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NicoWed Dec-17-08 06:38 PM
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#10815, "#1 - Your first swimbait fish"


  

          

I was talking to Rob (swimbait) today about how slow this forum has been lately for all the good fishermen that read it. To jump-start the discussion a little bit I came up with the idea of starting a new topic every night for the next 30 days (to start anyway). So, may I present to you #1:

Tell us about the first swimbait fish you hooked, landed, and maybe first over 10 pounds.

What's your story? and if you have pics, even better!

I bought my first swimbait in the late 90s. It was a Castaic trout, the hard head/soft body type. I'd been fishing Stevens Creek reservoir several times a week for trout while on summer vacation. I knew next to nothing about bass fishing, but as Stevens Creek regulars can tell you watching bass attack trout as they are reeled in can be a daily occurance.

We tried plastic worms and other "regular" lures for them without any luck (ok, I admit to one 4 lber on a discarded nightcrawler) before I went out and bought the Castaic bait. I didn't have any bass gear, so I tied it onto a spinning rod and let fly. I got whacked half way in, set the hook, and my line snapped instantly.

That was the end of swimbait fishing for the next 3 years.

The summer of 2000 I was up in the Sierras on a trout fishing trip and stopped at a tackle store near Bridgeport. They had some 5" AC Minnows for sale and I splurged on one. Later that year, Nov 10th to be exact, I was fishing for striper at San Luis Reservoir. The striper fishing was terrible due to high winds. On the way home I stopped at Coyote Reservoir. I'd never been there before but I had a friend working as a ranger at the park who was constantly telling me about huge bass being caught.

Here is the report I filed that night:

"Stopped at Coyote on the way home from San Luis. I fished the dam for about 30-45 minutes with a 5 inch AC Minnow. Caught one fish about 2.5 pounds. The water level is very low and the water was dirty near the dam. There's lots of crawdads crawling around in the rocks at the dam."

Unfortunately, no pic!

I bought a 7 inch MS Slammer that winter at the anual San Mateo fishing show. From that point on I was hooked. I bought a few more swimbaits that year and lucked into my first double digit swimbait fish at night at Coyote in front of a huge oncoming storm. I gave away that AC Minnow a while ago, but here at least is a pic of my second swimbait attached to my first ever slammer fish:



(note the huge saltwater reel on a 7" medium heavy bass rod )

  

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#1 - Your first swimbait fish [View all] , Nico, Wed Dec-17-08 06:38 PM
  RE: #1 - Your first swimbait fish, swimbait, Dec 17th 2008, #1
RE: #1 - Your first swimbait fish, Matt Peters, Dec 18th 2008, #2
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