Lake Berryessa Fishing Report by Charlie King

March 25th kicked off the opener for the 2017 Future Pro Tour Season.
After our performance in the FPT Classic on Lake Folsom earlier in the month, we were sure ready for Lake Berryessa and a little Redemption.
Friday was the only day my son-in-law and team partner Chase Elliott and I had to pre-fish, the weather was rainy and windy all day long and basically blew us off the main lake and with the water temp getting real close to 60 degrees we had no way to check the big spawning flats that everyone had been talking about.

With the storm and colder weather we decided to concentrate on pre spawn fish in areas that would be protected from the wind. We started with a River2Sea Biggie square bill and covered a lot of water with no luck.
We found a good number of fish off the bank in the 15 to 20 foot range near long secondary points but the fish didn’t want to eat that well,  we figure out a couple of baits that would catch them and made our plan for the tournament day.
Saturday morning we made the run to our first stop and started fishing, it didn’t take long before we realize that it was a little different, the fish wanted the baits moving more then the day before, Chase tied on a 3/4oz Gold Blade Runner underspin with a 4.8 Keitech Fat Impact in Bluegill Flash color and started slow rolling it in twenty feet, when I say slow I mean SLOW! about 15mins of this our first fish was a 9.67lb lagermouth that ended up being big fish of the tournament. We got 10 to 15 fish on the underspin and culled a couple of the fish with a Shakey head and a 6″ Savage Gear 3D Armor Crawler in the Watermelon Red flake color later in the day on the main body of the lake. We ended up in 4th place out of 134 teams with 19.95lbs and took home the big fish money as well.


The rods that we used for the underspin was the new EVX series from Okuma, paired with Okuma Citrex reels, these are very light and super sensitive. Fins 40G 25lb test line was our choice for this setup.
For the Savage Gear 3D Armor Crawler we choose the Okuma TCS 7 foot Shakey head rod paired with Okuma Trio-20 Reels spooled with 15lb test Fins 40G, once again super light and sensitive!
I  want to say thanks to all my friends and family that continues to support me in doing what I love to do.
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Delta Fishing Report by Mark Lassagne

Delta Bass Report Feb 11th 2017

 

Mark Lassagne and Charlie King

 

Since it finally stopped raining for a couple days we hit the Delta to locate fish for some upcoming guide trips.  

Launching from Orowood Marina near Brentwood Calif. 

High tide about 7AM and Low tide about noon. 

The day started with 46 outside temps in the morning and a light breeze. The wind picked up throughout the day to about 15 MPH and the temps rose to near 60 by days’ end.  

It was a bluebird day after a week of rain, so hopes were high but expectations were low as with most post frontal days the bite will be tough, especially when the water is cold.  

The water was 52 to 55 degrees and its mid Feb so we targeted wintering places for Delta bass like dead end sloughs, sharp channel swings and places where the current slows. 

With a goal of locating as many places as possible in one day we decided to power fish searching as many spots as possible throughout the day vs. fishing slow and picking an area apart. 

After running a few miles, the first bite came at 8AM felt like a big fish but didn’t hook up, 8:30 first fish in the boat a solid 3+, we then missed 2 more bites and then landed another 3+ at 9AM all on an orange Revenge Vibrator with an orange ribbon worm trailer.

A Delta Bass caught on a Revenge Vibrator

 Keeping to the plan we went searching other areas, fishing about an hour or so with no bites. We ran to a dead end slough and about 11AM (low tide at noon) we got a couple more a 2lber and one close to 6lbs.  

Catch those two we went on the search, again locating a little bend in the river where we got two more another 3lber and a 5 then headed out.  

Now it’s noon – low tide and we start fishing other places we assumed winter fish would be, hitting about 10 to 15 more in the next few hours but not a single bite. 

Note: The tide was never low, even the low tide at noon was, with the huge amount of water coming in it was like high tide all day.

 Conclusion, the fish today were grouped up, when you find one there are more in the same area. If it was tournament day we would have stayed in the few places where we found fish and I believe we could have had a big bag.  

None the less we had about 20lb for the best five catching 7 fish total and missing 5 bites which is a pretty good day for the bluebird day after a storm.

 

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Destination Oroville and Lake Shasta


 

I got a call from fellow anglers Christopher Freeman and Cody Derby to tag along on a fishing trip to Lake Shasta.  I thought it would be good practice before the Future Pro Tour Classic on Lake Oroville scheduled for early March.
As we made our way to the lake, we started calling around for room availability, after about 4 calls and because of the Pro Am at Shasta there was nothing available until Saturday.   So we changed our plan and decided to fish Lake Oroville on Saturday, and then head up to Lake Shasta for a full day of fishing Sunday.  A perfect plan for me!

Lake Oroville Spotted Bass
-Charlie King

Lake Oroville is known for a variety of fish (large mouth and small mouth bass, chinook, catfish, white crappie to name a few) and we went looking for bass.   The air temperature was just around freezing as we pulled up to the spillway ramp at daylight, the sky was crystal clear and just a slight breeze on the water. The lake has received a lot of rain the last few weeks and is at 80% of capacity.

