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NORTHWIND CHARTERS FISHING REPORT

 

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Salmon Season May14-Sep5 2011

Rockfish Season May15-Sep15 2011

Halibut Season May1-Oct31  2011

 

 

Date: June 20, 2011

Report: Starting to fell like summer!

   The rock fishing continues to be really good. The grade on the black rockfish has been really nice.  Lots of lingcod in the mix.  Some big vermillion and a cabazon here and there.  Salmon fishing is starting to heat up.  The salmon where caught in shallow water off Eureka this last weekend.  The halibut bite is hit or miss.  We just need a spell of really good weather and every thing is going to pop.

   Tight Lines,

   Brendan 

Date: June 9, 2011

Report: Wide Open Rock fishing and Bad weather!

  The lingcod size limit is now 22 inches and there have been a lot of those around this year.  Rock fishing remains really good.  We put 60 black rockfish in the boat in about two hours today with 3 lingcod up to 14 lbs.  The weather is coming down this weekend and we should get a good shot at the salmon and halibut.

Date: May 31, 2011

Report: Salmon, Halibut and weird weather!

   The Salmon bite is heating up.  We have had some good combo charters with salmon, halibut and  bottom fish in the mix.  The salmon we caught where in  230-260 ft of water and 130-230 on the wire.  There is bait from the top to the bottom and some fish are getting caught at 30 pulls. We had a rare captains day of fishing and the results are below.  

Date: May 23, 2011

Report: Wide open Rockfishing!

    Easy limits of rockfish with lingcod in the mix.  The salmon and halibut bite has been slow in Trinidad but there have been good shots of salmon in Eureka.  We will be going south to those fish this week if the the bite continues.

Tight Lines,

Brendan

 

Date: May 15,  2011

Report: Salmon season starts with some fish!

    We had around fifteen salmon to the boat yesterday.  Only five of the fish where of legal size.  The big fish was around fifteen pounds.  We have trips booked here for the next couple of days, but there are a few seats available.  The new boat, "Fishy Business" works really well and is very comfortable.  I will be trying to do reports on a weekly basis. 

 

Tight Lines,

Brendan

 

Date: April 30, 2011

Report: Season is almost here!

    Signs are looking good.   There has been good reports of salmon fishing from Morro Bay to Shelter Cove.   The new boat is coming along and we plan to start on the 15th of May.  We ran the Pioneer to the Ell River Canyon to catch Sable Fish and found a couple of Pacific Halibut.   

 

Date: Feb. 08, 2011

Report: New Boat!

     We are getting ready for the up coming season and have added another boat to the fleet.  It is a twenty six foot Parker with a nine and a half foot beam.  This boat carries six people with comfort.  There are new prices this season and they have been updated on the pricing page.  There is no word yet on the salmon season but the signs are pointing in the right direction.  The salmon returns to the central valley rivers are on the rise and the klamath river got a good run.  We will post the new seasons dates as soon as they are available to us.  Looking forward to seeing everybody this year.  

 

Date: Oct. 04, 2010

Report:  Tuna Hit n Miss!

     We have only run two tuna trips since my last report.  The first one was off Punta Gorda. We trolled all day for one fish:(  The second trip was was Oct. 1st, 58 miles west north west.  We had 19 fish with a really nice average, approx.25#s.  At least two over 30 and most coming on live bait:)  The northwest wind is going gale force today but is coming down this weekend.  If you want to go tuna fishing we are taking a list of names and numbers of people who have a loose schedule, and when the conditions line up we start making phone calls.  We just picked up our new boat, a 25ft Parker with a 9.5ft beam and it is ready to fish.   

 

Date: Sep. 16, 2010

Report: End of Season TUNA SHOWING UP!

    The season ended with good fishing for rockfish and Halibut.  The tuna are finally showing up.  We are going to try and run some trips here in Sep and Oct so if you are interested in Tuna fishing give us a call.  We just finished with our Salmon Sampling project that we had with the state and we had our best fishing of the year with 110 fish for 5 days.  They scientists are calling for a Indian summer.  I hope so because it didn't feel like we had a regular summer.

