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Clear-day bottomfishing around San Francisco Bay.

Sleek king salmon get the summer sport-fishing glory, but deep in San Francisco Bay there's a host of other scrappy competitors. From leopard sharks to sturgeon, the Bay's bottom-feeding fish can provide plenty of sport and tasty eating.

Party-boat ("open-load") fishing is a good way to get in on the action. November usually brings clear, calm days to the Bay, so while you're waiting for a nibble, you'll get great views of city skylines, islands, sea birds, and passing boats.

Many operators go after "potluck"--a mixed bag of whichever fish are on the bite. Boats usually leave around 6 or 7 A.M., return at 3 or 4 P.M. Cost runs from $25 to $50. Bring your own tackle or rent it on board. Bait is supplied. Ages 16 and over need a state license.

The boats are based at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, in Sausalito harbor, and at the Berkeley and Emeryville marinas. Look for listings under Fishing Parties in the yellow pages.

At least one operator specializes in sharks. Ernie Tritto, skipper of the Fury, takes six to eight anglers on daily bay shark-fishing trips for leopards and scarcer sixgill and sevengill sharks (to 300 pounds). For details, call (415) 357-4390.

Another autumn option is ocean angling for rockfish and lingcod. Party boats depart daily from Pillar Point Harbor on the San Mateo County coast.
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