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by Larry Hemphill
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Fishing Report 7/14/19
Replies: 3
Views: 1470

i remember those conditions!

The lake went through those conditions about 20 years or so ago with very high water. In the Oaks arm one could see the bottom of dock pilings in at least 7 or 8 feet of water. Saw stuff we never saw before. Only lasted about a week. I wanted to check out every dock on the lake for sub-structure (ro...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Photos
Topic: Shasta Lady of the Night
Replies: 2
Views: 791

Night??

Who would do that? You could get lost out there at night!! With a bass like that - who cares! Congrats!! They look bigger at night, don't they?
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake almanor
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Lake almanor

No I have not. Sure have heard a lot about it thru the years! Too many lakes in California - but a good problem!
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake almanor
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Lake almanor

Almanor is a beautiful lake - and worth the trip!! It is a bit out of the way, so it is rare to have a big crowd. August is probably the busy month. But those folks don't get up early, so the bite is usually good until 9 or 10 am. There are shadows on the east shore for several hours in the morning....
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Fished Clearlake for the first time.
Replies: 7
Views: 1284

One more comment!

You nailed the big question - how are the other boats doing?? Actually the boats don't do anything, but the anglers do! THAT is the big question on every trip when you see other bass boats nearby. Tournament fishing or guiding - no difference in the question - I WONDER HOW MANY THEY GOT?????? Your m...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Fished Clearlake for the first time.
Replies: 7
Views: 1284

Re: Fished Clearlake for the first time.

Wow! This is the first essay I have ever read on the reports section. As a former teacher I would say you write very well! I will usually make a comment on a post, as others will, about a subject brought up on the forum. You went a lot further on your post - well done! It sounds like you fished the ...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Caught a lake Mclure Giant Largemouth.
Replies: 16
Views: 2964

Thrashing? That's my point.

I finished a response to you, but it was too long! You are right - the bigger they are the more they thrash and wiggle with force.. One might think that if the bass was supported in two areas - front and back - the weight of the trophy would be more evenly divided over its body length. If one is str...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Caught a lake Mclure Giant Largemouth.
Replies: 16
Views: 2964

Note to Steve

I do know what I am talking about. Have discussed this with Fish and Wildlife experts. I was talking trophy size fish such as the one in the photo. You are certainly correct about holding the bass with his upper body bent at a 45 degree angle. Not good. One should hold the trophy somewhat horizontal...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Caught a lake Mclure Giant Largemouth.
Replies: 16
Views: 2964

You now have a problem!!

Congrats on a wonderful bass! Maybe your first trophy bass? I think you will have many years ahead to catch many more monsters. So I might suggest holding you future big ones with both hands - horizontal. One hand on the mouth and one hand in from of the tail. Tournament folks all hold the fish in t...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake - watch your backside!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1072

Clear Lake - watch your backside!!

If you have interest, read my fishing report about Clear Lake, posted 4:30 pm Wed. Another crazy pleasure boater at Clear Lake - close call for us.
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Final Standings?
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: Final Standings?

Thank you, guys! I'll learn to be patient someday!
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Final Standings?
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Final Standings?

I don't tournament fish but do have a lot of friends and clients who do. I always look for the final results in a 3 day tournament. Can't find them for WWBT Sunday finals. Seems often I see the results promptly for day 1 and 2, but never for the final day. Could someone help me? Are they just not po...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri May 03, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Tweener from the Delta and... Guess Who Caught it
Replies: 10
Views: 2143

Re: Tweener from the Delta and... Guess Who Caught it

Great to see you win the battle with that bass! I guess the thrill never goes away when you catch a bass like that!
Still remember the evening when you and Frank gave a seminar to our San Jose club in the mid-70's!
by Larry Hemphill
Fri May 03, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Slight correction on WON report BULLARDS BAR
Replies: 1
Views: 1575

Slight correction on WON report BULLARDS BAR

I am a big fan of Billy Driessen's weekly reports for Western Outdoor News. He did a nice report about my Bullards Bar guide trip with Clara Ricabal about 3 weeks ago. She was a star, catching a 7 lb 2 oz spotted bass during her first 3 hours ever on the lake!! Yea, we all do that! Billy, in a perfe...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: 22.60 to Lead the WWBT Surprise Ford Open | Day 1 Results Posted
Replies: 3
Views: 754

Where was the tournament?

What if a dumb non-tournament fisherman wondered where this tournament was held? This fellow wonders why everything is covered about the tournament except "Where" was it held??
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Kayaks and Kick Boats
Topic: $73,000 to Kayak Bass Fishing Champion
Replies: 1
Views: 424

WOW!

Now that's a report!! I'm impressed - except with the "inches" thing. Have to think that through!! Be careful in the 5 mph zone. Don't want a ticket during the tournament! I'm seeing more and more of you folks on the water. A new definition of the stealth approach to an area. How do your l...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Your Favorite Line and why? Mono or Floro
Replies: 10
Views: 875

Re: Your Favorite Line and why? Mono or Floro

I, too, have been using regular P-Line fluorocarbon for years now. Mostly 6 lb test which does fine on smaller spinning reels. Never seems to break. Maybe our bass are too small!!
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Keithech Fat 4.8 Funky Swimming
Replies: 7
Views: 1722

Re: Keithech Fat 4.8 Funky Swimming

I have been throwing the 3.8 Keitech swimbait a lot recently, and have had very good results. Even hooked a big fish at Berryessa (assume it was a bass, but lost her). I just wish the head was a little stronger. It is usually one and done!
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 11 pound bass @ Clear Lake
Replies: 7
Views: 1527

Re: 11 pound bass @ Clear Lake

My congrats also!! Not as many of those toads over 10 lbs as there used to be. A 10+ is very special these days!! I have seen what you could do when another angler in my boat landing bass after bass with one arm (not an 11 pounder!!). I took him out during one of the old BBAC tournaments, many years...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Finding big spots at Bullards Bar
Replies: 14
Views: 2489

Good post!

That is one of the keys - eliminating unproductive water!! And there is a lot of that when the lake is near full or full!
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Teener at Clear Lake
Replies: 4
Views: 2337

WOW - a true giant - angler also!!

That is a true trophy from Clear Lake - what an accomplishment!!! She had no trout to feed on! A beautiful bass too - great marking for an old fish! I don't think I have heard of one that big for many, many years. Wondering if your lure was related to your name - Crawdad Dan - LOL!! Regardless, what...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Boat Mechanic Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 1276

Jeremy at C&C Marine - keeps me goin'!!

Jeremy at C&C Marine, Sacramento, is a great guy that I don't want to see too often - LOL!! He has always tried to keep my Ranger/Evinrude rigs in tip-top condition, and, because of that, never had a problem. I do the regular service visits and know I leave with an engine running in perfect cond...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Finding big spots at Bullards Bar
Replies: 14
Views: 2489

Re: Finding big spots at Bullards Bar

Sorry, I just saw your post. No one has the final answer to the spawning habits at Bullards Bar. Spots do spawn in deeper water, close to their best feeding area. The key is not how long a point might be, but is there a nearby quick drop to deeper water available? Unlike largemouth, trophy spots wan...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Finding big spots at Bullards Bar
Replies: 14
Views: 2489

Re: Finding big spots at Bullards Bar

I think you mentioned an important fact on your post - folks were working steep, shorter points. My biggest there, near 8 lbs, was caught just after post-spawn, a few eggs still coming out. She was spawning on a very steep point. There must have been a slight flat on that point. The big spots will s...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Smallmouth fishery
Replies: 15
Views: 1478

Totally agree - almost!

Good job Kopper! I think your rankings are correct - with maybe one exception. I think I would rank Trinity as number one - just because it is out of the way, generally gets less pressure, a lower altitude (longer growing season), and very "thick" smallies that take advantage of a good foo...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Amador...
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Yes, a spotted bass at Amador!

