Bass Nation New Melones Report by Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman Bass Nation Big Ones

Air temp low55 high68
Water clarity 6 feet
Wind 4 to 6 mph north west
Water temp 65

              Angels Camp California lake new Melones. As I pre-finished for the Bass nation opener at new Melones  I realized that pre-spawn pattern was going to be the ticket, I found three places that had large numbers of largemouth. Two long pockets up river, a spot in the North and also a big school mid-lake towards the south. On day one of the tournament I ran to Brushy Cove and started my day on the main lake point. I quickly picked up a limit on a River2Sea S Waver in the color called party crasher on the new Phenix rods maxim series. M0y plan was to run up river mid day as the water started to warm up. Sun direction is key in these pre-spawn conditions you want to find the coves and pockets protected from the north wind and facing west, so with around 12 pounds Clip N Culled in the box I ran up river throwing a Swim Jig with the Bass Assassin Lures die dapper in albino shad color as my trailer. I only culled one fish and quickly realized that the river  bite was gone and it was all about being south. I ran back to Brushy cove where I started to catch a lot more fish but only helping my limit to just under 15 pounds. In my opinion with the overcast conditions and cool breeze I just felt that the bigger females did not move up but I had a solid bag for the day to put me in six place, still just a few pounds out of the lead. Pondering what I should do for day two I figured I would start at brushy Cove and see with the overcast conditions going away if those bigger females would move up. I started on the long point just as I did the day before. This did not pan out so I moved through into the pocket. I started to get a few bites right away. That’s when I realized the fish had pushed farther back into the pocket. My new plan was to just rotate three small areas no bigger than 30 yards and just wait for the fish to come to me. As I rotated through my spots I quickly picked up a limit and then BOOM a good one just as the day before I started off with the S waiver but quickly moved to the Bass Assassin Lures’s fat job stick bait, I was rotating three Baits almost exclusively and would add the swim jig here or there, the third bait was a Bass Assassin Lures Rail worm. The fat job stick bait was the most successful. I would just fancast going around with a small nail weight 1/4  oz rigged wacky style and leaving it dead stick. This was the key and as I rotated my three areas fish just kept coming to me and although a lot of boats were rotating through that area everyone would move in and make a few casts not get bit and leave. The key was knowing that those fish were coming at you targeting several laydowns and Buckbrush and just waiting. All of my fish for two days were coming off of a 30 yard stretch.  After day one I weighed in a pretty solid bag of three pounders but all the people ahead of me had that one big bite, which I never got on day one , but on day two about mid way through the day I finally got my big bite to go along with my solid limit weighing  in at just under 18 pounds witch was good enough for third place to start the Bass Nation season off in a good position. I would like to thank all my sponsors Cal Coast fishing, River2sea, Bass Assassin Lures, Bass Angler Magazine, Phenix rods RBBassfishing.net and Evolution Baits

 

Delta Fishing report by Alex Sanchez

Water Temperature-54-58

Water Clarity Mud – 5 Feet

Weather Condition- Party Cloudy/Rain

Wind- 10 to 20MPH

 

I had the chance to fish the California Delta this past Sunday with long time friend and sponsor Vince Borges of Phenix Rods. Vince and I got on the water about 7:30, due to high water conditions we launched out of Paradise Point Marina. We started fishing fairly close to Paradise Point Marina jumping around through Disappointment and 14 Mile Slough. We managed to boat a couple nice fish tossing Spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits on some isolated tulle berms nothing really special to try and duplicate. So we started working our way to the West Delta looking for some cleaner / warmer water. It took quite a bit of gas to do so but we found 58 degree water with 5 foot visibility and the fish were chewing! Immediately, Vince and I double hook up with a 5 and 3 pounder both on Chatterbaits..