     Tight Lines,

     Brendan 

 

 

Date: Aug 26, 2010

Report: A couple salmon

    Fishing has slowed down a little.  Every day on the halibut/salmon grounds we get a couple shots.  This means that if you don't make them count it can be a tough day.  My last two days  I had a salmon each day.  One was 13#s the other was 25#s.  The rockfishing has hit one of its slow periods with half limits being the norm.  We are getting some wind here the next few days.  The tuna fishing has been happening north and south of us but just keeps hovering out of range here locally.  I will give another report when we get back on the water.

Tight Lines, Brendan

 

Date: Aug 18, 2010

Report: Good Weather! Good Fishing! No Sleep!

    We have been working every day for about a month.  Fishing got good for salmon for about two weeks.  The Halibut fishing has remained good.  Rockfishing has its swings from mediocre to wide open with some pulses of nice size lingcod on to the local reef.  All in all its shaping up to be a good summer.   

73.5#er on the scale + all ready good day on the dock

 

Date: July 21, 2010

Report: Wind,Swell&Halibut

     The wind and swell has been bad to borderline for the last two weeks.  Matt has managed to slip in some trips, and even with bad weather  has been catching halibut and rockfish.  The weather and fish look like they might start to cooperate this weekend.  The research boats out of Trinidad have been catching 8-20fish a day.   

left to right Jason and Vladimir with 40 and 50# halibuts!

 

Date: July 5, 2010

Report: Lingcod

     Man it feels good to be an American! Even with all the bad stuff in the world we still find the time and the money to hang out with our friends and family and blow stuff up. On another note, Matt put a really big lingcod in the boat on his last trip.  He was fishing the local Trinidad reef on July 2nd and got a 30#er.  Then the wind started blowing again and has kept us off the water:(  

Date: June 29,2010

Report: Good Fishing!

    The good news is that the halibut are still biting and the weather is still good.   Salmon fishing is starting to pick up a little with some 1 to 3 fish days.  Still not like the good old days when you could be back for breakfast with a limit.  None of the clients have been disappointed with halibut instead of salmon and the  rockfish are still biting.  We have been doing good on the lingcod with lots of limits.  Here is another happy group with halibut, lingcod, rockfish and a bucket of crabs.    

 

 Date: June 21, 2010

Report: Salmon

    The conditions for salmon have improved and a few fish are being caught.  We tried two days ago for three hours and had one on and another bite.  The genetic stock survey boats are getting 3-8 fish a day.  The wind has got the water back to the way it should be, with lots of chlorophyll and a green color.  We will be doing the genetic stock survey work tomorrow and have charters every day for the rest of the month.  I will report on our findings as they come in.  If you are interested in a charter in July you should call as soon as possible because we only have a few days left.

    Tight Lines,

     Brendan 

 

Date: June 19, 2010

Report: Winnnnnnndy!

    We have run a few trips since the last report with more success on halibut and rockfish.  The salmon bite remained slow.  Then we finally got the spring winds that are typical for March April and May,  this year they just decided to come in June.  We are hoping that the NorthWind will change the ocean conditions and bring some salmon out of hiding. 

     Tight Lines,

     Brendan 

Date: June 2, 2010

Report: Halibut Lingcod

     The last week has been really good for halibut and rockfish.  Salmon season started out slow.  We have done a total of three hours of salmon trolling with no results.  Luckily our clients have been willing to adapt or didn't want to fish salmon.  Rock fishing on the local reef has been wide open with big blacks and lots of lingcod.  The halibut fishing continues to be really good.  The halibut rockfish combos are working well and everybody is going home with big bags of fish.

From left to right Less, Butt Spanking Jo w/ 50#er, The Don, and Brandy

 

Date: May 27, 2010

Report:  Halibut and Lingcod

    We started today with halibut and missed one by 9am.  We redeemed our self's before we started for ling's with a 45 pounder!  After arriving at the reef it didn't take much time to put 4 nice ling's in the box.  In addition, we ended up with a nice Cabazon and 10 black rock fish.  My clients had a great time.  From left to right Cody, Larry senior, and his son Larry jr.,  good going guys!!  Cheers, Matt

 

 

Date: 05.17.10

Report: Halibut/Lingcod/rockfish and crabs.

