First We Got Cut Off, Then We Crashed The Boat!

From bad to worse! Tim and Matt had no idea what was coming when they launched the boat on the CA Delta! The day just kept going down hill. It started with lost fish, then they got cut off, next they lost a GIANT striped bass, rebounded by catching a huge bird, and then when it couldn't get any worse, they crashed!

Have you ever had one of "those" days? We just couldn't seem to do anything right! Luckily we survived to tell the tale! When it was all said and done, Matt was able to turn the day around by heading to another lake and catching a bunch of bass on soft jerkbaits.

Bad days happen to all of us. Don't let it get you down! Keep your chin up, stay focused, and continue to fish until you get out of the rut. The only difference between great anglers and the rest of us is persistence!

We did manage to catch a few fish along the way. Below is a break down of the gear we were using to successfully catch fish.

Lures...

S-Waver 200 (Bone Color): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Split Rings- Hyperwire Size 6: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1

Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 1/0: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Strike King Mega Dawg: http://bit.ly/2NNGQvs

Evergreen Shower Blows 150: http://bit.ly/2zIkqUH

Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H

Keel Guard- http://bit.ly/2N5p36m

Super Fluke Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 874 CRR: http://bit.ly/2R4f2Ud

Reel- Shimano Curado K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

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Fall Striper Fishing!

The boys hit the CA Delta in search of Striped Bass and they found them! If you think this video is exciting just wait for what comes next... MONSTER STRIPER!

The were having a blast catching striper but took the time to stop and teach how to catch consistent numbers of striped bass on Swim Jigs, Topwater, and Spoons. 

Part of what makes Striper so fun to fish for is their aggression. Anyone can catch these fish! The baits we're throwing make it extremely simple to trigger reaction strikes. There is no need for finesse, no need for natural presentations, you can fish hard with heavy tackle and have a blast!

The Gear...

California Swim Jig: http://bit.ly/2auXfmx
4.5" Swimbait Trailer: http://bit.ly/2z0FPMb
Keitech 4.8 Trailer: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Bubble Walker Topwater: http://bit.ly/2e0PZOY

Blade Runner 3/4 and 1 3/4 oz Spoons: http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG

S-Waver 200 Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

Dip N Dye Chartreuse: http://bit.ly/2lJQAI4

Upgraded Hardware...

Owner Hypewire SILVER Split Rings: http://bit.ly/2aTH3f1
Gamakatsu 4X Treble Hooks: http://bit.ly/2fTy4vu
Owner 3x Treble Hooks: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Split Ring Pliers: http://bit.ly/2fT4Qw0

Swim Jig Gear...
Rod- Expride 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 65 lb MaxCuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Spoon Setup...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" MH: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Shimano Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- 20 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Treble Hook Swimbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns 806H: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX
Reel- Tranx 300: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw
Line- 80 lb Power Pro Moss Green: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 30 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Beware: Off-Limits area in the Delta

While on a recent trip to the California Delta I found myself in the middle of an unfortunate circumstance. It appears that I unknowingly fished in an area that is closed to boat traffic. When situations of this nature happen there are two options. The first and most attractive is to hide the mistake and hope other anglers don’t hear about it.
The second option is to step out and make an example of your mistake in the hopes that other anglers can learn from it and not fall into the same situation. With this post I am choosing the later.
Let me begin by stating very clearly that the small stretch of 7 Mile Slough that parallels the East shore of Brannan Island State Park near 3 Mile Slough is closed to boat traffic.
I’m sorry to admit this came as a surprise to me when an officer met me at the Brannan Island launch ramp to discuss where I had been fishing. The officer was understandably upset and I drove home with a hefty ticket in my possession.

I was quite surprised by the situation as I had never realized this area was closed. There are marked buoys at the mouth of the slough but they appear to clearly define a seperation between the swim beach and a boat lane. No other signage is present but that does not change the fact that despite the appearance, the entire slough is closed.
It seems that if I choose to fish this area again in the future it will be from shore. I hope my error finds each of you before you make a similar mistake.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter. Were you already aware of this off-limits area or does it come as a surprise to you? I hope that through this post we are able to have improved signage placed at the confluence of 3 and 7 mile sloughs to help prevent similar occurances in the future.

Punching at its finest

A few months back I had the pleasure of doing some punching with my friend Justin out on the CA delta. At the end of the day Justin spent a few minutes talking about he had learned and his thoughts on punching. That video was posted here and many of you have already watched it: Punching the CA Delta
Since then Justin has been out catching fish and was nice enough to send over this clip. I was told these fish were caught using the Miller punch System from millerpunchinweight.com and from all appearances, they’re worth giving a try. I hope you enjoy the video!

Have you been on a great punch bite this year? Leave a comment and tell us all about it. Better yet, did you get it on video? Send us an email and we’ll get it on the site.