Date: June 14, 2019
Location: California Delta, Orwood Boat launch
Air temperature: 67-88 degrees
Wind direction/speed: NW 6-12 MPH
Water temperature: 74-79
Water clarity: 2-15 feet
Tidal influence: 1/2 outgoing 1/2 incoming
Seasonal fish pattern: Spawn/Post Spawn
Moon phase: waxing gibbous visibility 96%
Frogging/Punching in June on the California Delta
On June 14, 2019 my son Vincent and I made a spontaneous last minute decision to try our luck fishing the California Delta. The warming hundred degree days have temporarily subsided, and the daytime high was forecasted for the high eighties. The only undesirable factor was the wind which was blowing 6-12 mph which usually means 15-20 mph on the delta.
Vince and I launched our boat at Orwood Resort located at 4451 Orwood Road, Brentwood California 94513. We idled out past the five mile per hour zone and headed North towards Franks Tract. We located lush hydrilla grass which had intermittent duck weed positioned on the front fridge, and the mats backed up to tulles.
Both Vince and I elected to throw frogs in and around the location we discovered. Vince was throwing an off white bluegill pattern frog, while I was throwing a black/yellow River2sea bully wa. Both frogs produced numerous bites, but Vince landed more fish with the smaller profile frog.
After landing our fair share of 2 1/2 pounders, I began picking through the matted vegetation with my punch rig. My chosen setup for punching was an 1.5 ounce River2sea trash bomb, Gamakatsu 3/0 extra heavy cover flipping hook, and a watermelon red 3 1/2 inch Strike King Rodent.
The tide bottomed out and began incoming. The bite stayed consistent with average size fish, and a 7 plus pounder came unbuttoned prior to making her guest appearance on the deck of my boat. Overall it was a good day catching lots of fish on my two favorite techniques. Spending time and making memories with my favorite fishing partner is my favorite way to spend my extra time.