Tue., July 1 - 18 anglers, LIMITS: 180 rockcod, 6 lingcod
Mon., June 30 - Day off
Sun., June 29 - 25 anglers, 1 bite, 1 salmon to 20 pounds
Sat., June 28 - 35 anglers, 328 rockcod, 2 cabezon, 6 lingcod
Fri., June 27 - 15 anglers, LIMITS: 147 rockcod + 3 cabezon, 5 lingcod
Thu., June 26 - 20 anglers, LIMITS: 192 rockcod + 8 cabezon, 10 lingcod
Wed., June 25 - 12 anglers, LIMITS: 114 rockcod + 6 cabezon, 15 lings to 20 lbs.
Tue., June 24 - 14 anglers, LIMITS: 140 rockcod, 3 lingcod to 11 lbs.
Mon., June 23 - Day off
Sun., June 22 - 33 anglers, LIMITS: 329 rockcod + 1 cabezon, 5 lingcod
Sat., June 21 - 36 anglers, 304 rockcod, 3 lingcod (rotten weather)
Fri., June 20 - 15 anglers, LIMITS: 148 rockcod + 2 cabezon, 13 lingcod to 12 lbs.
Thu., June 19 - 20 anglers, LIMITS: 196 rockcod + 4 cabezon, 10 lingcod to 10 lbs.
Wed., June 18 - 12 anglers, LIMITS: 119 rockcod + 1 cabezon, 8 lingcod to 12 lbs.
Tue., June 17 - 20 anglers, LIMITS: 200 rockcod, ?? lingcod
Mon., June 16 - Day off
Sun., June 15 - 35 anglers, 210 rockcod, 2 lingcod (nasty day on the water)
Sat., June 14 - 32 anglers, 310 rockcod, 3 lingcod
Fri., June 13 - 8 anglers, LIMITS: 80 rockcod, 2 lings to 8#, released a whole bunch
Wed., June 11 - 16 anglers, LIMITS: 160 rockcod, 5 lingcod to 11 lbs.
Tue., June 10 - 21 anglers, LIMITS: 210 rockcod, 7 lingcod to 12 lbs.
Sun., June 8 - 29 anglers, LIMITS: 289 rockcod, 1 cabezon, 5 lingcod to 10 lbs.
Sat., June 7 - 35 anglers, 344 rockcod, 1 cabezon to 7 lbs., 2 lingcod to 6 lbs.
Fri., June 6 - 10 anglers, hunted for the elusive king salmon, came up empty
Thu., June 5 - 36 anglers, LIMITS: 360 rockcod, 1 cabezon, 6 lingcod to 8 lbs.
Wed., June 4 - 19 anglers, LIMITS: 190 rockcod, 6 lingcod to 13 lbs.
Tue., June 3 - 13 anglers, LIMITS: 130 rockcod, 5 lingcod to 9 lbs.
Mon., June 2 - 12 anglers, LIMITS: 120 rockcod, 2 lingcod to 7 lbs.
Sun., June 1 - 32 anglers, LIMITS: 320 rockcod, 5 lingcod to 12 lbs.
Sat., May 31 - 23 anglers, hooked 33 salmon: 18 shakers, 10 silvers, 5 keepers to 22 lbs.
Fri., May 30 - 19 anglers, last rockfishing day below Pigeon Point, 6 fish per rod
Thu., May 29 - Winds calming down on the ocean; will be out tomorrow
Mon., May 26 - Cancelled due to high winds on the ocean
Sun., May 25 - Cancelled due to high winds on the ocean
Sat., May 24 - Cancelled due to high winds on the ocean
Fri., May 23 - 9 anglers, 17 solid hooks, landed 7 to 24 pounds
Thu., May 22 - 9 anglers, 90 rockcod, 3 lingcod
Wed., May 21 - 9 anglers, hooked 25+ salmon: 12 shakers, lost 10 solid hookups, got 4 to 18#
Sat., May 17 - 11 anglers, 7 salmon to 13 lbs., mean, rotten weather
Thu., May 15 - 12 anglers, 120 rockcod, 3 lingcod
Wed., May 14 - 15 anglers, 147 rockcod, 5 lingcod to 8 lbs.
