Bodega Bay Fishing Report Week of 7-16-23

Endless North wind continues to blow through and keep our trips limited. We made the most of what we could work with and still got a few Halibut and nearshore rockfish.

Tomales Halibut Bite Improving and Nearshore Rockcod Opener.

We had to deal with some pretty nasty weather this weekend but both the Sorta Salty and the Sea Queen managed to get some fish. On Saturday I took the Sorta Salty into Tomales bay in search for halibut with live jacksmelt we jigged up from the Dock in Bodega and pulled 6 halibut to 13lbs for 5 clients. After running offshore all spring It was easy to appreciate the flat calm weather all day and the short drive time.

6 quality Tomales Bay Halibut

Josh trolled on the sea queen for 4 nice halibut to 15lbs for 4 clients. We both fished the same area and Josh released a significantly larger amount of undersize fish so the action was about equal for both of us, every weekend the bite improves and typically peaks mid august so we may be running a few more trips inside the bay if the wind continues to make fishing on the outside difficult.

On Sunday we headed out for the inshore rockcod opener, I went a further from home and had to fight some pretty nasty weather but managed to pull 6 limits of reds, canaries, blues and yellows.

Josh stayed closer to home in better seas and pulled limits of quality Canaries. Forcast looks bad for the upcoming future, but we are going to try and get out there when we can, fingers crossed that we will be able to get out for tuna in the near future once this wind dies down and the high preassure ridge over the pacific backs off. Ive been working on tuna gear and getting everything fined tuned for when we can start running trips constantly for them, all we need is some decent weather at this point.

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