Category Archives: salmon

Halibut Arrival

Man smiling on a boat and holding a halibut in his right hand and a striped bass in his left hand

(March 11, 2021 newsletter) — After a couple weeks of sprucing the Argo will be rolling down the rails, and splashing down where she belongs, ready for the weekend. No major changes, just some freshening and cosmetics.

For the next few weeks, we’re in the angler’s choice transition mode. Options are heading up the bay for action and variety, versus dredging the bottom to scratch out halibut or two in the South Bay. By April, halibut will dominate game plan.

Before going to dry-dock our up-the-bay efforts consisted of mostly reliable striped bass activity with an occasional halibut, shark and bat ray in the mix. The presence of sturgeon just never really materialized because of a lack of rain. The interesting aspect of this fishery, there are generally plenty of nibbles and you never know what’s coming over the rail.

The latest buzz is the increasing appearance of halibut within the bay. These are primarily trolling trips until live bait becomes available sometime in April. The success rate is hovering around a fish per rod or less.

Looking ahead to salmon, the season is not yet set, but there should be a more clear perspective in a few weeks. The Argo generally doesn’t begin these excursions until mid to late May. Until that time, or when the weather gods allow, we’ll be drifting live bait for bass and halibut in the bay.

We do still have room for anyone looking for an early-season halibut stab this weekend. Current forecast, subject to change, is very good Saturday and a slightly funky Sunday.

Last Gasp for Salmon

(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 asContinue Reading

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

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


(March 2019 newsletter) — In the last newsletter, there was a reference to winter knocking at the door. That door has now been blasted open. I’m just hoping the back fence survives the predicted gusts to 50 knots here on the coast. Since mid-December all Argo trips are pointing north into San Pablo Bay targetingContinue Reading

Salmon Winding Down

(Sept. 24, 2018 newsletter) – Opportunity still knocks for anyone looking for a final swing at the outstanding 2018 salmon season. The end is in sight, and the fish are still chomping with a solid fish per rod or better average over the past week aboard the Argo. The sizes are mixed, but nearly every tripContinue 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

Incredible Salmon!

(July 9, 2018 newsletter) – Since the mid June opening bell salmon have climbed on hooks as if it were their final meal. The action is spectacular with daily early limits for most boats. Being an active participate, Argo has limited on every salmon trip to date. The obvious question is how long will itContinue 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