Tom Mattusch

10 salmon for 10 anglers, salmon moved up to the bottom of the shipping lanes, roughly 37 25N & 122 44W. No huge fish, constant action, silvers, shakers that should have been squeakers, those fish will be legal in another week or so. Tremendous amount of feed, bait looked so good, we were tempted to mooch. Very rough trip out to find good looking water, very sharp steep swell, I couldn't get over 9 knots on the way out, and even that rearranged not only the wheelhouse but everything else. Deckhand 'Flanagin' pulled a fish from the jaws of a furbag, to be rewarded with a big patch of belly missing. Fish are still up high, 25 to 45 feet. Bait, junk, everything worked, including losing lots of sinkers. Lost a couple to sea lions.

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon
Bait Used: Anchovy, herring
Tackle Used: Sinker release, lead balls, leader
Method Used: Trollling
Water Depth: 45 to 50 fathoms
Water Temperature: 55
Wind Direction: W
Wind Speed: 6 - 12 knots
Huli Cat Shipping lanes Salmon
Huli Cat Shipping lanes Salmon

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Tom Mattusch

About The Author: Captain Tom Mattusch

Company: Huli Cat Sportfishing

Area Reporting: Central California, San Francisco Bay area

Bio: Tom Mattusch is currently the owner/operator of the Huli Cat, a 53 foot charter boat operating out of Pillar Point Harbor and has fished the West Coast since 1967. Tom holds positions on the Salmon Stamp Committee for California, the California Department of Fish and Game License Agent Advisory Committee and NOAA's California Sportfishing Action Team. He's an IGFA Certified Captain. In an effort to contribute to research, Tom works with NOAA's PFEL tagging chinook salmon. He also worked with NOAA's Santa Cruz field office gathering stomachs and beaks of Humboldt squid. He recently completed a study with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory collecting lingcod, salmon and halibut stomachs and is currently involved in a study with Scripps to gather albacore stomachs. Tom holds Board of Director positions with the Golden Gate Fishermens Association, Coastside Fishing Club and Fishery Enhancement and Research Foundation. He can be heard on four radio stations giving fish reports or discussing fishing politics. He has worked closely with the Recreational Fishing Alliance, PCFFA, the Half Moon Bay Fishermans Marketing Association, United Anglers of Southern California and United Anglers. Tom ran the first trip out of Half Moon Bay to take anglers to catch Humboldt squid and the first white shark viewing trip to the Farallon Islands. He is the first charter boat Captain out of Half Moon Bay to get certified to marry people and has married people on the Huli Cat. Tom ran the first albacore trip out of Half Moon Bay to demonstrate the albacore were again reachable by boat off the Central California coast in the mid 1990's. Tom held a seat on the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative as a Central Coast Regional Stakeholder group Member.

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