on June 6, 2014.


Which one will get the jackpot?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing

The weather conditions during the weekend remained bumpy and breezy along the entire California coast, and especially near the Farallones Islands.  The Golden Gate salmon fleet from Halfmoon Bay to Bodega Bay braved the challenging conditions and ventured offshore looking for signs of the salmon school which has been migrating north along the 50 fathom curve.

Late in the afternoon on Saturday one boat reported getting into the action, just outside the Middle Island (“the Pimple”). They scored 15 limits late in the day, and all were nice big fish. The other salmon boat captains were just too far away. In short, nobody was close enough to get into the action.

On Sunday the captains were faced with similar weather conditions, and again the fleet scattered above and below the islands, looking to pick up that Saturday school. But at the end of Sunday the top score that was turned in was 6 fish.

The cool windy weather over the last weeks has compromised the salmon scores but the wind will ease up this week, and the fleet should be able to start turning the scores around.


Live Bait Fishing

The live bait fishermen have been provided with more incentives. On Sunday, the rock cod / ling cod season started. Now in addition to fishing for the halibut / stripers you will be able to spend time catching some of the coastal rock fish & ling cod, all on the same trip. Sunday’s trip aboard the El Dorado was dedicated to the coast due to the weather off shore, but the results along the coast were great. The entire group of 18 beginners scored limits of rockfish and landed 10 keeper ling cod, up to 14 lbs. with a dozen or more that were tossed back due to limited size. The striper action continues to be productive as on Sunday the scores were almost a fish a rod with a few halibut per boat. The Berkeley Charter boats will be offering these trips on a daily basis.  


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado


Monday, May 27, 2014 Fishing Report


Salmon Fishing

The Memorial Day weekend delivered 3 more days of hard blows to the Bay Area salmon fleet. In some unprotected areas of the coast, the strong gusty winds were clocked near 40 plus mph. Many of the captains who scheduled salmon trips for the weekend managed to salvage their trips with great live bait fishing for the halibut and striped bass.

The salmon fishing fleet has had a rough start this year and with more winds predicted to last for the better part of this week. On a bright note, the ocean conditions that existed in the gulf of the Farallones during the month of May forced the area to go through a major positive transformation. The recent weeks of strong windy conditions have turned the ocean upside-down. This cooling effect of the ocean surface usually brings plankton and shrimp to the upper parts of the water column, and usually when this happens we should see a good bounce in the salmon scores.


Live bait Fishing

The interest in the live bait fishing for bass and halibut continues to attract a lot of attention. Over the weekend the live bait fleet scored big near the area of Treasure Island in about 20 ft. of water. Combined scores aboard the El Dorado on Monday totaled 12 strippers and 6 halibut for 20 anglers. At the top of the tide on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nets were swinging as far as you could see.  The boats were scattered over a large area from South Hampton Shoals to Treasure Island. The fish averaged 8 to 10 lbs. with some Bass topping 16 lbs. The boats pressure over the weekend dampened the scores a little on Monday but the overall bass fishing was consistent. The better halibut scores were reported around Angel Island and Paridise K. Private boaters that dedicated the day to halibut fishing scored 2-4 fish per boat. Nice weather lasted throughout most of the day, with the winds coming in later in the afternoon.


Capitan Robert Gallia/ El Dorado


Picture: Steve Wright and Donny Strelow holding their catch on Saturday, May 24, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fishing Report


Last weekend the weather pounded the salmon fleet up and down the coast. One of the better scores reported in the tough conditions were aboard the New Easy Rider, who turned in 16 salmon / for 16 anglers, a fish a rod average, up to 23 lbs. Capt. Joey Gallia reported that Saturday action was hectic. He stated that conditions were compounded with 45 shakers just under the 24 inches mark, which is below legal size. Capt. Joey fished in windy and rough weather below the Main Island in 40 fathoms. Facing the prospects of the same conditions on Sunday Capt. Joey decided to try a new area around N buoy, at the end of the day, he reported a score of just under a fish a rod. The overall scores from the salmon fleet (6 charter boats), seemed to indicate salmon scattered all over the Gulf of the Farallones, most of the captains reported big fish caught in locations outside the Main Island, below the Main Island, and scores of big fish landed at N Buoy. But nobody located a big school of fish. All the fish that were landed were large in size, 15 to 30 lbs., the largest salmon caught this year – 30 lbs. was caught aboard the El Dorado outside the Main Island by Tom Tretro of Newark. (see photo)


The weather continued to hamper the fleet efforts for the first half of this week, but might improve by the weekend.


