Category Archives: salmon

Transition Time

five smiling people hold seven salmon on a boat

(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 day of the season is October 31 and there is still availability aboard the Argo for the final three days. The weather forecast is excellent throughout the week.

With salmon soon to be on the back burner it’s time to do some crab/rockfish combos, weather permitting, beginning November 4. Coastal rockfish was very good until a recent big swell put the bottomfish on lock down. With the water flattening out they will likely good on the bite again soon.

The majority of our trips over the next few months will be running into San Pablo Bay for striped bass and sturgeon. The stripers are already very good on the upper bay flats and should remain solid throughout the winter. This is very fun pro-active fishing where the bites come in bunches and paying attention puts fish in the box.

Sturgeon will need a little nudge from the rain, but once we get that freshwater push it’ll be game on. On a recent trip up the bay we encountered lots of action and did see a couple sturgeon jump near the boat.

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

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

Salmon dominance

  Waters outside the Golden Gate exploded with activity in the past couple weeks. A big-time early arrival of salmon off the Marin coastline has allowed the Argo to take advantage of this bounty posting limits of large Chinooks on many trips last week. In recent years it’s been a waiting game for salmon toContinue Reading