The Fish Sniffer - Sturgeon Slow, But Stripers And Halibut Show
Sturgeon Slow, But Stripers And Halibut Show

Written By: David Hurley, March 20, 2014
Species: Halibut Saltwater Sturgeon Saltwater Stripers
Location: Golden Gate, San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay,

Sturgeon fishing remained slow throughout the south and central bay with the normal early spring locations of Bay Farm Island and the Dunbarton Bridge losing momentum from a lack of fish throughout the winter.

However, George Lu at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito was very optimistic about the showing of halibut in the bay, stating, “Willie, the deckhand on the Lovely Martha, reported two halibut on Saturday on the boat, and commercial fishermen are out their trolling for halibut in the south bay and in the Berkeley Flats.” He added, “Striper fishermen are plugging for schoolies in the Richmond Harbor, and shore anglers are soaking anchovies in Hercules, Pinole, or Crockett.”

Pile worms and grass shrimp continued to produce surfperch from the shorelines in Sausalito, Richmond Harbor, and the Alameda Rockwall.

One boat with a supply of live bait is the Happy Hooker who stayed in Berkeley this winter. Captain Jim Smith said, “I know if I can put a trip together, we will find some bass and a few halibut with the live bait.” Smith also is soaking crab gear west of the Golden Gate to sweeten up his bay trips.

If you’re fishing in the Berkeley area, be sure to stop by the Berkeley Marina Sportfishing Center. Ray Niford is running the newly updated store. The store features a full line of bait and fishing gear from manufacturers like Phenix, Avet, Shimano, Diawa, Okuma, P-Line, Shakespeare and Trokar.

Niford takes reservations for several charter boats when they are running such as the California Dawn, Eldorado, Eldorado 3, Golden Eye 2000, Sun Fish, Happy Hooker and New Easy Rider.


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