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

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The California Delta has been fishing up and down if your tossing a Frog around! The last 30 days the delta has been blasted by many different brands of top water Frogs for the UFC and the Snag Proof Open. Some days the bite has been good and some days it has been tough. The evening Bite has by far been the best, but you can pick up fish all day long if your patient and know what to look for. Fish are from Post Spawn to Summer mode and in many cases not where you would normally catch them this time of year. There has been a lot of short bites and missed hooksets. With that being said when you connect it can be a good one! We caught fish mostly in the current the last 30 days and all in Open water. The mat or Cheese bite has not been on when were on the water. Stay in the current for the most Bites. Fish slower, these fish have been pressured and boat traffic on the weekends has been crazy. Popping Frogs in River 2 Sea, Snag Proof and Furbit the Frog by Optimum baits , Bleeding Frogs and Bobby’s Perfect frog have all been working. Each day the fish change a little and you have to adapt, Dark frogs early and late and white frogs in mid day. Use your favorite Frog with your Spiderwire and go have some fun!

Ron Howe and Kevin Cornwell    

Ron 5er

Kevin 6er

 

2016 Snag Proof Open California Delta Entry Form

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This event is excepting Cash Only at the event.

Click the Link below fill your Snag Proof Open entry form out and bring your Frog Money! 

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2016 UFC-Ultimate Frog Challenge-Registration

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UFC River2Sea Frog Bounty Wanted

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The countdown to the 2016 Ultimate Frog Challenge has begun and R2Sea – winner of last year’s “battle of the brands” stands ready to put tons of extra cash in your pocket for winning this year’s event!

In less than 24 days the excitment and drama will begin, and the stakes just got higher as River2Sea, purveyors of the finest top water frog baits available is offering a $1,000 CASH bounty for the winning Pro Division team and $500 CASH bounty to the winning Am Division team that shows proof of purchase of at least one River2Sea frog (purchased during the month of July) or is wearing any of the new R2Sea clothing during the weigh-in! 

This exciting and unique event provides anglers with the opportunity to use ANY BRAND of top water frog they choose, and River2Sea frogs certainly rank as one of the baits that has a better-than-average chance of taking home the award for “Top Frog” of the competition.

In addition..the 2016 Ultimate Frog Challenge will provide the top 25 teams (from both divisions) with the opportunity to qualify for the 2017 Coors Light Open Team championship and the opportunity to win the keys to a new vehicle!

So go get you a River2Sea bait, put on a shirt or hat, and let’s get ready to rumble…

 

And get paid!

 

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Delta Fishing Reports

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Delta Report July 8/9

I hit the delta this past Friday and Saturday for the first time in over a month. My plan of attack was to toss a frog all day for the next two days. I took everything out of the boat but my frog box and two frog rods.  Friday, I got a late start to the day. I was really waiting for the tide to start topping off and catch the swing of the low tide. I couldn’t have hit the tide any better. I started in disappointment slough and worked my way to the main channel and back around too little potatoe/ White Slough.  Just about every stop produced a nice fish anywhere from 2 to 4 pounds. I did find a little piece of matted vegetation that produced a nice 7 pound fish. I got off the water by 3:00 and ended up with a nice 19 pound bag for 5. 

Sanchez Bass

 

Day 2

My buddy and I launched out of ladds around 6am. We ran the main channel  berm jumping all the way to Middle River. Immediately I land a 9 pound fish, we hop down 20 yards and my buddy sticks a 4, I trade off and stick a 3, we make another small move and he sticks another solid fish.  The wind started to pick up around 9:30 we made the decision to head south. We kept berm jumping all the way to Victoria Canal continuously catching solid fish. We found our best bites coming in fast current areas with matted vegetation near them.  We got off the water about 2:00 pm end up with 26 pounds for 5.

Sanchez BullyaWA

Open Water Equipment: Phenix M1 78H paired up with a Daiwa Tatula 7.3:1, spooled up with 65 pound Tuf-Line and a Snag Proof Wobbletron  

Heavy Cover Equipment: Phenix M1 80MH paired up with a Daiwa Tatula 6.3:1, spooled up with 80 pound Power Pro and a River2Sea Bully Wa 2

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2016 Snag Proof Open

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Ron Howe Froggin the delta Video with Bass Hookups Media


Ron Howe talks about Frog fishing on the California Delta. Bass Hookups Media does a great job capturing some great Frog bites along the way! Make sure to check out all the cutting edge videos at www.basshookups.com!

To see more on Ron Howe go to www.ronhowefishing.com

 

Snag Proof Open is coming get yo Frogs now!

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With so many choices of great Frogs to use where do you start. Monster Fishing Tackle carries a wide variety of Snag Proof frogs to meet your needs for fishing the Snag Proof open. Here are a few of the Frogs we recommend to improve your Summer Bass Fishing success.

