October 21, 2014    Headlines

Central & North Bay Stripers

The Bays:
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle reported the bay was quite nice on Sunday 10-19 after the thick fog dissipated after 11:00 a.m. Shaker sized bass are the rule, but the larger stripers can be taken by drifting shiners at the Brothers. Smaller stripers are readily available by trolling at the top of the tide. Fraser liked the tides for drifting the Brothers in the mornings for the next couple of days. Loch Lomond, in addition to a steady supply of shiners, has live mudsuckers for sale on a retail or wholesale basis.


Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker out of Berkeley Marina reported plenty of striped bass in the bay, but most of the fish are undersized. He went to the Brothers on Monday after finding very slow rockfishing up the coast at Duxbury due to the big swell, and they hooked at least 50 stripers including 10 on one drift, but there were only around 9 keepers to 6-pounds out of the batch. The live bait receiver in San Francisco is now closed for the season, but Jim has a solid supply of live anchovies.
Crab combination trips are becoming more and more popular, and the Emeryville boats are already sold out for the first three weekends of the season. The California Dawn has limited availability on the weekends, but other than the opening day, the Happy Hooker is still booking for the weekends at the start of the season.
Victor Le of Phu Quy Bait and Supply in Oakland reported slow fishing in the bay with only a few fishermen heading up to toss bullheads in San Pablo Bay on Thursday 10-16. The majority of his anglers are taking blood worms to fish the Delta off of Sherman Island Road west of Rio Vista. They have bullheads, pile worms, blood worms, and grass shrimp in the shop. He hasn’t been stocking midshipmen at the present time as most shark fishermen are using sardines.

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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

California Dawn will be running halibut and striper trips from the Berkeley Marina +1.510.417.5557

Emeryville Sportfishing Center is booking potluck trips on their fleet of 8 boats +1.510.654.604

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