      Hello everyone!  Matt here.  My first charter of the season started out nicely.We were to have three people today , but one slept in and boy was that his loss.Don and Donald had a lot of first's today.  We started with halibut and by  10:30am we had two nice one's 30 and 40 lbs..  The guys said that they had never caught a lingcod before so, off to the secret ling spot.  We were there for an hour and had five nice lings.  After that the guys said that they would like to have about five rock fish.  We set a course for Patties point and caught those very quickly.  satisfied that they had plenty of meat we went to pull the crab pots.  The Don's only wanted two per and that worked out for them also.  Here are the Don's after an epic day on the salt.  Good going guys I had a great time getting your first Halibut and ling's.  Next time, we will try and top the score!  Cheers, Matt

  

 

 

Date: 05.15.10

Report: Halibut/Rockfish Combo

     The season has gotten off to a good start. We have run 8 trips and have produced halibut  on every day so far.  Bottom fishing has been good as well with lots of big black rockfish available.  Our lingcod trips up north have been easy limit style fishing.  The salmon season starts on the 29th of this month and we are looking forward to halibut, salmon combos.  Our bookings are filling up fast so if you are interested in a trip you should call as soon as possible. 

  Tight lines,

  Brendan 

 

 

Date: 04.16.2010

Report: Salmon Season.

       The salmon season was decided on yesterday and it sounds really good. I have been commercial crabbing this winter and in the last couple weeks their has been really good signs of life.  The ocean seems to be making its switch.  Their is lots of talk about a strong El Nino this year, with lots of late rain.  This points to a potentially good albacore year.  I will update any new info as it comes in, about the salmon season.   I look forward to seeing everybody on the water this year.

  Tight Lines,

  Brendan 

 

Date: 05.13.2009

Report:  First Halibut charter of 2009.

 

The first halibut trip out of Trinidad for NorthWind Charters produced limits of halibut (15 & 20 #'s).  The sand dabs where wide open.  Crabbing was decent with 2-5 legal's per pot  Rockfish season opens in two days and it should be really good.

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan 

 

DATE: 05.15.2009

REPORT: Rock Fishing (Opening Day)

 

Terry and Clyde had such a good time they decided to stay for opening day.  Fishing was wide open with limits of rock fish in about 1 hour.   The afternoon trip was the same with a nice grade of 40 black rockfish from 2-5 #'s. 

   Tight Lines,

   Brendan

 

 

Date: 05.16.2009

REPORT: Rock fish and Halibut

 

Today we had a 2 people for a half day, and 2 people for a full day of fishing.  So, we had to do our rock fishing first.  After getting to the fishing grounds we found huge schools of rock fish in the 2-5 lb. range.  It was common to see all 4 clients hooked up at the same time with 2 fish at a time per rod!  This is as good as it gets folks!  In just 1 Hr. and 45 min.  we had our 40 rock fish and were headed to the crab traps!  After retrieving 13 nice sized crab we returned to the dock to fillet fish and back the crabs.  The afternoon turned windy on us and the sea was a bit s...ty!  It was hard to keep the gear on the bottom so the halibut did not co-operate for us this day.  Nevertheless the clients had a great time and have already rebooked for 2 more trips in the future!  Pic's to come.

 Tight Lines,

 Matt

 

 

Date: 5.19.2009

Report: Rock Fishing

 

Fishing continues to be wide open.  We had our first variety in the bag limits with 3 vermilion, 2 canaries (released), 1 brown and 4 lingcod, 2 legal's and 2 shorts.  We checked and pulled all six pots and crabbing remains decent with about 3-6 legal's per pot. The northwest winds are coming.  It is going to be combined seas of 9-11 feet for the next five days.  Did I mention how much I hate the wind !!!!

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan  

 

 

 

Date: 05.29. 2009

Report: Halibut & Rock Fishing 

 

  We started today with three people.  We went for halibut first thing with high hopes.  Unfortunately we had a little sea sickness.  After returning one person to the dock with no halibut we went around the corner and salvaged the day with limits of rock fish.  Here is Ed with a nice black rock fish.

 Tight lines,

 Matt---

 

 

Date: 05.30.2009

Report: Halibut

 

 

We had a full boat today for halibut.  After setting the gear it didn't take to long to find the first two halibut.  After landing a 14lb and a 16lber it only took another few hours and our third one came---another 16 lber!  After high fives and some picture's we continued to look around for our last one.  At 3 o'clock we finally hook the last one.  This one hit the deck at 32 lbs.!  Between the third fish and the last fish we lost two others---ooops!  Anyway, the halibut are wide open in Trinidad right now with up to 45 lb fish coming over the rail!

