Category Archives: rockfishing

Last Gasp for Salmon

Smiling man holds a very large salmon on a boat(October 6, 2020 newsletter) — With the waning days of the salmon season upon us, a surge of new fish have brightened prospects and brought new life to the Marin county coastline. The biters arrived last week, and have mostly stayed on the chomped the past few days. It may not last long, but as of today it allows a reasonable opportunity.

The past month’s fishing was a grind with long pauses interrupted by screaming drags and large salmon. This is more typical fall activity that will likely return sooner rather than later. The season ends November 8.

For the first time in awhile crab season has a slight overlap into salmon. The crustacean opener is November 7. We are booked that weekend, but do have some weekdays and the following Saturday open for crab/rockfish combos.

Typically the Argo plays the crab game for the first coupled weeks of the season, or until the commercial season opens. If the weather gets snotty we’ll turn our nose toward San Pablo Bay looking for striped bass, halibut and sturgeon. Good numbers of striped bass have already arrived.

Halibut are still actively eating well-placed anchovies in the bay. We’re scoring close to a two-fish per rod average, or better on many recent trips. Assuming live bait is still available the action should continue into November. There’s even an occasional white sea bass adding spice to the box.

The Argo has room on a salmon trip tomorrow, and space throughout the week. The first available weekend is October 31.

Up and Down Salmon

(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 toContinue Reading

Fall session

A very busy summer season kept the Argo splitting time between bay and ocean waters. Outside the Gate, salmon have remained in mostly a cooperative mood with a few expected bumps in the road. The action is not red hot as it was in July, but a bit more intense, as each bite may meanContinue Reading

Bonanza Salmon

Salmon season opened with a bang, or should I say big “yahoo” as fish came flying over the rail. The bite may not stay hot for long, but the number of salmon, of varying sizes, is a very encouraging sign for not just this season, but next couple years. Currently the fish are working offshoreContinue 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

Big Water Crabbing

(Originally written for 11-2-2016 newsletter) Now that the salmon door is padlocked it’s time to look elsewhere for our ocean fare. That would be on the bottom where dungeness crab and various species of rockfish roam. Starting Saturday is the opening of crab season with prime time being the first couple weeks. Crabs have beenContinue Reading

Fall Fashion

In the past few weeks the Argo has been all over the chart. Running along the Marin coast for salmon and rockfish; up the bay for striped bass and halibut, and down bay to battle leopard sharks and other toothy bottom dwellers…Next week we’re heading west to the Farallon Islands. Most interest has been placedContinue Reading