Category Archives: striped bass

Covid Free

A man and woman smile while holding three halibut on a fishing boat(February 9, 2021 newsletter) — The City released the reins and we are back in business! Current policy is not mixing groups greater than four anglers. This allows plenty of breathing room and extra fishing area. Charters are still able to bring up to six passengers.

Another policy I’m leaning toward is no smoking while fishing. As of now it will be a request, but that may change moving forward.

As for fishing – The Argo is still motoring up to San Pablo Bay we found an improving bite over the weekend. The water temperature has finally bumped north of 50 degree unlocking some striped bass jaws. The action is nowhere near hot, but nibbles are steady.

The recent precip has also helped the sturgeon realize that San Pablo Bay is still a pleasant place to reside. Overall, the dinosaur bite is slow, but that is a great improvement from nonexistent. This should improve as more freshwater works through the system.

Looking toward the not-so-distant future, halibut are on the horizon. There is a trickle starting to show in the South Bay and we’ve gotten a few while on the anchor in the upper bay.

We’ll likely start attempting combined anchor and halibut trolling trips in within a couple weeks. These trips will depend on varying factors from water clarity and current, to the fish being receptive.

Currently, weekdays are quite open and even weekends are more available than usual. It seems being shutdown and Covid are not good for business.

Staying Relevant

(January 14, 2021 newsletter) — In case anyone is wondering, the Argo is still afloat despite the City putting the clamps on charter trips out of San Francisco. Every other port in the Bay Area has been open for business, except those of us running out of Fisherman’s Wharf as deemed by the City HealthContinue Reading

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

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

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

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