Ryan Hall joins RB BASS Group of anglers

RB BASS welcomes Ryan Hall to our group of anglers.

Ryan Hall

Hometown: Orangevale, CA

Date of Birth: May 18, 1992

Favorite Fishery: California Delta

Favorite Technique: Punching matted vegetation

Largest Bass: 11.97lbs

Favorite Fish to catch (other than bass): Redfish

Currently Ryan is fishing the BBT – Northern Region and other miscellaneous open tournaments in the area. When Ryan is not fishing a tournament, he is most commonly found fishing the California Delta. Although the shallow grass filled water is where he feels most comfortable he also enjoys catching the big spotted bass and smallmouth bass that Northern California hast to offer. In addition to a very busy fishing agenda Ryan is part of the management team for Capital City Loan & Jewelry as well as full time student at Sierra College and a youth baseball coach for Golden Spikes Baseball Academy.

Delta Fishing Report by Sean Wayman

Well after two consecutive days of fishing on the Delta I still have no clue. Friday the 21st was a bit chilly and breezy  with predicted highs around 78 degrees. It took a while but about 1pm it really warmed up. The bite was on, fish were moving shallow and eating. I caught them punching, frogs, flipping beaver style baits and chatter baits. The chatter fish were on rock walls with wind blowing into them. When they hit it there was no doubt. The frog fish were very aggressive and quick. Throwing the frog in the troughs produced quick bites for fish from 2 to 4 lbs. The punch fish were a little more fickle but the quality was much better with fish to 8 lbs for me on Friday. Flipping beaver baits into tule pockets in protected areas is an old standby and also produced fish to 8 lbs for me on Friday. I fished south to middle Delta and just bounced around trying to find some areas with numbers of fish. Water temps started out at 60 deg and got up to 67 in some protected areas by afternoon . 

 I headed home to prepare for our tournament the next morning. I arrived at Russo’s and launched the boat. Much to my surprise the water was almost 64 deg at launch time. Wow it really warmed up. I thought the bite was gonna be on. But way, mother nature had other ideas. Another front was coming through and it seemed to really push the fish back. We fished 4 hours trying what I had found on Friday to the tune of one keeper fish. We decided to run back to Franks and fish the tules on the incoming tide. We caught about 12 fish in the closing hours of the tournament and culled a few time by pitching a beaver bait in watermelon red to tule pockets. We had to keep the bait sitting in place to get bit. We ended up with 13.4 lbs or there about. Good enough for mid pack, and not what we were hoping for but a salvage none the less. Some of the guys caught them really well and it just goes to show that some one or somewhere there is a bite to be had. Congrats to Mike Birch and Lori on a great adjustment and getting the win. 
 Remember its spring and the fish change quickly. Sure they want to spawn but sometimes the weather, specially this year, has other plans. Keep looking and trying different approaches until you figure something out. 
 Clear Lake is next and I really look forward to those hard fighting monsters. 
Fish On and Tight Lines.
Sean Wayman

Delta Fishing Report by Mark Lassagne

Delta Report April 1st

 By Mark Lassagne

 After a couple weeks of fishing New Melones and Oroville I got back on the Delta and found fishing to be good (not great) with good quality.

 Day one – Friday March 31st Launched out of River’s End and fished way south. The water had cooled off to 55 deg and wind was blowing 30 plus all day making it hard to present anything slow.

 We first ran to a dead-end slough where we got a few on Chartreuse Revenge Baits​ spinnerbaits with gold blades including a 5+. The only way we could fish was to put the power poles in the mud and drag along – but it worked. I think if we could have flipped or tossed a Senko we would have got some more fish.

 Leaving the slough, we searched for spawning areas, flats with good bottom composition and spares tules in protected areas. Then using the power poles we flipped to suspected bedding areas. Though I wasn’t fishing the Delta weeks prior I know the water warmed up into the 60’s meaning the fish should be spawning.

Delta Bass

 First spot we got three to about 3lbs flipping Beavers and Flappin hogs with a ¾ oz. weight (the big weight because the wind was blowing so hard) Again if we could have slowed down I think we would have gotten more fish. We continued this pattern all day in the same type areas landing another eight bass to 7.5lbs.

 The tide didn’t matter as long as you had water over the bedding areas. 

 That day ended with about a dozen bass and a limit a little over 22lbs but…we missed and lost another 10 fish due to the conditions.

 Day two – Saturday April 1st Launching from Orowood and fishing around there. The water was 56 degrees and there was no wind – a big relief from the previous day. Assuming the bite would be different as now it’s a post front day.

 Beginning close by tossing a R2S Biggie crank in red and black we hooked up with a 1.5lb bass as soon as we hit a spare tule area. Then we starting flippin again like the previous day and got bit right away but missed the fish, proceeding down the bank we got six bites and only landing one fish about 2lbs. Missing fish is common for bed fish and post front so adding both in together it was expected.

 Moving from there to a big flat we cranked for 30 minutes with nothing, the flat changed from last year – the weeds were gone and so were the bass. Moving from there to a sparse tule point I hooked a monster on the crank but as it came up the crank came out – looking at it as it came up I could see it was way over 5 but it came off so we’ll never know.

 Next in to Woodward fishing both sides for ½ mile, no bites – seems this slough is just not good this year.

 We then bounced around Old River to Holland stopping on sparse tule flats looking for spawners. Doing this resulted in eight bass with one about 4lbs on Senko’s and Flippin.

 Now the tide is low and we’re searching for places where the water is still a foot or two over the tules – its more difficult but you can find these spots with a little effort. From noon to 3PM we fished islands with tule flats landing a 5+ punching a Flaping Hog and a 6+ on Revenge Vibrator with a 5.5 swimming Senko.

A nice Delta Bass

 All in all, similar to the prior day we landed about a dozen bass with a limit going 21lbs not counting the big one we lost.

 Even with the cooler water the bass are on beds and more moving up as it warms.

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 Equipment Used

Okuma Products

 Okuma TCS 7.11 Matt Daddy Rod – Punching

Okuma TCS 7.3 Heavy – Revenge Vibrator

Okuma EVX 7.2 Medium Spinning Rod – Senko

Okuma EVX 7.11 Heavy – Flippin

Okuma Helios 7.3 to 1 Punching and Vibrator

Okuma Cerros 7.3 to 1 Flippin

Okuma Inspira spinning reel

 

Revenge Vibrator 1/2oz Sprayed Grass

Yamamoto 5.5 Swimming Senko green pumpkin

 Yamamoto 5” Senko green pumpkin / watermelon laminate

 Reaction Innovation Beaver in Delicious

 Yamamoto Flappin Hog green pumpkin red

 Revenge ½ oz spinnerbait Chartreuse with gold / gold willow blades

 

 

 

 

CA Delta report by Christopher Evola

Comprehensive California delta fishing report and techniques for pre-spawn, post frontal Florida strain largemouth bass. 

Date: March 27, 2017 

Location: California Delta

Water temperature: 55-59 degrees 

Water visibility: 0-1′ 

Tide: outgoing 

Air temperature: 49-62 degrees 

Wind: 7-15 mph gusting to 25 mph out of the Northwest 

Moon phase: 🌑 New moon 

Conditions: POST FRONTAL 

The month of March was starting out to be exceptional for bass fishing on the California delta. Large stringers in the thirty-pound range were rewarding local tournament anglers. Several local tournaments required a minimum of twenty-five pounds to even have an opportunity at a paycheck. Water temperatures were warming nicely into upper fifties and in some areas into the upper sixties. The first wave of pre-spawn buck bass along with a few big females transitioned from their secondary breaks outside their wintering holes on up into the shallows to begin looking for a bedroom. 

Florida strain largemouth bass being the predator fish they are become extremely easy to catch when in this state. They don’t share their spawning areas with any other fish and the buck bass will do anything and everything to protect their spawning areas. The big female bass will hang back and wait for the bucks to do their thing, and if I forage such as a crawfish, tule perch, or bluegill presents itself, the big female will take the opportunity and feed. Once the buck bass has made a bed he will wait in that area to be chosen by a female bass. The female bass will choose a bed with a buck bass present and courtship will begin between the two. 

