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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-09-28
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 70
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Started 830am out of B&W; worked the rockwall at start of the Moke with blk/blk cavitron buzzbait but only one blowup; did this for 5 mins and went to watermelon/red flk senko. started hooking up 12" to 2lbers. when the veggie flotillas got too thick, we headed to potato slough and worked more rockwalls with the senkos and buddy used 6-7" roboworms in shad pattern... continued picking up lots of 8" to 13" and a few nice 1-2lbers. ended the day with a 5.5 lber grabbing my buddy's senko.
Tips: No tips as usual...just what worked for us: watermelon/red flk 5" senko T-rigged on owner 2/0 ball finesse ultrahead. Buddy used 5" shad pattern senko wacky on 1/0 Gamakatsu wide gap finesse. We worked the rock walls and inside/outside weedlines and also little cuts in those huge veggie flotillas attaching themselves to everything. but on clear rockwalls, we just kept throwin the senko to the wall and then immediately locking up so it would pendulum swing down along the wall and clear the rocks..then I'd jiggle it like a flickshake and next thing I'd see my line moving sideways. Worked for me. btw...we did have one bassboat with three guys leapfrog about 30-40yds in front of us with no regard for our drifting in that direction. They were across behind us and no way could have missed us drifting in that direction. Oh well, I don't do that to others but I guess that's ok to do? We still continued to hook up anyway as we worked the same wall behind them so i guess they left us some fish to catch (well that's my preferred positive way to look at it).

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Name: DogOn
Date: 2014-09-28
Location: Orinda
Water Temp: 72 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished Big Break in the AM with my buddy Tom for topwater stripers. Had a few blow-ups with 3 shakers. Then flew out to the entry of in Sherman where the water was extremely muddy, one major LMB hit that broke my line—then up to Decker for the outgoing tide but the rollers were about 2 feet. Headed back to Big Break, fished the TULES in Dutch with incoming tid after 1PM wherever water was moving and openings— caught about 8-10 LMB in the 1.5 to 2.5 lb. range. Caught them on texas-rigged flapping hogs and wacky worms.Winds about 5 MPH in the afternoon vs. 10MPH in the AM.
Tips: I think the water is too warm still to see the striper/bigger fish onslaught in the AM. The birds were hunting, but very little diving anywhere. Try for stripers in the AM, then switch to LMB because they are still out there.

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 09/29/2014
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Changing all week, cloud, rains, blue bird
Water Temp: 71-75
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Out going tides all morning
Bass Fishing: These River bass are reading the "Book". One would have thought all week with the changing weather and overcast skies they might take off, yet quite the opposite was true. The numbers are still there, a lot of smaller fish in the 1-3 pound range all week
Best Depths: Dee drops and ledges with heavy current still tend to be kicking out the biggest fish, although many of the areas we've been fishing the past three weeks are now being inundated with smaller fish as well. Tulle islands with short flats that have a 9-18 fo
Big Bass:
    We only had three fish last week out of 6 days of fishing that went over 7 pounds, we did have a larger number of fish in the 4
Tips: Fish points, look for current and stick to 6-18 foot depths
Store/Guide Information: Cooch's Fishing, 2737 Alcala St, Antioch Ca. 94509
Name & Number: Cooch - 925-732-3293
Pricing Specials/Open Dates: Plenty of open dates in October!

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-09-18
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 732
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: (Video here: http://youtu.be/kekcKdXl_EM) Another great day on the Delta. Started out with stripers on topwater in Franks. No keepers but just fun way to start the day out. Even caught one on a frog (see video). Ran north and started catching dinks. Quality didn't improve until we started punching around 9. Also caught 'em on jerkbait and one quality keeper on 6" Senko. Countless fish for the day, I got only 5 keepers including a 3lb. 10oz. and a 3lb 3oz. Buddy got 10 keepers.
Tips: I was expecting bite to be off due to the front moving through but I was wrong. If you've already scheduled the day off a week in advance (like I did), just go out and fish!

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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2014-09-16
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 73
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Good day on the Delta. Started in Little Potato Slough but had very little success. Went to the San Joaquin River and immediately started catching 2 & 3 pounders on a variety of soft plastics. I lost a very large bass at the boat – apparently I didn’t have a hook set and the big guy simply let go when he saw the boat. My best guess is that he looked to be around 24 inches, maybe even a little bigger, which would equate to a real quality fish. Oh well - next time! The action stayed hot most of the day and continued when I shifted over to the Mokelumne River later in the afternoon as I was heading in. I got into a school and caught a 3 pounder and saw several other bass following the hooked bass all the way to the boat. It seemed like they wanted the lure that was already firmly in the jaw of the hooked fish. That happened twice – once on a crankbait and once on a spinnerbait. All in all a real fun day.
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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 09/15/2014
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Clear, sunny, Hot
Water Temp: 72-75
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Falling tide
Bass Fishing: Delta bass are starting to school up in areas where the shad are congregating along deeper drops and high current flow areas. Some really big topwater fish can be had early, our best results has been fishing a variety of brown TNT Wadda Jigs tipped with a
Best Depths: Lots of smaller fish can be caught in the 6-10 foot range, the bigger fish are all stacked up in deeper zones of 10-20 feet.
Big Bass:
    a 10, two 8s and several 7+ pounders caught this weekend in the Don Lee Memorial. Clients and I had four fish between 8-9.5 pou
    Tide: a 10, two 8s and several 7+ pounders caught this weekend in the Don Lee Memorial. Clients and I had four fish between 8-9.5 pou
Tips: Gotta bounce around, 15 minute rule, if no bites or keepers, move on, find the active schools and pound, don't waist any time in non productive areas, fish the moment.
Store/Guide Information: WWW.CoochsFishing.com
Name & Number: Andy Cooch Cuccia 925-732-3293
Pricing Specials/Open Dates: See Website Above

