Clear Lake Fishing Report by Danny Cross

Clear Lake fishing report 4/8-4/23

                I was able to spend quite a few days up at Clear Lake these last few weeks. Considering the time of year the lake was actually fishing pretty tough. The weather has been changing daily and been very inconsistent, really putting the fish in a “funk”.  The weights that came to the scales at the WWBT event were proof that it wasn’t just me having a difficult time getting them to go.

                I found some pretty good fish on practice days and the week prior to the event but just couldn’t really execute my plan come game day.   As the weather  warmed up and water clarity improved I did find a handful of fish on beds.  ( I expect them to be in full spawn mode within this week.)  Water temps ranged from 55 to 62.  Clarity is anywhere from 1ft to 5ft dependent on the part of the lake.

                Fishing shallow yielded alot more bites but they were clearly the small bucks and not the big females I was looking for.  With that, I pulled back and fished anywhere from 6ft to 20ft deep water in search of the bigger bites.   My bait of choice was primarily the Heavy limits 5wire arig.   The bites were fewer out deeper but the quality of the fish improved.   The Arig bite was also much better when I could find areas that the wind was blowing into.   A few fish did come on a drop shot when the water was calmer and I didn’t have the wind I needed.   When the bigger fish were found, they seemed to be schooled up.  There was typically more to be had there at that spot, so spend some time there when you get a bigger bite and fish it thoroughly.  It was a run and gun type fishing as I would get into pockets of 1-2 lb fish and had to move around to where I could locate a pocket of bigger ones.

                Hope this helps and puts some big ones in your boat! By now I would also spend some time looking for some beds. It amazes me the quality of fish we have here that you can just cruise around plucking off beds at this awesome fishery.

                I also want to thank WWBT for bringing such a great series to us here on the west coast. If you havn’t had an opportunity to fish one of the events I would highly recommend checking one out.

 

as always thank you to my incredible sponsors

Sacramento Black Rifle, Dobyns Rods, Canopy Grenades, Monster Fishing Tackle, Big Bass Dreams, IMA & River2Sea

               

Lake Berryessa Fishing Report by Ron Howe

Water Temps 57-61 deg

Water Stained

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Fishing has been up and down, the warm days get Better Bites and the cold fronts have made it tough. Just go and fish when you can and be open minded about your tactics. I found fish in Coves and Guts. I started aggressive , but quickly ended up using Reins Tungsten weights and began to dropshot Bass up to 3.5 Lbs, Morning Dawn was the key. Fish were very fickle, the lake has had a lot of pressure and the weather has been unstable. This Produced fish from Markley Cove out to the Main Body up to 3.5 Lbs.

As it warmed up and the wind started to blow, I took out the new IMA Suspending Vibe 70 to give it a try. I was quickly rewarded with a Spotted Bass around 4lbs. This quickly opened my mind on how this new bait could be used. Just imagine a Rattle Bait that you can cast to a target and dead stick it! The bait will slowly sink to 3-5 feet and just Suspend, then I would slowly work the bait with downward rod tip motions with pauses in-between and the fish were knocking slack in the line. It was a blast and they were choking it.  I was using a 7-3″ ABU Garcia Vendetta Rod with a ABU Garcia Revo SX Reel in a 7-1 Gear Ratio. My line was 50lb Spider wire with 15 lb Trilene Fluorocarbon Spliced in.  With this bait you can work over shallow flats, cast at targets such as Rock or Wood and just kill it, let it sink slowly and activate the bait, the IMA Suspending Vibe 70 has a powerful rattle making plenty of noise.

 

It warmed up a bit so I headed North to the flats, Here I found Bass chasing shad in 1-5 Ft of water. Here I caught fish up to 4.5 Lbs in the warmer water near the flooded brush. Both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass were up shallow, I was pitching and flipping into 1ft of water with a 1/4oz Reins Sliding Tungsten Football head and a Berkley Havoc Pit Boss in Big Texan. The fish were running away with it!

 

All in all it was a good day with a solid bag of fish on Lake Berryessa.

 

 

 

Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads

RB BASS Angler Ron Howe with nice Clear Lake Bass

 

Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads

The Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads are designed for the swinging jig head style of rigging that utilizes separate components to enhance the swimming action of the attached bait. By now many anglers have at least heard of the swinging jig head technique introduced to the world by Gene Larew’s Biffle Buggin setup that includes a jointed jig head/hook and a soft plastic craw bait. The action is somewhat similar to a crankbait, but instead of a hard plastic treble hook bait, anglers can attach any type of plastic they’d prefer including creatures, craws or swimbaits among many others. The Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads allows users to create their own version on the swinging jig head with seemingly limitless possibilities for customization.

Rigging up the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads is very simple – start with a sinker peg, followed by the sliding football head and finally tie of the hook of your choice. Cinch the peg down a bit closer to the hook for a free swinging action as the bait is crawled along the bottom. The neat part about the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads is that you can utilize any hook you’d like and also add a punch skirt to the presentation if you’d like to enhance the profile. These tungsten football heads are quality throughout featuring a line protection sleeve, a quality matte finish and smooth edges along the contoured head section.

