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April 18, 2019    Headlines

San Pablo Bay Sturgeon and Bass Biting

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley
After Captain  Chris Smith put in 22 limits on Thursday in the South Bay, it has been ballistic for stripers with nearly every party boat in the fleet loading up with early limits near the Alameda Rockwall and the Oakland Airport. The stripers have been very active and  busting on the surface. It will be interesting to see if these fish have spawned out already, and that is my question since there should be more and more arriving in the Delta by now. Everything says that the run is late, and with the Sacramento River high, it is difficult to get an assessment on where the stripers are. Normally, the stripers will be back on the rocks in the central bay loading up on bait by mid-June – that is one of my favorite times to fish the bay, and I’ve had many great memories with Captain Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker on the rocks in June.
The party boats will stay on the stripers until they move, and this is where most of the boats went on Sunday 4-14 after a long run to the Deep Reef for salmon on Saturday.

Halibut fever is already starting to take off, and the Lovely Martha has been pushing the envelope by trolling in the south bay. They put in 6 keeper halibut along with 11 shakers on a day trip on Saturday. Pretty good for early March and muddy bay waters. It's only going to get better once the bays start to clear as the tides become smaller later next week.!
Captain Don Franklin was out on Sunday 3-10 for one 54" fat keep taken in San Pablo bay. Don says the better weather and high tides this coming weekend look ideal. He has plenty of space open for sturgeon and striper trips. He will begin halibut fishing soon.
The weather was less than cooperative in San Pablo Bay on Sunday, and Captain Trent Slate of Bite Me Charters out of Loch Lomond said, “The weather was crappy, and we released two shaker sturgeon.”I will be actually able to go fishing on Thursday as we are having a Shelter Cove reunion with Captain Joel Sinkay and his son Danny with Trent Slate for a sturgeon/striper trip. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond is highly discouraging this venture as he is worried that the mere presence of Sinkay and Hurley can shut down the bite for weeks on San Pablo Bay. We are out to prove him wrong. There is a possibility that retired Captain Jim Smith will join us, but he is wanting a fish catching guarantee – maybe he should bring Larry ‘The Legend’ Nelson’ along since Nelson is just about as close to a guarantee as you can get.

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