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Napa Outdoor Digest and Fishing Report - May 11th, 2023



On today's blog:

  • Fishing Reports - Human and AI

  • Garage Sale Event Update

  • 30% Archery Sale (including bows)

  • Gun Shop News

  • Seminars

Finally! The weather is improving and we are looking forward to a phenomenal weekend of fishing and outdoor activities.


Our goal at Sweeney's is to outfit you for a successful fishing trip and provide the best and latest information on what's biting and where. We're always looking for new ways to improve our service, so we decided to give AI a try. That's right, we've asked Google's Bard AI to provide a fishing report for Lake Berryessa and Napa River. We'll let you be the judge of its efficacy.


Lake Berryessa Fishing Report (Human)

It's going to be hot this weekend, in more ways than one. The water currently sits at 62 degrees, and as it warms, the bass will start moving up into shallower water and begin spawning. We have reports that some are spawning already.


If you are looking for crappie, fish the shallows and around structures of any kind. Anglers are starting to get them on crappie jigs and live minnows. We have enough medium-sized minnows to last through the weekend, but if you are planning to fish, it's best to get them early. It's going to be a great weekend to fish, and we may run out faster than expected. These minnows are healthy and will last you for days in a properly aerated bucket. Add some ice to the water to keep them alive and healthy longer.


We are also expecting a large shipment of crappie jigs today or tomorrow and should have a great assortment for you this weekend.


Lake Berryessa Fishing Report (AI)


I've asked Google Bard AI: "Can you please write a Lake Berryessa fishing report?"


Sure, here is the Lake Berryessa fishing report for May 11, 2023:

  • Bass: Bass fishing is still very good, with fish being caught in all three species: smallmouth, spotted, and largemouth. Bass are in all phases of the spawn, so anglers are having success with a variety of techniques. Drop shot, senkos, and plastic bed baits are all working well. There are also fish that are still actively feeding, so spinner baits and other reaction baits are still a good way to go.

  • Trout: Trout fishing is also good, with fish being caught in the cooler, deeper waters of the lake. Trolling is an effective method of catching trout, and anglers are using a variety of lures, including j pex lures, wiggle hoochies, and tubes.

  • Catfish: Catfish fishing is outstanding, with fish being caught from the banks or at the inlets in the upper end of the lake. Anglers are using a variety of baits, including stink baits, cut bait, and live bait.

  • Crappy: Crappie are moving into the shallows and holding around structure. Anglers are using minnows and jigs to catch crappie.

The lake is at 86%, and the water temperature is in the mid-50s. The weather is expected to be sunny and warm, with a high of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here are some tips for fishing Lake Berryessa:

  • Be sure to check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website for the latest fishing regulations.

  • Wear a life jacket when boating on the lake.

  • Be aware of the weather conditions and dress accordingly.

  • Be respectful of other anglers and the environment.

I hope this report helps you have a successful fishing trip on Lake Berryessa!


So what do you think about AI's accuracy?


Napa River Fishing Report (Human)


The water is warming fast and the lure and swim bait action should open up soon. The warm weather this weekend should produce a great striper bite. Use Live Ghost, Pile Worm, or Frozen Anchovie fishing from the bank.


In the meantime, if you are on the boat, find eddies in sleuths, anchor up, and cast anchovies, ghost shrimp, or pile worms to get striper bites.


If you are sturgeon hunting using the fish finder, cruise around until you find a few sitting on the bottom, anchor up, and cast to them. Change spots in 30-45 minutes if you get no bites.


Napa River Fishing Report (AI)


I've asked Google Bard AI: "Can you please write a Napa River fishing report?"


Sure, here is the Napa River fishing report for May 11, 2023:

  • Striped bass: Striped bass fishing is good, with fish being caught in the lower and middle sections of the river. Anglers are using a variety of baits, including live bait, artificial baits, and lures.

  • White sturgeon: White sturgeon fishing is also good, with fish being caught in the lower section of the river. Anglers are using a variety of baits, including worms, shrimp, and roe.

  • Catfish: Catfish fishing is fair, with fish being caught in the lower section of the river. Anglers are using a variety of baits, including stink baits, cut bait, and live bait.

  • Smallmouth bass: Smallmouth bass fishing is fair, with fish being caught in the upper and middle sections of the river. Anglers are using a variety of baits, including crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs.

  • Largemouth bass: Largemouth bass fishing is fair, with fish being caught in the lower and middle sections of the river. Anglers are using a variety of baits, including crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs.

The river is flowing at a rate of 200 cubic feet per second, and the water temperature is in the mid-50s. The weather is expected to be sunny and warm, with a high of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here are some tips for fishing the Napa River:

  • Be sure to check the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website for the latest fishing regulations.

