This past week the water temps have been consistently around 44-45, making the rockfish slow to bite around the island. Working shallow water with light bucktails can produce some good results with 15" to 25" rockfish (striped bass) all catch and release. It should be noted - this time of year we do not specifically target trophy fish, they are spawning and feel they are better left alone. It is the experience on the water and observation of the developing patterns that make a great trip. Learning the patterns early in the season pay dividends later in the season, May - July, when the trophy fish have already left the Bay for the migration north. We are asked often where are the fish, and the best thing to do is get out there and fish, don't wait for a fishing report or someone to say the fish are really biting at such and such, just get out there and enjoy the moment, you will learn ten times more that way. Make sure you always follow the appropriate fishing regulations.