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.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jackson Kayaks Cuda 12 First impressions

The long awaited Jackson Cuda 12 just showed up at Headwaters Kayak in Lodi. It was well worth the wait! The features on the new 2013 are slick and the size of the 12 is just right for the lakes and river we have around Lodi. 

10/14/12 I woke up early excited to get the new Cuda 12 on the river. I did not have much time before I had to get to work so I headed over to my local fishing spot on the Mokelumne river up from Lodi Lake. For the most part fishing has been slow for me on the Moke this summer and I didn't have high hopes of landing a fish, but the main reason I was out was to test the new Cuda! 

Some of the features I love on the Cuda 12 are the rear tackle stages behind the seat. These allow me to have easy reachable access to added tackle boxes without having to have them floating around the cockpit. They stay very secure with the little bungee. The Ram Tubes are also a HUGE upgrade! You can angle them down while going through brush, troll with them, or use them for stages while standing and fishing. I just angle them strait up and park my rod in them when so I don't have to bend down while switching out rods. 

The high seat with under tackle storage stays the same on the 12, but it works great. I will be adding the mesh bungee's to mine today. 

The High Low seat revolutionized kayak fishing. You will see it on a lot of other kayaks for sure. I like to use the under seat bag to stick the butt of my rod in, while I paddle from spot to spot. It's a easy place to snatch and cast, and it lines up with the center of the tip cover nicely. 

Here you can see how my rod it lays flat on the deck. Also the GoPro Camera on the front right is a perfect angle to film while you fish. Smart thinking from Jackson and Gopro. 

So after a short paddle upstream on the Mokeumne I got to one of my favorite spots on the river. A little inlet where the bass go from the river to a private pond. I started throwing a KVD crankbait with no luck so I switched it up to a Sinko. First cast I got a take down. It took a few more cast before I got one to the boat. This was the first guy. They were all small, but there were a lot of fish and they were very active. As I was standing up fishing with my polarized glasses I could see bass stacked up on the other side of the fence to the private pond. I landed about 6 or 7 and lost a bunch more. One take down almost pulled the rod from my hand, but I wasn't able to set the hook and he got away. 

 This is another little one I got while fishing the fence line. My alarm went off at 9 so I reeled in my line and started paddling back. On my way out of the channel I saw two football sized bass swimming into the pond!!! I will be back out soon, and I most defiantly be taking out the Cuda 12!