  • Wear a life jacket when fishing from a boat.

  • Be aware of the weather conditions and dress accordingly.

  • Be respectful of other anglers and the environment.

I hope this report helps you have a successful fishing trip on the Napa River!


Pretty Wild Stuff


While AI fishing reports are not 100% accurate, they seem to be quite helpful, especially when you need them on demand. I have been using the full version of the FishBrain app for the past few months, and I have found that their AI fishing spot prediction works pretty well. I often use the app to adjust my fishing plan on the spot if my original plan is not producing results.


What's next? The AI-powered fish finders? Fancy tackle boxes with AI lure recommendations?


Whatever it is, fishing is the best way to spend a day. There's nothing quite like casting your line and waiting for a bite. The fresh air, the sound of the water, and the peace and quiet of nature are all incredibly relaxing. And if you're lucky enough to catch a fish, it's even more rewarding. So what are you waiting for? Grab your fishing gear and head out on the water today!


Live Bait Update


We are expecting Ghost Shrimp and Pile Worms, Friday, around 11 am.


We have Medium and Large Minnows in stock.


Click here for tips on how to keep your live bait alive longer.


 

Garage Sale Event - June 3rd

 

Our next event is coming up quickly. Here is what to expect:

  • Win Prizes

  • Free Hot Dogs/Drinks

  • Free Seminars

  • Garage Sale with $5, $10, $20 tables and storewide savings

  • Huge Kayak Sale


You must pre-register and attend to be entered in the drawing for the prizes.



Free Seminars offered at the event:




More to come.

 

Grand Prize #1


Half Day, Self Guided Kayak Fishing Trip for 2


*Service & equipment provided by Napa Valley Paddle. 707.200.5511 to book Ride the tide from the Carneros Wetlands to Downtown Napa peppering the shore with lures for 6 miles! With tide & wind at your back our top-shelf fishing kayak, Vibe Cubera 120 Hybrid offers comfort & stability including the most luxurious seat in the business. Leave it to the Southerners to put a lawn chair on a kayak! This half-day trip will launch during the morning, with incoming tide leaving plenty of time to fish the Horseshoe slough or picnic at Kennedy Park. Duration: Approx 4 hours, 2 hours paddle time/riding the tide

Value: $298


 

Grand Prize #2


Solstice Flare 1-2 Person Inflatable Kayak




12'6" x 37" - The Solstice Flare 2 is a high-performance, two-person inflatable kayak ready for flat or whitewater. Built with UV-resistant, marine-grade PVC material, and a high-pressure, drop-stitch floor, the Flare 2 has a capacity of 460 lbs. Integrated bow and stern spray covers with bungee-tie downs for storage. This kayak includes an adjustable & removable bucket seat so it can be converted and used from a 2-person to a 1-person Kayak. Also includes a removable skeg for ultimate tracking.


Value: $699

 

More prizes are to be announced. Register, attend, and win!



 

30% OFF Archery Sale


Everything must go! While supplies last. The sale includes the remaining bows in stock and all of the accessories, including arrows, rests, releases, etc.


30 % OFF ARCHERY

Most of the inventory will be listed on eBay and elsewhere online and will sell fast. Don't miss an opportunity to upgrade your gear at rock-bottom prices.


Hurry in for the best selection!

 

Gun Shop News


Here is the coolest thing since sliced bread!



Franklin Armory Sig Sauer CA320 9mm is the easiest way to get Sig’s new P320 Fire Control Unit. This firearm comes as a single-shot pistol with all sig sauer parts aside from the frame. A simple grip swap and you will have a regular P320!




We also offer frames Made by Sig Sauer. The aftermarket possibilities are endless, we offer all the parts to get yourself Sig Sauer’s new and highly sought-after P320.




Glock Price drop all $649.99 - $599.99

All $699.99- $649.99




New Summer colors for the Walther P22 and Smith & Wesson Shield.




Ammunition and components in stock:


Remington 300 win mag 150gr core lokt (Lead)

Federal 300 win mag 150gr power shok (Lead)

Hornady 30-30 win 150gr ftx (Lead)

Federal 30-30 win 150gr Barnes tsx (Non-Lead)

Hodgdon H4350




Seminars







We are Hiring


Do you love fishing? Do you like sharing your expertise and advice to help other people be successful on the water?


If the answer is yes to both, please consider joining the legendary Sweeney's Sports team. We are looking to hire a part-time fishing expert to work weekdays, 9-6, Mon-Thur with some flexibility.


Make extra money, get great discounts on products you love, and have fun at work. Please click here to apply.





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