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by Larry Hemphill
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Again - thank you Jeremy at C&C Marine!
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Again - thank you Jeremy at C&C Marine!

After my recent accident, totaling my Ranger 521, I was able to buy another nearly new 521 from a private party. I did need several thing checked out and changed for my use - new Minn Kota 112, etc. Jeremy again has been most helpful in helping me make the proper upgrades and giving the Evinrude 250...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Thank you for the support!
Replies: 9
Views: 1458

Thank you for the support!

I just wanted to thank you for the calls and emails about my accident. I was towing to C&C Marine, Sacramento, for yearly updates a few weeks ago when my trailer had a major problem which led to my boat and truck separating and being totaled. Thankfully, the only un-totaled item was me! God is a...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 24lbs of Smallmouth
Replies: 4
Views: 1379

Re: 24lbs of Smallmouth

All those lines so close together on your meter - is that a good thing? - LOL!!! I have been able to fish several lakes near Spokane and have boated on Coeur twice but have never fished it. The smallie you are holding is just beautiful - perfect example of the great fishery you have!!
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Bass ponds
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: Bass ponds

When I first moved to Yuba City in the late 70's, I heard about the Yuba Goldfields ponds, east of Marysville. I fished them for several years as I had never been around ponds - living in big cities like San Jose. You had to pay to fish them and you could buy a yearly pass. There was lots of ponds -...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Year of the Big Bass
Replies: 16
Views: 1565

Re: Year of the Big Bass

I don't know much about Washington bass, but that is a healthy bass. Seems to be feeding well. I remember about 20+ years ago a friend moved to Washington state. He called me a few months later and said the bass fishing was excellent and nobody fishes for them, just salmon and trout! I'm sure that i...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: RIP Lewis Andy "Cooch" Cuccia
Replies: 51
Views: 9792

VERY sad news!

I just found out that Cooch passed away. I was catching up on the forum tonight after posting a report. I didn't know Cooch as well as most of you did since I don't fish the delta much. I did fish one of his youth tournaments several years ago. As I was leaving in the morning with my young people an...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: High pressure vrs low pressure
Replies: 6
Views: 1144

Air mass - cold vs warm

Gary's first sentence pretty much nailed it. To go a bit further, the incoming air mass during an approaching storm is often a warm front. Most storms are followed by a cold front, featuring cloudless skies with bright sun, or at night, a bright moon (during full moon periods). An incoming daytime s...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Trip Report - Bass fishing and backpacking in Henry Coe State Park, Ca, Coit Lake
Replies: 3
Views: 453

There is always a big one - somewhere!

When I moved to Yuba City many years ago, I fell in love with the Yuba Goldfields ponds. I fished them for years before becoming a licensed guide - busy on the big lakes. It is true that most pond bass become stunted because of over-population - folks not allowed to keep any bass. However, more ofte...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: englebright lake, whats the deal?
Replies: 2
Views: 480

A very nice lake!

I can comment on the lake. I have fished it off and on for about 20 years and guide on the lake when someone wants to try a different lake. It was a smallmouth - largemouth lake until recently when spotted bass have found their way into the lake, as they always seem to do. A 7 lb 3 oz smallmouth was...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Unprecedented Clear Lake Fish Die-Off: Dead fish islands about the size of three football fields.
Replies: 48
Views: 8527

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

I did see several sizes of dead shad yesterday. Some I could barely see (tiny) to 3 inches. I was surprised to see some bigger dead bass. I have noticed this summer that we have caught a lot more shallow bass in spite of all the hot weather. That might be the reason we lost so many bass during this ...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Ralph Miller with an 8.32 lb big fish of the tournament! Yuba Sutter Fishing Club
Replies: 2
Views: 661

Wow -way to go!!

Congrats on tournament big fish. What a thrill that must have been!! That fish will be in your dreams for many nights! You will land that beauty several more times - in your dreams
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Jigs - Delta
Replies: 9
Views: 1238

Trailers can matter

I am not a delta expert, but do know jigs. All of the previous posts are excellent! Don't forget that a jig trailer is part of the total package. Try different sizes and actions. In very dingy water, you want a trailer that moves water and offers bulk to the package. Some trailers look good in clear...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Limit out tackle
Replies: 5
Views: 1133

Re: Limit out tackle

I also am very grateful to Bob for treating my clients well! If I was guiding out of the Oaks, I would suggest clients stop at his shop after the trip, maybe picking up some of the successful baits we used. Bob always was very helpful to them!
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Western WA
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: Western WA

Many, many years ago a friend of mine moved to Washington state. He called me about 6 month later and was gushing about how good the bass fishing was. We didn't discuss size, but he was one happy dude!!
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Tough Summer Bite
Replies: 2
Views: 892

Big Lake!!