Everything was setting up nicely and anglers were reportedly seeing large females on beds in all the flooded ponds. I too partook in some of the pre-spawn activities, catching nice size hens on the Optimum baits Furbit popping frog, and the River2sea Whopper Plopper. Just when everything seemed as if it was going as planned here comes the spring rain storms. A double header set of storms hit the California delta dropping three quarters of an inch of rain in some areas. The overnight low dropped down to the low forties and an artic wind began to blow from the north. Water temperatures plummeted down into the low fifties, and water clarity due to the recent storms was nearly nonexistent. Anglers began to struggle and several tournaments were won with weights ranging from seventeen to twenty-one pounds which is way below average for this time of year. 

With the bite being as tuff as it was due to the post frontal conditions, I knew it was going to be a long tedious grind to catch a good bag.  Most anglers I know see this as a hindrance, but I see this an opportunity to go out and learn. 

I launched my boat in the central delta and blasted south. My plan was to target dead end slough where there was thick healthy submerged grass such as egeria densa otherwise known as Brazilian pond weed present. More specific to these areas I was also looking for banks that were east facing and adjacent to spawning flats. The reason why I chose to target these areas is simple. With the bass setting up the way they were prior to the recent storms, I knew the bass would be positive feeding fish. The bass that were still transitioning from their wintering patterns would become neutral feeding or in a negative feeding state, which would make the bass extremely difficult to catch. The reason I chose east facing banks, which many of you already know, is because the water warms up faster on those banks due to more sun exposure. I’ve found this is extremely important when you’ve had a recent dramatic drop in water temperature. I’ve found that even a half degree increase in water temperature during post frontal conditions can be the key to getting more bites. 

The first bank I pulled up to had scattered grass, rip rap rock, and with the high tide it had a five-foot-wide trough. My bait of choice was a River2sea biggie series crankbait in delta craw color. I made the longest casts I could trying to cover the maximum amount of water targeting the center of the trough. I caught several buck bass within the first thirty minutes of fishing but the largest was maybe two pounds. I knew I was on a good bank because in the past I’ve seen and caught several fish in the six to eight-pound range in that area. I had zero visibility in that area so I was unable to see if there were any spawners present. I hopscotched up the slough to banks which were nearly identical in habitat. I caught a couple smaller bass on my crankbait. The tide continued to fall and my trough dwindled down to nearly nonexistence. I knew in the back of my mind the big ones weren’t on those spawning flats, but I needed to prove it to myself so I could focus on my primary technique which would be flipping. 

I put my Dobyns Champion Series 736 cranking rod back in my rod locker, and took out my Dobyns Champion Series 805 Flip/Punch, and my Dobyns Champion Extreme XP 745 Heavy Jig Rod. Both rods were paired with Abu Garcia Revo Rockets for maximum efficiency and power. 

My punch set up consisted of, 70 pound Fitzgerald braid, paycheck baits punch stop, 1 ounce River2sea tungsten trash bomb, 4/0 Gamakatzu extra heavy cover flipping hook which was tied using a snell knot. My bait of choice was a Nemesis baits bullet craw in a black/blue color. 

My jig set up consisted of, 25-pound test Berkley Trilene 100% fluorocarbon. My jig of choice was a TNT Baits Wada Jig, which is a custom hand tied jig designed and manufactured by master guide and delta legend Andy Cuccia. Due to nonexistent water clarity, I chose the larger profile Wada Bomb Jig which was all black in color.

With two rods on the deck negating from any further distractions, I went back to the section of bank where I first started fishing first thing in the morning. The tide was about half way out exposing a more defined grass line. There were also large holes in the grass which were present along with some scattered hyacinth which was in its decomposing state. 

I started off by pitching my jig on the edge of the grass line and in the holes in the grass. Both areas were productive and I boated two fish over four pounds in the first fifty yard stretch of bank. The bass struck the bait on the fall which gave me the intuition to speed up my presentation allowing me to cover even more water. 

I came to a section of bank where no holes were present in the grass and the grass appeared to be more congregated. I set down my jig rod and picked up my big stick. I began flipping my bait into the grass mats in various distances from the edge. I knew the bass were buried in the grass but it wasn’t clear exactly where. Approximately thirty minutes went by without a bite. 