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-09-12
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 72
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Launched B&W 6:30am; started crankin' and buzzbaitin along the top of the Moke...managed about a dozen dinks and almost keepers, both black and stripers. Water seemed too calm and motionless. Decided to head to H&H area at Little Connection...but never made it...once we got through Tower Park Marina and outside the 5mph boundary, we started chuckin' senkos between the rock wall and weedline. Started picking up 12"-14"ers. Then about a half mile around the corner, bam...nothin' but 2 and 3lbers..... picked up about a dozen 2lbers and four 3lbers with about a dozen solid 1 lbers and very few but still a few almost keepers and dinks. During this time, my buddy continued to try and get a keeper on a crank but anything sizeable just weren't havin' any of it. Every time he went back to senko (watermln/red flk btw), he picked up a solid keeper. Good senko day, I coulda brought just 1 rod instead of my usual 6-7. next time it’s 2 rods on the deck and maybe 4 in the locker... hahahaha. oh, and it was nice without the heavy traffic on the water... one cigarette boat, 2 skiers, and maybe a handful of bassers. lucky day that way too!
Tips: I'll always say I'm not qualified to give any tips, but whenever/wherever we threw cranks and didn't get anything, we went back and worked over again with senkos and picked up fish. So for whatever reason I'll likely never figure out, they weren't hittin' cranks like they were our previous 2 or 3x out. When reaction doesn't work, I always keep a senko rig handy...watermln/red flk or black neon (blk/red flk) in 5". Oh, both wacky with o-ring and t-rig worked but majority I went t-rig weightless on a Trokar 3/0...hooked top of the mouth center almost every time....cept the big 3.12 and he basically swallowed it but we got it out and sent him on his way. good senko day! oh sorry, already said that!

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-09-07
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 73 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: (see video here: http://youtu.be/xCnKI4Q8-fU) Launched out of Russo's at 6:30. Windy as hell. Got a bunch of blow ups on buzz frog and toad but no takers and not big blowups. Started catching stripers on jerkbait then LMB on Gunfish, jerkbait, and chatterbait. Also broke my year long punching drought (thanks Robert Matsuura and Jonah at Hi's). 11 keepers in the boat to 2lbs. 7ozs. (not mine!). Decent quality fish - best 5 was probably in the 13lb. range. Also caught two keeper stripers + 30-40 more dinks and shakers. Fun day with non-stop action!
Tips: We fished points and spots where the current was deflecting into the rip rap. Worked all day. 99% of the bites came on shad patterned baits some I'm guessing there's a shad bite on.

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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2014-09-03
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 74-75
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished portions of Hog Slough and the South Mokelumne River. Plenty of willing bass but not much size. The largest went 3 lbs. but there were several in the 1 ½ to 2 ½ lb. range. Used several baits including soft plastics, cranks, frogs, and spinnerbaits. By far, the most productive lure was a chartreuse/white spinnerbait. Square billed cranks (both homemade and commercial) were next, with red outscoring white by a few fish.
Tips: Mid-week after Labor Day proved to be a good time to go – I think I was the only boat in Hog Slough!

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Name: DogOn
Date: 2014-08-31
Location: Orinda
Water Temp: 74.5
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Fished out of Russo's on Sunday. Out at 7AM, High tide at 9:45. Fished the Tules right outside Sugar Barge and had one hit on a frog. Shot over to the North Side and no takers. Hit the RIP RAP caught two stripers close to keeper size. Shot over to Mildred fishing with flappin'hog and wacky senko in and outside the weed line. No takers. Lots of wake boats out of control. Back to the North Side of Franks to fish the rip rap and caught another 8 schoolie stripers (caught on a stay-see rip) and one 2 pound large mouth on a rattle-trap (blue and chrome)during close to low tide. Off the water around 3PM.
Tips: Big Boats throw Big Wakes. When the bite is on focus on safety first.Get off the platform, turn into the wake and hold on.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-08-31
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 74 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: (Video here: http://youtu.be/__L7I4khgIs) I was lucky enough to get the kitchen pass to go fishing twice in one weekend! Launched out of Russo's at 7. Briefly fished a couple breaks and picked up some shakers. Hit the rip rap with very little luck. Tide went slack so we ran out False River and picked up a striper on a chatter bait. Went back to Franks and hit some tule islands. Started getting more shakers when one shook a treble hook a 1/4" into my thumb. Yowch. Ran back to Russo's where Chuck showed me how to "pop" it out with some braid tied around the bend. Really handy trick. Didn't feel a thing. Thanks Chuck! Headed back out and picked up 4 more keepers to the east of Franks and on a break at Mandeville. Called it a day with thumb showing no signs of infection! 15+ fish for me, 20-25 for the boat. Nothing bigger than two and a half pounds though.
Tips: Ok *this* time I got a tip: There's a reason they're called shakers. Just grab the shank of your treble hook and let them shake off. Really. It's not worth it. ;-)

