Water Clarity: 1-3 feet Stained
Water Temp: 52.1 – 53.5
Went out to the delta on 2/4/16 with RBBASS partner Kevin Cornwell to get an idea on what the warm weather was doing to the fish. Launched and started fishing dead end sloughs in search of warmer water. Started with reaction baits such as Chatterbaits, Spinnerbaits and Crankbaits with no luck. Tried fishing deep grass and rocks with Dropshots, Texas Rigs, and Jigs which also didn’t produce. A few hours had passed by and were almost to the back of the slough. Kevin picked up a senko and began to fish very slow. On his 5th or 6th cast he hooks a good fish. Got her to the boat and I lipped her. It was a healthy 6.96lb fish. I picked up my Senko as well to see if we could put a pattern together. Got 150 yards down the bank and I hooked into a giant! I set the hook and she didnt budge. She started to peel drag, once she stopped I got her body turned and she was headed straight for the boat. Kevin got his hands on her and said she was going to be 10lbs for sure. We got her in the livewell to get some water on her and to get the scale ready. Put her on the scale and she ended up being my new personal best! She topped the scale at 11.04lbs! So we had 18lbs even for 2 fish. They were the only fish we caught that day.
Went back out to the delta 2/6/16 with Kevin and we had the same plan. Fish shallow with reaction to see if any fish had moved up and were willing to eat. It was short lived. Tried out deep with no luck as well. Could not figure out what was going on until the water started coming back in. We started punching deep hyacinth mats and each flip was 3-4 feet apart from each other. Really picking the mat apart and fishing slow. It worked and caught a few fish. Managed to boat 4 fish for 16 and change. The 2 best fish were 7.31 and 5.46. If you can find water with hyacinth it will most likely have clean water as it acts like a filter. The water under the mat is clean. Fish water with slow to no current and fish extremely slow. With the weather being consistent in the 70’s the fish will move up and be active any day! Good Luck!!