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

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 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:

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

    Dan Wolford, President
    Coastside Fishing Club

  • “Deadly Dave” with a 38 Lb Slug off Bodega

    July 27th, 2014

    Steady pick this week from Bodega on down. Large fish being caught by both private and party boats.

    June 21 – Coastside’s 2014 OPM CLassic

    May 15th, 2014


    2014 OPM Classic a Huge Success

    Coastside Fishing Club’s 2014 OPM Classic Halibut and Striper Derby attracted over 130 anglers seeking fame and fortune on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Participants caught many halibut and striped bass and brought them to the weigh-in at Drake Marine at Oyster Point Marina. There were ten winners total in the Adult and Youth Categories. All winning fish were halibut.

    Adult Category
    Name City Prize Fish Weight (lbs)
    Jim Wilkinson San Jose $1000 30.95
    Ken Valenzuela Tracy $500 27.03
    Pete Yeatrakas San Mateo $500 26.84
    Robert Gibbons San Bruno $250 23.71
    Ryan Jones Union City $250 22.52
    Paul Taylor Folsom $250 20.81
    Taj Sharma Discovery Bay $250 20.52

    Youth Category
    Name City Prize Fish Weight (lbs)
    J.P. Lyssenko San Mateo $100 18.02
    Nehemiah Holscher Woodside $60 14.69
    Ellianna Rutledge Galt $40 13.36

    In addition to $3000 in “big fish” cash prizes, Coastside provided a free raffle with over $2500 in goodies including a charter donated by Reel-Lentless Sportfishing and fishing tackle from P-Line and Bay Tackle. Coastside’s celebrated Grill Crew served up delicious burgers and dogs.

    Youths registered without charge and were eligible for the raffle and special prizes. In addition, each youth received a t-shirt, lunch, and a free rod and reel courtesy of Outdoor Pro Shop.

    An event like the 2014 OPM Classic does not come together without the generous donation of time by volunteers and the contributions of sponsors.

    San Mateo County Harbor District Outdoor Pro Shop
    Drake Marine Bay Tackle
    P-Line Fisherman’s Warehouse
    Marie Boudreau Mike Mansuy Jean-Michel Sicaud
    Pierre Granier Kelly Odom Rick Sturiza
    John Harrison William Odom Anatoli Trifonov
    James Houston Rick Ross Pete Yeatrakas
    Bruce MacKimmie Taj Sharma Dave Douma

    Aspen and dad catch limits of Salmon Sunday

    April 14th, 2014

    Kevin writes, “after fishing a long day yesterday, I was surprised that my daughter wanted to go fishing again today! I can’t pass that up!”

    Now this is what its all about!


    Its official-Salmon opener and possession limits for 2014

    March 19th, 2014

    Did you see this – Coastside has carried the day again – check out the change to the possession limits in this announcement of the salmon opener!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 19, 2014

    Recreational Ocean Salmon Season to Open South of Horse Mountain on April 5

    The California Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announce the recreational salmon season will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from Horse Mountain (40° 05′ 00″ N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Federal fishery biologists estimate roughly 934,000 fall-run Chinook salmon will be in California coastal waters through the summer. Though lower than last year’s estimate, there are still plenty of fish to allow for significant angling opportunities for salmon enthusiasts in all areas off California.

    The daily bag limit will remain at two Chinook salmon but the Commission recently took action to change the salmon possession limit. Two daily bag limits are now allowed in possession when on land; however, when on a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit.

    The minimum size limit is 20 inches total length between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (38° 57′ 30″ N. latitude). For areas south of Point Arena, the minimum size limit is 24 inches total length. For anglers fishing north of Point Conception (34° 27′ 00″ N. latitude), no more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used and no more than one rod per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. In addition, barbless circle hooks are required when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling. The retention of coho salmon is prohibited in all ocean fisheries. For complete ocean salmon regulations in effect during April, please visit CDFW’s ocean salmon webpage or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

    Final 2014 ocean salmon regulations will be decided next month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) during their April 4-10 meeting in Vancouver, Wash. and by the Commission at their April 16-17 meeting in Ventura. Final sport regulations will be published in the CDFW 2014 Supplemental Fishing Regulations booklet available online and in booklet form in May.

    Three alternatives are being considered for California’s recreational ocean salmon seasons that will begin on or after May 1. The public is encouraged to comment on any of the proposed alternatives, which can be found on the PFMC website.

    Also check out the Salmon Opener party set for April 4th out of Halfmoon Bay – details in the general forum


    Crab Season is off to a great start

    November 4th, 2013

    Coastside members George and William showing how its done opener weekend… families and friends were all out and about the various harbors enjoying San Francisco’s world renowned crab bounty…  read more in  the forums.