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-08-29
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 74 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched late out of Russo's at 9AM. Immediately hooked up on shaker stripers at the breaks, ~10 in the first hour. Top water black bass on east/west rip rap just north of Franks. Punched submergent grass around tule islands for quite a while with no action. Switched to jerkbait and caught a bunch more. 30-40 fish in the boat but again only a handful of keepers to 3lbs. 3ozs. Video here: http://youtu.be/wYY8MzPi_kw
Tips: Never bet on a 3 legged horse. ;-)

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Name: DogOn
Date: 2014-08-27
Location: Orinda
Water Temp: 74 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Out at B and W marina for the first time with my buddy Tom to fish Sycamore. Got in around 8:15 with an outgoing tide. Caught a nice 1.5 LB on a frog at a point, then another 1.5 LB using a weighted creature bait thrown outside the water plants. Tom caught another two using his infamous purple worm. Low tide was significant and on the way back saw some exposed timber (sunken orchard kind of reminded me of Mildred Island wood). Had some strikes outside the center island tules in some of the open holes between the floating weeds. For the day had 4 in the boat, missed around 4-5.
Tips: When fishing uncharted territory on high tide out, make sure to take it slow back-in on low tide, you never know what's under there.

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Name: BossHog
Date: 2014-08-27
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 73
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: We launched out of Russo's at 6am and fished north east of franks track. Top water bite was very good, we were catching both largemouth and stripers. We fished mostly front sides of tule islands throwing poppers and whoppers. There is bait fish everywhere being pushed into the tules. when the striper would blow up behind us we would turn and cast into swirl and hook up. We had a lot of fun. Off the water by 11am. Boated 15, nothing over 3 1/2lbs.
Tips: Get out early... share the knowledge

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-08-12
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 75
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Russo's at 7AM. Already really windy. Found out later there was a small craft advisory on the west delta. Hit the breaks but got blanked. Crossed over to the NW stretch of rip rap to get out of the wind and got bit on top water and jerk bait. Caught em on drop shot the rest of the day. Missed a big one on Sammy and frog. 15 for me, 19 for the boat but no big ones.
Tips: Like deepv, I'm not one to be handing out tips. Still trying to figure out why i'm only getting small fish. Happy to get tips though!

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-08-10
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 72-74
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Started at the Moke around the corner from B&W about 630am, outgoing tide...started crankin' and got a few dinks and almost keepers. Switched to black neon senko and boated a fat 3.12. Continued throwing senkos boating mainly 1 lbers and smaller. Partner continued with his 1/8oz bleedin' shad rat-l-trap and picked up a bunch of almost keeper to 1.5 lbers. Ran up to Sycamore but only managed 2 keepers and a bunch more almost keepers. Threw the popper frog and about 5 solid blowups that pulled under but no hookups. Prolly me. Back to the Moke and fav tule islands and threw parallel outside the weedline and picked up a few more solid 1-2 lbers. Total keeper size was 11; total fish on the hook - about 45+ due to about a 1/2 mile worth of fun hookups with shaker stripers 12"-14" hittin' our cranks...they were just on a bitin' frenzy, 2-3 hitting the lure. We were hoping for a keeper somewhere in there but not a one, just a lot of fun....have many cuts and punctures in my hand from just trying to get the hook out of them and releasing 'em. Fun day!
Tips: As stated previously, I'm not qualified to give tips, just what sorta worked for us. When we mainly hooked up dinks and almost keepers on the crankbaits, we switched to senkos and finesse worms (curl tailed robo and blk neon senko 5"). Slowed down and picked up plenty but cuz we were cravin' the crank, we threw the traps but mainly dinks. Still a fun day!

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Name: Dre711
Date: 2014-08-11
Location: Sacramento
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Paradise Point around 6am on a high tide. Fished right across the ramp in Bishop Cut. Started throwing a spook but got nothing to go while my partner was hooking up on a popper. He landed a 2lb and one that was 3+lb. I put down the spook and tossed a green chatter bait over the weed line and got hit instantly, all fish within 2lb-3lb. Decided to leave into White Slough and fish the islands and was hooking up consistently with the chatter bait still. Once it started getting hot we slowed down and threw senkos(Bama Bug), catching a few that were real tight to cover. We then moved into Honker Cut and fished the grass mats with frogs. Got a lot of blow ups but no hook ups. Finally decided to go into Disappointment Slough and fish the grass mats in there with frogs and hit the pockets with senkos. Once again got some blow ups and finally a couple hook ups with my partner landing the bigger fish of the day going 4.4lbs. We left at 2:30pm because it got too hot. Overall not a bad. Lots of fish, but nothing too big.
Tips: Fish are active in the morning. Cover water with reaction baits. When it gets warm, slow down and fish cover that is near deeper water. Frog bite is finally starting to kick in so throw the frog out there.

