Welcome to Coastside Fishing Club

September 1st, 2015

Coastside is a community of recreational fishermen. We are more than just a website. We are active, conservation minded volunteers sharing in the common goal of improving California’s fishery. Coastside is also politically active towards these same goals. We balance this with events that teach responsible use of our resources. Kids derbies, veterans fishing days and similar functions are held throughout the year; both for our membership and the public to participate in.

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Commission Delays Opener of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season and Closes Northern Part of Recreational California Rock Crab Fishery

November 5th, 2015
Media Contact:

Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

Commission Delays Opener of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season and Closes Northern Part of Recreational California Rock Crab Fishery

The California Fish and Game Commission today voted 3-0 in favor of an emergency rulemaking to prohibit recreational take and possession of Dungeness crab and all rock crab from ocean waters, including bays and estuaries, north of the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line. Closure of the fisheries shall remain in effect until the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), in consultation with the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), determines that domoic acid levels no longer pose a significant risk to public health and no longer recommends the fisheries be closed.

The Commission also directed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to maintain a list of closed ocean waters of the state and update that list on Wednesday of each week by 1 p.m. It shall be the responsibility of any person prior to taking Dungeness crab to call the department’s hotline (831) 649-2883 or visit the department’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/ocean/health-advisories to obtain the current status of any ocean water.

The recreational Dungeness crab season was scheduled to start Saturday, Nov. 7

CDPH, in conjunction with CDFW, has been actively testing crabs since early September and results from the most recent tests showed that the health risk to humans is significant. CDPH issued a
health advisory on Tuesday. OEHHA followed that with a
recommendation for delays and closures.

CDFW will continue to coordinate with CDPH and OEHHA to test domoic acid levels in crab along the coast to determine when the fisheries can safely be opened.

Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin that can accumulate in shellfish, other invertebrates and sometimes fish. It causes illness and sometimes death in a variety of birds and marine mammals that consume affected organisms. At low levels, domoic acid exposure can cause nausea, diarrhea and dizziness in humans. At higher levels, it can cause persistent short-term memory loss, epilepsy, and can in some cases be fatal.

Domoic acid is produced from some species of the marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia. Currently, a massive toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia has developed, significantly impacting marine life along California’s coast. Biologists tested crab from eight ports from Morro Bay to Crescent City, and determined that domoic acid levels are exceeding the State’s action level.

Algal blooms are common, but this one is particularly large and persistent. Warmer ocean water temperatures due to the El Niño event California is experiencing are likely the cause of the size and persistence of this bloom.

Commercial fisheries are also affected by domoic acid levels. CDFW has authority to delay or otherwise restrict commercial fisheries and is developing an emergency rulemaking under that authority. The commercial Dungeness crab season is currently scheduled to open Nov. 15. 

Labor Day Salmon: Middle Grounds – Pupule II Crew

September 8th, 2015

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Coastside Fundraising Dinner 2015

August 13th, 2015

Welcome to annual Coastside Fishing Club Fundraiser Dinner! This is a great event to get together, meet folks in person and make a difference in the fishing community!

Sign up here!

Looking forward to see you there!

Doors open at 5:00pm
Dinner at 7:00pm
Silent Auction table closes at 8:00pm
Awards/Comments at 8:00pm
Live Auction at 8:45PM

2015 OPM Classic Derby

May 22nd, 2015

Coastside Fishing Club OPM Classic-2015

JUNE 27, 2015

  • $40 ENTRY FEE
    • Rod and reel to first 50 kids at weigh-in
    • Special participation prizes


Online Registration


May 2nd, 2015

Coastside members and other Bay-Area anglers will have ten opportunities this summer and fall to fish special open charters sponsored by premium American rod manufacturer Cousins Tackle Corp. and Fisherman’s Warehouse. These trips begin in late May and run into November aboard the New Huck Finn and the Sea Wolf.

Anglers who sign up for these charters will have the chance to share the rail with Cousins Tackle factory reps while enjoying great fishing action for salmon, stripers, halibut and more. Trips will include Cousins demo rods, “jackpot” prize rods, T-shirts, hats, swag and more.

There are two sets of trips on the books that anglers can sign up for right now at Emeryville Sportfishing. Cousins Tackle is sponsoring four summer charters: May 24 aboard the New Huck Finn, June 28 and July 18 aboard the Sea Wolf, and August 30 aboard the New Huck Finn.

There will also be six summer and fall charters jointly sponsored by Cousins Tackle and Fisherman’s Warehouse. This slate of charters kicks off with a June 26 adventure on the Sea Wolf, followed by July 24 on the New Huck Finn, August 21 on the Sea Wolf, September 18 on the New Huck Finn, October 16 on the Sea Wolf and November 11 on the New Huck Finn.

Anglers are encouraged to sign up without delay by calling the landing offices at (800) 575-9944 or visiting emeryvillesportfishing.com.

Cousins Tackle builds a full range of premium quality fiberglass, graphite and composite rods; all beginning with blanks designed, fine-tuned and rolled in its state-of-the-art factory. A video that shows the entire Cousins rod-building process can be found here.

Recreational Fishermen Support Reduced Salmon Season in Light of On-going California Drought

April 17th, 2015

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted commercial and recreational salmon regulations for the coastal areas of Washington, Oregon, and California. The regulatory package achieves the conservation measures necessary to ensure the fish stocks are managed in a sustainable manner, while ensuring there are fish for commercial markets, restaurants, and recreational fishermen.

