(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.