Bottomfish Provide Thrills As Anglers Dream Of Crab

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(Bodega Bay) What do Sonoma County saltwater anglers really want? That’s easy they want crab combos! On the up side, the rockfish and lingcod bite along the north coast is really good. Of course the downside is that the crab season remains closed, due to domoic acid found in the crabs, until further notice, although most agree that we’ll see crabs hitting the deck off Bodega and elsewhere within a month.

Captain Tim Wong of Norcal Sportfishing Adventures has been putting his client on very good rockfish and lingcod action. For example his last trip yielded full limits of rockfish and lingcod for 6 anglers. The lings ranged up to 15 pounds.

Captain Rick Powers of the Bodega Bay Sportfishing Center and the New Sea Angler is anxiously awaiting the belated crab opener. Rick is one of the guys that pioneered the concept of crab and rockfish combo fishing and he can’t wait to get started with this fall’s crab season.

Despite rough conditions in recent days, Rick’s clients have been putting the wood to both rockfish and lingcod.

On his most recent trip, Powers headed out with 21 anglers aboard and ended up at Fort Ross. The result was full limits of rockfish and 36 lingcod to 22 pounds.