Finally Something To Say… about the Clear Lake bass bite. The average bass count caught and released on pro guide Bob Myskey’s last five trips was 26.9 a day. In my earlier three trips there this late winter, we caught an average of just three bass a day.Of course, the calendar and the thermostat are both helping to improve this bite. I look for it to bust out during the April full moon on the 29th. We’ve got eight spring or summer days booked on Clear Lake. Call Bob at 274-0373 to get in on this top season. A special trip is the best graduation or Father’s Day present you can give to loved ones.
And, In Close By Waters… monster stripers and sturgeon are on the chew in the Napa River. Smart anglers using reaction lures are fooling big bass at Hennessy – and Berryessa is still giving up black bass to plastic lures fished on points and shallow spots.
Here’s a good one reported by Peter Kilkus in his newest issue of the Lake Berryessa News at lakeberryessanews.com. The Lake Berryessa Boat and Jet Ski Rentals shop has an agreement with the Spanish Flat Country Store and Deli to provide drone food delivery services to quiet spots along the west shore. Sounds neat; gotta try it.
In The Salt?… Lots of transitional situations; muddy water, gale wind days and seasonal changes. Chief among them are the wait for the local rockfish opener on April 15—and the as yet unknown king salmon opener. Halibut are filling in along with a bunch of sharks as the San Francisco Bay live bait arrival has been applauded. Now is the time to ask very specific questions when talking about a guide trip booking.
Come On Up Here… to St. Helena next Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and join the naturalists for a hike to learn more about the birds at Bothe Napa Valley State Park. The guides will be at the Redwood trail head at 10 a.m. and lead groups on easy and moderate level hikes along Ritchey Creek and into the canyons of the local park to learn more about the birds that inhabit the area. More details are at bit.ly/2GUZssT.
The Ocean State… Yep, that’s the official nickname of my home state, Rhode Island. Little Rhody is the smallest state in the union at just 37 miles wide by 48 miles long, but anglers everywhere will be glad to learn that its shoreline on Narragansett Bay in the Atlantic Ocean runs for 400 miles. Looks like they could wrap the shoreline around the whole state about 10 times.
We fished for an abundance of salt water fish topped off with fresh, pink lobsters every morning. Have a look at some big fish caught in R.I., with their weights and years they were caught:
*White shark, 2,909 pounds, 1991
*Blue Fin Tuna, 1,142 pounds, 1981
*Mako Shark, 718 pounds, 1993
*Blue Marlin, 678 pounds, 2006
*Tiger Shark, 597 pounds, 1990
*Wahoo, 80 pounds, 2002
*Striped Bass, 76 pounds, 2008
*Cod, 71 pounds, 1995
Why all of this East Coast stuff? Our University of Rhode Island has had a strong undergraduate oceanography program leading up to post graduate steps to a Masters and PhD at the Graduate School of Oceanography. These are centered in the Bay Campus right on the edge of Narragansett Bay.
It is here that an interesting “Town and Gown” project is in full bloom. I thought you’d be interested when I learned it was about increasing our stocks of salmon. Most professional voices on the subject say that humans will need to find more of their proteins and greens in the ocean. Here’s how it is going down: Alumnus Peter Mottur, an aquaculture entrepreneur buttonholed URI Fisheries Professor Terry Bradley to talk about the need to build tuna stocks massively and quickly.
They think they have found the way to do it efficiently. Raising yellowtail tuna in tanks is the answer. Why yellowtails? They can and will adapt to aquiculture much more easily than bluefins. As you can guess, they have hit many obstacles – but are moving closer to a workable system. I’ll keep you posted.
Unconnected, but incredibly coincidental, you can hear a “Sea of Change Panel Discussion – Sustainable Seafood and Bay Area Watersheds.“ from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, April 7, at Copia. It’s the latest installment of “Conversations at Copia.” The walk-around reception features Napa Green Certified wines and sustainable seafood. Cost is $35 per person. More details are at bit.ly/2GWOUt1.
I Have Written This Disclaimer… to you every year since I started my “Fishing Is My Day Job” column in the St. Helena Star way back in 2002, “I Pay Retail – Just Like You Do.” So I hope you know how important it is to me.
How could you trust my recommendations for goods, services and outfitters if you thought I was getting spiffed to say some nice words about them? Right, you couldn’t. I like to recommend things that make having fun outdoors easier for readers. I have had vendors offer me spiffs. When I told them my policy, two of them said, “Just don’t tell your readers you got spiffed.” That’s a crappy way to live. Can I guarantee that every item/service will be perfect for you? Nope, so tell me if you are ever disappointed.