 Tight Lines, Matt----

 

 

Date:05.31.2009

Report: Halibut and rockfish

 

Another full boat today for a combo trip.  We started with halibut and quickly missed two.  By 10 o'clock we had one in the box and the clients wanted to go rock fishing.  We finished by 2 o'clock with limits of rockfish and decided to check the crab pots.  After limiting out on crabs we called it a day with happy clients.  We had a great time and got lot's of meat for the freezer.

 Tight lines, Matt-------

 

 

Date: 6.05.09

Report: Halibut & Rockfish

 

Halibut fishing slowed down a bit today for everybody.  The water color was on the dirty side and the drift was from the south.  We fished for halibut until about 11:30 and didn't get any bites so we went rockfishing.  We had to drop off a client so the time was limited but we ended up with 25 rockfish and 1 lingcod about 17#'s and we also had around 20 crabs.

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan 

 

 

Date: 6.06.09

Report: Halibut

 

I had two clients today that wanted to do nothing but halibut so we had a better shot with more time on the water.  I decided to run a bit north because of the lack of bottom bait on the sonar the day before.  On the way north I found a big ball of sardines and was able to make about 8 pieces in a half hour.  With live sardines and better water color my confidence was high.  As soon as we started fishing the spiny dog sharks where on our baits.  This prompted a  move and with the help of a friend we moved south and in about a half mile.  Again more sharks and bycatch like sable fish and hake.  The clients said that once we caught ten sharks we were going to get a halibut and they were right.  The rod went bendo and Kelly started to reel on what looked like the right thing.  The fish tangled all three rods and hit the deck right at the 40# mark.  Kelly was stoked and said that it was a dream come true for her to catch a halibut.  We fished the rest of the day and caught a couple more sharks.

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan 

 

Date 06.07.09

Report Halibut & Rockfishing

 

We decided to run to the same place as the day before because I new there was more fish in that area.  I picked up a dozen brined sardines that my friend had on his porch step at 5:00 in the morning (Thanks Brent).  We started fishing and a 10 minutes into the day we put about a 17# lingcod in the boat but had to let it go becuase we were in the R.C.A. (Rockfish Conservation Area).  About an hour went by with a few small bites and all the sudden a rod went down hard and we were confident we had the right thing.  While Dan was on the fish I made sure the other rods were still fishing.  About 1 minute or less into the fight and the other rod got bit.  I reeled down and stuck him.  About five minutes latter we had two 20#ers in the boat and we were on our way to the rockfishing grounds.  The day ended with limits of halibut, limits of lingcod, as many rockfish as they wanted and 13 dungeness crab.  Dan and Peter walked off the boat with about 500.oo dollars with of fish and memories that will last a life time.

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan 

 

Date: 06.10.09

Report: Halibut & Lingcod

 

We fished the same grounds again today and started the day with a double ( 18 & 12 #'s).  We spent another 2 hours and nothing but a couple of sharks.  We decided to go to Redding Rock which was a 16 mile run.  We arrived at Redding Rock at about 12:15 and left at 2:00 with a limit of eight lingcod.  This place is awesome.  We saw a pod of Killer whales come right by the boat.  What a cool sight.  The first Tuna where caught today 40 miles out of Eureka 1-3 fish per boat.  This is very early, who knows what's going to happen the rest of this year.

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan

 

Date: 06.07.09-06.21.09

Report: Halibut, Rockfishing and Crabing

 

Fishing has remained wide  open for the last two weeks.  This is the longest spell of good whether for this time of the year that I can remember.  The halibut fishing has remained good with limit style fishing for about 75% of the trips.  Rockfishing is still limit style fishing but it takes a little longer to find the fish.  Crabing is still good with about 4 legal's per pot.  Lingcod fishing has been average with about 1-3 per day on the local reef.  The lingcod fishing at Redding Rock is wide open with limits in 1-3 hours for 4 people and fish up to 30#'s.

