Category Archives: halibut

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

Something New

March 4, 2019 newsletter — Big news from the Argo is a repower and major cosmetic changes that will begin in March and carry on into April. With no major hiccups the “new” Argo will be ready for the start of halibut and the beginning of live bait season in May. The new engine willContinue 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

Halibut Outlook

(April 16, 2018 newsletter) — Halibut have overrun the thoughts of bay anglers in the past couple weeks. With catching ranging from good to not so inspiring some days, it’s a matter of being at the right place when they decide to bite. With fish spread throughout the system getting nibbled is often not anContinue Reading

Halibut Horizon

(March 20, 2018 newsletter) The Argo is just about ready to transition into the halibut mode, but not before putting the final touches on sturgeon and striped bass. The adage goes, “don’t leave fish to find fish,” and that is certainly the case right now. Our anchor fishing in San Pablo Bay is still outstandingContinue 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


  (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

Winter Migration

(Nov. 30, 2017 newsletter) — The modus operandi has transitioned to a more sedentary delivery, but success is still predicated on attention to detail. With striped bass willing to bite, and sturgeon now on the prowl, the action is keeping anglers on the their toes in San Pablo Bay. Even on the sluggish tides, when theContinue Reading

Salmon Fantastic

(August 24, 2017 newsletter) — It may be fair to say 2017 is the year of the salmon. It’s quite obvious the fish did not get the memo from government “officials” of dire straits and a depressed season. No doubt we have groups like Golden Gate Salmon Assoc., Coastside Fishing Club and Golden Gate Fisherman’sContinue Reading