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August 25, 2014    Headlines

Central Bay Butts and Basses

The Bays:
The great striped bass action in April, May, and June has slowed to a crawl with the central bay rocks devoid of bass at the present time. As quickly as they have arrived, the bass have migrigated out the Gate and some look to have returned to the Delta and big numbers of small stripers have invaded San Pablo Bay. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported a plethora of bass in the bay, and anglers can hook numerous fish trolling at the top of the tide with Loch Lomond worm-tailed jigs. He added, “Most of the fish are undersized, but they are numerous.” There is some drifting action, and Fraser was tempted to drift the Brothers with Loch Lomond shiners during the past week. Experienced fishermen have been scouting California City for salmon, and the area is reported to be‘ stacked’ with bait.
Victor Le at Phu Quy Bait and Supply in Oakland reported on Sunday 8-24 that striped bass can be found off of Point Pinole, Point Richmond, and San Rafael, as well as further upriver off of Martinez and Pittsburg with bullheads, swimbaits, or hair raisers.
James Smith of the California Dawn
took one of his limited load specialty shark trips during the middle of the week, hosting Steve Carson’s Penn Fishing University. They caught and released seven-gill, six-gill, and cow sharks to 200-pounds, keeping 9 of the smaller shark in the 20 to 30-pound range. Second captain and master deckhand Chris Smith said, “The action got hot when the tide started ebbing with a good amount of gear returned in bad shape.” James Smith added, “We limit our loads and keep the trips to a minimum since it is very important to release nearly all of the big sharks since the fishery can’t stand the pressure.”


Captain James Smith on the California Dawn took one of his specialty shark trips on Thursday 8-21 hosting Steve Carson’s Penn Fishing University. These are limited load trips, and Carson always brings quality prizes for the journey. Second captain and master deckhand Chris Smith said, “We released huge sharks reaching 200 and 150-pounds, keeping a total of 9 of the smaller sharks,” adding, “The action got hot when the tide started ebbing with a good amount of gear returned in bad shape.”
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported a plethora of bass in San Pablo Bay, and anglers can hook numerous fish trolling at the top of the tide with Loch Lomond worm-tailed jigs. He added, “Most of the fish are undersized, but they are numerous.” There is some drifting action, and Fraser was tempted to drift the Brothers with Loch Lomond shiners on Thursday, and he may make it out on Friday. Experienced fishermen have been scouting California City for salmon, and the area is reported to be ‘stacked’ with bait. They have plenty of shiners in the shop, but bullheads have been scarce, and those available can be described as ‘small’ at best.
Victor Le at Phu Quy Bait and Supply in Oakland reported striped bass can be found off of Point Pinole, Point Richmond, and San Rafael, as well as further upriver off of Martinez and Pittsburg with bullheads, swimbaits, or hair raisers. They have grass shrimp, bullheads, pile worms, blood worms, and some shiners in the shop.


Keeping Up With the Smiths'

We so often talk about the exploits of Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker and his two sons James on the Cal Dawn and Chris on his new six pack Captain Hook. There is another well known son, Steve who has been fishing the waters of Cook Inlet off Ninilchik Alaska for the past 26 years. Captain Steve's Lodge setup is one of the best on the entire Kenai peninsula. They have 12 private rooms all with their own baths, top shelf meals where you will enjoy a full breakfast spread, custom lunch boxes made to your order and incredible dinners.
Pictured left: many readers may recognize that party boat captain of Bay Area fame, Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker showing off two 20 + pound yelloweye rockfish caught with his son Steve.
Steve's specialty is all salt water species and his favorite targets are pacific halibut, monster lings (Steve's boat has held the world record for 5 years) salmon and rockfish. There are local rivers where guests can chase king, sockeye and silver salmon or catch a fly out as well. Steve ruined this writer over a decade ago and after spending several seasons fishing with Steve I had to buy a vacation home in the area. I still fish with Steve 6 to 8 times per year and I can honestly say that Steve is one of the most professional, instinctive anglers I know. Despite many chances I have yet to break the 200 mark on halibut but I have landed several lings in the 55 to 65 pound class and have enjoyed some epic clamming, rockfish, silver and king action with Steve.
Whether is you are looking to fish Alaska for the first time or the tenth I suggest you give Steve and his wife LeAnn a call. They still have some dates available for the 2014 season.

The following dates are still open for up to six people. There are other dates open for groups of two to four anglers but spots are limited. All these dated can be shortened depending on anglers wishes.
Arrive August 9th fish the 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th and depart on the 15th.
Arrive August 27, 28 or 29 and depart September 1
Please call 907 567-1043 for details and availability


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