I have friends who live near Coeur d'Alene (Post Falls). I have never fished the lake but have been all over it by boat. It seems to me it would take years to properly learn that huge lake. One would have to learn the weather patterns for a lake that big too. Big wind could be a problem. I have been...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Deep vs. Shallow in the Summer
Replies: 2
Views: 960

cloud cover matters

In a typical lake with a typical summer, the water is usually fairly clear except on a Monday after weekend boating activity. If you can fish on a cloudy day, the rewards can be amazing. One of my home lakes is Oroville, in Northern Calif. This has happened more than once, but we had a totally cloud...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake almanor
Replies: 8
Views: 926

Re: Lake almanor

You can call 530 674-0276. I would be happy to talk to you about the lake.
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake almanor
Replies: 8
Views: 926

I could help you

I have fished and guided on the lake for 30+ years. A friend and I took 3rd place in a large spring tournament there this year. I always like to talk to people rather than post info about a lake, mainly because I need to know the specific questions. I could talk for hours about Almanor fishing - day...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Revitalizing Berryessa Tourism
Replies: 4
Views: 1491

Resorts were each given a 50 yr lease

I don't know all the details (does anyone?), but all the original resorts were given a 50 year lease from the fed govt after the lake was filled in 1958. When those leases were over around 2010, all but 2 of the resorts were shut down and torn down. I watched some of the destruction from my boat as ...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: IGFA Questions Genetics of Newest World Record Spotted Bass
Replies: 11
Views: 4268

Alabamas they were!

Sorry, my fingers were typing while my mind was in a fog. I was thinking about Kentuckys while I was writing Alabamas. My bad!
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: IGFA Questions Genetics of Newest World Record Spotted Bass
Replies: 11
Views: 4268

Re: IGFA Questions Genetics of Newest World Record Spotted Bass

It seems that identifying separate species of certain bass would be difficult these days. There is too much inter-breeding. The only pure Florida strain largemouth I know of are found at Rancho Seco lake. Smallies and spots inter-breed at several lakes - clients and I have caught many at Lake Orovil...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 6' Spinning Rod
Replies: 9
Views: 668

Re: 6' Spinning Rod

Ash gave you an excellent response. When bass fishing got started in the south during the 60's, guys were using their pool cues with guides attached - 5 1/2 ft rods! They had a lot of power, but try setting the hook with one of those in wind with a big bow in your line - or setting if your bite is 5...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake Almanor, July August Bass
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Lake Almanor, July August Bass

Smallmouth bass will move to off-shore structure in July and August as the water warms and starts dropping. There is a lot of off-shore structure like rockpiles, underwater islands, and stumps. If you are going to fish the shoreline, look for the steeper rocky areas. You won't find many quality bass...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Shasta in September
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: Shasta in September

I have fished Shasta several time in Sept and the bite usually picks up in late Sept and gets better into October. You will get better quality bass in October. Sept is a transition month - sometimes very warm weather and some years early fronts move in and cool the water more quickly. I agree with G...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake Tahoe Fishin'
Replies: 3
Views: 715

Re: Lake Tahoe Fishin'

There have been bass to 7 lbs caught in the keys. I have heard that officials at Tahoe were trying to rid the keys of "warmwater" species. I'm not sure of the current conditions - maybe someone else knows.
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: NEW TO BERRYESSA! POUR IT ON
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Re: NEW TO BERRYESSA! POUR IT ON

You bring back memories!! I learned to bass fish on all the Santa Clara valley lakes in the early "70's before moving to Yuba City. I almost didn't want to move when my 5 biggest bass from Coyote and Lexington in 1974 weighed 33 1/2 lbs! Actually, I fished Chesbro mostly - from the bank and hoo...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Help with a Senko Color
Replies: 4
Views: 692

Re: Help with a Senko Color

It is color 918. I think they only make it in the 5 inch size (9-10 color). They have discontinued several colors in different sizes - including my favorite #180 color!! Hope this helps.
by Larry Hemphill
Mon May 15, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Fading Robo MMIIIs
Replies: 22
Views: 1986

Same experience for me!

I had the same problem and the same experience - MMIII's were replace immediately. Glad to hear the problem has been solved!!
by Larry Hemphill
Mon May 15, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: New Melones 9.3-Pound Largemouth
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Congrats!!

They are a thrill, aren't they? Every big bass like that is a memory forever!!
Larry Hemphill
by Larry Hemphill
Sun May 14, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Photos
Topic: Pre teen bed fish!
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Re: Pre teen bed fish!

Doesn't matter - it's only a Half-Bass!!
by Larry Hemphill
Sat May 13, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: It Starts With a Dream | In 1983, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits was formed
Replies: 9
Views: 2628

Re: It Starts With a Dream | In 1983, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits was formed

I think you are probably right! The question is: did they work - LOL??
by Larry Hemphill
Sat May 13, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: It Starts With a Dream | In 1983, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits was formed
Replies: 9
Views: 2628

My begining with Gary Yamamoto

I guess I should add some history to Gary's remarkable career. I, too, was with the Twin T's company before Gary bought it. They sponsored me - my 3rd sponsor! Very exciting!! Then Gary bought the company and was immediately busy keeping up the demand for his baits from southern California anglers. ...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu May 11, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake fishing report?
Replies: 4
Views: 881

Some Thoughts

I just posted a report. Remember, Clear Lake bass fishing has been greatly influenced by constantly changing weather patterns for the last 5 months and rising and falling water levels along with the rising and falling of water temps. There really hasn't been a steady nice weather pattern all spring ...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri May 05, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Bullards Bar
Replies: 2
Views: 1211

Re: Bullards Bar

Senkos - either weightless or with a piece of nailweight, fished down the sides of bushes and trees work well in the post-spawn since they are a slow moving bait. Any color works as long as it is #301. Watch your line!!! Also, 6" Robo worms start being attractive to nice spots. I just Texas rig...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Fun tournament at Lake Almanor!
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Fun tournament at Lake Almanor!

