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Winter 2018
Winter 2018 Hi Anglers, Can you believe another fishing season is behind us? It goes so fast! As usual, the winter hiatus means the boat and sports shows are upon us. WesternBass will once again be at the International Sportsmens Expo (ISE) hosting the casting tank and all the bassin’ seminars. Be sure and stop by and say hi! During this off-season, we were able to create some enhancements to the digital mag. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel. We would like to ask that when you are thinking of your tackle, gear and boat purchases that you remember our sponsors. They are the reason that the WesternBass site and magazine is available to all viewers for FREE and speaking of site sponsors, we want to welcome two new ones – Trapper Tackle and Boulder Boats. We also want to introduce a new feature by one of our long-term sponsors, Dr. Trolling Motor. They will now be helping to answer your trolling motor questions within the forums; so, if you have one, please feel free to post it. In closing, I want send my condolences to Cooch’s family. Since I’ve been a part of WesternBass, Cooch was right there to answer questions and offer advice. I was fortunate enough to spend time on the water with him and have been proud to utilize the site to host the C.O. Pro / Teen information as Cooch needed. I am sure he is stilling tossin’ a jig in the big pond in the sky. He will be greatly missed. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year... Wayne


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California Delta By by AKBASSFISHING » Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:50 pm California Delta 7/19/2018 Water Temp 74 - 76 Visibility 2 – 4 feet Wind 10 - 18 mph A quick report for you guys. Launched at 6 in the morning. A strong Western wind blew. My initial thoughts told me that this would help our bite. Made a short run to our first spot, a large flat with sparse weeds. Initially, I threw a plopper and got a single fish to go. Knowing the fish were in the area, I went back through it with a chatterbait. That was the ticket and the fish liked it. We boated a respectable number of fish, with the biggest pushing around three-pounds. We attempted to follow this pattern, but the wind was getting worse. That said, our Skeeter powered through the rough water like a champ haha. Two thumbs up from me. Seeing conditions deteriorating, I made a decision to hit my secondary areas. I think everyone had the same idea since we all were congregated in protected pockets. The fishing in these areas was far from optimal. The big incoming tide hid all fishable cover, which made finding sweet spots extremely tough. We fished this way until noon with OK results. Nothing over three-pounds and even those fish were hard to come by. Then the wind calmed down. Seeing my opportunity, I attempted to fish some off-shore weedlines. Sure enough, the fish were feeding. Fishing my crankbait over the weeds produced excellent results. Many fish were caught, with the biggest again going just over three pounds. Even had the opportunity to use net on some of the fish. Speaking of net, got the opportunity to prototype a net management system. Its called the NETMAN. Easy to add to your deck, securely holds your net while you run, and easy to remove for landing fish. It’s a nice piece of equipment to have. I'll post pictures of it in my next report. By late afternoon, I was still looking for a better fish. I took out my handy Senko paired with a Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hook and went to work. Good numbers, but nothing spectacular. Then I had my chance. I misjudged my cast and the wind took it directly into the tullies. So I ripped it out and told myself to re-tie. With my fast drift, I saw an ideal piece of cover. "One more pitch and then re-tie", I told myself. I made the pitch, and then saw my line steadily moving out of the cover. I reeled down to the fish and set hook. I saw the fish open her mouth and proceed to shake violently. About three seconds of her shaking, my line snapped. I’d say she was a good six or seven-pounder. Lesson learned… always re-tie. Defeated, hot, and tired I made my way back to the launch.

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