We offer the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads in five sizes of two colors: Black & Green Pumpkin. Quantity varies see list below.

 

Weight Quantities

  • 1/4oz – 3pk
  • 3/8oz – 2pk
  • 1/2oz – 2pk
  • 3/4oz – 1pk
  • 1oz – 1pk

Pine Flat Reservoir by Rich Hale

Fishing has been tough to say the least at Pine Flat reservoir. Rainy weather and rising water have got the fish scattered. The water temperature is sitting around 52-54 degrees and slightly stained to stained depending on where you are. The log boom is in place right below Trimmer launch ramp which has taken much of the river out of action. We found fish as shallow as three feet all the way out to 50 feet deep. Main body creek channels seemed to hold the majority of better sized fish for us. We found dragging brown/green pumpkin jigs and Dry Creek tubes across the small channels produced solid bites. Start your drag in 30 feet on the flat and drag slowly into the channel. Most bites came just before or just as the bait dropped off the ledge into the channel. For those people that like to chuck and wind there is a reaction bite if you’re willing to cover lots of water to find it. Target the small cuts that have moving water in them. Most bites came right on the bank. Our best bites came from the Ima Pinjack https://www.outdoorproshop.com/Ima-Pinjack-200-Crankbait-p/ima-pj200.htm and from the Keitech swing impact swimbait https://www.outdoorproshop.com/Keitech-Swing-Impact-Fat-38-p/keitech-swing-impact-fat3.htm tossed right into the moving water. There are fish to be had but you will need to work for them. There’s a lot of floating debris so stay aware and please utilize your life jacket and kill switches. All the tackle we used and a whole lot more can be found at www.outdoorproshop.com. Grab your rain gear and get out there!

And as always SET THE HOOK!

Lake Oroville Fishing Report by Ron Howe

Weather Clear 38-56 deg

Water stained to muddy 47-48deg

The lake came up over 65ft in 1 week, this is just amazing! As expected this changed the bite. In the morning I threw Spinnerbaits and A-rigs for the first hour with no luck fishing steep walls. I changed to a Ima Beast hunter crank bait and Boom! I stick a sold 2+ on a flat point, so I keep cranking and Boom another 2+ , I felt like I was going to crushem, but that was all the crankbait would yield all day. It was a tough day, but we mixed it up and caught a few on Rip baits and a few on Senkos and Tubes in darker colors. Cleaner water is in the Middle fork if that’s what you want to fish. At the end of the day fish moved shallow and we had some more action on Rip baits.

Good Luck

Ron Howe RB BASS Angler

 

 

The new Balam 300 Swimbait Product Review by Josh Parris

Balam 300

The Balam 300 from Optimum baits just landed state side a little over a month ago and is already making its mark! I’ve been anticipating its arrival for some time and was lucky enough to nab one shortly after they arrived.
At first look it’s big, 12 inches long with a premium paint job and weighs in at 6.5 ounces. I had been watching videos of Kazuya Simada putting a serious hurting on some big fish with the prototypes in Japan long before its arrival.
So I was more than anxious to get out and see the action of the bait first hand. My first trip out with it I was blown away. It throws like dream! Some larger baits over 10 inches can be a bit cumbersome to cast, not the Balam. It sails! On the first morning out with it I started out with a slow and steady presentation. Whammy, it got nailed by a four pound spotted bass.
On a slow retrieve the Balam 300 has subtle tail swim, perfect for weary bass who have grown accustomed to glide baits. What was astounding to me was how slow I could retrieve the bait and it continued to swim. As the day continued on I started to play with retrieves. We began seeing bass chasing trout around, I got as close as possible to the schooling bass and tried burning it with short pauses. Bam! It was freight trained by a big large mouth.
I’m throwing it on the Flacon Cara Big Swimbait XH MF Rod, that rod is a perfect balance of strength for hook sets and give for keeping them hooked. The Balam 300 will continue to make a difference in my fishing, with every one so hung up on glide baits this is the perfect niche bait to show the big bass in my lakes something different. It’s not species specific either, a Sacramento pike minnow less then .03 away from the IGFA record also took a liking to it!
Product Review by Josh Parris

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.

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 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.

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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!

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2016 BBT T.O.C recap by Ron Howe

In 2016 I fished the Delta Wine Region of the Best Bass Tournament Trail. It was a up and down season, My Partner Bob Miller and I just didn’t really have any great finishes, but we did manage to finish 3rd in the points for the AOY Race. The Delta has been so up and down for me over the years. I win a lot of practices and I get teased about that plenty, But in 2016 at the Championship I got the last laugh! I was able to put 2 solid days together and it was good enough to win the 2016 BBT T.O.C we had 21.80 on day 1 with a 8.55lb Kicker fish the biggest Bass of the Event and we had 21.28 on day 2 with 4 Solid fish and a 2lber. I really didn’t think it was enough to win, I felt like we needed 23-24 Lbs on day 2 to win. The BBT and its Staff did a great job keeping us in suspense right to the end.