Tue., May 13 - 12 anglers, 12 salmon to 24 lbs., all HUGE fish, lost 20+
Mon., May 12 - 12 Fishing Fools, hooked 12 slugs, landed 9 of them to 20 pounds
Fri., May 9 - 7 anglers, 5 more lingcod, a 14 pound halibut, couple dozen rockcod
Tue., May 6 - Too much wind on ocean; waiting for wind to back off
Mon., May 5 - 9 anglers, hooked several, lost 3, shook many, landed 2
Sun., May 4 - 25 anglers, 3 salmon to 13 lbs.
Sat., May 3 - 35 anglers, 248 rockcod, 16 lingcod (that makes 49 in 3 days!)
Fri., May 2 - 13 anglers, 129 rockcod + one 15 lb. cabezon, 7 lingcod
Thu., May 1 - 33 anglers, 241 rockcod, 26 lingcod to 15 lbs.
Sun., April 27 - 22 anglers, hooked 16 salmon: 3 keepers, 5 lost, 8 shakers
Sat., April 26 - Trip cancelled due to high winds on ocean
Mon., April 21 - 8 anglers, landed 1, lost 1, sealion got 1, 2 shakers
Sat., April 19 - 18 anglers, 2 keepers, lost a few, shook a few, looking better
Sat., April 12 - 25 anglers, 2 keepers to 10 lbs., lost one more
Thu., April 10 - 6 anglers, lots of hunting, no catching
Mon., April 7 - 10 Fishing Fools, gave it the good ol' college try
Sun., April 6 - 19 anglers, a few shakers but no keepers
Sat., April 5 - 21 anglers, rotten ocean conditions, only landed one mackerel
WHOPPERS: (15 lbs. and over in bold)
Thu., June 25 - 20 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Fri., June 13 - Josyln Feild of Boulder Creek - 8 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Wed., June 11 - Susan Duvall of Los Gatos - 11 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Tue., June 10 - Tom Saunders of San Leandro - 12 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sun., June 8 - Martin Ramos of Santa Clara - 10 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sat., June 7 - Josh Lukewicz of San Francisco - 7 lb. cabezon - Franklin
Thu., June 5 - Victoria Anderson of Idaho - 8 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Wed., June 4 - Phil Rodrigues of Ripon - 13 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Tue., June 3 - Bud Chaddoch of Oakley - 8 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Mon., June 2 - Eric Renner of Burlingame - 7 lb. lingcod - Pescadero
Sun., June 1 - 12 lb. lingcod - Pescadero?
