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.
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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