Tom Mattusch

Opening day of rockfish season, Huli Cat Capt Tom Mattusch reports 7 salmon for 4 anglers. The fishermen had lots of action that included 12 shakers and a handful of missed fish, due to tight drags. I heard some commercial salmon fishermen getting fish down in the 165 to 180 foot range. Our fish came in the 35 to 60 foot range, easily targeted by trolling. On the way in, the anglers requested a peek at the crab pots, so we ran a few pots for 16 crab, to go with their salmon. The Huli Cat will be running rockfish trips below Pigeon point, salmon trips and crab trips. Best area was 37 15N & 122 43W.

Fish Species: Salmon
Bait Used: Anchovy
Tackle Used: releases, lures, leaders
Method Used: Trolling
Water Depth: 400
Water Temperature: 51
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Speed: 5-9 knots
1 shy of limits
1 shy of limits

Shot of bait on the meter
Shot of bait on the meter

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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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