There is Plenty of Good Weather Left!

Sundown at Port Apache on  Georgiana Slough

Sundown at Port Apache on Georgiana Slough

 If you have been sequestered away for the last several weeks you are not aware of how great the weather has been.  Fall is about the best time in the Delta as far as I am concerned.  It is generally a little cooler with almost no wind to contend with.  This year the only problem seems to be the hyacinth appearing just about everywhere. Other than that it has been beautiful!

The fishing has been fantastic lately.  Although I am not a fisherman myself I talk to many anglers and I have noticed that the rivers have been packed with fishing boats.  Rio Vista recently held it’s 65 annual Bass Festival and the fishing was intense.  Winners were Striper – Tuan Nguyen, Sturgeon – John Gonzales, Salmon – Martin Morfey, Kid’s Striped bass – Riley Chaney, and Kid’s Catfish – Arturo Laredo.   Congratulations to all!

Rio Vista Bass Festival

Rio Vista Bass Festival

The Bass Festival is far more than a fishing contest.  It is a street fair, soap box derby, custom car show, and a vast amount of fun all rolled into a three day celebration.  Even if you are not a fisherman you will enjoy the Bass Festival.  We hung out and sampled the various food booths and there were some great ones.

Bass Festival

Bass Festival

Bass Festival

For the most part the water has been flat.  At times I have almost felt guilty for disturbing the mirror like surfaces with my boat wake.  Since I had my carburetor rebuilt and replaced all of the ignition parts on my starboard engine it has been running better than I can ever remember.  I guess my winter project will be to do the same to the port motor but I am going to wait until the weather gets much worse than it is now.

Santa and his helper

Santa and his helper

Don’t forget the upcoming lighted boat parades.  These are fun events that take place all over the Delta.  It is fun to participate by boat or stand on the shore and watch them.  They are always accompanied by parties at local restaurants and watering holes.  I look forward to seeing you at some of them!



Tower Park Resort along with Rosa’s Italian Restaurant will have a lighted golf cart parade and pot luck dinner on December 8. This is a fundraiser for the US Marine Corps “Toys for Tots”. If you would like to decorate your golf cart please register that evening about 1700. Parade will start around 1730. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated, the most animated, and “People’s Choice.”  Bring a new unwrapped toy for a child in need.  Contact John or Cheryl at 209/365-4693 for information.

 Marina West Yacht Club is holding their Delta Reflections parade on Saturday December 1st cruising into downtown Stockton.   Call Lynn Hahn at 209/477-7653 to make your reservation.  This is a charitable event with an entry fee.  Proceeds go to help Women’s Center of San Joaquin County.

Discovery Bay is holding their tenth annual Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st.  For information contact Amanda Dove at 925/408-8332.

The Delta Loop lighted boat parade is on December 8.  Several prizes will be awarded, contact Korths Pirate’s Lair Marina at 916/7776464 for more information.

Don’t forget the Rio Vista parade on December 1st, call 707/374-2315 for information.

Santa's Sleigh Ride

Santa’s Sleigh Ride

About Bill Wells - A retired yacht broker, Bill is currently the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau. He is an active member of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association. In their spare time he and his beloved wife Sue cruise their 1937 Stephens cruiser Ranger to boating events throughout the Delta. Bill is active in matters helping to preserve and protect the California Delta. He chronicles his adventures in the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.

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