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Extra Special Bass

Man holds very large white sea bass on a boat

A 65-pound white sea bass — a very rare catch

(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 them is pure luck, landing an extra large one is extraordinary.

Most of our current trips are targeting halibut and striped bass. Catch rates for each species may depend on tides and weather conditions, but in general the Argo success rate is a fish per rod or better most days. Bites have been forthcoming; it’s usually a matter of picking through the smaller fish to find keepers.

In the coming weeks, if theory holds true, we should see larger halibut filter into the bay, and hefty post-spawn bass cruising down river from the Delta. Drifting live anchovies is the technique of choice and will continue through the summer.

Salmon season is nearly on the horizon. With the delayed start beginning June 17, we’re hoping for fish close to home off the Marin coastline. If not, boats will search far and wide and should be wired within a day or two of the opener. Following on the heels of a very good 2017 season, it’s fair to anticipate solid action this summer.

The Argo summer and fall weekends are booking up, but plenty of days are still available with some flexibility. Most weekends are reserved for full-boat charters with one or two days left open each month for smaller groups.

Another option soon to be on the menu is rockfish. To date, we have not attempted a trip, waiting for spring winds to dissipate. Expectations are to be inching our way out the Gate soon with extended journeys starting in June.


Stripers, Stripers, Stripers!

  (February 15, 2018 newsletter) If our trips were recorded on a vinyl record it would be repeating stripers, stripers, stripers. The beat goes on: Throughout January, and now mid-way through February, incredible bass catching is the highlight most days. The only element putting a damper on the bite is an occasional wind filled session. TheContinue Reading

Consistent Bites

(January 11, 2018 newsletter) – Welcome to the first Argo Not So Weekly Newsletter of 2018! The Argo is working a vein of striped bass that more resembles a Comstock gold mine than fishing in San Pablo Bay. The action at times is non-stop; otherwise it’s a steady pick. There are very few days thatContinue Reading


  (Dec. 27, 2017 newsletter) – The Argo’s annual year-end “Not So Weekly Newsletter” can’t bury the lead so we have to start with the continued outstanding striped bass action in San Pablo Bay. It’s often continuous bites with near-prefect weather conditions forecast through the end of the year. To top it off, sturgeon areContinue 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

Sturgeon on the Prowl

(Feb 24, 2017 newsletter) — Looking short-term, the weather guessers are calling for prime atmospheric conditions for the next week or so in San Pablo Bay. Looking long-term, the weather we’ve experienced, although frustrating at times, will pay major dividends for the next few years. Salmon, bass, sturgeon along with a host of other speciesContinue 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

Live bait arrival

(May 4) Bay waters opened up and opportunities expanded with the arrival of live bait this week. This immediately translated into a nice mix of bass and halibut day one for the Argo. It also means increased versatility and working areas previously inaccessible to trolling. Wiggling anchovies on sharp hooks have already increased striped bassContinue Reading