2016 Coastside Fishing Club OPM Classic June 18

May 4th, 2016

2016 Coastside Fishing Club
OPM Classic
Saturday June 18, 2016

How to Register: We encourage everyone to enter, whether or not a Coastside Fishing Club member. The OPM Classic is open to all licensed California anglers. Entries may be submitted by mail or made online at https://www.coastsidefishingclub.com/2016-opm/onlineregister. To submit an entry by mail, print the registration application form is available at 2016 OPM Classic Registration.pdf and follow the instructions.

Derby Rules

Online Registration

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Complete entries must be received by noon on Wednesday June 15

Each participant must complete and sign his or her own registration application form, which incorporates a Release of Liability form.

IMPORTANT: No registration application will be accepted without a signed Release of Liability (on-line initial acknowledgement). Participants under the age of 18 will need to have the Release of Liability signed on their behalf by their parent or legal guardian.

Cost: The entry fee is $40 per participant age 16 and over. Participants under the age of 16 may register for FREE. Payment must accompany each registration application. If submitting multiple applications by mail, one check may cover all payments.

Complimentary Hat and Food: Coastside’s famous Grill Crew will feed all registered participants at the weigh-in. Participants with complete registration applications received by Coastside on or before June 12 will also receive an “OPM Classic 2016”, limited edition Coastside hat. Pick-up your hat at the “Club Raffle Table” at the weigh-in.

Prizes: Participants aged 16 and over compete for cash prizes, with the cash going to participants’ weighing-in the five heaviest fish. Payout will be as follows: 1st – $1000; 2nd – $500; 3rd – $300; 4th & 5th – $100 each.

Participants under 16 are not eligible for cash prizes, but will compete for special prizes. In addition, the first fifty “under 16” participants to check-in at the “Club Raffle Table” will receive a special gift.

Free Raffle: All participants attending the weigh-in will receive a free raffle ticket. Pick up your raffle ticket at the “Club Raffle Table” no later than 4 pm. The raffle will be held after the weigh-in and winners must be present to win.

Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes

February 17th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2016

Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes
Dungeness crab
CDFW photo
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified today by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that Dungeness crab caught on the mainland coast south of 38° 00′ N’ latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and recommends the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in these areas in a manner consistent with the emergency regulations. The commercial and recreational rock crab fishery will remain closed north of 35° 40′ N latitude (Piedras Blancas Light Station) and in state waters around Santa Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands. This determination was based on extensive sampling conducted by CDPH in close coordination with CDFW and fisheries representatives.

Pursuant to the emergency regulations adopted by the Commission and CDFW on November 5 and 6, respectively, the current open and closed areas are as follows:

Areas open to crab fishing include:
Recreational Dungeness crab fishery along the mainland coast south of 38° 00′ N latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County)
Commercial and recreational rock crab fishery along the mainland coast South of 35° 40′ N latitude (Piedras Blancas Light Station)
Areas still closed to crab fishing include:
Commercial Dungeness crab fishery statewide
Recreational Dungeness crab fishery north of 38° 00′ N latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County)
Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries north of 35° 40′ N latitude (Piedras Blancas Light Station)
Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries in state waters around San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands.
Pursuant to emergency regulations enacted by CDFW regarding the commercial Dungeness crab fishery closure, no less than seven days’ notice to commercial crab fishermen and women is required prior to opening the season. CDFW remains engaged in discussion with the Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee about the potential opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery, which could happen next week.

Despite several weeks of samples below alert levels, as a precaution, CDPH and OEHHA recommend that anglers and consumers not eat the viscera (internal organs, also known as “butter” or “guts”) of crabs.

CDPH and OEHHA are also recommending that water or broth used to cook whole crabs be discarded and not used to prepare dishes such as sauces, broths, soups or stews. The viscera usually contain much higher levels of domoic acid than crab body meat. When whole crabs are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach from the viscera into the cooking liquid. This precaution is being recommended to avoid harm in the unlikely event that some crabs taken from an open fishery have elevated levels of domoic acid.

CDFW will continue to closely coordinate with CDPH, OEHHA and fisheries representatives to extensively monitor domoic acid levels in Dungeness and rock crabs to determine when the fisheries can safely be opened throughout the state.

Rock and Dungeness Crab Fisheries Partially Open in Southern Portion of State

January 1st, 2016

On 12/31 the Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment that, in consultation with the California Department of Public Health, a determination has been made that Dungeness and rock crab caught on the mainland coast south of 35° 40′ N Latitude (near Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Luis Obispo County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and that the fisheries should be opened in a manner consistent with emergency regulations (adopted in November).

For details about what portion of the recreational and commercial fisheries are open effective today, see https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/commercial-and-recreational-rock-crab-and-recreational-dungeness-crab-fisheries-open-in-southern-portion-of-the-state/.

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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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.

Please join us in our mission by becoming a fully fledged member. You may also donate to Coastside by clicking on the [Donations] link above.

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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