What: Trolling for king salmon.
When: July through October.
Where: Central California coast near San Francisco.
Who: This great fishery is accessible to anyone with enough boat to traverse the Golden Gate and fish Pacific coastal waters. Private boaters can launch from Richmond Marina, Berkeley Marina or Emeryville Marina.
The area is well supplied with excellent charter boats, which offer both an economical alternative and an introduction to coastal salmon trolling techniques.
Capt. Jacky Douglas
Wacky Jacky Sport Fishing
San Francisco, California
California regulations allow single or tandem barbless J or circle hooks with trolled baits or lures. Fishermen mooching for salmon (using dead baits suspended underneath a drifting or stationary vessel) must use barbless circle hooks. Once you have a salmon aboard your vessel, you must use the same type of hook for any fishing you do that day. For example, if you catch salmon in the morning and then fish for halibut or rockfish later in the day, you must use barbless circle hooks for baitfishing and barbless J hooks on your lures all day.
Rods: 8- to 9-foot downrigger rods, 7- to 8-foot medium-action fiberglass rods for release weights or planers.
Reels: Conventional or line-counter reels rated for 20- to 25-pound-test.
Lines: 20- to 25-pound-test monofilament main line, 30-pound-test fluorocarbon leader.
Lures/terminal gear: Large Apex spoons or plastic hoochie squids fished behind
dodgers or flashers ; 5/0 barbless J hooks for trolling baits; 5/0 barbless circle hooks for mooching.
Baits: Whole frozen anchovies, herring or smelt plug-cut or rigged with a Franko Bait Rotator .