Tips & Tactics
Modern Sturgeon Fishing
Modern Sturgeon Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 16, 2015
Species:Sturgeon,

Over the past decade the Northern California sturgeon fishing scene has changed a great deal. There have been far reaching changes in regulations, new tackle and new baits. And based on my observations even the attitudes of sturgeon anglers have changed.

Sturgeon enthusiasts these days are...

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Bank Anglers Should Score Well During Trout Anglers Challenge Event At San Pablo Reservoir
Bank Anglers Should Score Well During Trout Anglers Challenge Event At San Pablo Reservoir

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 4, 2015
Species:Trout,

During the winter and early spring month bank anglers often compete with boaters and at times surpass boaters success when it comes to tempting strikes from reservoir trout.

Trout tend to gravitate to the shoreline during the cold months, putting them on a collision course with the offering of...

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Braided Line: Changing The Face Of Fishing Forever!
Braided Line: Changing The Face Of Fishing Forever!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 2, 2015
Species:N/A,

The Fish Sniffer puts out a magazine every two weeks. Most of us work from home offices, but on “production day”, you’ll find us all at Fish Sniffer Headquarters. All of us check the draft of the upcoming edition, submit changes and then wait for the final proof to come back.

Sometimes it only...

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Soft Bait Bass Options!
Soft Bait Bass Options!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, January 16, 2015
Species:Bass,

Artificial softbaits are deadly weapons for bass of all stripes, including largemouths and smallmouths. Always a threat, their combination of lifelike feel, profile and action triggers strikes when other baits won't.

Throw a bass-busting cocktail of scents and flavors into the mix like no other...

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Bank Fishing: Hooking Reservoir Trout When The Water Turns Murky Or Cold
Bank Fishing: Hooking Reservoir Trout When The Water Turns Murky Or Cold

Written By: Cal Kellogg, January 5, 2015
Species:Trout,

In terms of rain and snow the 2014/15 winter is off to a rip roaring start. If things keep going the way they have been, trouters and other anglers should be enjoying full reservoirs and briskly flowing streams come spring. But alas everything comes with a trade off.

These days heavy rain and...

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Catching Those Winter Bass
Catching Those Winter Bass

Written By: Randy Pringle, December 9, 2014
Species:Bass,

Although it might be cold, bass fishing at this time of year can be good. You must approach winter bass with an open mind. The weather can change instantly from fog to sun to wind and then here comes the rain. 

If you’re smart, you’ll prepare yourself for fishing in the face of all these...

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Basics For The Bank Bound Trouter
Basics For The Bank Bound Trouter

Written By: Cal Kellogg, December 9, 2014
Species:Trout,

Prospecting the waters of a lake or reservoir for trout from a boat decked out with downriggers and the latest electronics can be both productive and exciting. However, there is something inherently satisfying about successfully targeting trout from the bank.

Bank fishing by its very nature is...

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Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!
Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 24, 2014
Species:N/A,

As anglers and hunters we have tons of gear, rods and rifles, boats and ATVs, lines, lures, bullets and more. Depending on what activity you’re doing, everything I’ve listed so far is “core gear” meaning it is central to completing the challenge at hand.

Since you’re reading The Fish Sniffer...

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Spinning With Braid!
Spinning With Braid!

Written By: Mark Fong, November 13, 2014
Species:Bass,

At one time in the not so distant past, monofilament fishing line was the gold standard of finesse anglers. With the advent of castable fluorocarbon, monofilament soon lost favor. As innovative anglers continually push the envelope in search of new and better ways to catch fish, Tour Pros are...

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Steelhead Anyone?
Steelhead Anyone?

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 10, 2014
Species:Steelhead,

Have you ever caught a steelhead? If the answer to this question is no, you need to catch one ASAP. If you’ve caught one, you know why the guys who haven’t should!

When I hear the word steelhead, I think of super charged savage power. If sturgeon are the monster trucks of the fresh water...

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The Fine Points Of Bay Area Live Bait Fishing
The Fine Points Of Bay Area Live Bait Fishing

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 28, 2015
Species:Halibut, Saltwater Stripers,

Both halibut and stripers are showing in San Francisco Bay and there is already a substantial amount of bait in the form of anchovy schools holding beyond and just inside the Golden Gate.

This all adds up to one thing, early indications are that 2015 is going to be one of the best live bait...

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Braided Line: Changing The Face Of Fishing Forever!
Braided Line: Changing The Face Of Fishing Forever!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 2, 2015
Species:N/A,

The Fish Sniffer puts out a magazine every two weeks. Most of us work from home offices, but on “production day”, you’ll find us all at Fish Sniffer Headquarters. All of us check the draft of the upcoming edition, submit changes and then wait for the final proof to come back.

Sometimes it only...

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Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!
Gizmos, Gadgets And Comfort Gear For Anglers And Hunters!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 24, 2014
Species:N/A,

As anglers and hunters we have tons of gear, rods and rifles, boats and ATVs, lines, lures, bullets and more. Depending on what activity you’re doing, everything I’ve listed so far is “core gear” meaning it is central to completing the challenge at hand.

Since you’re reading The Fish Sniffer...

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The Art Of Knife Sharpening
The Art Of Knife Sharpening

Written By: Cal Kellogg, August 18, 2014
Species:N/A,

“A dull knife is a dangerous knife.”… When I was a youngster this old saying confused me. In theory, how could a dull knife be more dangerous than a sharp knife?

In practice the answer is simple. With a sharp knife you can perform jobs with minimum pressure and maximum control. A dull knife...

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Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?
Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg, July 12, 2014
Species:River Salmon, Saltwater Salmon, Kokanee, Trout, Lingcod,

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the going gets tough or when big fish are the objective, I typically reach past the artificials and rig up with natural baits.

For example, if I’m after a derby...

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Surf Striper Lures
Surf Striper Lures

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, July 11, 2014
Species:Saltwater Stripers,

It wasn't too long ago (or so it seems to old guys like me!) that surf fishing for stripers was a "manly" sort of endeavor.

The ten to thirteen foot fiberglass rods coupled with reels capable of holding 250 - 350 yards of 30 pound monofilament line were quite weighty, and it took a bit of...

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Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!
Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, April 2, 2014
Species:Halibut,

Ask Bay Area saltwater enthusiasts what their favorite gamefish is and you’ll get several different answers. Some guys will point to the chinook salmon that traditionally roam the waters outside the Golden Gate. Others will name the voracious lingcod that lurk amongst coastal reefs. Still...

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How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner
How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 25, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

The conditions were ideal. It was late summer and a dense fog hung over the dark water. The groundswell was low and the surface was dotted with hundreds of marine birds. The screen of the sonar unit was cluttered with yellow and red masses punctuated by multiple arches indicating tightly...

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Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!
Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, March 23, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

Designed and produced by successful fishermen, Hot Spot’s deadly trolling approaches have been proven to catch more and bigger salmon time and time again. The Hot Spot trolling system was originally developed with for commercial salmon anglers.

Rigging techniques and tricks provide the vital...

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Using The Right Jig
Using The Right Jig

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, March 23, 2014
Species:Rockfish,

Jig fishing for rockfish off of our coast shouldn't be such a difficult thing to do. After all, aren't rockfish the dumb blonds of the fishing world?

Aren't these fish so stupid and unrefined that anybody at any time can catch a limit without even trying? Aren't these fish so easy to catch that...

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