Category Archives: halibut

Extra Special Bass

Man holds very large white sea bass on a boat

A 65-pound white sea bass — a very rare catch

(May 17, 2018 newsletter) — Like the bay breeze, fishing success has seen its ups and downs this month. The highlight to date is a hefty white seabass weighing 65 pounds. For some unexplained reason more than the usual scattering of these prized fish are popping up in the bay this spring. Running across them is pure luck, landing an extra large one is extraordinary.

Most of our current trips are targeting halibut and striped bass. Catch rates for each species may depend on tides and weather conditions, but in general the Argo success rate is a fish per rod or better most days. Bites have been forthcoming; it’s usually a matter of picking through the smaller fish to find keepers.

In the coming weeks, if theory holds true, we should see larger halibut filter into the bay, and hefty post-spawn bass cruising down river from the Delta. Drifting live anchovies is the technique of choice and will continue through the summer.

Salmon season is nearly on the horizon. With the delayed start beginning June 17, we’re hoping for fish close to home off the Marin coastline. If not, boats will search far and wide and should be wired within a day or two of the opener. Following on the heels of a very good 2017 season, it’s fair to anticipate solid action this summer.

The Argo summer and fall weekends are booking up, but plenty of days are still available with some flexibility. Most weekends are reserved for full-boat charters with one or two days left open each month for smaller groups.

Another option soon to be on the menu is rockfish. To date, we have not attempted a trip, waiting for spring winds to dissipate. Expectations are to be inching our way out the Gate soon with extended journeys starting in June.

 

Halibut Outlook

(April 16, 2018 newsletter) — Halibut have overrun the thoughts of bay anglers in the past couple weeks. With catching ranging from good to not so inspiring some days, it’s a matter of being at the right place when they decide to bite. With fish spread throughout the system getting nibbled is often not anContinue Reading

Halibut Horizon

(March 20, 2018 newsletter) The Argo is just about ready to transition into the halibut mode, but not before putting the final touches on sturgeon and striped bass. The adage goes, “don’t leave fish to find fish,” and that is certainly the case right now. Our anchor fishing in San Pablo Bay is still outstandingContinue Reading

Stripers, Stripers, Stripers!

  (February 15, 2018 newsletter) If our trips were recorded on a vinyl record it would be repeating stripers, stripers, stripers. The beat goes on: Throughout January, and now mid-way through February, incredible bass catching is the highlight most days. The only element putting a damper on the bite is an occasional wind filled session. TheContinue Reading

Year-ender

  (Dec. 27, 2017 newsletter) – The Argo’s annual year-end “Not So Weekly Newsletter” can’t bury the lead so we have to start with the continued outstanding striped bass action in San Pablo Bay. It’s often continuous bites with near-prefect weather conditions forecast through the end of the year. To top it off, sturgeon areContinue Reading

Winter Migration

(Nov. 30, 2017 newsletter) — The modus operandi has transitioned to a more sedentary delivery, but success is still predicated on attention to detail. With striped bass willing to bite, and sturgeon now on the prowl, the action is keeping anglers on the their toes in San Pablo Bay. Even on the sluggish tides, when theContinue Reading

Salmon Fantastic

(August 24, 2017 newsletter) — It may be fair to say 2017 is the year of the salmon. It’s quite obvious the fish did not get the memo from government “officials” of dire straits and a depressed season. No doubt we have groups like Golden Gate Salmon Assoc., Coastside Fishing Club and Golden Gate Fisherman’sContinue Reading

Lighting up the Bay

(April 26, 2017 newsletter) After nearly two weeks of pampering the Argo is ready to come off dry dock and back to work. With improvements and upgrades ranging from the tip of the tower to below the waterline we’re expecting a hastening to the vessel’s gait. On the fishing front, the past week has seenContinue Reading

Transition Time

(March 14, 2017 newsletter) — The transition is just about upon us…After three months of quite successful upper bay sturgeon and striped bass chasing, it’s nearly time to reverse direction. The Argo is certainly not giving up on the upper bay, we’ve found solid action in the past week, but halibut will soon be callingContinue Reading

Fall Fashion

In the past few weeks the Argo has been all over the chart. Running along the Marin coast for salmon and rockfish; up the bay for striped bass and halibut, and down bay to battle leopard sharks and other toothy bottom dwellers…Next week we’re heading west to the Farallon Islands. Most interest has been placedContinue Reading