Nearly Halibut

woman holding halibut on boat and giving thumbs up

(February 24, 2020 newsletter) — The wobble between our winter and spring fisheries is fast approaching with thoughts of halibut, and the reality of striped bass front and center. The lack of rain, meaning freshwater, has squelched the sturgeon bite in San Pablo Bay, but may hasten the return of anchovies to the main bay.

In the past week the water temperature has crept up encouraging striped bass to be much more aggressive and willing be eat in San Pablo Bay. Limits or near limits have been the rule with lots of bites filling the gap between keepers. This is great action for kids and adults looking for pro-active sport.

Good weather, mild winds, really help the success rate in San Pablo Bay. We do have room Saturday and fully booked Sunday.

The appearance of bass should continue strong into March with light-tackle trolling a strong possibility if the water stays clear. As much as we all like relatively clear water for trolling the dearth of rain is not at all healthy for our anadromous species.

Soon moving to the front burner are halibut. Some exploratory trips have been attempted with few positive results. This will likely improve in March and ramped up into the summer months. The past couple years have been most excellent and should continue on a high note at least through 2020.

If lucky, live bait will be available by the latter part of April or early May. Until then, trolling will be the method of choice when chasing the flat fish.

The calls are starting to come in regarding salmon. To date, the season is not set, and I have no speculation what options will be on the table. Whatever happens, the Argo doesn’t usually begin serious salmon endeavors until June.

Summer weekends are starting to book, but there are still plenty of open dates.

For the latest update or if you have questions, email or call (415) 361-7757. All our trips include tackle, bait and fish cleaning within the price. 

Winter Arrivals

(December 2019 newsletter) — With the holiday season upon us, and family coming into town, there may be no better “get me outta here” remedy than a fishing trip. The recent fury of wind and rain was just what nature called for when it comes to flushing its system and readying our winter fishery. TheContinue Reading

Crustaceans on the Horizon

(Oct. 31, 2019 newsletter) — The highly anticipated sport crab season gets off to a roaring start Saturday – The weather looks outstanding! In fact, the entire first week is forecast to be extraordinarily perfect into next weekend. What this means, if you’ve ever given thought to a crab/rockfish combo trip now is the time.Continue Reading

One More Shot

(Sept 23, 2019 newsletter) — I don’t want to bury the lead, but we’ll start with the rarity of the Argo being a fully available boat Saturday, and room for four on a full day Sunday. Now this is the real headline – For the first time in weeks a meaningful amount of salmon wereContinue Reading

Tick Tock

(September 17, 2019 newsletter) — The clock is ticking louder each day as the waning days of summer dip into a brilliant sunset. To put that in fish speak; salmon season ends next month, and our incredible halibut/bass action will take a major hit when the live bait receivers soon close. We’re into that timeContinue Reading

On a Roll!

(Late August 2019 newsletter) — The Argo has been on a roll since returning from our repower hiatus. Fishing on all fronts has been outstanding and our anglers have been fortunate to reap the rewards. Starting with the first week back finding limits of halibut and striped bass in the bay, to our most recentContinue Reading


(March 2019 newsletter) — In the last newsletter, there was a reference to winter knocking at the door. That door has now been blasted open. I’m just hoping the back fence survives the predicted gusts to 50 knots here on the coast. Since mid-December all Argo trips are pointing north into San Pablo Bay targetingContinue Reading

Something New

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Emerging Sturgeon

(Jan. 16, 2019 newsletter) — In the last Not So Weekly Newsletter, there was a reference to winter knocking at the door. That door has now been blasted open. I’m just hoping the back fence survives the predicted gusts to 50 knots here on the coast. Since mid-December all Argo trips are pointing north intoContinue Reading

Bass on the Chomp

(Dec. 19, 2018 newsletter) — Winter is knocking and the door to action is now officially open in San Pablo Bay. The Argo has spent most of December running “up the bay” to find outstanding striped bass action and a few stray halibut. The influx of rain over the past few weeks has run mostContinue Reading