Lake Berryessa Fishing Report by Charlie King

March 25th kicked off the opener for the 2017 Future Pro Tour Season.
After our performance in the FPT Classic on Lake Folsom earlier in the month, we were sure ready for Lake Berryessa and a little Redemption.
Friday was the only day my son-in-law and team partner Chase Elliott and I had to pre-fish, the weather was rainy and windy all day long and basically blew us off the main lake and with the water temp getting real close to 60 degrees we had no way to check the big spawning flats that everyone had been talking about.

With the storm and colder weather we decided to concentrate on pre spawn fish in areas that would be protected from the wind. We started with a River2Sea Biggie square bill and covered a lot of water with no luck.
We found a good number of fish off the bank in the 15 to 20 foot range near long secondary points but the fish didn’t want to eat that well,  we figure out a couple of baits that would catch them and made our plan for the tournament day.
Saturday morning we made the run to our first stop and started fishing, it didn’t take long before we realize that it was a little different, the fish wanted the baits moving more then the day before, Chase tied on a 3/4oz Gold Blade Runner underspin with a 4.8 Keitech Fat Impact in Bluegill Flash color and started slow rolling it in twenty feet, when I say slow I mean SLOW! about 15mins of this our first fish was a 9.67lb lagermouth that ended up being big fish of the tournament. We got 10 to 15 fish on the underspin and culled a couple of the fish with a Shakey head and a 6″ Savage Gear 3D Armor Crawler in the Watermelon Red flake color later in the day on the main body of the lake. We ended up in 4th place out of 134 teams with 19.95lbs and took home the big fish money as well.

The rods that we used for the underspin was the new EVX series from Okuma, paired with Okuma Citrex reels, these are very light and super sensitive. Fins 40G 25lb test line was our choice for this setup.
For the Savage Gear 3D Armor Crawler we choose the Okuma TCS 7 foot Shakey head rod paired with Okuma Trio-20 Reels spooled with 15lb test Fins 40G, once again super light and sensitive!
I  want to say thanks to all my friends and family that continues to support me in doing what I love to do.
Also to my sponsors, without them I would not be able to fish at all!,,,,, ,,,,,


Delta Fishing Report by Mark Lassagne

Delta Bass Report Feb 11th 2017


Mark Lassagne and Charlie King


Since it finally stopped raining for a couple days we hit the Delta to locate fish for some upcoming guide trips.  

Launching from Orowood Marina near Brentwood Calif. 

High tide about 7AM and Low tide about noon. 

The day started with 46 outside temps in the morning and a light breeze. The wind picked up throughout the day to about 15 MPH and the temps rose to near 60 by days’ end.  

It was a bluebird day after a week of rain, so hopes were high but expectations were low as with most post frontal days the bite will be tough, especially when the water is cold.  

The water was 52 to 55 degrees and its mid Feb so we targeted wintering places for Delta bass like dead end sloughs, sharp channel swings and places where the current slows. 

With a goal of locating as many places as possible in one day we decided to power fish searching as many spots as possible throughout the day vs. fishing slow and picking an area apart. 

After running a few miles, the first bite came at 8AM felt like a big fish but didn’t hook up, 8:30 first fish in the boat a solid 3+, we then missed 2 more bites and then landed another 3+ at 9AM all on an orange Revenge Vibrator with an orange ribbon worm trailer.

A Delta Bass caught on a Revenge Vibrator

 Keeping to the plan we went searching other areas, fishing about an hour or so with no bites. We ran to a dead end slough and about 11AM (low tide at noon) we got a couple more a 2lber and one close to 6lbs.  

Catch those two we went on the search, again locating a little bend in the river where we got two more another 3lber and a 5 then headed out.  

Now it’s noon – low tide and we start fishing other places we assumed winter fish would be, hitting about 10 to 15 more in the next few hours but not a single bite. 

Note: The tide was never low, even the low tide at noon was, with the huge amount of water coming in it was like high tide all day.

 Conclusion, the fish today were grouped up, when you find one there are more in the same area. If it was tournament day we would have stayed in the few places where we found fish and I believe we could have had a big bag.  

None the less we had about 20lb for the best five catching 7 fish total and missing 5 bites which is a pretty good day for the bluebird day after a storm.