Bass / Halibut Fishing

The big minus tides that hampered the live bait action last week have pasted and the conditions in the San Francisco Bay are improving every day. The live bait fleet scored big numbers of striped bass earlier this week and halibut scores seemed to be improving with the better tides, which are expected to continue into next week. The big bass scores were turned in on Monday around Red Rock and the big halibut that were reported up to 24 lbs. were caught in and around the Central Bay.


Captain Robert Gallia/ El Dorado



Fishing Report, Thursday, May 15, 2014


The warm air that settled over the Bay Area this week, brought gorgeous weather to the Gulf of Farallones. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the salmon action started heating up as scores bounced back from single digits, to double digits, from under a fish a rod to over a fish a rod. The quality of the salmon is also worth mentioning, 12 to 14 lbs. and the El Dorado had 5 out of 13 fish over 20lbs. With many others missed due to their size and vigor.

Adam Sewall, the crewmember aboard stated that 13 fish filled one of the fish boxes. 

The hot action was reported to happen later in the day, below the main island, with plenty of shrimp on the area.


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Monday, May 12, 2014 - Fishing Report


Salmon Report

Late last Friday the Bay Area salmon fleet, comprised of 3 charter boats located some salmon action outside of Drakes Bay in 40 fathoms. Towards the end of Friday, the scores reported ranged from 5 to 8 salmon for boats which worked the area, with light customers’ loads. Unfortunately, over the weekend the strong winds and rough weather, moved into the coast from the prevailing North Westerly breeze, this prevented any captains from reaching that location, so most of the fleet stayed tied to the docks or purchased a scoop or two of live bait and enjoyed the striped bass & halibut fishing in the SF Bay.


Striped Bass & Halibut

The live bait fishing continues to attract attention, because of the warm weather conditions and decent halibut & striped bass scores, which averaged just under a fish a rod to a fish a rod over the weekend. The live bait fishing has been good for the last 2 weeks and most charter boats have been concentrating in the Central Bay, from SF waterfront to Raccoon Straights. The smaller tides also provided great conditions to fish the deep channels of the Bay where several big scores of big halibut were reported in 50 -70 ft. of water.

On Sunday, Captain Robert Gallia aboard the El Dorado scored 7 halibut for 6 anglers up to 24lbs, fishing the Central Bay near Angel Island.


Photo: John Embrey and friends enjoying a great Mother’s Day

Fishing Report, Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Salmon Fishing

The Salmon fishing started shaping up during last weekend when a few Charter boats located a school of salmon about 8 miles below the main island of the Farallones. The school of salmon was feeding on shrimp in a small area ranging between 30-60 ft., and the grade was made up of mixed sizes from 20 inches up to 20 lbs. with plenty of hits and misses in between... The calm weather that seemed to have settled in on Sunday was short lived, and changed on Monday, as the North Westerly breeze started kicking up, and is expected to blow for a few more days. The salmon scores that were turned in over the weekend were mixed due to the large spread of the fleet and the small area of fish. Scores ranged from near limits to half a fish per rod. After the wind calms, which is expected to happen later in the week, the salmon scores will bounce back, water conditions are starting to shape up on the outside as more and more feed is sliding into the Gulf. The salmon action that has been North of us, will start going off this weekend in the Gulf of the Farallones…


Striped Bass/ Halibut

With the availability of live anchovies for the fishing fleet, things have turned on in the San Francisco Bay. Scores on the Striped Bass have not been this good in years and the season is just getting started. Halibut and Bass scores combined yesterday totaled 19 fish aboard the El Dorado for 10 anglers up to 22 lbs. The Halibut (5) were caught near Alcatraz in the morning and the Stripers in Raccoon Straights in the afternoon. The weather has been a little windy in the afternoon but most mornings have been beautiful.It’s a great way to spend time, while wait for the weather to settle down on the ocean.


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado



Mike Diaz and Emilio Delosreyes, holding their catch from yesterday trip.

Emilio won his second jack pot of the year and will use the winnings to fish anther day.

Fishing Report, Wednesday, April 30, 2014


The Salmon fishing appeared to improve on Sunday morning as most of the Charter boats that motored to 50 fathoms outside of Pt. Reyes scored limits and big fish. Most of the small fleet of charter boats that arrived on the spot were carrying short loads of customers. The weather was unbelievable nice and the seas were calm. It was so far the best day of the season.


On Monday, which was other calm day the fleet charged back to the same area. This time the action was a little slower and the fish a little smaller. But at the end of the day the fleet turned in a score that averaged a fish a rod or just over a fish a rod.


