Rockfish and Halibut

Eureka Coast - Eureka, CA (Humboldt County)

by Kenny Priest

Pacific halibut quota
With decent weather predicted through the weekend, now’s the time to get back on the halibut grounds and take advantage of what’s left of the quota. The California Recreational Fisheries Survey has estimated that 23,806 pounds have been caught towards the 29,640-pound quota as of September 4. A few days of good fishing could bring an early close to the season.

Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing ran south to the Cape for rockfish last Friday and Saturday and reports the days couldn’t have been more different. “On Friday, the south wind was blowing and the water was pretty choppy. The fish were really off the bite, we could see them suspended on the screen, but they didn’t want to bite. We did end up with limits of blacks, but everything else was hard to come by. Saturday was more back to normal. The south wind was gone and the fish were biting anything and everything. We landed limits of nice lings, blacks and rounded out the day with a variety of other rockfish. The next few days we’ll be drifting for halibut as the quota is getting close to being met,” Klassen added.

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