Monday, October 26, 2009

A few rockfish this weekend, a few sardines from the bay, and a report (from a Fish and Game warden) of a boat on Sunday with 4 halibut to 30 pounds drifting live bait on the bar. This morning a sea lion ate a halibut here at the pier. Still lots of dungeness around and still keeping my fingers crossed that they stay around.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Three halibut from McClure Beach on Tuesday but by Wednesday they wouldn't bite. LOTS of seaweed there. Luckily the 15'+ swell should have tossed all that weed onto the beach by now. Rockfish was slow with the hungry fish being scattered. Catching a limit required lots of moving to different spots or trolling. The weather for the weekend looks OK for in the bay, questionable for outside. Many sport-legal-sized dungeness in the bay. Let's hope they don't know when their season opens.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The rockfishing got slow but the halibut are still biting at McClure Beach. Mike Gibson and Tom Carter had three halibut today, all in the first few drifts in the morning. I'm getting very interested about the dungeness season, especially after watching a guy pull up a ring net on the pier with 7 legal-sized dungeness in it. Things can still change, but right now the opener looks pretty good.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The weather forecast is good for this weekend and the storm didn't chill the water so halibut fishing should still be good. Dillon Beach produced a few more halibut before the the storm hit so it's probably the best place to start, but McClure's produced so many fish last week that I wouldn't count it out. Rockfish should be good but it doesn't look like I will have a report until tomorrow.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Those of you who fished at McLure's Beach on Sunday recognize this albino seagull. Apparently he followed someone home. I've never seen one before, so I thought it was noteworthy. As for the fishing, the halibut bite was really good at McLure's on Friday and Saturday, OK on Sunday. Dillon Beach also had a fair bite on Sunday. There is a boat fishing McLure's right now with 4 in the box. Hopefully this storm won't blow the fish out and we'll be able to get a few more this weekend. The rockfishing was also good and the legal-sized dungeness crabs were eating any dead baits left on the bottom.

Autumn Grayling Fishing

When the leaves on the trees start to turn red & gold and the temperatures are telling you that going fishing will require some kind of thermal protection...something stirs within a lot of fly fisherman...the realisation that now is the time that the fly box with the heavy nymphs gets moved into the front pocket of the fishing vest.

I truly love this time of year and when conditions are right then great sport can be had as was this case this weekend.

Fishing two very different rivers but both with there own appeal the target fish was obviously the beautiful Grayling which are only too welcome to oblige this time of year (once you have located them).

Saturday was an early start and I had the company of Paul who runs the Sea Trout Fishing website & Sea Trout Forum and certainly knows how to catch a Grayling or two. On this day we caught many...with some real beauties for such a small river.

Sunday I was back on the River Irfon in Mid-Wales where the Grayling are much harder to find and tightly shoaled but when found you can normally take a few fish from the same spot without moving and can be very big.

Many 'out of season' trout also willing to take the bugs.

As the weeks go on and the temperature drops further then I'm sure the Grayling will only be too happy to provide the more hardy amongst us with some cracking sport...I for one have got the thermals and fleeces all ready to go.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The weather is calm and supposed to remain that way until at least Monday. The water is cold and clear but the halibut and rockfish are still biting, especially so now that the high overcast has returned to cover up the nearly full moon. This is probably the last shot at halibut and there's only three weeks left of rockfish season, so get 'em while you can.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The wind was bad on Monday and Tuesday and cooled the water off. A few halibut yesterday from McLure's beach and some rockfish come in. Then, the wind returned, and boy, is she angry. This weekend looks to be blown out but starting on Monday the seas lay back down. Let's hope it stays that way.