Yesterday, the salmon slowed, as and the scores dropped to 3-6 fish, per boat. They seemed to have satisfied themselves after feeding a few days, and now on the move. The New Easy Rider covered the biggest area travelling around the North islands and Fanny Shoals locating a few large stragglers towards the end of the afternoon.


Halibut fishing is showing some consistency around Angel Island and the Berkeley flats in spite of the larger tides that muddied up the Bay waters over the weekend.


Pier 45 in San Francisco will be providing live bait as of Wednesday and the live bait fishing season will officially start. The hours are 6-9 am.


Captain Robert Gallia / El Dorado

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fishing Report


Salmon fishing during last weekend was slow on Saturday and picked up considerably on Sunday. On Saturday the small fleet of 3 salmon boats (all from Berkeley) searched the area outside S Buoy to the North Farallones including Pt. Reyes.

The small fleet located a few salmon late Saturday in 50 fathoms above Pt Reyes. At the end of Saturday, the Easy Rider who decided to work the coastline along Bolinas reported landing the top score of 6 Salmon out of 10 hookups up to 18 lbs. On Easter Sunday, The El Dorado with a short load of customers and good weather along the coast, decided to stop and fish the area around Double Pt. The combination of warm weather and a lazy roll of the seas provided the perfect action and turned in a score of 8 salmon to 26 lbs. for 6 anglers.


The Halibut fishing seems to be on the rebound, halibut scores over weekend around the area of Paradise and the Berkeley flats averaged just short a fish a rod for the skippers on the charter boats drifting live shiners. Also Stripped bass were on the bite in Raccoon straights. Halibut trolling with frozen anchovies was also producing good results in the same area.


Photo: Crewmember Adam holding part of Emilio Delosreyes limit, Emilio landed the biggest salmon 26 lbs. so far this year. Aboard the El Dorado

Fishing Report, Monday, April 14, 2014


Over the weekend most of the Bay Area skippers motored past Pt Reyes, and several miles up10 Mile Beach to the salmon bite outside Bodega Bay. When they stopped Saturday morning only a few fish per boat were reported. Things had changed and the fish seemed to have made a move.


Captain Brain Guiles aboard the Flying Fish and Robert Gallia aboard the El Dorado choose a different plan and decided to fish west of Pt. Reyes in 50 phantoms, and between the 2 boats they located what seemed to be the same school of salmon previously located off Bodega Bay. It was a good day as many of the chartered boats from other Marinas motored to the Berkeley skippers’ location and scored on the average a fish a rod by the late afternoon. The combined score for the Flying Fish and El Dorado totaled 27 Salmon upto18 lbs. for 25 anglers.


On Sunday the Bay Area fleet anticipating a good day with good weather arrived on the grounds but the morning bite never got started, the scores by the end of the day fell hard. The bite never turned on. The fleet scattered in all directions only to burn huge amounts of fuel and arrive late at the docks with scores ranging from 0 to 8 salmon.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado



Luis Rojas from Oakland

Jose Briseno from Oakland

Arturo Martines from Oakland

Felipe Ruelas from Hayward

El Dorado crew member Adam with the catch of the day!

Fishing Report, Monday, April 7, 2014


On opening day of the 2014 salmon season, the Bay Area salmon fishing fleet headed out the gate for the area called green pastures, located 50 fathoms below the main Farallones islands. There were reports from crabbers earlier in the week that indicated the right temperature and water conditions for the salmon.


The Bay Area fleet raked the area south of Pedro Pt. for several hours before the first scratched bite was reported. By 11:00 am the bite was still very poor and the fleet needed to make a move. Many decided to split up and moved in all direction in challenging weather conditions.By the end of the day (Saturday) it made little difference what direction you went the results were the same - most of the boats returned with disappointed customers.


On Sunday with improved weather conditions offshore and calmer waters along the coast, Captain Robert Gallia aboard the El Dorado decided to look north, towards Pt. Reyes. Information provided on Saturday indicated good water conditions above Pt. Reyes lighthouse, but with residual ocean conditions south of Pt. Reyes it was questionable if the boat could get above Pt. Reyes lighthouse and inspect at the area.

After the slow morning ride, around Pt. Reyes they stopped several times in 45 phantoms near what looked to be signs of shrimp. But again, and again after several frustrating passes over the feed without a scratch they moved further and further up the coast, stopping near Bodega Bay.


Finally, the effort paid off!!! After several stops and many dry runs, the El Dorado with Captain Robert Gallia scored, hitting the Jack Pot, with 16 limits, up to 22 lbs. 

Michael and son Alex Sneper holding their catch of the day!



