RB BASS Delta Bass Fishing

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Ron Howe and Michael Coleman fun fishing the California Delta in July. Danny McElroy came along and filmed our fish catches for the day. It was cold and very windy most of the day, we made several adjustments to catch fish in many different ways. Topwater, Chatter Baits, Persuader Spinner Baits, River2Sea Whopper Ploppers and drop shots were all catching fish. It was a good day we had a lot of fun RB BASS style! For more RB BASS videos check out our You Tube Channel.

 

  

 

Soft Jerkbaits by Josh Parris

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You could write a book on the various rigging options and techniques of soft jerk baits, but for time sake I’ll stick to shallow weightless tips for now. I have always stuck by Zooms super salty Fluke, it’s soft, durable, and has enough weight to be cast a mile weightless. I throw my flukes on a medium heavy rod paired with 10lb fluorocarbon line
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on most lakes and 12lb on the Delta and Clear lake. I like to use the fluke Texas rigged with a 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook in both light and heavy wires. Many will say a round bend hooks helps increase hook up ratio, but I haven’t noticed a significant difference between the two and prefer the EWG. The light wire hook will give a great soft jerk bait presentation, working just under the surface. I use that presentation in winter and when the bite is tuff and I’m going more finesse.
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Just like a hard jerk bait the fluke will pull fish from a long way, but because of its soft bait action it tends to draw more bites than a traditional hard jerk bait. I use the heavy wire hook during most of the year. Despite it being a heavier hook it actually makes the bait want to jump out of the water. The majority if the hooks weight is in the back of the bait and points the head at the surface. It creates a blend between soft jerk bait and top water. It will jump out of the water if given a hard twitch during the retrieve. Its possible to do a top water presentation with out a heavy wire hook. It just takes much more work on the anglers part and isn’t typically as controlled. When fishing heavy cover I like to skip the bait in to it and immediately start retrieving it breaking the surface. After a few pops I kill it and let it set for a few second. Ninety percent of the time as soon as it stops is when it’s going to get bit. In open water or on rock bluffs and spars cover I make a long casts past my target. I don’t want the fish to see or hear the baits entry. If my target is close to the bank, I cast on to the bank and pull the bait in silently. I work the bait to my target with the typical twitch twitch pause. When I get to my target I start jumping it out of the water followed by a brief pause. I try to mimic the conditions if bass are chasing bait I try to be erratic, on calm days or if it’s slow I use a more slower retrieve throwing in little busts of breaking the surface. With colors I throw two, albino white and baby bass. Most of the time I throw white because I can easily track it and most bait fish have some white on them. During post spawn or if the water is really clear and the sun is bright sometimes I’ll switch to baby bass. Like all jerk baits the fish are most times just instinctively swiping at it. Sometime they are completely missing it or just grabbing the tail. To combat missing and losing fish, I always try to wait to feel the fish before setting the hook. Most times if they don’t get it and you don’t rip it out of there with a hook set they will immediately come back for it on the next pause. Easier said than done when they violently exploded on it, but loosing or missing fish will quickly reinforce it. I almost always have a soft jerk bait on my deck, it’s a great search bait for covering water as well as follow up bait for a fish that missed top water baits such as Spooks, Frogs or Whopper Ploppers. I hope this helps, and good luck out there!
Josh Parris

New Berkley Havoc Klein’s 6″ Boss Dog

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Berkley Boss Dog

 

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Designed with the input of Bassmasters Elite Series professional Gary Klein, the Berkley Havoc Klein’s Boss Dog delivers a highly individualized look and action that bass will fall hook-line-and-sinker for. Complete with fluttering appendages and a lively J-shaped tail, the Berkley Havoc Klein’s Boss Dog makes a devastating addition to both Carolina-rigs and Texas-rigs. Offered in a number of proven colors, the Berkley Havoc Klein’s Boss Dog is made to be your go-to bait when bragging right are on the line. 

“The Boss Dog was designed to have a unique presence in the water. Features quivering legs and a slithering tail. The body is designed to handle larger hooks” – Gary Klein, Bassmasters Elite Series Pro

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New Berkley Powerbait 6″ Slim Shad

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The Berkley Powerbait Slim Shad has it all – a detailed shad profile, tons of rolling action, and the always-effective Powerbait Scent and Flavor Formula. Slightly larger than the average swimbait, the Berkley Powerbait Slim Shad is capable of drawing hungry bass in from a distance. But don’t let the bigger size fool you, all sizes of bass love the enticing action of the Berkley Powerbait Slim Shad. Perfect for fishing in open water and over deep grass, the Berkley Powerbait Slim Shad is built to put more bass in the boat. Plain and simple. 

New “Powerbait Rib Shad”

 

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Power Bait Rib Shad

 

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Built upon the “big fish eat little fish” principle, the Berkley Powerbait Rib Shad presents bass with an easy and appetizing meal that’s too good to pass up. Designed with ribbing all along the body, the Berkley Powerbait Rib Shad features a segmented backside and a lively paddle tail that gives the whole body an attractive motion. A true workhorse, the Berkley Powerbait Rib Shad delivers a hard-thumping wiggle on weighted swimbait hooks, A-rigs, and jigheads.

Impregnated with Powerbait’s legendary Scent and Flavor formula, the Berkley Powerbait Rib Shad gets fish to hold on longer, giving you the time and confidence to feel more bites, set more hooks, and catch more fish. Offered in a range of proven colors, the Berkley Powerbait Rib Shad triggers the predatory instinct engrained in all bass that tells them to target smaller fish.

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Berkley Havoc Sick Fish Swimbait

Soft Plastic Swimbait

The Berkley Havoc Sick Fish is a soft plastic, full bodied swimbait designed by professional bass angler Skeet Reese. The Sick Fish from Berkley is part of the Havoc line of soft baits designed by professional bass anglers. The Sick Fish was designed with an ambiguous fish appearance that mimics any number of forage fish including trout, perch, hitch and gizzard shad. The Sick Fish has an incredible swimming action that is evident at both slow and fast retrieves. The Sick Fish can be rigged in many ways including: weedless with a belly shank weighted hook, swimbait jig head or the Alabama Rig. The bait is 4″ in length and comes two per pack in many of the best colors.

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