Consistent Bites

This sturgeon is just under the legal upper size limit of 60 inches.

This sturgeon is just under the legal upper size limit of 60 inches.

(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 There are very few days that don’t turn into catch and release once the daily quota has been archived. These are healthy fish providing great sport for anyone looking for a pro-active fishing experience.

For those on the hunt for big fish-bonus fish, sturgeon are now on the menu. Even before the recent downpour Argo anglers were seeing, feeling or touching at least one sturgeon per trip. The recent precipitation will only sweeten the water providing greater opportunity at something that pulls hard.

As always moving water/current is the key to success in this fishery. To accommodate nature the Argo start times are adjusted to match optimum bite patterns, which is another way of saying you may not have to get up at 5a.m. to go fishing. As an example, this coming Monday is a very civilized 9:30 a.m. arrival to be on the fishing grounds for prime time.

This same pattern will continue through February and likely into early March. Depending on the weather, and a certain amount of luck, halibut will be on the radar leading into spring. Judging by the smaller fish present the past few years halibut prospects are very bright.

For the latest update or if you have questions, email or call (415) 361-7757. As with all our trips tackle, bait and fish cleaning are included within the price.

 

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

Winter Migration

(Nov. 30, 2017 newsletter) — The modus operandi has transitioned to a more sedentary delivery, but success is still predicated on attention to detail. With striped bass willing to bite, and sturgeon now on the prowl, the action is keeping anglers on the their toes in San Pablo Bay. Even on the sluggish tides, when theContinue 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

Home Stretch

(Sept. 19, 2017 newsletter) — We’re coming into the home stretch of what has been an outstanding salmon 2017 session…We will again thank everyone involved in the many projects that have saved our salmon from the predicted impending disaster caused by drought and other not-so natural obstacles. It’s now that time of year when thereContinue Reading

Salmon Fantastic

(August 24, 2017 newsletter) — It may be fair to say 2017 is the year of the salmon. It’s quite obvious the fish did not get the memo from government “officials” of dire straits and a depressed season. No doubt we have groups like Golden Gate Salmon Assoc., Coastside Fishing Club and Golden Gate Fisherman’sContinue Reading

Lighting up the Bay

(April 26, 2017 newsletter) After nearly two weeks of pampering the Argo is ready to come off dry dock and back to work. With improvements and upgrades ranging from the tip of the tower to below the waterline we’re expecting a hastening to the vessel’s gait. On the fishing front, the past week has seenContinue Reading

Transition Time

(March 14, 2017 newsletter) — The transition is just about upon us…After three months of quite successful upper bay sturgeon and striped bass chasing, it’s nearly time to reverse direction. The Argo is certainly not giving up on the upper bay, we’ve found solid action in the past week, but halibut will soon be callingContinue Reading

Sturgeon on the Prowl

(Feb 24, 2017 newsletter) — Looking short-term, the weather guessers are calling for prime atmospheric conditions for the next week or so in San Pablo Bay. Looking long-term, the weather we’ve experienced, although frustrating at times, will pay major dividends for the next few years. Salmon, bass, sturgeon along with a host of other speciesContinue Reading

Aligning Stars!

It’s been nearly 10 years since the atmospheric stars aligned leaving our fishing grounds, San Pablo Bay, as ground zero sturgeon spot number one. Even before the latest round of precip the Argo has hooked sturgeon nearly every trip over the past couple weeks. Now, with a major surge of freshwater pushing through the bayContinue Reading