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Napa Outdoor Digest - April 20th, 2023

On today's blog:

  • 5 Reasons to Attend Our Spring Festival on Saturday.

  • Fishing Reports

  • Gun Shop Update

Our Spring Outdoor Event is on this Saturday, April 22nd!

Top 5 reasons to attend.

Reason 1

10% OFF storewide on any purchase over $100

Reason 2

Fuel up with free donuts/coffee in the morning and hot dogs in the afternoon. Grill will be going all day.

Reason 3

Free Gift to the first 50 customers - 50lb Scale with Tape Measure

Free Scale/Tape Measure for the first 50 clients

Reason 4

Make a purchase or attend one of our seminars for a chance to Win Surelock 4 Gun Safe or Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler.

Reason 5

Learn new skills in one of our Free Seminars.

Kayak Fishing 101 Seminar - 11 am

Drew Dickson, owner of Napa Valley Paddle to host "Kayak Fishing 101"

This 1-hour seminar will cover a variety of topics including kayak hull design, how to read water, tidal action, paddle stroke, gear selection, safety, useful smartphone technology & how to read a tide chart.

And Drew's team will bring 15-20 Kayaks available for sale at great prices!

Downrigger Trolling Techniques Seminar - 12:30 pm

This 1-hour seminar will focus on teaching techniques for fishing inland Trout, Kokanee, and Landlocked Kings. The instructor will use an actual boat setup with downriggers to demonstrate setups during the class.


The seminar is designed for beginners and returning fishermen who prefer hands-on learning. The seminar is FREE, but you must register to save your spot. We are limited to 15 participants. Upon completion of this class, students will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to fish for Sturgeon and Striped Bass on Napa River and beyond. Seminar curriculum:

- Discuss the fish behavior and 2 main fishing techniques

- Discuss the equipment required for Bait Fishing and Casting

- Live Demo: Setting up bait fishing striper and sturgeon rigs

- Live Demo: Setting up casting striper rigs

- How to pick and tie lures

- Discuss bank fishing techniques

- Discuss boat fishing techniques

- Best places to fish around Napa

Learn how to get on the water and have fun on Napa River.


This 1-hour seminar presented by Michael Fong, the Okuma representative, will go over techniques and gear you need to successfully target Black Bass and Striper on Sacramento Delta


Proper casting technique is critical to fly fishing. Improve your casting skills with our Instructor-led fly casting lesson using our demo fly rods.

Halibut Fishing in the Bay is heating up!

Chase and his family went out the last 2 weekends Halibut fishing in the Bay and did great! They launched out of Berkeley and fished over at Oyster Point. Chase and family put 3 in the boat: 25", 26" and 30".

Congrats to Chase and his family!

Napa River Fishing Report

We went out on Tuesday and had a decent day on the water. We trolled for a few hours changing lures and tactics but had no bites. We even tried scenting the rattletraps, but had no takers. The water is still cold, 56-58 degrees, and fairly stained. We finally anchored up in sloughs and threw out anchovies. Our first bite and fish came a few minutes after. A healthy looking and fat 22" breeder. The fish put up a great fight and after a quick photo was released to produce many baby stripers and fight another day.

If you are on the boat, find eddies in sleuths, anchor up, and cast anchovies, ghost shrimp, or pile worms. You'll get bites. For those fishing from the bank, continue to use cut or live bait.

A quick tip for bait fishing.

Cut the head and tail off of anchovies, score the side with a sharp knife, and tie it to the hook with magic thread. Make sure the business end of the hook is exposed and ready to get your fish hooked up.

Live Bait Update

We expect to have Live Ghost shrimp and Pile Worms for you on Friday late morning.

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

Gun Shop Update (Save 10% off on Saturday Only)

We have a good stock of many new and used guns. 10% OFF will also include the Kimber collection below.

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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