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Lake Berryessa Fishing Report by Tamara Rustin

February 4th 2017

Water temp: 53
Weather: 56 degrees and overcast with a few showers.
Finally got to get out on the water after about 2 weeks. Kate Hall and I decided to hit Lake Berryessa to do a little pre-fishing for our upcoming tournament for BBT on February 25th. My first time ever fishing this lake.
We launched at Pleasure Cove around 8:30 am. Started fishing the narrows. Water was a little stained had about 2 feet of visibility. We tried throwing just about a little bit of everything from Top water, A-Rig, Crank baits, Swim baits they were just not biting. Kate decided to throw on a drop shot using a Keitech leach and BAM she landed one. We landed four of our five fish for the day on the drop shot.
We decided to move to the main lake water visibility was like chocolate milk. We fished it for a while and nothing. So we decided to make our way back to the narrows around 12. Bite was tough so I decided to throw a Gary Yamamoto 5″ pink senko wacky style and finally got a bite. When we got it in the boat I was stoked landed a 3lber. For me that’s my biggest of 2017 so far. We got our 5×3 and we have a start to where we will be headed on tournament day. All of our fish were caught in warmer water in the 20 feet range and before 1:00.
Thanks for taking the time to read my fishing report and hope to see you all on the water sometime. Sack em up…

RB BASS Anglers @ ISE Show Sacramento

Several RB BASS Tournament Anglers will be at this years ISE Show in Sacramento Ca, working at many of the Vendors booths or locations. Stop bye say hello we look forward to seeing you!

Charlie King @ Anglers Press Thursday

Preston Henson @ Phenix Rods Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Steve Wilson @ C&C Marine Thursday, Friday ,Saturday, Sunday

Ron Howe @ Pure Fishing/Berkley/Abu Garcia Friday and Saturday

Tamara Rustin @ BASS Angler Magazine Saturday and Sunday

Alex Sanchez @ Phenix Rods Friday and Saturday

Michael Coleman @ Bass Angler Magazine Thursday, Friday ,Saturday, Sunday

Mark Lassagne @ Bass Angler Magazine Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Tamara Rustin Joins RB BASS group of Anglers

Oroville Ca Dec 2016

Lady Angler Tamara Rustin Joins RB BASS group of Anglers

RB BASS is excited to add a Lady Angler to the Group. Tamara is a great addition to our Group, she is consistent with promotions on Social Media and She can put good ones in the Livewell. We look forward to helping Tamara grow with the sport of Bass Fishing in 2017 and beyond!  To Learn more about Tamara read her Bio below.

Hey there. My Name Is Tamara Rustin. I am a single mom with two beautiful children, Brody 9 and Kayleigh 5. I was born and raised in Oroville Ca. I work Full time in the Metal Supply Business.

I started fishing when i was 5. my papa and nana took me on my fist camping/fishing trip to little grass valley reservoir and i have been hooked ever since. I started fishing ponds behind my house to Lake Oroville, Clear Lake and other local lakes. In 2014 i fished my first tournament circuit which was the BBT. My passion is tournament fishing, the lights, the boats, the people and just enjoying the beauty of it all. I am currently fishing Norcal 90, a family run circuit on Lake Oroville. I am very fortunate to be a part of and represent the following companies. North Valley Tackle, Cal Coast Fishing, Bass Angler Magazine and i am also pleased and excited to have been offered the opportunity to be apart of the RBBASS Family. Looking Forward to the 2017 season. See You on the water! Sack ‘ Em Up.


Dressing up for the Cold with Pro Angler Mark Lassagne

Dress for Success

You don’t have to miserable fishing in cold weather

Heading out to uncover your boat for a day on the lake you notice the cover is frozen solid and there’s ice across the windows of your truck.

You ponder for a minute – do I really want to go fishing today? Knowing that you’ll be numb at least for the first few hours. The minute goes by, hell ya I’m going fishing who’s gonna listen when I whine about it being too cold anyway.

Truth is you don’t have to be so cold it’s uncomfortable – yes it’s cold and I’m not saying you won’t be a little cold but with the right gear it’s bearable.

Every day is different but with layers you can adjust for the conditions.

We’ll go over a generally cold day and then make adjustments for extreme cold and or rain.

Base Layer: I use Cabela’s Polartec, be sure to get tall. After going through a ton of different manufactures I found these to be the best for fishing as the bottoms are a little bit taller where they don’t fall down exposing skin. With the top, I get the Tall size, that can be tucked further down, again so you don’t expose any skin. Below the thermals I wear snug boxer briefs cuz it’s no fun if they bunch up. On top, I wear a snug tee shirt under the thermals for the simple reason I wear the thermals for several days and I want them to stay as clean as possible. You also want the tee shirt long so it will stay tucked in too.