With the tide, almost completely out I started up the big motor and ran down the slough to an area adjacent to a big spawning flat. The area I pulled up on was a classic forty-five-degree angle delta bank which was substantially deeper, however the same well defined grass line was present. I began flipping my one ounce River2sea trash bomb weight into the heart of the matted grass. My rod immediately doubled over. I set the hook and landed a beautiful six-pound bass. I continue down the bank which was set up the same. I preceded to catch several more bass in the four and five-pound class. Bites were steady but lots of water needed to be covered. 

All in all, it was a productive day but I never got the big kicker I was after. Catching bass in heavy cover using big heavy duty equipment is one of my favorite ways to catch them. Hopefully this fishing reports helps you catch more fish next time you’re out on the water. 

RB Bass Angler,

Christopher Anthony Evola 

 

Delta Fishing Report by Nate Boomhower

Water temp 56-60*

Wind 5-10 mph
Air Temp 55-65
Water visibility  1-4 feet
I Decided to take my boat on a test run and quick fishing trip after doing a motor swap at C&C Marine. What a difference it is going from a EFI to a Optimax! I am beyond excited. 
Michael Coleman and I launched out of Paradise Point in the California delta. We got on the water around 8am. We made a quick run in the morning and fished dead-end sloughs and arms off the main body. Hoping that the topwater and the reaction bite would still be strong after the recent storm and cold front, we came fully prepared for a action packed day. Unfortunately that was not the case, the bite was slow and the water was dirty.  We did manage to get a fish on a frog and a few fish on Senko’s first thing in the morning. Once that bite slowed down we struggled to find a pattern during low tide. We caught a few random fish on a River2Sea Biggie in the Tackle Warehouse color and a few more on Senko’s. After a few hours of junk fishing we started to jump from stop to spot searching for some sort of pattern., As the tide started to come in,  we finally found a consistent pattern flipping buggy whips off the Stockton deep water Channel. Almost every other cast we were hooking up fish.  The most successful structure was buggy whips and pennywort that entered into small spawning Flats. That bite Stayed consistent for a few hours which was nice! Once we got into the later afternoon hours we went back to where we started, hoping for a better outcome then this morning, we tried to repeat the pattern that we found mid day, but the fish were not having it.. Even though the water temperature was a few degrees warmer than this morning, the visibility was pretty bad compared to the deep water channel clarity. We managed to get a few more fish flipping lay downs and isolated islands. All in all it was a fun day. The warmer weather coming this next week should really help turn the bite on! It’s about to get good!

Delta fishing report by Christopher Evola 3/12/17

Water temp: 56-59
Water Clarity: 6″-2′ 
Air Temp: 56-74 degrees 
Wind: Northwest 2-7 mph 
Tide: Outgoing
Moon: Full ?

My brother Justin Ross and I, launched my boat at 0645 hours out of the Tiki Lagun Marina & Resort, located at 12988 W. Mcdonald  Road, Stockton, California, 95206. 

After launching we made our way out to the North side of Mildred Island. We started off throwing reaction baits such as the River2sea Ish Monroe Square Bill in delta craw color, and the River2sea Ish Monroe Bling Spinnerbait in the cold blooded color. We had zero bites on these baits in the first thirty minutes of fishing. I knew there were fish in the area because it’s a well known spot by almost everyone who fishes the delta. With the water warming the way it has, the full moon, stable weather, and high tide, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around why they wouldn’t eat a moving bait. 

Without hesitation I knew exactly what needed to be done. The warm weather had me so excited for the pre spawn I forgot about winter transition. The bass needed to transition from their wintering holes up into the secondary breaks. From the secondary breaks they needed to feed on a forage that provides high calories, minerals, magnesium, and calcium which will sustain them through the spawning process. They needed to feed on crawfish which were becoming more active with the warm weather. I looked at my brother Justin and quickly put away all my rods but one. The only rod I left on the deck was my Dobyns 735 matched with my Abu Garcia Revo Rocket. This combination compliments my 1/2 ounce TNT Baits Dragon Fly Wada Jig extremely well.  This particular color is my go to when the bass are in their winter transitioning stages. 

