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July 13, 2019    Headlines

Red Hot Butts & Basses

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley
The halibut and striped bass bite in the bay remains tremendous, and the California Dawn posted close to 4 fish per rod for a 22-man charter with 36 halibut and 50 striped bass for limits plus crew fish. The numbers of shaker halibut also remain incredible.
Don on the Soleman from SF's own wharf has been posting solid scores of halibut and bass for weeks. Don has been plying the Central bay, Paradise and TI waters for some huge counts over the past few weeks. Great guy, great captain and one in know you will enjoy fishing with!
This writer is in Alaska the next two weeks through July 27th. Reports will resume at that time.

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle called me on Sunday afternoon to chastise me for a grammatical error in a recent Hot Sheet, and as a former teacher himself, I am certain that Fraser was correct in his assessment of my command of the English language. However, he said, “Even with the big tides and the wind making for miserable conditions on Sunday, halibut fishing remains sensational. There are still sturgeon out there, and I could take you out on a good outgoing tide to the Pumphouse and we would catch fish. Well, at Ieast I would – I don’t know about you, Hurley. Shark fishing is also picking up interest, and we have midshipmen in the shop.”


The tides for halibut are ideal this week until next weekend as they are a series of small sets. However, the tides haven’t been much of an issue right now as the fish are biting on nearly every tide, minus or not. Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing continues to find good action for both halibut and striped bass, and the Happy Hooker, California Dawn, and Pacific Dream are returning with over 100 halibut/bass per trip as of Wednesday June 28th.
“You won’t have the Sinkay clan to kick around any more,’ said our favorite baitman, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael, adding, “They put in limits of halibut and striped bass on Sunday, and their score was pretty typical of what is going on in our bay I haven’t seen anything like this for 30 years as it is like the good old days. There are only two changes from the ‘Good Ole Days,’ – the bass are smaller, but we have never had halibut like this before. However, we did weigh in a 17-pound striper for the tournament. The Sinkay’s found fish in every area they tried after starting out at Red Rock, and they were using Loch Lomond anchovies since this is all we had on Sunday morning. We have been stocking up with all three live baits: anchovies, smelt, and shiners, but the demand has been high. There have been two salmon that I am aware of that have been taken on live anchovies at Paradise and also at California City. There was a sea lion devouring a big salmon in Raccoon Straits. It’s all happening around here now.


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