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Napa Fishing and Outdoor Report - September 8th, 2022

This Week at Sweeney's

In this newsletter:

  • Fishing Report

  • Hunting Update

  • This week at Gun Shop

Let's get started!

Tom, our Salty Dawg was towed 5 miles into the ocean by this 182 lbs Big Eye Tuna. He was alone, on his 17ft Boston Whaler boat. He managed to put the fish in the boat and make it back to the dock with a virtually empty gas tank. Congrats to our Salty Dawg Tom for this fantastic catch. He truly lived through Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" story. Except for the "Old" part :). Thank you for sharing Tuna Stakes with the crew, Tom. Sashimi grade fine dining, indeed.

Napa River

The Striper bite continues to be red hot. Both the boat anglers and shore anglers are catching them really good. Cut Anchovies or Sardines are working best for schoolies, with an occasional keeper. Casting or trolling various swimbaits, rattletraps. Guys reporting a good early morning and late evening top water bite, and wild things are working for stripers up to 7-8 lbs. Even the fly guys are coming in and reporting a good streamer bite casting against tuly lines.

The South end of the River is still producing a mixed bag of fish as well. We appreciate all the reports. Please send us your pics and we’ll publish them here:

Lake Berryessa

Lake berryessa has been fishing fantastic the past two weeks. Trout and king bite opened up, despite the conditions that have been thrown our way this year. Limits of trout with some kings have been the name of the game. Angelers have been trolling anywhere from 40 to 90 feet deep. Keep working hard and it will pay off.

Ocean Salmon Action

The Salmon bite is starting to slow down out in the ocean with a lot of fish starting to make there way up the river. However, if you wanted to go search for an ocean giant, now is the time to do so. Although anglers are having to search for their fish and put in the time, there are still limits of Salmon being caught. It continues to be one of the best Salmon seasons in recent memory. We have a good supply of trolling balls, and your favorite salmon lures. We also got our hands on a limited supply of tray Anchovies, hopefully, we can keep them coming in, but for now, we are limiting customers to 3 trays per visit. The tuna bite out of Fort Bragg is in full swing right now, and Albacore is being caught daily with a mix of Dorado being pulled in as well. Our Salty Dawg Tom went out last week and got a handful of albacores and even pulled in a 182LB Big Eye Tuna!!! Come down and chat with our Salty Dawg Tom for recent reports and techniques.

River Salmon Action

River salmon season continues to get better as the days go on. Angelers who are putting in their time in and working hard are seeing the pay off. We are seeing people catch sitting on anchor with Brad’s Killer fish plugs, or Silvertrons, or getting into a hole and jigging. The troll bite will heat up here soon when we get a big push of fish into the river. Angelers up north in Cottonwood and Barge Hole area, are really working hard for the fish and getting a few here and there. The trout bite, however, is red hot up there. The fly fishing guys are nailing them daily. Come into the shop and grab our fly guide Robbie’s card or go to to get in touch with him. Keep working hard my river friends.

This week in Hunting

Theres a lot of really nice bucks being killed here recently in A zone, guys are starting to see bucks getting ready to start the rut. Big bodies and swollen necks. With this heat wave, early mornings and late evenings are the best times to have a chance at real nice buck. Or, finding a water source, sit on it and wait for the deer to come to you. We are expecting to see cooler temperatures starting next week wich will be good for the A zone hunters.

This week at Gun Shop

This week at Gun Shop




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New Ammo In-Stock

Browning BPR Performance Rimfire

Hollow Point

40gr 1435 FPS


Federal 12ga 2.75” #7.5

Migra 12ga 3” Blended #2/BB

Nosler 7mm Rem Mag 150gr

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New Firearms

Sig Sauer P229 9mm

Kimber Stainless II .45 ACP

Kimber Custom II .45 ACP

Sig Sauer P220 .45ACP

CZ P-01 9mm

10% Off All Christensen Arms Rifles!!!

Benelli Super Nova 12ga




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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