Don Pedro fishing report by Josh Parris

Over the weekend, I fished the FPT central region on Don Padro. It was a great event with crazy weather. I was only able to get out once to pre-fish, the Wednesday before the tournament. The week before the event the weather had been stable with warm sunny days reaching 70 degrees. The weather was forecasting a storm to arrive on Friday and continue threw Saturday. My game plan for pre-fish was to find as many spawning areas as possible to come back to tournament day and blind cast on, I thought sight fishing would be out with the storm and high winds predicted. After finding a few good bedding areas I employed to other great techniques to find fish. First is the River2sea S Waver 200, this is a great bait to not only get big bites on but will get a lot of followers

The key there is to watch where the fish are coming from and how aggressive they are. Most of the fish I found following the S Waver and bites I had came on the first points out side of the spawning areas. Very few fish seemed to be aggressive but more so following the bait out of interest or instinct but still showing me areas with higher concentrations of fish. The second bait I threw to quickly find fish was the River2sea whopper plopper 90, which is a great search bait that can also help eliminate water quickly. I ended up finding a few post spawn fish on the plopper in the backs of coves and on steep banks.

So tournament day was here, I immediately ran to the first spawning cove were I had seen the most cruisers. I started the morning out with reaction but quickly realized the fish weren’t having it. So I opted for a senko with a small Reins tungsten nail weight.

Within a few casts, I picked up a 3lber! After a few more dinks I got the kicker bite I needed! Unfortunately, she didn’t make it to the boat. After a few minutes of sulking I was back at it! The fish were still on beds and cruising for the most part, you had to make a tone of cast in the small areas to get the better bites. Later in the day the sun came out and I was able to get up shallow and sight fish. A crucial part of sight fishing is polarized glass, I use Edge eye wears Brazeau in copper.

I typically stick to copper and amber colors for sight fishing. The fish on beds seemed a bit skittish when you got close to them so I backed out and continued blind casting senkos the remainder of the day, make a few small culls. We ended the day with 16.19 lbs good enough for 9th place. Hope this helps and good luck out there!

Hope this helps and good luck out there!

Thank you,

Josh Parris

Don Pedro Fishing Report by Josh Parris

Lake Don Pedro Map

Don Pedro fishing report

Water temp – 51-58
Water clarity – muddy to 1-4 ft
Conditions- sunny post frontal 
Winds – light
Over the weekend I fished the Sonora bass anglers tournament at lake Don Pedro with my buddy. I hadn’t been out there in a while and in light of all the recent rain and rising water I was expecting tuff post front conditions. Water temp and clarity really just depended on location. We launched out of Moccasin, it was 53 degrees and muddy with 3-6 inches of water clarity and a lot of floating debris. I like fishing that area but decided to make a run in search of cleaner water. On our initial run when ran out past middle bay and found clear water. We found early success on jigs and tubes for a hand full of short fish in the 20 foot range. After that we jumped out to submerged lake island tops with little success. At 8am and an empty box we turned our attention finding running water. I immediately realized that almost every decent tributary had a few boats on them. We opted for some of the smaller feeder creeks and quickly found success with a half oz River2sea Papa Mur jig. My partner then turned to throwing reaction baits like cranks, a rigs and quickly got a 3lber on the a rig. The a rig quickly became the dominant factor for us. My Falcon Bucoo rig rod got a work out! On my a rig I was throwing River2sea rig walkers in silverside color. If your not familiar with the River2sea rig walkers check them out! They are pre rigged swim baits that can save you a ton of time on the water.
After the bite slowed down I started throwing single rig walker and managed to get 3lb spotted bass. With our fish exhausting we moved on. We had little to no success on the next 5 or 6 small tributaries we ran. Towards the end of the day I decided to go back up to the dirty water. We found a long creek arm and went to work. After about an hour we had caught a hand full of fish but nothing to help us. As we worked our way out we stoped on another small feeder creek for the last twenty minutes of the day. It did take long and I grabbed our best fish of the day on the a rig, a just under 4lbs large mouth. We ended the day with 14.85 witch was enough for the win. With changing conditions keep an open mind and adapt.

