|Yesterday casted for Salmon all day at both 1st Street shoreline and State Park alternating 2-3 hours at a time, also alternating baitcaster on my left arm and spinning on my right. No catch. I did see one Salmon caught at 1st street and one Salmon at the State Park. both about 15lbs.
Today I fished 2 hours lunch then 2 more hours for nothing again. But once again one guy next to me hooked up with a 16lb salmon. Nice fish.
Those salmon are strong. I have only been living in the Benicia/Glen cove area for a year but I've lived here 16 years ago and seen people fish here. This year is the first time I'm trying for them. Two of the fish caught were relatively close to shore and they were unceremoniously horsed in. Rather effective. The other was hooked further away and man, that fish has alot of energy. Once it got close to being netted, it escaped and pulled out line 30 yards. A striper would normally get exhausted by that time.
Today the winds were manageable, it was a bit warmer, and the fellow fishermen were friendly. The Benicia bait and tackle shop shack people are also very nice. They taught me how to use the bottle trick to unsnag myself
I know about the snags and deftly avoid them but sometimes if you do not focus you will get snagged. Or after a miscast or backlash. Usually you need to retrieve your cast at a medium pace and gradually raise your rod tip as it approaches the shore. its the opposite method of guys on boats who cast towarads the shore.
Its still relatively slow if you consider the amount of fish per fishermen out there now. usually 12-50 people these days and will get more crowded.