Stories about local grandpas … who fish, are always best. St Helena angler, Don Green took his grandson Spencer Green from Redwood City fishing for a week in Alaska to celebrate Spencer’s 16th birthday. Fishing out of Jake’s Nushagak Salmon Camp they pounded both kings and sockeyes for seven straight days. Don praised every feature of their accommodations — the guides, lodging (in tents), food and equipment. Check out the team at Nushagak at jakesnushagaksalmoncamp.com/ Tell ’em Don Green sent you.
Full disclosure: my life of fishing started at 6 when my Grandpa Mike Randall took me ice fishing on Worden’s Pond in West Kingston, R.I. Obviously, I got hooked that very day.
All About Kings … Salmon that is. They are on a tear out in the salt. St Helena teenager Liesl Wolf Heinemann scored a 20-pound brute at Duxbury Reef fishing with Napa angler Andrew Dowdell on Captain Roger Thomas’ boat, The Salty Lady. Call Roger for reservations at 415-674-3474 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This catch just accents the best salmon fishing in these parts in years. Go get yours in the salt right now — or join those of us — who suffer from mal de mer — on the Sac in September. We’ll be fishing with pro river guide, Kevin Brock (800- 995-5543).
One hundred and thirty-five bass … in two days on Clear Lake. Yep, in late July, fishing with pro guide Bob Myskey (274-0373) Stan Press and I scored 135 largemouth bass — caught and released. That’s an incredible average of a fish every six minutes. The good news is that they bit at every stop and all day long. Sure they were small — but all legal size. In good habitats like Clear Lake, bass can grow a pound a year. So the huge population of bass here is pushing up to trophy sizes as we speak. Those 3-pounders will be ready for a major battle at five pounds in just two years.
For a year or two now, a couple of old favorite lures have been consistent for us — soft plastic purple Margarita Mutilator straight worms and natural colored Baby Brush Hog lizard copies. Bass fishing is a morning sport; get out early — at daybreak for the first round of action. It will be the best “catching” period of the day. You might have to fish hard all day to equal your catch in the first 90 minutes.
You know that I have great respect for Bob Myskey’s guiding excellence. Here’s another reason to want to fish with him — the truth. When I asked him what the fish thought that wild purple MM III replicated in nature, he said, “I have no idea.” My kind of guide—no crazy story about fish food color preferences.
Stan had the hot rod. At one stop we caught nine bass in a row — and he caught eight of them. I wanted to name him Hot Dog — because he was “on a roll”!
Berryessa TNT Bass Tournaments … have been cancelled for the rest of the season. Stay Tuned; I’ll try to get more information for you.
Fish For Free? … Of course, on Saturday, Sept. 2. This is the second “free day” allowed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) this year when everyone is allowed to fish in California without a fishing license. What a nice opportunity to take some kid fishing for the first time. However, all other Department rules, regulations and restrictions still apply. Check them out at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days .
Out And About No. 1 … was easy this week. Help me give one more round of applause to our own Dylan Martin, the Register’s High School Male Athlete of the Year — and our own Niko Lopez, who was one of the six finalists for that prestigious award. The word that kept coming to my mind as I followed their 2016/2017 careers was “unselfishness.” It can score more victories for a team than almost anything else. Thanks for being my unselfish champions, Dylan and Niko.
No. 2 StreetPiano St. Helena will go live at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 18. Mayor Alan Galbraith will kick off the festivities just south of City Hall at the edge of Lyman Park. Famous pianist, Mike Greensill will play the first official tune on the City’s own StreetPiano. We’ll be joining cities around the country and around the world who are tapping into music to help build community and create a bunch of new smiles on Main Street. Tune up your smile and come on down to join us — plan to sit in to play a tune or two.