Location: California Delta
Tidal influence: outgoing
Water temperature/clarity: 78-82 2-10 feet visibility
Wind direction/speed: 5-10 mph SW
Seasonal fish pattern: post spawn
Moon phase: waning gibbous
On June 21rst 2019 my son Vincent and I decided to fish the California Delta. We launched our boat out of Whiskey Slough Marina and dry storage, located at 3401 Whiskey Slough Road, Holt, California 95234.
Shortly after launching we ran North to Franks tract. We saturated the area with several different top water applications in and around the sparse tulle clumps. We caught a few small fish and a bonus cookie cutter three pounder. The brisk SW wind was blowing pretty steady, and we found the louder more obnoxious top water baits were getting more action then the subtler more methodical presentations.
Our popular choice for the day was the River2Sea plopper 130 in the bone color pattern. A close second to the plopper was an all black double clacker buzz bait. The louder more aggressive baits target the most aggressive fish in the area.
After wearing out the fish in that area, we headed East to fish two of the more popular ponds. People tend to gravitate towards these ponds because traditionally they have been unprecedented for numbers. With my son Vincent in the boat I tend to gravitate towards these areas because it keeps him excited about fishing for most of the day.
The tide was ripping out of the island and both Vincent and I began slow rolling a kietech swimbait near tulles. Our production was unlimited and both Vince and I bettered our days catch with several heavy three pounders and one just under four. We finished the day with just under eighteen pounds because the big kicker never came. It didn’t matter to either of us because the big catch was the opportunity to spend time together in God’s country.