Snag Proof Bobby’s Perfect Buzz Frog

Topwater Buzz Frog

The Snag Proof Bobby’s Perfect Buzz Frog is a topwater frog style lure that features a buzzbait blade in front of the frog for a completely new buzz frog. The Perfect Buzz Frog, from Snag Proof, offers anglers another option to fool big bass in striking a topwater lure. Best described as a buzzbait/frog hybrid, the Perfect Buzz Frog opens up a whole world of possibilities for frog fishermen. While standard hollow body frogs have proven very effective, their best use is targeting bass in small, specific strike zones. The buzzing version allows anglers to cover a great deal of water and presents the added benefit of being able to pause the bait should an attacking fish miss the target on the first strike. The Perfect Buzz Frog is extremely weedless and can be cast into reeds or wood fields without fear of snagging up and ruining the cast – in fact bumping the frog off the structure will likely prove to be the most effective technique for anglers. As the frog is retrieved it leaves an excellent bubble wake in its path with the combination of the blade and kicking legs. The Snag Proof Perfect Buzz Frog weighs in at 3/4oz and is available in excellent color patterns.

  • Gamakatsu EWG Double Hook
  • Internal Glass Rattle
  • Kickin’ Paddle Feet
  • High Quality Aluminum Blade
  • ITT Tube Technology to keep the water out!

ITT is a tube through the center of the frog allowing for better hook ups and longer lasting frogs. Initially introduced in the Snag Proof Phat from and now part of the top selling frog of all time –

Click here to get your Bobby’s Perfect Frog.

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Hollow Topwater Frog

The Snag Proof Bobby’s Perfect Frog is a hollow body topwater frog lure intended to be fished on the water’s surface. The Bobby’s Perfect Frog from Snag Proof was designed by renowned frog guru, Bobby Barrack. Western Pro and California Delta Guide Bobby Barrack has been using Snag Proof Frogs for 13+ years with tremendous success. However, he would always make a few modifications to each frog before tying it on. Those days of modifying the frog are gone. Snag Proof is now manufacturing the exact bait that Bobby’s been throwing for years. Bobby Barrack is often considered, if not the best, certainly one of the best frog fisherman of all time. 

This Snag Proof Frog is Perfect right out of the package. Just tie it on and throw it. Many of the largest bass have been caught in open water while “walking” the bait next to boat docks or over submerged vegetation or wood.

Always great in moss, “cheese”, weedbeds and lily pads, the Snagproof Perfect Frog is even more versatile in that it “walks” like a stickbait in open water! Anglers will now be able to “walk the frog” like the pros. Here’s how: Point your rod tip down straight to your feet aimed at the frog. Twitch from 8:00 to 6:00 with enough slack at the end of your rod to make a “C” not a straight line. If the line is straight, the frog will move straight. Repeat this process and the frog will move left and right, right and left.

The big difference is in the elimination of the “thighs” of the Snag Proof frog. This allows the nose of the frog to move more freely. Believe it or not this frog will walk easier and tighter than any other frog out there.

Click here Bobbys Perfect Frog

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Snag Proof Bleedin’ Frog

The Snag Proof Bleedin’ Frog is a topwater frog style lure that mimics the action and appearance of frogs that are often attacked as they swim across the surface. The red hook makes the frog look like wounded prey, automatically triggering the strike reflex. Bass can’t help themselves, and anglers will notice the difference. The hook design and position in the frog allows for better penetrating hook-ups. What’s even better, the Bleedin’ Frog walks right out of the package. The redesigned body provides effortless side-to-side movement due to the unique weighting system. The Frog is great for open water and great for fishing the snaggy, weedy places where the big ones hide and feed. The Snag Proof Bleedin’ Frog is 3″ in length and weighs 1/2oz.

Click Here Bleedin Frog

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Get these popular Snag Proof Frogs and more at Monsterfishingtackle.com

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13th Annual Snag Proof is right around the corner!

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BETHEL ISLAND, Ca. –  Are you ready for some top water frog action!?!

 You guessed it!… that time of year is right around the corner as August 2nd and 3rd marks the date for the Snag Proof Open, a 13th annual top water spectacular, that if it is anything close to last year’s event which was won by the team of Valdez and Hitchcock, anglers are in for more fun than ever!

 The California delta (at Russo’s Marina) will be the venue, as this two-day event will allow participants to fish two completely different tides and times of day with the challenge of only being allowed to use Snag Proof Frogs as bait during competition.

 Snag Proof Frogs are without question the most effective top water frog ever produced, and have helped some of the biggest names in professional bass fishing to secure countless victories in major competitions throughout the country, and our California delta along with it’s maze of sloughs loaded with heavy moss and grass will create the “perfect storm” for those that will be part of this year’s event.

 Snag Proof’s new product lines include killer baits as Bobby’s Buzz frog, and Ish’s Phat Frog…along with a variety of the standard ol’ school, fail-safe frogs – in various colors that need no introduction, so no one should have a problem finding fish and landing the big ones!

 In addition, this 13th annual Snag Proof Open event is one of the three qualifying events that you can participate in that could earn you a berth into the 2015 Coors Light Delta Open Teams Championship, where all you need to do is place in the top 25 on the Pro side or the top 25 on the Am side, and you will be granted an automatic berth into an event – with no more than 100 teams, fishing for a new vehicle!

 So start getting your heavy rods loaded with heavy line, and prepare for an annual event that will be more fun than you can imagine! Hold the date, call and sign up today so you too can be part of all the fun!

 

See you all there!….ribbit…ribbit…

 

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