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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2015-02-20
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 56-57
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Launched 10:30am B&W.... water was stained to muddy brown...started at top of the Moke... nada. Moved to favorite tules...nada...everything looked like it had been sprayed to kill the hyacinth, which was pretty much non existent except the few remaining floaters that were already dead brown. All the usual tules seemed to be either killed off or hardly even there. Moved to alternate areas on Tater Slough.... managed a couple of keepers on blk/red flk senko and a black spinner bait, but no pattern at all. Saw only a few other boats trying but never saw anyone hook up and I really think it was just a junk fish day. Ended the day at 330pm with 3 on the hook.
Tips: not even!!! someone tell us what's happening in these waters. all the reports of the bite is on, 20-25lb limits, where the h&(( is that? south delta? sure ain't up the moke or even the sj.

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Name: dropshotter1
Date: 2015-02-09
Location: stockton
Water Temp: 55-57
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Went out both Sunday - rain was insane - but so was the bite. 20lb bag in under 3 hrs on windblown banks and Monday was even better with an afternoon bite that was stupid - 24-25lb in 3 hrs. They are getting predictable in the classic staging areas. reaction bites on the transitions. the storm activated the bite.
Tips: its that time fellas, put away the darters and dropshots, time to stick some donkeys.

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 02/02/2015
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Early fog, blue skies with light high clouds
Water Temp: 49.8 - 52.7
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Falling tide early, long drawn out incomming
Bass Fishing: Fishing still remains tough for most on the Delta with scattered fish in 1-3 pound range and that occasional big one. The bass here are starting to move, we're getting a lot more missed bites on jigs each day than fish in the boat, as well as picking off
Best Depths: Most fish are comming off the various rock levees that have 7-14 out off the bank. The three fish we got this week that were over 5 pounds, all came off a tulle clump that had 6-7 foot of water at the bass and hit that flipped in jig on the fall. The spin
Tips: The bite is tough, keep yer head up, change areas and Thank God at least yer out fishing today!
Store/Guide Information: WWW.CoochsFishing.COM
Name & Number: 925-732-3293

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Name: delta4life
Date: 2015-01-30
Location: Unknown
Water Temp: 52
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished around sugar barge in my tube for 7 bass, nothing big but not bad for January. Lost one that might've been big. Senko and dropshot. Found many bites on the ends of the docks behind the pilings. Dropped down vertically and shake the dropshot in place. Let the senko sit for a bit after it touches down. The end of incoming was better for me and when I got bit I blanketed the area for a couple more sometimes. Tried jig and crank with no takers.
Tips: Scent up the plastics in the murky water. Most of my bites came where there was less current.

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Name: dropshotter1
Date: 2015-01-24
Location: stockton
Water Temp: 48-50
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: The bite has continued to be tough for the past couple of weeks with occasional bursts when the water warms and/or we get stable weather for a day or so. it can go from slow and finesse to wide open and reaction, rips and blades, very quickly. lots of smaller fish when windows open up and some bigguns, as Cooch noted, thrown in the mix.
Tips: I have had better luck fishing the time of day vs tides the past few weeks. the tide will position them but they are chewing mid-late afternoon no matter the tide. best depth - 8-11ft

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 01/25/2015
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: High Fog, cold n breezy
Water Temp: 49.9-51.7
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Early rising tide, out go all day
Bass Fishing: This past week Delta bass have loosened up and the bite is getting much better, four fish over 10 pounds have been reported including the two in last Saturdays AC Team event, which also had several 8 pounders weighed. This Saturday another big sack and fi
Best Depths: 6-12 feet
Big Bass: 01/17/2015 -
    6 fish over 10 pounds since last Saturday the 27th.
Tips: Contrary to the early week report above, Sunday we got hit with a chilly cold snap that drove water temps in most of the areas we've been fishing, down 2-3 degrees to 47-49.7. Sunday 25, we experienced a much tougher bite than we had all week due to the temp drops. Be prepared to grind it out and fish slower and more methodical.
Store/Guide Information: WWW.CoochsFishing.COM
Name & Number: Andy "Cooch" Cuccia 925-732-3293

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Name: DogOn
Date: 2015-01-19
Location: Orinda
Water Temp: 49.5 Degrees
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Fished Big Break on Sunday. Took the Fog on, weather warm outside. Minimal wind. Water was real muddy. Put in at low tide, incoming. Most fish hanging on the bottom, we tried to coax 'em off the bottom with jigs and spoons but to no avail. Threw into tules with no return. My buddy caught one striper on a blue flapping hog, about 15 inches.
Tips: Stay home and watch the Super Bowl. The water isn't going to clear for at least a week or two.

