The Winter Pattern begins….

Friday Dec 4, 2020  – The Fishing at San Luis and the Forebay was getting pretty tough over the last couple week  as the first rains and cold nights came rolling through the second half of December.  Yesterday, California announced another massive stay at home order.   Hopefully,  they wont close boat ramps and As far…

The Fairmont Condo for Thanksgiving.

November 25-30 – One of the best things we did a couple years ago is purchase a fractional ownership at Fairmont Heritage Place.   Originally we purchased it to use the membership for the excellent deals on Suites at Fairmonts all over the world as well as preferential treatment at property restaurants, golf courses and other…

Don and I on the Forebay

Sunday November 22, 2020 -The water temps on the forebay are down to 52 degrees after the first rains of the winter this last week.  Ice covered my truck as we departed from my house at 7:00am.  The ramp was busy this morning with more than 15 boats and at least as many Kayaks.   We…

Post Election Stress Reduction

 Saturday November 15, 2020 -Fishing is the perfect escape and isolation from politics and covid.    Out there on the lake, alone and focused is the most peace I get these days.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with a Vaccine around the corner as I prepare to hunker…

Pre Election Stress Reduction

In retrospect of all the presidential elections I actually voted in ,   I could be the ultimate cooler, having voted for almost every loser in the last 10 elections.   I was in desperate need of some stress reduction today and a good day of fishing helped me realize that whatever happens tomorrow,  I’m going to…

A Weekend At Half Moon Bay …

Gina scored a Sunday Night at Half Moon Bay State Park Campground and we headed over for a quick get together with Mark and Phoebe.   I brought my golf clubs again but we got a late start to the campground and ended up in traffic on Highway 92 again.   When the beach gets warm,  the…

Don’t Stop till you get enough

 Friday October 16, 2020 – Sometimes I see people launching when I’m taking the boat out and I wonder if they are going to do better than us fishing late.   They launch to fish a couple hours before sunset.   It reminds me that  great day can happen in a couple hours of a hot…

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…