Paul Michele has caught a lot of big fish from a lot of different bodies of water all over the Northern Hemisphere, but there’s a renowned bass venue that seems to have his number.
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Well, the 69th Annual Bass Derby is now history and congrats go out to the lucky winners, Andy Douens of Oakley who caught a 291” striped bass, the exact target length , to claim the $1000 first prize followed by Michael Allen of Antioch who hooked a 47.96” sturgeon to claim a prize of $500 and Donald Jefferies of Colfax who claimed $500 for the largest salmon at 23 1/4 pounds.
Striped bass fishing has slowed down with most heading downstream into the salty waters of the bay. Presently, there are a good number of undersized fish in the system, up to an occasional 20 to 24 inches in the mix for those willing to put in the time.The big fish of the week was a rare 20 pounder taken on bait off Decker Island.
Striped bass to 16 pounds showing off Prisoner’s Point on the San Joaquin River, Sounding Board, Old River Flats off Webb Tract, in from top Spindrift Marina off the San Andreas Shoals, Lower Santa Clara Shoals off the Patio, mouth of Three Mile Slough and the shoals in front of Eddo’s Harbor.