Glad you found your way back to SS.
Change of subject, sorry. I read a lot of info about striped bass and striper fishing all over the country, mostly news feeds but also search around plus I've been to San Francisco several times and had the opportunity to fish the Bay twice. To me the whole area looks like it should be striped bass heaven yet the more I read it appears that bass fishing has really declined over the years and the fishery is not really doing well.
I know that historically, late 1800's and early 20th century the fishery was fantastic, beyond belief, then it dramatically declined and by 1935 striped bass were officially made a game fish, no more commercial fishing of any kind.
In the last 70+ years it rebounded, although it took a big hit between 1945 and 1955, today the impression I have is that it is no where near the levels of abundance we have here in the Northeast today.
Just the other day I ran across all kinds of dire warnings issued about the levels of PCB's in stripers from a few rivers in the Delta.
Is the situation, the decline of the fishery, mainly attributed to pollution, agricultural chemical run offs, reclamation projects, power plants, etc or is there something else going on that I haven't learned about yet?
BTW there is a fantastic study, written by John Skinner in 1962 on the web site. Not the whole study, just the section on striped bass:
An Historical Review of the Fish and Wildlife Resources of the San Francisco Bay Area