Bobby Barrack Seminar at Gone Fishin Marine

Bobby Barrack with a typical bass via Snag Proof Frog

DIXON, Ca. – Whether or not you will be fishing the upcoming 12th annual Snagproof Open on August 3-4, if you are an angler that would like to increase your frog fishing – and frog catching skills, you simply do not want to miss the once a year seminar being held this evening at Gone Fishin Marine in Dixon.

Bobby Barrack aka the “Frogmaster” will be at the Gone Fishin Marine on Thursday, July 18th to share with those that want to know, techniques he has perfected over the many years he has used this unique bait, that will help give you the edge over the competition when the money is on the line. Some of the topics covered include:

– What is the best line to use – in what conditions?

– Colors: Does it really matter?

– Retrieve speeds/cadence

– Hook set timing

– Frog Rods and reels

– Modifying frogs – The REAL scoop on the effects of trimming skirts, painting the bait, and adding rattles

– How to spot the most productive Frog water

Bobby Barrack is one the top bass professionals in the west, and is for sure one of the top guides on the California Delta. Spending more than 200 days a year on the river, he knows where the big ones live and how to make them eat!

So make your way down to the Gone Fishin Marine in Dixon, at 6pm promptly, and join us for a special seminar featuring the absolute master of the Snag Proof top water frog!

See you all there!

For more information about the Aug 3-4 12th annual Snag Proof Open event go to www.snagproof.com or www.anglerspress.net

Gone Fishin Marine is located in Dixon California – 707.678.1600

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Frog fishing tips

Froggin’ With Dean Rojas

Elite Series angler Dean Rojas has spent more time on the water throwing a frog than just about anybody. His experiences have taught him to frog when and where other anglers would never consider it. The story of how Dean Rojas has forever changed topwater frog fishing has been told many times since he introduced his first Bronzeye frog for Spro at the 2005 ICAST fishing tackle show.

 

Location:

“Basically, I throw a frog into places where I can’t even see if there’s water there,” the Arizona pro says matter-of-factly. “I try to get the frog into the hardest, darkest places I can find, because that’s where bass don’t see many lures. They’re more relaxed, more apt to come after the frog. “The lure has no limitations. You can fish it anywhere. You can keep a frog on the surface and in the strike zone indefinitely and literally tease a bass into grabbing it. That’s what I do.”

“When I’m fishing the frog, I want to put as many of the percentages of hooking and landing a bass in my favor as possible,” he emphasizes, “but at the same time I want to give the bass as many advantages as possible to get the frog. That’s why I don’t fish the big milfoil mats, the very places where frog fishing was born, because it’s too inefficient. The same is true with lily pads. I want the bass to have a clear view of my frog and an unobstructed path to it. Milfoil and pads have too many obstacles in the way.

Presentation:

“Most fishermen retrieve a frog too fast,” he says. “When I’m fishing around heavy cover, I believe a slower presentation allows bass more time to detect the lure and strike. This could be part of the reason fishermen who skitter their frogs quickly across the top of milfoil beds miss so many strikes. I like to stop my retrieve, too, especially when I think I am in a strike zone. I always try to visualize exactly where a bass is located and where the strike is going to come from so I can adjust my retrieve accordingly. “I like a walking retrieve because it’s slower and keeps the lure in the strike zone longer, but when I do fish through thin, scattered surface vegetation, I may use a stop-and-go chugging presentation, especially if the bass are aggressive. When I’m fishing choppy water and need more commotion, I’ll try a chugging presentation, too, but I can always change back to a walking retrieve if chugging isn’t working.”

Dean’s Frogging Gear:

The rod he designed, a 7-foot medium-heavy action with a 10-inch fast tip and a broomstick butt, is what allows him to work the frog this way; that tip is all he shakes, not the entire rod. The rest of the rod is used for hook setting and controlling the fish. His frog line, Sunline FX-2 Braid, is 80-pound test but has the same diameter as 65-pound braid, and it doesn’t break. When he gets hit, the rod absorbs his hook set and, because of the braid, Rojas has the fish coming toward him instantly. There’s no drag on his Quantum Smoke Burner 7.0:1 reel because Rojas has locked it down. He doesn’t play a bass at all; he swings it into the boat as quickly as possible, using the fish’s own forward momentum.

 

Why Dean Rojas Is A Better Frog Fisherman Than You June 2012 Bassmaster (Steve Price pg. 42-46)

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Spring Bass tackle favorite choices of top Pro’s

Get the right Bass Tackle for Spring Time Bass Fishing!

