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What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:36 am
by monte300
I've been fishing the Dirty D for around 30 years and I remember when I started there I struggled hard. My cousin told me to keep going back that I would eventually get better. I believe you pick up little subtle things about moving water when fishing a river that must be learned by doing it. No written word or advice from someone seems nearly as good as on the water experience. Because of my schedule I'm only able to fish around 5 hours every couple of weeks and because of that I want to spend every minute of that time fishing techniques that I love to fish. The thing I love most is that I can have at least some success year round force feeding fish squarebills and lipless crankbaits. I once caught an 8 pounder at 2:00PM on a 100+ degree August day in 3 feet of water. What lake can one do that on? Oh sure it's bass fishing and some days I'm the windshield and other days I'm the bug. I don't have time to tournament fish and quite frankly even if I did it would force me to fish techniques I don't enjoy. So basically, I would be donating my entry fee. I haven't even touched on the potential to catch a giant. What is it you like best about the Delta?

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:56 am
by ash
Great Question Monte - for me it's that i truly believe with any given cast that i can hook a giant! The Delta has provided me with the best days of fishing and the worse - sometimes back to back. There is a mystery to the Delta, it's never the same to me. I love the sounds, and sights watching it feels really up close and personal vs a lake where im staring down at the graph more than immersed into the fishes environment.

There a lot of great memories for me on the Delta and I get to be with them when im out there. Damn i love that river.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:14 am
by monte300
ash wrote:Great Question Monte - for me it's that i truly believe with any given cast that i can hook a giant! The Delta has provided me with the best days of fishing and the worse - sometimes back to back. There is a mystery to the Delta, it's never the same to me. I love the sounds, and sights watching it feels really up close and personal vs a lake where im staring down at the graph more than immersed into the fishes environment.

There a lot of great memories for me on the Delta and I get to be with them when im out there. Damn i love that river.


Even though I hate the fact that there are seals and sea lions on the Delta, it's pretty cool to here them surface and blow out sounds in the early morning hours. I also dig the wildlife I see on the banks. I had the good fortune of fishing Lake Baccarac in Mexico once and that is the only place I've ever fished where the largemouth bass fight harder than they do on the river.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:12 am
by Burke
My favorite thing about the delta is that you'll never know what you'll catch from cast to cast. Years ago, using the same Rat L Trap, within a week, I caught my personal best Black Bass (9.6 lbs), Salmon (28 lbs), and Striper (28 lbs). I've also caught catfish and crappies with that same lure.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:35 pm
by sdavis24
I haven't been in CA for long so the Delta is still pretty new to me. I've struggled with tides/current as a new variable, but it's getting better. Like others, I think every cast could be my next PB, and the fact that the Delta is so new to me makes me just love getting out there.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:59 pm
by mark poulson
The sunrises.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:08 pm
by Bassjunkie17
First light.....fog on the water and a massive blowup on a topwater!
:D

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:12 pm
by nivanov30
Unpredictability

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:56 am
by WAUTE
Wakesurfers

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:06 am
by mark poulson
WAUTE wrote:Wakesurfers

Hahaha Right up there with Delta Cruisers and the Poker Run.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:02 am
by monte300
Wakeboarders have made me appreciate traditional water skiers :mrgreen:

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:10 pm
by mark poulson
monte300 wrote:Wakeboarders have made me appreciate traditional water skiers :mrgreen:

Amen!

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:28 pm
by jiggin4bass
I would guess shipping water south would be one favorite.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:20 pm
by AVG.JOE
String bikinis !

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:06 pm
by jscarbr1
I like to junk fish, I get tired of the same technique all day. The Delta allows me to tie on multiple baits and test them through out the day, constantly switching based on tide, depth, structure, water temp and the different water clarity you come across from slough to slough. Some days you get numbers, some days you get quality, some days you get both, some days you get neither. I love the challenge of figuring them out.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:24 am
by Bassfishman
The seals - they are so F***'n cute.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:39 pm
by John Bonon
As many have said. The unpredictability. I can catch black bass, stripers, catfish, crappie and apparently jellyfish....

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:13 pm
by JF209
There are several, first off the chance at a monster fish on any given cast. I have a love-hate relationship with the tides but I do like the challenge of learning every trip out.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:25 pm
by DarWise
Having fished all the small lakes in So. California, I love the Delta because it's not all rocks! Don't get me wrong, I love rocks but I get tired of fishing rocks. On the Delta I love the variety of the cover available, love the nature, and wildlife, love that there are sunken boats and duck blinds that I can fish, and mostly I love the peacefulness, and relaxation of the whole experience.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:03 pm
by monte300
DarWise wrote:Having fished all the small lakes in So. California, I love the Delta because it's not all rocks! Don't get me wrong, I love rocks but I get tired of fishing rocks. On the Delta I love the variety of the cover available, love the nature, and wildlife, love that there are sunken boats and duck blinds that I can fish, and mostly I love the peacefulness, and relaxation of the whole experience.


You clearly don’t fish the Delta on holiday weekends! :mrgreen:

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:38 am
by DarWise
LOL I only fish the Delta 4 weeks out of the year and usually on weekdays, so there aren't many boats, skiers, etc. on the water.

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:41 am
by Dave Brabec
Stripers are the only thing I miss about the Delta

Re: What's your favorite thing about the Delta?

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:27 pm
by Turkeyman
For me it's the up close and personal style of fishing, flipping, punching and throwing frogs. I fish the motherlode lakes mostly and catching a 2 pounder on a drop shot in 40' is nowhere close to flipping into a tule clump with 65lb braid a big ol' hook and getting bit. :shock: