Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fishing Report December 8, 2008

Friday I went out by myself, filled up the tank, got minnows so I would be ready for Saturday morning. I fished for about three hours and only caught four bass. Two were caught on brass and glass by the boat docks as I threw into the empty slips and two were caught by structure. It was a tough bite. My fishing buddy wanted to go out for trout while I waited for him to come down I caught two trouts at the dock on the surface chasing minnows with a minus lure. The water was 57.5 degrees and there was a difinite chill in the air. We headed straight towards the narrows and we trolled from the boulders pass the ski school with not even one bite. I trolled a minus lure on one end and a repala that went down six to eight feet in a shad color on the other end with no luck. My buddy threw to shore a top water lure and no blow ups. The water was like glass not even a ripple but no fish breaking on the top. I met Barney and Ed and they were fishing with a minnow and a split shot on the bottom and they only caught one bass. I told them to follow me to my favorite cove and let's see if we can change your luck. There was a slight drift and they started at one end and came towards me. Their first fish that they picked up at the point was an 8 - 10 lb catfish. They did the drift again and caught a trout and a bass. Then they came to us where the markers were and I told them that was where the crappies were they saw them on their screen but they had to leave. They caught all their fish in the shadow and let me tell you if it was cool in the sun it was cold in the shadows but they said it was worth it and thanked me for bringing them there and showing them this new spot (see photo). I caught a 10 lb catfish on mackerel which is a great bait for cats. 'til next weekend..................................................good fishing!!!! If you have any stories you would like to share please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Fishing Report December 1, 2008

The past two weeks I fished out of Emeryville. The first time on the "C-Gull" and this last week on the "Salmon Queen". These are rock cod combos trips meaning that we go for rock cod and crabs. This last week we only got two crabs per person but the week before we lucked out at six per person. I think they will continue the combos but it will be sanddabs and crabs. For reservations you can call 510-654-6040. There is plenty of parking space available. I also fished on the "Hula Cat" out of Half Moon Bay and we caught crabs and rock fish his number is 650-619-0459. I plan to be at Berryessa this coming weekend and look forward to catching some good size bass and cats. 'til next week............................................good fishing!!!!!! If you have any stories to share please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

Fishing Report November 17, 2008

I got to the lake late Friday evening and prepared to take my friend Craig and his daughters Cady and Tiye for an outing on
Saturday. They arrived at around noon on Saturday and we trolled towards my favorite cove. Tiye hooked onto a fish using
a fire tiger crankbait and she brought it almost all the way to the boat but needed a little help from her dad. Her sister Cady
helped in netting the fish which was a nice bass about 1.5 lbs. Next Cady hooked onto a 2 lb. bass and Tiye and her dad helped
net it. The girls thought it was so easy catching fish I decided to take them to a spot where I knew fish were holding to this
tree in twenty-seven feet of water. Using four pound test line, a small hook and a slitshot about nine inches up we lowered a
minnow down towards the bottom and brought it up slowly. Tiye oked up to a 2.5 pound spotted bass. The rod bent all the
way over and I thought she and the rod would go over board. But with help from her sister and dad they managed to land
the bass. Cady also landed a nice size bass at that spot. They limited out in the two hours we fished and had a great time.
When we got back to the dock they wouldn't hold the fish for pictures so I held it for them (see photo). Sunday morning I
took Greg out for a few hours. We started out at around eight in the morning and went to the same spot I had fished with
the girls the day before. Greg got hit by a nice size bass which weighted aprox. 3.5 to 4 pounds as he was bringing it to the
boat and was within an arms reach of it, I told him not to lift the head out of the water but unfortunately I was too late and
the fish spit the hook out and took off. We all know that feeling!!!! Greg did land some nice size bass having learned his
lesson but none as big as the one that got away. Tom, who I guided in the past, came into the cove and showed me his
Cobalt boat that he rigged for fishing. I told him to try trolling at Big Island and he called me later in the day and told me
that trolling worked for him. It appears that the best way to cover a lot of ground is to troll while you look for bait fish or
some other sign of fish activity. 'til next week................................................................good fishing!!!!!!!!!! If you would like to share any fishing stories please email me at
or call me at 650-583-3333.

Fishing Report October 26, 2008

This past Friday I took Tom out for the day. We headed out towards the ranch house at first light.
We trolled from the Narrows towards the two points at the Ranch house. There was no surface
activity in fact the water was very calm almost too calm. It stayed that way most of the day. We
could see the bass but catching them was a different story. We tried everything but could not entice
them to bite until we tried a River2Sea jerk bait which finally produced a few small bass. We trolled to
the vineyards and being the water is so low we saw a lot of structure which should be helpful in the
future. It was a real slow day for us. On Saturday it improved a little more but not much. Albert and
I had a little more luck trolling. Albert landed a brown trout as we were heading out of the marina and
sure enough as we were heading back into the marina he landed another nice trout. We tried our crappie
tree that had been successful last weekend but to no avail. My friend Al from Pacifica called me and
told me he had nine bites on Friday and landed four and on Saturday he caught fourteen bass on jigs fishing
Putah Creek along the points. Sunday I took his advice and went out for a few hours and ended up landing
six bass, two using brass & glass with a watermelon black fleck senko with six pound Pline and Procure crawdad
scent, two on a River2Sea crawdad and two on floating tube bait with splitshot. All my bass were caught on
the bottom using a very slow retrieve. There was no surface activity around me all day. It was a tough
weekend but still had a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy the photos. 'til next week..................good fishing!!!!! If you have any stories you would like to share please email me at> or call me at 650-583-3333.

