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Posts Tagged ‘Senkos’

Wild West Bass Trail at Shasta

As bad as I hate to leave Lake and Napa counties, it’s time to head to Lake Shasta for the WWBT pro/am tournament. I am looking forward to that tourney though as it have done well there the last couple years. This year I’m going to add the floating fly to my arsenal. Past years my top techinics have been senkos, tubes, swimbaits, and the A-rig. After that it’s back to Clear Lake to prepare to the Leukemia fundraiser tournament along with a couple trips to Lake Berryessa. The 2018 season is underway…

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Warmer Weather Means Warmer Water and Hungry Bass

Clear Lake is still coming up and the forecast calls for a warm weekend. This is going to get the fish moving up into th shallow waters and make them want to eat! I’ll be out this week getting ready for the ABA tournament on Sunday. While most people are home getting ready for the super bowl, I’ll be out there trying to win another American Bass tournament. If you are interested in going out this week give me a call, I’ll be fishing the rest of the week. Should be able to catch fish using rip baits such as the Lucky Craft Stacey 90, also swimbaits, jigs, and A-rigs.
The fishing at Lake Berryessa is also starting to pick up. The fish are still deep there but they are feeding up so they’ll be moving up soon. Jigs and Senkos are key lures there along with the A-rig. If you are look for a guide for either of these lake give me a call and let’s go get em.

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Stable Warm Weather and Rising Water Temperature

Well the days are getting longer and the extra sunshine along with the warm days are helping the water temp to rise slowly. The bass are already in their staging areas and eating pretty good. Last week I caught a 10.2, a 9.13, and a 9.1 pound bass all on jigs. Also caught several 5 to 8 pounders. I also had two guide trips that yielded fish up to 8 pounds plus a few catfish up to 20 pounds. The top lures have been jigs, senkos, and rip baits. Of course the minnow bite is crazy good. I still have a few days open for the spring fishing so if you are interested in some of this awesome fishing it’s time to give me a call!

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Clear Lake vs Lake Berryessa

Decision time…Do I go to Berryessa or do I stay here at Clear Lake? Yesterday was great at Lake Berryessa. We caught a lot of bass fishing down to 40 feet. They were eating jigs, drop shots, senkos, and Lucky Craft LV 500. The average size was about 5 pounds with one double digit fish. Extremely good day! Thursday here at Clear Lake we caught only 6 fish but they were good ones. 27+ pounds for the best five. Most of them were caught deep cranking. Looks like winter fishing is gearing up. Call me and let’s book your trip! Well I gotta go, I hear fish calling.

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Post Spawn Is On

There was an Anglers Choice tournament on Clear Lake Saturday and it took over 27 pounds of bass to get a check. Not bad for fish that are still skinny as rail from the spawn. There are still some bass on beds but the guys that won the tournament aren’t bed fishermen and the good bed fishermen didn’t do that well. I was at Lake Berryessa this weekend fishing an Anglers Choice tourney and finished in fourth place with just over 21 pounds while first place had just over 23 pounds. Our fish were all post spawn also and were eating big swim baits. We caught a limit of fish on spooks, flukes, and senkos early. However the big fish just would eat those baits for us so we so we changed and started throwing big swim baits and culled out every fish we had in the livewell. There was one key bait that we caught all the fish that we caught on and if you want to know what that bait is call me and lets set up a trip and I’ll show you some great fishing on Lake Berryessa. Of course Clear Lake is my home lake and I’d be glad to put you on some big fish here!

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Lake Berryessa Reapers Tournament

The last few days I have focused on Lake Berryessa preparing for the Reapers tournament. We found bass on the east shore that were eating top water baits really good in practice but the night before tournament day the temperature dropped so our top water bite died completely. We changed gears and caught 19 pounds on drop shots and Senkos. We also found one big fish on a bed but she wasn’t locked up and just wouldn’t eat for us. Now it’s time to focus on Clear Lake again. The weather this week is going to be HOT, so the fishing is going to change here. Time to get out the top water baits, frogs, spooks, poppers, punkers, and wake baits. If that’s your thing give me a call and lets go catch some of these post spawn hogs!

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Spawn and Post Spawn

There are still lots of bass on beds here at Clear Lake, but most of the fish spawned over the last couple weeks. The next couple of weeks the focus will be on the post spawn fish. That means throwing Senkos and swim baits around dock and other post spawn areas. This week I had 3 trips that had clients catching 30 to 40 fish a day on beds mostly using Senkos, swimbaits, jigs, and tubes. Yesterday I had a old client and a friend of his and they caught fish using minnows until they used all four dozen in about 3 hours. Then they started bed fishing and caught another 15 or so bass. Well if you want to get in on the last of the bed fishing here give me a call and lets schedule your trip soon or it will be over and I know you don’t want to have to wait until next year to see these big fish setting in their beds….and feel them pulling on your line!

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Warming Weather Equals Warming Water Equals Big Bed Fish

It looks like summer has arrived at Clear Lake. High temps and calm wind; great weather for bed fishing. Time to break out the Dobyns flipping sticks and bed fishing baits and hit the shores of this beautiful lake. My boat is down for a while, but I have a great friend who is willing to let me use his 21 foot Triton for the next couple of weeks so I won’t miss a beat. Thank You Bob (Crabman) Transano. My lures of choice for bed fishing are Senkos, jigs, trash fish, tubes, and crawfish imitating baits. Some fisherman are against bed fishing but I know that if the bass are caught from a bed and released they will go right back to the bed and do their thing. As long as you take care of them they will spawn again year after year. They will also get smarter each time they are caught so they are harder to catch by the meat hunters that take advantage of bed fish and take them out of the lake for dinner. I’m not against eating bass occasionally but taking them off beds to eat them is killing way to many fish at one time. Well now you know where I stand on the subject of bed fishing, so if you want a chance to catch a really big bass and you are willing to release her to do it again call me and lets book your trip of a life time.

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Big Baits and Bed Fishing

I had a couple of my oldest clients with me last week and they brought along a friend, Jim for his first trip on Clearlake. They all caught lots of fish. The best bass of the day fell to Brad and weighed in at 6.7 pounds. This was his personal best. Jim also caught his personal best that weighed just over 5 pounds. We caught fish on jigs, Senkos, big swimbaits, and the A-rig, however most of the fish fell for live minnows. Now it’s time to get ready for the Chamber tournament where I expect to find big bass eating big swimbaits. I will also be looking for fish on beds as the water is warming up so the fish should be moving up to the shore. So if you are interested in catching your personal best bass and throwing big swimbaits and bed fishing is your thing, give me a call and lets book your trip.

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Two Ten Pound Bass in One Week

I guess it’s safe to say the fishing is great at Clear Lake now. I had three trips this week that were awesome. Saturday Angela caught a 10 pound largemouth bass and then Thursday Mark caught a 10 pound pig. Both fish were caught on minnows but Mark also caught fish on the A rig, jigs, Senkos, rip baits, and big swim baits. Beside these two giants, a lot more fish were caught up 7.5 pounds. Wednesday I had Ramon and Manny with me again, but the east wind blew extremely hard making it really tough to find a place calm enough to fish. They did manage to catch about ten bass up to 5 pounds, just no big ones. Well if you are ready for some of the best bass fishing on the planet give me a call and let’s book your guide trip ASAP!

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