Cold Snap and Full Moon slows the Lake

The Kiosk employee informed me while he was de-banding my boat that the temperature had dropped into the 30s this morning. Just a week ago, I distinctly recall sweltering in 90-degree afternoons. The gentle, cool breeze throughout the day signaled the arrival of autumn, and the sight of the full moon last night had already…

Serendipity -Best Day of the Year

Serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.  “a fortunate stroke of  serendipity” October 20, 2023. – Yesterday, I received some intel from the scouts about the fish’s whereabouts. They reported that the fish were congregating in Portuguese Cove and Las Peidros. On the flip side, it seemed…

Rack and Roll Hoochi Koo

Inspired by Muddy Waters in his timeless classic “Hoochie Coochie Man,” the term “Hoochi Koo” symbolizes a state of pure rock and roll euphoria and liberation. That’s precisely how it felt today as I ventured out to fish the Trash Racks at San Luis.  My spirits were high, riding the wave of a rock and roll…

Fishing with Dan

 Friday the 13th. Oct 2023.  I  extended an invitation to Dan Blanton to join me for a day of fishing at the forebay and lake, even though it happened to fall on the traditionally unluckiest day of the year. Our plan was to kick off the morning by hunting some surface stripers in the Forebay,…

Blitzin’ and BOPin’

Friday, October 6, 2023 – The day was ripe with promise, thanks to intel from my compadres, Frank and Brian. It was a day tailor-made for the relentless pursuit of quality Stripers.  Frank had ventured into the wild waters of the Forebay Blitzes, just like I had on that fateful Monday before, and emerged victorious…

Fishing the Flats

Wednesday, October 4, 2023, my friends, was a day drenched in piscatorial possibilities.  Its been a long two weeks since I fished and all I could do was amp up on fishing reports.   But if, by some cruel twist of fate, you find yourself unable to answer the call of the water, fret not, for…

The Fall Cycle begins…

Saturday Sept 24, 2023 – It’s been a couple of weeks since my last Striper fishing outing in the local waters. After an incredible week in Alaska, battling massive salmon, I needed a couple of days to recuperate. Last week, I returned to reports of fantastic fishing from all the regulars frequenting the lake and…

Full Moon – Late Bite II

  Following the success of last Wednesday, a day subsequent to the full moon, I felt a renewed eagerness to revisit the , full moon late bite hypothesis. Remarkably, the moon was nearly full again last night. Over the past two days, strong winds have swept through the area. Notably, yesterday saw wind gusts reaching…

The Late Bite after a Full Moon

Wednesday, August 30, 2022.   Recently ,  Its been tough fishing on the lake and forebay.  Between the wind keeping us off the lake and the hot temperatures pushing the fish deep,   Feeding a dozen fish in a day is a great day.   The last couple times out,  I just couldn’t crack the code.  I was…

Back to the Lake after two weeks off

For me, returning to the fish San Luis Reservoir or the Forebay is like scratching a nagging itch – an urge that’s relentless, demanding satisfaction.   This compulsion doesn’t care where I am at in the world and I long to get back to my home water even when Im fishing somewhere else.  Rain or shine,…

The Wind Cancels my fishing day

July 24, 2023 – I was hoping to fish today but got “Wind Blocked”.   Instead, my buddy Vaughn inspired me to write poetry instead…..   Ode to the Red Light In a lake where winds prevail, Amidst the gusts, a tale unveils, Of anglers bold, with hearts afire, To chase the striped bass, their heart’s…

The Bay of Pigs with Ken

July 21, 2023 -Today was a truly unforgettable day spent fishing with my good friend Ken Oda. We took advantage of the predicted calm winds, making it an ideal day to go out on the water. Meeting at Dinosaur Point around 9:00 AM, we set off towards the Trash Racks. Although I had anticipated the…

The Upwelling

July 15, 2023 – Two hundred and fifty feet down and a football field out from the trash racks exists a fishing phenomena I call “The Upwelling”. It occurs when water is pumped into the lake from the forebay through the massive pumps at the base of the trash racks. On a calm day like…

Calm June Day on the Lake

Today, Wednesday, June 21, 2023, serves as a poignant reminder of life’s blessings and my imminent retirement. After 40 years of running a private practice, transitioning from four days of clinical work to just two has brought about noticeable changes. This year, I’ve taken up fishing the lake and forebay on Wednesdays for the first…