August 18, 2014    Headlines

Central Bay Butts and Basses

The Bays:
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported Sunday 8-17 relatively slow halibut fishing in the bay with Captain Gordie Hough of the Morningstar putting in two halibut to 23-inches at Paradise before heading outside of the Gate for limits of rockfish in Diablo Cove. He said, “It was windy on Saturday, but it was calm on Sunday until 10:30 a.m., but overall the wind wasn’t bad by our recent standards.” There have been few anglers inside of the bay over the past two to three weeks since the salmon started to appear outside of the Gate. California City will become a more and more viable option over the next few weeks. The tides are good for both halibut and stripers throughout the week, and the shiner supply remains consistent.


On Thursday 8-14 Bob at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito reported anglers are casting swimbaits from the San Pablo Bay shoreline near Crockett and Hercules for school-sized striped bass. Most anglers continue to have salmon fever, and they are purchasing tray herring or anchovies for the Marin coast. Bay Tackle has pile worms, blood worms, and a few bullheads in the shop.
Victor Le at Phuy Quy Bait and Supply in Oakland confirmed the striper bite in San Pablo Bay, and he added Pinole and further upstream at Martinez as good locations for the linesides with pile worms or bullheads. They will be receiving a shipment of worms on Thursday and have a good supply of grass shrimp and bullheads. Tray herring and anchovies are the top sellers with the high interest in salmon fishing.
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “At least the wind isn’t blowing,” referring to Wednesday afternoon. There have been few anglers in the bay during the period of minus tides and wind, but the minus tides ended on Wednesday, and Fraser predicted happy times are on the horizon.
Chris Smith of the ‘Captain Hook’ switched things up from his normal salmon and potluck trips to score leopard sharks on Monday, adding two seven-gills to the mix. They also released a number of keeper leopards.

Keeping Up With the Smiths'

We so often talk about the exploits of Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker and his two sons James on the Cal Dawn and Chris on his new six pack Captain Hook. There is another well known son, Steve who has been fishing the waters of Cook Inlet off Ninilchik Alaska for the past 26 years. Captain Steve's Lodge setup is one of the best on the entire Kenai peninsula. They have 12 private rooms all with their own baths, top shelf meals where you will enjoy a full breakfast spread, custom lunch boxes made to your order and incredible dinners.
Pictured left: many readers may recognize that party boat captain of Bay Area fame, Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker showing off two 20 + pound yelloweye rockfish caught with his son Steve.
Steve's specialty is all salt water species and his favorite targets are pacific halibut, monster lings (Steve's boat has held the world record for 5 years) salmon and rockfish. There are local rivers where guests can chase king, sockeye and silver salmon or catch a fly out as well. Steve ruined this writer over a decade ago and after spending several seasons fishing with Steve I had to buy a vacation home in the area. I still fish with Steve 6 to 8 times per year and I can honestly say that Steve is one of the most professional, instinctive anglers I know. Despite many chances I have yet to break the 200 mark on halibut but I have landed several lings in the 55 to 65 pound class and have enjoyed some epic clamming, rockfish, silver and king action with Steve.
Whether is you are looking to fish Alaska for the first time or the tenth I suggest you give Steve and his wife LeAnn a call. They still have some dates available for the 2014 season.

The following dates are still open for up to six people. There are other dates open for groups of two to four anglers but spots are limited. All these dated can be shortened depending on anglers wishes.
Arrive August 9th fish the 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th and depart on the 15th.
Arrive August 27, 28 or 29 and depart September 1
Please call 907 567-1043 for details and availability

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