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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - September 29th, 2022

This Week at Sweeney's

In this newsletter:

  • Fishing Report

  • Hunting/Outdoor Update

  • Deals of the Week

  • Gun Shop News

Let's get started!

Fishing Report

Lake Berryessa

Water temps on the surface still a little warm but starting to cool off. The fall bite is just around the corner and fish are on the bite. A mix of King Salmon and Trout are being caught by the trollers. The south end is still the best with areas from Markley Cove out to the mouth of the Narrows. Most of the reports have the fish in 30'-70' of water. Try trolling a varity of spoons and spinners. There are a lot of bait balls out there, search them out and start trolling. Covering water is the key to success right now, with most of the anglers relying on their electronics to find bait and fish.

The fall bass bite is starting to show signs of life. Seeing reports of the spoon bite showing up. Again, finding the bait balls and presenting spoons or finesse baits through the bait to the bottom is the most productive way to catch them. We just got an order of Blade Runner spoons in this week. We also carry P-line Lazer minnows and Kastmasters in a variety of sizes and colors. Come by the shop and get up to date reports and techniques from Austin and Chad.

Napa River

The Napa River just continues to be amazing this week. Most of our hardcore river anglers are having a continued great bite on Stripers throughout the river. The boat anglers are throwing their favorite swimbaits and rattletraps in the levee breaks and sloughs. We just got in a few more colors of Lucky Craft LV500's, and if you have not yet tried this bait you are missing out. The LV 500 is a premium rattletrap type bait, that works better than everything out there, striper candy!! I have seen some reports of a top water bite out there as well. Try Zara Spooks, or Pencil Poppers, and look for fish chasing bait. Bank anglers using cut anchovies, sardines, or live bait are catching schoolie size with keepers regularly in the mix. I would love to see some pics from our customers with their catches to put in our report for some bragging rights.

Please send your pictures to, or just reply to this email.

Alex and Austin fished the river last week, this is how they did:

Ocean Salmon

The Ocean Salmon bite out of the Gate is still producing fish, while the bite out of Bodega is slowing down. Anglers out of the Gate are traveling to areas around Duxbury, Double Point, and outside of Muir Beach, to find their salmon. Trolling in the deeper depths with Rotary Salmon Killers, FBR's, and Apex. Come by the shop and talk with Tom for specific spots and techniques.


The hot tuna bite has slowed down off our coast, but there is still some fish to be found. This last week our Salty Dawg customer Dave Douma from Napa and his crew headed out North of Bodega in search of Tuna. Although they experienced an overall slow bite, they did manage to catch another giant Big-Eyed Tuna weighing over 190lbs, wow!!! Congrats to them.

Dan Douma, Dave Douma, Mike Mansuy, Mark Haberger.As I am writing the report the guys are checking in a Promar order. From this order we are getting restocked on a variety of Cedar Plugs, Daisy Chains, and Feathers for tuna and Albacore. Also, gearing up for the upcoming crab season we brought in a new supply of regular crab hoop nets and Ambush hoops. Also, a variety of salt and freshwater nets, casting nets, gaffs, billy clubs, and accessories.


The A-zone deer season has come to a close over the weekend, and from all reports, the last weekend was very good for our local customers. The B zone deer season also got off to a great start. One of our favorite customers Nick Dalessi and his son Rylan had some amazing success over the last week. Nick kicked off the B-Zone season by taking a beautiful 4x4 in the backcountry of the Trinity Alps, and then came home to take his boy Rylan out for the last day of the A zone season, only to have him kill a smasher first A zone buck. At only 12 years old, Rylan kept his cool and made a one-shot kill from his 6.5 Creedmoor. We think Rylan is off to a great start, we are so excited for him and Jealous. Looks like a trip to the taxidermist is in order. Great job boys!!!

