April 18, 2015    Headlines

North Bay Stripers and Sturgeon

The Bays:
Striped bass action continues to be nothing short of spectacular with Captain James Smith returning with 10 limits of bass and 5 halibut on Thursday. He said, “It was good fishing.” His father, Captain Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker reported Friday 4-17  “The striped bass fishing has just been outstanding.” They had 51 stripers to 11 pounds fishing the Berkeley flats. Jim said there are lots of schoolies in the mix and they released close to 50 shakers.
Captain Joel Sinkay, formerly of Leonard’s Bait in Port Sonoma, went out with his son Danny on the rockfish opener, and they were looking for the legal ling cod that they released a few weeks back. Working the rocks in San Francisco Bay, they landed a pair of lings to 26-inches, releasing another legal ling, along with 8 quality rockfish. He said, “We went through a few trays of bait since the rockfish were really chomping.” Brad Hood backed out of this trip, stating, “It’s too windy out there.” Sinkay said, “The wind was blowing around 10 knots, and it was variable throughout the morning.” They only fished two hours since Joel had to get back for job responsibilities.
In the Napa River, Sweeney’s Sports in Napa reported solid striped bass action for trollers pulling deep-diving lures or casting lipless crank baits. Sturgeon action has slowed down, but there are still a few angles working for the diamondbacks.

The striper action was incredible on Sunday 4-12. Jim on the Happy Hooker fished the Brothers in the morning for a handful of bass. He then worked the Central Bay honey holes for halibut landing 5 huge fish going 15, 18, 22, 25 and 25 pounds. When the afternoon flood tide was "just right" Jim worked over a favorite reef in Raccoon Strait where they found steady action on big bass. They broke many fish off with the boats drifting north and the fish running south. They finished off at a little after 4PM with 22 limits of bass to 15 pounds with lots in the 10 to 12-pound class. Jim also said that there was a second good striper bite off Candlestick and Coyote Points. Jim adds that the tides get for halibut friendly every day this week and he expects that they will only see bigger numbers of big fish in the days ahead.
Bass limits were the order of the day with the C Gull II and Sea Wolf out of Emeryville Sport Fishing put in 30 limits of striped bass to 12 pounds on Sunday along with four halibut to 12 pounds a day after the Sea Wolf returned with 14 limits of bass to 12 pounds.
Captain Joel Sinkay, formerly of Leonard’s Bait in Port Sonoma, took the Stink Pickle out of Loch Lomond Marina to the flats around the Pinole Pier, and they ended up with one halibut and a few short striped bass drifting Loch Lomond shiners. Not even the magic of Loch Lomond shiners can overcome the aura of some fishermen.
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle, purveyor of the famous shiners, confirmed the excellent bass action, stating, “Shore fishing has been excellent from the marina to China Camp from the access areas, and there have been legal bass taken inside of the marina and also in Corte Madera Creek.” Most bass are schoolies to 8-pounds, but he added, “It is incredible how many bass are in the bay right now.” Boaters are anchoring for bass and also drifting shiners on the outgoing tide. For sturgeon, Fraser likes the series of minus tides beginning this Wednesday, and he is planning to bring in live mud shrimp for its final appearance of the year in honor of the tides. One boat was anchored at the Pumphouse this weekend with frozen mud shrimp for a total of 7 sturgeon – one shaker, 4 oversized, and two slot-limit fish that were farmed.  There are plenty of shiners in the tanks.

Heather’s Happy Hooker 32-pound halibut above: 

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