The Lingcod are Biting and Salmon Looks Promising

5 clients were on Ghost today with Captain Aaron Orsini. It was a really fantastic weather day. Little to no wind and very small swell. On the drive down to Point Reyes there was miles and miles of feeding humpback whales. When we stopped to watch the whales we could see the huge shoals of anchovies swirling around on the surface. It was quite a site. The fishing at Point Reyes was fantastic. Giant black rockfish and big lingcod bit very well. We had limits of lingcod after an hour of fishing so we headed to deeper waters to try and hunt some large reds. While we did not find a big volume of reds we did end the day with a great mixed bag of 9 different rockfish species! After fishing we pulled 8 crab pots for 50 good grade crabs and went home.

Salmon season re-opens this Saturday, May 18th. Conditions look very promising for a great bite. Lots of anchovies and life along the coast. If you want in on the action give us a call at (707)971-0847. Hope to see you on the water soon.

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Salmon Season is Here!

SVA Marine has started taking salmon charters! The season opened on April 13th and goes until April 30th. It will be closed from May 1st -18th. After May 18th the season will be open again until the end of October! This is great news because the season is shaping up great. Already there have been lots of salmon caught out of Bodega Bay.

On Tuesday 04/16 Ghost had 3 clients for a morning half day trip. We caught 3 salmon up to 8 pounds for 3 clients. The weather was tough but we had a hardy crew who stuck it out for some fish. We started the day in 240ft of water out front where there is lots of anchovies and birds. The salmon did not bite for most of the morning. But right when the wind started to pick up so did the action. 3 salmon later the weather was too rough and it was time to head back to the dock. It was a great day with a great group. 

The weather is looking promising for the end of April out of Bodega Bay. There is still room to get on a trip. Give us a call at (707) 971-0847 or book online.

Sanddabs in the Winter

Ghost took the first sanddab and crab trip of the year and it was a great success! Captain Aaron Orsini and 3 clients went for sanddabs on Sunday, February 24th and came back with limits of crabs and 103 nice grade sanddabs and 2 petroli sole. The weather was fantastic with very calm seas and light breezy south winds the drift was very comfortable. This winter has been marked by many smaller storm systems (and a couple larger ones) hitting our part of the coast but in between the bad weather has been beautiful weather. We started the day running about 8 miles west where we stopped and made one long drift. The sand dabs took squid on sanddab rigs from the Outdoor Pro Shop. We also had a lingcod hitchhike on a sanddab all the way to the surface, which is a great sign for the upcoming bottom fishing season (opening on April 15th). After taking a few photos we encouraged the lingcod to let go and swim away.

After the group tired out of reeling up a ton of sanddabs we headed in shore for crabs. We pulled 6 traps for limits of very full good grade crabs. After which we stopped to watch a grey whale migrating south. We returned to the dock in good spirits and with a great hall.

Hope to see you on the water soon. If you want to book your trip or ask us what is biting give us a call at (707)971-0847 or email svamarinecharters@gmail.com.

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November Lingcod/Crab Combos

The bottom fishing has been off the hook this November out of Bodega Bay with lots of lingcod and big bottom fish. Light tackle swim baits on spinning rods has been a blast along the coast this month. The weather has been mostly good and the bite is red hot. The traps have been stuffed with crabs too. Limits of lingcod and crab almost every trip this month. Give us a call or book a spot now online.

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10/15 Salmon/Rockfish

Ghost had a great day on the water with 4 clients today. It was as calm as the Pacific gets out of Bodega Bay today. We caught 1 salmon around 5 pounds, 10 lingcod up to 10 pounds, and limits of rockfish. The day started with a great whale show where we started trolling for salmon in 200 feet of water in front of the Russian River. Even though there was lots of bait and great whale watching the jellyfish were too thick to troll effectively so we moved north to find some bottom fish. The reefs are loaded with bait right now and the lingcod fishing is good. It was a steady bite and even though it took us all day to catch our limits we had a great time doing it.

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October going strong

October has continued what September started. The fishing and the weather has been fantastic. There continues to be excellent salmon fishing out of Bodega Bay as October ushers in the fall conditions along the coast. This time of year is prime time for some of the best bottom fishing of the year. Big reds, lingcod and other rockfish are going strong right now. There is also still a good chance at a nice salmon until the end of the month. We have room on board this month so sign up today and come have a great day on the water.

