September 12, 2014    Headlines

Central & North Bay Stripers

The Bays:
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported a ‘superlative’striped bass bite in the bay by drifting on the moving tides or trolling in various locations at the top of the tide. He took out two fishermen on Thursday 9-11, and they caught and released around 20 bass apiece with 7 of the bass of legal size to 5-pounds. They were trolling Loch Lomond Worm-tailed jigs along San Quentin, the Marin Islands, and the Brickyard, and he said, “We found bass in every location we went.” Sturgeon have been observed jumping near the Pumphouse by shrimpers, and the good news is the shrimpers are not pulling up any crabs in their nets. A few halibut continue to be taken with Captain Gordie Hough on the Morningstar locating 4 of the flatfish on Sunday. California City is good for salmon on an intermittent basis with a solid bite every 2 to 3 days followed by a lull. Loch Lomond has bullheads in the shop, and that is newsworthy in itself since so many fishermen are looking for bullheads. They also have a supply of grass shrimp for retail and wholesale.
The second Phenix Rod charter was held on Wednesday on the California Dawn, and although the action was less stellar for large fish than the first trip, they still got into some large fish.
Ed at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito reported striped bass are coming in from the ocean, and he caught and released two dozen stripers from 18 to 26-inches tossing white/chartreuse swimbaits on a or 3/4th lead head or a white bucktail jig from the shoreline at Crockett. Rodeo has also been a solid area from the shoreline. Perch fishing has been ‘red hot’ with pile worms or grass shrimp. They have bullheads and mudsuckers in the shop, but they are going out as fast as they are coming in. Grass shrimp and pile worms are in good supply.
Victor Le at Phu Quy Bait and Supply in Oakland reported striped bass have been taken in San Pablo Bay and also along the Alameda Rockwall with pile worms or grass shrimp, and some anglers are pumping ghost shrimp from the bays for the linesides to 20-inches. Perch action is solid at Treasure Island, the Alameda Rockwall, and the San Francisco shoreline with pile worms or grass shrimp. They have bullheads, blood worms, pile worms, and grass shrimp in the shop.
Sweeney’s Sports in Napa reported an improved striper bite in the Napa River with trollers and plug casters starting to pick up linesides from sublegals to small legal while mudsuckers are working for larger fish. Sturgeon are showing up in the lower river with grass shrimp.

Fishing remains slow inside the bay despite the presence of striped bass. Salmon fever and the promise of limits of rockfish keep luring party boats outside of the Golden Gate. Very few boats have run trips in the past month and while there are some stripers at the Brothers and San Pablo flats the interest has been very low.

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle reported a few halibut have been taken at Red Rock, and the small stripers are abundant by trolling at the top of the tide, but the action isn’t hot by any stretch of the imagination.

 Captain Gordie Hough was returning from a combination trip, and he observed a boat netting a big salmon at California City. The gas pumps at the Loch Lomond Marina will be out of service for the next three months, so anglers will have to plan accordingly.
In the Napa River, field scouts Joel and Danny Sinkay found good action for barely-legal stripers with mudsuckers on the anchor. Sinkay said, “Most boats were trolling, but we had several runs on the mudsuckers.” Brad Hood of BH Guide Service downplayed their opportunity for success, and he chose to find something else to do on Sunday after attempting to rain on the Sinkay’s parade.

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Party Boat Information and Reservations Around the Bay

The Happy Hooker will be running potluck trips from the Berkeley Marina +1.510.223.5388

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