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Name: RiverRon
Date: 2015-01-14
Location: Stockton
Water Temp: 48
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Slow Day - I fished many of my favorite spots in the east delta for a couple fish. I threw the whole tackle box at them for nada until about 3:00 p.m. when I finally woke up a couple using a white homemade soft plastic swimbait. The largest was 3-1 and the smaller was 2-5. I used all of the typical winter type lures and tried to slow the presentation way down but most of the day was just spent exercising my casting/flipping/pitching arm. It was a bit cool and overcast but nice to get out there at any rate.
Tips:

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 01/11/2015
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Clear Skies, Cold air temps
Water Temp: 46-50
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: High to low tides
Bass Fishing: Much of the River this past week has been very stained, locating clearer backwaters is a challenge still with the dying hyacinth still floating all over the river. Fishing has been tough, with bites few and far between. Dropshotting very slow with a 7" Ro
Best Depths: 3-5 on rocky flats, 8-12 in the deeper grass beds.
Big Bass:
    Nothing over 4 pounds the past week.
Tips: Darker colors are producing best in the stained waters, find clearer areas and lighter colors will produce.
Store/Guide Information: WWW.CoochsFishing.COM
Name & Number: Cooch's Fishing 925-732-3293

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2015-01-03
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 45-50
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Muddy water everywhere. Cleaner water in flooded islands and dead end sloughs. Found a spot with healthy grass and 5 degree warmer water. Marked fish but couldn't get them to bite. Two stripers elsewhere inside island and on break. Those were the only two bites we got all day and they were both an inch short! I caught mine on a jerkbait. My cousin caught his using a fly rod and some sort of tiny little buck tail jig. Saw another guy on a break pull out an LMB using a fly rod as well.
Tips: I can't fish slow enough to catch fish in the winter. I'm guessing if you can slow down you'll have better luck than me.

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 12/29/2014
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: High Pressure, Blue skies, no wind
Water Temp: 48-53
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Normal, incomming to out go afternoon.
Bass Fishing: The post frontal cold weather made fer very tough fishing this past week. Water temps fell below 50 to 48-49 the past four days and much of the River is stained to very dirty. Morning bite has been nonexistant with the exception of picking off a few schoo
Best Depths: Most productive depths this week for blackies has been in clearer water, lottsa grass at 8-12 feet. Still catching a lot of schoolie stripers in 2-5 feet up in the flats and around the tulles of the flooded islands.
Tips: Winter is definately here, gotta slow WAY down and fish methodically for bites.
Store/Guide Information: WWW.CoochsFishing.COM

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Name: dropshotter1
Date: 2014-12-20
Location: stockton
Water Temp: 55
Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 feet visibility)
Report: Overall a good day considering the conditions. Some areas had about 10in of visibility and 55 water temp which made the bites far and few between. Bigger squarebills in bright colors and of coarse, blk blue jig, accounted for our bites. looked for cleaner water and the fish were definitely chewing! Dropshotted for the remainder of the day with good results.
Tips: look for clean water and fish deep or cover lots of shallow water with a crank or jig. in the dirty water expect only a handful of bites but thy will be good quality ones.

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-12-21
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 54-55
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Only had a a few hours to fish and was really out just to muck around with new electronics. Marked a bunch of fish around the Russo's but out in the middle of the channel. No takers but water was pretty murky. Ran south and found some clean water. Caught a couple small keepers + 3 more bites inlcuding a good sized one that broke me off. Ran out of time and had to return home.
Tips: Found fish in healthy hydrilla. They were on the outer edges and in holes. All my bites were on drop shot but I'm bringing the punch rod next time out. Did not get any reaction bait bites including 10' crank, Staysee 90, chatter bait, Spook.