2nd Layer Bottoms: On top of the thermal bottoms I wear insulated nylon sports pants. I have two different pairs, one that is light weight for mild days and another that has heavier insulation for colder or rainy days. You can usually find a good selection at Marshalls for a good price. Be sure to get a color that matches your jersey so you’ll look good at weigh in. Jeans or pants will work in a pinch but sports pants are more comfortable (flexible) and keep you warmer.

2nd Layer Top: Your upper body needs more insulation, so over my thermal I wear a long sleeve tee shirt and then a hooded sweatshirt over that. I have a few different hoodies so I’ll use thicker ones, like an Okuma sweatshirt when it’s colder.  If it’s down in the 20’s Columbia makes a thin Omni-Heat jacket that works instead of a sweatshirt but only when it’s really cold because it will keep you so warm you’ll overheat once it warms up a little.

Outer Bottoms: For the outer layer, I wear Gil FG2 Tournament Trousers. You’ll want to have insulated bibs. Rain pants just don’t work when it’s cold and especially if it’s raining, they will ride down and you’ll get a cold and wet ass – just no fun. There are lots of great rain gear out there but I’ve been using these for a couple years and I’m staying dry even in heavy rain. Let me tell you when it’s 42 degrees pouring rain and you feel the cold water soaking through your thermals working up your back you’ll wish you had these.

Outer Top: On top, I have a couple options. If it’s dry I wear a light weight Stormr Nano jacket but if it’s raining I use the Gil F2 Tournament Jacket. When it’s dry, you need wind protection because your base layers will keep you warm but they are not wind resistant. When it’s raining, it very important to stay dry. You want a good hood that will cover your head with without too much downward pressure (which will give you a headache) and still be able to see out of, you want the front to be able to close up tight so no water comes in when you’re running – The Gil F2 does a good job.

No matter if the rest of your body is warm: cold hands, feet or head can make for a miserable day.

Socks: First I wear a good pair of compression socks the ones from CEP Compression USA work well and that’s it for socks. With the new compression socks you don’t need to double up or do anything special.

Boots: Columbia Newton Ridge waterproof boot, these are the best boots ever – lightweight comfortable, warm, waterproof with good traction, pretty much perfect for fishing.

Extra Feet Warmth: Even with good compression socks and waterproof boots your feet might get cold so on those super cold days I use ThermCell ProFLEX HD heated insoles. These are pretty cool and adjust with an app on your phone. The only thing I don’t like is they are a little thick and can cramp your feet if you don’t have extra room in your boots.

Hands: Probably the most difficult to keep warm. I use Buff Sport Series full fingered gloves when it’s really cold and then fingerless when it’s not as bad – both can be worn while fishing. Sometimes when it’s raining I’ll wear thin rubber mechanics gloves underneath. When driving, I wear the Polar Tec gloves, purchased from Phil’s Propellers. These Polar Tec gloves (I think are made in Sweden) are thick rubber with a nice lining where it’s easy to put on even if your hands are wet.

Head: Heat rises so keeping your head warm goes a long way. I start with a Savage Gear Balaclava (like a buff) this one covers the top of your head, your face and down your neck perfect for cold weather. Then if it’s not too cold I’ll wear a beanie but on those super cold days I use a Columbia Nobel Falls Trapper lined hat.

When it’s raining (while fishing) I usually wear a hat with a sturdy bill over the Savage Balaclava and then the hoodie hood over that and then the rain gear hood on top. Make sure it’s not too tight or it will give you a headache.

Driving: When driving in the rain I wear a motorcycle helmet and tuck the collar of my rain gear up in side.  The Save Phace helmet works great for the passenger but I’ve found they fog up making it difficult to see and the reason I opt for a helmet. With a helmet, I can flip the visor up if it gets foggy. One downside to a helmet is when it’s rough your head will bounce around but it sure is nice in the pouring rain. I believe there is a lightweight helmet option out there but I haven’t researched since mine works fine.

On clear days, I rarely wear a helmet and opt for goggles that overlap my face gear without mush skin exposed. Using the Balaclava, the Columbia Trapper with Goggles will keep your face and head warm on a long run.

In addition to the clothing I bring along some Hot Hands heat packs and put one in each pocket for a little warm up. These are great for the cold but they don’t work when wet.  Thermacell has an electric hand warmer but I have not tried them yet.

