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April 29
The Salmon fishing was decent for a few anglers who trolled near 36'51/121'57 and 36'53/121'56. The scores ranged from 0-2 fish around the Soquel Hole. There were a few boats around 3 Trees that caught a couple fish. There were a few fish caught trolling home in 75-110 feet of water in front of the harbor. The majority of the Salmon are being caught 75-130 feet down. There was a better bite for the anglers who were fishing near Mulligan's at 36'46/121'50. There were some Salmon caught in 130 feet of water near Soldiers Club as well. The best lures were the Gold Krippled Anchovies, Blueberry Apexes, and Green R.S.K.'s. The Crab fishing remains good. The wind stayed down all morning but it did pick up in the afternoon.
April 28
There were only a few boats who went out looking for Salmon today due to the wind reports. There were a few fish caught in the morning at 36'53/121'57 and 36'53/121'59. The Salmon were caught trolling bait and Purple Haze Kajikis 80-120 feet down. There were a few fish caught near the bottom in 160-180 feet of water. The wind came up early and most boats came in around 10:30. There was one boat who trolled in and caught some Salmon in 75 feet of water near the Mile Buoy. The weather is expected to be better this weekend according to N.O.A.A. There were some nice Rock fish caught at South Rock. The Striped Bass are starting to come to the beaches.
April 27
The Salmon fishing was decent for the few anglers who fished near the Soquel Hole and the Slide. There were a few fish caught near Pajaro in 130-160 feet of water. The wind was down all morning. The majority of the Salmon were caught 100 to 160 feet down in 160-220 feet of water. The Rock fishing improved with the smaller swell.
April 26
The Salmon bite was good for some of the anglers who put in the time near the edge of the Soquel Hole. The fish were caught from 36'52/121'56 to 36'53/121'58. The water was brown near the 56 line and some anglers reported better action there. The Salmon are still being caught 80-120 feet down. There were a few Salmon caught on the bottom in 160 feet of water. The Green and Gold Krippled Anchovies, Gold and Chrome Tom Mack Spoons, Green F.B.R.'s, Blue Kajikis, and Chrome Krippled Anchovies. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges in 80 feet of water. The wind did not blow due to the fog coverage.
April 25
The Salmon fishing was decent for the few boats who worked the flats before the Soquel Hole. I fished at 36'53/121'58 and caught 2 Salmon and lost one. The Salmon were caught on the Gold and Chrome Krippled Anchovies and the Glow Krippled Anchovies. The Salmon are being caught 100-150 feet down in 100-160 feet of water. The wind was down in the morning but it did blow hard at 10:30. The wind is expected to be light in the morning according to N.O.A.A.
April 24
The Salmon were on the bite today near the Soquel Hole. The area at 36'53/121'58 was good for the anglers trolling near the bottom. The anglers were trolling Green and Gold Krippled Anchovies, Purple Haze Kajikis, Blue Kajikis, and Gold and Chrome Spoons. The majority of fish were caught 100-160 feet down. The weather was nice all morning. The Rock fishing was slower due to the swell that came up.
April 23
The Salmon bite was decent for the anglers who got on the water early. The area near 36'53/121'58 and 36'52/121'54 produced a few limits. The average was a fish a rod if you were one of the lucky trollers. There are a bunch of different schools of fish chasing bait in 120-180 feet of water. The Salmon are still being caught 80-120 feet down trolling Krippled Anchovies, Blue Kajikis, Gold Tom Mack Spoons, and Chartruse R.S.K.'s. The Rock fishing was decent near Natural Bridges. The wind was down early in the morning but it did blow hard by 11:00.
April 22
The Salmon bite was best early this morning near the east edge of the Soquel Hole down to Pajaro in 140-170 feet of water. The boats were catching most of their fish on Krippled Anchovies, Gold Tom Mack Spoons, Blue Kajikis, and Red Krocodiles. The Salmon are being caught 70-110 feet down for the most part. The Salmon did start to bite around the second tide change in the afternoon. The Salmon seem to be spread out in different patches of bait so the scores reflected that. The scores I heard of ranged from 1-5 a boat. The weather was nice all morning but it did blow in the afternoon. There were some nice limits of Rock fish caught at Natural Bridges.