Josh Parris Don Pedro Bass

 

New Melones Fishing Report by Josh Parris

New Melones Fishing report by Josh Parris

Winter is in full swing on New Melones lake, with levels on the rise and water temps hanging in the mid to low fifties. Although the temps are dropping the fishing has been heating up. Main lake is slightly stained along with most of the creek arms, upriver remains fairly clear for now. The trout plants have started and the larger bass have begun to move up to gorge on them. My last few trips have been most successful on clear days, fronts and prefrontal conditions have been negatively affecting the fishing. The fish I’ve been targeting have been rather shallow in the morning in the 5-15 foot range despite the low temps and moving out in the mid morning. Staying warm and comfortable has been key for me to be effectively fishing with air temps in the low 20’s at sunrise. Monsterfishingtackle.com has everything you need to beat the frigid temps. Hand warmers and gloves have been must for me. Some of my go to baits have been jigs early in the morning, swimbaits like River2sea S waver 200’s and Optimum thumper tail’s , Ive been using shaky heads when I see fish on the graph. The bite on jigs and plastics has mostly been a heavy pressure bite with an occasional thump. There are still also quite a few fish chasing balls of shad at the mouths of creeks and on main lake secondary points in 15-30 foot of water. A rigs, crank baits and smaller swimbaits have been producing well on these fish, mostly spotted bass. My best fish have been on jigs and swimbaits early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Hope this helps and good luck out there! Stay warm!

New Melones Chunky Bass

 

RB BASS Anglers Josh Parris and Nick Lynch win AOY title in the Future Pro Tour!

RB BASS Anglers Josh Parris and Nick Lynch win the 2016 Anglers of the year Title in the Northern Region of the Future Pro Tour . Their journey began in November 2015, both were in search of partners for the 2016 season and were introduced by Ron Howe at a RB BASS Angler meeting. Ron suggested we give it a shot as young Anglers and grow together. As with any partnership they set out to fish together before committing to the next year’s season. For their first dry run, they decided to jump into an Oro Madre open tournament at lake Camanche. With one day to pre-fish they took 3rd over some of the area’s top anglers. Both quickly realized each other’s strengths and cohesion as a team and decided to fish both regions of the Future Pro Tour for 2016. Their first run was at Don Pedro for Central region. It didn’t go well, a zig when they should have zagged if you will. Finishing in 48th place, they were determined to make their next showing better. Next stop for Central region would be New Melones. Being Josh’s home lake they had a competitive edge and it paid off! Taking both 1st place and big fish, they were making a comeback.

nick-biggun

 The rest of central region went marginal the team ended up in 8th place AOY. In the Northern region, their first stop was Lake Berryessa, and team Parris/Lynch grabbed a nice check. Next they were on Nicks home water Folsom Lake. With another strong performance, they cashed another check. Their next event would be at Clear Lake, and again they landed in the money.

Nick and Josh

The rest of the Northern season they cashed a check in every event! A big player in Josh and Nicks success was time on the water. Both team members owned boats which enabled them both to get out on the water and practice. The Northern regions last event would be at Lake Oroville. Going into this event team Parris/Lynch were leading AOY with a commanding 35 point lead.

Josh Ima 2

With some great anglers right behind them, Nick and Joshknew that they had to fish like they were still number 2. Being that neither had much experience on Oroville it became their only focus. After lots of practice and time on the water tournament day was here. They started out swinging big looking for largemouth. After two hours of nothing they realized there was too much at stake to swing big all day, so they ran back to water that had proved productive in pre-fish. Quickly they were rewarded, sacking up over 8lbs in an hour currently a competitive weight on a very stingy Lake Oroville. They decided to go back out in search of the winning fish but never found them. Before they knew it, the day was over and they ended it with 8.52, good enough for 7th place and most importantly securing there 1st place for Anglers of the year over 179 teams! 

Nick Top 10 CLear Lake

Constancy is the key in any AOY race, Josh and Nick were able to put in enough time on the water and ensure they always found decent fish. Congratulations to the RB BASS team of Josh Parris and Nick Lynch for an outstanding year and AOY victory!  Nick is one of the youngest anglers to ever win part of a AOY title.  This young RB BASS Team is Definitely a team to keep an eye on as they continue to grow their skills in Tournament Bass Fishing!

Josh Parris Clear Lake top10

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.

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

Jos Parris