Delta stripers still biting in high winds

It takes more than a brisk wind and rough water to stop dedicated anglers from enjoying a top-notch spring striper bite.

“Make sure that you bring rain gear and warm clothing,” James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service, said the evening before our striper trip on the Delta. “The weatherman forecasts wind tomorrow, so it’s going to be wet.”

The weather forecasts proved to be correct, with 25-30 mph winds blowing against a strong outgoing tide, making for a wet and rough morning on the San Joaquin River in the Prisoner’s Point area on Thursday, April 28.

Along on the trip were myself, Chad Donley, pastor of Ham Lane Church of Christ in Lodi, Steven Burke, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners, and Netzel’s deckhand, Roy Rodarte of Elk Grove.

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