10/04 Great day salmon fishing

10/04 Great day salmon fishing

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September Recap

September came and went like lightning. We saw some of the best fishing of the year so far in Bodega Bay this September. There were lots of salmon and lots of big bottom fish caught last month. In traditional fashion some of the best weather of the year was during September and we were lucky enough to take advantage of it with some really great trips. Upcoming in October salmon season still looks strong so if you want that one last chance at salmon now is the time to sign up. Bellow are some our favorite highlights from the month.

09/06 A slammin day of salmon with some of the local crowd.

09/06 A slammin day of salmon with some of the local crowd.

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09/14 Some of the best bottom fishing so far this year with some killer reds

09/14 Some of the best bottom fishing so far this year with some killer reds

09/16 Great bottom fishing continues

09/16 Great bottom fishing continues

09/23 After catching limits of salmon in the morning we fishing Tomales Bay for halibut and leopard sharks.

09/23 After catching limits of salmon in the morning we fishing Tomales Bay for halibut and leopard sharks.

09/29 wide open salmon

09/29 wide open salmon

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09/30 Ending September with early limits of Salmon followed by fantastic bottom fishing including the biggest ling of the year!

09/30 Ending September with early limits of Salmon followed by fantastic bottom fishing including the biggest ling of the year!

September Begins

Captain Aaron has taken 4 great charters to start September off with a bang! September has kicked off the fall fishing out of Bodega Bay, which is always a special time to be fishing in this area. The waters are usually calm, there is lots of life and there is generally a mix of great big fish to be caught. There has been huge amounts of bait south of Tomales Point all the way to Point Reyes and fishing it has been lots of fun. The salmon are moving down the coast this time of year towards the rivers and as they swim by they will often stop and feed before moving on. This makes every day different this time of year but it also means we see some of our largest, hottest fish. Salmon this time of year are finishing their preperations to run up river and that means they have lots of energy. These are some of the fish we have been catching so far!

 

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The Catch Up Report August

August turned out to be a fantastic month filled with lots of fish out of Bodega Bay. In fact it was so busy Captain Aaron didn't even have time to post his reports regularly on the website. The weather was on average very good for the end of August, which is fairly typical of Bodega Bay. The salmon fishing was a bit different than we usually see. There was a lot of offshore fish eating krill and less larger salmon against the shoreline feeding on baitfish than we would typically expect during August. We were still able to catch plenty of quality fish. The following photos are highlights from the end of August. Sorry to anyone who did not get their face up on the website or if you have a photo you would like a copy of please contact us and I will send you a copy of any pictures. 

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Sunday August 12th

Captain Aaron took 4 clients on Ghost today, Sunday August 12th. We caught 5 salmon up to 20 pounds on herring at 70 feet otw just south of Bird Rock. It was another foggy day but the water was calm and the fishing was good. We started the morning trolling off of Tomales Point but after a short time trolling we picked up the lines and headed to the Tomales Bar to see the conditions. It was beautiful and sunny just inside the mouth of Tomales where we caught a bunch of anchovies. We then proceeded to the ocean side of Tomales Point where we were going to catch some bottom fish until I metered salmon. Then we switched back to salmon trolling. It started great with steady action. Over the course of the ladder half of the day we had a lot of bites and action that resulted in 5 beautiful salmon. It was a great day fishing with excellent company. The salmon are still biting in Bodega Bay and the conditions look like they will continue to get better and better. See you on the water soon.

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Wednesday 08/08 and Thursday 08/09

It was a great couple days of fishing on Ghost. Captain Aaron took a group of 4 Carmet locals salmon fishing on Wednesday for 6 salmon up to 20 pounds. The fish took herring at 70 feet otw just south of Bird Rock. The ocean wasn't too rough but it remained foggy for a majority of the day. It was a very engaging group and it is always great to be out with locals. There was action throughout the day. The salmon continue to move through the area, while there are a lot of fish they seem to be spread out and not feeding in any one particular spot. Hopefully when the weather settles a bit more this will change. 

On Thursday Captain Aaron and deckhand Jim Keene took 2 clients, father and daughter, out for a great trip. 5 salmon up to 18 pounds and a very fun trip. The water was calm and the wind was down all day. The fish bit herring at 70 feet otw just south of Bird Rock. The bite has been steady out of Bodega Bay and there is a good chance at monster salmon right now. We started the day trolling off of Bodega Head in 80 feet of water but after a few hours with only 1 small fish we made a run down to Tomales Point where a few fish were reported being caught. There was a bit of a crowd out on Thursday but all the trollers were polite. It was a very fun day on the water.