I never caught a smallmouth at Amador, but did catch a 2 lb spotted bass around 10 or so years ago. I was fishing alone at night. I got this real aggressive strike and great fight on a spunky "largemouth!" I netted it and then noticed something different which turned out to be several diff...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Amador...
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: Amador...

Lots of good info, Robb! Amador was the first trophy bass lake in Nor Cal back in the 70's. Bass anglers would tow their rigs up on weekends from Southern Cal because the bass were so big and the bite so good. That was before all the big bass started to be caught in the San Diego lakes etc. The delt...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Smallmouth fishery
Replies: 15
Views: 1478

Probably Berryessa

All the lakes are in bad shape now until the weather settles down some. I think Berryessa would be your best bet, if you can find some cleaner water. Smallies get active in March and will start to move to the backs of coves. Smallies are found all over the narrows, in and around the coves. Also arou...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Stories of fishing with your kids
Replies: 13
Views: 749

Re: Stories of fishing with your kids

My kids both followed the music part of my life (I was a public school music teacher) but not the fishing part. About five year ago I guided a mom and dad with their 5 yr old son in June at Berryessa. He brought his trusty Snoopy rod and reel with who knows what kind of line on it. He could actually...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Water Level and Temp at Berryessa??????
Replies: 8
Views: 844

Be Careful!!

Lots more rain coming this week. This is why I tell people from all over the country, California is a state of "Feast or Famine." Anyone remember a "normal" precipitation year in California?? Either too much or too little. This weeks storms will be warmer which should help the sh...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Photos
Topic: Caught a monster today
Replies: 8
Views: 2310

Re: Caught a monster today

Does the lake have a name?
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: What 5-6 baits
Replies: 23
Views: 1661

All of them!

If you had 2 of everything mentioned in these posts, you are good to go! You might consider going back to work - maybe to help you pay for everything - LOL!!
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Getting to Bullards Bar
Replies: 5
Views: 944

I posted a warning!

I was hoping that most of you would have seen my warning about launch conditions at Bullards Bar. Be very careful, we are NOT experiencing a normal California winter, especially the last warmer than normal winters. Bullards will continue to have freezing weather conditions this next week, ice on the...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 13.79 on a dropshot caught by Gary Klein
Replies: 3
Views: 4420

Re: 13.79 on a dropshot caught by Gary Klein

Congrats Gary!! That's probably bigger than the one that broke your 25# test line at Oroville when we fished a warm spring afternoon in the middle fork, back around 1980. That was a big one too!

Larry Hemphill
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Place To Stay On Clearlake
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: Place To Stay On Clearlake

I and many clients and tourney guys stay at the Lake Point Lodge in the town of Clearlake Oaks. it is about 2 or 3 minutes to the Oaks public ramp. Rates are reasonable. You go right by Limit Out Bait and Tackle, so you can spend some money on the way!! If you want to go the north end, it is much cl...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: If you are considering a trip to Bullards Bar!
Replies: 0
Views: 704

If you are considering a trip to Bullards Bar!

If you are considering a trip to Bullards Bar tomorrow - Tuesday, or Wednesday, and maybe Thursday - rethink!! It is snowing tonight and ramp roads will be iced up. You know the turns on both ramp roads. If you start sliding - it's a LONG way down!! Winter has arrived in the Sierras in a big way!! L...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 1/26/19 Del Valle
Replies: 8
Views: 1342

Memories

I was able to fish a club tournament there shortly after it opened, some 40 + years ago. It was pretty barren as nothing was build up around it, It was stocked with largemouth and I guess, smallmouth. I won the tournament with a 5 fish limit of largemouth - the biggest only about 3 lbs. Caught them ...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Teener Largemouth Bass Caught on a Trap
Replies: 4
Views: 2029

Re: Teener Largemouth Bass Caught on a Trap

Wow - great bass!! Brought back many memories of my biggest - also 14-2!! You don't know it yet, but you have a major problem now!!! Every bass you catch in the near future will be, or look like, a DINK!!! The next bass I caught after my 14-2 was 4 lbs. And yes, to me, it was a total DINK!! That pro...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: California Angler Culture
Replies: 23
Views: 2323

I actually counted the recommendations!

