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Bragging Rights: Reed Sherman

Napa angler Reed Sherman is happy with his nice halibut.

Local Youth Is Served … Look at this great smile on 12-year-old Napa angler Reed Sherman as he shows us his very nice halibut. He caught it while fishing with his older brother, Jack, who scored a pic in this report back in August. Thanks, Grandma Winnie Phillips.

I’m Feeling Good Vibes … for some positive steps in rebuilding 21st Century recreational opportunities at Berryessa. There is a great historic timeline were you can see the evils of past government bureaucracy with some attention-getting information about possible future progress on the lake. Go online to and read the Sept. 13 “Special Addition.”

Meanwhile, get into some fast fall bass fishing with pro guide Don Paganelli. It’s the time when big bass are chasing baitfish to store up some fat for the winter layover. Call Don at 916-502-FISH.

We’re Trying The Same … at Clear Lake as you read this report. My old and dear friend and former colleague, Doug Roberts, and I are planning to beat the fall pro tournaments and get some big ones before they arrive. We are on the water with pro guide Bob Myskey. Stay tuned. Call Bob at 274-0373 to get some dates.

This Just In … from Captain Craig Hanson on the Argo at Fisherman‘s Wharf. Keep fishing for king salmon right up till the ocean season closure on Oct. 31. True, there will be less fish on tap, but bigger ones – those rod-bending silver bullets that fill a bag with just one fish. You have to hook a 30-plus-pounder to understand the power they have. Here’s what Craig had to say about that: “Patience is the key to fall fishing; it’ll have its ups and downs, but keep fishing and you may be rewarded.”

Not convinced? Look at all of the other pescados on tap. Rockfish action has turned on along the Marin coastline. Stripers are on their annual tear in the SF Bay with lots of school fish in the mix. You want to get that done before the live bait receiver closes Oct. 8. Leopard sharks in calm bay waters are the perfect target for our kids. It’s fun the be the macho guy that subdues a shark. The Argo uses only barbless hooks, so the sharks get to bite again another day. And before you know it, our crab season is scheduled to open Saturday, Oct. 4. That starts the bag-filling season of crab/rockfish combo trips.

The Argo is a newly refitted six-pack that’s perfect for team-building or family trips. It has all of the gadgets you’ll need for a lovely day on the water. The best one is that Craig does all the work. He also throws in tackle, bait and fish cleaning no extra charge. Call him at 415-361-7757 to make a date. By the way, it’s not too early to consider some Argo gift certificates for the coming holidays. Remember, one size fits all.

Meanwhile, Up In Bodega Bay … the Hot Sheet said that salmon were still holding off of Ten Mile Beach but you needed “cooperative” weather to access them. Halibut were in the mix there, but the big news was that the New Sea Angler found bluefin tuna on a pelagic bird trip near Cordell Banks. Listen to Captain Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler (875-3344): “We were out 30 miles southwest of the harbor on a pelagic bird trip along the edge of Cordell Banks, and my deckhand landed a large bluefin on a Zucker. Two years ago, we found the bluefin on a bird trip, and the action lasted for two months with mako shark, albacore, and bluefin. The water is 63.5 degrees and cobalt blue, and I marked what I believe were albacore three different times on this trip, but we couldn’t get them to come up to the surface for the feathers.”

Look at Rick’s Friday trip last week for the perfect description of a combo trip. They boated full rockfish limits all around for 15 anglers; that’s 150 fish. Eight lings to 20 pounds and 25 salmon to 24 pounds – or a total of 183 fish.

California Delta … is showing its annual passage of salmon seeking colder water up in the Feather and American. Dedicated Delta salmon guys are catching their share as they pass through. Sylvia Viera at Viera’s Riverside Resort near Isleton (916-777-6661) told us the biggest of the season there so far was a 31 pound fattie.

Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said cooler evening temperatures have helped the smallmouth bite. They are chasing flukes on a scrounger head or DDO crank baits along the rocks. And, he’s expecting stripers to move into Montezuma, where Nelson Vineyard caught and released a 40-inch, 26-pound striped bass on a live mud sucker in shallow water. Thanks, Nelson for releasing the big fish.

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