The “Super Bowl” of surf perch fishing (the most fun you can have on the beach while still being fully clothed)…the 9th Annual Sand Crab Classic is coming to Monterey Bay on March 9 and the registration deadline has just been pushed back until Feb. 27!
This extremely popular event sells out every single year, so you’d better hurry if you want to get in on the fun! This year, there’s tons of schawg up for grabs at the Classic’s famous raffle (hosted by DJ Mike B and side-kick “Kayak” A2thaB). The food is always freakin’ awesome and the proceeds go to the Monterey Bay Trout & Salmon Project’s efforts to increase salmon and steelhead numbers in local waters.
In short, this is a great event…lots of fun and all for a good cause. For more details and sign-up info, click HERE
News Flash: the “tuna water” has moved onshore near Sana Cruz over the past couple days and on Thursday, boats running out of Santa Cruz harbor only 15-17 miles found nice conditions and scores of 20-30+ fish.
There is a nice weather window Friday and Saturday and then the weather is forecasted to kick back up…
For an in-depth look at all that’s happening out of this port, check out out SC Fishing Report
Okay, surf perch fans, time to get your freak on! The always epic Sand Crab Classic Perch Tournament is rolling into Santa Cruz for its eighth consecutive year on March 10!
This is one of the best-run and fun events we’ve been to and it’s all for good cause, too: Proceeds go to the Monterey Bay Trout & Salmon Project. The Sand Crab Classic always sells out, so if you want in, you’d better hurry — entries will be limited to the first 300 anglers. (Sign up HERE) For complete details on the derby, read on…Click here to read more…
Barbecue at Justin Barry’s house! While fishing Monterey Bay with Kevin Seeger last week, Barry hoked and landed this 79-pound, 4-ounce white sea bass near Pajaro, which should be the next California State Record for the species.
Barry’s catch was weighed on a certified scale and bested the current mark, a 78 pounder caught by David Sternberg in Monterey in 2002.The paperwork is already in to the Department of Fish and Game and Barry should be in the record books soon!
The much anticipated salmon opener off the Northern California coast kicked out some pretty damned good fishing for boats working in the Monterey Bay area.
According to our pal and salmon fishing guru, Capt. Mike Baxter, a lot of boats did really well and had scores of up to and over 20 fish each off Moss Landing, in particular. Now, those numbers did include lots and and lots of shakers (he figured they were 1 1/2- and 2-salt fish, which is a very good sign for the future!), but quite a few boats were able to limit out fairly early. With the minimum size limit increased to 24 inches this year, catching a limit was a bit harder of a task, but generally not for a lack of fish. The keeper fish were mainly 8 to 13 pounds, he said, with a few larger ones mixed in.
“I think we’re going to have a pretty good season,” he said. “The month of April should be really good…and probably into My and even June. “These fish aren’t going to move north anytime soon because we’ve got good cold water and plenty of runoff from the rivers in the Bay.”
The reports weren’t so rosy up north but that was due to the weather. As far as Baxter had heard, all boats out of Half Moon, San Francisco and Bodega canceled due to the big seas and wind…