Friday, October 26, 2012

Delta Striper Fishing

I cut and pasted this info from a NCKA post by Steveislost: He took notes from a Fishermans Warehouse Seminar. So there you have it Third and info, but I thought it was very good. 

"The speaker was Randy Pringle tournament fisherman and guide.  The topic was Delta Striper fishing.

Basic info.

1)  The delta is primarily silty bottom with the really only structure along the banks, weed, grass, etc.  There is very little times that live bait feeding predators will be out roaming the center of the river (with the exception if there is a drop off or submerged structure.)  Virtually all bait is located along the shore line weeds/structure therefore that is where the Stripers will be (exception those that are going from A to B - commuting).  Large Stripers need large fish to maintain their metabolism so big bait - big fish.

2) Shore fishing in a bend in the river the best spot is the out side bend of the current directly where the straight part of the river flows into the bank.  On a boat you would want to be on the inside of the bend just below the apex of the bend as there will be a reduction of the current almost a eddy where fish will hold and ambush bait pushed down the river.  

3) Baits

- Rat-l-trap style baits 3/4oz or larger.  Prefers Strike King as they are the second generation Rat-l-traps (Rat-l-traps are susceptible to the trebles hooking themselves or the front hook wrapping around the nose and when really ripping they tend to flip on their side). Prefers mono for the stretch that will prevent the line snapping when casting as well as the slight give when Stripers inhale the bait versus the no give of braid. 14-20lb line. Vary the retrieve and add erratic movement.

- Large Road-runners with the chin spinner blade.  Adds the spring on clip to the eye of the head which allows you to screw on a curly tail grub/worm and then rig it weedless.  Works good in structure, drop offs, along weed lines, jigging.  Quick lift and let slowly wiggle and drop on the retrieve.  Bite is on the drop.  Use multiple color combinations.  Yellow, chartreuse, white are favorite colors.  Yellow for murky water.  White/Shad/Bluegill colors for clear water.

- Spoons for vertical jigging.  Uses 3/4 oz Hopkins spoons.  Switch out treble to siwash for easier fish removal.  Important on when you get into a school. No casting strictly vertical.  Drop to the bottom slightly thumbing spool so you can feel the bite.  Once it touches bottom crank the rod tip down to water level and then half crank up. Raise tip up but not higher than being able to set the hook should you get a bite at the top of the lift.  The drop is the most important as that is where the action of the lure comes as well as the bite.  You want enough slack to allow the jig to wobble but not enough slack that you can't feel the bite.  Stripers will bite and drop the lure quickly so need to be able to hook set quickly.

Swimbaits- A-rigs have their place and time but not the guaranteed fish getter.  Prefers a single as it can be just effective but easier to manage fish release.  Create a pilot hole in the swimbait for easier hook penetration.  Speed is the most important part of swimbaits in order to keep realistic movement.

-Top water.  From mid-December to February primary fishing technique.  Big, loud, active.  Prefers his own designed top water plug, of course (Ima Big Stick - $19.99). Find flats and ends of sloughs.  Braided line to cut through weeds when fighting fish.  Don't stop cranking.  Unlike a Bass, Stripers will keep aggressively charging a bait taking swipes.  Sometimes varying the retrieve will turn on the actual bite.  

Wrapped up the seminar around 8pm and was sort of amped about doing some Striper fishing.  Unfortunately had no bait and doubted I would be able to catch any bluegills so I figured I would take a quick jaunt down to the port to try some Salmon night jigging at the gates.  Got there around 9pm, jigged through the incoming tide all for not.  Nothing rolling or jumping.  Pretty quiet.  Still fun out there."

Again posted info was taken from Steveislost on NCKA. Thanks Steve for taking notes and sharing with the rest of us. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bio Bill lands catch of a lifetime.

Team member Bill Becket just landed the catch of his life. 19" long 7.75 lb baby girl names Carrie. Lots of love going out to bill and his family today. Glad the baby waited till Bill was off the water. :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Great Combo Trip on the Moke

I was fortunate today to get the oppotunity to fish the Mokelumne river one last time before it closes for the winter this Monday. My hope was to have a great day of floating and fishing for steelhead, or as I like to call them, O.Mykiss, since rainbow trout and steelhead are the same species and they can often be difficult to tell apart. But enough technicalities, on with the fishing!

I think maybe we overpacked. Note that our boats were heavy enough to flatten the tires.
I woke up this morning psyched about the trip. I got enven more excited when I looked out the window and then checked the weather: cool and overcast. Perfect for steelhead fishing. I then packed for the trip and as usual by the time I was done I had a rediculous amount of fishing gear in my Cuda.
The Cuda ready for action.

Nice Job Jason
I met up with Jason from the shop and we headed up to the day use area. We then realized that we only had one set of wheelies, so we decided to stack the boats so we could walk up a little higher than the last parking lot and fish that much more of the river.

Maybe holding the trout like a bass was a sign.
When we arrived at the river we were happy to see fish rising. Jason got a nightcrawler rigged and was into a fish immediately, while I rigged up some fly rods. Once I finished rigging, I headed down to the river with a nightcrawler and was also into a fish immediately. Neither of the fish were big, but we were off to a good start.

With such great success early on, we thought it could be a really great day of fishing. Unfortunately we didin't hook another trout until several hours later. We did however, discover that the Mokelumne can be a great place to catch bass in the fall. We stopped at a slow back water area and since the trout fishing was slow, decided to see if there were any bass. We were in luck. Not only was the area teaming with bass, but they were hitting the surface. I tied a popper onto my fly rod and ended up catching 5 small bass and a bluegill. Jason also managed to catch 5 or six small bass on a senko. At this point we abaondoned the trout and went into bass mode, searching for other back water ponds. We came to one other pond that had much larger bass in it. Jason was able to catch one bass and even landed a trout on a wacky rigged senko!

Surface action. Sweet!

All in all we had a wonderful day of fishing landing a total of 3 trout, 12 bass, and a bluegill. Not bad for a relaxing day of floating. A big thanks to Jason for shuttling and making today possible.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Under water footage of hundreds of spawning Kokanee's

Adam Koons submitted this footage from one of his recent work days on the Little Truckee River. How would you like to be fishing this hole? Hundreds of Salmon in a tiny river that flows only 1 CFS.

Thanks Adam for the epic footage.