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September 02, 2017    Headlines

Halibut Bite Drops Off But Most Interest Out the Gate

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael will be working hard to keep live bait in the shop over the holiday weekend with the hot water temperatures in the bay. He said, “We haven’t been able to get shiners, and they would be hard to keep alive in the current conditions. The weather has been terrific with water skiing conditions on the bay, and striped bass and halibut are there for the taking. Temps here on Friday 9-1 hit 104 degrees in San Rafael so there is little relief until you are on the water.
A few salmon to 22 pounds have been landed at California City, and the bulk of the run is yet to arrive. it seems most of the fish are sliding through the bay and into the rivers with the slow catches at Ca; City and Benicia and good action even hot action up in the Valley.
Dink size halibut are coming from a variety of spots and have been thick off Paradise. If you are looking for keepers hit the Central Bay 'honey holes" Angel Island, Alcatraz, I and the Berkeley flats.

Ed Liu at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito reported tons of small stripers are coming from the shorelines on swimbaits, and the Slab Zone swimbaits continue to be popular.
Party boats will be back in the bays soon as the fall striper bite heats up.

This writer is sneaking off to our vacation home on the Kenai peninsula. We will be chasing silvers and rainbows on the local rivers and will be jumping on board with good friend Captain Steve Smith for some halibut, ling and saltwater action. We will be leaving the laptop at home and will return with full reports here on September 17th.
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Mike Aughney

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported a mass of striped bass invaded the Loch Lomond harbor on Saturday 8-26 with Ross Peterson, formerly of Stockton, catching 4 keeper bass to 22 inches along with 10 shakers right from the bait shop dock. Another angler put in a limit at 5 and 8 pounds, and Fraser said, “There are bass all up and down the San Rafael Canal and in the harbor. You couldn’t put a line down yesterday without getting a 10 to 12-inch striper with half of the fish being over 18 inches.
There are bass in the normal trolling spots and drifting spots, but most of these are small fish. The big news was the three white sea bass to 20 pounds released by two youngsters trolling along San Quentin.  I saw a picture of the sea bass, and two were small, but one was 20 pounds. The wind died down on Sunday, and the water is just like a bathtub around here.

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