Sat., May 31 - 22 lb. salmon - Above Deep Reef
Fri., May 23 - 24 lb. salmon - Above Deep Reef
Wed., May 21 - 18 lb. salmon - 10 miles out
Sat., May 17 - 13 lb. salmon - Above Deep Reef
Fri., May 16 - 18 lb. salmon - Above Deep Reef
Wed., May 14 - Kevin Winslow of Huntington Beach - 8 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Tue., May 13 - Eddie Iu of Sunnyvale - 24 lb. salmon - Farallons
Tue., May 13 - Tim Schot of Roseville - 22 lb. salmon - Farallons
Mon., May 12 - Fred Bajada of Los Altos - 20 lb. salmon - Above Deep Reef
Mon., May 12 - Bill Scharfen of Cupertino - 18 lb. salmon - Above Deep Reef
Fri., May 9 - Mike Muhyon of Pollock Pines - 14 lb. halibut - Pigeon Point
Sun., May 4 - Samuel Plascencia of San Leandro - 13 lb. salmon
Sat., May 3 - Eddie Yee of Redwood City - 9 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Fri., May 2 - Ed Marchese of Daly City 15 lb. cabezon! - Pigeon Point
Thu., May 1 - Josh Assink of Oakland - 15 lb. lingcod - Pigeon Point
Wed., April 30 - Ken Miles of Pacifica - 10 lb. salmon
Sun., April 27 - Wael Alhamal of Berkeley - 9 lb. salmon
Mon., April 21 - Victor Gibson of Tracy - 8 lb. salmon
Sat., April 19 - Michael Waterman of Oakdale - 8 lb. salmon
Sat., April 12 - Earl Yoshihara of Santa Clara - 10 lb. salmon - Deep Reef
Tuesday, July 1 - Hard to believe it's already July. Grandma was right...the older you get, the faster it goes. Anyway, I was right about the weather for last Thursday and Friday with extremely nice conditions on the ocean. But the wind machine is still stuck on "Blow" more often than not this year, though, so we're contending with some "nautical" days in between a few nice ones here and there. Thankfully the rockfish don't mind and it's still 10 fish limits or awfully darn close to it for all anglers onboard every day along with a handful or two lingcod daily. I did end up going out last Thursday on a socked-in-foggy-but-flat-calm day, and I witnessed first hand what was working. I've had people rake us over the coals on those wonderful review websites for recommending our HMB super fly rigs, but, darn it, they work better than just about everything out there and was responsible for catching the biggest lingcod on the trip...again. The rockfish definitely want a little strip of squid on the lures, too. Small brown tinted plastics were working, too, but size and color changes from day to day with plastics, so it's always a trial and error game to figure out what's the hot lure. At one point we were so shallow and it was so calm I was only using a one ounce leadhead and having no problem tapping the bottom. Took me a while to get bit but when we found the magic spot I caught my share of fish. On the salmon side of things, we ran a trip on Sunday. Right around 9:45 Capt. Bob called in and reported they got one, a real nice 20 pounder, but that was it for the day. One bite, one fish hooked, one fish landed, one happy person. Lots of disappointment otherwise. So, with that, unless things change, it's rockcod and only rockcod from here on out. If and when salmon or albacore show up, we'll be ready, but we're not going to take any reservations or plan any trips for them until we know for sure they show up in decent numbers within range.
Wednesday, June 25 - Finally two nice days on the water coming up tomorrow on Thursday and Friday!
The ocean forecast is the best we've seen in a while for the next two days with only 2 to 4 foot swells and very little wind, so, if you've been waiting to go out on a nice day, this is what you've been waiting for. Now I'm not promising it will be sunny. Today on Wednesday it is what I refer to as "Half Moon Bay Grey"...overcast, cold, drizzily, what we see more often than not this time of year around here. But I've always told folks it's not the sky that matters, it's the ocean, and it should be real nice if the weather gurus are telling us the truth. Just be sure to dress appropriately...jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt and jacket are what we always recommend whether it's January or July. And the rockfishing has been doing great even in spite of some downright nasty weather off and on this past month. It's been limits every day except when the ocean has kicked up its heels along with a handful or two or more lingcod. With some decent weather who knows what we'll find. I might even have to go fishing myself....
Friday, June 13 - The rockfishing trips are going strong with limits pretty much day in and day out along with a handful or two of lingcod to take home as well as a good number of lings hooked and released just under the 22 inch minimum. Shrimp flies with a strip of squid continues to be the best bet to catch your limit, but plastics and bars have been working fairly well since the territory above Pigeon Point opened. As far as the favorite color, it's been a mixture, but Capt. Bob says he'd definitely try something purple as it's been one color that seems to have been a good bet. Most of our fishing has been nice and shallow in the 40 to 60 foot range, so we've been using anywhere from 4 to 6 to 8 ounces of weight depending on how much wind we get on a particular day. As far as salmon fishing, we ran a trip last Friday but came home with a big goose egg (aka no fish) even though we gave it the old college try. The weather along the coastline has been fairly decent, but it's been far from decent offshore where the salmon had been hanging out before it started to blow. We sure hope all this wind offshore blows a big school of salmon within range, but we'll just have to wait and see until we can get out there again. Until then, rockfishing is about as guaranteed as it gets so it's an easy decision to stick with what works.
