Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fishing Report September 22 2008

This past weekend was very successful for bass if you trolled. The question now is where to troll and how deep. Tom and Marie headed toward the east side of the lake and looked for signs of balls of bait in the water. His fish- finder showed there was fish activity between 20 to 25 feet down. He used a pink lady and crankbait to get down deep enough and it worked because he ended up with two nice limits of bass which included a nice 4+ pounder. My wife and I went out for a little while that evening but we didn't do as well. My wife's bass was larger than mine but no real size to speak of. Juan is holding one of the catfish I caught at the dock by the marina. (see photos)
My fishing tip this week is to first find the bait and target the depth. Water is still clear. My recommendation is to zigzag from 15 feet to 30 feet until you find where they are and troll with different depth crankbaits one that goes around 6eet down on the shallower side and 12 feet down on the deeper side of the boat. Please let me know how you did.
'til next week...............good fishing!!!!!!!!!
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Fishing Report September 10 2008

Weather wise lake Berryessa was still Hot, Hot, Hot. It was so hot that I elected to stay on the dock in the shade which was still Hot!!!! My buddy Albert came to join me on Saturday and we spent most of the day catching catfish and carp. Our largest catfish that day was 8.6 lbs on Albert's scale. The fish were busting all around us. Michelle and her husband came down to the dock to fish with us and she landed a first for me. She landed a large muskrat which we netted and within ten seconds it ate through the net completely and was gone. Sorry Albert we know that was your favorite net!!!! On Sunday I fished at the dock again (another hot day) and I was joined by Blake and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend said he would show her how to catch fish and when the score was three to nothing in Blake's favor she told him she would give him lessons. It was Blake's birthday which may acunt for her good luck that day. It was a slow weekend but still a lot of fun. 'til next week..................... happy fishing!!!!!!!!!!!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fishing Report August 20 2008

The last couple of weekends I found that trolling for bass has been the most productive. Early morning I like to troll in 8 to 10 feet with a minus lure that dives about one foot and as the sun goes over head I go into deeper water (20 to 30 feet) and use a deeper diving lure that goes 6 to 10 feet down. The shallower lure closer to shore. While trolling on my son's pontoon boat with my daughter-in-law (see photos) our score within an hour was three bass each. I took our friend Terry and her two sons and daughter out for a couple of hours on my boat (I have included a photo of my boat for those who have asked me what kind of boat I use - a Lund fully loaded). We trolled and had a great day catching bass with the kids (see photo). I spent one evening in my favorite cove and I decided to only use a top water lure. Within an hour's time I had eight nice size bass. Bad part of story is that I threw my favorite top water 'chugger'
into about two feet of water where I saw some activity and sure enough a fish devoured the lure and dragged it to some bushes, my line snapped trying to reel him in and alas the lure never surfaced. I waited for quite awhile and it never did come up. I had that 'chugger' for at least twelve years and it caught me a lot of nice bass even though I have another like it, it's just not the same.
'til next week............................................good fishing!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fishing Report July 20 2008

Hi everyone!!! This is my first fishing report since before Memorial Day weekend when I became ill and had to have a quadrupel bypass. Fortunately I am recovering well and eager to get back to fishing on my own. This past weekend was a full moon but my family will not allow me to take my boat out yet. My son found a cove in the Narrows where he beached his pontoon boat and spent the day. Just for fun they put out a couple of rods with hotdogs for bait and scored seven catfish and three carp. Saturday my wife and I joined our son and his wife on their boat and headed towards the same cove. Unfortunatley that spot was taken so we found a similar cove. Using my wife's secret formula of corn meal and vanilla extract I lay on the back of the pontoon boat enjoying the sunshine and holding on to the fishing rod. Everyone else was in the water when I got hit big time. I yelled for help (I'm still a little weak when it comes to reeling in a big guy) and my daughter-inlaw reeled the fish in for me and my son netted it. It turned out to be a six pound carp which gave us a great fight on four pound test line and light rod. When we got back to the marina I stayed at my boat and fished for awhile. I was joined by Nick and Scott and we had fun catching carp to eight pounds. I am very proud of Nick. He is ten years old and he caught three good size carp and his friend Scott helped him net the fish. That evening Nadar and his cousin caught five catfish no size to speak of on hotdogs. Nick and all his friends caught a carp near the cabin on hotdogs. My neighbor at the Marina and his father went out to the east side of the lake today (Sunday) and trolled between 20 and 30 feet using a lure that went down six to eight feet and caught twelve bass up to 2.5 pounds. Last week using the same system they caught a five and an eight pounder. Hopefully I will be abl o start using my boat again by this weekend and have some great stories to share with you. 'til next week...........................................good fishing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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