Capt. Don Franklin, who has fished the area professionally since 2001, cites the airport’s proximity to historically productive spots, particularly such popular areas as San Bruno Shoal just to the east, and Candlestick Flats and Oyster Point, a stone’s throw north. Primary targets in the recreational fishery: striped bass, halibut, leopard sharks and sturgeon. Aside from typical afternoon breezes, this side of the South Bay generally enjoys good conditions for small boaters (unlike more-exposed or current-swept waters to the north). Franklin describes this as a year-round fishery, though particularly spring for early-season halibut and bass. He favors fall, when herring spawn, for targeting sharks and sturgeon (the latter fishery improves into the winter months). For local enthusiast and fish blogger Steve Wozniak, it’s especially a warm-weather thing: “Summertime sees great bites on salmon, stripers, halibut and rock cod,” he says.