Monday, June 2 - The rockfishing season is finally in full swing with the opening of the entire coastline below our harbor. And just like we were figuring, the rockfish were ready and waiting for us. We're batting 1000 with limits both yesterday and today, with 320 rockfish going home for 32 folks on Sunday and 120 for 12 today, along with 5 lingcod yesterday and 2 more today. On the salmon grounds, we found a school of fish late in the day on Saturday that were chomping. We ended up hooking 33 salmon that made it to the boat, but 28 of those, 18 shakers and 10 silvers, had to be released leaving us with 5 keepers with the biggest a nice 22 pounder. That spot has continued to crank out fish since then with a few more fish showing every day, so maybe, just maybe, that hot bite we've been waiting for might just be close to happening. We're going to stick with rockfishing the next three days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and we'll give salmon fishing another try on Friday. We're also open for rockfishing on Saturday and salmon fishing on Sunday. At this point there's plenty of space available all the way through the weekend. If you'd like to join us tomorrow on Tuesday, just come on down and check in at the shop by 6:15 a.m. If you'd like to join us any other day this week, reservations always recommended or at least check in with us by 3:00 p.m. the day before a trip to check our availability.
Monday, May 26 - It's been gorgeous weather on land this past weekend, but the wind has been howling on the ocean and has kept us tied to the dock since Saturday, and it doesn't look like it's going to let us until later this week. There's not a big swell, but with all the wind it's what the forecasts refer to as "steep fresh swells," mean, rotten, tight and close, but thankfully as soon as the wind calms down the swell should settle down, too. Based on what we've seen the last three days and the current forecast, we're going to cancel our trips for Tuesday and Wednesday already and keep our sights and hopes for later this week. We're scheduled for rockfishing Thurday and Friday below Pigeon Point, salmon fishing on Saturday, and our shallow water light tackle rockfishing season starts on this Sunday with the opening of coastline in our local area. Easiest way to make reservations for the weekend trips is online, or feel free to give us a call during business hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21 - Finally found a few minutes to be able to go through the paperwork and update the scores and whoppers above. Definitely seeing better scores and sizes this month compared to the slim pickings we found last month, but the weather has been nipping at our tails off and on all month long. The wind is a double-edged sword, churning up the feed and pushing the salmon down closer to our part of the coastline, but oftentimes just too strong and knocking us off the water. Even though it might not look like it when looking at recent scores at first glance, salmon fishing has picked up quite a bit recently, with quite a few fish hooked but unfortunately just not a very good landing ratio for one reason or another, and sometimes for no reason at all. Today was no exception. We hooked over 25 salmon. A dozen didn't make the 24 inch minimum and were released, four salmon to 18 pounds were landed, but there were at least 10 solid hookups that would have ended up being keepers if we just could have hung on to them. Yes, it's driving us crazy. Thank goodness for rockfishing. It has been a welcome break between the salmon trips and has been turning out limits on just about a daily basis with good numbers of lingcod as well. June 1st the area above Pigeon Point opens up for rockfishing and, with a heck of a lot more territory at our avail, we're really looking forward to what could turn out to be another real good rockfishing season. Speaking of rockfishing: We're rockfishing tomorrow on Thursday, May 22, and there's lots of room. If you'd like to join us, don't worry about getting a hold of us. Just come on down in the morning and check in at the shop by 6:15 a.m.
