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Stripers, Stripers, Stripers!

Smiling woman holding large striped bass on a boat

Striped bass are biting in San Pablo Bay


(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.

The early January rainfall that brought sturgeon activity to the surface has waned with the lack of precipitation over the past few weeks. It also allowed a few more sharks and bat rays to infiltrate San Pablo Bay. Many anglers enjoy catching a shark or two, they’re cute and released unharmed, while the rays, up to 50lb., will put up a battle.

A good soaking will be the determining factor as to when real sturgeon productivity materializes again. Looking at the bright side, clear water and schools of roaming bass will make for some interesting light-tackle trolling in March.

Another bonus may be an early start to halibut in San Francisco Bay. If currently catching many, mostly undersize, halibut in the upper bay is any indication we should be trolling right now.

Our halibut trips will start in earnest when the Argo returns after a week of annual maintenance in mid March. There’s no reason to believe we shouldn’t be on the fish right away. It’ll likely be a matter of weeding through the halibut to find 22-inch keepers.

Until the early March haul out Argo will be sitting on the anchor in San Pablo Bay. This is a very pro-active fishery that requires angler participation to succeed. The payoff is generally lots of bites and unending surprises on the end of the line.

If you’re not an early riser this fishery is just your ticket. Start times are varying to match the optimum portion of the tide. So shove off time may be as late as 9:30. Call to find a day that fits your schedule.





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