Author Archives: Argo

Covid Free

A man and woman smile while holding three halibut on a fishing boat(February 9, 2021 newsletter) — The City released the reins and we are back in business! Current policy is not mixing groups greater than four anglers. This allows plenty of breathing room and extra fishing area. Charters are still able to bring up to six passengers.

Another policy I’m leaning toward is no smoking while fishing. As of now it will be a request, but that may change moving forward.

As for fishing – The Argo is still motoring up to San Pablo Bay we found an improving bite over the weekend. The water temperature has finally bumped north of 50 degree unlocking some striped bass jaws. The action is nowhere near hot, but nibbles are steady.

The recent precip has also helped the sturgeon realize that San Pablo Bay is still a pleasant place to reside. Overall, the dinosaur bite is slow, but that is a great improvement from nonexistent. This should improve as more freshwater works through the system.

Looking toward the not-so-distant future, halibut are on the horizon. There is a trickle starting to show in the South Bay and we’ve gotten a few while on the anchor in the upper bay.

We’ll likely start attempting combined anchor and halibut trolling trips in within a couple weeks. These trips will depend on varying factors from water clarity and current, to the fish being receptive.

Currently, weekdays are quite open and even weekends are more available than usual. It seems being shutdown and Covid are not good for business.

Staying Relevant

(January 14, 2021 newsletter) — In case anyone is wondering, the Argo is still afloat despite the City putting the clamps on charter trips out of San Francisco. Every other port in the Bay Area has been open for business, except those of us running out of Fisherman’s Wharf as deemed by the City HealthContinue Reading

Hauling Crab

(November 5, 2020 newsletter) — The crab opener scheduled to occur November 7, and overlap the last weekend of salmon season, appears to be a wash – as in lots of water over the bow for those who decided to participate. The Argo will be waiting for more reasonable sea conditions, coming Monday or Tuesday,Continue Reading

Last Gasp for Salmon

(October 6, 2020 newsletter) — With the waning days of the salmon season upon us, a surge of new fish have brightened prospects and brought new life to the Marin county coastline. The biters arrived last week, and have mostly stayed on the chomped the past few days. It may not last long, but asContinue Reading

Up and Down Salmon

(August 8, 2020 newsletter) — Salmon have been a rather slippery species this year, with good days followed by days of grinding. The up side, even on the slow days the end result is usually worth the wait. Salmon fishing is often filled with peaks and valleys throughout the session. It takes a stick-to-it-ness toContinue Reading

Bass Invasion

So many of you returned, and supported the business during difficult times; the support has been overwhelming.Continue Reading

Missing newsletters!

June 13, 2020 — We just saw that several months of newsletters have disappeared. We’re trying to retrieve them. We’ve had a great few months with halibut, stripers, and now salmon, and if you want to see some of our catches before we figure out the newsletter situation you can go to our Facebook pageContinue 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