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 12/13/2014
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Overcast, cold, 5-7 mph winds
Water Temp: 54-56
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Lake Level: High due to rains, back to normal on Saturday
Bass Fishing: Fishing after the storms was very productive for us, due to the rains much of the Delta has become stained to dirty moving fish shallow. The fish were active and aggressively feeding, if ya roll up and don't git bit, move on till ya find em! Paddle tailed
Best Depths: Jig fish are all coming from 4-6 on the rocks and 8-12 feet out off the bank in the grass. The active reaction fish are all in 3-6 foot up on the flats with sparse grass adjacent to tules.
Big Bass: 12/13/2014 - Largemouth -
    Nothing over 6.5 lbs the past two weeks
    Tide: Nothing over 6.5 lbs the past two weeks
Tips: As is the case in winter, you've got to slow down, very slow retrieves on the swimbaits and 4-6 sec pauses on the jerkbaits produced strikes, where faster constant retrieves did not. Long pitches with a slowere hop-n-pop of the jig produced strikes, very few fish bit on the initial fall of the jig.
Store/Guide Information: WWW.CoochsFishing.COM
Name & Number: Cooch's Fishing 925-732-3293
Pricing Specials/Open Dates: See Website

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Name: ElGuapo
Date: 2014-12-13
Location: San Mateo
Water Temp: 54-56 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Had super low expectations since we were fishing right after storm but ended up having a great time. No big ones but caught 12, 17 total for two of us. Fished breaks at the north end of Franks but water was pretty stained, 6"-1' visibility. Ran down to Little Mandeville where the water was much cleaner, 3-4' visibility. Started catching them on breaks, grass channels, *1 dock*, edges of hyacinth mats. Caught em on jerkbait and dropshot. Buddy caught a couple on spoon as well. Only one small keeper out total fish but still had fun.
Tips: Almost all the jerkbait bites came on a long pause (10-20s secs) and were passive.

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Name: dropshotter1
Date: 2014-11-30
Location: stockton
Water Temp: 56-57
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: Decent weekend on the delta, fished both Sat and Sun, winning our local TOC. Sat was slow and cold with a bad tide. still managed a pretty good bag all things considered. Focused on the outside edge of large flats and found fish in the 2-2.5lb range hot on jigs and senkos. Next stop fished dropshot in connection with my HDS to find tightly schooled bass in deeper water, 11-13ft. got our kicker. focused on current edges and deep swings. had our bag and stopped fishing at noon. Sun was a lot tougher early , started with finesse baits but the bite opened up at 11a - 2pm wide open but no size except a 5lb. all reaction. should probably kept with reactions longer to the start the in hindsight.
Tips: even if the weather is bad, if has been stable (rain or shine)for a day, the fish will adjust and go back to eating reaction baits. fishing in the 10+ range was a pattern this weekend and where the more consistent bite was, but never sleep on a shallow water reaction bite aft the weather has remained the same for a day or two

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 11/31/0000
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Stormy, overcast, no winds
Water Temp: 55.6-58.2
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Top of the high to out gong
Bass Fishing: Quality bites are far and few between through out the day. The black jig bite flipped into tules and rocks tends to produce the best fish of the day. Have found small schools of smaller fish 1-3lbs, around docks willing to take a dropshot. Jerkbait bite
Tips: Gotta move around a lot and find active fish when tossing reaction baits, cover as much water as possible and don't hesitate ta move. Bottom bite, the jig & dropshot, require patience and ya gotta slow way down ta get bites.
Store/Guide Information: www.CoochsFishing.COM

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Name: CalBassin
Date: 2014-11-27
Location: Elk Grove
Water Temp: 56
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: My son and I went out Thursday and Friday looking for both stripers and largemouth. We worked Franks Tract, rip rap walls near deep water and Mildred Island. We found a lot of fish both days with jerk baits (we caught 20-25 each both days), but nothing of any size. We did catch 5 or 6 keeper stripers and 5 or 6 largemouth in the 1.5-2 lb range, but everything else were dinks and shakers. It was a lot of fun with lots of action, but just didn't find any big bites.
Tips: Not sure I'm qualified to give any tips, but the jerk bait was working for us everywhere we went. Even in areas where a dropshot was the hot bait a few weeks ago we were only catching fish on the jerkbait.

