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!

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

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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!

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RB BASS Angler Steve Wilson with the whats hot weekly video at Monster fishing Tackle .

RB BASS Angler Steve Wilson with the whats hot weekly video at Monster fishing Tackle .

This week Steve talks about Exclusive products only available at Monsterfishingtackle.com

Both in Yamamoto made baits and Robo worms, these are products Steve just used in the Bass Nation State qualifier.

 

 

 

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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.

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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