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-08-03
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 74
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Started late 7:15am at B&W...like El Guapo says, many many trailers in the lot so lots of bassers out. Worked the Moke with lipless cranks and lots of 6"-10"ers but no keeper size. Switched to 5" wacky senkos and started stickin' 1-2lbers. Continued to switch back and forth from senkos to cranks to senkos, senkos getting all the keepers. Ended day with 9 keepers, probably 25-30 total fish but again, other than the 9 keepers and maybe 2 keepers lost at the boat, the rest were either dinks or 11.75"ers.
Tips: I never have tips, we're not that great to give em....just sharing what worked for us... when we realized only little ones were hitting the cranks, we threw plastics, me senkos in black neon, junebug, watermelon red, and monster shad (from monterfishing.com)... most on inside or outside weedline or on tule points. my bud's go-to plastic is 4" roboworm with curly tail on a light spinning setup...most days he does this, his hookup ratio is higher than mine... but senkos outhit him this time.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-08-02
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 74
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Russo's at 6:20. Tons of boats on the water for at least one big tournament. Immediately started catching shaker sized stripers on the the breaks but no black bass. Worked along the breaks but wind came up fast and had to hide behind the tule islands. Stuck a 4.5lber on a jerk bait and caught a few more on drop shot later. 15 fish for the day but only 3 keepers. Video here: http://youtu.be/ka-mRV3B-po
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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2014-08-01
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 78
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished areas in the east Delta including the San Joaquin and Mokelumne rivers and caught several nice largemouth to 3.5 lbs. More than half were in the 2.5 to 3.5 lbs. range with the top 5 slightly over 15 lbs. I’m trying to learn punching so I spent the first hour or two doing that with no hits (obviously need more work on that technique). I switched to Senkos, both Texas and wacky rigged, and immediately started to catch fish.
Tips: Most fish were in or near shade at the base of tules or under laydowns.

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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2014-07-18
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 74
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Plenty of action but many of the fish were on the small side. A few 2's and a few 3's - the biggest fish was 4 lb 11 oz. Fished in Potato Slough mainly in places where I could find protection from the hard blowing wind and small whitecaps. Most fish were up close and caught on Senkos (red shad - wacky) or on a red speed trap out at the edges of sparse tules and along rock walls. The big fish came on a popping frog in the slop near a laydown.
Tips: Can't somebody do something about this wind- HaHa.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-07-19
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched at six out of Russo's and ran straight up to the breaks. Got blow ups on Sammy but no takers. Switched to LC 128SP and immediately got bit, 3 3/34lb. Caught a bunch that way for awhile then switched to dropshotting around the backs of tule islands to get out of the wind. More quality fish, including a 4lb 3oz and many many more dinks. Video here: http://youtu.be/nwIerkjX4OM
Tips: Water's cooled off a bit for some reason but it hasn't seemed to adversely affect the bite. Couldn't get a reaction bite other than jerkbait. Caught another pike minnow on a crank bait but that doesn't count. All my fish came on jerkbait, DS and t-rigged 6" senko.

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 75-76
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Only had a half day so we mainly stayed on the Moke. Launched/Started B&W 615am..plenty light already. worked the far rock wall at the start of the Moke and hit many many many just under 12"ers but dang it was fun. I was using ultra light casters with a floating craw rat-l-trap so they simply loaded up and set the hook on their own. After my big brudda and me had about 25 of these (maybe 6-7 just at keeper size), we decided to go to senkos...my bro threw baby bass and I threw black neon (black/red flk) 5". picked up 9 keepers all 1-2 lbers with best going 2-12. then around 12-1230pm threw traps again just to have some more crankin' fun and picked up a bunch more. probably total dinks and almost keepers was maybe 30-35. total keepers was 9, me 6, big brudda 3. imagine if we had more time and went lookin' for some punchin' patches. off the water 1230pm ... oh, forgot to mention, kept a 23" striper caught on the crank....I'm filleting him right now!!! all blacks released.
Tips: I don't think I'm qualified to give tips...i'll just say I really like crankin so I started out throwing a 1/2 oz floating rat-l-trap in a crazy vivid craw pattern. also used 1/4oz cali craw but majority crankin' hits came on "pinchin' peach" floatin' super natural trap in 1/2oz. I really like this cuz you can take your time when you throw to the rock walls and don't have to worry about your trap sinking immediately, you can take your time. ...and many hits came as soon as it hit the water....I'm serious...I had some blow ups you'da thought I had a frog, Sammy , or spook tied on....but just a simple floatin' trap. but deciding the bigger keepers were hangin' out low, we threw 5" senkos in black/red flk and baby bass and that was the ticket...all the hits I had to dig the hooks out from deep in the throat, they inhaled em. on the 2.75lber, I took my dikes and cut 2/3 the hook out to let im live.