Fishing Report, Tuesday, April 1, 2014


The 2014 Salmon season will open this Saturday, April 5, 2014 after being closed since November of last year. During the last few months the Berkeley Captains have been working long hours every day during the week to ready their vessels with the latest and greatest Hi Tech toys and equipment.  

Last season the Berkeley Charter boat fleet experienced some of the best fishing action during the early part of the year especially during the spring, and it continued into June around the North Farallones Islands.

The rainy unstable weather is predicted to settle down sometime on Thursday / Friday of this week making way for very favorable conditions on Saturday and Sunday.

The Berkeley Charter boats skippers have information that conditions along the 50 phantom curve (300ft) are loaded with bird life, krill, and anchovies from the Deep Reef to Bodega Bay. Further reports from a sail boat party sighted sea lions taking salmon around N buoy. The conditions for the opening weekend seem to be showing promise.

The starting weekend of the salmon season is probably the most important day during the course of the whole season, as many customers wait for big salmon scores before scheduling their trips.


Capt. Robert Gallia / El Dorado


Photo: The El Dorado readying for the 2014 salmon season

Fishing Report, Tuesday, November 12, 2013


The Crab Combos were a huge success over the weekend and the weather was great too. On Saturday with flat calm conditions the Berkeley Charter Boat fleet fished the Farallones islands and reported a combined score of 70 limits of rock fish, 35 ling cod and 420 Dungeness crabs. On Sunday with calm conditions and returning to the Islands, the fleet reported 74 limits of rock fish 32 ling cod and 444 Dungeness crabs.


Many experienced anglers who worked the chrome bars & jigs across the bottom landed their additional limits of ling cod. The rock cod were biting on red and yellow shrimp flies and the lings seemed to like the chrome 16 oz. diamond bars.


At the end of the day, all the Berkeley customers were wearing big smiles and were full of joy and humor while having to make double trips to the parking lot. The great fishing conditions will remain throughout the week with a change predicted coming this weekend.


Capt. Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

Fishing Report, Monday, November 4, 2013


The Crab/Rock Cod Combos kicked off on Saturday morning and the results were impressive. The big scores and great results brought huge smiles and heavy sacks to the customers aboard the El Dorado who returned with 30 limits of rock cod, 20 ling cod, and 180 Dungeness crabs for all 30 who were on board.  The excellent rock fishing started first thing Saturday morning just outside the North Islands. On the first drift, the school of fish mostly (olives & big blues) went nuts over the shrimp flies. As the boat drifted into the other parts of the rocky reef the variety changed to vermilions and lingcod and everybody on board seemed to enjoy watching the mix of cod being hoisted over the rails. Many customers who preferred to bounce lures such as chrome bars scored their limits of lingcod and a nice quality rockfish. The bite continued throughout the morning and slowed up towards mid-day as the winds picked up. By 1:00 pm the El Dorado headed into the coast to service the soaking crab traps, and the trip was worth waiting for. The Bay Area charter boat fleet who braved the forecast for this weekend’s crab fishing scored limits of big Dungeness crabs for everybody.


Captain Robert Gallia/El Dorado

Fishing Report, Monday, September 23, 2013




On Friday, September 20, 2013 a school of Albacore was located after a windy week of weather. The North/Westerly winds that blew the first half of the last week scattered the big school of tuna and pushed them down, as the winds cooled the surface. They also moved deeper into the ocean as the warmer water receded. The 3 Berkeley charter boats (El Dorado, New EL Dorado III and New Easy Rider) were not able to locate the fish until late afternoon on Friday, but did very well after all. Their combined score totaled 76 albacore for 25 anglers. All the tuna were large, in the 20 -35lbs. range.


On Saturday, September 21, 2013 two boats (Flying Fish, El Dorado) returned to the tuna grounds and were hampered by the changing weather conditions that moved across the coast. The combined score for the two vessels totaled 32 Albacore for 17 anglers.


On Sunday, September 22, 2013 after the weather system passed and the seas settled down, the New El Dorado III enjoyed calm seas and landed 28 albacore for 11 anglers. The weather is expected to pick back up and blow for the next few days. The next scheduled trip will be on Friday, September 27, 2013. Call for reservations. Spaces on Tuna trips are limited!


Salmon/Rock Code Combos


The coastal salmon fleet also experienced wet and windy conditions along the coast and all of the salmon scores ranged between 7 to 14. The top score went to Capt. Joey Gallia aboard the New Easy Rider who landed 14 fish up to 25lbs. for his group. On Saturday the coastal rock cod were completely off the bite as the South/Westerly winds shut the near coastal bite down. The Combos picked back up on Sunday as both Salmon scores and coastal rock cod fishing improved. Both the El Dorado and New Easy Rider scored limits of rock fish and scored between  4 to 9 salmon for the effort of a half day of salmon fishing.


