Category Archives: bass

Up and Down Salmon

Man in red sweatshirt and sunglasses holds large salmon on a fishing boat(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 to make it pay. Many of the fish landed are in the 15 to 20-pound class or greater. The Argo’s largest salmon landed to date is 36 pounds.

We have some weekday openings for salmon next week. This is a good opportunity for those of you who hop on as singles.

Currently big tides have put a damper on what has been a very respectable halibut year. Next week the current subsides which should improve the keeper ratio. What we have seen this week is an influx of small “pocket halibut,” (cuz they fit in your pocket – don’t actually do that). Looks like a great precursor to the next generation.

Our usual bay back up fish, striped bass, have disappeared for greener pastures. The majority likely moving into the ocean, while schoolies are hanging in the upper bay. We should see a return engagement in September.

The Argo is starting to run an occasional rockfish trip along the Marin coastline. These have been highly successful with lots of action and easy-to-get limits. Designated rockfish ventures are primarily chartered trips.

The Argo’s first available weekend is October 4. Weekdays are starting to open up next week. There is room for four on a salmon trip next Tuesday and other options available.

Bass Invasion

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

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

Year-ender

  (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