I’m hoping my years of trial and error combatting the cold will help you be a little more comfortable on the water this winter.

Gear List and Links

Cabela’s Polar Tec


Stormr Nano Jacket


Gil F2 Tournament Jacket and Bibs


CEP Compression USA Socks


Columbia Waterproof Boots


ThermaCell Heated Insoles


Buff Gloves


Polar Tech Gloves at Phil’s Propellers in Redding, CA call 530-275-4939


Savage Gear Balaclava


Columbia Trapper Hat




Lake Camanche Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Water temp 55
Air temp 35
Water clarity 3ft
Weather blue bird post front
Wind 2to4 mph
Location lake Camanche

                  With winter now in full swing the spotted bass are on fire at lake Camanche but there is a largemouth bite going real good as well. One of the main keys for myself is fishing the off shore humps or tailing piles or even the steep bluffs were ever the river channel swings up against them this is key as well as  retrieving  my baits up hill is key to winter time fishing in my opinion.

The key baits for myself have been a fat job worm rigged whacky and nail weighted also the boss shiner swim bait and the A rig, I personally have been using the G-funk baits A-Rig and the Bass Assassin  die dapper in albino shad. Fishing slow is also a huge part to my success. There are a good population of largemouth on the south shore humps and a few in houseboat cove and the river is holding a good population of spotted bass. Keep in mind it’s winter the fish are living together when there’s one the is usually more and slow down!!!!!!!

Lake Amador Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Lake Amador Fishing Report by Michael Coleman

Water temp 55
Air temp 39
Weather/ bluebird
Water clarity 1ft
Wind 4mph east
Location lake Amador

        Living in the mother lode I am fortunate to be able to fish these great fisheries !!!! This time I picked lake Amador, it is no doubt one of the most under rated largemouth fisheries in Northern California. With our first real cold snap coming in after a big storm and a 28 degree start in the morning I decided to pull up on a point that I have caught them on for years in the winter months. This point is near Jackson creek  I was using a Bass Assassin rail  worm in red bug color with a 3/8 ounce pegged weight and made six casts or so and BOOM  got my first bite and it was a good one!

I went back and forth over the point a few more times with the rail worm  and picked up a couple more fish, knowing the way fish stack up on this point in the winter I picked up the jig in brown and purple and quickly picked up two close to 5 pounds after making a few more passes I switched baits again to a fat job worm witch is also made by Bass Assassin in green pumpkin color rigged whacky style with a 3/8 nail weight and picked up 3 more good ones. One of the biggest keys was to slow way down, I was counting rocks…. I mean slow !!!!!!! I started to think about my next move and made a short run to another point were the creek channel swing comes right over the point and I’m getting right up on the bank and casting out to 40 ft  and dragging my baits up hill , I feel this time of the year it very important to do this for plenty of reasons and I quickly started picking up fish rotating 3 baits and I stayed in the Jackson arm and absolutely hammered 4 pounders! As soon as I got off the points and back in the pockets the fish seem to get smaller . Things to remember it’s winter slow down also stay close to river or creek channels points are a good place to start especially when the channel swings over the point and last but not least when you find one there’s almost always more .

Lake Amador is FanBasstic in Winter!


Western pro angler Mark Lassagne joins the ranks of RB Bass  

December 13th – Western pro angler Mark Lassagne joins the ranks of RB Bass.

Mark Lassagne accepts a position with the RB Bass Group a community of anglers helping other anglers to catch more bass by posting videos and reports about various lakes.

We are excited to have Mark Lassagne join the RB BASS Group of Anglers. Many Anglers in the RB BASS Group have worked with Mark at one point or another over the years. Mark has been a Consistent force in Bass Fishing for many years, with Solid Fishing Skills, Industry Knowledge, and a Media Platform that is top notch including Online, Social Media and Print with Bass Angler Magazine mark can help RB BASS in many ways, Mark is also a Guide and can put you on the fish. We welcome Mark Lassagne to the Family.

We asked Mark what was the Value of joining the RB BASS Group

“RB Bass has been gaining exposure across the bass fishing community in leaps and bounds. I felt its a great career move to partner with them and I’m super excited to be accepted as one of the team. RB Bass has a number of great anglers who are willing to share their knowledge with others where I’m honored to be a part of the RB Bass Team.”