Monday, May 12 - The winds on the ocean finally backed off and, just like we were hoping, the wind machine did it's job and brought the salmon chomping. Our group of 12 retired gentlemen with the Fishing Fools had a fish per rod action today of all nice, big commercial size salmon. They ended up landing 9 of them but weren't able to wrestle the other three into the boat. There were a few more bites and a little more action off and on, but it was a darn good day on the salmon grounds with several nice fish in the mix including a 16, 18 and 20 pounder leading the way. Good weather is forecast for tomorrow on Tuesday and we have plenty of space available. We'll be heading back out to the salmon grounds, so, if you'd like to join us, feel free to just show up when we open the doors in the morning at 5:00 a.m., or you can guarantee your spot online.
Tuesday, May 6 - Three good days of rockfishing in a row on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a total of 49 lingcod landed and an absolutely HUGE 15 pound cabezon along with good numbers of rockfish. Salmon showed up within range but we just weren't the chosen boat, landing three on Sunday and two on Monday, but there's hope on the horizon. The ocean forecast is calling for the winds to back off and we plan on running a salmon trip on Thursday and rockfishing on Friday, weather and interest permitting.
Thursday, May 1 - 26 lingcod to 15 pounds! Without a doubt, this is the best rockfishing opening days below Pigeon Point in recent years. It was an absolutely gorgeous day on the ocean with blue skies from start to finish, flat calm ocean and just a wisp of a breeze. One by one the lingcod started coming over the rail, scattered all around the boat to new and experienced anglers alike, with 26 out of 31 of the lings hooked bigger than the 22 inch minimum. First time Katie fishing next to me caught her two lingcod and one more for her boyfriend's sack, and even I caught my two fish lingcod limit, so they must have been thick ('cuz I just usually don't get very many lingcod). We picked away at the rockcod, too, and ended up with a good 7 to 8 fish per sack with many folks taking home their 10 fish limit along with a lingcod or two. It was a really fun day and real encouraging after the past month. If you'd like to join us tomorrow on Friday, it looks to be another beautiful day on the water and we have plenty of room. Don't worry about calling or getting a hold of us; just come on down in the morning and check in at the shop by no later than 6:15.
Monday, April 28 - Rockfishing season opens this Thursday! Wipe the dust off that rockcod gear because our rockfishing trips start back up with the opening of the area below Pigeon Point this Thursday, May 1. The long range ocean forecast is calling for what looks like a darn good day on Thursday so we're hoping the rockfish will be chomping. We have rockfishing trips scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week, May 1, 2 and 3, and there's still plenty of space open on all three days. If you'd like to join us, give us a call or make your reservations online.
Sunday, April 27 - We had high hopes that maybe today would be the day we'd find that big school of salmon we've been hunting for all month long. Plans changed rapidly, though, when we were met with a solid 20 knots of wind as we headed offshore, requiring us to make a left turn to work with the weather. We did find salmon but just not the numbers we were looking for. We ended up hooking about 16 fish. Out of those, 8 were shorter than the 24 inch minimum and were released. Another eight legal sized fish were hooked, but unfortunately five of those fought their way to freedom and we ended the day with three keepers. One of these days that salmon "light switch" is going to turn on in our area, but boy, oh boy, it sure is taking its sweet time this year.
Saturday, April 19 - Feels like the fish that have been hanging out down south may just be heading our way. We only took home two keepers today, but two other nice fish were lost, there were a few shakers, and there were signs of other fish in the area. The other boat from our shop, the Riptide, found six keepers for his group of 17 and had another half dozen shakers, so it definitely seems like fish are showing up off our coastline. The northwest winds were blowing this past week which is usually exactly what we need for the water conditions to get "fishy". We'll be off for Easter Sunday but we will be running a trip on Monday, April 21. Plenty of space available if you'd just like to show up in the morning by 5:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 12 - We finally got the skunk off the boat! Captain Bob called in a little after noon reporting in that we finally landed the first keeper of the season on the Queen of Hearts, and not shortly thereafter fish number two made it onboard. A third fish was on but threw the hook and then jumped around out of the water off the back of the boat just to add insult to injury. Not a lot to write home about, but we're just glad to finally get on the board. Hopefully it's the start of something good. Bob said the whales were all over the fishing grounds giving one heck of a show and there was quite a bit of bait. The ocean forecast is calling for another good day tomorrow on Sunday, and now that we have a direction to try, maybe, just maybe....