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Name: David Rogers
Date: 2014-06-29
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 77
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Dropped in at Rivers End at 6:30AM, the tide was at the top, tried docks and walls with shallow water under the boat say 6-8 feet and no takers so I tried rip rap with shallow water under the boat say 6-8 feet and got a few on Senkos, jumped across the channel fishing rip rap only with 14-20 feet under the boat and that was the ticket, I was catching fish in 6 inches to 5 feet of water at high tide using every color and size Senko I had, color and size and rigging did not matter, T-Rig, Wacky or Back sliding it all worked. After I got about 10-12 fish to 2.5 lbs I decided to go looking around and burn some gas, I am not familiar with that end of the Delta so I did some scouting, went all the way up to Hwy 4 fished around Hwy 4 but no luck but did not put any deep water under the boat, came back and checked out Tracy Oasis Marina and they have a good tackle shop with the basics but spendy, I needed to pick up some more Senkos :) and grab a burger, back on the water and got 6-8 more, 2 on T-rig 8 inch black worm and 6 on Senko's again.
Tips: I tried red rattle trap for about 15-20 minutes with no luck, I usually catch at least a few on it but not this time, my Son and I tried frogging for 30 minutes at about 6:30 PM but no luck, Flipped a jig for about 30 minutes and no luck. I think if I would have tossed a frog or jig in the AM I would have picked up a few because they were pretty aggressive in the AM but that Senko was working so I did not put it down, Even though I got fish on all color Senko's I would say the darker ones were working better. The evening tide was very low and that could have been why I could not get a frog fish, the water I caught fish on in the AM was 3 feet out of the water at 6:30 PM.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-06-29
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 77
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Russo's just before 7AM. Fished the wall with topwater baits but no takers. Ran out to the breaks at the north end and immediately started catching them. Fished that pattern for a few hours picking up the occasional keeper but went through dozens of short fish and shakers in the process. Caught em mostly on shad pattern jerk bait and bluegill color drop shotted Roboworm. You can see the types of areas we targeted here: vhttp://youtu.be/YC_Xf0DCKEM
Tips: Couldn't get them to bite anything but the jerkbait and dropshot. Threw swimbait, cranks, rattles, senkos, chatter, walking baits, frogs but no takers.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-06-21
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 72-73
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Sugar Barge at 7AM. Ran all over the place but only caught a couple keepers out of the marinas near the mouth of the Moke. Went back down to the break at Franks Tract and starting getting shaker sized stripers. Went through about a dozen of these when I upsized to an S-Waver and whacked a 10lber. Video here: http://youtu.be/bX3PZhUF0jM
Tips: Not sure what to do when the weather changes. Temps were down from the previous day and it was pretty windy too. Even drop shot was only marginally successful. Water clarity was an issue too. Only Franks had decent stained water. Muddy everywhere else.

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-06-13
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 71-73
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Launched B&W and started at top of the Moke. Pretty breezy and then wind picked up. First sets of tules and rockwall was slow, but managed a few barely keepers. Moved to next sets of tules and rock wall throwing 1/4 oz rat-l-traps in red craw and baby bass and managed a few more 1-lbers. Assumed maybe slow due to full moon prev night??? Wind subsided a bit so moved up to Sycamore and switched to watermelon/red flk senkos, throwing to tule or rockwall bases and working out to weedline. Managed a limit and a couple of 1-2lbers. Ran into a fan boat spraying the vegetation. Anyone know what they were spraying and why? Anyway, headed back toward the slough entrance since we didn't know what/where they had already sprayed. Caught a couple more barely keepers just outside of the slough so worked our way back to Moke. The keepers that hit my senko were aggressive, grabbing it and yanking hard on the fall. Never had that happen on a senko before.
Tips: When throwing the lipless 1/4 oz, threw to base of tules and across grass/weed tops...snapping hard our of the grass. Hits weren't necessarily just after the snap but maybe 7-8ft later. For senkos, nothing between the rockwall and weedline. Threw to top outer edge and snapped one time to make it look like it popped out of the weed top and settled on the outside edge. got bit hard on the fall and sometimes on the first pop off the bottom.

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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2014-06-03
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 71
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Went to Disappointment Slough and fished several locations that have been productive in the past. Tried senkos, deep and shallow cranks, spinnerbaits and frogs. Managed a few fish but the action was very slow. Saw a few large cruisers in the shallows but they weren’t interested. The one bright spot was a 5 pounder caught on a frog. I don’t often fish frogs so this one was interesting for me. It wasn’t the typical blow up but the bass just came up underneath and sucked the frog down. It just disappeared so I set the hook and it was off to the races. That made my day. Saw lots of fry in the water, mostly real small but some a bit bigger.
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Name: cowboy
Date: 2014-06-01
Location: oakdale
Water Temp: don't know
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Stockton port 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tips: Bass fishing launched under I-5 in the port of Stockton around 4:00 pm fished all the way to stanislaus river and a mile that way tell dark me and my partner caught around 8 bass each the later it got the more the bass turned on gary yamamoto sinko worked the best at the beginning of are day tell the end pumpkin baby bass and my favorite color sorry Forgot the name of the color. ..lol my partner did good with a bullet head working the bottom I couldn't seem to do any good wacky but as the day went on it turned to wacky and did a little better the later it got did pretty good on white spinner baits and frogs all the bass were only in the 2 pound range it seemed like 2 hours before dark you couldn't do wrong with what ever you used got a nice bluegill he had to be at least a pound and a half also the tide was coming in are in tire time it seemed about halfway on a rival and all most high tide when we left around 10 pm hope this helps good luck

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-05-24
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 70
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Launched 615am at B&W and decided to try something different than we usually start (Moke) so we turned right and headed to SJR / Frank's Tract. Wind was whippin' pretty good on the open river so once we got to a rock wall (sorry, I'm not good with all the names of the rivermarks) just northeast of Frank's, we just drifted with the wind throwing lipless cranks in red craw. picked up many shaker stripers and a few almost keeper bass. decided to make our way to Little Connection/H&H for a bio break. Then went through Tower and back to our fav - Moke tules/rockwalls. There we hit more shakers and one nice 24" striper and some 1-2lber bass... mainly on lipless cranks but a few on wacky senkos in watermelon/red flk. Wind calmed down so we moved to Sycamore. There the bite was good for senkos while my buddy continued hookin up with small cranks...I mean small... like small rapalas used for trout. he also caught about 5 using a small curly tailed roboworm in shad pattern (he likes downsizing and using light tackle) Decided to work the crankin' again and we were getting bit as we ran them over weed beds...you could see 2-3 come out of the weedbed to chase the crank and one would take it. none were very big, maybe 1-2lbs max. stayed the rest of the day there til around 2pm and called it a day. high numbers of hits but nothing real big.... but just big fun.
Tips: ran our cranks diagonal and throwing straight to the tule edges, usually getting hit within 2-3 cranks or else as it strafed the tops of the weeds. some hits right at the boat, both striper and blacks. threw my wacky senko right at the tules and as I dragged over weeds, would either hit or just load up. not sure if we're even close to the right pattern for this time but seemed to work for us...mainly because we like crankin' and when that don't work, we throw senkos or downsizing to small curl tail roboworms. Worked for us this time around.

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Name: CalBassin
Date: 2014-05-25
Location: Elk Grove
Water Temp: 72
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: We launched out of B&W at about 5:30 and the wind was already up. We started in the Moke and had a couple swirls at a buzzbait, but no takers. My dad did hook up with small striper. We moved down to old river and found some fish on the main channel that we were able to catch with green pumpkin weightless texas-rigged senkos on the inside of the tules and punching the outside weed lines. We moved further south again with limited success, but the tide was moving out and then slack low tide while we were out. We called it a day around noon.
Tips: Weightless texas rigged senkos and punching were the most productive techniques for us, but the closer we got to low tide the tougher the bite became.

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Name: CalBassin
Date: 2014-05-22
Location: Elk Grove
Water Temp: 72
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: I launched out of B&W at about 5:30 and headed to Little Mandeville Island. I picked up 1 but that went a little over 3#, but it seems that the action there has died out. I moved further south and keyed on sparse tules in about 5-10 feet of water with open water behind them and picked up another that was a little under 4#. The action was slow until the tide turned at 2:00 and started heading back out. Once the current started moving out the bite turned on quick and the frog was lights out. I caught 4 fish in 6 hours on the incoming tide and I caught 4 fish in 2 hours on the outgoing tide. The frog bite was in open water near weed mats and tules, but no action on top of the mats. All-in-all it was a great day with 11 fish and many more opportunities missed. My best 5 went about 14 lbs.
Tips: The fish seemed to be shut down (or at least I couldn't locate them) during the incoming tide. I keyed on sparse tules that were near deeper water during that time with some good quality bites on a weightless texas-rigged senko, but there were just not many of them. The frog bite seemed to be from male fry guarders and they were very aggressive on the outgoing tide.

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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 68
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Caught several nice largemouths in the Delta east of the SJ River. The largest was 4 lbs. Tried a variety of baits but the only ones working consistently for me were senkos and spinnerbaits. I didn't launch until about 8:30 and the action was very good until about noon, which was high tide. The wind started getting a little stonger then and the action really cooled down after that.
Tips: The senkos needed to be watermelon with red flakes. I tried several other colors without much success.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-05-17
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched at 6 out of River's End and it was already windy. Fished east facing walls throughout the day to stay out of the wind. Picked up a 3 3/4 pounder on top water within the first hour. Couple more like that but no more after 9AM. Caught em here and there on drop shot for the rest of the day. Through frogs, cranks, jerkbaits and punched but no takers.
Tips: Drop shot is always my go-to technique when things get tough. I like some flash when the water is stained so typically something with chartreuse.

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Name: CalBassin
Date: 2014-04-20
Location: Elk Grove
Water Temp: 67
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of B&W again and headed back to Little Mandeville Island before sunrise. Started with buzz baits again and my 9 year old son hooked up with his biggest fish ever at 4 lbs. There's nothing better than seeing a young kid catch his personal best! We moved inside the island and I caught 7 over the next 2 hours using the Texas-rigged senko in green pumpkin with another 6 lb kicker. It was a slower day than the previous one, but still good with our best 5 going about 15 lbs. My dad lost one inside the island near a break that probably would have gone 8 or 9. The big girls still seem to be up shallow so now's the time to go find your personal best.
Tips: The Texas-rigged senko is still the go to bait for us to get the bites and it is still producing the big bites as well with our best 5 for the two days going about 26 lbs.

