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by Larry Hemphill
Mon May 11, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Rather Large Fish
Replies: 10
Views: 1837

Re: Rather Large Clear Lake Fish

Not Again!!! We need a special lake closure for you - LOL!!! Congrats! And I knew you when!!
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: RIP Bob Higgins
Replies: 16
Views: 1811

Re: RIP Bob Higgins

I couldn't agree more with bsapp's post. Bob was a big help to me with up-to-date info before a guide trip to Clear Lake! Of course, he would expect me to bring in clients after day trips to buy stuff "they should have used" - LOL My clients would just marvel at his shop - so much stuff in...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Social Distancing... NOT
Replies: 74
Views: 4207

Hard to compare this virus with 9-11

Hard to compare this virus with 9-11. The attack on the trade center buildings was an act of war, planned by humans, in full view of everyone who watched the videos after. We could see the enemy - giant airplanes.

Can't see the virus, and, it is a much slower process. Travels unseen.
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Jig lovers
Replies: 16
Views: 3250

I always told Gary D. that jigs were good!

As I got to know Gary Dobyns after moving to Yuba City, I was able to admire his tournament success as I was gaining success as a guide during the 80's. I eventually talked him into team teaching with me at my huge Sacramento and Yuba City bass classes. I told him that we were the perfect pair to co...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Once again they killed it
Replies: 2
Views: 1281

Proud of you photo too!!

I am proud of you both for the nice bass you landed! I am even more proud that you know how to hold a big bass for a photo!! Holding it left to right (horizontal) and supporting the bass with both hands is perfect! No lip holds for BIG bass if you are going to release them. Too much stress on their ...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: My Time At Home? Can't fish - look at photos!!
Replies: 3
Views: 986

Re: My Time At Home? Can't fish - look at photos!!

You mean here?? Then everyone would post a bigger bass photo - LOL!!!
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: More Lake Closures March 29 Including Melones
Replies: 15
Views: 2533

Sorry - I forget the restroom problem.

Not sure if the floating restrooms would be open.
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: More Lake Closures March 29 Including Melones
Replies: 15
Views: 2533

Liability!

What is the problem if one drove their own boat, alone in the vehicle, paid their fee to the "orange ranger deposit station or other collection box, launched, fished, took out, and drove home. Probably only seeing a few, cold, bass fishermen from a distance. One can just shout to another angler...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: My Time At Home? Can't fish - look at photos!!
Replies: 3
Views: 986

My Time At Home? Can't fish - look at photos!!

I was reading my latest issue of Bassmaste (Mar 2020) and as always, went to the photo pages first. And again, a smile came to my face as I looked at the photos comparing the "in your face" 11-8 (#1) from Jason, to the "distant" 10-10 (#9) from Zach. Those bass are only 14 oz apa...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Update lake now closed March 26
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Sorry - it is 2 am!

My second post should have gone with the previous one!!
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Update lake now closed March 26
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

New world!!

Remember - this is now the "modern world!" The new modern word - certainly in this state - is "lawsuit!" Many regulations are very strict now in public areas. Much more than in the past. Why? Farmers and other pond or small lake owners would sometimes let folks in on their proper...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Yamamoto Bait ID
Replies: 8
Views: 1185

Ditto for Dobyns!!

That was a great bait on big bass lakes like Clear Lake and Amador. Large bass feed on BULK1 They like bigger meals such as a trout, if available. One of the best night baits I have ever used for trophy bass. If you are fishing low light conditions or at night, you need a large bait to attract their...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Bullards Bar warning
Replies: 0
Views: 814

Bullards Bar warning

I have made this caution before about Bullards Bar and very cold weather. If you are going Monday or Tuesday early morning, take both ramp approaches slowly, especially Dark Day. if you lose traction with your bass boat behind you on possible slick ice, it's a long way down. Take it slow. Remember i...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Camp far west
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Should back off

If the colder weather does arrive (heavy snow in the Sierra today), they probably will back off the shore. They usually do during an early spring cold front.
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Camp far west
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Similiar experience at Collins Lake

After I re-read my post, I remembered a similar situation at Collins Lake - but in late February. Again - east shore where surface temp in mid-Feb went from 50 to 57 by late afternoon. A 9 lb largemouth was looking for a quick bite and my red craw crankbait was the meal she was looking for. I believ...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Camp far west
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: Camp far west

I was never a big fan of the lake but have fished it many times in years past I always found that the east side (afternoon sun) of the upper north/south arms would attract lots of early season bass Needs the afternoon sun rays I remember a great sunny, warm afternoon in early March with early water ...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Ranger or Nitro
Replies: 12
Views: 1549

Re: Ranger or Nitro

I would have to agree with Dave. I know - I have sold many Rangers as they wanted me to upgrade often. When I was guiding, folks were besides themselves to finally ride in a "Ranger!" Once a great name - always a great name - and that is important!! Just a thought - when I put my last Rang...
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 15 Pounder New Lake Record Pending
Replies: 3
Views: 1682

Sorry!

That photo didn't need a comment from me. It was a great photo. As I said, sometimes too much nice background can take away from the amazement and appreciation of a true fish of a lifetime. I want to count the scales of the fish. I hope not!!
by Larry Hemphill
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: 15 Pounder New Lake Record Pending
Replies: 3
Views: 1682

Suggestion

Just a suggestion on a photo like that. The subjects are the FISH and the ANGLER, not the background. The background was very nice and adds to the photo, but the background is not the reason for the photo. Get that angler smile closer. And hold the belly (of the bass!) out a bit. One wants to apprec...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Fishing Pardee
Replies: 7
Views: 1260

Largemouth!

Haven't kept up with Pardee in the last 2 years, but remember, there are some big largemouth in there as well.

