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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-08-28
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 78-83
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: I finally got the "Spoonmeister" Rick Tietz out of the Blade Runner Lures shop and onto a lake. And a break from his new love - Stripers!! We hit Berryessa about 11 am and fished most of the lake in the next 8 hours. Anytime someone fishes with Rick, using his spoons, side by side, they will see him put on a spooning clinic! Luckily, I have seen many of his clinics!! The spoon bite all over the lake was fairly good and is picking up each day. Find the shad and you have probably found the bass! Smallies were on the menu yesterday and we (mostly him!) caught 30+ and 2 spots and 1 largemouth. These smallies were averaging 2 1/2 to near 4 lbs. I lost a smallie at the surface that might have gone 5 lbs. We had to always look at the meter to find the position of the bass. Sometimes they would school about 10 to 15 feet off the bottom. It is possible to spoon BELOW the bass. Remember - they can't see down if they are suspended. They will be at the level of most of the bait. We tried topwater as the shadows formed and I am now 0 for 2. Lost another good topwater bass - the only hit we had. Could not get a Senko bite.
Tips: I did have a few bites drop-shotting a Robo worm. No jig bites! The magic depth for the spoon bite seemed to be about 30 to 35 feet on mostly off-shore bait schools. Lots of bait and bass on way-offshore flats. Steep drop-offs aren't always necessary when spoon fishing, Shad will position on large flats, moving up and down depending on weather conditions. Pick a cloudy day and the bite will almost always be on fire!

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-08-14
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 76 to 82
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: This past Thursday Rick and I headed out at first light. My game plan was to go directly to the vineyards and spend most of the day fishing there but the water was pretty choppy so I had to make some changes and we went to the back of the ski school. It was a good choice the water was like a mirror. I wanted to try this new top water lure called a "Whopper Popper" it had good action but no results will definitely try it again. There was no activity of any kind so I decided to go towards the dam and work the narrows. After catching small bass I felt that we should head to another area. We worked the east side from the ranch house to the vineyards the bass were jumping all around us but wouldn't bite. We were in 4 to 6 feet of water and could see them but no reaction to whatever bait we tried. We went past the boy scout camp where the trees come out of the water and the water turned a putrid green color something I had never seen at Lake Berryessa before. At this point we had not one fish in the live well I said to myself enough is enough I am going to let my instinct take me to the right spot. I headed to the west side and believe it or not within an hour and a half we had limited out with bass from 2.5 to 4.5 pounds (see photos)!!!!! The lesson for this day is never give up. We had a great successful day. 'til next week...................................................................good fishing!!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or if you would like to book a trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: When I found the right LOCATION lures and the right color"s it made a world of difference 2 limits in over an hour.WOW

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-08-17
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 78-84
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Very interesting 2 part trip Sat afternoon/night!! A doctor from a well-known eastern university was my client. We headed out of the zoo known as the narrows and headed up the lake to Big Island. We started spooning and drop-shotting around the few bait-balls we found. We put 3 nice bass in the boat (average 2 1/2 lbs) along with several other that realized they are now 3 inches long and can attack a 5 inch spoon. My, those Blade Runner spoons work on all size bass!! We worked 10 or 15 spots on and off shore. For some reason I picked up a Senko rod and threw a #301 5" Senko to a steep bank. The sun had just gone down when I got nailed immediately - and I mean NAILED!! After 3 or so minutes and 3 jumps, we boat a gorgeous 6 lb 10 oz largemouth. Where did she come from?? I started him fishing a 7" power worm - my favorite Berryessa worm. I thought I would throw my favorite Storm Chug Bug to see if there was any topwater action. There wasn't except for the next pig that exploded on it and soon broke my line. My favorite bug - gone forever!! Those are probably the best 2 back to back bites I have ever had at Berryessa. Hey - I was batting 500! After dark, the nice lake became the dead sea. We had lots of dink hits and lost one 3 or 4 lbs, and then nothing! Totally dead. Not sure I have ever seen the night bite there totally dead. As we left, the last quarter moon was rising which may have got the bite going some. This time of year with very warm water, the bite often starts at 2 or 3 in the morning.
Tips: Look for the shad balls and you will find some willing bass. Most of these shad eating bass are the 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 - 4 pound bass. I think the bigger bass will still go after a big topwater bait, buzzbait, swimbait, jig, or as in my case - a Senko. Hard to pass up that spoon bite however - the fastest way to put a bunch of bass in the boat! This is the time of year you need to hunt for the bait and the bass. Lots of new off-shore structure is available for the first time in decades. Happy hunting!!!

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-07-27
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: up to 80
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: I took out Kevin his wife Linda and their young daughter Kathrine for the day. We had a fun day with Kathrine catching the largest fish of the day weighing just under 4 pounds (see photo). Yesterday I went out with my fishing club "YBAC" for salmon on the "Wacky Jacky" out of Fisherman's Wharf. We caught 10 salmon for 17 people and Pete who complained about his spot on the boat caught 4 of the 10!!!! Back to Lake Berryessa I have been told that there have been bass ranging from 3 to 4 pounds seen near shore which makes me think there might be another spawn by the full moon. Top water lures have been working very well for me in the last few weeks and I enjoy fishing that way. 'til next week....................................................good fishing!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: chugger or pop r or zara spook are great top water starters yes I love feathers on all the above.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-07-24
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 76-79
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I guided an adult father-son duo yesterday for their first Berryessa experience. I didn't expect to bite to be real good - mostly because of the recent very cool summer weather, nippy in the mornings. And - it wasn't real good! We hooked two quality bass however. The dad broke one off - probably because of putting too much pressure on her. I saw a glimpse of her - 4 or 5 lbs I think. We fished the narrows early in the morning with no results. Went out to the main body - fishing off-shore structure in a slight, cool north breeze - but a beautiful day! Just couldn't get anything going except for his lost fish, so I decided to fish them near the shoreline weedbeds. Finally dad lands a nice 14-15 inch smallie along with a smaller one, using an Aaron's Magic 6" Robo worm. I had started using a similar color 6" Robo - but nary a bite. Finally - at 12:30 - I get this savage hit in the middle of the weedbed, 3 feet of water, and this thing bolts out to deep water. And I mean I am holding on for dear life! After a line tangle and surviving a tremendous gill-rattling jump (she looked 10 lbs!!), we got a 5 lb 2 oz largemouth in the net after a several minute battle. She must have had a good spawn - not much belly - but LEAN an' Mean!! I would have rather me lose mine and dad land his, but it is what it is. A plug for Gami EWG hooks - my size 4 hook was not in a hook shape when we removed it. Twisted and bent - still held the bass - amazing! They had another bite or two while I tried the spoon bite again. It produced a 4 1/2 inch smallie on a 5" Blade runner spoon. How's that for insult!! At least I have seen a few quality largemouth caught this year at Berryessa. In fact, the overall size of all bass species at Berry has been above average I think.
Tips: Wonder if I should give up night fishing? The quality of some of the day bass for clients - and me - has been great this past few months!! As you probably know, the main ramp at Markley Cove is now out of the water, so plan on a little more time to launch. The low water ramp is very good however - a little steep. I think we just hit the lake at a down time - a typical event after the post-spawn feed. Summer bass always seem to be more active in a steady weather pattern. Summer storms moving up from the south have always turned off the bite in my experience - especially at Clear Lake. Weather this last week has not been what we need for a stable summer bite. Things should return to normal this weekend - good luck!

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-06-29
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 80
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: FISHING WITH SID The weather at Lake Berryessa is HOT HOT HOT and so was the fishing. Top water turned on this past week. Surface water temperature was 80 degrees. I fished in the back of a cove where there were no other boats and the water was like glass. I only used top water lures and did extremely well. The day before I took Mark out and asked Albert if he wouldn't mind joining us. Mark caught two nice bass in the Narrows in a short span of time. I would have liked to continue fishing in that area but the boat traffic was heavy with tubbers and skiers so I decided to look for a calmer area. I found a nice cove where the water was fairly shallow and calm and I felt it could be a good spot. Between Albert and myself we taught Mark how to cast and Albert showed him how to cast a chugger and when it hit the water it got whacked hard and they brought in another good size bass (see photo). On another trip Lucy caught the fish but didn't want to hold it (see photo) you're never too young to go fishing. Now is a good time to book a guided fishing trip the weather is great and so is the fishing. 'til next week.............................................good fishing!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: knowing where to fish is very important

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Name: fishin45
Date: 2014-06-21
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 73
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Hot berryessa Saturday night just to check out the night bite. Well given the lack of a moon and any other light source it proved quite challenging to move around from spot to spot but we made due. Fishing was definitely not what I had hoped but we did manage about 15 between the 2 of us. Jigs and drop shot worked for my buddy and jigs and top water for me. The main lake points seemed to hold more fish than any of the bays and I never made it far up the river so not sure how that bite was.
Tips: Make sure you have a spotlight and plenty of batteries. If you can wait till there is more moon for light the lake is low and there are island tops everywhere and not all are marked

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-06-01
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 76
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I spent most of Memorial Day weekend fishing with friends. On Saturday I took Bob and his lovely wife Kitty out and we had a wonderful time (see photo of Kitty and her largest fish). On Sunday I took out Bryan and his son Jordan who was very excited to catch some fish. We started off in the Narrows and almost immediately Jordan had a bite he reeled it in and his Dad netted it. Unfortunately it was not a keeper size and try to explain to Jordan who thought that it was huge that we had to throw it back because it was too small. We went through this a few more times before he landed a really nice bass which was 14.5 inches and he measured it himself to make sure he was so happy. Before lunch he and his dad caught seven keeper bass (see photos). During lunch I snorkeled in the cove where my son was bbqing and I noticed that in each patch of grass there were hundreds of fry (baby bass) using it as shelter. After lunch Jordan wanted to take Megan out to show her how to catch bass. Once again he was very successful (see photos). This past Saturday (May 31st) I took Albert and Ron out for a few hours. We went towards the dam and we started catching fish. The most exciting part of the day was when Albert was using the Zara Spook which is a top water lure and at three different points he had large bass roll over on the lure. We put some Procure Scent on the lure and this time this 3.5 pound bass held on to it as Albert reeled it in and Ron did a good job of netting it. As we were heading in on the west side Albert got whacked hard on a silver and blue Speed Trap covered with scent and landed a 3 pound trout (see photos). 'til next week....................good fishing!!!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or are interested in booking a trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: Pray for fellow fisherman Frank from the highlands at lake Berryessa had a major stroke you all know him as the fisherman that walks the shore line.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-06-01
Location: San Francisco
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Sid, This is Matt wanted to see if you or someone you know wants a boat. My cousin bought it from an auction and left it at my house and never came to get it. It's a Los Vegas boat with a even rude VRO. If your interested let me know and I can give you more information. (650) 219-3120
Tips:

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-05-30
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 68-72
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Had a great 5 hr trip with a grandpa - grand daughter team this morning. That combo was a first for me! Her husband couldn't make the trip. She started off with 2 very nice spotted bass - combined weight almost 6 1/2 lbs!! Grandpa only landed one - but a beautiful spotted bass at 3 3/4 lbs - wow! She caught several largemouth up to near 4 lbs, of course, all spawned out. Just before we quit, I made a few casts with a morning dawn Robo worm. The bite had really slowed after 12 pm. I just got nailed on the Robo - about 15 feet deep - and she netted a 5 1/4 lb largemouth for me after quite a battle. One never knows how these things happen!
Tips: Grandpa is 80+ years old - we should all hope that we can cast like him at that age! He was amazing. She was casting well also. After some casting tips from me, she was REALLY casting well - fun to watch. We just stayed in the narrows because of the shorter time limit. We found bass on off-shore ledges, steep points, and off-shore flats. The average size was even better than a guide trip I had last year at this time. Our 5 best were pushing 18 lbs. The best bite was on 6" Robo worms. One nice largemouth on a Senko and one on a jig. I tried some topwater but it really was too late by the time we got going. I was hoping they would be able to get some surface action, but hey - one does what the bass want - and they wanted worms! Most bites were about 20 feet and the water visability is about 5 to 8 feet. Great people - great trip!!

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-05-16
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 70 TO 74
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Went out late afternoon on Friday with Bob. He wanted to try out the rod and reel that he had picked up at a garage sale. He used a lipless crankbait with a feather tail for his first cast and he got smacked hard and thought he was stuck. I told him to keep reeling and he was having a hard time so I helped reel it in. It turned out to be a nice size pike (see photo). His next catch was a nice bass and he was happy with his new rod and reel. Saturday I went out on my own and it was a little windy so I headed out to the back of the Monticello Ski School where I hoped I would be sheltered from the wind. I spent most of the day there and caught a total of 28 fish of which only 8 were keeper size. I really enjoyed myself even though I didn't catch any real size bass. I'm looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend. 'til next week.................................................................................good fishing!!!!!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: PRO CURE SCENTS,BRASS AND GLASS ,AND MY HOBIE POLORIZE SUNGLASSES MADE IT EASIER TO CATCH FISH

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Name: CalBassin
Date: 2014-05-17
Location: Elk Grove
Water Temp: 72
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: We hit the water on Saturday for our second trip to Berryessa. We started in Ski Club cove and my nephew hooked up pretty quick with a small spot. About 6:30 I caught the big fish of the day, a 4 lber, on a black and red buzzbait. My dad caught a dink on a spook and that was the end of the topwater bite for us. We picked up a few more dinks back in the narrows on shakey heads and then moved out to the vineyards around 11:00. The bite was slow, but we caught 4 fish between 2 1/2 and 3 lbs on green pumpkin senkos with split shot weights about 2 1/2 feet above the hook (lazy man's carolina rig!).All in all it was a fun day and my best 5 (which is all the fish I caught that day) went about 12 1/2 lbs.
Tips: Not sure I can give many tips as we really didn't get into them too well and I'm still learning the lake. I think you can catch fish on whatever you have confidence it at this lake so just go out there and chuck and wind and have fun!

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-05-04
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 68.5
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: I was getting my gear ready for Saturday's fishing when my neighbor who was out walking his dog came over and introduced himself. He told me he lived next to Bob who had told him about our fishing trips and what a good time he had and how knowledgeable I was about this lake and how to catch bass. He told me he was interested in learning how to catch fish and would I have any suggestions for him. I asked if he would like to go out tomorrow (Saturday) and he said yes. I asked him if he had any rods that he would like to use or if he needed to borrow mine. He said he had some rods to use. He went and got them to show me and his wife drove him back to my place. That's how I met Judge and Lori. I invited her to join us and she was excited about going out. I showed them a few basics and we agreed to meet at 9 AM the next morning. I set up my rods for the trip on my Okuma Rod Rack which holds up to sixteen rods and reels. When we started out the lake was like glass smooth as could be but as soon as we reached the main lake the wind picked up and you could see whitecaps. I told them that the ride over to the vineyards would be a little rough but that's where they really wanted to fish so we headed there. Judge caught the first bass of the day trolling but his line was frayed and snapped and goodbye fish, lure and line. This happened two more times. We decided to get to the vineyards and fish there. I had them use my equipment. I decided to use brass and glass and plastic worms. I told them to open the bail and let the worm go to the bottom and let me know when it reached the bottom. Judge got the first bite and landed a 4 lb bass he was thrilled. I took Lori's worm and put Pro-Cure crab scent with garlic on it and boy is that potent. I cast her line out towards shallow water and told her to just to make sure she felt the bottom. All of a sudden the line was jerked down hard and she knew she had a bite as she reeled the fish in and it jumped out of the water she realized she had a big bass. The closer she reeled it in the bigger it got. Judge did a great job of netting the bass which filled the whole net. The bass weighed in at 12.5 lbs!!!! (see photos) After taking pictures we released the bass. It was another great day of fishing at the vineyards. 'til next week................................................................good fishing!!!!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333
Tips: My web page is up and running again. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please visit me at www.fishingconnection.net. Thanks, Sid

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-04-27
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 65
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: What an amazing weekend!!!! Took my buddy Albert out on Saturday and hit some of my favorite spots. I noticed how low the water really is as we noticed rock formations and trees in areas we had not seen them before. Its one thing to see it on the fish finder another to actually see it in front of you. In Willy's ski school there is a tree laying in about eight feet of water that is always loaded with bass you can see them swimming around but catching them is another story. I watched at least ten bass boats trying their luck with no good results. I tried to entice a good size bass for at least fifteen minutes with no luck very frustrating. Albert had two blow ups on a large top water lure it was very exciting. We fished in approximately three feet of water and as the sun went down it got cold. We had a very enjoyable day. On Sunday John and I headed out in the morning and our goal was to end up at the vineyards. At the ranch house cove I saw many birds indicating bait so we went through the birds a few times and we were disappointed because we ALMOST had limits. We continued towards the vineyards and I found another bait ball in about fifty feet of water where the bass corralled them and now we had limits so for the balance of the day we culled the bass as we caught them. Now we are at the vineyards and the bass are everywhere it was bass heaven. You could see signs all over of the previous spawn. I hooked one of the largest bass I had ever caught had it on for about fifteen seconds and it snapped my line and broke my heart. I marked the spot and I'll be back!!! Bass were jumping all around us it was unreal. The weather was changing and white caps were forming and we had a ways to go to get back to the launch ramp so as much as we hated to leave we did. In the whole time we had fished this area we did not see any other bass boats which was surprising. What a great day!!! (see photos) 'til next week..........................................................................good fishing!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: there will be another spawn get ready

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-03-30
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 55 to 58
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fishing with Sid‏ Fishing with Sid 8:29 AM To: Sidney Silberberg, lake b Peter Kilkus new bestguide@hotmail.com What a difference a week makes!! I took out Danielle and Ben at noon hoping to get a couple of hours of fishing in before the weather changed. Getting to the vineyards was easy because the whitecaps pushed in that direction. When we got to the first barbed wire fence I stopped in twenty feet of water and before I could let my electric motor down we were in seven feet so I had to go deeper and let my motor down. The wind kept pushing me towards shore it was a battle to keep the boat in the strike zone. I kept this up for a while till I decided it was to hard to control the boat but Danielle got a hit as we were ready to leave and she played the fish for about five minutes and ended up bringing in her largest fish of the day a nice bass weighing in at 4.5 lbs using a senko worm weightless texas rig and "Procure" crawdad scent. We headed back as the wind picked up and the clouds were gathering we made it in before the rain (see photos). My buddy Albert fished from shore and landed a 2+ lb bass using a Carolina rig with brass and glass with a black creature (see photo). 'til next week.......................................................good fishing!!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: my go to for bigger fish is the vineyards it works and worth the distance and time.

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Name: fishin45
Date: 2014-03-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 59-62
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Hit the lake around 1 pm to find a full parking lot at Capell. Went north and started fishing north of the big island. Beds are starting to show with a few locked on here and there. The next week should get fun if you like to sight fish. Ended the day with about 20 fish on swimbaits and jigs. Fish were caught in the first fifteen feet.
Tips: Brown jigs and keitech swimbaits were the ticket. The shallow fish were tough to catch with the bright sun but in the evening the went shallow and bit.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-03-23
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 56 / 63
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Spring is definitely here! I went out Saturday with my buddy Albert the water was calm, slightly stained, and it looks like the lake is turning. It shouldn't be too long before the bass start preparing to lay their eggs. The surface water temperature was between 56 degrees in the morning to 63 degrees in the afternoon. My first stop was in the back of one of my favorite coves where the water was shallow and warmer. We fished in three feet of water with access to twelve feet using plastic baits and Carolina rigs with brass and glass and Procure crawdad scent a very successful combination for the day. After fishing this area for a while we decided to go to the east side to the first flats and had very good results fishing in 4 to 5 1/2 feet of water. The bass I landed weighed in between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds. We ended the day by the vineyards near the tree stumps by the barbwire fence and we could hear fish jumping all around us. Landed a nice limit for the day. Knowing the lake and where to go does make a difference. Next weekend I plan on using the same set-up. 'til next week...............................................................good fishing!!!!! www.fishingconnection.com If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: SMARTPHONE HAS APPS THAT I RECOMMEND ONE IS A GPS THAT HAS WAYPOINTS WHEN YOU FIND A LOCATION THAT YOU WANT TO REMEMBER RECORD IT THIS APP IS FREE.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-03-23
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 56 thru 63
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Spring is definitely here! I went out Saturday with my buddy Albert the water was calm, slightly stained, and it looks like the lake is turning. It shouldn't be too long before the bass start preparing to lay their eggs. The surface water temperature was between 56 degrees in the morning to 63 degrees in the afternoon. My first stop was in the back of one of my favorite coves where the water was shallow and warmer. We fished in three feet of water with access to twelve feet using plastic baits and Carolina rigs with brass and glass and Procure crawdad scent a very successful combination for the day. After fishing this area for a while we decided to go to the east side to the first flats and had very good results fishing in 4 to 5 1/2 feet of water. The bass I landed weighed in between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds. We ended the day by the vineyards near the tree stumps by the barbwire fence and we could hear fish jumping all around us. Landed a nice limit for the day. Knowing the lake and where to go does make a difference. Next weekend I plan on using the same set-up. 'til next week...............................................................good fishing!!!!! www.fishingconnection.com If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-03-19
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 57-61
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I had the privilege of taking another person on the UC Davis staff - and her son - to Berryessa, on a beautiful day! The fishing wasn't as beautiful as last week however, - lots of bass - but not the good quality of the last trip. No largemouth this trip, but several nice smallies in the 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 lb range. Nearly all of their bass were caught on off-shore structure and deeper - maybe because of all the north winds and cool nights. The green craw 6" Robo worm continued to work, but today the "New Ayu" color worked good in the afternoon! It produced most of the bigger fish. Best 5 only about 12 lbs.
Tips: Bass were really scattered around today, again, mostly on off-shore flats. Points weren't as productive as last week. The shallow bites we had last week (in warmer weather) were non-existent this week except for one island top. Several fish landed in 12 feet of water. We fished the narrows, Skiers Cove, and the west side. Water has cleared some from last week.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-03-14
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 57-60
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: After 2 days of howling wind at Clear Lake, it was nice to have a rather calm guide trip at Berryessa!! I took two folks out of Markely about 8 am. It was pretty cold and so were the bass! No real bite for us until about 9:30 am. I hooked a feisty 3 1/2 lb smallie on a Robo worm in about 5 feet of water. What a beautiful fish - almost looked as tall as a Pardee smallie! After that the bite got quite good for quality bass including a 4 lb and 4 lb 11 oz largemouth! We caught 11 bass total with a 17+ lb best five. I think they are fishing an upcoming tournament, so I won't discuss the techniques we used. They did work however - LOL!!
Tips: This was really one of my typical "teach the lake" trips, so we really didn't concentrate on catching big numbers of bass. We looked at the Lorwance a lot as I explained to them the "Lay of the Land!" Covered a lot of water. Wow - we found an island top in 9 feet of water - WAY off shore! Truly, Berryessa is a structure fisherman's dream!!!

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Name: 34Captain
Date: 2014-03-07
Location: San Ramon
Water Temp: 51-56
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished from 6AM-2PM and had a monster day. We didn't get the numbers that I am used to getting at Berryessa, but the quality was awesome. Perfect day; sunny, no wind and air temps at 70+. Started on the East side of the lake and picked up a 3.2, 5.1 and a 6.4. Next, we headed to the West side and added a few more from 3.5-4.0. Went to my favorite spot up river and got the biggest of the day, a 7.2 slob. We ended the day down in the narrows, but never even got a bite. Marked fish in the 30-40' range, but they weren't pickin up what we were layin down. We ended the day with 12 total, with our best 5 going over 26 lbs. The fish are definitely moving up and it appears that quality fish are the first to arrive. We targeted main points from 5-15' and all of our strikes were a very soft pull. Mushy, mushy bite. Having fished this lake heavily last spring, I would say that everything is going to be early this year, for sure. If the weather stays warm, Berryessa might be wide open by April 1st.
Tips: If you want to know what we were throwing, ask Scotty G. I'm sure he'd be happy to tell you after his tournament this next weekend. Good luck Scotty!!

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-03-03
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 51=54
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I had the pleasure of taking another client from Japan yesterday (Sunday)to Berryessa. He has never caught a bass and very much wanted to catch an "American" bass! We only had about 6 1/2 hrs to fish and my hopes weren't too high after all the fishing pressure from a typical Saturday. I had him fishing a purple, then morning dawn Robo worm. No bites - so I switched him to a green craw Robo and behold - pressure off the guide. He landed his first bass - all of 1 1/2 lbs!! I think he took 20 photos of the "monster!" Very happy man!! I soon netted his second bass - a little larger. At the end of the trip, we stopped at the point where he caught the first one and this time he hooked a good spotted bass - 2 lbs 10 oz. I wish you all could have seen his excitement upon landing that fish! That is when guiding is really cool!!! We wound up with 6 spots and a nice largemouth for a 13 lb limit.
Tips: We found all our fish on points in the narrows - which I guess had been pounded the previous day. Our bigger bass were all deep in spite of a cloudy, rainy day - mostly 20-30 feet. All his bass on the Robo 6" worm, all mine on brown/orange jigs w/#180 Yamamoto double tail grub. I tried crankbaits some - no takers.

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Name: rangerpilot
Date: 2014-02-23
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Sorry date was actually February 23rd on previous post.
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Name: rangerpilot
Date: 2014-03-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 62
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished from safe light until 5 pm. Absolutely crushed 'em all day with Pony Boy. Well over 20 keepers with best 5 going close to 22 lbs. more info to come after the BBT event on March 15th.
Tips: Take a kid fishing!

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Name: mnuzum
Date: 2014-02-22
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 56
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Fished up the river inlet and managed to get some very nice fish. 5lb large, some 3-4 pnd smalls and a few spots. Caught all fish on reaction. Ended up with about 20lbs.
Tips: Like Larry said with the flats, the only difference is we found flats that went from 1-30 within 30' from bank. Good luck fishing is good there right now and should only get better.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2014-02-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 53-58
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I made a quick trip Sat afternoon to look around and meter some new spots. Took one of the last parking spots inside Markley. Yes - the lake is getting pounded! I did fish some, but couldn't land several that I hooked. One a nice 4+ largemouth jumped and spit my drop-shot Robo worm. I did land a 2 1/4 lb spot on a smallie beaver. I spend a lot of time checking the north/east area, which I don't fish much. I did some rippin' and did manage to get a 3 1/2 largemouth to take my Staycee 90 - in 3 feet of water! I lost another rip fish too. Fun afternoon!
Tips: It is still a big lake - and if and when some of that brush gets flooded again - the future should be bright. The best structures I found were long flats in about 10 feet of water that dropped off to 30-40 feet on two or three sides.

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Name: Napa Steve
Date: 2014-02-19
Location: Napa
Water Temp: 51.3-54.4
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Left ramp at 8:15am back to the ramp at 1:30pm. Headed to school house,narrows, skiers cove and main body off shore points up to 40 feet deep. Tossed a rigs,deep cranks,drop shot and jigs with craw trailer's. Missed a few and caught two largemouth and one smallmouth up to 3 lbs. All on the jig.
Tips: I work hard to find the one I did catch. With the h2o temps were they are I thought it would have been a little more wide open. Maybe I should have tossed a few jerk baits. Fish were either suspended at 12 to 25 feet or on the bottom. Good luck

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2014-02-17
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: cold
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: YERBA BUENA ANGLING CLUB of the San Francisco Bay Area THE NEWS TROLLER & CASTER February 2014 by Nick Koozmin DINNER/BUSINESS MEETING The Dinner/Business meeting will be on Monday, March 17th, 2014, at the Buon Gusto Restaurant, 224 Grant Avenue, South San Francisco, Telephone (650) 742-9776. Please try to attend! ****Social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. ****Choice of entrée with the extras for $22 incl. tax and tip. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING Monday, March 3rd, 2014, at The Magnolia of Millbrae. FISHING NEWS We are currently working on selecting dates, type of derbies and party boats for our fishing derbies this year. Any input from members are more than welcome. Call Sidney Silberberg 650-583-3333 or Greg Stimmel 415-518-1857. MEMBERSHIP The membership is still open – bring a friend or relative to join us for great fishing! PAST EVENT Ladies Night at Nick’s Restaurant was a success! For those who missed it, you missed out! Nice place, good food and good music. Greg Stimmel did a great job! We want to thank Capt. Jackie Douglas for the generous gifts at the tables, including the wine and wine glasses! Thank you, Jackie! Dave Costello was sworn in as new Recording Secretary. Welcome and Good Luck, Dave! The Jules Sahlein Award was awarded to: Charles Deguara. Thanks Charlie for your contributions to the Club! 2013 Trophy Presentations: Salmon Derby Winners: 1st place Charlie Deguara 26lb. 2nd place Walter Huwe 23lb. 3rd place Greg Stimmel 20.4lb. Halibut Derby Winner: Tom Westphal 5.14lb. Striped Bass Winner: Walter Huwe 5.5lb. 2013 Largest Fish Category Winners: Salmon: 1st place Greg Stimmel 29lb. 2nd place Charlie Deguara 27lb. REMEMBER! – Dues are due now!!! Please send or give the $35 to Rangal Yorks, 1550 Magnolia Ave. Millbrae, CA 94030. P.S. At Ladies Night, someone mistakenly took the wrong rain coat. Please let Rangal Yorks know and he will return yours. Thank you!
Tips: Learn about Lake Berryessa from me at no charge at the dinner and meet other fisherman who can tell you fishing stories.call Sidney 650_583_3333

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Name: bassfishinagain
Date: 2014-01-28
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 50
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Forgot to post so I'll post it late....Went out with Tiger for first trip of 2014. On the water at 9 off at 3. Six fish total. 4 for Tiger. Depth between 25 and 50 feet. 5 on Dropshot and one on T-Rig. 5 Spots and 1 LMB 2.2Lbs biggest fish, the rest under 2. Six fish all on different color plastic. Most of the fish were well away from the points (we were targeting points). Fished south end of the lake most of the time. No fish in the time we were north and we never went more north than big island. Air temp was near 70 - but only if you were sitting still and off the water.
Tips: soft bite - for most all fish.

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Name: Luke's reports
Date: 2014-01-28
Location: Napa
Water Temp: 52
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Well hit some of my key points and rock piles with drop shot, jigs and a crankbait, caught quite a few fish on the drop shot Roboworm (prism shad) but had nothin on the jigs or crankbait. Then found the schools of shad and the bite turned on, threw spoons and drop shot. Caught more fish and seen more fish also when we found the shad. We even snagged a couple shad and used them (they hammered it) catching all different types of fish.
Tips: Find the shad and throw shad colors

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Name: BatmanBill
Date: 2014-01-26
Location: Fairfield
Water Temp: 48-52
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Launched 830pm public launch, fished until 130pm. Fished skiers cove, narrows, and damn area. Fished 20-40 foot rocky slopes. Fished minnows all day (drop shot, bobber, and split shot). Slow day. 2 fish for the boat, 4lb LM and 2lb SM. The 4lb LM felt like a giant on my drop shot rod! Big ole belly!
Tips: I'm thinking some sun would have turned them on. Didn't start warming up until mid-afternoon.

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Name: M3AN Bass
Date: 2014-01-11
Location: Santa Rosa
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: On the water around 8am, off around 12:15. Slow day till the end. We found grass that we had success at during the summer. Grass on points in about 12-20 feet of water. Brief and light rain that lasted about 20 min. seemed to turn on the bite. All of our four fish were caught in that 20 min. window of rain. All were caught by way of dropshot.
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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-12-15
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 52
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: This report is for the last couple of weeks. Since my last report the weather has bee quite chilly and the water temperature has dropped to 52 degrees. As well as I know the lake and seeing the buoys that mean shallow water "look out" I still ran aground and I want to thank Larry and Gordon for taking the time to help me out. Fortunately I didn't damage my boat because I was going very slow at the time. Art and I started out at Big Island and had no luck until we got to the tubes where Art hit his first fish but lost it and I hit my first fish and not only lost it but he took my lure and line and jumped out of the water and winked at me! We started to head in fishing the points along the way and I hit a smallmouth bass weighing in at 3# (see photo). The weeks prior we caught some nice trout to over 3# and bass to 4# (see photos). 'til next time.....................................................good fishing!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333 . Wishing everyone a "Happy Holiday Season" and a very "Happy New Year".
Tips: feathers working well for me on any crank bait fish worms very slow

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-11-16
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 60.5
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Went out on Saturday with my buddy Albert for a few hours. The lake was calm and the water clear. No top water activity in sight. I decided to try worming in the ranch house area. Albert was throwing a cast master with a tail feather and getting a few bites but nothing special. With no luck here I went over to big island and we started to troll for trout. Albert landed a 2.8 pound trout that was stuffed with shad. We did the same run again and sure enough he caught it's twin who weighed in at exactly the same weight. Believe it or not (see photos)!!!! I was using a deeper diving lure and landed a nice smallmouth bass weighing 4 pounds. The surface water temperature was 60.5 degrees and the balls of bait were deep and scattered all over. I spoke to a few fisherman who told me it was a tough bite but they had some luck using jigs and caught some bass up to 2.5 pounds. 'til next week..........................good fishing!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: getting colder trout should be coming to the top and bass should be going down or suspending should want to eat for the winter.book your guide trip for april,may,and june.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-11-11
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 62
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: This weekend the weather was sunny but cool with no wind to speak of. The lake was like a mirror and the water was clear. Everything was perfect except that the fish have moved deeper with no surface activity visible at all. These conditions call for different set-ups till you find the one that works best. I decided to worm three different ways. I had John do drop shot in about thirty feet of water with no luck. Then I had Art fish brass and glass and he caught some small bass. I tried texas rig weightless and I got a tap tap and set the hook on a good size bass I played it for about three minutes when I saw the bass nearing the boat I asked John to get the net and the bass got spooked and dove under the boat and my line snapped. That was very exciting!!! We went to Big Island and started trolling for trout. Art and John got a hook up at the same time which was fun and the trout looked like twins (see photo). We headed in after having a good day. 'til next time..............................................................good fishing!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: digital speedometer app on your smart phone is free also get latitude and longitude app also free

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Name: Pinole Retiree
Date: 2013-11-01
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 65 -67
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Friday 11-1-13, my buddy and I launched at about 8:00 AM out of Capell Cove and started fishing in Skiers Cove. There were many schools of baitfish but we could only catch one fish. Next, we headed to just inside the opening of the Narrows and fished from there all the way to the farmhouse. A few more fish were caught. About 1:00 me tried behind the Big Island and caught a couple more fish. Because the bite was slow all day, we quit early with a total of 7 fish. Nothing big. All fish were caught drop-shotting 4½ in. Roboworms. Other techniques were tried including top water with no success.
Tips: Jigging spoons in schools of baitfish should work. However, we didn’t try this because another boat nearby was having no success with this technique. Perhaps they had success at another location.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-10-27
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 65
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Picture of Fishing with Sid Friday at sunset I headed out with Bob for some night fishing. Bad move on my part should have checked the calendar a little more closely to see what phase the moon was at. It was pitch black out there and we decided to wait for a moon lit night to try again. The next morning I took Art out. We started the day in the Narrows where we were landing small bass. I decided to go for trout because I could see them on the surface all around us. I trolled through the area and sure enough we were getting hit after hit. Art was using a blue and silver "Speed Trap" crankbait with a feather trailer and I was using a white with sparkles crankbait with a feather trailer. We were very happy with the outcome (see photos). Art asked me if fishing with a plastic worm really works so I said let's go do it. I set him up with a senko worm with brass and glass and threw it into four feet of water as he reeled it in slowly I asked if he could feel the bottom and he said yes. He practiced for awhile and then we set off to find some bass. His first cast he could feel the bottom as he reeled in slowly. He felt a tap but did not set the hook but on the second tap he was ready and set the hook on a nice two pound bass. On the way back to the launch ramp we trolled through a large ball of bait and we hit a double hook up it was a little hectic trying to net two fish at the same time but we managed. I showed Art some new spots to fish that he had never tried before and we had a very enjoyable day. 'til next time............................................................................good fishing!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: Follow the bait

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-10-23
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 67-69
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: I was telling my buddy - spoonmeister Rick Tietz about a slower than expected spoon bite during my Berryessa guide trip last Fri - after his good trip 2 days before. 'Bring your Duh! spoons and we'll catch 'em!!" So we hit the lake yesterday and after a few hours of intense spooning, Rick said - "Wow - the bite slowed down!!" "I told you so!" - I said with great glee!!! Fun to be right occasionally!! We worked the main lake (with the same dead calm clear water we have seen for the last week) and really didn't catch many bass - but they were in the 3 lb + range (spots). We decided to try the narrows during the later afternoon - and - there they were - giant schools of shad! We did catch quite a few smallies, spots,and one nice largemouth, but we still had to work for them. Lots of missed hits which is rare when they are aggressive. We both agreed that a cooling trend (next week) should get them going. There were a lot of bass near the shad, but they seemed to spook easily - one or two bass and that was it - had to move on.
Tips: Can't speak to any other bait - only used spoons! Are my elbows aching today? Naw!! As you probably know - move around until you find the bait. Bait does move a lot - as this report proves! Some areas that looked good had no bait, one non-appealing wall hosted tons of bait - 40 to 65 feet. I had never fished that wall seriously during my 45 years at Berryessa! We are always learning, aren't we?!! I was using black shad color most of the time while Rick was using his newer morning dawn color, though he changed color often. And watch out for those trout - they will give you a thrill when they take a spoon!!!