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Name: CalBassin
Date: 2014-04-19
Location: Elk Grove
Water Temp: 65
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: We launched out of B&W about 6:15 and were at Little Mandeville Island before sunrise. We worked some buzz baits and caught a 4lber on the outside of the island near a break. We moved inside and proceeded to catch about 10 fish in the 1 1/2-2 lb range working a weightless Texas-rigged senko in green pumpkin. We moved over to Mildred island and caught 3 more small fish and 1 that went 6 lbs still on the senko. We finished up the day at Mandeville Tip (that what I call it, it's the island just east of Prisoner's Point on the San Joaquin if anyone knows the actual name). I fished the eastern bank to escape some of the wind and caught another 6 lber up shallow in the weeds with the senko. All in all a good day with out best 5 going about 21 lbs.
Tips: We've had more success with the Texas-rigged senko than anything else. I keep working with jigs and cranks, but just don't produce the bites that the senko is producing right now. Work the weed lines and tules slowly and you should have some luck.

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-04-19
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 65-67
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched B&W 6:45am, started crankin' at top of the Moke and worked down tule island strips...just one shaker striper on a crank for my brother. Just had the itch to throw cranks..dumb idea I guess. Decided to move up to Sycamore..worked jig w/craw trailer along rock wall/tule weedbeds finding potholes. Brother picked up 3 in a row and I followed him with 2 more. 5 total for me, 7 for my brother. brown/green jig w/Strike King Rage Craw in CA Craw color. Was **WINNNDDDYYYY** nowhere to hide from it!
Tips: All hits came on the fall except one as I was watching my brother catch one, I realized I was gettin' hit as my jig dragged through the weedbed... and all were aggressive males. 1.5lb avg. Looked for potholes in the weed patches but mostly threw at the wall and popped it back once or twice, then the hit would come letting it fall. Brother used a stinger hook on his jig and caught at least 3 on that stinger. I'm gonna try it next outing.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-04-16
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 66-70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Orwood at 7:30 and tried for some top water just outside the no wake zone, but no takers. Slack tide. Ran up to Bull Frog Marina area, still no luck. Ducked out of the wind into Mildred and fished beds for the rest of the day. Caught 13 fish, almost all on drop shot, 23 total for the two of us. Biggest went just shy of 4 3/4 lbs., video here: http://youtu.be/mo9u5WjXgMQ
Tips: All fish on blue gill pattern Roboworms, 6" Fat. Look for light patches in the 1-4' of water. Most of the time I didn't actually see the fish on the beds but they were always close by. Caught a few fish on weed lines as well.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-04-06
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 59-62 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Orwood at 7:15 and ran up to Franks Tract and fished the back of tule islands. Got windy so ran over to Little Mandeville to fish the breaks. 1 keeper, 1 dink, still a little breezy. On the way down to Disco, saw a little cove where we thought there might be some spawners. Picked up a couple keepers on dropshot (video: http://youtu.be/ivlyHSPSKD0) but saw no beds. Rest of fish came on dropshot (me) and t-rig weightless senko (buddy) down in Disco Bay. 13 fish total for the boat but only 5 keepers. This week should be off the chain.
Tips: I don't care for finesse fishing (too slow) but man if they aren't even biting a jerk bait it's good to know a technique that'll get a bite. For me it's dropshot on 8# Tatsu, Pumpkin Punisher Roboworm. Get's em every time.

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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2014-04-02
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 59
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Caught around 15 bass in White Slough and Disappointment Slough but nothing big. Most were in the 1-2 lbs. range with a couple of dinks thrown in. Four were caught on a white/chartreuse spinnerbait, a couple on cranks, and the rest on a blue/black Senko.
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Name: Pinole Retiree
Date: 2014-03-28
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 60 - 93
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Friday 3-28-14, we launched out of Holland Riverside Marina and fished inside and outside of Mildred Tract (Island). We fished only with wacky rigged Sencos and drop-shoot rigged 7 in. RoboWorms. We ended the day with 64 fish. Almost all of the fish were caught on several colors of the 7 in. RoboWorms. Try different colors but those that are blue or purple work best. Only a few were caught on 6 and 7 in. Pumpkin and Water Mellon colored Sencos. The fished ranged from 1 lb. to 4 lb. with most in the 2 lb to 3 lb range (all males). The several fish that we caught in the 3 to 4 lb range were female. As the tide moved out there were no fish near shore. They were in at least 5 ft of water off shore and in the trees. Just before high tide and as it started to move out, fish were caught near shore. We did not see any beds.
Tips: The water temperature is right for the spawn. However, it looks like the males are only moving in an out looking for bedding areas. They appear not to be committed yet because of the cold nights and the new moon.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-03-23
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 62-65
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Orwood at 7:15. Got one on top water just south of there then a couple more strikes. Picked up a couple more on a tule island point. Picked up dinner on another island point with a 46' drop off (see video). Few more here and there. All in all, pretty slow day with 7 fish including the striper. Still fun though. Here's the video: http://youtu.be/9G5kiXLQGq4
Tips: 2nd weekend on the Delta with the Luck-E-Strike RC Stick. Really produce numbers but haven't run into any bigger fish yet. Caught a couple on dropshot in Disco bay too using roboworms. Didn't see any bed fish and we were running around all over the place.

