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Lumps and scratchy bite meet Eureka boats

By Frank Galusha
05/01/15 – Several charters boats headed out of Humboldt Bay around 7:45 a.m. today in search of the year’s first salmon. It didn’t take long to find the fish, but the bite was scratchy and the ocean, though fishable, was lumpy and most boats headed by in by mid-day due to the tide change.

Nick Johnson, Reel Steel Sportfishing, Eureka, Humboldlt Bay opening day salmon
Nick Johnson of the Eureka area got his limit of salmon aboard the Reel Steel on Friday. The fish were average size, 9 to 15 pounds. Johnson gave one of his fish to a another angler who had not scored. Photo courtesy of Reel Steel Sportfishing

Capt. Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sportfishing said they got two nice keepers on his boat and lost two others but also had a number of smaller fish, including shakers, taking turns swiping bait. “The two we lost looked like nice fish but really couldn’t be sure,” Klassen said. “We were fishing OTW down 60 to 80 feet and everything except the swells looked pretty good but we can had to cut it short not knowing what to expect at the [Humboldt Bay] Bar.”

Other boats on the water included the Seaweasel II with Captain Gary Blasi reporting they got four keepers aboard in the 8-10 lb. range and lost about eight others.

“There were bait and birds out there, the water looked good and the water temperature was fine but the fish were scattered. Most of us stayed fairly close together on this first trip out. The weather is expected to come down for the weekend so I’m sure we’ll get a larger fleet spread out so we can find more salmon,” Blasi said. "Sunday might give us our best shot."

Matt Dallam sent in good news after this report was first posted, saying he got three fish on the Fishy Business today, one to 15 pounds. "Tony and I are going out to see if we can fiind a better bite Sartuday. Some of the other boats may not be going so I will have an addition to this news late tomorrow."

No report was immediately available from the Shellback out of Humboldt Bay but the word was all boats got a few fish, and everyone agreed it was a good start for the long season that will last into September. No reports of halibut were mentioned. A few private boaters also made the trip but reports from them were not available.


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