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Sunday August 5th - Tuesday 7th

It has been a great few days of fishing out of Bodega Bay. The weather has stayed a little rough but very fishable and the salmon have been biting. Sunday we searched up north off the Russian River for salmon with no luck so we switched to rockfish and had a good time catching limits of nice black rockfish and a nice lingcod to round out the bag. We then drove down to Bird Rock where we hooked a few salmon and landed 2 fish. It was a fun day that ended with a nice rounded bag of rockfish, lingcod and salmon. 

On Monday we went straight to Tomales Point with Frank and Janice. The couple rented the boat and we had a great day fight big salmon. After catching 4 salmon the couple decided it was time to go home and call it a great day. 

Tuesday was the roughest day of the report. The waves were large and the wind was up at Tomales Point but we had a tough group. Trolling off Tomales Point with herring we were able to pick up 8 salmon for full limits and headed home. It was a great trip. 

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Thursday August 2nd

Captain Aaron took 4 clients on Ghost today for 10 salmon up to 22 pounds. The fish took gold spoons, and a purple haze hoochie behind a flasher at 160 feet on the wire in 220 feet of water off Bodega Head. The wind has been blowing and the weather has been tough. Today was no exception. The salmon have been biting though. Today started just north of Salmon Creek Reef where sealions started following the boat. Cut to 3 moves and 10 miles up the coast later we still had no fish. 2 miles outside Sunken Reef Reef we hooked a double and landed both fish. Then more sea lion issues. It wasn't until the last part of the day, after we had finally shaken the sea lions that we got into fish. When the bite turned on it was really great. We took the last 8 fish in around 40 minutes before taking a short run back to the harbor. It was a fantastic day on the water with a great group of guys. 

There are a lot of fish in the area including some big ones. The weather is scheduled to come down this week and it looks like a great August. Book your trip now to get in on the action. Hope to see you on the water soon. 

 

 

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Sunday Afternoon Trip 7/15

Took local friend and Diekman Bay Store owner Gary Sing out with friends for the evening bite with deckhand Vince Orsini. We traveled a few miles north to where there was a bite reported out in 240 feet of water off of the Russian River. We took limits of salmon in a short time on herring at 120 feet on the wire. It was a great afternoon trip.

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Sunday July 15th

Captain Aaron with deckhand Mike Smith took 3 clients out today for 10 salmon up to 23 pounds. All the fish took herring between 50 and 90 feet on the wire in 150 feet of water off of Sunken Reef. The weather was flat calm all day and the fish decided to bite. The day was full of great action. It was a fun day on the water. 

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Saturday July 14th

Captain Aaron took 4 clients on Ghost today, Saturday July 14th. We caught one thresher shark around 80lbs and over 8 feet long, 1 lingcod, and 9 black rockfish. Unfortunately no salmon bit for us today. We trolled herring in 80 feet of water off Carmet where there was good bait. Then we traveled down to Bird Rock where there was also some bait and a lot more pressure. Then we trolled off of Bodega Head in the evening. The morning was very calm and foggy along the coast. The weather is very nice. It was a great day trolling with a fun group of clients.  

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Salmon Wednesday June 27th

Captain Aaron with guest Jim Keen and 4 clients caught 9 salmon up to 17 pounds on Wednesday. The salmon all came on anchovies between 30 and 100 feet on the downrigger in 120 feet of water just south of Fort Ross Reef. We started the morning by running north in fairly rough seas but once we were able to make it up the hill to just north of the Russian River Gulch the weather laid down and we were able to fish comftorbly all morning. The water is stained and there is some bait in the area. July looks promising out of Bodega Bay. There is still room this weekend come catch salmon in Bodega Bay! (707)971-0847 or book with our interactive calendar online!

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Monday June 25th Salmon!

Captain Aaron with deckhand Logan Parker took 3 clients for 9 Salmon up to 12 pounds today. All the Salmon took anchovies between 100 and 180 feet on the wire in 240 feet of water between Tomales Point and Elephant Rock. The fish have been hot out of Bodega Bay this season. They are suped up on krill and very healthy fish. Great weather, little to no wind and almost no swell. The morning started foggy but we could see Point Reyes by the afternoon. The Salmon are still biting in Bodega Bay. 
 

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Salmon Sunday 06/24

Captain Aaron with deckhand Logan Parker took 3 clients out today Sunday 06/22. We ended the day with 5 salmon up to 15 pounds and 15 crabs. The salmon took anchovies at 180 feet on the wire in 200 feet of water off of Elephant Rock. There was a strong southerly wind today that created steep wind waves and heavy chop but thanks to our tough clients we were able to have a great day fishing. The salmon are still biting in Bodega Bay. Call (707)971-0847 or go to svamarinecharters.com to book your trip today.

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