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!


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.


Fort Bragg Albies and Dorado

September 2nd, 2013

Check out the reports page for the full report!

Fort Bragg Albies and Dorado, 9-1-13 026

Tuna are here…… Just ask 10 year old Dylan!

August 22nd, 2013

Dad Mark posts from the SeaDevil:

Wed. Ran to the 601 with my 10 year old son, Dylan, and my good friend Mike, both of which had never been tuna fishing. Fished 3700/12250 for 8 nice grade tuna. The biggest was caught by Dylan weighing in at 26lbs with a solid 20+ pound average. 10 hook ups, double triple, quad and a single, and only dropped 2. Not bad for 2 beginners. I couldn’t ask for a better day than to see my son and my buddy both pinned to the rail with reels screaming.





Friday was Fiona’s day with dad off HMB…

August 9th, 2013



August 9th, 2013

Taking kids fishing…. good times on the Pupule II out of Halfmoon Bay .

Discover Angling kids trip was a great success

June 27th, 2013

Richard posts today that the Discover Angling kids trip was a great success. We had kids from the Sunnyvale Pal group out on the Hulicat for a shallow water rockfish/salmon trip. The kids caught 147 rockfish and 3 lings to about 10#’s. The icing came trolling back to the barn when we caught 3 salmon two of which were silvers that were released. Each kid went home with a bag of fillets and a great big smile. I guess we all went home with big smiles and a feeling of pride and satisfaction.

Tom Mattusch and Jake Carrier (the Hulicat deckhand) were superb and we want to thank them for another great trip. We appreciate their hard work and efforts in making this trip a great success.

We were fortunate to have a group of mentors that were some of the finest that we have had on a trip. The mentors were Mel Kon, Baja Bev Seltzer, Dave Doubledee, William Odum, Bill Doo, and Swiss Joe. We are proud and honored to have had the support from these volunteers.

2013 Salmon Season begins… with a party!

April 1st, 2013

Here we go again.. rain or shine…….. Starts at 4pm Friday and rolls until we can roll no mo’

Pillar Point Harbor Potluck and BBQ

Detiais here:

Looking forward to seeing you all !!!


2013 Coastside Celebration Dinner

February 10th, 2013

2013 Celebration Dinner

Sunday March 24 at the Clocktower in Benicia. Click here for details:


Yellow Tail have arrived at Baja Pirates La Paz

February 10th, 2013

Baja Pirates Captains went out to see what is in their fishing grounds and report that things look good for another great season. The weather has improved and the water temperature is ideal for the spring fishing. The great news is that the Yellowtail have now arrived and are hungry.