Tuesday, April 8 - Unfortunately we've had to cross off our trip for tomorrow on Wednesday due to a large number of cancellations and will see if we can hold together the trip for Thursday. The reservations for the weekdays have been going up and down like crazy, so if we don't end up with enough folks on the books for the trip to go, we'll be sure to call by 3pm the day before the trip if not sooner to let you know if there's a change in plans. Please don't hesitate to check in with us the day before a weekday trip before you leave home if you're driving in from outside the Bay Area the day or going to stay at a hotel to touch base and check on the status of the trip. Our Fishing Fools gang covered a lot of territory on their charter yesterday on Monday and released one undersized salmon, so we know there are fish out there. Maybe Thursday will be the day we figure out where the keepers are hiding.
Sunday, April 6 - It started out bouncy again today, but the tough weather finally started backing off and much calmer conditions were appreciated by all onboard by midday. Lots of ground covered again today. We did have a few shakers and one that got away that may have been close to the mark, but still no keepers to be found for the Half Moon Bay fleet. At least we know there are salmon out there somewhere. We've seen this before a few years ago; we just kept plugging away and finally we found a handful of fish and then it broke wide open. The weather forecast looks decent all week, so as long as we have enough folks onboard to keep the hunt going, hopefully we'll figure out where the fish are hiding off our coastline. We've crossed off our trip for Tuesday but we're set to go on Wednesday as long as we have enough folks interested in giving it a try. Give us a call if you'd like to join us, or you can make a reservation anytime day or night by going on our online system:
Saturday, April 5 - The 2014 fishing season is finally open! We ended up with a lot more wind than we wanted accompanied by a much larger swell than we wanted, but it was what we refer to as a "fishable day", one where you sure hope the fish bite so it makes it worthwhile to put up with the rotten conditions. But unfortunately the fish did not bite for us. The Half Moon Bay fleet split up and headed out and up and down the coast, but no one was able to find any fish to bring home. There was one fish landed...a mackerel of all things...but it was released. Even in spite of the terrible weather on the ocean, there continues to be all the right signs...bait, birds working, whales everywhere...all we need is to find the fish!
April 2 - The 2014 salmon season opens this Saturday, April 5th!...Just a couple of more days until we're able to put our lines back in the water and start catching fish again. Like we thought, the season will open with a two fish limit with a minimum size limit of 24 inches, and we should hear within the next few weeks when the size limit will be reduced. We've been running whale watching trips this past month and the crew has been reporting seeing lots of good signs that make them think there are salmon hanging around just waiting for us. Our trip for Saturday is full but we do have a few spots still open for Sunday. The ocean weather forecast keeps changing with each update (as it usually does). It's currently calling for a bit of northwest wind to contend with along with a bit of a swell but it looks like we're on for the weekend.
March 3 - Boy this winter is flying by. The salmon season will be here before we know it which is scheduled to open on Saturday, April 5. We'll get the official word on this year's season when this month's fishery management meetings wrap up in Sacramento on March 10th, but from everything we've been hearing it sounds like the season will open as planned with, more than likely, a 24 inch minimum to start like we had last year. Likewise, the minimum size will probably drop down to 20 inches like it did last year, but it's possible it might be a little earlier in the season. Looking back on last year, the month of April was the best month of the salmon season in our area, and hopefully it will be the same this year. The rockfishing season is a done deal with the same regulations as last year: the area below Pigeon Point will open on May 1, above Pigeon Point will open on June 1, and the season is scheduled to remain open through December 31 off our coastline. Are we taking reservations? Definitely! If the date you're interested in a future date that is not listed online, that simply means we are wide open for that date; just give us a call and we can get you set up.
