|Salmon season opening proves to be fantastic
The Sportsman’s Report
The salmon opener was fantastic, as hundreds of fishers braved the waves over the weekend and were rewarded with bright, shiny salmon.
I followed the duo, Jed Douglas and Jeff Rothman, as they took to the ocean near Eureka. They said the boat was well within sight of the ‘Jaws,’ the breakwater to Humboldt Bay, when they dropped their lines. In barely an hour, the boat had limits of fresh salmon.
Jed said, “It was warm and sunny. We were in t-shirts until 10 in the morning when the fog rolled in.”
After scoring on salmon, they changed their rigging to fish for halibut and were solidly skunked.
I had the honor of sharing their catch that night. We did cedar planked whole salmon on the grill, Cajun blackened salmon fillets and a big salmon fillet I flash sautéed in very hot peanut oil.
This extremely hot pan sets a toasty surface on the fish with a soft, flakey inside. Do not add seasoning before cooking in the hot peanut oil or it will burn.
Cook it on an outside burner if possible because it is a mess. Presentation is wedges of fresh lime and a fork.
Master diver John Morozumi, of Sebastopol, bagged a huge lingcod while spear fishing with friends over the weekend.
The divers then went out on a breath-hold skin-dive for their limits of abalone.
Boar hunting on the rise
On the hunting front, there is not much doing except for boar hunting, which is excellent this year.
Your to-do list should have the one-deer application ready to send off to the DFG in order to get your “point” for this year.
On the North, coast I checked out some campsites on Big Lagoon north of Trinidad. A few campsites are set on the edge of the water in a magnificent stand of Sitka spruce. The water yields excellent trout fishing, and sailing.
The lagoon is separated from the ocean by a sand spit that extends nearly two miles. Sand and sea, fresh water fishing and the surf at night will put you in dreamland.
Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.