Category Archives: bass

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. 

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

Extra Special Bass

(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 themContinue Reading

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