Location: San Francisco Bay Area & Fresno
|I have a done just a smidge of fishing in the past week plus. Here's a summary.
Sunday Mar. 11. Land's End, SF ca. 3-4 pm or so . After doing some geologic field work, I scrambled down the spine of a ridge to a nice little casting platform at its end (probably 20' above the water) and fired a few casts into a nice hole using a hi-lo with shrimp. I had no action other than some hits on one cast that stripped my lower hook. It is clear that many others had been there before because there was quite a few little pieces of line and other stuff there. It was too bad I didn't have more time to spend there. Looked like a fine spot.
Saturday Mar. 17. Southern Sonoma Coast. I was up there leading a geologic field trip and staying at Doran Beach. My Saturday geologic activities were short enough to allow for some fishing time. I had planned to take a few casts off of the point between Schoolhouse and Portuguese beaches, but a couple firing casts from the upper level had that spot pretty well covered, so I fished Portuguese beach itself from about 3 to 5 pm. The surf was fairly high, so I used a 6 oz weight, but still found it was getting moved around. I believe the tide was outgoing at that time. I ended up catching a 11" red tail surf perch, a 12" striped surf perch, and one subsize red tail of about 9" or so and having a lot of hits that stripped bait. Earlier in the day, while looking at geology, we saw several folks fishing at Blind Beach (south of Goat Rock). One of them was having a banner day and the others were getting skunked. The guy who was killing it had a streak of at least 4 impressive red tails in a row. The largest of these looked to be in the 16"+ range. I say "at least" because I witnessed 4 in a row (with very little wait time before being hit on each cast) and then went around a corner to look at geology where I couldn't see the guy fishing. It is entirely possible that his win streak extended longer than that. After we finished looking at geology and walked past this guy again, he caught another one, but this was a junior red tail of about 9" which he quickly released. Meanwhile back and Doran some of the students reported seeing folks do well for crabs (off the jetty).