Delta fishing report by Christopher Evola 3/12/17

Water temp: 56-59
Water Clarity: 6″-2′ 
Air Temp: 56-74 degrees 
Wind: Northwest 2-7 mph 
Tide: Outgoing
Moon: Full 🌕

My brother Justin Ross and I, launched my boat at 0645 hours out of the Tiki Lagun Marina & Resort, located at 12988 W. Mcdonald  Road, Stockton, California, 95206. 

After launching we made our way out to the North side of Mildred Island. We started off throwing reaction baits such as the River2sea Ish Monroe Square Bill in delta craw color, and the River2sea Ish Monroe Bling Spinnerbait in the cold blooded color. We had zero bites on these baits in the first thirty minutes of fishing. I knew there were fish in the area because it’s a well known spot by almost everyone who fishes the delta. With the water warming the way it has, the full moon, stable weather, and high tide, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around why they wouldn’t eat a moving bait. 

Without hesitation I knew exactly what needed to be done. The warm weather had me so excited for the pre spawn I forgot about winter transition. The bass needed to transition from their wintering holes up into the secondary breaks. From the secondary breaks they needed to feed on a forage that provides high calories, minerals, magnesium, and calcium which will sustain them through the spawning process. They needed to feed on crawfish which were becoming more active with the warm weather. I looked at my brother Justin and quickly put away all my rods but one. The only rod I left on the deck was my Dobyns 735 matched with my Abu Garcia Revo Rocket. This combination compliments my 1/2 ounce TNT Baits Dragon Fly Wada Jig extremely well.  This particular color is my go to when the bass are in their winter transitioning stages. 

We pulled up to a break on the north side of Mildred where the water was ripping out of the island. The rocks on the break were barely exposed and several scattered  tules were present. I pitched my jig into a hole between the tules and rock about the size of a basketball. I felt a small tick so I leaned in and set, boat flipping a three pounder onto the deck of the boat. I looked over at my brother Justin and I told him we’re throwing jigs the rest of the day. He agreed and we continued down the bank catching several three to three and a half pounders. The tide was over half way out so we decided to run to Mandeville. We pulled up on the south side of Mandeville and it just looked perfect for a big girl to be present. It had a hard rock break scattered tules and a hard well defined grass line five feet off the bank. This area is what is referred to as a trough. I pitched my jig into the trough popped it twice and my line shot under the boat. I cranked on my Revo Rocket twice and leaned back with a cracking hook set. My rod doubled over and a nice chunk largemouth jumped right next to the boat. I flipping her up onto the deck of the boat and was greeted by a fist bump from my brother. That’s a seven he stated and I obliged him as I slipped her carefully into the livewell. As we made our way down the bank we caught several more three pounders along with several fish in the two pound class. As the tide fell out even further we noticed the fish were reacting towards a more aggressive swimming action on our jigs. This was beneficial because it allowed us to cover more water quicker rather then a traditional slow retrieve. 

We came to an area where the trough was no deeper then two feet and there was lots of wood present. My brother flipped in between two limbs which were submerged and his line jumped approximately two feet. He leaned in and set the hook as he landed a nice largemouth which weighed five and a half pounds. We ran out of good looking water so we started up the motor and blasted back towards Mildred. We settled in an area we call three ponds which is located Northeast to Mildred. This area is basically tules with mixed in grass but the exterior has deep water around it which makes it ideal for winter transitioning bass. We fishing there for approximately twenty minutes when we doubled almost simultaneously on twin four pounders. With limited time before we had to leave, we took a quick photo and ended the day. 

If I had only one tip to give it would be this. Just because the water is warming rapidly and there is a few fish getting ready to bed, doesn’t mean they all are. Keep an open mind while your out on the water and always stay optimistic. Hope this fishing report helps you catch more fish, and good  luck out there next time your on the water.

RB Bass Pro Staff Angler 

Christopher Anthony Evola 

ABU Garcia Revo Rocket Toro

The Revo Toro® Rocket dials up the speed factor with a high speed 7.6:1 gear ratio. Bringing in 42’’ of line per turn, the rocket allows you to burn large baits faster than ever before. Whether fishing a vertical jig through the water column or burning a blade for Muskie, the Revo Toro® Rocket has the speed needed to get those reaction strikes.

  • 7 stainless steel HPCR™ bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection
  • Rocket Gear Ratio provides superfast line retrieve for picking up line quickly
  • Power stack Carbon Matrix Drag System™ provides extreme drag pressures combined with unparalled smoothness
  • Active response drag mechanism allows easy drag adjustment even under heavy drag loads
  • X-Cräftic™ alloy frame and sideplate for increased corrosion resistance
  • Duragear™ Heavy Duty provides increased fighting power and extended gear life
  • InfiniMax braking system™ allows almost limitless adjustability to handle larger baits
  • Aircraft grade aluminum spool allows for a high strength spool that is extremely lightweight for greater casting performance
  • Ti coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability

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ABU Garcia Revo SX

The Revo® SX takes cutting edge design to the next level. By utilizing and Insert Molded C6 (IM-C6) carbon body design that incorporates a one piece aluminum gear box, the latest Revo® SX is lighter than the previous generation while maintaining excellent rigidity.

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Gear for fishing the Schooling rig

 The Abu Garcia Revo Toro family of reels, C3, C4 and Revo Winch are the perfect match for the new Veritas Schooling Rig rod. So if you throw Berkley Schooling Rig baits or the Alabama Rig you’ll have the perfect outfit for optimal performance.

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Delta Fishing Report – April

 

 

I took my buddy fishing a month ago and let him try my Revo SX reel matched wih a 7′ Veritas rod. He couldn’t believe the difference he felt in sensitivity  and smoothness from using his old rod/ reel combo all these years. He was so impressed that he went to the Monster tackle website http://www.outdoorproshop.com/
and picked up his own exact combo. He also picked up some plastic baits that he wanted to try out this spring. We broke in his new equipment and tackle last Saturday in the Ca Delta catching bass moving in for the spring. We flipped plastics in natural colors and he ended up catching multiple bass with this nice 7.1lber being the best of the day!

Tips: Get your tackle at monsterfishingtackle.com and go get em!