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May 5 Shop Update

WEATHER:  The ocean weather forecast is calling for some fantastic conditions this coming week.  Take advantage of it while the getting is good and jump onboard!

ROCKFISH:  The 2024 rockfishing season is now open through the end of the year.  Rockfishing along the entire Northern California coastline is open inside the 20 fathom boundary (from shore to 120 feet) for five months during May, June, July, August, September and November  The deep water fishery (outside the 50 fathom boundry) is open April, October and December.  Pending any emergency actions, the seasons will be the same in 2025 and 2026.

STRIPED BASS:  It's time!  Stripers are hitting along the coastline beaches!  White head/body hairraisers are the top lure of choice, followed closely by SP Minnows, paddle-tail grubs with hoochies and the rest of the assorted striper lures.

DUNGENESS CRAB:  The commercial crab season is now closed.  If you have your own boat or crab along the coast or piers, recreational anglers can continue to harvest dungeness crab through the end of June in our area, but anglers are restricted to using hoop nets or snares (crab pots are not permitted).  Rock crab is open year-round.

SALMON:  It is now official...no salmon fishing anywhere in California for 2024.  As long as all goes as planned, salmon fishing will open next year on Saturday, April 5, 2025 with a 24" minimum two fish limit off our coastline.

Welcome to Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle, located on the coast about 20 miles south of San Francisco, the only stop you have to make for the fishing adventure of a lifetime! We have the supplies you need for a fantastic day on the water onboard the charterboats that book through our shop as well as all the basic gear, bait, and tackle you need for a great trip on your own boat or from the shore. You can also purchase day and annual fishing licenses as well as commercial fishing and hunting licenses at our shop. Our staff has unsurpased knowledge of gear and techniques for salmon, rockfishing, surf fishing, Dungeness crab and other various species of ocean dwellers that live in our part of the ocean.

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Got Bait?

We've always had a complete array of the best bait that's available for sale in our shop that is constantly rotated to be as fresh as possible. But now we've gone one step further...Half Moon Bay Sportfishing is one of the first bait and tackle shops in California to own its own frozen bait vending machine available outside our front door 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Even when the shop is closed or we're crazy busy getting our charterboat customers out first thing in the morning, you can purchase your frozen bait from the machine using either cash or credit cards and get on out to the water quickly and easily.

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Charterboat Trips

Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle is proud to be the booking agent for the vessel Queen of Hearts, which has taken more people fishing out of Half Moon Bay than any other boat, hands down, since 1990.  The Queen of Hearts is Coast Guard licensed and inspected, insured, well maintained, and has an impeccable safety record.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning in March 2020 when the stay at home orders were established, we discontinued  booking any other vessels other than the Queen of Hearts through our shop.

The Queen of Hearts with Captain Wallace Klughers at the helm is ready to take you fishing on our productive grounds.  The Queen of Hearts is well known for offering outstanding rockfishing trips, but also fishes for salmon when in season, albacore when in range, and will offer crab combos beginning with the 2019 crab season.  The Queen of Hearts has taken more folks fishing for over the last 25 years than any other charterboat in the area.  Whether you want to catch a big Lingcod or a huge Red, salmon or crab … the Queen of Hearts is for you!
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