Where are the salmon?

#22
This was my 7th trip out. I spend about 4 hours per trip. I timed my casts to be about two minutes per cast, 30 per hour. That's 840 casts. It's been called "a fish of a thousand casts", and by my math that's about right.
Sounds like a fish will be coming along in about 5.33 hrs........just 2 more trips. Actually those stats aren't so bad. I used to fish the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz for steelies. The DF&G creel census data in those days (decades ago) showed catch rate at 0.02 fish/man-hr or 50 hrs/fish
and that includes the smaller "egg-eaters" too so for a decent size fish, the stats are even leaner.
 

Red Fish

Active member
#24
Have not tried shore salmon fishing there, and would like to try. What size spinner I should use at 1st street, Benecia ? How far do I need to cast out ?
5/16. Something more 1/2 ounce, not 3/4’s.
3/4’s gets snagged too much at 1st. Use the 7/8ths at the state park where it is deeper.
You don’t have to cast too far. If you have a light spinning outfit or low profile bait/caster, you can get out far enough to get bit. We used to use 12# mono as the standard before to cast with. Some now will use 20-30# braid primarily. Pam at Benicia Bait will tell you the exact same thing about the lure weight. And her VeeZee lures work as well as any Mepps.
 
#25
It was a good morning in Benicia for salmon, over 20 fish landed if the Facebook posting is correct. This would be a good time to try. It's pretty crowded though.
 

zeal

New member
#27
5/16. Something more 1/2 ounce, not 3/4’s.
3/4’s gets snagged too much at 1st. Use the 7/8ths at the state park where it is deeper.
You don’t have to cast too far. If you have a light spinning outfit or low profile bait/caster, you can get out far enough to get bit. We used to use 12# mono as the standard before to cast with. Some now will use 20-30# braid primarily. Pam at Benicia Bait will tell you the exact same thing about the lure weight. And her VeeZee lures work as well as any Mepps.
Thanks for the tech support, Red! :)
 

danu

New member
#28
Sunday was *almost* as good as Saturday, with about 20 fish caught. Unfortunately I wasn't one of the lucky ones this weekend because I reset my 1000 cast counter the previous Sunday with a 14 lber at the state park. Hopefully another salmon will be waiting for me next weekend.
 
#30
Well I couldn't wait till the weekend. My *cough* Salmon Fever *cough* started acting up so I called in sick and went to the "doctor" on 1st Street for a "therapy session" yesterday 10/9. Hallelujah I was "cured" and caught a 15lb male. About a dozen others were "cured" of their illness too.

How do they catch them in HMB? Using the same spinners? I assume this is in the harbor, or outside? What is a good time/tide to try it. I'd like to give it a shot.
 
#31
Well I couldn't wait till the weekend. My *cough* Salmon Fever *cough* started acting up so I called in sick and went to the "doctor" on 1st Street for a "therapy session" yesterday 10/9. Hallelujah I was "cured" and caught a 15lb male. About a dozen others were "cured" of their illness too.

How do they catch them in HMB? Using the same spinners? I assume this is in the harbor, or outside? What is a good time/tide to try it. I'd like to give it a shot.
They floss for salmon. Set-up can be found on Youtube.
 
#32
Today have seen a lot of tiny baitfish - may be small anchovy.
Birds dived unstoppable very close to shore and moved from Marina to Golden Gate.
May be smelt and later - stripers will follow.
Sardine and mackerel have disappeared for long time...:cry: