While out pedaling around on the mountain bike Saturday, taking advantage of the unseasonably hot weather that hit the Bay Area this weekend (mid to high 90′s), I stumbled on another little urban carp spot. I’d ridden past it before and not seen anything but when I passed it this time I caught a glimpse [...]
Just back from steelhead fishing up north, I had 1 day to check in on the sludge ponds to see if there were any carp stirring around before my dad came into town for the weekend for another business trip. His last business trip out here a year ago paid off big-time with plenty of [...]
Day 2, and sure enough, nothing like yesterday. I can’t get over how drastically the water gets jacked around by the city out here from one day to the next. It was far from a complete bust though. The fish that were so actively waving their tails around yesterday had mostly all vanished (much like [...]
I didn’t expect this when I lazily showed up at the sludge this afternoon anticipating another routine skunking. Carp were everywhere, tailing, daisy-chaining, cruising, and rooting; big ones, little ones, gold ones, and for the first time, a BLAZE-ORANGE little guy!
Jeff had reportedly gotten into a few over-sized gold fish cruising & tailing a few weeks ago. A week later I made a quick scouting-run to the sludge ponds and sure enough – carp were everywhere! The mud holes that had appeared vacant of fish over the past few months were suddenly teeming with big, [...]
I did a little more carp pond exploring with Jeff and found a slough with a few nice fish that would consistently swim past and completely ignore any and every fly we’d put in front of them. After Jeff had successfully remained unsuccessful on a few of his own after-work trips I joined him for [...]
The SF Bay Goldens have been ON over the last few weeks! May is really appearing to be the hot month for these sludge-pond, bottom-sucking hoovers. From the generic trout flies to the more unique, specialty fly-of-the-hour patterns, they’ve kept us entertained, intrigued, perplexed, and flat-out frustrated over the last two weeks… …It’s been GREAT!
I headed back down to the sludge ponds Saturday afternoon. The day was beautiful and sunny, but the wind was howling… …I didn’t expect to find any fish and almost left the rod at home. I say almost – but I’d made that mistake enough times in the past. I’m glad I didn’t make it [...]
I slapped on the SPF 15, pulled the mountain bike out of the closet, inflated the tires, lubed the chain, grabbed the camera, and headed for the carp ponds. It had been a few months since I’d checked them out and those last few times were rather depressing considering the waterless wasteland the city had [...]
It started a few weeks ago while exploring some new waterways on my mountain bike. After about 15 miles of peddling along levees, through “Employee Only” parking lots and around saltwater marshes and brackish ponds – I found what I was looking for…
It appeared that our long awaited nice weather had finally arrived for good. The sun was out and the temperatures were in the 80’s. The stripers were chasing bait in the big lake… The carp were rooting in the shallow sludge ponds… And Monterey Bay’s surf perch were feeding in the salty wash. It looked [...]
Rocky Mountain Bones, Poorman’s Permit, Delta Goldens… A friend and I were talking the other day about steelhead fishing and trout fishing, two subjects that too often accompany each other into the same conversation between us. We were rambling on about the frustration of rejections and refusals experienced while fishing dry flies. A big rainbow [...]