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by toddmc
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: RIP Lewis Andy "Cooch" Cuccia
Replies: 51
Views: 9612

Re: RIP Lewis Andy "Cooch" Cuccia

I never met Cooch, but I have always felt like I had because of all that he has contributed to the forums over the many years that I have been on here. He will be missed.
Norcal, Socal, or anywhere in the West, these forums help keep us all connected as a bass community.
by toddmc
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Unprecedented Clear Lake Fish Die-Off: Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields.
Replies: 48
Views: 8515

Re: Unprecedented Clear Lake Fish Die-Off: Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields.

Clear lake's water quality problems are MUCH more complex and bigger than spraying weeds. The aquatic macrophytes being sprayed are going to die off eventually at some point regardless making a fish kill an annual possibility even if spraying didn't occur. I seem to recall a series of huge wildfire...
by toddmc
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Unprecedented Clear Lake Fish Die-Off: Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields.
Replies: 48
Views: 8515

Re: Unprecedented Clear Lake Fish Die-Off: Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields.

Clear lake's water quality problems are MUCH more complex and bigger than spraying weeds. The aquatic macrophytes being sprayed are going to die off eventually at some point regardless making a fish kill an annual possibility even if spraying didn't occur. I seem to recall a series of huge wildfire...
by toddmc
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Unprecedented Clear Lake Fish Die-Off: Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields.
Replies: 48
Views: 8515

Re: Unprecedented Clear Lake Fish Die-Off: Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields.

When I was fishing the Riviera area last week, there were schools of bluegill everywhere that were on the surface with their mouths out of the water looking like they were gasping for air. I had never seen this before. This was an ominous sign that convinced me that there was going to be some seriou...
by toddmc
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Dead fish wash ashore on Clear Lake
Replies: 15
Views: 5735

Re: Dead fish wash ashore on Clear Lake

I frequently read posts with comments about the aquatic vegetation being killed off on the lake. I wanted to provide a few comments. First, with regards to the dead fish, there are a few although they appear to be scattered and nothing in mass numbers (Soda Bay area down through Henderson Point). T...
by toddmc
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Dead fish wash ashore on Clear Lake
Replies: 15
Views: 5735

Re: Dead fish wash ashore on Clear Lake

You know' I wonder what it would be like if CL was a pristine,prime destination for water sports enthusiasts ! say like Lake Guntersville! except in Cali ? it would end up being so crowded' high priced' basically a "ZOO"!!!!!...right now ' the CL is fishing great that's all I care about !...
by toddmc
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Dead fish wash ashore on Clear Lake
Replies: 15
Views: 5735

Re: Dead fish wash ashore on Clear Lake

Local realtors can't be happy with this. It's hard to sell a property when there is a dead fish stink, and dead fish floating on the lake, which is supposed to be the major selling point for homes there If I were a Clear Lake homeowner, I'd be pretty upset about the dead fish and the stink they wil...
by toddmc
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clearlake Conditions
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: Clearlake Conditions

I got a nice one on my first afternoon. I have the rest of the week to try to better it. :D
by toddmc
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clearlake Conditions
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: Clearlake Conditions

clearlakeoutdoors wrote:No rice flies right now and algae is not bad midlake, Ive seen it way thicker.i went out this morning for a quick topwater fix.Caught some frog and buzzbait fish and off the water at 9am.

Nice. The algae is fine as long as it doesn't clog my levelwind.
by toddmc
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Healthy Bass at Diamond Valley Lake
Replies: 2
Views: 656

Re: Healthy Bass at Diamond Valley Lake

You don't really need a buff to protect your neck if you have dreads. :wink: I've got a red, gold, and green ragga muffin with dreads from a 90's Halloween costume, but I'm not sure that I could pull that look off at DVL when I'm out there tomorrow. :D I'll had better stick with my Simms Solar Sombr...
by toddmc
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clearlake Conditions
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: Clearlake Conditions

185vsfrog wrote:Yes they are pelleting. Apparently people are saying there's more algae this year than years prior. Fishing is still really good though!