The voter guide from CTA, teachers union - recommendations for Calif assembly and senate

110 democrats

2 republicans

6 neutral

This does not include all elected offices - governor, etc, all democrats I think
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: California Angler Culture
Replies: 23
Views: 2323

Re: California Angler Culture

Wow! These are not posts, but essays - like we used to have to write in school. Just a few things to consider since the world will never return to the "good 'ol days!" It always moves forward - good or bad. I thought the posts were excellent however. Bass fishing has held up rather well in...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Common Decency Where Did It Go
Replies: 30
Views: 2999

Modern media removed it

I am older than a lot of you and well remember the family shows on TV that my generation grew up on. Ozzie and Harriet, The Danny Thomas show, etc, etc. The plots were often weak or silly, but the teaching of good values was almost always included in the subject of the show. Today - watch Modern Fam...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Web site down - Larry Hemphill
Replies: 0
Views: 465

Web site down - Larry Hemphill

First time for a serious problem with my web site - not the fault of W.B.com Should be up in a week or so.

If you want to talk to me, don't hesitate to call 530 674-0276

I know NONE of you will be out this week with all the rain coming - yea, right!!
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Kayaks and Kick Boats
Topic: Attention kick boaters and belly boaters.
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Attention kick boaters and belly boaters.

I love to see bellyboat photos! Reminds me of the hundreds of hours I spent bellyboating at the Yuba Goldfields (east of Marysville) during the '80's and early 90's! They weren't fancy - canvas over an inner tube. Talk about peace and quiet - AND great bass fishing most of the time. They were never ...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Kayaks and Kick Boats
Topic: Winter at Clear lake?
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

Some thoughts

Nights will still be good, but the huge 5 fish limits are nearly over, unless some things change. Too much relocation of bass in one or two areas of a lake, Clear Lake and Berryessa for example. Many lake operators are more interested in the trout population these days to bring in customers. Just re...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Kayaks and Kick Boats
Topic: Winter at Clear lake?
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

You mean the "Glow Boat?"

Yea, I remember the Glow Boat!! When I introduced him to night fishing, I told him one didn't need too much light! I guess he forgot that part. He looked like a cruise ship more than a bass boat out there!!! We caught some nice bass in those days. I fear those days (or nights) are over.
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Kayaks and Kick Boats
Topic: Winter at Clear lake?
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

I forgot to mention......

I think the best time to fish any lake during the winter - day or night - is during an incoming storm. The warmer air arrives first before the storm itself. The barometer is dropping. That has triggered some of the best winter bites I have ever had at Clear Lake - lots of 10 to 12 lb bass, and a 13-...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Kayaks and Kick Boats
Topic: Winter at Clear lake?
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

Stick with it!!

Winter fishing at Clear Lake is not like other lakes that have spots and smallies which are more active in the winter. And Clear Lake water is very warm in the summer and can be VERY COLD in the winter. The cold air sinks into the "bowl" where the lake is - and can even have some snow in t...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake Amador fishging
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Re: Lake Amador fishging

I normally would have some answers for you about Amador, but I haven't been there this year. Since it is late fall, I would just concentrate on the main lake points, or around the dam. The bass should still hit bulky dark colored plastic worms. Take a 10" Berkley Power worm and bite off about 2...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Lake McClure Fishing Report
Replies: 2
Views: 1102

Re: Lake McClure Fishing Report

Nice report! Happy clients!! Fishing reports are posted on the LAKE REPORTS section. You will get a good following from that section. As I understand it, the forum is for all general bass fishing subjects, including tournament results, political fishing news and observations, fishing company news, a...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Largemouth, Smallmouth, or "Meanmouth" bass?
Replies: 5
Views: 1544

Re: Largemouth, Smallmouth, or "Meanmouth" bass?

I don't know much about Meanmouth, but your fish is definitely not a largemouth. Looks like a smallmouth to me. Horizontal bars on the head, top fin connected, and smallie color almost all the way to the bottom of the fish. Largemouth are white on their bottom half and their top fin is in two sectio...

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