The Fish Sniffer - Captain Chris Smith Of Captain Hook Sportfishing Back To Northern California
Captain Chris Smith Of Captain Hook Sportfishing Back To Northern California

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 7, 2014
Species: Saltwater Sturgeon Sturgeon Saltwater Stripers Stripers Lingcod Rockfish Saltwater Salmon
Location: Bodega Bay, San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate, San Pablo Bay, Sacramento River- Delta,

Captain Chris Smith Of Captain Hook Sportfishing Back To Northern California
Captain Chris Smith Of Captain Hook Sportfishing Back To Northern California

Captain Jim Smith of Happy Hooker Sportfishing is a living legend when it comes to saltwater sportfishing in northern California. Jim’s three sons, Steve, James and Chris have followed in their father’s footsteps and have become sportfishing legends in their own rite.

James has stuck to his California roots and continues to operate California Dawn Sportfishing out of the Berkeley Marina, while Steve has operated Captain Steve’s Lodge on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula for more than 20 years.

Captain Chris Smith spent many years running his own charter operation out of the Emeryville Marina before moving to Alaska to fish the rich waters of the Cook Inlet. These days after thoroughly exploring the splendor of Alaska, Chris has returned to his California roots.

Chris has picked up a 35 foot vessel, which he’s dubbed the Captain Hook and is now offering six pack trips.

During the winter months he’s birthing his boat in Martinez in order to target sturgeon and stripers in San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay and the West Delta.

As of press time Chris was working San Pablo Bay for sturgeon with great success. So far he’s run three trips. The first yielded limits of sturgeon and the next two produced keepers.

In addition to great fishing anglers can expect to find great eating on the Captain Hook too. Captain Chris has installed a state of the art grill on the boat and grills up a tasty lunch for his clients every day!

Come spring Chris will split his time between live bait potluck fishing inside and outside San Francisco Bay and he may well run up to Bodega for a month or two during the summer to target salmon and big lingcod.

Chris’s knowledge of Norcal’s coastal waters in unsurpassed. He’s a top rate angler and skipper, with a lifetime of experience dating back to his childhood. He’ll be putting his knowledge and experience to work for you as you pursue your angling goals. Beyond that, fishing with Captain Chris is never intimidating or stressful regardless of your level of skill or experience. Chris takes a lighthearted approach to his fishing.

“Fishing is supposed to be fun. We are going to catch plenty of fish on the Captain Hook, but the emphasis will always be on having a fun, safe trip,” Chris asserts.

For more information or to reserve your spot now, give Chris a call at (510) 322-0493.

I will be hosting a Cal Kellogg School of Fishing adventure aboard the Captain Hook on February 21. We’ll be departing from the Martinez Marina and sturgeon and stripers will be the target. I’ll be bringing along a bunch of awesome prizes! Don’t delay, this trip will fill up quickly as there are only 5 spots available!

Back To Reports

Be the first to post a comment

or create an account to add a comment to this article



FishSniffer Links


Newspaper Subscriptions


Website Advertising


Newspaper Print Advertising

Company Information


Reports & Blogs Entry Forms


The contents of this site are for the general information, convenience and entertainment of the public. Neither Fish Sniffer nor any of its principals, staff or representatives shall be liable for any consequential or incidental damages, or inconvenience incurred or experienced, related to these contents, and do not warrant their accuracy or reliability.