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Tuna Fever Sweeps Humboldt
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by Kenny Priest, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020



The latest pandemic to grip the North Coast is one that we can all get behind. It’s known as Tuna Fever, and it’s spreading rapidly amongst the saltwater fleet. It started late last week when Marc Schmidt of Coastline Charters found some fish south roughly 45 miles from the entrance. Word spread quickly and quite a few boats made the...
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California Halibut Bite Remains Strong
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by Kenny Priest, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020



The California halibut fishery has been a bright spot amongst our fisheries this season as Humboldt Bay continues to kick-out quality-sized fish. With both ocean salmon and Pacific halibut closed for the year, the bay fishery has been a life-saver. The charter fleet, whose only real option is a long run to the rockfish or tuna grounds, has taken full...
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Fall Kings Slow to Enter The Klamath
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by Kenny Priest, AUGUST 27, 2020



The fall run of Klamath River Chinook has yet to really take off, which is a little alarming as we head towards the end of August. There’s been flurries of fish moving in the estuary, but not many are choosing to head upriver as of yet. Reportedly, there’s been plenty of fish staging outside of the mouth for quite a...
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Eureka Boats Find The Tuna
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by Kenny Priest, AUGUST 20, 2020



The ocean and water conditions aligned for tuna last Sunday, and a handful of boats from Eureka took full advantage. The run was long, 55 or so miles, but the reward was well worth it. After hearing good reports from Saturday, Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing went all in for Sunday. “The edge of the warm water was...
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Salmon and Pacific Halibut Seasons Come to an End
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by Kenny Priest, AUGUST 13, 2020



It was a tough week for North Coast saltwater fishermen. First off, Mother Nature did a number on the last several days of our sport salmon season. High winds and big seas forced the fleet to sit on the sidelines while the season quietly came to an end. It wasn’t necessarily a season that we’ll remember. It wasn’t very good...
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Eureka Halibut Continue to Chew up Baits
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by Kenny Priest, AUGUST 6, 2020



Death, taxes – and Pacific halibut? That’s what it’s starting to feel like as the wide-open halibut bite continues out of Eureka. Since mid-June, the fishing has been unstoppable. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down. In years past when the salmon were thick, boats would spend an hour or two loading the boats with kings and then head...
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