My biggest largemouth there about 7-8 years ago was a bit over 9 lbs
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Political
Topic: The Feds are coming to northern ca.
Replies: 13
Views: 1549

Back to draining Anderson

If I still lived in San Jose (moved to Yuba City in the late "70's). I guess I would have feelings about draining Anderson. I always preferred fishing Coyote and Chesbro (forgot how to spell it!) Big bass in those days!! Always sad that Coyote peaked for big bass (up to 15 lbs I heard) after I ...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Bullards Bar or Clear Lake
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

Pat is right

If we have the wind predicted for Sun-Mon, Bullards can be difficult to fish.
Coves are more open at Bullards and not many fish there yet.
It is basically an open water lake and getting out of the wind can be difficult.
I know - many years experience being blown around!!!
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Winter Bass Fishing
Replies: 1
Views: 1452

Winter Bass Fishing

I know I have said this before on the forum, but thot I would post a reminder since the recent reports have indicated very slow fishing. Remember: The sun may feel a bit warm on your back in the Jan months It is however doing nothing to warm the water. The sun's rays are too horizontal to penetrate ...
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Tweener PB
Replies: 1
Views: 1447

Gorgeous Bass!!!

I liked your bottom photo. In my opinion, and that of many others, a huge bass like that needs the support of both hands, meaning a left to right photo. Just remember to hold the belly out a bit toward the camera. You want to see the "whole" girth of a monster like that!! I have been told ...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: American White Pelicans on Clear Lake, California VIDEO
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Scary at night!

When I used to do a lot of winter night fishing at Clear Lake, those birds looked HUGE in the front running light! If you didn't go too fast, they would move very quickly out of the way. Never sure if they were asleep or awake, but they always got out of the way in time. Sometimes they would leave a...
by Larry Hemphill
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Pleasure cove cabins
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: Pleasure cove cabins

I gave a seminar this spring to a group of out-of-state anglers who were going to fish for a few days. I had never been up to the Markley Cove cabins, where they were staying. I thought they were pretty nice!

Larry Hemphill
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Fishing
Topic: McClure Rip Off
Replies: 5
Views: 1166

Good Memories

I fished my first ever tournament at McClure with the San Jose bass club, many years ago. I've only been on the lake twice, but I just loved it for some reason. Probably amazing structure areas. I love all the foothill lakes in that area - fished them a lot in my San Jose years. Amador and Pardee ar...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Fishing Report 10/31/19
Replies: 4
Views: 2283

And another comment.......

Not sure I would get in the boat with that character....LOL!!!
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Fishing Report 10/31/19
Replies: 4
Views: 2283

Re: Clear Lake Fishing Report 10/31/19

I agree - your reports are excellent and seem to be honest! Giving readers choices of baits to use at different depths are very helpful. Keep up the good work!!

Larry Hemphill
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: 21.92lbs Dominates Pasote & Berryessa Bass Tournaments
Replies: 1
Views: 941

Re: 21.92lbs Dominates Pasote & Berryessa Bass Tournaments

Nice to see both anglers hold their big bass with both hands. They will thank you for that (somehow!)
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Tow Vehicle: Diesel Vs. Regular Gas
Replies: 15
Views: 1998

Re: Tow Vehicle: Diesel Vs. Regular Gas

I just have to agree about the Ford 150. Never thot a "6" could tow like that and be so quiet (for a truck). When one has neighbors a few feet away - sleeping - and my truck starts or backs in the boat - you want to put a blanket over the hood - or something. We usually don't leave our hom...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: sold
Replies: 8
Views: 1629

Some thoughts

There really isn't an answer to that question. A "secret" spot is usually only good for a certain time of year. In other words, a good secret spot might only be worth the "secret" during the spring, or fall. I have many, many so called "secret spots"....when Lake Berrye...
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Fall Transition overnight...
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Not sure about that.

If there is a 25 degree air temp drop in a 36 to 48 hour period - there WILL be a change in the bite - probably not for the best! Water temp will drop a little, but something will be different. it will change the baitfish too. It is often referred to as a "summer cold front." That would no...
by Larry Hemphill
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Berryessa - too high for mid-Sept?
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Re: Berryessa - too high for mid-Sept?

That's easy to answer - the fish are closer together when the water is low - LOL! Seriously - when the water is high, there is a lot of shallow cover like brush, weedlines, shallow rock, etc. Bass can do a lot of ambush feeding from the protection of shallow cover. As summer leads into fall, the bai...
by Larry Hemphill
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Berryessa - too high for mid-Sept?
Replies: 4
Views: 999

Berryessa - too high for mid-Sept?

One of the things I love about Berryesssa is the basic steady water levels. The elevation usually doesn't change quickly, just the usual, slow drop in the summer and fall. I checked out the level closely yesterday and it seemed to me that it was a bit high for mid-Sept. Just wonderin'....
by Larry Hemphill
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Bullards Bar?
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Big spots!

I have seen where both record spots were caught - Nick's 11 1/4 and my client, Clara Ricabal, with the 7-2 female record spot this spring. She caught hers with me in February, probably as shallow as the big ones get - about 15 feet deep, on a warm afternoon. She caught another at 4 + pounds and I ca...
by Larry Hemphill
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Results - Amador night tourney?
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Results - Amador night tourney?

Does anyone know about the results of the Amador all-nighter tournament?
by Larry Hemphill
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Fishing
Topic: Clear Lake Fishing Report 7/14/19
Replies: 3
Views: 1965

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: 1901

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: 621

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: 621

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: 1615

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: 1615

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: 18
Views: 5049

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: 18
Views: 5049

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: 18
Views: 5049

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: 1218

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: 928

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: 928

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: 2481

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!

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