Fishing Report October 20, 2008

Sunday I fished with the two J's. We headed out at first light (it was cold!!!) across the lake
towards the ranch house heading to the vineyards. I put my boat on automatic pilot and she (J1)
caught her first bass on crankbait. She fished the front of the boat casting top water with no
success. Meanwhile J2 was fishing off the back of the boat with jerk bait and landed a nice size
bass. When we got to the point he fished with a River2Sea crawdad and had a fish on his line without
knowing it because it was swimming towards the boat he landed that one easily. The vineyards, being
the lake is so low, did not show a lot of activity. As we crossed towards Big Island we found a lot of
birds and balls of bait. The fish were all between 35 and 45 feet deep. As we headed back towards
home we stopped at a spot I call the 'crappie tree' and put out two markers. We fished between the
two markers and ended up with some large crappies.bsp; As J1 was jigging for crappie she landed a nice
salmon. The day before Albert and I had fished this same spot and every drift we had picked up fish.
Dario and his family wanted to catch catfish. For the first hour or so he was a little disappointed but
after his next two fish which were a fifteen pounder and a ten pounder he had a smile from ear to ear.
He used hotdogs for bait. It was a good fishing weekend and we ended up catching a hodge-podge of
different fish which made it interesting. 'til next week......................................good fishing!!!!!! If you have any fishing stories you would like to share please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.

Fishing Report October 7, 2008

Friday morning I took Roger and his grandsons Austin and Mackenna out for a day of fishing. It was
a cold overcast morning and stayed that way most of the day. We headed out towards the
vineyards stopping along the way at some key points. Mackenna who is eight landed the first
fish which weighted approx. 2.5 pounds. He also brought in the second fish that weighted almost
2 pounds. Austin (who turned 12 that day) landed the third and fourth fish. Both boys did very
well for the day. Roger really didn't get much of a chance to fish since he was busy taking pictures
of the boys reeling in their fish and netting them. That evening I went into my favorite cove which
is slowly drying up and only threw top water with no luck whatsoever. Saturday I went to my cove
again and caught some nice bass on suspended baits by River2Sea and again no hits on top water.
Saturday evening I fished th my buddy Albert for awhile and caught a six pound catfish. Sunday
my friend Steve and I headed out at first light toward the Ranch House. As we trolled towards the
vineyards we tried top water baits along the way with no response at all. Steve caught some bass
with the River2Sea suspended bait which also landed a couple of trout (see photo). Sunday turned
out to be a tough day of fishing. We would see fish break, throw into the boil with no rewards.
Most fish we saw on the screen were suspended. It was still a great weekend of fishing and should
only get better. 'til next week............................................good fishing!!!!!!!! If you have any fishing stories you would like to share please email me
at or call me at 650-583-3333.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fishing Report September 29, 2008

On Friday I headed out of Steele Park and at the point across from Spanish Flat I noticed lots of bait action. I decided the time was right to try some top water lures. I threw a white and chartreuse chugger and on my third cast towards the rocky shoreline in about ten feet of water I got smacked by a 2+ pound bass. What a great feeling!!!!!! I love that top water bite. I continued to work the shoreline into the cove and I continued to land some nice size bass. The bass seem to be more aggressive to the crankbaits then to the worm that I have been dragging. Saturday I went out with Albert in the late afternoon. We have been fishing together off and on for the last couple of weekends and poor Albert was not having too much luck. Well he made up for it Saturday by catching a 3 pound crappie and I caught an 8.5 pound catfish and Albert was just fed up with me (he loves catfish) so I told him you can't give up. We stayed at the dock after dark and it paid off big time for Albert, he ended up landing a 16 pound 11 ounce CATFISH!!!!! (see photo) Needless to say he was beyond happy he had always wanted to catch at least a 10 pound fish (any fish!!!) so he was thrilled. Sunday I trolled for awhile with no luck. All in all it was a pretty good weekend and I am just over-joyed for Albert. Friday I had kept a couple of the bass and I had them in a cooler on ice in front of my cabin. During the night raccoons helped themselves to a fish feast and didn't leave any for me. To add insult to injury, they ate the fish on my golf cart and left scales all over the floor. I guess they needed the fish more than I did and I hope they enjoyed it.
'til next week................................................good fishing!!!!!!!! If you have any stories you would like to share please email me at or call me at 650-583-3333.