April 21
The Salmon continue to be caught near the east edge of the Soquel Hole down to Pajaro. The most consistent area I heard of was around 36'52/121'56 and 36'53/121'57. The anglers were doing best trolling Watermelon Krippled Anchovies, Gold Tom Mack Spoons, Green R.S.K.'s, Red Krocodiles, and red F.B.R.'s. The Salmon are staying in the dirty water in 130-170 feet of water. The majority of the Salmon were caught 70-110 feet down. There was one boat who claimed he caught some fish 30 feet down mooching. The Rock fishing was good on the west side of Santa Cruz. The wind stayed down all morning and some anglers fished past 2:00. There have been some Striped Bass caught near Pajaro.

April 20
The Salmon fishing was good for the anglers who worked the flats near the east side of the Soquel Hole. The fish were in 170 feet of water and being caught 90-130 feet down. The Salmon are focused on Anchovies so Krippled Anchovies and F.B.R.'s were the ticket. There are rumors of some fish near Davenport. The Rock fishing was good near the west side of Santa Cruz. The weather was nice until noon.

April 19
The Salmon fishing was good for some anglers who fished the north edge of canyon in front of Moss Landing. The Pajaro flats in 160 feet of water was good for a few anglers. I spoke to one boat who had 6 fish trolling 140 feet down. The majority of the Salmon were caught trolling 80-150 feet down. The area near Natural Bridges was slow. The winds were down all morning. The Rock fishing continues to be good near Natural Bridges and Davenport. There was one Halibut caught near Wilder Beach.

April 18
The Salmon bite was slower possibly to the low pressure and storm. There were a few fish caught at Natural Bridges in 160 feet of water. The area near the Soquel Hole in 160-220 feet of water produced a few fish. The best area I heard of was near the edge of the canyon in front of Moss Landing. There were a few boats with 2 fish in that area. The Salmon are still biting 70-130feet down on Gold Tom Mack Spoons, Watermelon Krippled Anchovies, and Blue Kajikis. The wind was down in the morning but there was a little swell. The Rock fishing was good near Natural Bridges in 130 feet of water.

April 17
The Salmon fishing was good for some and slower for others near Soldiers Club. There were some boats who caught limits and there are some big fish in the mix. There was one boat who worked the east edge of the Soquel Hole and caught limits on Krippled Anchovies and Purple Haze Kajikis. The winds were calm but there was some swell. There were not many anglers fishing Natural Bridges that I heard of.

April 16
The Salmon are on the bite today and the winds are down. There were a few fish caught at Natural Bridges in 150 feet of water. The area down near the Soquel Hole at 36'52/121'57 had some limits this morning. The area at Soldiers Club is producing limits early. The best area was around 36'42/121'50. The Soldiers Club was hot for the Salmon. I spoke to Captain Jimmy on Go Fish Santa Cruz charters and he had limits for the crew and clients by 10:00 am. Captain Jimmy was using Gold Tom Mack Spoons and Chrome Krippled Anchovies 75-90 feet.

April 15
The Salmon bite was slow today in Santa Cruz but there were a few fish caught near Natural Bridges and the Soquel Hole. The best scores were 1 or 2 a boat if you got lucky. The fish were biting for a few anglers in the afternoon at 36'53/121'58. The best report came from Soldiers Club where boats had limits by 9 am. The area at 36'41/121'50 in 125-150 feet of water was best. The Salmon were biting Green and Gold Krippled Anchovies 70-90 feet down. The wind was a little bumpy in the morning but it was better then yesterday.


April 14
The Salmon were on the bite first thing in the morning today near Natural Bridges in 160-180 feet of water. There are a bunch from in front of the harbor in 130 feet of water up to Davenport. There were some decent reports from 36'54/122'02 to 36'54/122'08. The wind was a factor today but some boats fished until 2:00. The wind made it hard for anglers to land there fish. There are some shaker Salmon out there so be sure to bring extra bait. The anglers who were using the Krippled Anchovies, Blue Kajikis, Purple Haze Hoochies, and Watermelon Apexes did the best. The wind is expected to be less Saturday and Sunday according to N.O.A.A. If you are wondering about the weather go the bottom of this page and click on the Monterey Buoy link and click on latest forecast.


April 13
The water was nice this morning after the rain cleared up. The fish were on the bite as the tide changed around 7:30 am. The best area was near Natural Bridges in 140-170 feet of water. The Salmon were biting the Watermelon Apexes, U.V. Krippled Anchovies, Chrome Krippled Anchovies, and Glow green R.S.K.'s. The Salmon were being caught 60-100 feet down. The wind did come up in the mid morning.

April 12
There were only a few boats out today due to the storm. The wind was not to bad in the morning but it was raining. The wind did blow in the afternoon. The anglers that fished hooked a bunch of fish around Natural Bridges. The Salmon were caught in 150-180 feet of water down about 80-120 feet.

