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August 12, 2018    Headlines

Bay Butts and Basses

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley

The striped bass bite has been outstanding in the central bay with Captain Don Franklin on the Soleman out of the SF Wharf reporting great action for the SF Rods and Reels kids camp. They took easy limits of stripers to 11 pounds working the Central Bay on Thursday 8-9. Don donates a good chunk of his summer dates to support this great program that introduces SF kids to the joy of fishing. Don says the tides this week favor stripers and the Butt bite will pick up as they get smaller. He is running both bay and coastal rockfish / ling trips this coming week.
There was some definite carnage on Wednesday in the bay with the Defiant bloodying up the decks with sharks bleeding out quarts – Captain Chris Smith put his clients onto 19 soupfin sharks and 5 cows. They released a number of the sharks through the platform door, but there was a tremendous amount of meat at the end of the day.
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “the bass fishing has been good, but the halibut bite will slow down with these ‘monster’ tides. We have live grass shrimp, pile worms, and anchovies for the weekend, but I don’t expect many anglers in the bay with the tides. The grass shrimp has really made a comeback, and Laine’s Bait in Alviso is getting into a larger grade of grass shrimp in the south bay. Remember a few years back when grass shrimp seemed to be a thing of the past – a few years of rain have an amazing effect.

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