My pleasure - it was a nice event, and the fishing wasn't bad either!!
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Fun tournament at Lake Almanor!
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Fun tournament at Lake Almanor!

Fishing buddy Mike Sperbeck asked me if I wanted to fish a tournament at Lake Alamanor. I hadn't fished a tournament for many years since I enjoy guiding and teaching more. But any chance to fish this beautiful lake is a go for me. The tournament was an open tourney run by the Mountain Bass Associat...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: B.A.S.S
Replies: 6
Views: 1041

Possibly!!

I think you were talking about retiring - settling down in an area for your retirement? I love the Shasta area and all the fishing possibilities! Lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, etc. Beautiful, clean area everywhere! The main thing to consider - WEATHER!! That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the R...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: B.A.S.S
Replies: 6
Views: 1041

Shasta water level - Sunday

Our local paper keeps up on water levels of Shasta, Oroville, and Bullards Bar. Sunday the storage was at 96%. The total capacity is 4.5 million acre feet, and it is now at 4,378,565 acre feet. The inflow and outflow, at least over the weekend, was almost even at 22,500 acre feet. Oroville and Bulla...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake Berryessa
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Lake Berryessa

I'm about to do a report now - Thurs.
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Bullards Bar Lodging?
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: Bullards Bar Lodging?

There are several nice motels in Yuba City, about an hour from Bullards Bar. Some of my clients stay at the motel 6. Not fancy, but reasonable price.
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Best summer month for clear lake?...
Replies: 7
Views: 880

May and June

I agree that May and June can be good on most lakes - including Clear Lake. Water temps aren't at summer highs and the low oxygen levels are a problem in July and August. That is for a "normal" summer pattern. Problem is - weather in California is not "normal" lately! Large post-...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Skeet Reese Skin Cancer
Replies: 8
Views: 10410

Another condition to watch!

I, too, have had many areas of face and arms burned off. That sounds weird - just the sun damaged areas! Remember, if you are fishing calm water with a low sun - morning or late afternoon which reflects off the water on to your face - that can be a problem. You can almost feel the reflection more th...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Thank you to Organizers and Fisherman on Clear Lake
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Thank you to Organizers and Fisherman on Clear Lake

Again - as a guide on Clear lake - I want to thank you for taking the time to post this nice message! Positive comments never grow old!!!
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Berryessa Launch Ramps
Replies: 5
Views: 691

Yes, Markley Cove open at 6 am

6 am for Markley Cove every day. Lake is at the top of the main ramp - totally full lake! Walking to and from the low water ramp was my exercise program! What will I do now that launching is a piece of cake?? Yes - walking up the stairs to the parking area - that will do it!!
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: where can I find shasta lake fish records?
Replies: 20
Views: 4392

15 lbs 9 oz is a possibility

I don't fish Shasta anymore but do pay attention to possible record fish. I am pretty sure there was a 15 lb 9 oz largemouth caught several year ago - I think in a tournament. A bass like that does create attention. Again - I could be mistaken.
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Thanks for the WWBT Turnout!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 880

Congrats, Gary!!

I thought I was the night owl - this post is kinda late for you - the early bird! Seriously, congrats on all the hard work you have done to provide the two excellent tournament at Oroville and Shasta. I wonder if your anglers realize how hard you have worked to provide such outstanding tournaments -...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake and Oroville post
Replies: 7
Views: 3120

Kent - we all thank you for your message!

One of the unfortunate facts of life is that "a few can spoil it for the many." That is true of any large body of people. Happens at sporting events often. Anyone can buy and roar off in a new bass boat, knowing nothing about the responsibility and proper etiquette of operating a high powe...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Emergency Spillway Release Photos from DWR
Replies: 4
Views: 2117

Re: Emergency Spillway Release Photos from DWR

Actually, the Oroville water project was one of the best things the state of California ever put together. Even leaving all the trees standing in the coves and using cables to secure the fallen trees to their stumps. This was to establish the warm water fisheries. The project was the work of Gov. Pa...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Oroville Spillway Damaged | Releases Stopped
Replies: 3
Views: 1474

Something need to be done quickly.

KCRA news says that Oroville will fill to 101% by late Saturday if nothing is done. They will need to do something or let the spillway continue operating and fix the damage at a later date. A road is being created by the spillway to get equipment in to work on the problem.
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Nitro vs...?
Replies: 39
Views: 3078

Think of resale!!

Something else to consider! If this is not going to be your last boat, it is always wise to think of the resale value. If someone can't afford a new Ranger, but that is their dream rig, they will be looking for a used one in their price range. They hold their value like no other boat. I have sold 8 ...

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