April 11
The Salmon fishing was good for some and slow for others. The anglers were doing the best from 36'55/122'05 to 36'54/122'08. The Salmon are still being caught 80-150 feet down. There were a few fish caught at Mulligan Hill. The wind was blowing from the south in the morning and then became calm around 11:00. The Rock fishing is starting to get better.

April 10
The Salmon are still being caught straight out of Santa Cruz and up the coast to 5 mile Beach. The fish were caught in 130-165 feet of water. The Salmon are being caught 80-140 feet down. There were some limits caught early in the morning but some anglers had to work for the fish. The wind stayed down all day until 2 pm. There were a few fish caught near the edge of the Soquel Hole at 36'52/121'58. The area of Salmon out front was from 36'54/122'01 to 36'53/122'08. There are schools of fish chasing bait up in down the coast here in Santa Cruz. The Rock fishing improved due to the swell drop. There have been a few small Striped Bass caught on the beaches.

April 9
The Salmon fishing was slow near Pajaro and the east edge of the Soquel Hole but a few were caught. The majority of the action was in 150-20 feet of water near Natural Bridges and Three Trees. The anglers in that area had scores from 3-9 fish. The Salmon were being caught 75-125 feet down. The Tom Mack's Gold Spoons, Gold Krippled Anchovies, Glow Green R.S.K.'s, and Green and Silver Apexes were working good. The wind came up around noon but the morning was nice. The wind is expected to be down in the morning according to N.O.A.A. The Rock fishing was a little better near Natural Bridges in 130 feet of water.

April 8
The weather turned out to be nice this morning and there are a few boats fishing near the edge of the Soquel Hole. So far I have heard of some Salmon being caught on the bottom in 200 feet of water. You never know unless you go!

April 7
The wind from the storm made the ocean ugly all morning but the afternoon was fishable for a few anglers. There were two boats out looking for Salmon in the wind but they did not have any luck. The low pressure probably turned the fish off. The weather looks best on Sunday and Monday. The weather is questionable for Saturday so you make the call.

April 6
The Salmon bite was good today for the anglers fishing out of Santa Cruz. I fished from 36'51/121'56 to 36'52/121'58 and caught limits by 9:00 am. The hot set up was the Irish Flag Hot Spot with Gold Krippled Anchovies down 75-100 feet down. There were a few Salmon caught 35-65 feet down. There anglers near Moss Landing were having a hard tim in the morning around 36'51/121'53 but there were some fish caught there. The wind was calm in the morning then it blew south about 10 knots. After the small blow it became flat calm.