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-10-21
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: as low as 64.5
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Sid‏ Fishing with Sid 11:38 AM To: Sidney Silberberg, lake b Peter Kilkus new Picture of Fishing with Sid The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler and fishing is getting better. Last Saturday was fairly windy so I decided to go in the back of the Monticello Ski School which provides shelter from the wind to fish. I used senko worms with brass and glass on the weed line in shallow water and was very successful in landing some nice bass the largest being four plus pounds. When we were ready to head home the wind had died down a little so I went to the west side by the BOR and trolled in. We went through many bait balls and hit trout up to three pounds all the way in. This past Saturday was a perfect day weather wise. The water was calm and the temperature dropped to 65 degrees. I started off where my wife had caught her 10 pound 2 ounce bass a few weeks ago hoping that I might get lucky but too no avail. I decided to stay in that area because of the size of the bait balls all around me. It paid off big time I landed a good size limit of trout and Albert landed some nice trout the largest a little over three pounds and a nice bass too boot. We went in early because it was getting cooler and the sun was starting to set but it had been a great day of fishing (see photos). 'til next week..................................................
Tips: knowing which way the wind blows tells you where the bait should be.thats a good start for finding the bait balls.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-10-19
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 67-69
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: I took another guy and gal out yesterday, introducing them to a lower water level Lake Berryessa! They were learning to bass fish, but the bass didn't cooperate as well as I had wished. We started off with a 2 1/2 and 3 lb spotted bass which they successfully fought and landed, using 3/4 oz Duh spoons. We started about 11 am, hoping for a good late afternoon bite. I really didn't happen - bass wouldn't even hit topwater. The lake was dead calm and very clear all day long - tough conditions. Also - full moon was up at dusk. Should have been night fishing?? My buddy Rick Tietz and a former client had done very well on Wed. We struggled finding baitballs yesterday - some days they are hard to find. Find them and you find the fish! We did end the trip with several more bass - just not very good quality. Metered lots of good off-shore structure and did find some bass - they just weren't feeding.
Tips: Our best fishing was in the narrows. The main body was gorgeous and we could fish anywhere. Hard to find slightly off-color water. Quite a few bass boats our there yesterday - running around quite a bit. I had them use a variety of baits, but all bass were caught on spoons.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-09-07
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 76-78
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I took two good fisherpeople - guy and gal - out Thursday for a late afternoon/night trip. The cool weather was in the process of leaving as a north wind set in after dark. As usual - it slowed the bite at night. She loves buzzbaits and used my Blade Runner 1/2 oz black buzzbait. Just before dark she made a perfect cast about 2 feet from the bank and a nice bass smashed it and we soon had a healthy 4 lb 13 oz angry bass in the boat. She caught a smaller one right after that. We had to leave the main body because dark of the moon big swells aren't fun! We retreated to the narrows and caught a few more 2 to 3 pounders. Dark of the moon wind can ruin the best laid plans. Couldn't do anything I had worked out for the night bite. We did wind up with near 15 lbs for the best five.
Tips: All our bass were largemouth with a few spots this time. The largemouth have really shown themselves this year - along with the smallmouth. My boat has seen very few spotted bass this year - thought I did catch a 4-2 spot in May or June. I understand my clients stayed another day and did well in the evening with bass up to 6 lbs! Probably a more pleasant evening with less wind.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-09-06
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 76to83
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fishing with Sid‏ Fishing with Sid 9:04 PM To: Sidney Silberberg, lake b Peter Kilkus new Picture of Fishing with Sid Labor Day weekend was just perfect at the lake this year. The weather was great and the fishing was super!!! I took out Justin whom I had not seen since last year. This year he wanted to target bass and boy did he. See photo of him holding two bass just over five pounds each. He had a great day. The following day I took Bob out again and taught him to drop shot, wacky worm, use brass & glass with a worm and use a senko weightless. We went to the vineyards and along the west side by the Bureau. Saw balls of bait all over the lake. We fished the area around the Bureau heavily with no luck so I decided to go by the west wall going south towards Spanish Flats with no success. I changed to deeper diving lures and instantly we started catching fish. Bob caught four bass up to four pounds in less than twenty minutes (see photos). We had a great time!!! The icing on the cake for this weekend was when my wife and kids just passed me on my son's boat and my wife had a hit and as she was reeling it in the bass jumped twice and it looked bigger and bigger each time. She brought in a ten pound two ounce very large mouth bass her biggest bass to date (see photo). 'til next week................................................................................good fishing!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: Knowing the lake is important but knowing what when and where to use it makes a difference.

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Name: Leo
Date: 2013-09-02
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 75 to 78
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Kept getting reports Berryessa was fishing well in the Narrows in the morning on topwater (spitting poppers) and dropshot & split shot 15’ to 25’good once sun up. Went out this morning from 6:30 am to 11 am and fished what was recommended. Fishing was horrible to say the least. We only scratched up 3 fish on dropshot 25’ to 35’ deep. Did not get a bite on Topwater (spitting poppers/poppers/zara spooks), cranks, and split shot. Was surprised too because we had a light wind with cloud cover early on. Found ton of bait from the surface down to 50 feet. All the bait we found was too small at 1½” long. Got off the water at 11 am as the holiday crowd arrived. Hope others did better, because I could not figure it out today…
Tips: None

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-08-17
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 79.2
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Picture of Fishing with Sid I only fished on Saturday this weekend with my buddy. We went to the back of the Monticello Ski School and fished mostly in very shallow water. The water temperature was 79.2 degrees. I was using a senko watermelon red worm with brass and glass and "Procure" crawdad scent. Fishing along the shoreline I was casting into the weed bed and landing some good size bass up to 5 lbs (see photo). We fished there for several hours and as the sun was starting to set I went to the west side of the lake and trolled slowly back to the launch ramp using a "Lucky Craft" in white with a feather treble hook in the back which my wife put on. This crankbait is like a fish magnet especially for larger bass. We kept going back and doing the troll again and again because the bass were biting like crazy. It was dark when we finally came in. What a great fishing day!!! 'til next week........................good fishing!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: sunday Y B A C picnic fisherman and there better halfs. oldest fishing club in san francisco