We pulled up to a break on the north side of Mildred where the water was ripping out of the island. The rocks on the break were barely exposed and several scattered  tules were present. I pitched my jig into a hole between the tules and rock about the size of a basketball. I felt a small tick so I leaned in and set, boat flipping a three pounder onto the deck of the boat. I looked over at my brother Justin and I told him we’re throwing jigs the rest of the day. He agreed and we continued down the bank catching several three to three and a half pounders. The tide was over half way out so we decided to run to Mandeville. We pulled up on the south side of Mandeville and it just looked perfect for a big girl to be present. It had a hard rock break scattered tules and a hard well defined grass line five feet off the bank. This area is what is referred to as a trough. I pitched my jig into the trough popped it twice and my line shot under the boat. I cranked on my Revo Rocket twice and leaned back with a cracking hook set. My rod doubled over and a nice chunk largemouth jumped right next to the boat. I flipping her up onto the deck of the boat and was greeted by a fist bump from my brother. That’s a seven he stated and I obliged him as I slipped her carefully into the livewell. As we made our way down the bank we caught several more three pounders along with several fish in the two pound class. As the tide fell out even further we noticed the fish were reacting towards a more aggressive swimming action on our jigs. This was beneficial because it allowed us to cover more water quicker rather then a traditional slow retrieve. 

We came to an area where the trough was no deeper then two feet and there was lots of wood present. My brother flipped in between two limbs which were submerged and his line jumped approximately two feet. He leaned in and set the hook as he landed a nice largemouth which weighed five and a half pounds. We ran out of good looking water so we started up the motor and blasted back towards Mildred. We settled in an area we call three ponds which is located Northeast to Mildred. This area is basically tules with mixed in grass but the exterior has deep water around it which makes it ideal for winter transitioning bass. We fishing there for approximately twenty minutes when we doubled almost simultaneously on twin four pounders. With limited time before we had to leave, we took a quick photo and ended the day. 

If I had only one tip to give it would be this. Just because the water is warming rapidly and there is a few fish getting ready to bed, doesn’t mean they all are. Keep an open mind while your out on the water and always stay optimistic. Hope this fishing report helps you catch more fish, and good  luck out there next time your on the water.

RB Bass Pro Staff Angler 

Christopher Anthony Evola 

Delta Fishing Report by Charlie King

Report Date: Wednesday, Feb 15 
Launch: Orwood Resort
Weather: low pressure building with cloud cover and a chance of rain
Water: The tide was going out but the water was still very high, the water temperature was right at 55 degrees. 

Plan:  Fish towards Holland Cut, after fishing with chatterbaits this past Saturday and having a fair bait, and with the pressure moving in I started the day with the same technique used Saturday – chatterbait.
For about 30 minutes I fished a big flat with the TNT BAITS Claymore Chatterbait, then I turned back around and fished the same flat with a red River2Sea Biggie square bill crankbait, not one bite!
I moved to another big flat with the hopes that some big-girls would be up cruising the shallows.  After another 45 minutes of throwing the Chatterbait and Crankbait still not one fish. Just the night before I read an article in Bass Angler Magazine called Late Winter Bass Migration and how fast the weather can make these fish move.  I decided to move away from a reaction bait and try some flipping, I stopped at a river bend with riprap to try some deeper tulles.  I flipped a ½ oz. black and blue TNT Wadda Jig for another half hour without a bite.  I sat down to drink a bottle of water and thought about what I should do next.  Then it hit me: After fishing two of the spots where I thought the fish should have moved into, the only place left was deeper water.  So, I turned around and went back to the first flat I fished and tied on a ¾ oz. TNT M80 football jig tipped with Savage Gear Reaction Crayfish.  I stayed back from the flat and casted up to about 6 ft. and worked the jig down to about 15 ft., on my third cast a healthy three pounder chocked the jig.  I got two more fish on that spot and at least one on every spot I stopped where there was a big flat that would roll off to at least 15 ft. 

Charlie King Testing the Clip N Cull

I didn’t get any big fish today but managed to catch 7 fish, with my best five weighing a little over 13 lbs.
 I think my best take away from this day on the water is it’s good to have a game plan; but keeping an open mind and making adjustments throughout the day can turn not catching fish into a fish catching day!
 
