September 27, 2016    Headlines

Central Bay Halibut & Salmon

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley
Very few boats are fishing inside the bay for anything but leopard sharks, and Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker said, “Normally the months of September, October, and even into November are really good for bay bass, and these used to be some of the best months.” The bass are in San Pablo Bay in droves, but in the wise words of Keith Fraser – they are miniscule.
Captain Gordie Hough of the Morningstar out of Loch Lomond is one of the only boats working the bay, and he picked up three halibut along with a striper and a few rockfish over the weekend.
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported  Sunday 9-25 there was a breeze out of the northeast until 2:00 p.m., and the heat set in when the breeze died. He said, “California City is worth a shot for salmon, and the action has been better there than in the last 5 to 6 years. A 20 pounder was landed there on Sunday, and I think it is worth a shot. Halibut fishing is good, but the stripers are still small, and I wonder if we will get our normal ‘World Series’ striper bite in San Pablo Bay.”
Leopard shark continue to be abundant around Buoy 5 in San Pablo Bay and near Candlestick Park with frozen midshipmen. Loch Lomond has all varieties of live bait with the exception of ghost shrimp and bullheads along with frozen midshipmen.

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait in San Rafael reported Friday 9-22 a few salmon are coming out of California City at the top of the tide, and Ross Peterson, formerly of Stockton, landed a 12 pounder and lost another fish at the boat on Wednesday. He said, “It has been horribly windy the past few days, and although Cal City was relatively calm, you had to buck it back to our harbor. Loch Lomond is stocked with bait for the weekend with live grass shrimp, live anchovies, live mudsuckers, live shiners, live pile worms, and frozen midshipmen.
Shark fishing remains good right outside the harbor near Buoy 5 in 30 feet of water. Lots of small stripers are moving through San Pablo bay on their annual migrattion and the action will only improve in the coming weeks.

Great News! Water Contractors Pull Their Petition to Destroy Bass and Striper Fishery
If you were prepared to head up to Folsom on Thursday to be present at the Fish and Game Commission meeting regarding the petition for the so-called ‘Coalition for the Sustainable Delta’s’ desire to lower the size limit and raise the bag limit for striped and largemouth bass has been withdrawn by the organization. Thanks to the efforts of Dick Pool and Water4Fish, John Buettler of the Allied Fishing Groups, Sep Hendrickson of the California Sportsman’s Radio Show, Roger Mammon of the California Striped Bass Association, Kent Brown of Ultimate Bass, and so many others in the bass fishing world– the ‘Coalition’ decided it would be better to retreat than to be publicly humiliated by a defeat of their petition. Thanks to everyone who sent letters and signed the petitions as our collective efforts have been heard. Let’s see what their next move is, and it is as important as ever to stay involved since the fight for water will only get harder as our resources continue to become limited.  Thanks everyone!

Allied Fishing Groups: There is no need to go to the The California Fish and Game Commission meeting set for this Thursday (the 25th)!  The Commission has announced the that the Coalition for Sustainable Delta, California Chamber of Commerce, California Farm Bureau Federation, Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Northern California Water Association, San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, Southern California Water Committee, State Water Contractors, and Western Growers have withdrawn their petition number 2016-011 (striped and black bass regulations).

As you may recall from our previous emails on this subject, David Ostrach and I sent in 4 AFG exhibits to the Commission regarding
1) CFGC Code Responsibilities and Public Trust Law requirements to protect and sustainably manage striped bass and black bass in the Bay-Delta estuary.
2) The Petition’s failure to comply with Code requirements to use peer-reviewed science in decision making.
3) SWP and CVP fish loss estimates.
4) the history of efforts to destroy the striped bass fishery. These exhibits are on our web site thanks to Dave Studeman’s efforts to keep everyone informed. 

We’ve been advised that the Commission staff recommended not supporting the CSD’s ( proposed regulation changes. The Commission also received several thousand letter and petitions in opposition. 

John Buettler

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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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