Captain Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

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



Fishing Report, Monday, September 16, 2013




After being shut down for 2 days due to N/Westerly winds, 3 boats headed to the tuna grounds on Sunday morning, The Flying Fish, El Dorado, and the New EL Dorado III.  Their combined score totaled 260 albacore for 36 anglers!!!


The weather window on Sunday looked to be the only day to fish offshore albacore until the weather settles back down later on this week.

At daylight on Sunday morning the El Dorado reached the tuna grounds first, noting to the other skippers that all the life was still there. The birds, bait fish, and albacore were all present. Before all the jigs were set, the crew was screaming hookups!!!


On the first bait stop Sunday morning the El Dorado landed an estimated 36 albacore and an additional 20 broke off. By the 3rd stop the crew was unable to close the fish boxes. Each stop provided the same action. The albacore ranged from 20 to 40 lbs. with the majority in the 25-30lbs. range. Both captain and 2 crew members scrambled to keep up with the action, one customer reported landing 14, anther reported breaking off 9. Total chaos, incredible bite!!!


Salmon/ Combos


The salmon and salmon combo trips took a hit over the weekend due to the windy conditions along the entire coast.  Saturday trips were hit the hardest and bounced back a little on Sunday. Scores reported totaled 2 salmon and limits of rock fish aboard the New Easy Rider. The boats offering these trips are getting limits of rock fish mostly blacks, with a few lings either before or after targeting salmon. In the absence of the salmon, the Berkeley will continue to offer these trips until the end of October.


Captain Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

Fishing Report, Friday, September 13, 2013




The tuna bite got hot on Wednesday as the Eldorado scored 37 out of 65 hook/ups for 10 anglers, then “exploded!!!” on Thursday (9-12). Captain Robert Gallia / Eldorado located, what will probably turn out to be the best tuna bite of the year.


From the moment of the first jig strike to the last anchovies in the tank. It was big fish chaos on deck. A day and experience none will forget. Most anglers were caught by surprise and not prepared for the bite they were in yesterday, as every bait that was placed into the water, was ripped by the competing brutes. Many times every customers standing was pin to the rail gasping for air or looking to pass off the rod to a crew member as the bloody battle slowly raged on.


At the end, some skippers were thanking Capt. Robert for their huge success. Yesterday tuna counts went over the top, some breaking a 100 fish mark, most captains and customers were happy with 5-6 per person, some had 10. The Flying Fish reported a score of 70 for 7 anglers. The big tuna counts taken yesterday will reflect what is being described as the hottest bite of the season.


Capt. Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

SALMON / Combo


The salmon fishing improved yesterday (8/12) as some of the local charter boats reported 10 -20 fish scores around Duxberry. There seems to be school of adult Kings moving into the Bolinas area and snapping during the smaller tides. The best results are still trolling anchovies in the 20-50 ft. of water, with the action up in the early part of the morning and a little deeper later in the day. The chrome flashers and colored dodgers were also popular on the deeper lines. The trips (Combos) have been great success, and continue to produce limits of big Blacks and Bolinas cod after weeks of spotty salmon fishing. The 8-12 oz. diamond bar has been the right ticket for the lings after loading up on the cod. The Combos will continue through September, and will be offered daily…


Captain Robert Gallia/ El Dorado

Fishing Report, Sunday, July 28, 2013


The salmon hit the Marin coast this week, and they hit hard. The big kings continue to drag and pin the beginners against the rail, before snapping gear and busting bad lines, resulting from bad drags. 3lbs salmon were common and many were not landed, the action continues to be hot around Duxberry, Muir beach and along the edge of the bar, also out at the channel buoys. The salmon which averaged 20lbs were feeding on bait fish (mostly anchovies ) which were moving in and out with the big tides. Scores were consistent throughout the charter boat fleet ranged from a fish a rod to just under a fish a rod, depending on the amount of experience you had on board. The weather has been flat and will remain flat for the next 3 to 5 days providing excellent opportunities for the coming week. The Berkeley fleet will have trips daily and plenty of room for the next few days.


Photo: Sophia, El Dorado crewmember with the Kings

Check out this video from July 18, 2013!


"Reeling the Big One aboard El Dorado"

Fishing Report, Thursday, July 18, 2013


Collin Prather, from Sparks, NV, with 2 Kings - total weight – 47 lbs. aboard El Dorado!

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