Category Archives: rockfish

Salmon Winding Down

Woman smiling and holding two salmon on a boat(Sept. 24, 2018 newsletter) – Opportunity still knocks for anyone looking for a final swing at the outstanding 2018 salmon season. The end is in sight, and the fish are still chomping with a solid fish per rod or better average over the past week aboard the Argo. The sizes are mixed, but nearly every trip a 20-pound slab finds itself in the box.

Most sessions are a slow to steady pick with bites coming at varied intervals and patience being a virtue. The season runs through the end of October and the weather has generally been quite cooperative. This week looks especially pleasant.

The Argo does have a rare open Saturday this week on September 29. The final month is the season does have some available weekends on the calendar. A Fleet Week day, Sunday October 7 is open for a fishing/Blue Angels combo.

Half-day trips in the bay have held up very well with halibut being the main course. The latest excursions have produced better than a fish per rod average, with some anglers going home with two or more some days.

Striped bass, which are usually going strong by now, seem to be on hiatus. Chances are this will change soon, with a mass migration into San Pablo, if not the main bay.

Fine ocean conditions make rock fishing a highly enjoyable experience. Bottom fish will become a primary target starting with the end of salmon, and continue through the end of December.

Crab season opens the first Saturday in November. The Argo will run rockfish/crab combos for the first couple weeks before the commercial season gets rolling, and then concentrate on the rockfish once the crab numbers dwindle.

An alternative to ocean fishing in November, and beyond, is anchoring for sturgeon and striped bass in San Pablo Bay. This will become a featured activity in December and carry on through the winter.

Fall session

A very busy summer season kept the Argo splitting time between bay and ocean waters. Outside the Gate, salmon have remained in mostly a cooperative mood with a few expected bumps in the road. The action is not red hot as it was in July, but a bit more intense, as each bite may meanContinue Reading

Bonanza Salmon

Salmon season opened with a bang, or should I say big “yahoo” as fish came flying over the rail. The bite may not stay hot for long, but the number of salmon, of varying sizes, is a very encouraging sign for not just this season, but next couple years. Currently the fish are working offshoreContinue Reading

Extra Special Bass

(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 themContinue 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

Transition Time

(Oct. 24, 2017 newsletter) — Some days it’s a trickle, and other times the faucet is open wide as the 2017 salmon season winds down to the final week. Although everyday brings its own personality the overall action often results in a solid fish per rod with the majority commercial grade quality. The final dayContinue Reading

Home Stretch

(Sept. 19, 2017 newsletter) — We’re coming into the home stretch of what has been an outstanding salmon 2017 session…We will again thank everyone involved in the many projects that have saved our salmon from the predicted impending disaster caused by drought and other not-so natural obstacles. It’s now that time of year when thereContinue 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

Big Water Crabbing

(Originally written for 11-2-2016 newsletter) Now that the salmon door is padlocked it’s time to look elsewhere for our ocean fare. That would be on the bottom where dungeness crab and various species of rockfish roam. Starting Saturday is the opening of crab season with prime time being the first couple weeks. Crabs have beenContinue 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