November 22, 2014    Headlines

North Bay Stripers

The Bays:
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported on Friday 11-21 that few boats have been out over the past few days as the rain came down hard on Wednesday afternoon. Shore fishing has been outstanding. Bullheads are extremely hard to come by, but Loch Lomond has plenty of shiners and mudsuckers for wholesale and retail. Fraser’s excellent book on sturgeon fishing will be released in its 6th edition next week.


Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle said, “Fishing is very good for striped bass with Captain Gordie Hough on the Morningstar putting in 12 limits of striped bass and a dozen leopard shark on Sunday 11-9 after scoring 11 limits of stripers and another dozen leopards on Saturday soaking Loch Lomond bullheads or mudsuckers.” The mudsuckers have been effective for shore fishermen at China Camp or McNear’s Pier with some reporting limits of bass to 33-inches. They have plenty of mudsuckers and shiners in the shop.
Al other party boats have been chasing crabs and rockfish out the Gate and rockfish scores are great and the crabbing is some of the best we have seen since 2011.


Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported Thursday 11-6, “There are loads of bass around, and they biting despite the big tides.” The Brothers, Sisters, Whaling Station, and Red Rock are all good locations for drifting live shiners. He added, “Six-pounds is a big fish right now, but the fishing is damn good.” Few anglers are sitting on the anchor, but Fraser would like to be out near the Pumphouse in San Pablo Bay between 3:00 and 5:30 in the afternoon on the minus outgoing tide with some Loch Lomond frozen mud shrimp on the end of his line. Halibut action continues to be slow with no more reports since the weekend. Shore action at China Camp and from McNear’s Pier has been outstanding with Fraser adding, “It’s better than I ever remember at McNear’s.” They have plenty of live mudsuckers and shiners in the shop with a supply of Loch Lomond frozen mud shrimp.

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Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael called on Thursday 10-23 night, and he was ecstatic about the striper action at the Brothers. He went out on Thursday afternoon with three anglers, and he said, “It was like a hatchery out there,’ catching and releasing up to 50 bass. He added, “The least number of hookups on a drift was two and several times we had three or four fish on with the largest bass to 9-pounds and most in the 22 to 28-inch range.” “It doesn’t get any better,” according to Fraser. They also found bass at the Whaling Station in the flat, glassy conditions. He said, ”Trolling has slowed down, but drifting is incredible.” And of course, Loch Lomond shiners were the bait of choice.
There must be some halibut in the bay near Angel Island with ‘Lights Out’ Sport Fishing posting this photo of action on Thursday. Few anglers are trying for halibut, but there must be some around.

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