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Name: PapaJohn454
Date: 2014-03-21
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 59-64
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Finished a 3 day fishing vacation on the Delta. The wife and I stayed at the fishing cottage at Beacon Harbor. Nice. First two days were off the charts 10+ fish both days. 1.5 to 2 lbs biggest two maybe hit 3. Almost all on wacky rigged 5" senkos, green pumpkin and green pumpkin with purple flake. A few on Cooch's brown Wadda Jig with purple and blue flake Yamamoto single tailed grub. Temperature dropped the second night and that really slowed things down the third day only 2... yeah that must be it, the weather, couldn't be me ;)
Tips: Wacky rigged senkos, against tules with moving deepish > 8ft water.

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Name: codeline
Date: 2014-03-19
Location: Brentwood
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Couldn't buy a bite around discovery bay. Saw some cruisers, but 0 fish on beds. Picked a up a small male on drop shot between the weeds and rocks, sitting in 1-2 foot of water. We netted a dead striped that had choked to death on a 6.5 inch sun fish. My son being a true fisherman tried to count them as two more fish that we caught.
Tips: Jak's Custombaits Slick Worm in candy bug did the trick. They are cheaper than roboworms

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-03-16
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 62
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched at 7:45 out of Orwood, fished a little just south of there before Disco but no takers. Headed over to Mildred, stopped and picked up a shaker striper by the railroad tracks. Nailed a a handful on new jerkbait just right around Bull Frog Marina. Got a 2lb. 3oz. on topwater off a point just south Mildred (see video). Fished the breaks around Mildred and Mandeville where I got the rest of the fish. 11 total, maybe 5 or 6 keepers, best 5 would have only been in the 7 lb range. Top water was Sammy in MS American Shad pattern. New jerkbait is Luck-E-Strike RC Stick (41/2" Purple Flash, upgrade the hooks and split rings). Two best here: http://youtu.be/68ndwGETLao
Tips: Most of the fish came on the the levee breaks. All of the fish were relating to grass lines.

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Name: Pinole Retiree
Date: 2014-03-05
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 58 - 59
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Wednesday 3-5-14, we launched out of Holland Riverside Marina and fished inside and outside of Mildred Tract (Island). We tried many different techniques but were successful with only three of them. We ended the day with 19 fish. Eight fish were caught on a 7-in. Senko rigged wacky style, six by drop-shotting a 6-in. RoboWorm and five on a Reaction Innovation Boom-Boom tube. They ranged from 1 lb. to 5 lb. 2 oz. All appeared to be males with the exception of the 5-pounder which looked to be full of eggs. More than half of the fish were caught on ledges in 5 to 10 feet of water near the bank. Others were caught at the same depth but in the flooded trees.
Tips: The males are starting to stage and it won’t be long before the water temperature is over 60º and large females will be following.

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Name: Pinole Retiree
Date: 2014-01-31
Location: Pinole
Water Temp: 50 - 52
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Friday 1-31-14, my buddy and I launched out of Holland Riverside Marina and fished near Little Mandeville all morning. It was cold and windy. We tried many different techniques but caught no fish. In the afternoon, we move backed to the Holland Tract area. Still no fish. As we were about to quit later in the afternoon, we came upon a large mat of Hyacinth extending from shore out to 20 ft. of water. My buddy decided to flip his drop-shot rig into a small hole in the mat in about 15 ft. of water. He dead sticked his seven inch RoboWorm for about 15 seconds and son-of-a-gun his line started to move. He had the first fish of the day. I said, if there is one fish there, there should be more. He when right back into the same hole and caught another fish. A few minutes later, I caught a fish. Because we hooked these fish using our light pole and line, there was a problem getting the fish out of the mat. To solve this problem, I used my telescoping lure retriever to widen the hole in the mate to pull the fish through. If it wasn’t late, we would have continued this pattern and probably caught more fish.
Tips: If nothing is working, try punching Hyacinth mats with 6 and 7-inch Roboworms. If you are using a light pole and line, use a telescoping lure retriever to get your fish though the mat.

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Name: Fisherofmen&fish
Date: 2014-01-24
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Question for all of you delta rats... with the weather being the way it is, shouldn't the fish think spring is coming in 30 days??? Looking for some help out here, the fish should be moving right?
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Name: delta4life
Date: 2014-01-21
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 50
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Float tubed Sevenmile with a buddy for only two bass, one for my friend. First one was about 4#, second barely kept. 5" senkos and a dropshot, 4" worm. No rip bait fish. Fished as slow as I could stand. Best fish hit toward the top of outgoing at about 10:30. Water stayed the same temp. even though it got warm in the afternoon. Nothing ate the red bomber.
Tips: 5" Senko's and a 4" dropshot

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Name: WackySenko
Date: 2014-01-12
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 48.4 to 48.9
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: My brother and I fished the Hook Tournament. Bite was slow, but good. First we went to an area that we had not tried in awhile. He got a 3.50# about 9:15 on a craw Timber Tiger. Bite was dead so we moved to an area near Franks about 11:45 and at 12:00 I got a 10.84# (PB) on a craw 1/4 oz SpeedTrap, it hit HARD. At 12:15 I got a 5# on the SpeedTrap. About 12:30 I got an 12+" on the speedTrap. Those were the only bites.
Tips: Try different baits, colors and speeds until you find one. I was thinking that shad colors would work best, but for us it was the craw colors. Good luck

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