Lake Berryessa Fishing Report

Berryessa Fishing Report with Mike Tremont

 

The day started out with 36 degree temps at the ramp. A tournament the week prior to my visit took over 40lbs to win, so my hopes were high with getting some good bites. The water temp was starting out at 54 degrees in the morning, with clouds coming off the water surface. All the winter gear preparation was  keeping me very comfortable!

While I was idling out watching my graph I wasn’t seeing much bait. There is one spot outside the ramp where there always seems to be a ball of bait with some fish close by, but it wasn’t there. It could have been due to  several of the boats starting their day right there. Berryessa has a good selection of game fish to choose from and some guys looking for Crappie were getting busy.

As I got up on plane, I saw a fellow RB Bassfishing friend Sean Wayman on a point and went over and said hello. Watching my graph as we were talking I noticed a number of suspended fish around the 15 foot level, so I threw a deep diving suspending jerk bait at them. No takers, so it was time to move on.

I stayed up in the narrows just looking to get bit. The water had about 4 foot visibility in some spots with a nice teal hue to it. Started out throwing a number of different jerk baits and crank baits on the points of a large cove. Not graphing many fish, nor seeing any type of surface activity I started moving inside the cove. Reaching a secondary point and starting to hit some weeds on my retrieves, I started graphing some fish. I was throwing a red Bomber Model A and it got whacked, but it missed! I’ve never been able to understand with 6 really sharp points on a bait how a fish doesn’t hook up! Decided to slow down a bit and throw a full size Brush Hog on a ½ oz Texas Rig dragging it through, around  and over the weeds and rocks below. No takers. Changed up to a ½ oz brown/orange casting jig which got my second bite of the morning. A solid thump, but nothing more!

I ran around to a few spots where I knew there are some grass beds, also down sized to a baby brush hog and finally hooked up with a nice chunky Small Mouth. Most of the fish I was graphing were in the 15 foot range. I landed one other fish on the baby Brush Hog, and it was getting to be 2 o’clock.

Many things go through my head when things are this slow, the main one is what am I doing WRONG! But it was a beautiful day after a long trying week at work and I’m blessed enough to be out here, so keep on casting!

Well I got rewarded. I pulled the bait out of the weeds, as it fell that feeling of what is going on down there hit me. I was throwing a medium/light action rod with 8lb test, so raring back with a mighty hook set was not going to happen, but a good sweep and reel set was good enough and it was on! She came right up out of the water and the vision in my mind of the bait getting thrown didn’t happen! She started digging hard and all I could do was hang on. She came up again and shook her head, but she couldn’t shake it and off, and back to the deep she ran again. It had been about 3 minutes, I wasn’t in a tournament and was just happy. Amazing what a fish can do! I still wanted her in the boat, cause fish stories are just that. I felt her starting to circle and shake her head. Where’s my net? At home…

Exciting and gratifying are the best words I have. She went right into the live well for 10 minutes to chill and get some strength back, while I had a sandwich.

Not a giant by any means, but having my camera, having my RB Bassfishing jersey luckily on board turns this story of the 8.3lb beauty into a reality. I’m not often the go to guy to get the big ones, Dink Master still follows me around, but today I didn’t get many, but was lucky enough to get the one and to let her go for maybe a later connection!

Don’t forget Monstertackle.com for all your fishing needs and I hope to see you out there!

Tackle Management with Ron Howe ICast 2016

I Cast Cal Coast Fishing

Ron Howe talks about tackle management and a new product the Cali Clip from Cal Coast Fishing that will be on display at ICAST 2016. Make sure to go bye Booth #2011 and check out all the Cal Coast Fishing products!

 

The Rod Glove are you protected?

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Most bass anglers have felt the pain of trying to retrieve a rod out of a rod locker. Just keeping multiple rods in close proximity can leads to tangles and wasted time as any co-angler can tell you. Most times when I put my rods in the my locker they don’t come out as nicely as they when in, or you have to pull out a few to detangle the one you want. In the past I’ve tried things to cope with this like wrapping the main line around the rod guides or staggering the rods as I put them in. After a tow to the ramp and boat run they end up back in the mess I was trying to avoid. Then came the Rod Glove! As simple as it is, it has made a huge impact on my fishing. I am now able to put more rods in my rod locker and easily retrieve any of them with a moments notice. Ive also found my rods take less of a beating going in and out of the locker.
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On any rod if you bend any eye a few times it’s going to break off. The rod glove protects the eyes, line and rod itself from catching on other rods or the edges of the compartment. They come in a variety of colors and sizes to meet your needs. They also have another great product the bait glove.
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I like the bait glove for any baits that have multiple treble hooks. As a serious tournament angler every minute counts. The rod glove will save you time and frustration. Check them out at therodglove.com!
Josh Parris 
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Rod Holder- Quick and Easy