About Mark


Marine Bass Angler – Mark Lassagne, from San Ramon, California is a popular pro bass angler, former US Marine, outdoor writer, guide, promoter and top tournament competitor. In addition, Mark is the editor-in-chief of  Bass Angler Magazine

 In his career, he has qualified: As the 2016 Bassmaster Federation State Champion, Bassmater Top150, West Coast Bass Classic (4), FLW Costa Championship (4), Redman Regional (3) BASS Federation Regional (4) and many team championships. Mark competing in hundreds of events across the west has cashed a check on every body of water where a tournament has been held.

Career highlights include: competing in BASS and FLW circuits, winning several events including the team USA Black Bass World Championship in Mexico.

Mark has worked with a host of celebrities including professional ball players, musicians, actors along with many pro anglers including: Kevin Van Dam, Mark Daniels, Jason Williamson, Fred Roumbanis, Alton Jones, Ish Monroe, Stacey King and others.

He has appeared on various media platforms:  Informative Fisherman,Western Bass, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, West Coast Bass, Bassmasters, Angler West, Pros On Tour, True Bass and others.

Along with performing seminars across the states Mark is a regular guest speaker on various radio shows including:  Fish Talk Radio,  Bass Radio weekly, Mighty 690, 1150 Extra sports, Shake Rattle & Troll, Ultimate Bass, Wishn’ I was Fishin’ on the Water, ESPN Radio and Fish Bait Radio.

As a writer Mark has published articles in:  Game and Fish magazine, Times News Paper, Bass West USA, Bassin, American Bass Angler Magazine, CA Fish and Game, FLW Outdoors, Rabid Angler, Fish Sniffer, Field & Stream, Western Bass and Tackle Tour.


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Lake Amistad Fishing Report


Check one off the bucket list!

  With Mark Lassagne and Mike Coleman

 Traveling through New Mexico on there way to the B.A.S.S. National Championships in Conroe Texas Mike Coleman and Mark Lassagne decided to forgo a night of sleep and make a couple hundred mile detour to Lake Amistad.

 Amistad is one of those lakes where you hear and read about but located on the Mexico border on the southern end of Texas is a long ways from California hence the reason for the diversion.

 Arriving at the lake Mark and Mike were met with a majestic lake where the water visibility was over 10 feet, low 70 degree temps light winds and moderate rain clearing throughout the day.

 Launching from the state park near the Hwy 90 Bridge the pair traveled out about a ¼ mile and started fishing. Heading out from the ramp everything looks fishy so much that it’s difficult to choose where to start, stated the pair.

 By the looks of the day they tried top water, chatterbaits and some other reaction with no bites.

 Picking up and heading to the bridge as bridges are generally a good place to catch a few fish. This bridge has deep water, riprap with flats on both sides with submerged brush.  Tossing crankbaits and worms along the riprap, no bites.

 Now about an hour into the trip and no bites Mark decides to get out the Aqua-Vu and see what’s really down there. Lowering the camera down on the points of the bridge Mark spots several good smallmouth in about 15ft of water. They didn’t know there were smallies in the lake.

 Mike started dropshotting along the riprap after seeing this and quickly landed a small smallmouth, them Mark landed one also, but the fish were small and not what they were looking for.


 Moving up into the cove next to the bridge, Mike tossed a Senko (Green Pumkin Purple Fake) get’s bit, the fish is ripping drag and Mike pulls the rod up quickly while reeling and hooks the reel handle in his rain gear hood, fish proceeds to break the line leaving Mike frustrated, Mark laughs and tried to get a picture and video of the ordeal.

The one that got away #Colemanalltangledup


Coleman all Tangled up

Coleman all Tangled up

After this they both start pitching Senkos in the brush, landing about 10 fish to 2lbs – still not the size this Texas Lake is famous for.


 Heading across the lake Mike tried a jig and Mark cranked a R2S Goon in Big Sexy color. They both land fish right away two of them in two foot of water and then another one after seeing it bust out deep – both fish were 1.5 to 2lbs.


From there they bounced around the main lake catching a fish here or there – then headed back toward the launch, pulling up on a point Mark lands a couple on the Goon when Mike spots more fish busting out deep.  Switching to a LV500 they started following busting fish more than ¼ mile off the bank.

 The bite turned on like crazy and they landed over 50 fish in the next two hours. Once the sun started to set the bite stopped as abruptly and it started.


Amistad – not the giants it’s noted for but and awesome day on a beautiful lake, one these guys will not soon forget.


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