I often get people calling and asking about what bait we use on our trips. So, here's the spiel and my soapbox moment for the day:
.....We do not use live bait for rockfishing. Why you ask? Do you catch any fish? Well, we have now owned the Queen of Hearts for over 20 years and have probably taken more people rockfishing over those years than any other boat in Northern California and probably more than most of the boats in the entire state. Over those years, we usually catch a combined total of more rockfish, lingcod and cabezon than any boat north of Morro Bay, and again more than most of the boats in the entire state. All of this is done WITHOUT using any live bait. The San Mateo coast is graced with great rockfishing, where limits of fish are caught daily more often than not.
.....Bob and I have always operated with the mindset of doing what we can to keep the recreational fishery thriving in our area for future generations. Bob has been actively involved in the fishery management process for just about as long as we've owned the Queen of Hearts, the last three-quarters of a dozen years or so serving on a federal committee that hashes out the management of groundfish along the entire Pacific Ocean coastline. It has been an unbelievable unending war to try to keep our right to be able to fish, with battles won and battles lost. By serving on that committee, Bob knows first-hand what is involved in the decision-making process. I do my best to try to explain what I see and hear to those I speak with on the phone, and those who come through our shop and read this website.
.....In our opinion, using live bait in our area for rockfishing will do more harm than good. And here's why: Rockfish tend to lunge at and "slurp" in live bait which more often than not lands the hook deep into the fish's gullet. Most people who have used live bait while rockfishing know this is true and will admit to it. The problem comes when/if that fish ends up being released. In order to get an angler's hook back, the guts of the fish are literally ripped out of the fish, and just about 100% of those fish die due to their injuries. However, rockfish typically bite differently when using artificial lures and those tipped with a strip of squid or a chunk of defrosted anchovy. The majority of the fish end up being hooked in the corner of the jaw or top of their mouth, allowing for release of fish without killing it...even though I'm sure they're going ouch, ouch, ouch as they swim back to where they came from. For those few fish that do get hooked too deep to live using lures, we do our best to educate folks to keep any fish that are not going to live. Fish thrown back that are considered dead count against our harvest totals just as much as fish that are taken home.
.....I could go on and on, but I'll stop. The bottom line is the more fish we save from being killed needlessly, the more we'll have for the future. And the more folks that understand that, the better chance future generations will be able to take their kids fishing, just like we've been able to. There is a time and place for using live bait (i.e., albacore, yellowtail, halibut), but as our longstanding record shows we don't need it to catch rockfish and now I hope it makes sense why. Oftentimes it's really tough to do what is right, but in the end it's worth it.
DEEP WATER ROCKFISHING TRIPS! - These trips are currently on hold as we are waiting to see if the permit will be resubmitted for approval in the future. The Queen of Hearts previously had an "exempted fishery permit" that allowed us to take customers rockfishing under strick guidelines set forth in the permit in areas along the coast outside 900 feet deep. Check out the report and info I put together on our Chilipepper webpage at www.fishingboat.com/chilipeppers.html.
The deep water rockfishing trips are more or less be just like any other rockfishing trip, with a few major exceptions: We have to fish where the ocean is at least 900 feet or deeper. There is still a 10 fish rockcod limit, and all customers take home their fish. Any and all rockfish landed must be kept until boat limits have been reached. The hope is to be able to target rockfish such as chilipepper rockfish that are suspended in the water column, hopefully far from the actual ocean bottom. This is not a research trip; it's an experiment to see if we can fish a different area without catching any of the "off limits" fish...canary, goldeneye or cowcod. As long as the boats conducting these trips don't catch those off limits fish, this experiment will continue as long as there is interest for an initial period of one year. An official paid government observer will be required onboard all trips to keep tabs on the catch. The key to the success of this permit will be avoiding the canary and yelloweye rockfish that are labeled overfished and have forced us into the current restrictions we've been dealt. These trips could prove to be vitally important to give us more fishing opportunities in the future. If you'd like to be placed on an email list I've started to receive updates about deep water rockfishing trips as well as alerts when trips are scheduled, please let me know by sending me an email to email@example.com and asking to be added to our Deep Water Rockcod Trips email list.
