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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - October 27th, 2022

  • Shooting Sports Website Pre-Launch

  • Lake Pyramid Trip Report + Video

  • Deals of the Week

  • Gun Shop News

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New Shooting Sports Website Pre-Launch

Dear Customers,

We have big news to share with you.

Sweeney's is pre-launching our Shooting Sports website with a wide selection and competitive prices on:

  • Ammunition

  • Gear & Accessories

  • Cleaning Equipment

  • Gun Storage

  • Holsters/Magazines

  • Optics

  • Parts

  • Reloading Supplies

and a growing selection of store-based inventory firearms.

Because we are still testing the website functionality, we are pre-launching the website ONLY to our customers through this newsletter. Please take a minute to visit the website and let us know what you think by replying to this email. To celebrate the pre-launch, all website purchases over $75 will get a bonus of 400 Loyalty Points, which equals to a $10 discount on your future in-store purchases. Please note, we are still working to bring the website inventory to fully comply with CA rules and regulations. All orders will be manually reviewed for CA compliance. Ammo orders will only be available for in-store pick up. You will enjoy no pickup/receiving fees on ammo purchased on Thank you for supporting us. We appreciate your business.

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Fishing Report

Austin Abernathy - Fishing Guide

We fished Lake Pyramid on Tuesday, this our story.

Have you been to the moon? Hypothetical question, of course. However, I feel like we came close this Tuesday. Pyramid Lake looked like the moon’s surface in its early terraforming stages. Incredible rock formations and cinder cones tower over a large blueish-green lake. It’s a very odd place that has a feel of age and sort of interstellar grandeur. There is not a tree in sight anywhere for miles. At least I couldn’t spot one with my binos. It is unlike any other body of water I’ve ever fished and yet you can drive for 45 minutes and drop a $100 on red in the Golden Nugget, Reno.

Apparently, according to Wikipedia, Pyramid Lake “is the biggest remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, the colossal inland sea that once covered most of Nevada”. In a place like this, time slows down. Which is just fine for us fishermen. We thrive in slowing down and taking things in.

Our little group left Napa around 3:30am and we were on the water by 8:30am. The weather was supposed to be perfect, 6mph wind with overcast. But apparently, the “Moon” has a mind of its own and we were met with massive rollers and white caps. It was blowing, but we felt quite secure in Catch Happy HQ, the 20ft North River lunar rover we brought for the purpose.

We saw a number of boats scatter and fish in the general area of the ramp, on the west side We decided to follow suit. Why not? We were marking hundreds of large fish throughout the water column so the strategy seemed solid. After over an hour of jigging and whooshing out flys/streamers, courtesy of Mr. Kipsey’s fly-fishing addiction, we came up empty.

Austin then made a call to run straight across and fish the east wall. All other boats remained on the west side. The ride was quite bumpy and we got a face full of alkaline lake water that left a white residue on everything it touched. It wasn’t totally unpleasant, but it was quite cold and windy. Once we got across we explored the area and found ourselves a small bay hiding behind a towering cinder cone, away from the wind. This is where we spent most of our time.

After hours of hard work, the “Moon” finally relented and Austin hooked onto a large representative of the Lahontan cutthroat trout community. It wasn’t an easy fight as only barbless hooks are allowed on the lake. Total child-like jubilation followed the catch.

At this point, our spirits rose and we redoubled our efforts covering a lot of water on the east side. For that effort, I was rewarded with the honor of catching a decent-sized Tui chub, which is endangered and apparently a favorite menu item for the cutthroats. All fish was released unharmed. Later on, both Cole and Austin hooked into large fish but were outwitted in the end muttering adrenaline-induced curses. I never felt the tug, but the “Moon” was indifferent.

As far as tackle we used light rods, a 12lb floroclear line terminated with 1-2oz Pline laser minnows. We jigged them straight up and down at a 45-degree angle behind the boat and bounced the bottom in about 130 feet of water. Next time, Austin recommends bringing some 3oz jigs to try and get more straight up and down action when fishing the deeper water.

If you decide to make the drive, stop by Sweeny’s and talk to Austin or Alex. We got everything you need to give you a better chance on the water. Lakey Pyramid is one of those places that leave a lasting impression on you. It’s magnificent in it’s own right. However, putting a 20lbs cutthroat trout in your boat makes it absolutely epic.

Go get ‘em.

Napa River

The Napa River has been one of the best fishing stories around. Week after week our local fishery just keeps pumping out Stripers. This last week has been no different. Great action continues for good numbers of stripers, and there is an increase in better size fish. Trolling and casting Swimbaits, LV500's, broken backs, and Rattletraps has been the top producers. The bank anglers using live bait are catching some nice fish. While cut Anchovies, and Sardines produce numbers with a few keepers thrown in. Fish are really moving around, as we get reports of good numbers of stripers caught up in town and all the way down to the mouth of the river. There is sturgeon in the system as well, with most of the reports coming in from the south end of the river and in the bay. We are not getting a lot of Sturgeon reports but enough to mention here. We have Salmon Roe and frozen or cured shrimp in stock.

Learn to Catch Stripers - Kits are 20% OFF

If you want to learn how to catch Stripers or know someone who does, you can't really do better than our Striper fishing kits. We have 3 kit levels and all are on sale at 20% OFF. This will be the best deal of the year to snag a kit for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Click on the image below, review the details, pick your kit and choose "Pickup In Store" at the checkout. All Striper kit purchases include a set of free training videos.

Limited quantities.


Chad is hunting this week and we look forward to his report next week.

We would like to give a shout out for our local Ducks Unlimited Chapter. They are holding their annual fundraiser dinner event on November 5th. Their dinner is always great time, and a great cause for waterfowl habitat and much more. Get all your info on the flyer below or call 707-337-47