The pros have selected their favorite spring time bass baits to help you make the right lure choice. 

Chris Lane’s Two-Step Approach For Prespawn Bass

Chris Lane has never appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and he likely never will. Oh, he’s agile enough, perhaps, and he certainly has the confidence. But his upbringing in central Florida didn’t include learning the cha-cha, salsa, tango or other dances required for the show. But there is one “dance” in which Lane excels: the two-step for prespawn bass. When waters start warming in February and the fish begin moving toward the shallows, Lane gyrates his way to some heavy catches. There’s more chunk and wind than bump and grind, and “swing your partner” takes on a whole different meaning. But this angler’s one-two maneuver rarely fails to yield excitement and generous action. It works for Lane, and it’ll work for other anglers who copy and apply his methods.Location:“Everything starts breaking loose when the water temperature in a given lake edges into the mid- to upper-40s,” Lane begins. “In February, anglers should keep a close watch on the weather. If they get several warm, stable days in a row, they need to go fishing. It doesn’t take much water temperature change to get the bass on the move and put them in a feeding frame of mind.” Lane continues that he prospects for these fish in staging areas where they hold and eat before moving onto their bedding grounds. He says, “These areas are typically in coves, between the main lake and the fish’s spawning area. They may be on primary points, secondary points or the first dropoff out from a spawning flat. When the right conditions prevail, it’s very common to find a school of prespawn fish concentrated on one point or on one short stretch of a break in a creek or gully.”“My second option for February is moving up onto the spawning flats and simply covering water. I just troll around and try to find an area where the bass are feeding on shad. I’m usually fishing 1 to 4 feet deep now, depending on water clarity. As Lane trolls and casts, he keeps a sharp lookout for one key to a big catch: submerged vegetation. “This could be old vegetation from last fall, or it could be the first green vegetation of the new season. Whichever, the bass love this cover, and they like to hang around it or in it. If you can find green vegetation, I’ll just about guarantee you you’ll find bass in it or close by.”Lure Selection & Presentation:To find these schools, Lane stays on the move, covering a lot of water quickly. He casts continuously to likely spots until he starts getting some bites. He begins his day working the 6- to 10-foot depth range (deeper in very clear water; shallower in dingy water), and his primary search lure is a suspending jerkbait. He retrieves this lure across points and parallel to underwater drops, trying varying retrieve cadences to discover the presentation the fish prefer on that given day. Lane tries various shad color combinations to discover the fish’s preference. When fishing the spawning flats, Lane employs a shad and red colored 1/2 oz lipless crankbait. “I’m not generally throwing at targets, but instead I’m just fancasting and covering as much water as possible” Lane explains. Lane says he typically transitions to the flats in the afternoon, since the water is warmer and the bite is more active in the shallows after the sun has beamed down a few hours.

 

Davy Hite’s Spring Lure Selection

 

March is Davy Hite’s favorite month to fish. Why? “It’s your best shot all year at the lunker of a lifetime,” he says. “The bass are at their heaviest right now, and they’re catchable.” In most of the United States – save upper-Midwest and northeastern states – the bass are super-chunky because they’re full of eggs and have been feeding for a month straight to prepare for the rigors of the spawn. Hite is rigged up to catch some of these slobs, but he’s never forgotten that fishing is supposed to be fun. Here’s what he throws in March.Rapala DT10:“I use this as my search bait. Whether I’m at an unfamiliar lake or at one I haven’t been to in a while, a crankbait is a good way to find some fish,” he says. Hite opts for a shad colored DT10 and uses it to probe the best available cover – be it grass, sandbars, rock or timber.

Buckeye Mop Jig:

Hite tosses a Mop Jig when he’s looking for a big bite. “I’ve won tons of money on this thing and have caught big fish on it from Florida to California,” he says. “It has a different action and look than a regular silicone jig, so I feel that it gets bit more.” Hite prefers a 1/2-ounce, plain brown jig tipped with a green pumpkin Trigger X Flappin’ Craw. If there’s grass or wood, he flips it in and around the cover. “It’s a really versatile bait. I’ve caught fish by swimming it an inch under the surface all the way down to 30 feet.”

Trigger X Hammer Worm:

“If you can just take four baits, a worm has got to be one of them,” Hite says. “A lot of times if fish aren’t hitting a jig, they’ll hit a worm, and I can Texas or Carolina rig this and still target big fish.” Hite will either use an 1/8-ounce weight and fish shallow vegetation, or put on a 5/8 ounce and drag it off deep drops. Or, he’ll slide on a 1-ounce weight and Carolina rig this 10-inch worm. “Muck” is his go-to color.

