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Christian's Report, October 4, 2017

We are in a typical fall fishing pattern one week fishing is on fire like the 4th of July the next week not so much. It does not matter what fishing is like (well it does sort of) when the river is mirror glass and there is not a breath of wind, you need to take a chance that fishing will be good as is the case today Wednesday October 4th.


Most of the TV weather forecasters are predicting warmer days by this coming weekend which translates into more flat calm mirror glass days by this weekend


Our business at the launching ramp was brisk last weekend so was the fish cleaning business at the cleaning station located near the lawn area at our harbor.


I want to thank all of you who cleaned your stripers and salmon at our cleaning station last weekend because all of those carcasas will end up being hanging bait for my crab traps at Bodega Bay in exactly one month from today (the proposed opening of the sport crab season will be Saturday November 4th at 0001 hrs) unless the regulations change.


Perhaps the most exciting news is there was a pretty hot bite for salmon out in front of the Antioch Marina this past weekend. One boat that launched from here headed down to the Antioch Marina and was back by 1100 am in the morning with four stripers and four salmon.


As the story goes there were about four boats fishing along the rock wall at the Antioch Marina between the harbor opening and the dock. The salmon bite heated up and then there ended up being about fifty boats fishing that same area for salmon.


This past week I observed shad boiling in the harbor up in the corner just past the gas dock. That is always a good sign of life. Perhaps some fresh run stripers were pushing the shad into the corner for dinner!


There was a sea lion chasing salmon in the harbor earlier this week. That is the only reason the fur bags show up in the harbor. Sometimes we even get a tired sea lion that will rest for a few hours on one of our open berths. He did not get the memo that this is not pier 39.


I saw at least one sturgeon being cleaned at the cleaning station last week. It measured 56 – inches long and weight 56 – lb. It was a very nice looking fish.


Bob Mello of Antioch and Raul Ugarte of Oakley have been striper fishing the past two days. They had better fishing on Tuesday catching four stripers but they enjoyed the flat calm river better today (Wednesday).


Water temperatures on the San Joaquin River are in the 65.82 to 67.64  degree range. On the Sacramento River at the Rio Vista Bridge the water temperature is a little cooler in the 62.42 to 64.04 degree range, a perfect temperature for catching salmon and stripers.


Perhaps the compelling reason to be fishing on the San Joaquin River during these fall calm weather days is the fact there are no water hyacinths floating anywhere I can see, which is up to the mouth of Dutch Slough and all of the way up to False River. The river is clear that is a real bonus.


To all of you I am really sorry I have not written since March and I am reminded almost weekly. I really do enjoy the writing it just takes time for me to sit down and do it. I want it to be real time and factual something. I sometimes feel that by the time I write a report it’s old news because it is all over the internet.


I also have a new mistress, the USS Potomac which was FDR’s Presidential Yacht when FDR was in office in 1934. I have held a U. S. Coast Guard Credential for four years. I now have a 500 Masters rating. I’m hoping to be able to test to take my 1,600 ton rating next year.


At any rate I am a part time captain on the Potomac so that keeps me pretty busy.


Making a landing on the Potomac is thrilling I will just leave it at that.


I will have more information on the coming weeks about the crab opener hope to see you in Bodega Bay.


Delta Chris






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