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,…

To My Beautiful Wife of 40 years, Happy Anniversary

In the heart of Chicago, fate led the way, A meeting so fateful that forever would stay, Forty years past, we embarked hand in hand, Together we journeyed across life’s vast land. In the city’s embrace, I found my soulmate, Gina, your name whispered by destiny’s gate, Through the highs and the lows, side by…

Looking for a good one in the Forebay.

July 26, 2023. Wednesday.  Despite reassurance from an early morning chat I had with the Kiosk,  I arrived at  Dino to a frothing lake. Wild wind gust tore through the serene wind pattern that had lulled the lake into a sense of complacency. But I, oh yes, I was not going to be deterred. Hell…

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…

Finally, Respite from the Winds

July 14, 2023 – The most challenging day of fishing is often the first day back on the lake after a fantastic week of destination fishing. Just a week ago, I was engaged in an intense battle with 10-15 lb Mahi Mahi, tirelessly tugging on a 10-weight fishing rod. The memories of that exhilarating experience…

Hot Rod Float Tube

Ive been using my July 4th week working around the house and doing some fishing projects that I have put off just waiting for an opportunity to fish.   Since getting back from Baha, its been difficult to get back to fishing San Luis Reservoir and  I have’t fished it since I got back. It could…

Palapas La Ventana. 2023

Palapas La Ventana has established itself as a popular choice for fly fishing enthusiasts. The resort has hosted various fly fishing clubs from California and has become a favorite spot for staging unforgettable fly fishing trips. Flyfishing Icons  like Gary Bulla and Glen Ueda annually fish here for  Rooster Fish and Dorado and this location…

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…

Wind Games

Wednesday June 7, 2023. –  The lake has been good for the last couple weeks for those fishermen brave enough to go out in unpredictable winds.   As of late,  The three phone apps that I use to predict the wind conditions on the lake are WindAlert, Windfinder and Windy have been wrong.    In the…

Henderson Springs – May 2023

After my memorable fishing trip in April with the “Pescadores,” I was eagerly looking forward to the proposed Memorial Day Couples Hex weekend with our close-knit group of friends: Wayne, Zandi, Peter, Jackie, Jerry, Adrian, and Pat. I was excited to introduce Gina to the wonders of Henderson Springs and share with her why I…