Rapala X-Rap Pop:

“When you go fish, you’ve got to have fun, and there’s nothing more fun than seeing a bass smash a topwater plug,” says Hite. “The first three are versatile baits and the Mop Jig’s a big fish bait, but this thing is awesome if you get on some schooling fish – it busts ’em up, and you can have a lot of fun.”

Flippin’ & Pitchin’ The Prespawn with Denny Brauer

There’s a lot of variance in February around the country when it comes to bass fishing. Some of the fish will be up on the beds and others will be just starting to move towards the beds. One thing is for certain, however, they’ll all be thinking about the spawn. That means they’re vulnerable to a flipping or pitching approach.Location:Look for them around suitable spawning areas. Generally that’ll be in the thickest cover they can find near a hard bottom area. I usually start near pockets or other backwater spots, but you always have to keep in mind where you’re fishing. If backwater spots are few and far between on your water, you might want to look around to see what else is available. I’ve seen many a largemouth bed on a big tree limb in standing timber over 40 feet of water. In Florida they often spawn on pad roots. If you live in the north, the water will still be really cold. The bass may not be as far along as what I’ve been talking about. Look for them on breaks, channels and other natural travel routes from their winter spots to the bedding areas.

Another thing to keep in mind is the weather. Prespawn bass are very sensitive to cold fronts – more than during any other season of the year. One day they might be up making beds, but then the weather turns cold and they’ll run back into the thickest cover around. It doesn’t take much. A drop in water temperature of one or two degrees will do it.

Presentation & Lure Selection:

My lure preference for this type of fishing is a jig. I want something that’ll get through the cover but, at the same time, I don’t want much movement. The Strike King Denny Brauer Premiere Pro-Model Jig is perfect. If the water is clear, I fish a brown and green pumpkin color (No. 46). If the water’s dirty, I switch to a black and blue or a Texas Craw. I like to put a Denny Brauer Chunk on the back of my jig. This gives me more bulk but doesn’t have an unnatural amount of action in cold water. I always match the color to my bait. In my experience that’s more natural looking and will catch more fish. Weight is a matter of water depth. The deeper the water, the heavier my jig will be. At this time of year the fish are bottom-oriented.

Flippin’ And Pitchin’ The Prespawn February 1, 2012 Bassmaster.com (Denny Brauer)

 

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Clear Lake Spring Bass tips

A few spring bass tips for Clear Lake Ca.

As march,april and may bring longer hours of sunlight to Clear Lake California the bass begin there spring movements. This is one of the best times to get out and fish Clear Lake as the average bass will go 4-6 lbs with fish up to 9 or 10lbs taken on the right days.

 

Understanding the movements of Clear Lake bass at this time of the year is the key to a successful outing. The fish will begin to move to the shore to look to spawn. Fish will funnel into creeks,bays,marinas and any area offering protection from the cold northern winds that come with a typical spring. Intercepting these fish can be tricky as they move in big pods/schools waiting for the weather to get just right.  The shallow North part of the lake from State Park to Lakeport is a good area to check in early spring. This area has many tules and shallow flats for the bass to use for spawning. Bass will stack up near the mouths of creeks or coves and will move in and out as the weather changes. On warm calm days look for the bass to funnel in to the shore and be shallow and tight to the bank. When the weather changes or cools look for the bass to move off shore , but stay close to the areas they want to use for spawning. Areas with sparse tules or willow trees near bye will clue you in that your in the right areas in spring.

In the south  the deeper part of the lake the keys will offer a protected area for the bass to migrate into and spawn. This area is a good place to go when the winds are strong making the lake rough and difficult to travel to the north part of the lake. Houses with many boat docks and coves make up the keys making for excellent bass fishing in spring. Other areas that will be good in the south part of the lake are any of the bays such as  Konocti Bay, and other protected bays. These areas will see less pressure in early spring and the bass will tend to stay deeper longer in the south before moving up.