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Name: Pinole Retiree
Date: 2013-08-08
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 74 - 76
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I fished Thursday with a former colleague of mine who had never been bass fishing before. We launched at about 8:00 AM out of Capell Cove and started fishing in the Narrows. After about and hour my friend caught the first fish. We continued to work points and by noon, we only had 3 fish. After a nice relaxing lunch break at one of the marinas, we headed back to the opening into the Narrows. During the next two hours, we landed 9 more fish. All fish were caught drop-shotting 4 in. Roboworms. Several were small keepers to 2 lbs. The rest were dinks but still fun to catch. Earlier in the morning, I did have several hits on a popper but no hookups. Senkos didn’t work either. I did observe many small baitfish jumping out of water as my lure was brought back to boat. In addition, about one-inch dead baitfish (shad?) were observed floating in most places that we fished. I assume the bass are not hungry because they are attacking schools of these baitfish.
Tips: It was really fun to introduce a new person to bass fishing and watch them catch their first fish.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-08-12
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 77.6
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: I had to cancel a few trips due to some maintenance work I had done to my boat. During that time I went out on a rented pontoon boat out of Markley Cove with eight great guys for a day of fishing, bbqing and swimming. We caught fish in the Narrows and on the east side heading towards the vineyards. The wind picked up and the water got choppy so we headed back to return the boat in time. It was a fun filled day for everyone. I spent the next few days fishing on my son's boat. During the day we caught a lot of little bass but as evening approached and the sun was setting we went to one of my favorite spots and for the next hour or so we hit good size bass with the largest one being at least eight lbs that I missed netting at the boat. I am now not allowed to net ever again on his boat!!! (joking only). I had family visiting this past weekend and I was able to use my boat again. I took my niece Alexia and her friend Sydney to the big island to fish and after ten minutes of no bites I decided to go to the Narrows and try our luck there. The shadows were just setting in and the fish were reacting. They caught three small bass but were very excited. We did the run again and they were landing bigger bass up to 4 lbs (see photos). The following day my 4 year old nephew Ari said he wanted to go fish with me. After a full day of fun on the water he and I set out on our fishing adventure. Heading home on the west side we trolled along the shoreline and he got a bite and reeled the bass in almost all the way by himself. The fish was over fifteen inches and weighed 2.5 lbs see photo for the biggest smile you have ever seen!!! In less then an hour he caught four bass. After he told his story to everyone in the family the fish had grown to be ten feet long and weighed over fifty lbs this guy is a true fisherman to be. 'til next week..............................good fishing!!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or fishing stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Tips: big ball baits in deep water 130 to 150 feet deep lots of trout 40 to 50 used pk lures hit 2 trout on the way down over 200 birds.

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-08-11
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 75-77
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: I was able to take a client from China who was here on business. We went Thursday - my second trip in a row that found windy, cool weather. Fishing was kind of tough but we did put 10 in the boat - all species - 2 1/4 largemouth was the biggest. We had to stay in the narrows because of the wind, and it was still hard to fish. We found the bass around 20 to 30 feet deep - mostly on points,
Tips: Hard to give any tips after this trip. It was just not a normal summer day. I did catch one on a jig but most were caught split-shotting and drop-shotting Robo worms. Oxblood w/red flake was the best color. I did some spooning to no avail.

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Name: Pinole Retiree
Date: 2013-07-25
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 79 - 81
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Starting at 7:00 AM, my buddy and I fished the South end and the Narrows. We finished at 12:30 when the temperature was hitting in the 90s. By that time, we managed to catch eight fish. Most were small but several were nice keepers with one spotted bass weighting 2 lb 10 oz. Almost all fish were caught with the boat over 20 to 30 ft of water with steep banks near by. Drop-shotting 4 in. Roboworms was our most successful technique. One fish was caught early on a popper. I also had a couple of hits on a Senko. During our search for fish, we also marked some large bait balls on the fish finder but didn’t try to fish these. .
Tips: If you see some bait balls, perhaps, casting a jigging spoon to them might work. I didn’t have one with to try

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Name: Larry Hemphill
Date: 2013-07-17
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 73-76
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: I had a chilly Tues trip with a father and 2 grown sons. Foggy until about 10 am - weird. Bite was slow in the morning but improved some as the sun appeared. Quantity wasn't good but the quality was - including one of the sons in a 20 minute battle with a 13 lb catfish - on 6 lb test!! Wow!! They caught several good bass from 2 1/2 to almost 3 1/4 lbs - and some smaller ones. We were fish the west shore of the main body.
Tips: Only could use single hooks with 4 in the boat, so Robo worms were the ticket. Even the catfish liked the morning dawn Robo worm!! MMIII and prizm shad were the best colors - about 15 to 25 feet - on points.

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Name: Fishing With Sid
Date: 2013-07-07
Location: San Francisco
Water Temp: 82
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Hope everyone had a great July 4th!! My family and I enjoyed the holiday doing one of our favorite things ______fishing!! It was extremely hot on the 4th with temperatures reaching up to 113 degrees on the lake so I decided to wait till Friday morning before heading but my son and his wife were out on Wednesday and Thursday (they love the hot weather) and scored good size bass up to 4 pounds each day. Friday early morning Albert and I headed out to the Narrows. We followed the shoreline into the Narrows and at each point we hooked up fish most of which were not keepers but still fun to catch and release. We trolled from there to the Vineyards picking up more fish along the way. I was surprised that the bass were so active considering the heat and the surface water temperature which was at 82 degrees. We had a great day (see photo). The next morning I started out in the same location in the Narrows with Steve and his wife Amy who were visiting from Florida. This was the first time they had fished for bass. Amy caught three bass one after the other right off the bat. Steve wondered why he wasn't getting any bites. Amy said she say a fish jumping ahead of the boat and I told Steve to cast beyond the fish and bring it in slowly and sure enough that bass hit the bait with a whollop and Steve landed a 6 pound large mouth bass. (see photo). He cast out again with no luck. Not willing to give up on that spot he cast out again and it paid off he hooked a 10+ pound bass which gave him a good fight all the way to the boat where the line snapped just before we could net him. We changed from crankbait to worming with brass and glass and a senko watermelon with red flakes worm. He hooked up another good size bass but never made it to the boat. He had beginners luck all day long and really enjoyed himself. 'til next weekend...............................................good fishing!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333. Book a guided fishing trip at Lake Berryessa!
Tips: don't give up on a spot if you see fish on it.

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