Jerry Back


Sunsets and Hook Sets
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by Jerry Back, JULY 11, 2017

Ocean Beach

If you’re on a beach in the Northern California area, there’s a palpable tension in the air. Summertime is historically striper-time and surf fishermen (and surf fisherwomen, of course) are increasing their presence on the beach.  Both the skilled and the lucky have been hooking up here and there, but the general consensus is that the season is just getting...
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Pregnant Perch and Breaching Whales
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by Jerry Back, JULY 2, 2017

Marshall Beach

Wow, it has been almost 11 months since my last article.  It’s time for me to get back on the sand and in the surf!  I just haven’t been able to fish much lately--choosing to spend any free time I may get on my musical projects.  However, with striper season getting started on our Norcal beaches, I need to get...
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Trouts)
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by Jerry Back, AUGUST 5, 2016

Gull Lake

My usual fishing haunt is Ocean Beach, San Francisco, where I often cast for striped bass and surf perch.  This week, however, finds me wetting my line in Gull Lake and trying to hook a few rainbow trout. Now, freshwater fishing finds me at the beginning of the learning curve after a few years of gaining basic competence in the surf....
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Night Surf Fishing for Striped Bass
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by Jerry Back, JULY 17, 2016

Ocean Beach

Knowing that it doesn't get much better than July for striped bass fishing on the beaches of San Francisco, I decided I’d try fishing Thursday evening for just a couple of hours to see if I could feel that familiar tug again on my line. Summer has been going by too quickly and I just spent the past week and...
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Surf Fishing for Striped Bass in San Francisco
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by Jerry Back, JUNE 15, 2016

Ocean Beach

While driving back home after a full Saturday’s afternoon of errands, my wife looked out to the Pacific Ocean and remarked “looks like a nice day for fishing.”  Seizing upon that rare opportunity, I replied, “yes, I was thinking of heading down to the beach for a couple of hours.”  And within 30 minutes, I was on the beach with...
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Surf Smelt Galore on Memorial Day Weekend
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by Jerry Back, MAY 30, 2016

Ocean Beach

It has been several weeks since I’ve wet the line and this past Saturday looked to be a perfect time for me to make a break for the beach.  I only had a few hours of sand and surf time so I didn’t want to spend it in the car driving in traffic on the roads.  Instead, I just drove...
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