Friday January 2, 2015 Jenner CA.
When I arrived at Jenner this morning I was surprised to see almost no one there, as yesterday, the place was very busy. I saw Ray’s truck in the parking lot as I entered.
I put my boat in the water and headed across to Penny island where I caught up with Ray.
Hunting harbor seals
We had lunch there and then headed across the river where we were sitting when we noticed some wakes around Paddy’s rock. Two harbor seals appeared. We watched as they methodically hunted around stumps and along the shoreline working the area for steelhead fish, passing right by us not caring about our presence.
They hunted as a team seeming to know where the fish might be hiding. The fish move up the river in the swallows a lot to evade the seals, as the seals have a hard time getting into the swallower water the fish can get into. However, if a seal spots a fish, it will chase it, sometimes pushing the big fish right up on shore.
Today, we watched, but they didn’t have any luck as they disappeared up the river out of sight.
At least some steelhead are running up the river
The fact that the seals are hunting this way means there are some big fish headed up the river to spawn. We also saw some sea lions hunting later in the day.
Not too many cormorants right now
There were some cormorants resting on Paddy’s rock as we went by. Right now, there aren’t a lot of cormorants fishing in the estuary, but that will change in February when the hatcheries start to release fish for the year. Then there will be over a thousand of them.
Pulled into swamp rock trailhead to walk
The tide had gone out while we were gone, so we did have to put our boats back in the water in some mud, but it wasn’t too bad.
We headed on in for the day.
Monte Rio boat ramp
I stopped at Monte Rio to check out how muddy the Monte Rio boat ramp was as tomorrow, I’d like to kayak at Monte Rio.
I heard some guys coming up the river in their fishing boat, so I walked down to check them out.
This is the gang I saw through the willow trees headed in for the day. Of course you know if you click on one of these pics you will get a much larger and better quality picture then the these ones you are viewing.
I talked to them a bit and it seems there are some steelhead coming up the river with some catching going on. They had caught two but had to put them back as you can’t keep the native fish, only the hatchery fish.
I went on home from there and that was my day for another good one.