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…

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…

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…

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. …