Thanks. I just hope that the rice flies that stick to your boat aren't as bad as they were several years back.
by toddmc
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clearlake Conditions
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Re: Clearlake Conditions

Clarity is horrible and algae bloom is horrible. Rattle snake and keys areas are really bad along with red bud. Mid lake is best clarity. With that in mind fish are still biting good. Wide open shallow bite on 2 lb fish in the cleaner water spots. Flipping tullies and weed clumps will get better, b...
by toddmc
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clearlake Conditions
Replies: 8
Views: 1706

Clearlake Conditions

How's the water clarity, algae, and weed conditions vs. last year at this time? I'll be up on Sunday for at least a week and I would like to know what to expect so that I can rig some rods. Thanks.
by toddmc
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Whats Really the Difference in Finesse Fluorocarbon
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Whats Really the Difference in Finesse Fluorocarbon

The Tatsu has a softer outer core, not the other way around as suggested in the video.
by toddmc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: What's The Deal With The NEW Whopper Plopper?? **Video**
Replies: 3
Views: 5052

Re: What's The Deal With The NEW Whopper Plopper?? **Video**

Thanks for the video Matt. The 90 does become useless once the grass gets near the surface in the warmer months. A swivel helps the twist when the bait stops turning, but it doesn't remove the grass from the prop. The 90 is also a little small for most night fishing. The 110 looks like the right siz...
by toddmc
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clearlake this week 6/28
Replies: 5
Views: 1545

Re: Clearlake this week 6/28

Thanks for the report. It's great to have regular reports to have an idea of what to expect. I'll be up for the first half of August. Have they started to use the pellets on the grass like they did last year?
by toddmc
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Respecting other anglers
Replies: 30
Views: 2758

Re: Respecting other anglers

Todd , don't take this the wrong way , but California's educational system has failed us. We have generated a bunch of bad kids raised by stupid parents --- it shouldn't be a surprise our country is in such disarray. The single most important job an adult will ever do is create a child and raise it...
by toddmc
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Respecting other anglers
Replies: 30
Views: 2758

Re: Respecting other anglers

Douchebaggery is all around us. The "ouch" is appropriately placed in the middle because everyone is hurt by it. It's not just fishing. Look at the way young people protest today. As soon as they don't get their way, they think it's okay to break and steal. Look at roadrage. Today's societ...
by toddmc
Sat May 20, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?
Replies: 16
Views: 1531

Re: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?

I just bought a fortrex 80 for my boat and am hoping Minn Kota will come out with a new Ultrex with auto stow and deploy. There has been a TM , I think auto gator mount before. I see no reason a Ultrex cannot be made with auto deploy and a way to adjust depth of the motor. Maybe they will after the...
by toddmc
Sat May 20, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?
Replies: 16
Views: 1531

Re: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?

Go with an ultrex. Doesnt have auto deploy but does have gas shock assist. Best of all worlds....cable steer and ipilot all in one I didn't realize that the Ultrex has cable steer. This does look like the deal. I'd like to try one. I have a Helix 10 on the bow, but I don't know if the I-link would ...
by toddmc
Fri May 12, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?
Replies: 16
Views: 1531

Re: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?

Wow. I thought the electronic steering had gotten better. It's too bad to hear that it is still slow. Do any of the users find the electronic steering to be acceptable? I guess that I need to try it before I buy it.
by toddmc
Fri May 12, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?
Replies: 16
Views: 1531

Re: Is the Ulterra a gimmick?

I love MinnKota products and have two talons, a 4-bank charger and a maxxum 101 on my bass boat right now. But I would be a bit cautious and wait a while if you are considering the ultrex and let a little time go by. MinnKota sends products out that are not always fully battle tested. I had the Gen...
by toddmc
Wed May 03, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake San Vincente Finesse for 2nd Place
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: Lake San Vincente Finesse for 2nd Place

It looks like you have more than new Daiwa reels Tony. I see a TDZ here and a 50th Zillion in another recent video. I'll stop you at DVL the next time that I see you to show you a few of my JDM tuned beauties. They've got plenty of bling!
by toddmc
Wed May 03, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear lake CA camping
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

