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This Week at Sweeney's
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Well, we finally received some good rain this week, but not enough to affect the Napa River. Water clarity still remains really good, but temps are dropping with the cooler temps. The striper bite might have seen a slowdown for the first time in weeks. However, our customers are still reporting a decent bite out there, just fewer numbers of fish being caught. We are hearing the bank anglers catching the usual schoolie size with a few 18"-24" stripers in the mix. Anchovies and Sardines are the best bet to always catch fish. Live bullheads, mudsuckers, and Jumbo minnows taking some keepers. Trolling, and casting Rattletraps, LV-500's, Swimbaits, and Broken Backs throughout the river will still produce fish, just have to start slowing presentation down. This time of year, try spooning the main river with 2-4oz P-Line Lazer Minnows for Stripers as they pull out of the cooler shallow depths. The Sturgeon bite in the river is still slow to fair at best, but a few are being caught each week. Look for more fish to start moving into the system. This time of year, try Salmon Roe as a top bait.
The Lake Berryessa bass bite is rolling along, with most anglers reporting good action. Luke Laponovich our local bass assassin made his way out to the lake this past weekend and had a good day on the water. Luke caught good numbers of bass up to 3lbers. He caught them with a variety of baits from LV 500's, Under spins, and crankbaits in mid to shallow depths. There is still a really good spoon bite throughout the lake as well. With water temps starting to drop into the low 60s it won't be long before we see the annual turnover. We need those surface temps to dip into the 50s. However, trout are starting to push up shallow searching for bait balls. It won't be long before we see the minnow bite start to crank up for both trout and bass. The trout and salmon seem to be pretty scattered right now, and most anglers are experiencing a tough bite. Find the bait balls, and bird activity and start trolling in 20'-40' depths. We usually see a little slowdown as the lake begins to go through the annual turnover. Look to the creek channels to find bait and trout.
The recreational crab season is in full swing right now. Tight regulations on crab pots are making things tough for most boat anglers. Again, like last year the season has started off without the use of crab traps. We can use hoop nets, and castable snares, but the days of soaking pots is a thing of the past. However, the hoop nets, and Ambush style hoops are still getting it done. Anglers fishing from the bank are using a weighted castable crab snare with really good success. We are currently selling hoop nets, and Ambush style hoops, but it's getting tougher to get them as the companies have already sold out for the season already. We also have a great supply of frozen squid for all your bait needs. Come down and talk to Tom on Sundays-Tuesdays for all the ins and outs of the crab techniques and regulations.
Deer hunting season in California is just about over, with the exception of a few late-season draw hunts. Overall, the local hunters had a great season in A and B zones, and hunters hunting the east side of the state in the X- zones reported a tough season. Most of our local hardcore hunters are finding themselves out of state right now. There are more late-season hunting opportunities found out of state hunting Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetails, and Coues deer. Sweeney's Gun shop guru Ryan Cole was at it again this past week. Himself and a group of friends set out to Arizona on a Coues deer hunt that they were lucky enough to draw. I haven't got the full report on the hunt, but I know they went 4 for 4 on some really nice bucks! Come by the shop most Thursdays and Fridays to find out about his hunt. We also wanted to give a shout-out to one of our favorite customers and a heck of a hunter Don Biggs. He recently had two amazing hunts in Oregon, and most recently in Arizona. After recovering from some health issues, Don powered through for some hunting therapy! Not only was he able to make it out to hunt, but he also killed two beautiful trophy bucks. Way to go!!
Don Biggs with his 190” Arizona Buck.
The Waterfowl season is off to a slow start for most. However, locally here in the Napa Sonoma Marsh, Suisun and Grizzley Island areas are seeing a good start to the season. The recent storms are really helping out the duck hunters. Up in the Valley the Refuges are slowly starting to flood hunting areas, and now hunters can continue to apply for their reservations. Hopefully the storm door stays open for a good duck season! If you need ammo, will still have a decent supply of 12ga 3" #2 and #4 shot in stock.
Deals of the Week
New Product arrived this week just in time for the storm season. We just filled back up on all our Rain Gear! Great deals on our famous River's West jackets and Bibs for $64.99 each. We also received a new Jacket from Compass 360, a simple nylon rain jacket in two colors to choose from with great quality and style for only $39.99. Wow! If you need to replace those old waders and boots, right now is a great time to buy a new set from SIMMS. We have amazing deals on last years models of waders and boots. There is a lot of styles and sizes available!!!