In California, these deliberations were more difficult than usual as a result of the ongoing drought that severely impacts salmon spawning habitat. There are abundant fish in the ocean for harvest this year, since these mature fish entered the ocean two to four years ago – before the drought impacts were particularly severe. However in 2014 there was a near complete failure of the ESA-listed winter-run Chinook spawning in the Sacramento River. The 95% mortality was a direct consequence of loss of sufficient quantity and quality of water flowing into the Sacramento River from Shasta Dam. This loss played a significant role in shaping the regulatory package that was adopted.
During the development of the regulatory package, the National Marine Fisheries Service placed a maximum cap on the allowable impact rate on these fish, based on Endangered Species Act criteria. However, both the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California fishermen went beyond those criteria to adopt measures that will keep the impact rate significantly below that standard. Recreational fishermen, who have the largest impact rate on these fish, went the extra mile to ensure that more adult fish are returned to the river this year, and put forth restrictions beyond what even the CDFW expected. According to Dan Wolford, President of the Coastside Fishing Club, “Throughout this process we have been concerned about the impacts of the drought, and in particular the effects the drought is having on our salmon stocks. With the loss of the 2014 winter-run brood year it was apparent that we had to take extraordinary measures to help recover these fish.” He went on to say, “But curtailing fishing opportunities this year to provide for the return of more adult spawners, will be a meaningless gesture unless the federal and state water managers take immediate and dramatic action to provide suitable spawning habitat when they return, and to enable the resulting brood year to successfully out-migrate to the ocean. We want our actions to be noted and acted on.”

You can find the exact wording for the recreational sector on pages 8 and 9 of D5a_Supp_STT_Rpt_tent_measures-additonal_Guidancefinal_APR2015BB.pdf. Please note that there are changes in the regulation package in Oregon and Washington, so only the CA regulations are precisely captured

The 2015 Salmon Season is Shaping Up

March 27th, 2015

The recreational salmon season will open on April 4 as planned. Questions about specific regulations, and when it will close, are still open for debate by the Pacific Fishery Management Council – where President Dan Wolford is a voting member, and Chairman Marc Gorelnik is on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has proposed ending the season as much as two months early. We are advocating for a precautionary approach to this year’s season because of concerns with NEXT year’s winter-run salmon. If done properly, these concerns can be mitigated without bringing about early closures in the fall that would have major impacts to all fishery segments – both commercial and recreational. There will be public testimony opportunities in Ft Bragg on March 31, and at the Council meeting itself on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, in Rohnert Park. For more details see the two letters or the PFMC website for meeting information.



Outdoor Proshop – Coastside Day & Free BBQ

March 10th, 2015

Saturday March 28, 2015


412 Houser St

Cotati Ca 94931-3039



This is the retail event you all have been waiting for!!!

On Saturday March 28, Outdoor Pro Shop and Coastside Fishing Club are teaming up for a day of fantastic deals and free grub from the Coastside Grill Crew . . . just in time for the opening of salmon season.

Here is the official list of specials being offered by Outdoor Pro Shop on March 28. In addition, they are offering an online sale as well! Check this out and we’ll see you on Saturday, March 28!

Lead cannonballs
2LB – $2.99 reg. $3.99
2.5LB – $3.69 reg. $4.99
3lb – $ 4.69 reg. $5.99
Strict limit of 100 per customer

15% off YETI Coolers
10% off all Rods (not valid on previously marked down models)
10% off all Reels (not valid on previously marked down models)

Plus lots of other Coastside day specials, so come on in and get ready for another great season on the water.

And for those club members who can’t attend this event please visit our website MONSTERFISHINGTACKLE.COM and take advantage of this 10% off coupon code 2015COAST10
(valid 3/16/15 – 4/4/15) VALID ONLINE ONLY, code cannot be redeemed in store.

Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on tackle, save some money, have a free dog or burger, and meet some fellow Coastsiders.

Salmon season is right around the corner. Hope to see you there on March 28th! Here’s a map.

Members of the local Redwood Sail and Power Squadron will be on site to handle USCG approved boat inspections. If you are interested in getting a safety inspection on your vessel for the upcoming season please RSVP to Debbie Powell at photomomdeb@hotmail.com or call 707-217-9629. This service is free to those who RSVP but donations will be kindly accepted.


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Welcome to the 2014 Coastside Fishing Club Dinner!

September 10th, 2014

This is one of the best opportunities to meet in person, exchange fish stories, and win some great prizes donated by our sponsors. Doors open at 5:30 PM to provide ample opportunity to renew some old friendships and make some new ones. Past dinners have been great, and we expect this one to live up to that tradition.

Oh — don’t forget this is fundraising dinner with tens of thousands of dollars of prizes. This is how we are able to conduct the kinds of things that make the fishery better for all California recreational fishermen. Our salmon acclimation project has completed its third year, and releasing a million salmon does not come cheap – both in money and volunteer hours. Our political team continues to lead the way to improved recreational fishing regulations and opportunities:

  • More salmon
  • Improved salmon seasons and possession limits
  • Better rock cod seasons
  • Equity for crabbers on party boats

    Our sponsors are supporting us with their donations. We need you to come to the dinner – have a great time, and buy some raffle tickets and participate in the auction.

    Sign up by registering at: https://coastsidefishingclub.com/october-2014-dinner-signup/

    See you at the San Mateo Elks Lodge on October 2!

    Dan Wolford, President
    Coastside Fishing Club