CALIFORNIA: Best Striper Action was Around the Brothers and the Brick Yard

Captain Bob Wright after boating limits of rockfish outside the Gate returned to the Bays and put his customers on to 8 stripers and 5 halibut on Saturday and 14 stripers to 15-pounds and one halibut on Sunday 10-9.

I have a bit more detail on Sunday’s catch with Stephanie Medina of Oakland landing the jackpot striper on the 2nd to last drift. She was screaming and jumping around in excitement while fighting the fish, providing a moment of joy for those on board. The best striper action was around the Brothers and the Brick Yard. The halibut was a whopping 22.5-inch fish landed by Steve Smith of Ninilchik, Alaska. Steve along with his brother Chris are both down from the Great Land and will be running the Cal Dawn and or helping out on the Happy Hooker during the upcoming crab and rockfish season while their brother James concentrates on commercial crabbing on his second boat the Mad Dog. The Cal Dawn will be in good hands between deckhand Darren, Chris past owner of the Captain Hook in Emeryville and Steve who is still trying to get use to the size of our local halibut.

Captain Jim Smith will be back at the helm of the Happy Hooker next weekend. The entire family is sticking close together after the passing of their mom Goldie “Greg” this past week.

Kevin Wolf of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “Most boats were on the bay to watch the Fleet Week activities, but the Blue Angels shut it down early on Sunday due to the fog.” There were few boats out fishing in the bay, but some halibut have been taken on Loch Lomond shiners at Red Rock. Bullheads are still working for stripers from the shorelines, and salmon fishing is ‘hit or miss’ at California City with some good days mixed in with the number of slow days.

John Akina of Oyster Point Bait, Tackle, and Deli in South San Francisco reported an occasional halibut has been landed in the Brisbane area, but the big story has been the number of thresher sharks near the Swirl. There is a lot of bait in the area, and anglers are targeting sharks with threshers of 100 and 70-pounds landed this week. A few stripers are in the area, including a 25-incher taken from the pier on Sunday. The pier is mostly producing rays and sharks, and perch fishing has been fair for the few fishermen trying.

Joel Sinkay of Leonard’s Bait in Port Sonoma reported a ‘Red Hot’ striper bite from the Port Sonoma shoreline on Thursday and Friday of last week, but the action slowed a bite on the weekend. The Napa River was also slower over the weekend. Live bullheads or grass shrimp have been the top baits, and Sinkay touts the best spots as Port Sonoma, Sonoma Creek, and China Camp.


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