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Christian's Report - November 15, 2013
The month of November and most of October has been incredible as it relates to striper fishing in the west delta.
Striper fishing as of this week continues to be on fire and I would expect fishing to hold until we either get a lot of rain which, will muddy the water and drop the temperature, a lot of wind that will muddy the water, or freezing cold nights/mornings that will drop the water temperature down below that magic 55/56 – degree range.
Right now some freezing weather would help to kill the water hyacinth which would not be all that bad since we have so much of it.
Striper fishing was so good last weekend that David Cyr just left an ice chest over near our fish cleaning station so that he could acquire a few striper carcasses to put in his crab pots. Striper carcass is great bait for Dungeness crabs along with some squid for a chaser.
Since we have not had any rain yet we don't have to worry about our rivers being muddy due to run off. That will keep the quality of the fish being caught good for a while longer. Let's face it, for the past two months or more we have not had any wind to speak of. That has kept the river from being muddy as well which mean we can keep catching stripers for a while longer.
There are many pros and cons as to where to fish these days in the west delta. The San Joaquin River, at least at our end, is free of water hyacinths; I see very few clumps drifting towards the bay. That will change when we get our first real windstorm from the south/south east. All of those floating water hyacinth mats that have been holding will get pushed out onto the river and the San Joaquin River will just be a mess.
If you fish over on the lower Sacramento River these days there is also a lot of water hyacinth to dodge while under way and a lot more that will set down on your boat while your boat is anchored as the hyacinth floats with the current.
If you get the chance please program your TV to channel 5 KPIX tonight at 11:00 pm and watch a water segment with our very own Bobby Barrack trying to defend the striped bass. The story is very compelling as to how we are going to be impacted by the tunnels in the future and the impacts to fishing if we do not stop the tunnels.
Other thing going on in the delta, there is a suction dredge working near channel marker 21 on the San Joaquin River near Jersey Island. There is an under water discharge pipe that can pop up at the most in opportune times when there are dredging causing the pipe to float when there get some air in the line.
For the time being stay in the channel when heading up to False River from the Antioch Bridge, the discharge line runs from the dredge north to the levee over on Sherman Island. You should be able to contact the dredge on VHF radio channels 13, 14 & 16 for passing instructions.
Crabbing at Bodega Bay has been very good. There is nothing better then fresh off the boat cooked Dungeness crab. For the most part I think it is still going to be a very short season and that is what all of the commercial guys feel as well.
I will tell you with only five years of sport crabbing under my belt that the quality of the crab this year is very good both in the size of the crabs, many of the crabs are large and jumbo size as well as the crabs being full of meat. I'm averaging between 8 to10 crabs on a two-day soak. When there is a lot of crab around you might get that many crab in several hours on a good day, that is not the case this year. For bait I'm hanging striper heads when I can and squid in the jars.
Remember if you go on a sport boat you can get ten crabs per person in possession. Once you have those ten crabs in possession you can not fish/trap any more crab until you have consumed/eaten/ those ten crabs. If you go out on a charter boat you can only get six crabs per person and six in possession. Don't ask me why the rule is that way, it is what it is.
For many reasons I would recommend going out on a charter boat for your crab. They do it all of the time, they have the gear in the water and know where the crabs are, and they are doing it almost every day they are less likely to get the pot rope in the props of their boat.
Last but not least pheasant season began last Saturday November 9th and runs through December 22, forty four consecutive days the way it reads in the fish and game regulations. At any rate if you are fishing near a levee in the delta, you could get pelted just because you are so close to the levee when the shooting is going on. Be careful and don't be surprised if you hear shooting, it's just that time of year.
It's going to be another pretty weekend in the delta, some wind no fog and fish to be caught, enjoy the fall, Delta Chris
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