Re: Clear lake CA camping

M&M camp grounds out of Clear Lake Oaks or my preference would be to call the Limit Out and see if they have bungalows available. The launch ramp near M&M is free and is the same ramp if you stay at the limit less then a 1/2mile from either spot. Fishing should be great at Clear Lake in the...
by toddmc
Wed May 03, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear lake CA camping
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

Re: Clear lake CA camping

The Edgewater Resort is probably the best for tent camping. It has electrical, showers, and a nice ramp. I was on the the State Park site and it looks like the State Park may not be open for camping yet due to flooding. It is pretty minimal. I don't think it has electrical. It didn't when I checked ...
by toddmc
Tue May 02, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear lake CA camping
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

Re: Clear lake CA camping

What type of camping? Are you in an RV? Do you need an electrical hook-up? Do you need showers?
by toddmc
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: z-man chatterbait clip upgrade?
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: z-man chatterbait clip upgrade?

Duo Egg Snap Size #2. Available at the Tackle Warehouse and elsewhere.
by toddmc
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: The Vault liquid trailer hub maintenance
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: The Vault liquid trailer hub maintenance

Who does maintenance & repairs on these hubs. Mine are past the 5year no service period Where are you located? Any dealer that sells trailers with these hubs should be able to service them. I had one side of my single axle brakes on my 2008 Champion 188 trailer that was dragging and it ran a lo...
by toddmc
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Skeet Reese Skin Cancer
Replies: 8
Views: 10407

Re: Skeet Reese Skin Cancer

I'm a 47 year old Caucasian that has spent way too much time in the sun also. I had a cancerous mole removed from my back a few years ago that required about 7cm of stitches also. It is a really disgusting feeling when the melon scooper type tool digs in your flesh to remove the cancerous area. The ...
by toddmc
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: California Water Heist
Replies: 25
Views: 2931

Re: California Water Heist

I teach Government/Economics in high school and I make my students aware of this water scam. We have done a few assignments that require them to read articles about who the main consumers of our water are. On a side note, my wife came home with a jug of Calafia almond milk last week and she got a s...
by toddmc
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: California Water Heist
Replies: 25
Views: 2931

Re: California Water Heist

I teach Government/Economics in high school and I make my students aware of this water scam. We have done a few assignments that require them to read articles about who the main consumers of our water are. On a side note, my wife came home with a jug of Calafia almond milk last week and she got a se...
by toddmc
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Nitro vs...?
Replies: 39
Views: 3075

Re: Nitro vs...?

What's up David. A couple of these guys get a Ranger to use and market out of virtually for free, then they have to sell it before the next free boat comes, they are very biased to Ranger. Rangers run close to $20K more than Nitro and $10K more than BassCat, around $5K more than all others. Call Ri...
by toddmc
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Nitro vs...?
Replies: 39
Views: 3075

Re: Nitro vs...?

Gary is right in that there isn't that much difference once you option any boat. The hulls of most brands have gotten better and most brands are respectable today. But, the Rangers will have a little better resale because they are still the Cadillac of boats. I can never stand when I don't buy the b...
by toddmc
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: #FBF 18 Pounder at Melones
Replies: 3
Views: 2731

Re: #FBF 18 Pounder at Melones

I think the record is an 18.55 pound bass caught out of Castaic in an ABA tournament in the early 90's. I can't remember if it was Gary Southern or one of his partners that caught it. I was fishing the tournament in the next cove over when it was caught. That was back when Castaic was in its prime. ...
by toddmc
Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Caption This.....
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: Caption This.....

"We shearly have a problem captain!"
by toddmc
Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: DUEL consule TO SINGLE GOD HELP ME
Replies: 9
Views: 1198

Re: DUEL consule TO SINGLE GOD HELP ME

I was expecting a shootout with a single man left standing with that title! :lol:
by toddmc
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Which Batteries Are Best
Replies: 13
Views: 1226

Re: Which Batteries Are Best

I've had good luck with the Centenial maintenance free batteries. I run three 31 size for my 36v trolling motor and a 27 cranking size for my 200hp Optimax and Helix 10/360 Imaging electronics. Both sets that I have owned have been replaced after three years and about 150 cycles. I'm sure that I cou...
by toddmc
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: ClearLake this week 8/15/2016
Replies: 1
Views: 546