The Delta is getting ready for some great spring fishing, so get out there and try some of the different techniques I talked about and catch some fish! God bless and good fishing. Charlie King

California Delta Salmon Fishing with RB BASS Anglers

Delta Map

Ron Howe and Preston Henson getting a few Fall Delta Salmon Hook ups using Mepps Flying C Spinners and Fire Tiger Ima Square Bill Crank Baits..

salmon-skeeter

In the Fall Salmon migrate thru the California Delta on their way to Spawn up the rivers and creeks, they make stops along the way in the Delta, if you spend time and learn where they go each year, you can repeat your success. Rattle baits,Jigging Spoons,Spinners and Ima Square Bill crankbaits will draw viscous strikes from these Fall Chinook Salmon. Make sure to read the regulations each year on when and where you can keep Salmon!

salmon-ima

Ditches-deep holes, Migration routes,Bays and Dead end areas are good places to scout out in the fall. 

salmon

delta-salmon

HappyThanksgiving

 

Delta Fishing Report by Josh Parris

Delta Map

Last Saturday I got out for a Sonora bass tournament on the Delta out of Ladd’s. I’ve been super busy and wasn’t able to get out to pre fish. After taking a look at the tide charts and weather over the last week I figured I’d stay local and capitalize on time spent fishing versus running. Also the fact that it was the same day as BBT’s TOC, I didn’t want to interfere with anglers fishing it.  My first run on blast off was the mouth of the first sloughs past Ladd’s. I started out throwing top water. Within five casts I realized, I just wasn’t feeling it. So I picked up my Falcon BuCoo Super Duty rod and started punching and heavy flipping.

josh

I was using a 1oz River2sea Trash Bomb paired with their New Jack flipping hook in 4/0. As far as my baits any crawfish imitation seemed to work. The cover that held the better fish was the thickest and hardest stuff to get my bait threw. The reason I didn’t just up the weight to get through easier, was once you got through the fish seemed to want a slow fall. I never had an initial fall bite and all were subtle pressure bites while working the bait. So I worked up the river to a spot I knew had a good mix of hyacinth, tulles and grass. Two spots with in a 100 yard stretch were really what I focused on the entire day. The patches were only about the size of a truck bed. It was the very bottom of low tide so rather than running for the right tide I waited it out. I was able to put a small limit in the boat for 10lbs by 8:30. At 9:00 the tide really started moving back in and got right! For the next three hours I literally worked as slow as humanly possible back and forth between the two patches, culling once on every pass. I felt the key was really to hit every target as quietly and effective as possible. At 10 I punched my best fish, at that point going over 5lbs. Ten minutes later I stuck another good one over 4 lbs. unfortunately during culling with the 4 lber the 5 lber jumped out of the well and right over the rail.  That was a first for me! In a bit of a fit I still threw out the 2 lb. fish I was culling leaving me with four fish. After about 15 minutes of stewing I got back to it. At 11:00 I stuck a 7 lber. I had two more good fish that I never saw pop off after that. By 1:00 the bite pretty much dissolved. I switched to cranking main channel and was able to catch a few fish and made one more cull before weigh in.

falcon-rods

I ended the day with 18.72 which was good enough for first place and big fish for the tournament.

Jos Parris

 

CA Delta Report 9-24-2016 by Nick Lynch

 

Delta Map

nick-lynch

I fished the Future Pro Tour event today with my partner Josh Parris. We took 10th place with 14lbs, here’s how it went down. We started our day in 14 mile slough throwing reaction baits and topwater. The water up there was very dirty and we only managed 1 keeper fish in an hour of fishing, topwater never went for us and our one fish came on a square bill. It was pretty much a grind after that, we filled out a small limit running around throwing senkos and dropshots. We fished around Hog Island and landed another decent fish on a spinner bait, the reaction bite was producing better fish. Towards the end of the day we fished the San Joaquin River and upgraded most of our fish by throwing senkos and punching the grass. If you’re going to be fishing the delta this time of the year you have to be punching if you want to catch a big bag. Everyone in the top 5 reported catching punch fish. The only issue is there has been tons of spraying going on and there is not much good punch water until you get around Franks Tract. Due to our boat we had to stay local and it was a grind to find our 14 lbs.

Tight lines, Nick Lynch