Tom Mattusch

The last three scheduled squid trips had to be aborted due to very bad weather. Today, the weather Gods all smiled upon ocean goers. Almost no wind, slow current for drifting. Tremendous amount of sea life on the outside. If it was a nature show, you had it all. Pelicans by the 100's diving. Dolfins by the hundreds. Humpback whales. Birds working by the acre in many directions. 14 anglers hit all the known Huli Cat squid holes and then hit some of the crazy bird locations, hoping the squid were driving the bait fish to the surface. No Humboldt squid were to be found. Even when we fished 1,300 feet, it was easy for the anglers to get to the bottom, not have much line scoping out and no tangles, even when they fished both side of the boat.

We came in for crab. One string did alright, but I needed some more. I hit the insiie string and (tongue in cheek) I guess the crabs all moved away. Four pots in a row, zero crab. I guess I used the wrong bait.

Charter Monday, Charter Teusday (weather permitting), chilipepper research trip Wednesday. Thursday open load squid crab. Friday, Saturday open load rockfish crab. Sunday Squid crab charter.

Fish Species: Humboldt Squid & Dungeness Crab
Bait Used: Squid & carcasses
Tackle Used: Squid jigs & Crab pots
Method Used: Drifting
Water Depth: 800-1300 & 190 & 160
Water Temperature: 53
Wind Direction: S
Wind Speed: < 4 kts

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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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