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan

 

Date: 06.21.09-7.01.09

Report: Humboldt Bay

 

The wind has been blowing 15-40 miles per hour and the swell has been big for the last 10 days.  We have  been running our charter trips inside of Humboldt bay with success on all species.  This is an option for the people who want to fish on windy days.  These trips start early at about 5:30 am and run to about 1:30 pm.  We do this to get our fishing in before the northwest winds start.  We are fishing much lighter tackle with live bait and it is a lot of fun.  Plus there is no swell which is really nice for people who get sea sick.  If you are interested about trips in Humboldt Bay give us a call and we can talk more about the details.

 Tight Lines,

 Brendan  

 

Date: 07.01.09-07.10.09

Report: Halibut & Rockfish

 

The wind finally calmed down and we were able to get out and fish halibut and bottom fish.  The halibut bite is still decent but seems like it has slowed down a little bit.  We had 6 buts for 6 days and the big one was 40 lbs.  The biggest halibut I have ever heard of on a rod and reel out of Trinidad was caught by a first timer and weighed 93lbs.  The rock fishing is taking a little more effort but with enough time limits are possible.  Lingcoding is averaging out to 2 fish per day.  Crabing is still good with about 3-6 legals per pot.

 Tight lines,

 Brendan 

 

Date: 07.10.09-07.20.09

Report: Halibut & Rockfish

 

Matt has been fishing halibut and rockfish and doing good.  Average take on halibut has been about 1-2 fish a day.  The rockfishing slowed way down with poor water color and a bad drift at the beginning of the week but showed some signs of improving towards the end with limit style fishing.  The wind is making its return and Matt motored the boat down to Eureka for California Halibut and Rockfish trips in the bay.

  Tight lines,

  Brendan 

 

Date: 07.20.09-07.26.09

Report: Bay Trips

 

I have been fishing in the bay and doing well.  I have been seeing a lot of sturgeon and have been thinking about adjusting my technique to target them as apposed to the other fish.  I think most of them are green sturgeon but it is hard to tell.  Impressive  fish either way.  Every group has been happy at the end of the day.  Some people have said that they enjoyed their bay experience more than past open ocean trips.  If you are interested in a bay trip or what is available to catch give us a call or send and email.

  Tight lines,

  Brendan

 

Date: 07.26.09-08.09.09

Report: Halibut & Rockfish

 

Fishing has been really good for both halibut and rockfish.  We have been making trips to Redding Rock (17 miles north of Trinidad) and getting limits of Lingcod up to 25 pounds.  I got my first 4 rod hook up on Pacific halibut the other day.  We landed three of the four and caught the last one for a four fish limit about 15 minutes later.  The water is really warm on the out side but there is very few Albacore being caught.  We have been really busy and every day has been good.  We are seeing some of the best weather of the year.  Salmon season is right around the corner and it is going to be crowded.  There is lots of signs of salmon and fishing should be good.

  Tight Lines

  Brendan

 

Date: 08.09.09-08.12.09

Report: Halibut & Rockfish

 

Fishing remains really good. I have caught halibut on 6 of the last 7 charter trips.  In addition, I have been doing some half day rockfish trips and getting limits of black rockfish.  The lingcod are also on the bite.  On one of my half day trips I had five lingcod, four legals and one that was 20#s.  Not bad!!!!  We are dusting off the salmon gear and looking forward to putting some chrome in the box.

 Tight Lines

 Brendan 

 

Date: 08.12.09-08.19.09

Report: Windy Ocean

 

The ocean has been windy and we have been canceling trips:(  The whether is coming down today and looks good for a little while.  The salmon season is going to be out of control with boats.  The word on the street is that their is going to be lots of charter boats from out of the area.  The good news is that their has been lots of salmon showing so fishing should be good.

  Tight Lines

  Brendan 

 

Date: 08.19.09-08.25.09

Report: Rockfish & Halibut & Bad Whether

 

Fishing has been tuff due to bad whether.  The ocean seems to be confused on what it wants to do.  One day you have good conditions and the next day it is unfishable.  Rockfishing remains decent even through the bad whether and Halibut is a hard scratch with the drift being fast.  We are really hoping that the ocean gets all the bad whether out of its system before the Salmon Season.  Salmon starts on the Saturday August 29th.  We have been full on the Salmon Season since May but we just had a cancelation so their is one seat available for the 6th of Sept.  This should be a interesting ten days of salmon fishing.

     Tight Lines

     Brendan