Stripers on the Bank

November 10, 2023   After receiving enthusiastic reports from Frank yesterday, in which he vividly described the spectacle of Striper boils scattered throughout the lake, accompanied by a frenzy of birds working large schools of bait while stripers relentlessly attacked write at the boat ramp. I simply couldn’t contain my excitement. My original plan to tie…

A Tale of Four Fishermen…

This is a tale of four seasoned striper fishermen fishing  the O’Neill Forebay on 4 separate days in a week.  Their outcomes varied dramatically, reflecting the impact of social media and our extensive network of fishing reports which allowed us to gather a wealth of up-to-date information about fishing conditions at San Luis Reservoir and…

A No Hitter on the the Forebay

November 3, 2023 – I decided to try the Forebay today hoping that it would start to pick up as the lake starts to slow down but ended a short day from 9-1 with not even a touch despite all the ingredients for a a great day except feeding fish.   I livescoped the entire forebay…

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,…

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…