Rylan Dalessi

Nick Dalessi

As we get closer to Duck season, we will continue to get more supplies in. This week we received a small shipment of decoys, calls, and accessories. Our little rack of duck hunting supplies is starting to get bigger by the day. We are also continuing to receive small amounts of steel shot duck loads. Come by and see what we have to offer. I hope to get more in as we get closer to the season.Last week I hit the road out to Idaho for a little combo hunt for Elk and Antelope. JR Beatty drew a coveted Antelope tag, but first, we spent a few days hunting Elk with our hunting partner Chris Carlisle. We have spent the last 35 years chasing games together, so it was great to catch up with Chris and hit the mountains together. The Elk was not cooperating but we had a blast chasing them. We then headed south to chase Antelope in the high desert of South Idaho. To me, hunting Antelope in the high sage country is one of the best North American hunts. We spent a couple of days scouting over the country looking for that giant buck. We were treated to some great scenery and some amazing old-time settlement finds. In the end, we found a beautiful old buck worn down and busted up from the rut. We made a great stalk that finished with JR harvesting his trophy. What a great hunt, looking forward to many more.

Chad Hole, Chris Carlisle, JR Beatty.

This week's video

Great Deals

Something new, going forward we will be offering great deals and savings on product lines or just one item on every weekly report. So, stay tuned every week for good savings.

This week in the fishing department we would like to feature Penn Reels and offer 10% off any Penn reel in stock, and a free fill-up of J Braid or regular mono on that reel. If you are interested, mention you saw this deal in the weekly report to take advantage of the savings.

In the outdoor department, we will be offering a great deal on all our Salty Crew clothing. Again, mention you saw this deal and receive 20% off any current Salty crew apparel.

These specials will expire 10/7

This week at Gun Shop

Gun Shop News

Weekly Specials.

Zuber 20ga 2-¾” #7.5 Lead

250 Rounds

Was: $139.99 Now:$124.99

Sig Sauer P226 MK-25

Was: $1249.99 Now: $1199.99

10% Off All Range Finders

New Arrivals

Sig Sauer RM400 Tread

Taurus 856 Defender .38 Special


Hevi-Shot Hammer

12ga 3” #2 & #4

EO TECH xps2

10% Off All Christensen Arms Rifles!!!

Ammo Inventory

*List does not reflect ALL in-stock ammo*




Rifle Powder

Triple 7

Muzzleloader Propellant


Muzzleloader Propellant



Rifle Powder



Magnum Handgun Powder

Reloading Bullets

Caliber / Brand/ Type Nontoxic

.308 Barnes 165 gr TTSX BT yes

6.5mm Barnes 120 gr TTSX BT yes

7mm Barnes 150 gr TTSX BT yes

.308 Barnes 150 gr TTSX BT yes

.308 Barnes 168 gr TTSX BT yes

7mm Barnes 140 gr TTSX BT yes

.270 Barnes 130 gr TTSX BT yes

7mm Hornady 150 gr cx yes

.17 cal Hornady 20 gr v-max no

.45 cal Hornady 325 gr FTX no

Nosler Armageddon 17 Rem 20gr HP

Winchester 350 Legend 145gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x39 124gr FMJ

Belom 7.62x39 123gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 30 Carbine 110gr FMJ

Hornady 218 Bee 45gr HP

Federal 7-30 Waters 120gr

Winchester 25-06 Rem 115gr

Winchester 284 Win 150gr

Winchester 7mm Mauser 145gr

Aguila 7.62x51 150gr FMJ BT

Winchester 7.62x51 149gr FMJ

Weatherby .270 WBY MAG 130gr

Hornady 6.8mm SPC 120 gr

TulAmmo 7.62x54 R 148gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x54 R 180gr FMJ

Sig Sauer 300 BLK 125 gr FMJ

Federal 300 BLK 150gr

Sellier & Bellot 5.56x45 55gr

Winchester 223 Remington 55gr FMJ

PPU 8mm Mauser 198gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x51 147gr FMJ

Federal 308 Win 150gr

PPU 7.62x51 145gr FMJ

Aguila 308 Win 150gr FMJ

Remington 223 Remington 55gr FMJ

Magtech 5.56x45 55gr FMJ

Hornady 450 Bushmaster 250gr FTX

CCI 22 WMR Shotshell

Winchester 32 S&W Black Powder Blank

CCI 44 SPL/MAG Shotshell

CORBON 38 Super 115gr JHP

CORBON 38 Super 125gr JHP

Winchester 9x23 Winchester 125gr HP

Sellier & Bellot 7.62x25 Tokarev 85gr

Buffalo Bore 38 Super +P 124gr

Speer 9mm +P 124gr HP

Federal 9mm 124gr HP

Barnes 9mm 115gr HP

Hornady Critical Defense Lite 9mm 100gr HP

Barnes 9mm +P 115gr HP

SinterFire 9mm 100gr HP

Sierra 9mm 124gr HP

Hornady 9mm +P 124gr HP

Blazer 9mm 115gr FMJ

Federal Syntech 115gr

Magtech 9mm 115gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 40 S&W 180gr FMJ

