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09-04-2009, 04:51 AM
been fishing spb lately. and all i got to say is bull head bull head bull head.

09-04-2009, 03:26 PM
I conquer with that statement.

09-05-2009, 02:58 AM
Good to know.
Years ago, that was the only way to get a Striper with size...5lbs and over but the bullheads were much larger that what's being sold today.

BTW, anyone troll the bay? If so, what lures are being used? Again, years ago we used spoons with a pork rind trailer. But without a fishfinder and depth sonar, it was a hit or miss :D.

09-05-2009, 05:51 AM
Yea baby!!!! They are here

09-06-2009, 08:55 AM
Fished last night. Got 8 for 5 peeps. Largest went 26.5". Steady action all night!

Lost a sturg as I was checkin' bait. Reeled up and shepulled back and broke my leader. Saw it roll and booked!!! Buddy lost another stripper 7 - 8 lbs eta at boatside.

Goin' tomorrow am to hopefully get some more!

09-08-2009, 04:08 AM
Fished last night.* Got 8 for 5 peeps.* Largest went 26.5".* Steady action all night!

Lost a sturg as I was checkin' bait.* Reeled up and shepulled back and broke my leader.* Saw it roll and booked!!!* *Buddy lost another stripper 7 - 8 lbs eta at boatside.*

Goin' tomorrow am to hopefully get some more!

SPB at night on a boat? Thats a no no...Right guys??? :-?

09-10-2009, 01:01 AM
Thats a no no...Right guys??? :-?

Is there a Reg against night fishing the bay? :-?

09-10-2009, 02:35 AM
here you go===fyi


Fishing Restrictions

While fishing in San Francisco and San Pablo bays you can only use one fishing line with no more than three separate hooks or lures. When fishing from a boat, fishing is restricted to daylight hours only (one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset). While fishing from public piers inside San Francisco and San Pablo bays you can not use more than two rods and lines, two hand lines, or two nets, traps or other appliances used to take crabs. Every person while taking invertebrates (crabs, clams) which have a size limit shall carry a device which is capable of accurately measuring the size of the species taken.

Good luck, catch alot, and have FUN!!!

09-10-2009, 08:01 AM
How big are the bullheads you're getting from the shops? I put out a minnow trap off the side of my boat before work and by lunchtime, i had 1 in the trap. I figure i'll have a half-dozen by morning and another dozen or so by Saturday morning.

The minnow trap i have has an opening that seems to allow only the small ones. The one i caught is probably 4 inches. I think 6 inches would be great. I baited the trap with frozen shrimp and some crackers.

Also, what does a striper rig for live bullhead look like? SImilar to a halibut rig. Drag/bounce along the bottom? Thanks. -han

09-10-2009, 01:07 PM
use a tandem rig (one hook in the corner of the lips and one in the back) or limrick hook (da pittsburgh method) pin the hook right under the skin. Drop your pick in the line of the fish and cast away your slider rig on the bottom with just enough lead. Wait for the zzzzzz, wait another run zzzzzzzzz swing away---hook up!!! Good luck out there. You can use the mooching method in the straights at the right time of the year...which is right around the way. ;D

09-11-2009, 12:53 AM
Dang it... I got the boat to make it out. but I hate dunking it and the trailer in the Salt of Petaluma river. :-/ it's painted aluminum. And it's in to good a shape to see it peeling and bubbled yet.
A run from the marina to the pumphouse I'd guess at 30-45 minutes. But man.... stripers and sturgeons that close to home. :'(

09-11-2009, 06:59 AM
i bank fish so i can bank fish all night. the bull head size is about 31/2 to 4 inches long. 5 inches would be great.

Bull head rig... i tie a slider. and my leader is about 3 to 4 ft. long.

i put my bait runner on and let the stripper hook itself. aavg. size was at about 25 to 30 inches. now im catching between 16 and 19 inches. and these 16 inchers are biting on 4inch bull heads. lolz :'(

09-11-2009, 07:34 AM
Where's a good spot for a SPB newbie to start trying for stripers? I'll be coming from the south and would prefer to minimize my travel time on the water.

Since we'll be around the Berkeley Flats for halibut, i thought we'd try SPB for stripers if the action is slow or we limit out...thanks! -han

09-11-2009, 03:30 PM
wonder if pinole point/shoreline are holding them right now.

09-14-2009, 02:21 AM
yes they are. they should be...

09-14-2009, 05:15 AM
Try Brothers if your own a boat! ;)

09-14-2009, 01:43 PM
i do.. lol are they doing ok there? Pumphouse I hear is ok. What depth are they at?

09-16-2009, 02:34 AM
30-40 ft and incoming is the best, from my experience! 8-)

8-10lbs cookie cutters is what I've been catching! ;)

09-16-2009, 08:42 AM
we should go out this weekend! Are they still around the general area, or down further now? I might go out sunday, get me on the radio, using them live or dead? I use them dead once it gets colder in the delta, they may like them live now, havent tried this area.

09-17-2009, 12:19 PM
Hey, Nitty917, when you use dead bullheads, are they fresh-dead or frozen? Do you use them whole or cut them? Fished like a live one? I'm looking to expand my repertoire.

09-18-2009, 08:47 AM
I have them live and stab them in head or cut them, so they are fresh dead. This is only later in november.