There are so many tactics to catch bass at Clear Lake in the spring so well just cover a few of the top producers on this great bass fishing lake. In march look to fish very slow with rip baits such as the Lucky Craft pointer 127’s in the north and staycee 90’s in the south chartuese shad will work just fine make sure you use long pauses when ripping in spring. Next will be slow rolling a spinner bait right on the bottom this will work well in both the north and south part of the lake fish 1/2oz Persuader Spinner baits when fishing shallow and 3/4oz DM Custom Baits Sniper Spinner baits when fishing deeper . Shortly after this the swim bait bite will heat up and continue for some time! Berkley hollow bellies will work well, but if your looking for the bigger fish you had better be throwing bigger baits such as the BVD 3d or the Osprey Talon in light hitch colors. When the weather warms and the fish move up to spawn it will be tough to beat a senko type bait and a frog! This will usually happen in april and may. Many may bass tournaments are won there on a frog! So think shallow, think FROGGY!

There are many more ways to catch bass on Clear Lake and this lake is good year round for bass fishing. There are many hotels and ammenities close to the lake.

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Drop-Shotting Spawning Bass With Hank Parker

New techniques come along every year, but most of them turn out to be fads, and we wind up discarding them for tried-and-true traditional methods. I’m here to tell you that drop-shotting is here to stay.

Anglers are still learning the many advantages of this deadly finesse technique and just how versatile it is. The tactic was initially introduced as a method for taking bass holding on structure in deeper water. However, I’ve found it can be equally deadly in shallow water and on finicky spawners.

Presentation:

Previously, I had to cast a 1/2oz tube bait. A heavier jig was required to get the lure on the bed and hold it there. However, if a bass didn’t eat it aggressively, it would jump and throw the bait because of that heavy lead inside.

Drop-shotting eliminates those problems. I can put as heavy of lead as I need on the end of the line and keep it in the bed. With a bait rigged about a foot above it, the bass will come up and eat it nearly every time. I also have fewer problems landing them because the weight is away from the hook.

Lure Selection:

I prefer rigging my bait with a Mustad nose hook right through the tip of the lure, which is usually a Berkley Gulp! Baits. Those baits are fabulous for bedding bass, and the Gulp! Leech is tough to beat. It is a small bait that looks more realistic than any artificial bait I’ve used.

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Spring Time Bass Fishing

Spring Time Bass Fishing

 

Pre Spawn

 

 

 

BPS Bass in the Grass Tips on Fishing Aquatic Vegetation (Kevin Van Dam)

BPS Bass in the Grass Tips on Fishing Aquatic Vegetation (Kevin Van Dam)

Swimming Bass Jigs with Kevin VanDam – Bass pro shop


Swimming Bass Jigs with Kevin VanDam

Spring Time Bass Fishing by Mark Lassagne

This is the time of year when most of the mature bass will go shallow. Neil Manji, Chief Fisheries biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game says that for many bass, this (spring) is the only time they will go shallow all year meaning many large bass live deep all year except for during the spawn.

In springtime the mature bass move from their deep water haunts, feed up, make a bed, spawn, recover,  guard the fry and then move back to deep water.  This is the normal process, however, it’s important to remember that not all bass are alike and it’s good to keep an open mind while trying different depths and techniques.

When do the bass move up?

This depends on different factors that you as an angler should be aware of.  Weather, water-temperature, daylight and moon phase effect it, in that order.

Weather plays the most important role in bass movement any time of year and can move these spring time fish in or out in a hurry.  After a few nice days the fish will move up shallow but a cold snap will put them right back in deep water. The next factor is water temperature. When the water hits  47-52 degrees and rising, bass will move up and when the temperature moves into the high 50’s and low 60’s, the fish will make a bed and spawn.  How quickly the water temperature increases will affect how fast they move up. When the water moves into the high 40’s and low 50’s, crawfish become active so crawfish are the main forage for a staging bass.  As we move past the winter solstice the days get longer. You will notice an extra half hour of daylight when these fish start moving up.  The last factor in bass movement is the moon phase during the spring with each full moon and new moon bringing a new group of fish up as long as the other conditions are right.

Where do they move to?

During the winter, most bass live deep.  Depending on the body of water, they’ll be from 10 to 80 feet and sometime deeper. When things start to change, they make a move. It could be similar to when you get the itch to start fishing after a winter break, or when the wife wants you to do a little spring cleaning. Where they move is the big question!  Keep in mind not all bass are the same so they don’t all take the same route. For our purposes will use generalities regarding where the bass are and where they are going. Looking at a map or spending time on the lake will help you find spawning areas, work your way out to deep water from there until you contact fish.  Sounds easy, but if it was, everyone would be catching lot of fish.

