Category Archives: sturgeon

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

Restorations

(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

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

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

Consistent Bites

(January 11, 2018 newsletter) – Welcome to the first Argo Not So Weekly Newsletter of 2018! The Argo is working a vein of striped bass that more resembles a Comstock gold mine than fishing in San Pablo Bay. The action at times is non-stop; otherwise it’s a steady pick. There are very few days thatContinue Reading

Year-ender

  (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

Transition Time

(Oct. 24, 2017 newsletter) — Some days it’s a trickle, and other times the faucet is open wide as the 2017 salmon season winds down to the final week. Although everyday brings its own personality the overall action often results in a solid fish per rod with the majority commercial grade quality. The final dayContinue Reading