Fishfinder by Dennis Doyle
Fish-finder ~ by Dennis Doyle
Paul Skrickus and Page Rorick with her first-ever rockfish.
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July 24, 2014
Rockfish are active if inconsistent. Concentrate around the mouths of the major tributaries. Trollers are finding quality fish dragging umbrellas rigged with smaller lures and spreads of smaller bucktails. Chumming remains decent, but there are lots of throwbacks, and the bite slows toward noon. Always use the freshest bait for best results, and change it every 20 minutes or so. Live-lining is getting some nice rockfish if you can obtain smaller spot (last year’s fingerlings apparently did not survive the winter). Keeper rockfish in the mid-Bay are often 19- to 21-inchers from the record 2011 year class.
Bluefish have shown up in numbers around the mouth of the Eastern Bay and are moving up toward the Bay Bridge, many of them over 18 inches and providing a good battle on light tackle. Croaker have come on, with good quantities of medium-sized fish (10 to 14 inches) being taken throughout the mid-Bay. Keeper white perch (over nine inches) remain scarce. Rumors of catches of large crabs are surfacing, though info on location is guarded.