Restorations

Woman on a boat smiling and holding a sturgeon she has just caught

(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 targeting striped bass and sturgeon; with an occasional flounder, shark and halibut thrown into the mix. This trend will continue until halibut make their anticipated appearance closer to home sometime in March.  

What was an excellent striped bass bite has gone somewhat flat over the past couple weeks likely due to unstable weather and fluctuating water temps. Once this current set of storms pass the future of bass catching is once again bright. We’re looking at very fishable conditions over the next week or so.

Wind doesn’t help the sturgeon catching in San Pablo Bay, but a big influence of freshwater certainly enhances the opportunity. Right now, Mother Nature is providing opportunity-plus. The next week or two should bring the best chance to hook a sturgeon in San Pablo Bay this year.

The last blast of rainfall, a couple weeks ago, did kick start our sturgeon activity when we landed four within a three-day stretch. That included an endangered green sturgeon and an oversize (estimated) 150-pound brute. 

The Argo is looking at major renovations this spring and will be laid up in early April through much of May. We will be taking reservations during this time, but may have to move some trips around when the dates become clear.

The 2019 salmon season is predicted to be as good or better than 2018. We are already booking trips so planning ahead is advisable, especially for summer weekends.

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

Emerging Sturgeon

(Jan. 16, 2019 newsletter) — In the last Not So Weekly 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 intoContinue Reading

Bass on the Chomp

(Dec. 19, 2018 newsletter) — Winter is knocking and the door to action is now officially open in San Pablo Bay. The Argo has spent most of December running “up the bay” to find outstanding striped bass action and a few stray halibut. The influx of rain over the past few weeks has run mostContinue 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

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