Fishout: Sacramento Delta Stripers
Time & Location
About The Event
We’ll start fishing the morning of the 15th as early as you want to start. We will stay over the nights of the 15th and 16th. We will rendezvous at cabin 14 at B&W Marina (address below) for cocktails and fish stories at 6:00 PM and head to dinner at 6:45 PM on the 15th. We’ll do the same on the 16th. And we’ll fish the morning of the 17th. For anyone who needs to meet me there to show you around I plan to be at the B&W launch ramp at 6:00 AM. The tide starts coming in at 6:41AM so we’ll want to be in the water at 6AM. Just let me know.
We’ll be fishing the intersection of the San Joaquin and Sacramento River just to the north of Frank’s Tract. We’ll stay on the San Joaquin River about a mile from the Sacramento and about 5 miles from Frank’s Tract. To fish the Delta we’ll need boats. So this trip will self limit according to how many boats we have heading down there. Boaters, pick your partner and riders contact your boater.
For accommodations, we will be staying at B&W Marina located at 964 Brannan Island Road, Isleton, CA. We have three, three person cabins set aside. The rate is $135 per night, which works out to $45 per night per angler if you get three persons to a cabin. To make reservations please contact B&W Marina at 916.777.6161. They will take your deposit and you will pay them directly. Since we generally fish two to a boat and the cabins hold three you will need to find someone from another boat to fill out your cabin or you can just do two to a cabin. I’ll be starting an email chain to all attendees to let everyone know who has room in their cabin for another angler. Look for it once we get an attendees list. The cabins have linens and towels but NO silverware, pots & pans, coffee maker or glasses so bring your own. It’s entirely up to your own choice but we usually do breakfast and fix lunch in the cabin and eat out for dinner. There are some fun and funky restaurants near by. Boat owners can haul out each night or can rent a slip. So reserve a slip when you call if you want one. Here’s their web site https://www.bandwresort.net/
• Leader, email address, phone: Dave Ackerman, email@example.com , 714.337.3972
• Dave is looking for a volunteer co leader so give him a shout out if you want to enlist.
Fish-out Coordinator: Tom Grant, 530-263-2492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fish For (species): Stripers, and Largemouth. Three years ago one of our members picked up a salmon!
Fishing Strategy: There is only one way I know of to catch Stripers on fly rods at Frank’s Tract. Bring a heavy rod – 8 or 9 weight is best but you could get away with a 6 or 7 weight; however, you may lose a big striper. And throw clousers in chartreuse/white on fast sink lines. Cast to the rock walls or tule edges and gaps, give it a quick strip so you don’t snag on the bottom. Then let it sink for a little bit and strip in long fast aggressive strokes. The longer you can cast, the more fish you will catch.
• Rods: 8 & 9 weight. Lighter will do but be prepared to struggle if you set on a large striper.
• Lines: Fast sink
• Leaders: 5’ of 15 to 20 # flurocarbon.
• Tippet: 15 to 20# flourocarbon
• Flies: Clousers in chartreuse/white. 3” will catch more and smaller fish. 5” to 6” will catch bigger fish.
• Other: You may want to bring bass patterns for large mouth bass. Woolly buggers, leech patterns, bait fish patterns
PRE TRIP SEMINAR:
We’ll hold a get together prior to the trip. I’ll announce the time and place later.
What participants need to know:
This is the Delta. Wind can be an issue. So can rain. This year we’ll go come rain or shine. Also the flats on the San Joaquin River and center of Frank’s Tract can be VERY weedy and has disabled engines on past trips, so be careful if you’re going to enter these areas. If you get stuck we can usually rescue you so we’ll all swap cell phones. BUT there are some areas where cell phones don’t work. If you have a marine band radio bring it and set it to monitor channel 16.Also there are submerged hazards so boat with care. After a day on the water you’ll see where the regulars travel at speed and you can use those routes. GPS units will get you back to the resort.