Category Archives: halibut

Winter Migration

Three smiling women hold striped bass on a boat

(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 the bite is expected to be somewhat slower, the bass just keep on coming resulting in a game of catch and release after scoring limits most days.

Friday looks like the day to get out with ideal currents and outstanding weather predicted. The weekend looks good with larger tides to keep the fish active.

The water outside the Gate has been quite cooperative this fall compared to the Victory-At-Sea conditions we encountered in latter 2016. Coastal rockfish tend to be playing hide and seek, but once found the bite has been overall very good most days. The one thing that will shut them down is a large swell.

Crab trap pulling has gone from thrilling catches early in the month, to slim picking. The Argo’s crab window is very likely closed leaving maybe another rockfish trip or two before season’s end December 31. This presents the more placidwaters of the upper bay as our playground until spring halibut make an appearance.

If you’ve read this far into the newsletter, you may find interest in purchasing an Argo Sportfishing holiday gift certificate for the lucky angler in your life. One phone call and it arrives printer-ready to your in-box the same day. The Argo is generally chartered during summer weekends leaving redemption easier on weekdays and non-peak seasons.

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

Total Cooperation

The Argo has been very busy chasing a variety of species ranging from sharks in the bay, to salmon well beyond the Golden Gate. Fortunately, almost everything is biting in one form or another and generally eating well enough to keep everyone satisfied. Salmon have remained in a cooperative mood off the Marin coastline forContinue Reading

Take Your Pick

We finally reached that eclectic time of year when nearing anything is possible. Pick your poison and take your chances…Salmon are hanging off the Marin coast in seemingly better that expected numbers. In typical salmon fashion the success rate varies from day to day, but overall the Argo has averaged a fish per rod orContinue Reading

Big water, skinny water

For the past couple weeks the Argo has been concentrating on halibut inside the bay. Overall success has been solid with fish ranging into the 20-pound class. On the flip side, there’s an abundance of undersize halibut swarming the shallow bay flats. This is not a bad thing considering it gives everyone practice adjusting toContinue Reading

Live bait arrival

(May 4) Bay waters opened up and opportunities expanded with the arrival of live bait this week. This immediately translated into a nice mix of bass and halibut day one for the Argo. It also means increased versatility and working areas previously inaccessible to trolling. Wiggling anchovies on sharp hooks have already increased striped bassContinue Reading