Fishing CA Delta July 30

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AKBASSFISHING
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Fishing CA Delta July 30

Postby AKBASSFISHING » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:32 am

California Delta 7/30/2018
Water Temp 74 - 76
Visibility 2 – 3 feet
Wind 5 - 14 mph

Had the opportunity to take a short trip this morning. Launched around 6:30 this morning. Conditions were ideal. Low light with a steady wind blowing from the west.

I made a run to an expansive weed flat. Working my crankbait along the weeds, I hooked into a good fish. After a little battle, I had a solid four-pounder in the boat. Surprisingly, this fish had about three others in the same class following it, trying to eat the bait out of the other fish’s mouth. Without hesitation, I stuck her in the live well and went back to work. For a good ten minutes, I consistently stuck twos’ and the occasional three here and there. Within 15 minutes of being on the water, I had my limit. With high hopes, I continued.

With the tide now moving out, I switched to fishing berms. I started by working the edges with crankbaits, but switched to Senkos paired with Tsuyoi Weedless Wacky Hooks in areas were the current slowed. This one – two combination yielded good results, but nothing cull worthy. This soon changed though. I pitched my senko up to an isolated tullie patch, away from the others. After a short while, I noticed my line swimming off. I reeled down on the fish and set hook, but to my amazement and horror, the fish was already under the boat. I frantically reeled with my 7:1 gear ratio reel, but to no avail. She was gone. From my experience, the fish that swim to deep water that fast, are monsters. Undeterred, I continued.

Around eleven, I changed game plans and went back to searching the flats. By this time, the tide had dropped significantly, so I opted for the plopper. The fish were more than willing to cooperate, with many aggressively eating my bait. Again, the two and three-pound fish were eating. I noticed the areas that went into coves seemed to produce the most.

By one in the afternoon, I attempted to mix in the chatterbait and some punching, but wasn’t able to get rid of any of my fish. The combination of small fish and smoke from a near-by fire made fishing the afternoon tough. I called it quits by 2. Overall, I had around fourteen-pounds for best five. Nothing special, but a productive day. I seem to be in a slump for the big fish, just got to concentrate and hope my luck changes.

Notes

The clouds and smoke make for outstanding reaction bait action.

Again, finding the clean weeds offshore seem to produce the healthier fish.

Cranks, Senkos, and Ploppes continue to do all of the damage.
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Javelin Jim
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Re: Fishing CA Delta July 30

Postby Javelin Jim » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:39 am

Thanks for your reports! I look forward to reading them each week. With my lack of skills on the Delta, it gives me a little hope for the next time I fish the Delta.

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Re: Fishing CA Delta July 30

Postby jcbassin » Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:33 pm

Great report. What kind of cranks you throwing? How deep?

AKBASSFISHING
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Re: Fishing CA Delta July 30

Postby AKBASSFISHING » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:25 pm

jcbassin wrote:Great report. What kind of cranks you throwing? How deep?

I've been going with either a KVD 1.5 in Delta Craw or a Lucky Craft I also painted in a Delta craw. Both are square bills and go no more than 5 feet.

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Re: Fishing CA Delta July 30

Postby jcbassin » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:46 pm

Awesome. Thanks

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Re: Fishing CA Delta July 30

Postby ILW » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:02 pm

Is it still smokey out there or has it cleared up all the way yet?

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Re: Fishing CA Delta July 30

Postby AKBASSFISHING » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:27 pm

ILW wrote:Is it still smokey out there or has it cleared up all the way yet?


The smoke has cleared considerably since then.


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