Tom Mattusch

The weather made the type of day where the ocean was so enjoyable that catching fish was an ancillary bonus. On top of it, the salmon bite was quite respectable. We had 6 salmon to 26 pounds for five anglers. Coho were not the problem they have recently been. The SF Bay boats had scores of 20+ fish, that carry many more anglers. Whales put on spectacular shows. When you hear the saying, 'You should have been here yesterday' this was one of those days. 37 37N & 122 50W, but my first two fish came at 30 &43. I lost three hours of fishing itme before I ran up to 6 miles below the Farallon Islands. Lots of whales on the way home as well.

A note to those who are reading this report. There are still boats fishing the radar tower on up to Montara for rockfish. That area is closed to rockfishing. Be careful about the boundaries or risk geting a ticket.

Fish Species: Salmon
Bait Used: Anchovy
Tackle Used: crowbars, Hot Spot, Apex, Crocadile
Method Used: Trolling
Water Depth: 280
Water Temperature: 55
Wind Direction: W
Wind Speed: < 4 kts
Sam Harrison's 26 pound salmon
Sam Harrison's 26 pound 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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