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Here is a quick and effective rod holder I made. Took a few hours as I painted mine. Mine holds 21 rods with reels on and the rods are held vertically with no pressure on the blanks. All you need is some plywood or particle board, some 1.5 inch PVC pipe and a 1.5 inch hole saw. When laying out holes for drilling make sure you give enough space between for reels to fit comfortably. Nice thing about this design is you can make it as big or small as you want. Cost is no more then $20-$25 for materials. The hole saw goes on a drill and can be used to make many rod holders. Add your Rod Gloves and your protected too!

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Sean Wayman
RBBass

 

Treat your Rods Right with the Rod Glove

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Taking care of your equipment could easily be argued as one of the most important things when it comes to practicing good (fundamentals). Us bass fisherman spend thousands upon thousands of dollars of our hard earned money on our fishing equipment, boats, electronics(fish finders), rods, reels, line, tackle, proper apparel for the weather, the list goes on and on. When spending this kind of money I’m sure many of you are like me and want to take care of your investments and get the most out of them. For boats they offer specialty cleaning products for the hull, carpet, upholstery, for tackle there’s awesome storage trays designed just for rip baits, crank bait or even swimbait boxes. They make line and lure conditioner, cases and special cleaners for our sunglasses, special soft and hard cases for fish finders, it’s a never ending list. But what about one of the most important tools you use, your rods, what is the best way to protect these?

Jon Spot

Well like everything else in the fishing world different companies offer different things for protecting the same piece of equipment and by trial and error we all figure out what is the best and what is not! I have found Dobyns Rods to be superior to all other rods and I’m not just saying that because I’m on there staff, I really believe they make in my mind and many others out there, the best rod you can buy. I take pride in using these rods and I want to make sure I’m doing everything possibly to protect them and how I do that is with a Rod Glove! 

Ive fished as a co-angler therefore I havnt always had the pleasure of keeping all my rods in the rod locker or on the deck of a boat all the way to the lake and back. I’m constantly taking them in and out of my truck, throwing them in one boat, back in my truck and into another boat. This can be very hard on your rods, I used to not use anything to protect them, I would throw a strap around all of them and load them up. Well after time this started to cause problems like bent guides and even chipped guide inserts, after trying different things like hard cases and even soft cloth like martial cases/sheaths I still wasn’t happy. Hard cases were not the answer because I found myself wasting time having to take the reels on and off every time I used the case plus once they are in the case the rods are all banging against each other and you guessed it, in time it caused the same problem of bent and chipped guides. The soft cloth like material was good because it stopped the banging against each other but was still not enough protection for the rod guides and even my line.

JB Russ Meyers

The Rod Glove was first shown to me by a fellow Dobyns Rods and RbBassFishing.net staffer Dan Wells a little about 2 years ago, since I stared using them I couldn’t be happier! I enjoy being able to leave my reels on my rods and have them completely rigged for fishing and not have to worry about it. One other thing I really like about the Rod Glove is that your line is covered and not jus covered so you can’t see it, it’s covered with enough protection against knicks caused by sharp objects they might encounter form there trip from your house to the lake and back again.

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 Like my Dobyns rods, I believe that the Rod Glove is the best protecting and user friendly rod cover out there. The Rod Glove is a very affordable piece of equipment for the protection it offers and will give you. When it comes to your rods don’t just use any cover and think they’ll be ok, as affordable as they are do your self a favor and buy some Rod Gloves!  

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Rod Glove saves you money?

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I’ve now spent a full year using The Rod Glove and Bait Glove. I have nothing but good things to say about this company’s product. I fish out of an older boat that doesn’t have rod holes in the rod lockers and this can be a fisherman’s nightmare. I know a lot guys including myself that destroy their rods because of rod locker abuse, such as line, lure, and rod tip tangles. These tangles ultimately lead to guides busted or rod tips broken, costing us a lot of money loss. In years past I replaced 2 to 3 rods a year because of rod locker abuse. This year I haven’t had to replace one rod. When first seen this product hit the market I thought there is no way this can improve your fishing; who would want to cover their rod? I was totally wrong about this product, before I would waste a bunch of fishing time with line twists and bait tangles. Now with the Rod and Bait Gloves my rod locker is organized, no line twists and my mind is focused on fishing. I’m a true believer in The Rod and Bait Gloves,I recommend you give them a try!

Alex Sanchez

Rod Glove Lure Glove tourn ready

 

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