Spawning areas consist of: shallow water, a protected area, lots of sunlight and hard or sandy (not muddy) bottom composition.  If you have a large area like this you could have a good population of spawning fish moving in and out. If it’s a small area with only a few good spots the number of spawning bass will smaller. Keep these factors  in mind when you’re searching for staging areas.  Note, when you go into a cove, take your rod, paddle or push pole and touch the bottom and see how it feels, if it’s hard with some gravel then its good or if its muck or silt then you won’t have many (or any) bass spawning there.

A staging area will be an area with a good supply of food and close access to deep water combined with some type of structure.  Rocks, ledges and points are key areas however not all points, rocks and ledges will have bass. Look for the spawning area, then back out to the nearest point, rock pile or ledge, this is the route the fish will be moving through. As the weather changes the fish will move from the staging area to the spawning area and back. Finding both of these areas will be a key to your success. Rocks are a big plus this time of year for several reasons. Rocks hold several types of crawdads along with other species of prey. When the sunlight penetrates down to the rocks it forms algae which is food for the bait fish and crawfish. Note: when crayfish have an abundant supply of vegetation to eat, they their under-sides turn red where a lack of vegetation turns them blue.  This is why the black and blue jig work well in the winter and why often, red is better in the spring.  In addition to rocks, shell beds hold bass.  Note: ledges vary quite a bit from lake to lake. In Florida a ledge can be a one or two foot drop while here in California reservoirs, a ledge is usually a 10 to 20 foot drop.

Some other things to keep in mind is creeks and running water as these areas can get washed out or muddied up and cold water can change the bite dramatically. If you find fish in these areas just beware that with some rain it all could change in a hurry.

With an idea of where these bass are, how do we catch them?

Chris Lane, BASS Elite series pro says he targets staging fish with a Zoom Shaker searching for a bite or two to pin-point their location. When looking for fish that have moved shallow he opts for a Cane Toad as his search bait. Once Chris has found fish in either location he will slow down and target the bigger fish using an ACE by Gambler lures.

As bass move up, from staging to spawn, they are in need of food for the rigors of spawning. Crawfish are the main forage this time of year and they provide a good meal with calcium and protein the bass need. Note: crawfish are nocturnal feeders so with a full moon the bass have the opportunity to gorge themselves on these slow-moving crustaceans.

Lure choice and retrieve speed are dictated by water temperature. When the water warms to around 48 degrees a good choice would be a jig, worm or deep slow moving crankbait. As the water warms into the 50’s the fish move up and the bite improves greatly. This is where a Rattle Trap / Zoom Shaker, a spinnerbait like a Damiki red/black Charade spinnerbait, Jackall Squad Minnow, Lucky Craft Stacee, Lucky Craft Pointer, black or black and red Chatter baits , Crank baits like a Speed Trap or a Jackall MC 60 in Craw colors, or a swimbaits are all good choices.  Talking about swimbaits, you have many choices but if you’re just starting out, keep it simple with a few River 2 Sea bottom walkers, Optimum Double Diamond or Pro Swimbaits paddle tails. The Double diamond and Pro Swimbaits work well with a Revenge swimbait head; all three of these swimbaits are inexpensive and can be fished anywhere in the water column.   When the water get into the high 50’s and low 60’s a Zara Spook is always a good bait, a SPRO Frog or Cane Toad, the new Reaction strike revolution shad  or the optimum AC minnow and Zoom trick worms can also be deadly.   The frog is an excellent way to find bass on the beds because many time they will just swirl on the bait and not take it, you then go back with a worm or other slow moving bait to clinch the deal.

Note: taking a rattle trap type bait letting it fall to the bottom then ripping it up and letting it fall back to the bottom can be a very effective technique.

When the water warms into the 60’s the fish most likely will be spawning which leads into a whole new venue of baits and methods, however, two methods that are especially deadly on spawning fish are the drop-shot or a Senko. Drop-shot a small bait like the Sniper Bolt in a bright color so you can see the fish eat your bait. The Sniper Bolt is a three inch worm shaped similar to a Senko.

Once the spawn is over some fish will move back out to the staging area and then into their summer patterns. Other bass usually males will stay in the shallows and guard the fry for a week or two after the spawn. Remember weather is the most important factor to locating and catching bass. If the moon is full and the water 65 degrees, bass will be on or near the beds but if a major cold front rolls in it can still move those fish back out.

Good Luck and happy fishing!

Mark Lassagne

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Skeet Reese Fishing Videos

Skeet Reese Videos

 

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LV-500 Lucky Craft Video

 

Skeet Rippin

 

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Lucky Craft Pointer 100

 

Pointer 128

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Clear Lake Jigs

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