Heard of "Dog Eat Dog World," but...: I've been meaning to post this video for a while...you've heard of a "dog eat dog world"...well, how about a "ling eat ling world"?....check out the video our daughter Marie took on a trip earlier this year by clicking the picture below or going to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz2A8uSPxKY. It could be a bit on the gross side for some to view, so fair warning, but it is pretty amazing.
FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE:
What happened to the older scores, whoppers and reports?? Well, just too much information to keep on one page! So we've created an "Archive" page. Click here to go to our Fishing Report Archive page. See the blow by blow, day by day rundown on the happenings on the Queen of Hearts since the beginning of the 2013 season, as well as the entire 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003 seasons.
PRIVATE CHARTERS: We are proud that we have built a very strong private charter business for the Queen of Hearts since we started over 20 years ago. We have a top-notch boat and crew, we run a clean ship in more ways than one and take care of our customers, and it shows with the repeat business we are very grateful to have. Most groups now know that they have to call early in the year for the best dates, several months in advance. Saturdays book very fast. So, if you have a group thinking about a charter on the Queen of Hearts, don't wait to long to reserve a date!
When we talk about weather on the ocean, that's what we're talking about: the ocean, the wind and waves, not the sky. We're not referring to the sun or rain, or to how hot or cold it may be. The ocean in our area is usually always on the cold side. Always dress warm, regardless whether it's January or August: jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt and jacket with tennis shoes or rubber boots.
I always emphasize: you can't judge what's going on in the ocean by what's happening on land. And you can't always count on the weatherman. It's not what the sky does that matters; it's the ocean itself. We do our best to let our customers know if there's a weather problem. For those interested, one of the websites I check out for the marine forecast is at:
Our area is covered by the "Point Reyes To Pigeon Point to 10 NM" section of the report. Just keep in mind this is a "forecast" and it covers a large area; it doesn't necessarily come true but it can be used as a guide.
Since August 1, 2005, the Queen of Hearts has proudly worked out of our own shop, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle! We're located in the shop that was formerly Captain John's, just to the left of the Ketch Joanne restaurant in the row of shops in the main parking lot at the harbor across from the pier and harbormaster's office. Everyone asks if we bought Captain John's boats. No, we didn't. One boat and one shop is enough for us! But we are now booking for the Riptide and Que Sera Sera in addition to the Queen of Hearts out of our shop. These boats represent some of the most experienced and longest running vessels in the harbor. We did take over Captain John's phone numbers, so if you have those numbers in your phone book, just change the name to Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, the home of the Queen of Hearts!
The great part about us owning our own shop is that we can finally provide the products and services we have always wanted to give to our customers. We are constantly adding items to the stock at the shop. We now have a large selection of Izorline in stock, the fishing line that we use on all of our fishing rods, both for the boat and our personal rods: First String Monofiliment, Platinum and the top of the line XXX. We have Xtratuf deck boots, an increasing assortment of plastics, diamond bars, as well as rods and reels including Avet, Diawa, Penn, Shimano, Shakespeare and Calstar. WE ALSO TAKE SPECIAL REQUESTS! Slowly but surely, we now offer all the basics that meet our customers' needs.
So, call or e-mail us for reservations. On the day of the trip, come directly to our shop, Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle to check in (look for the BIG yellow sign in the front window that reads "TICKET OFFICE") and pay for your trip (cash, debit, Visa and Mastercard accepted). The crew simply asks, as always, that you wait at the top of the dock until they have the boat ready for boarding. If you need fishing licenses, tackle and rent rods, no problem...they're all available at the shop. Just one more way the Queen of Hearts continues to strive to provide the best service possible to our passengers. So don't forget, to go with the Queen of Hearts, contact the Queen of Hearts and Half Moon Bay Sportfishing!