The water was slightly stained and a lot of wood and debris floating around.  Once we made it to our first stop, at Middle Fork, the water temp was 46 to 49 degrees and the water falls were running and absolutely beautiful. I tried the A-rig and Spinnerbait early, fish weren’t interested so I switched to drop-shot and a small swimbait.  The Drop Shot and small Swimbait produced the best bite in the 15 to 35 feet range.   As the sun started to warm the day, we were able to get fish on points and the bluff walls all the way back to the main lake.   Once we made it back to the main lake, Chris got on a small Jig bite in 15 to 20 feet on under water humps, we finished the day catching about 15 to 20 fish and enjoyed the outdoors and awesome views Lake Oroville has to offer.

Lake Oroville Spotted Bass Anglers Charlie , Chris and Cody

We got off the water in time to stop by to say hi to the folks at North Valley Tackle and pick up a few things for our next day of fishing on Lake Shasta.  Chris’s wonderful wife Mary had already booked our stay at the Bridge Bay Resort right on Lake Shasta and all we had to do was make the drive!

Lake Shasta, wow – what a beautiful lake to wake to!  Snow covered mountains and Bald Eagles flying around, we couldn’t wait to hit the water! Now the first thing we noticed was the outside temperature was about 10 degrees warmer than the day before, with quite a bit of cloud cover in the sky.  Now like Lake Oroville, Lake Shasta has received a bunch of rain and is filling nicely.  The water clarity and temp is just about the same as Oroville. We focused on the Pit River arm of the lake and made the run to some stuff similar to what we finished on yesterday at Oroville.


I think Cody got the first fish on an underspin and little swimbait, Chris and I were throwing small jigs and picked up where we left off yesterday. The fish wanted that jig on the bottom and not moved at all! We got most of the fish in 15 to 20 foot range and had 10lbs for are best 5 by 8:30 am. I also was able to get the spotted bass to eat the A-rig that day and got several fish on it, but they were smaller than the jig fish.

Lake Shasta Spotted Bass Charlie and Chris

Over all we got about 30 fish that day and had a blast.  As we set in the middle of a big cove around noon, taking pictures and just admiring the beautiful surroundings, a Bald Eagle swooped down about 30 yards away and plucked his lunch out of the water, it was incredible to see. What a way to end this awesome weekend! I want to thank Chris and Mary Freeman and Cody Derby for inviting me along.  I also want to thank my wife Natalie and daughters Melissa & Rebecca for their support, love you guys!

DROP SHOT: Okuma TCS 7’2” Rod paired with Okuma Helios Hx-25s Reel with 5lb test Fins 40G.
A-RIG: Okuma Guide Select 7’11” Rod and Okuma Komodo 350 with 50lb Fins windtamer Braid. The
JIG: Okuma TCS 7’ jig rod paired with Okuma Helios TCS 8:1:1 gear ratio with 12lb floro line

 

 

Delta Fishing Report by Charlie King

 Delta Map
With my belly still full from the Holiday, we headed out Saturday morning from Orwood on the California Delta. I paired up with my RB Bass brother Michael Coleman for the one day get together. It started raining shortly after we launched the boat, with rain  off and on all day.  Living my entire  life on the Delta,  I knew this weather was going to bring a pretty tough bite and.  If we can catch 13 to 14 pounds we just might win.  After talking with Mike we came to the conclusion  our best bite would be on a rip bait so I pulled out my #OkumaTCS crankbait rod and #Okuma Helios reel spooled with 12 lb. test fluorocarbon; I was ready – the night before I had tied on my favorite #River2Sea rip bait. We got a pattern pretty fast catching 2 lb’ers on tulle points. We had our 5 fish and decided to just hit points and hope for a couple of 4 lb’ers to give us 14 to 15 lbs. After fishing a point I turned the Minn Kota trolling motor up to high to get to the next point and right in the middle of the island a little patch of hyacinth was sticking out and Mike threw his rip bait up to it and worked it back to the boat and a 5 lb. fish grabbed his bait right next to the boat but came off before we could net it. It took just that one fish to make us slow down and start fishing the whole island, we culled one fish with a 3 lb’er that came from the middle of another island so the bigger fish today are definitely not on the points. I had one break my line with about 15 minutes left in the day that would have culled the one 13 inch fish we had.  I think if we could have put the two in the boat… but that’s fishing right! 
We got to put a product from Cal Coast Fishing called the Clip N Cull to the test today and we both are very impressed with the new cull system and think you will be to so keep your eyes open for the release of the CCF Clip N Cull. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and get the chance to get out and find some fish. Until next time friends, tight lines! Charlie.
Thanks to Savage Gear USA, Okuma Fishing, Johnson Outdoors, Bass Anglers Magazine, Cal Coast Fishing, Plano Synergy, Fins fishing, River2Sea, TNT, THCG and RBBASS
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Arizona Suguaro lake

Water temp 69 to 71
Water clarity 2 to 4 ft
Wind 8 to 12 mph
Lake level 5 ft low

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 Arizona  Suguaro lake
While traveling to lake Conroe Texas myself and Okuma pro Mark Lassange we saw an opportunity to fish some lakes on the way so we picked lake Suguaro. As we pulled into the launch ramp the locals were quick to let us know the bite was tough we got a late start . With only 4 hours or so to fish on a lake that we have no knowledge we knew it was gonna be a challenge. Going 2 hours or so with no action I tied up the drop shot switching around colors. Finally I had our first fish and my first Arizona bass.

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With us running out of time we found another bank that looked similar and we picked up two more fish, it seemed to me that the fish wanted to be on the bigger round rock, there was only a few banks with that type cover and the Aaron’s magic color was key. Lake suguaro is one of the most beautiful desert lakes I’ve ever had the pleasure to fish .

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