Sometime they just dont eat..

 Monday October 12, 2020 -The problem with advanced electronic sonar is that you can’t blame a slow day on lack of fish.   Instead you have to invent new excuses not to be catching fish when you can see them all around you and they just aren’t interested.  Sometimes they just don’t eat.  I should…

Don of the Racks

Monday Oct 5, 2020 -The best wind day of the week  had me excited to take Don Chesnek out to the racks for some non dink action.   Last time we fished ,  I could only guide up a bunch of dinks from the forebay channel while Vaughn was landing 20 lbrs   Everything was right today. …

Stripers in the Smoke , Heat and Covid

 Friday Oct 2, 2020– Just when 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, The president was diagnosed with Covid-19 last night.  The Lake wind predictions have been outright wrong the last couple days.  Perhaps smokey air acts differently because its thicker and heavier.  I decided to take a chance on a pretty windy forecast and hit…

Half Moon Bay – Local Escape

September 27, 2020 – After nearly a year of owning the Lance Trailer, I’m feeling more comfortable taking it locally for a single night of camping.  Its been a fun few week adding some improvements to the trailer.  Gina loves camping at Half Moon bay even if its only for a night in a non…

Aerial Oneill Forebay

I find it very helpful to see what you are casting too from the air.  Often you loose purpose when you dont consider the context of where you are fishing.   Where the fish position themselves in the this weedy mess depends on many factors such as temperature, wind and current speed and direction.   Imagine yourself…

California Burns – Looking for some good air and fish

In this year of unprecedented events, it doesn’t seem that surprising anymore that new catastrophes keep coming.  Fire season in California seems worse every year. with hotter temperatures and bigger more destructive wildfires.   Air quality is epically bad and the worse it has ever been.  In recent weeks, dozens of wildfires have ignited across the state,…

September Forebay Dink Blitz

 SEPT 4, 2020 FRIDAY -It’s been two really long weeks since fishing the forebay due to the closure as a result of the SCU Lightning Complex Fire that started the night before the last time I fished. Especially difficult because the fishing has been so darn good. Vaughn caught a 25 lbr yesterday in…

Fish Respect- Ikejime

The American Indian use to ask permission of the animal’s spirit before dispatching them for food as well as asking for pardon after the animal was killed.  Christian’s say grace before meals and  in Japan,  it’s common to say “Itadakimasu” before eating a meal which means “I humbly receive.”  Perhaps that is why the japanese…

Denied at the gate…

Saturday August 22,2020 – Today would have been an epic day with topwater, big fish and good friends  on the water,  but it was not meant to be.   According to Gov Gavin Newsom,  the California Fires are caused by Global Warming.  Fishing was cancelled by Global Warming today.    The lake was padlocked at the…

Looking for More of a good thing

 Sunday August 16, 2020 (107 degree) – As Don and I were driving back  from a great day on the forebay,  I had already thought about fishing the next couple days if the wind conditions would hold.  The weather predictions for the next three days were not favorable for those perfect conditions of no…

Forebay Topwater

 Friday August 14 -Don Chesarek and I finally made it out for a day of fishing after three unsuccessful attempts over the last three weeks.  We were rewarded for our perseverance!  We had originally planned to try the lake after hearing a report that their could be some big fish around the racks.  Brian…

Scouting the Forebay

I haven’t fished the Forebay seriously for over a year. The Lake fish have been so healthy that I just can’t rationalize catching a bunch of dinks vs at minimum, having a shot at a 40 lbr (that I can actually see on the Panoptix)  or at least catching  a couple 5 lbrs around the…

Rack Traffic

 Saturday July 18, 2020   Every week this summer seems to get harder and harder to catch fish.  It could be the insane pressure by bait fishermen on the trash racks.  A couple boats with 4 or more anglers have been killing many fish weekly.   Three of them appeared to have come together and many…

Another Afternoon Session

 Friday July 10, 2020– The Wind Finder prediction  was encouraging all week long. It looked like a great morning to fish.  Vaughn and Dan had a decent day yesterday landing 17 nice fish in the afternoon.   They couldn’t fish the morning because the forecast was wrong again.  They arrived at the lake greeted by…

Helicopter vs Fire

Monday July 6, 2020 –   A fire on the foothills near our house gave us a scare.  There were many grass fires over the 4th of July weekend in San Jose which doesn’t surprise me much since all 4th of July fireworks were canceled.  I can not recall ever having controlled city sponsored fireworks cancelled…

Finally a break in the Wind…

Monday June 29,2020  It’s been two weeks since I fished the lake.   It seems that its only calm on the three days I work a week and the wind prediction (windfinder) has been unreliable lately.   A couple friends have take the drive to the lake not believing the Wind Line and ended up turning around. …

The New Normal

Sunday June 14, 2020 –  These last two week back to work at the office have seemed unusually long despite seeing about half our normal patient load.   There is so much more preparation and post op sterilization  for the same number of patients making if feel like twice as much work for the same amount…

Traffic at the Racks

 Sunday March 30, 2020 -The word is out and it was a grand reunion at the Trash Racks this morning.    The weather has changed since last week with light rain and winds.   The water temps were 2 degrees lower and the water  was clear.    Steph and I decided to push our luck…