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post #1 of 62
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Hi all,



I was wondering if it's worth it to head out to San Pablo Bay for some shore fishing. I've only been fishing since late July of last year and from what I know, the Stripers don't start coming back into San Pablo Bay until late April.



That said, does anyone know what's usually hitting in San Pablo Bay around the shores around this time of the year?



Thanks all,

Mike
post #2 of 62
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Originally Posted by Mikhael Kampana View Post
Hi all,

I was wondering if it's worth it to head out to San Pablo Bay for some shore fishing. I've only been fishing since late July of last year and from what I know, the Strippers don't start coming back into San Pablo Bay until late April.

That said, does anyone know what's usually hitting in San Pablo Bay around the shores around this time of the year?

Thanks all,
Mike
OHHH, Don't worry about the "Strippers", their ALWAYS around!!!!....just bring lot's of 1 dollar bills & condoms...Seriously,,,,excellent time to fish S.P.B...right NOW!!!....All the recent rains & severe rut-off has pushed the stripers from delta waters into S.P.B. It's no secret that the Rodeo Shoreline & China Camp areas are excellent shore fishing spots. A good source for information is "Loch Lomond Bait" in San Rafael. Give them a call....tell them Mike 415 sent you....don't be surprised if they HANG UP!!!.......Mark
post #3 of 62
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Originally Posted by California Caster View Post
OHHH, Don't worry about the "Strippers", their ALWAYS around!!!!....just bring lot's of 1 dollar bills & condoms...Seriously,,,,excellent time to fish S.P.B...right NOW!!!....All the recent rains & severe rut-off has pushed the stripers from delta waters into S.P.B. It's no secret that the Rodeo Shoreline & China Camp areas are excellent shore fishing spots. A good source for information is "Loch Lomond Bait" in San Rafael. Give them a call....tell them Mike 415 sent you....don't be surprised if they HANG UP!!!.......Mark



Ugh, what a newbie mistake, thanks for catching it Mark . And thanks for the information, I didn't realize the rain we've been having could affect the Stripers!
post #4 of 62
Hey Mike,
CC's advice is great for either tail wagger. If a want the inside scoop, do use the Mike415 hook up when ya give keith a call, but tell 'em Mike is sending ya to buy a gold reel and to make his final payment for the case of trout crack. I'm a hater cause I don't got one gold reel.

I thought last year was a strange year for stripers. This year is off to an even stranger start. Yea, Mike, they're in the bay,,,Right now. I think CC is right about the weather pushing 'em out and we got a whole bunch of that same weather coming all week. As long as the weather doesn't spike hard for an extended period, it could be epic. Get out there, explore, hunt and fish and you're gonna get rewarded.
post #5 of 62
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Thanks slowpirun. I remember reading that last year's Striper season was strange. My buddy and I went out to SPB many times July through December, and it was dead as dead can be. I think we caught a grand total of 4 Stripers in 15 trips . Hopefully it'll be better this year.
post #6 of 62
Lots of small bass around. Throw rattle traps, swimbaits or hair raisors around high tide. For bait, grass, ghost or anchovies.
post #7 of 62
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Lots of small bass around. Throw rattle traps, swimbaits or hair raisors around high tide. For bait, grass, ghost or anchovies.



Thanks Mike!



Just curious, but I've never had luck with any of my lures. I've used rattle traps and hair-risers, but nary a catch. Of course, the area where I fish from has no structures at all and the water can get pretty muddy. But is there any technique involved?
post #8 of 62
Steady retrieve with a pop every few cranks. Moving water and structure is what you need. You can't catch fish if the fish aren't there in the first place You can still pick up fish in areas like you mentioned but usually you need some kind of structure to hold them in an area.
post #9 of 62
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Steady retrieve with a pop every few cranks. Moving water and structure is what you need. You can't catch fish if the fish aren't there in the first place You can still pick up fish in areas like you mentioned but usually you need some kind of structure to hold them in an area.



A ten spot says there is not a fish one in any of the areas of SPB he mentioned.
post #10 of 62
I'll take that bet, but we'd have to make it worth more than 10.
post #11 of 62
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A ten spot says there is not a fish one in any of the areas of SPB he mentioned.



Post reported! Stop trying to derail every thread



Besides, how would you know? You're just like Cal. You don't even fish just like to talk about it
post #12 of 62
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A ten spot says there is not a fish one in any of the areas of SPB he mentioned.



Haha, fish come through here...they just don't stay in the area . A bit off topic, but we get something monstrous come through from time to time, like the thing that half dragged my buddy into the water and ended up snapping his 50 lbs line.
post #13 of 62
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Haha, fish come through here...they just don't stay in the area . A bit off topic, but we get something monstrous come through from time to time, like the thing that half dragged my buddy into the water and ended up snapping his 50 lbs line.



Probably a Narwhal
post #14 of 62
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Steady retrieve with a pop every few cranks. Moving water and structure is what you need. You can't catch fish if the fish aren't there in the first place You can still pick up fish in areas like you mentioned but usually you need some kind of structure to hold them in an area.



Thanks Mike, I appreciate the advice. I will say that part of the area has a thick grove of reeds that get partially covered during high tide. I haven't fished that area yet, but do you think Stripers would tend to hang around areas like that vs the open water?
post #15 of 62
Well, if theres bait and water movement thats the key really. If these reeds provide a current break and have baitfish hanging around, go for it. Theres a place (not in SPB but in southern SF bay) that also has submerged reeds at high tide, and I've seen bass banging through the reeds chasing stuff. Key thing is moving water.
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