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…

The Dave Scadden Zonker build

Last year I ran in to Dave Cheserek at San Luis reservoir launching his tricked out float tube and it inspired me to upgrade my 30 year old pontoon boat.   I think Ive bought a new float tube every ten years,  I remember my very first inner tube style float tube that I bought at…

Fishing options are drying up….

April 5 -DAY 18 of the Lockdown.-  As the world makes a concerted effort to defeat a common enemy,  we struggle to hang on to our lives as we knew them only a couple weeks ago.  These last two weeks have been consumed by clinical and financial online webinars to collaborate with other dentist and…

World Pandemic 2020

The most Catastrophic event in my lifetime is freshly underway. Our family is being tested by a worldwide event that will change the way we live from here on out.  What feels like a science fiction movie or the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead is now a reality.  A new tiny piece of…

March gets cold and the fish go deep…

 Sunday March 8, 2020  The rains have returned leaving only one day this weekend without wind and rain.   I thought last week I would be in Disneyland with family,   but travel planes were postponed because of the ‘rona’ and I decided to “self quarantine” myself to the middle of San Luis Reservoir.   Also  I decided…

Trailer Camping with the Lance

The problem with getting a site at our favorite Campground is that you have to make reservations 6 months in advance.   Gina managed to score what I think is the best site on the beach at Francis Beach Campground  for an overnight.   Last Summer we sold the motorhome of over 20 years and purchased a…

And the Beat goes on…

Friday  Feb 29, 2020 –  Its official, San Luis Reservoir Fly Fishing for Stripers is on.  Dan Blanton, Vaughn, and Steph all had great days yesterday.  I was counting the days, doing dentistry this week , anticipating the weekend for another great shot at and epic day after last weeks great day with  Kimmie the…

Fishing with Kimmie

 Feb 22, 2020 -I don’t know what happened this week that was different  from  the last that would make such a difference in the fishing in only 5 days ago. Maybe the racks have been hot since the beginning of the year.   So many things came together today.  Mark left for Cabo for his…

Still Sucks at San Luis 2020

Sunday Feb 16, 2020  After a month of working on boats,  I finally got the Crestliner out on the water today trying to catch some stripers.    My first trip out on the big lake in January,  I got skunked and since then others have hit the big lake and forebay with very little luck. …