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Old 08-26-2017, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Fishing outside the golden gate

I have been fishing in San Francisco bay for approximately 4 months. I have fished Red Rock, the Brothers, Alcatraz island, Angel Island, and Berkeley Flats, i have not yet ventured outside the gate, although it calls to me every time im on the water. I have a 20 ft. Campion Explorer 552. 130hp. What size boats venture outside to open water. How big do the swells get. Any help will be appreciated. Diego
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Old 08-27-2017, 12:53 AM   #2
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I know people go outside the golden gate with 20ft boats but I would not. It can change fast. Pic your days wisely, look at weather and tide reports. As you know inside the golden gate gets real bad. That's why I don't go west of Benicia, fishing in rio vista tomorrow for stripper and salmon.
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:21 AM   #3
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I go out the gate in my 13' or 17' whaler fairly often. Pick your days, hot in the valley = calm winds (like tomorrow and Monday). Don't go out through the center of the gate (potato patch), hug the north shore and I do mean hug; Maybe 100 ft off the bridge abutment. Water gets deep very fast. After the bridge you can read the surface and pick your course, again staying to the north edge. It's usually very calm over there. Can't tell you how many times I've been making low 20's to 30 while watching a boat get their but kicked a quarter mile to the south. Going around Point Bonita, there are a couple large rocks within a couple hundred feet of the cliff, but they are very readable by surface conditions. Once you're there, get a feel for conditions and move north. Nice thing about going north is that if it kicks up, you're almost guaranteed a following sea home.

Usually a good number of people fishing between bonita and duxbury point.

BTW, same thing for inside the gate, when the thermals get going it blows straight in the gate. Stay next to the Marin cliffs then head across Richardsons and to raccoon straights if you're going up the bay. Very easy and remember there are a lot of micro climates in the bay and delta. Coming to SFO from Rio vista you will go in and out of flat calm areas. See this all the time east end of San Pablo bay is blowing and west side is mirror flat, same thing with the north bay. Can't tell for sure what it's like outside until you look.
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:53 PM   #5
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smccormick, Thank you for this valuable information, Hug the North shore, stay approximately 100 feet off shore, minimum. keep north. Will go take a look at point Bonita (thanks for the heads up), and Duxbury point.. Great hands on info. Diego
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Just wanted to clarify the route once through the bridge area. Picture, thousand words... This is the approximate route if it's blowing through the gate. Once you pass the bridge you can read the water very well. Very distinct line where the current and still (or back current) water meet.

It can be howling from the bridge to Alcatraz and perfectly smooth off shore, but I always stick north going out and in. I usually put in at black point and make my way through san pablo to north bay then raccoon.

I'll probably be out there myself tomorrow after today's weather. It was 110° in my shop, I couldn't stand it. I have a metal roof that radiates on me as well, that was 140°. Suppose to be the same tomorrow.

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Here's a look outside the gate yesterday. Hiding from the crazy temps yesterday. Just kidding about the 4-6 ers, it was about as flat as you can expect. Sorry for the crappy quality photos, that's lint from my pocket trapped behind the lens of my broken camera.


This one is pointing right at the gate from the outside.
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:24 AM   #8
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Default Fishing outside the Golden Gate bridge.

Wow, the water looks so calm. Beautiful. I plan to take the challenge and get outside the gate ...Monday. I hope the weather stays good, I'll keep and eye on the wind and swells.
The pictures of the water look great. I'll post my experience and hopefully some pics as well. Thanks again.
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Wow... a lot calmer out there than in the Slot inside the Bay. I went to Angel Island on Labor Day with friends and wasn't sure we would make it back safely to Pier 52 in the city. I have a 22' Robalo dual console.
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Hows the Striper bite out here? I may be heading west in a couple weeks for a quick trip and would love to hammer some linesiders
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:04 AM   #11
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Just coming up on the best part of the year for the bay around the gate and islands.
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Thanks to all who responded to my post on fishing outside the gate. I finally decided to take the leap from fishing inside the gate to going outside the gate with the brave and foolish. We had a beautiful day. On Oct. 29th early a.m. We made our way out the gate according to smccormick's kind and detailed recommendations. I have a 20 foot Campion Explorer 552. I most likely would not have gone out there without his excellent suggestions. I stayed near the bridge and land, on the Marin side, a little farther than 100 feet from both for fear of being too close. The water was deep all the way to bonita point. 40+feet?. I will try to include the video I took of the bridge and water. The swells were about 2 -3 foot max. mostly less than that for the time we were out there. We caught a 14 inch halibut and a 12 inch striper on grass shrimp, both returned to the water with as little trauma as possible. We will be going out again. i would definitely recommend fishing outside the gate as one of the places in the bay area to fish. Just make sure all safety measures are kept in mind, wind, swell, tide, all safety equipment on board. Thanks again to all. Keep those lines wet.

Unable to download my video. Ill keep trying. Thanks again all. Diego
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Way to go Diego. You'll really enjoy the near coastal experience and as you gain a experience you'll be able to predict the wind conditions fairly close. Nice thing is that you can make your way out and if you don't like what you see, you can turn around and fish the bay. As you gain experience, your opinion of what a rough day is will change and you'll find more fishable days.

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