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 11/20/2014
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Cloudy, raining
Water Temp: 57.5-60
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Rising tide
Bass Fishing: The falling temps are moving Delta bass closer to winter patterns. Fishing has been a grind still and requires moving and trying various areas and conditions. Rip baits have been providing the majority of our bites every day, yet with the temps still fall
Best Depths: 4-10 feet has been best, although a few shallower fish were flipped yesterday.
Big Bass: 11/20/2014 - Large Mouth - 6.0 pounds -
    Our biggest fish of the week, a 6+, came out in 10 feet dragging through the deep grass.
    Tide: Our biggest fish of the week, a 6+, came out in 10 feet dragging through the deep grass.
Store/Guide Information: www.CoochsFishing.COM
Name & Number: Andy "COOCH" Cuccia 925-732-3293
Pricing Specials/Open Dates: Call or E-mail Flipbiguns@Yahoo.COM

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Name: dropshotter1
Date: 2014-11-15
Location: stockton
Water Temp: 62
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: started in Franks Tract, lot of smaller fish on a 6" dropshot in Robo MM and deeper red colors. lots of ripbait fish too up to 2.5lbs. endless amount of dinks-2 lbs. went down river and cranked rock walls with better fish to 3 lbs. finally decided to go shallow looking for a big bite. got into some water off main channel near good current on a flat in the afternoon. lost a TOAD, boated a 3.5, 4 and 5.25 in 20 minutes tossing bigger baits.
Tips: listen to your bites, don't get caught up thinking they aren't biting or only biting finesse presentations. fall afternoons can pay off when the sun has warmed water even if a couple of degrees.

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Name: Andy Cuccia
Date: 11/13/2014
E-Mail: flipbiguns@yahoo.com
Weather: Cooling, slight overcast
Water Temp: 61-63
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Lake Level: Low flow and swings on the tides
Bass Fishing: Cooling temps are bringing a transition to the Delta bass, they have began to move shallower and are grouping in the grass flats off ledges and drop offs. Still a number of smaller fish hanging in areas with strong current flows. Ripbaits and lipless cran
Best Depths: 6-10 feet
Store/Guide Information: Cooch's Fishing
Name & Number: WWW.Coochsfishing.COM 925-732-3293

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Name: johnny
Date: 2014-10-19
Location: Unknown
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Fished from Franks to Potato slough. Got about 15-20 combo fish, but they were all small with nothing over 2lbs, including the stirpers. For Ray in the Lund boat: I should've showed you this umbrella stand I rigged up to keep the sun off oneself. If you read this and are interested, you can email me at-printing@sbcglobal.net
Tips: In the early a.m. topwater walking baits will help you locate schoolie stripers. Wish I knew what was doing to give you more tips.

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Name: Arlandoabella
Date: 2014-10-11
Location: sacramento
Water Temp: 70
Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 feet visibility)
Report: Launched out of Brannon island at around 12, ran and fished little franks tract til around 6, bite was decent. Craw dad colored crank baits . Lost about a 10 pound striper on a 3/4 ounce rattle trap ..work the rip rap with sparse tules
Tips: Find water that drops off quickly

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Name: deepvbasser
Date: 2014-10-10
Location: folsom
Water Temp: 69
Water Clarity: Clear (4-6 feet visibility)
Report: What a difference a week makes...and all the other factors (weather, moon, tide, floating weed "South American Spongeplant"), I googled it and that's what it's called... Anyways, launched early dark about 6am out of B&W cuz there were some striper guys gettin' ready for a derby so figured we better get launched. Went straight to Potato Slough and started off great... threw a sweet beaver to the rockwall and a 3.6 immediately inhaled it. Really thought it was gonna be on but only managed about 20 dink to 11"ers for that wall. Moved across and worked opposite rock wall but the wind on both sides made it difficult to maintain our deepv with only 55lb thrust. Yeah, someday I'll have an ultimate bass boat but till then, it's deepvbassin'! So anyways, back to today's fishin'.... changed to senko and picked up a few more 1 and 2lbers, about 5 I think....and probably another 15-20 spunky 8-11inchers. Off the water by 1pm.
Tips: Not really qualified to give tips... and today, what landed plenty of 2-3lbers last 2 weekends only got us 1 limit of keepers today between my bud and me. I used watermelon/red sweet beaver with red claws T-rigged with 1/4oz bullet w/bobber stop. Then switched to 5" watermelon/red Big Bite Baits Trick Stick both t-rigged and wacky... 25pk is cheap at Tackle Warehouse and these last longer than Senkos...I guess that could be my tip...BBB trick stick from TW 25/$5.99 :) Tryin again Sunday!

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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.
Tips:

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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
Tips:

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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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