PILLAR POINT HARBOR -- Fishermen headed out to sea before dawn Wednesday on the first day of the commercial salmon season, anxious to measure the abundance of the prized fish.

"We had a lot of fog and wind this morning," said Pillar Point Harbor master Scott Grindy, "but still a lot of them went out."

Grindy said a couple boats came back late in the morning with "good results," but many more are expected to stay out overnight.

Preseason estimates indicate there are plenty of Chinook salmon in the ocean off Northern California. But locating them takes varying degrees of luck, skill and patience.

"It's just a game until you find out where they're at," said Penny Webb, whose husband, Bill, ventured out early Wednesday.

This year's season runs until Sept. 30, with several breaks in between. Last year was the best Chinook season in California since 2005 in terms of the number of fish unloaded.

Contact Aaron Kinney at 650-348-4357. Follow him at Twitter.com/kinneytimes.



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