Re: ClearLake this week 8/15/2016

I was driving up to the lake from Williams on August 1st about 6 p.m and it looked like there were two intentional fires set on the right of the roadside a few hundred yards apart. A small lone fire truck was putting out the first one and the second one was being put out by a few families with water...
by toddmc
Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Fish Die Off This Weekend
Replies: 45
Views: 11135

Re: Clear Lake Fish Die Off This Weekend

If they can take the time to worry about quagga mussels then they sure can take the time to keep idiots from spraying all the grass in the lake. Hahahahah, they don't care about the mussels one bit. Just pay $10 a month and launch your boat. They should just call it a $10 monthly launch permit. The...
by toddmc
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Banning Metal Culling Clips in CA or Nationwide?
Replies: 4
Views: 1942

Re: Banning Metal Culling Clips in CA or Nationwide?

I wasted money on a couple versions of the non-piercing clips. They always seem to come off. It's better to use nothing than the clips. The big holes created by the piercing culling tags are avoidable though. I have had no dead fish when I put the metal tags through the bottom of the last gill close...
by toddmc
Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Fish Die Off This Weekend
Replies: 45
Views: 11135

Re: Clear Lake Fish Die Off This Weekend

I can't wrap my head around why the hydrilla has been eradicated everywhere in the south end of the lake. After spending the last week on Clearlake, there didn't look like there was a single area in the south end of the lake that had been spared. All that was left is a few brown stalks here and ther...
by toddmc
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Fish Die Off This Weekend
Replies: 45
Views: 11135

Re: Clear Lake Fish Die Off This Weekend

All of the dead fish that I saw today from one end of the lake to the other were around weeds that had been sprayed. Coincidence? I think not! I caught a few donkeys out of the rare fresh weeds that somehow were spared.
by toddmc
Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake this week 7/26/2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3581

Re: Clear Lake this week 7/26/2016

Where can I get a quagga inspection sticker if I get to Konocti Vista Casino about 5p.m. on Monday? I have a Diamond Valley Lake clean inspection tag on my boat from fishing today. Does Clearlake Outdoors up the road or even Konocti do the inspections?
by toddmc
Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake this week 7/26/2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3581

Re: Clear Lake this week 7/26/2016

Thanks guys.
by toddmc
Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake this week 7/26/2016
Replies: 13
Views: 3581

Re: Clear Lake this week 7/26/2016

What size line are you using on your jigs Dan? I'm getting ready to spool up a few rods. I'm heading up from SoCal on Monday for a week at the Konocti RV sites. Also, is the 101 Highway a no no. I've always come in from the west end of the lake and stayed in the Redbud area?
by toddmc
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Konocti Vista Casino RV Sites?
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Konocti Vista Casino RV Sites?

Are the Konocti Vista Casino RV sites a paved, convenient, and safe option? I've stayed at the Edgewater Resort and it's okay, but I get tired of the dirt. I'm going to be sleeping in the back of my truck when I head up to Clearlake in early August. I want to keep my boat attached to my truck and re...
by toddmc
Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake this week...7/15/2016
Replies: 10
Views: 4982

Re: Clear Lake this week...7/15/2016

How bad is the algae and the bugs? I'm contemplating making the 11.5 hour trip from SoCal at the beginning of August. I fished Clear Lake in the middle of August for many of the years from 2003 to 2009, but I haven't fished there in August for about six years because the algae stunk and the bugs stu...
by toddmc
Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Now that DVL is Open
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Re: Now that DVL is Open

The water is still coming up several feet a week. It's a different lake every week.
by toddmc
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Trailer Tires?
Replies: 11
Views: 795

Re: Trailer Tires?

This topic seems to come up every few months. The two consistencies every time that it comes up are to keep your tires inflated to 50psi and to replace them regularly. It seems like every brand has issues if you try to get more than three years out of them or you don't keep them inflated. I prefer t...
by toddmc
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Selling Ranger to buy a Champion.
Replies: 5
Views: 1131

Re: Selling Ranger to buy a Champion.

That is a great boat. My 2008 188 CX has been near flawless. It is a little wider and longer. I can afford to replace it, but there is no same size modern boat that is any better. My friends that have boats built by Champion over the last few years of production have been solid.

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