We continue further back into the pocket and not a bite! I change things up and toss a deep diving Crankbait and boat another solid fish. We reached the end of the pocket, Vince tosses his Chatterbait against the edge of some isolated Hyacinth and gets CRUSHED…two head shakes and comes unbuttoned. Vince was heartbroken knowing that could have been a today’s kicker fish. Being pressed for time with a bad weather system coming in we decided to fish up to little patch of tulles adjacent to hyacinth then leave. I fired cast into the patch and got hammered! A beautiful 6 pound pre-spawn bass boated on a Spinnerbait! Vince and I ended up with 17 pounds for our best five. Our key to success was clear water, you won’t catch a lot of fish but you will boat the right ones.

Todays Gear

River2Sea Goon Crankbait

River2Sea Bling Spinnerbait

Chatterbait

 

Winter JiG Fishing 101 by Preston Henson

Winter Jig fishing 101

 As we move into February and the lakes still are cold and have not hit that magic 53-degree mark and fish either suspend or lock themselves to the bottom. In this article I will talk about those fished glued to the bottom and how to attack them with a jig.

 First will start off by looking at the different jigs I use to attack this scenario. First is a good old fashion rubber jig with a twin tail grub or some kind of plastic trailer. My go to is the River2Sea Papa Mur. I wont get in to specific colors because every lake has its colors, I will say this browns always seem to be a good start with some king of other color mixed in. Remember to match your hatch. When fishing these jigs I prefer a football style head since I will be most likely be crawling and dragging this jig keeping constant bottom contact. For weight I start with a ½oz or 5/8oz in the Papa Mur for 25 feet or less and move to a 3/4oz or 7/8oz in the Papa Mur when fishing deeper. The biggest key is to keep bottom contact and drag your jig along the bottom.

 The second Jig is an over looked but my favorite style for cold water fishing, THE HULA GRUB or also called a spider jig or grub. Colors I prefer are your cinnamon and green pumpkin colors. I attach them to a 1/2oz football head for 25 feet or less and 3/4oz for deeper. Same retrieve as the standard jig just a crawl and drag.  I use an open hook setup witch means no weed guard.

 

 Lets look at the equipment I use for these baits. The rod I use is a Phenix Ultra MBX 707MH paired with a Lews Team Lews Custom in a 7.5:1 gear ratio. I use the higher gear ratio to pick up more line since we generally are fishing deeper. Line size varies, I prefer 10lb Fluorocarbon when I can get away with it but will go up to 12lb if I have to if there are more rocks or if the water is dirty.

 Areas of the lake that I target are main lake humps, river channel and creek swings and point near the main river channel. Allot of times these fish will be so tight to the bottom they will not show up on your graph. Look for clues such as bait near by or bottom type change like sand to rock or small to big rock etc. etc.

 The retrieve is very simple. Like I mentioned earlier it’s a slow crawl and drag. I sometimes use my trolling motor to just inch the bait along.  One key I have success is dragging my bait up hill, allot of amateur anglers make the mistake of always fishing shallow to deep. I get allot of my bigger bites with this technique dragging up hill, what I mean by this is casting out deeper and bringing the bait shallower.

 The bite can be very light and can just feel like the slightest change of pressure and other times they will knock slack in your line. If you find yourself missing allot of fish try reel setting on the fish what I mean by this is just reel into the fish and when the rod loads just lean into them.

 I will use both styles of jigs and listen to what the fish prefer that day. I hope this helps you on your next outing during these cold winter days and remember to be slow and patient this time of year and listen to the fish.

“YEAH”

 

RB BASS Anglers @ ISE Show Sacramento

Several RB BASS Tournament Anglers will be at this years ISE Show in Sacramento Ca, working at many of the Vendors booths or locations. Stop bye say hello we look forward to seeing you!

Charlie King @ Anglers Press Thursday

Preston Henson @ Phenix Rods Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Steve Wilson @ C&C Marine Thursday, Friday ,Saturday, Sunday

Ron Howe @ Pure Fishing/Berkley/Abu Garcia Friday and Saturday

Tamara Rustin @ BASS Angler Magazine Saturday and Sunday

Alex Sanchez @ Phenix Rods Friday and Saturday

Michael Coleman @ Bass Angler Magazine Thursday, Friday ,Saturday, Sunday

Mark Lassagne @ Bass Angler Magazine Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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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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