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I spent as much time on the Delta as I could , from May thru summer into Fall. I was determined to win a Championship , its a bucket list thing! Right? So every chance I got on the weekends to hit the Delta I did. I fished Wild West Pro-Am ,BBT, UFC, Snag Proof Open, Tracy Bass, and The River2Sea Open.  It was a odd year for me, I was catching more quality Bass in the 3 lb range than I had in a long time, but the 7,8 Lbers were non existent for me. I was able to find key areas punching that had Bites. They sometimes would be 2 Lbers and other times they were 3’s with some 4’s , but no Big ones. As I kept at this , These areas always put a solid fish in the boat, and then I finally got a few Big Bites, but I could not get the fish out of the Heavy Cover and would go home Scratching My head. Finally in the Championships the River2Sea Trash Bomb and Various Craw baits with a new Faster Tipped 7-11 ABU Garcia Villian Rod made the difference! The Big Bites came, and they all went in the live well. My Partner Bob Miller and I had been chasing a Championship for years and we came close once in Second Place, we never forgot that Feeling. Finally The Monkey is off my Back and We won a Championship and $20,000.00 Dollars!  Thanks to the BBT for Hosting a great event. Thanks to all of my Sponsors for your Support! Thanks to my Partner Bob Miller. Most of all Thank my Mom for getting me into fishing as a kid!

My Sponsors are:

Christophers Construction , Greater Bay Protective Services, Monsterfishingtackle.com, Ima, Optimum Baits, Persuader Baits, River2Sea, TTi Blakemore, Daiichi Hooks, ABU Garcia, Berkley, Trilene, The Rod Glove, GB Galaxie Graphics

 

 

Lake Oroville fishing report 10/24

Lake Oroville fishing report 10/24

Josh Parris and I fished the final Future Pro Tour event at Oroville last Saturday. The bite proved to be tough but we managed to take 7th place with 8.52lb. We had both spent lots of time pre-fishing and we got out on Friday before the tournament to put our patterns together. Here is how it went.

 

During pre-fish the only true big Oroville fish we caught came from way up the south arm, so that’s where we decided to start. We ran all the up to the 5mph zone and began fishing the trees. We saw fish jumping and could see them on our graph but they were not biting for us. We fished trees for an hour with no luck. We eventually caught one small keeper and decided to leave the area.

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We started making our way back to the main body and hit a few little areas on the way which produced some small keepers. Most fish came on typical Oroville baits, Hula Grubs, Shaky Heads and Tubes ended up catching all the fish we weighed in. I also caught a few on a IMA Flit jerkbait in the Wakasagi color.

At about 11am we decided to go fish Canyon Creek because we thought we could at least put together 7lbs of spots up there. We idled about 5mins past the fives and started fishing, once we got close to the back we realized that this area was loaded. I picked up a 4inch green pumpkin black flake Hula Grub on a 3/8ounce head and started catching fish almost every cast. I threw it on a Dobyns SS 703C and 10lb line. We were dragging these jigs from 10ft-50ft of water. A lot of the better bites came from deeper water. Every fish that we weighed in except one came from Canyon creek on a jig.

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After Canyon, we ran around a bit looking for that one better than average bite but never found it. The key for us was just to sit on the school we found and go through them till we got the slightly better fish. Most teams reported few topwater strikes if any and the winners said the key for them was locating largemouth. Other than that, it was a very finesse bite. Angler Press put on another great event, if you are new to bass fishing the Future Pro Tour is a great way to get started. Hope this helps- Nick Lynch.

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13 lb Bass caught on a IMA Pinjack at New Melones

New Melones Lake Map

Lake New melones fishing report

 
I got out on new Melones little over a week ago with my dad for some fun fishing. I was just poking around trying to get some fish on film. The water level although higher than this time last year is on a steady fall of about 2 feet a week. Water clarity is stained through out most of the lake. I started my day running main lake points with top water and bluegill swim baits. Top water was slow, but I had two good bites on the swim bait. Both where 4-5lb spotted bass and both came off half way back to the boat. We decided to switch it up and run up river and started throwing jigs and crank baits. The jig bite was decent on the the bluff walls for 1-2lb spots. I started cranking humps and points towards the end of the day, while my dad continued throw a jig. I was throwing the IMA Pin Jack 200 on the Falcon Bucoo Deep Runner rod. The Falcon Deep Runner rod is extremely light and sensitive, I can throw it all day and always am able to feel exactly what my bait is doing or hitting. While I was running the IMA Pin Jack over a ledge my dad was dragging a jig up it. We got a double hook up! It wasn’t till my fish jumped that I realized it was big! I immediately told my dad to forget his fish and to grab the camera, and I’d land her by hand. I figured she was in the 8lb range from my short glimpse of her jumping. As she got closer to the boat it became apparent she was quite a bit bigger than 8lbs. As she was right next to the boat, I began questioning landing her by hand. The opportunity arose and I reached out and grabbed her. Realizing she would go upwards of 10 or 11lbs I wanted to get a weight and immediately get her back into the water. She went 13.01, a true summer giant! After releasing her and a few minutes of celebration we finished out the day cranking and throwing jigs for a handful more of 1-3lb fish. After reviewing the footage, I need to take a little extra time on editing it before releasing it. Hope this helps and good luck out there!
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