Category Archives: rockfishing

Fall session

man holding large salmon on boatA 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 mean a personal best.

Realistically, expect fewer bites and potentially more bang with each takedown. Just yesterday our largest salmon of the year, a 28 pounder, was hauled over the rail. Looking near term salmon, there is room for one angler tomorrow (8/31) and space for one Sunday.

Overall pleasant ocean conditions have kept the rockfish in the bite mode, with limits of rockfish and good numbers of lingcod on dedicated trips. Even a few switch-overs on slow salmon days have come close to limits on nearby reefs.

Halibut have taken the headlines from striped bass over the past few weeks in the bay. The Argo has encountered some excellent recent halibut excursions averaging in the neighborhood of two fish per rod on full-day trips. Half-days are producing about a fish per rod when the tides and conditions are optimal. Halibut should remain steady with more stripers adding to the mix in the coming month.

Looking ahead, salmon season runs through October. Rockfish go till the end of the year, with rockfish/crab combos beginning November 3.

Weekends are still in demand with the first opening September 16, and last weekend in September available.

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