Magtech 40 S&W 180gr FMJ

Blazer 40 S&W 165gr FMJ

Hornady 40 S&W 180gr HP

Barnes 40 S&W 140gr HP

Hornady Critical Defense 40 S&W 165gr HP

Federal 40 S&W 165gr JHP

Barnes 380 80gr HP

Federal 45 ACP 230gr JHP

Hornady Critical Defense 45 ACP 185gr HP

Sig Sauer 45 ACP 230gr JHP

Sellier & Bellot 45 ACP 230gr FMJ

Winchester 45 ACP 230gr FMJ

FNH USA 5.7x28 40gr

Magtech 32 S&WL 98gr FMJ

Speer 357 Sig 125gr TMJ NOT 357 MAG

Sierra 380 90gr JHP

Ammo Incorporated 380 90gr JHP

Magtech 380 95gr FMJ

Aguila 380 95gr FMJ

Federal 380 95gr FMJ

Sellier & Bellot 380 92gr FMJ

Hornady 480 Ruger 325gr HP

Speer 480 Ruger 275gr HP

CCI 22 WMR 30gr HP

CCI 22 Long 29gr NOT 22 LONG RIFLE

Blazer 22 LR 38gr

Browning 22 LR 40gr

Buffalo Bore 38 Special 125gr JHP

Ammo Incorporated 38 Special 125gr JHP

Winchester 38 Special 130gr FMJ

HSM 38 Special 158gr

Ammo Incorporated 44 Mag 240gr JHP

Hornady 454 Casull 200gr HP

Hornady 17 Mach 2 17gr

Hornady Superformance 223 Rem 55gr CX YES

Hornady Superformance 5.56 NATO 55gr GMX Yes

Winchester 270 WSM 130gr Yes

Hornady Superformance 7mm-08 Rem 139gr CX Yes

Hornady Outfitter 270 Win 130gr CX Yes

Winchester 270 Win 130gr Yes

Hornady Outfitter 308 Win 165gr CX Yes

Winchester 300 WSM 150gr Yes

Sig Sauer 300 BLK 120gr Yes

Weatherby 300 WBY MAG 180gr TTSX Yes

Hornady Outfitter 7mm REM MAG 150gr CX Yes

Barnes Vor-Tx 308 Win 168gr TTSX BT Yes

Hornady Superformance 30-06 Sprg 165gr CX Yes

Hornady Outfitter 30-06 Sprg 180gr CX Yes

Winchester 30-06 Sprg 150gr Yes

Federal 30-06 Sprg 165gr Barnes TSX Yes

Hornady Superformance 6.5 Creed 120gr CX Yes

Remington 12GA 3IN 1⅛OZ 2Shot Yes

Winchester Blind Side 12GA 3IN 1⅜OZ 2Shot Yes

Winchester 6.8 Western 162gr Yes

Winchester 12GA 2¾IN 1OZ Sabot Slug Yes

Aguila 12GA 2¾IN 1⅜OZ 0B

Rio 12GA 2¾IN 1⅛OZ 6Shot Yes

Federal 12GA 2¾IN 1⅛OZ 7½Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot 12GA 3½IN 1¾OZ B Shot Yes

Fiocchi 12GA 8.6mm Buckshot

Winchester 10GA 3½IN 1⅝OZ BBB Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot 12GA 3½IN 1½OZ 3Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot Bismuth 12GA 2¾IN 1¼OZ 4Shot Yes

Winchester 12GA 3IN 1⅛OZ 2Shot Yes

Hevi-Shot 12GA 3IN 1¼OZ 4Shot Yes

Zuber 20GA 2¾IN 15/16OZ 7½Shot

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