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by Larry Hemphill
Sun May 20, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Night Fishing
Replies: 12
Views: 1408

Re: Night Fishing

I love your name - must have been a winning ticket number! I have written articles on all your questions - they were excellent questions!! I have fished nights for about 40 years - guiding and fun fishing. Last year and so far this year, everyone wants to fish in daylight - imagine that!! Actually, ...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu May 17, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Night Fishing
Replies: 12
Views: 1408

Re: Night Fishing

I was reading this thread about night fishing - and there I was! I haven't had many requests for night fishing lately - not sure why. I just do what the public wants, and they like daylight now I guess. Most of the large bass over 10 lbs that my clients and I have caught are more active at night, es...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: happy day!
Replies: 1
Views: 601

happy day!

I just posted my first photos on the forum with my post - and it worked!! Doing stuff on the computer is not my easiest activity. how 'bout that Wayne - didn't have to call you!!!
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Getting young people into our sport!
Replies: 2
Views: 614

Getting young people into our sport!

My recent reports (below) mentioned 16 yr old twins and dad with a 16 lb Berryessa limit, caught in one hour! Next trip, 6 yr old Allison put the adults to shame as she caught the biggest bass at 3 1/4 lbs - hooked, fought, and landed the bass all by herself! Dad said she is a pretty good angler - w...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: What trumps what?
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

temp gauge is your friend!

Most low elevation lakes have water temps that are nearly the same for incoming creeks and streams - depending on their location. The deciding factor is the source of the incoming water. Lake Oroville is the perfect example. Most know that the south fork warms up quicker in the spring because incomi...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: What trumps what?
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

A few thoughts

I could write an essay on this subject. Just remembered - I did once! I only have time for this: sudden, cold, muddy water is the kiss of death for a bass bite. They do not do well with muddy water going thru their gill plates. They will move to cleaner water if they can find it. If they can't, they...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Bullards Bar weather info - Wed evening
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Bullards Bar weather info - Wed evening

This is just some late weather info - Wed, 7 pm. Big storm coming as most of you know. This is a cold one and there is 6 to 18 inches of snow forecast for the 2000 ft elevation. Will this happen? Who knows. Not sure I would take the chance. Ramps at Bullards are steep as are the approaching roads. J...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear lake guide
Replies: 11
Views: 1073

Just remember....

I have been a guide long enough to learn the patterns of clients. Spring is the time everyone wants to get on the water - especially after this present weather pattern! Fishing is good and the chance for a trophy bass is best in the spring. It is a good idea when trying to book a trip to have more t...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Oroville guide
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Re: Oroville guide

Most good guides are not available on such notice and do require a deposit check. Ron Gandolfi is the main bass guide there now. I guided for over 30 years at Oroville and still do on occasion.
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 15 Pounder was caught at Camanche
Replies: 15
Views: 4732

Re: 15 Pounder was caught at Camanche

I just hope he was enough of a serious fisherman to realize the gravity of what he did. Rare catch in northern California these days. He must have used some good fishing skills to land her on 4 lb test. I wonder if there is a record that can be broken (4 lb test) in California if the bass was offici...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Cleark Lake end of March
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Some thoughts

Clear Lake is a harder lake to pattern for the spawn. It is a bit higher elevation at near 1400 feet and often experiences many different weather patterns from March thru the end of May. It has a major coastal weather influence. The bass are often found in the shallows during a warm spell in late Ma...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: wacky style hook sizes
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Another idea

Hi George! In my opinion, there is a big difference between the 5 and 6 inch Senko. The 6 inch is a thicker bait and needs a bigger, wider gap hook. Hold the 2 sizes in your hands - feel the difference! The 6 inch is a lot of material to plug up the smaller gap of a 2/0 hook. That hook is ok for a 5...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: New Trophy Bass book
Replies: 13
Views: 1237

Re: New Trophy Bass book

Yes, Stan is an excellent read! I knew him pretty well, even visiting him in his home in Washington state. He was really able to break down some of the major shallow water techniques. I don't think he did a lot of deep water bass fishing. Wonderful, fun gentleman!!!
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: WWBT Sold To New Owners
Replies: 16
Views: 5592

Another great Evinrude

After the accident I had recently, I have a nearly new Ranger 521 rig that came with the Evinrude 250. When the previous owner said that his boat was powered with the Evinrude, I almost jumped for joy! My 3rd one now and it is wonderful! With all the old arguments about Evinrude, Mercury, or Ford, C...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Again - thank you Jeremy at C&C Marine!
Replies: 2
Views: 857

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: 1651

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: 1530

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: 822

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: 1761

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: 56
Views: 13068

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: 1261

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: 620

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: 789

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: 9437

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: 800

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: 1421

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: 1258

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: 749

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: 951

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: 1053

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: 1083

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: 1083

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: 1586

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: 4517

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: 4517

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: 814

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: 873

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: 763

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: 900

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: 875

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: 756

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: 2441

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: 932

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: 1971

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: 2892

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: 2892

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: 950

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: 1267

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: 920

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: 920

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...

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