April 5
The Salmon fishing was good again today in Santa Cruz and Moss Landing. There were early limits caught at the Slide in 160-220 feet of water.The numbers around 36'51/121'57 and 36'52/121'56 were good in the morning. The area near Moss Landing at 36'50/121'53 and 36'49/121'52 produced some limits. The majority of the fish were caught 75-150 feet down trolling. The best bet was the Krippled Anchovies behind U.V. Hot Spots. There were some good scores of Salmon caught with Purple Haze Kajikis, Gold Tom Mack's, and Watermelon Apexes. The wind stayed down all day and the swell dropped. N.O.A.A. is calling for small craft Thursday afternoon but the morning may be ok. The Rock fishing is still slow but there were some nice fish caught at South Rock.
April 4
The Salmon fishing was good today with anglers coming in with limits early. The bite was good near 36'49/121'53 and 36'51/121'53. There were a few limits caught in the shallow water in front of Pajaro and Manresa in 130-160 feet of water. The majority of the bites were early in the morning and up high in the water column. The anglers had the best bet on Purple Haze Kajikis, U.V. R.S.K.'s, U.V. F.B.R.'s, Gold Krippled Anchovies, and Gold Tom Mack's. The morning bite was from sunrise to 9 am and then it was a slow pick for the Salmon. There was one boat who went to Davenport and caught his 4 Salmon trolling in 160 feet of water. The Rock fishing was decent at South Rock. The winds were down and the swell is dropping.
April 3
The Salmon fishing was a little better for some anglers who fished the Pajaro side of the Moss Landing canyon. The area from 36'49/121'53 to 36'51/121'53 is still producing 10-20 pound Salmon. There were a few nice fish caught at 36'52/121'56. The area near Mulligan Hill and Soldiers Club has some Salmon. There have been reports of good Salmon fishing in 175-200 feet of water near the Cement Ship. It seems like the majority of the Salmon are being caught in shallow water or near the canyon edges. The Salmon are being caught 70-150 feet down. The Rock fishing was slow due to the new swell. The wind was down all morning and it looks good for the next few days.
April 2
The Salmon fishing was slower today but there were a few fish caught near Moss Landing at 36'49/121'52. The best score I heard of was 3 fish but most boats had 0-1 fish. The Soquel Hole area near 36'52/121'59 and 36'51/121'57 produced a few fish in the morning. The Salmon continue to be caught trolling 65-140 feet down near the canton edges. There was one Salmon that was caught mooching on the east edge of the Soquel Hole. The weather was nice today near the Soquel Hole and Moss Landing. The Rock fishing was slow due to the swell. There is more swell expected Monday but the wind may stay down for the morning.
April 1
The Salmon fishing was slow for most anglers here in Santa cruz but there were a few boats with 1-3 fish. The area in 180-220 feet of water around 36'52/121'59 was the best I heard of in Santa Cruz. The few boats who went up the coast near 3 Trees did not catch many Salmon. The Salmon seem to be in the shallow water. There were some anglers near Pajaro in 120-180 feet of water that caught some nice Salmon. The area near 36'51/121'53 is holding bait and fish. There were some nice Salmon caught at 36'49/121'50. The majority of the action was near the edges of the canyon in front of Moss Landing and Pajaro. The Salmon were being caught 75-150 feet down. The scores for the anglers who stayed out until noon were a little better near Moss. The tide change seemed to make the Salmon bite. I did here of some scores of 1-4 fish in that area. The water was bumpy in the morning but it became nice in the mid morning. The Salmon were biting on Krippled Anchovies, F.B.R.'s, Gold Tom Mack's, and Krocodiles. The Rock fishing was slow due to the swell. The weather is expected to be good Sunday according to N.O.A.A.

March 31
The opening of Salmon and Rock fishing starts tomorrow April 1. The wind is expected to drop tonight according to N.O.A.A. We will be here at 5 am for all your needs.

March 12
SALMON SEASON IS OPENING FOR AT LEAST THE MONTH OF APRIL. GET YOUR GEAR READY EARLY!

March 11
The weather was perfect today for the shore anglers and there were some nice Perch caught. The majority of the action was near Manresa for the Perch. There was a nice Striped Bass caught in the same area. There have been some reports of Halibut being caught by anglers who are tolling from Capitola to Pajaro. We may get some news on the Salmon tomorrow so we will keep you posted!

March 10
The Salmon season is set to open on April 1. The state is pushing for a season through July. We will see what the feds give us after they meet in April. My advice is to be ready to fish the first week of April. We should have Pile Worms around 5:30 tonight. We will be open at 6:00 am for your needs.

March 8
The weather is nice here and the perch fishing is getting good. We should have Pile Worms and all other bait need for you. The Harbor mouth is open and it should be a nice weekend. The Crab fishing has gotten better.

March 1
The weather is finally improving and there is a little more room to get out of the harbor. The tides are playing a role so make sure you check the soundings on the harbor web site. The Sand Crab Classic is coming up in March 11. We will have a nice supply of Pile Worms and Shrimp for the tournament. We will keep you posted on the Salmon season. The Rock fishing opens April 1 2017. The meeting for the state Salmon season will be at the end of March and the feds will meet the first week in April. We will keep you posted. The Crab fishing has gotten better!

Feb. 10
The storms are clearing up but the harbor is still having issues keeping the mouth clear. The swell is down and there were a few boats who went in and out at the high tide. Watch the tides, swells, and storms before going out here. You can check the harbor web site for more information on sounding at the mouth. The Surf fishing is going good for Perch near Manresa and the Cement Ship. The Crab fishing was a little better the last time boats went out.

Jan 8
There has been stormy weather here in Santa Cruz. We hope the San Lorenzo will clear up and the Steelhead fishing improves. The Crab fishing has picked up some. The only fish to catch in a boat are Halibut, Sea Bass, San dabs, Sole, and bait fish. There have not been many boats fishing due to the logs and stormy conditions on the water. We will keep you posted but these systems are supposed to last a while.

Dec. 31
The year ended with good weather for fishing for Rock fish and Lingcod. The majority of the anglers stayed close to Santa Cruz and caught some nice fish. There was one Halibut caught that I heard of. The wind was blowing some and the swell was small. The Rock fish and Lingcod season is closed and we wish you a happy new year.

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