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Sacto John
1105 posts
October 27, 2007
Water: 62-65
Clarity: 8 feet visabilty
Level: LOW
Wind: slight AM calm in the PM
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McClure Snakes
Fished an Anglers Choice Semi-Pro tourney on 10/27. We started just out side the tires to the left of the marina where my partner had some spook fish hit him the weekend before with me throwing Swimbaits and my partner throwing a spook. I caught a keeper fish on the third cast with a Triple Trout. The fish was 13 1/2 inches long and rail thin. We fished into Piney Creek with no more love on the reaction stuff, so I threw a wacky jighead Trick Worm up next to some standing timber and get keeper #2. This fish was in slightly better shape but still a snake. We fished back out to where we started with jigs and worms for nothing.

We made a short run up the river and I hook up with the oddest Swimbait fish I have ever caught. The fish hit the triple trout on the fall, was just over 14 inches long and weighed less than 8 OZ. the fish look liked it was just spit up by a larger bass, which is weird because it had a 3 in baby bass sticking out its gullet. I almost did not want to put this fish in the well but hey a keeper is a keeper.

We made another short run up the river to where some of the old bridge pilings are visible and my partner catches a fish off one of the pilings on a dart-headed grub. This fish looked like a trout painted like a bass, long and lean.

We make another run up the river where my buddy caught some fish in pre-fish and with me swiching between the swimbaits and the wacky-rig and my partner throwing crankbaits and jigs. My buddy fills our limit wit another snake of a jig fish at which time I start to throw a Hula Grub. At this point the bite gets good for about 2 hours, with me culling out all our snakes with slightly bigger snakes. The balance beam got a workout that day.

We decided to head back to where we started the day because that is where my buddy got decent fish to show in pre-fish and it was close to the ramp. We get one good fish to blow up on a topwater and not stick but that was it. We ended weighting 6.29 and finishing 17 out of 36

20.85 won it but they had a 15.20 kicker there were only 2 limits weighed in that were over 9 pounds. I do not know what would cause a lakes bass population to get so skinny, we marked bait and the fish were obviously rooting crawdads up on the bank (precious ounces of crawdad were spit up in the livewell)



swimbait
9879 posts
October 7, 2007
Water: 65-70
Clarity: 2-6 feet
Level: 738.55
Wind: 0-5 knts
Baro:
spaghetti and seagulls
Summer and I went to Naci today. This marks the 3rd trip in a row for me out there. There was some question about the weather forecast. Accuweather was claiming a severe weather alert for wind and cold. Weather.com was saying hot and sunny. Rather humorous to compare them. I wore wool socks and it was hotter than heck all day and flat calm. Super high pressure condition, just bluebird and crappy all day.

So spaghetti and seagulls, here's how it works: Drive down the lake. Watch for seagulls picking shad on the surface. Stop the boat and trolling motor around until you see spaghetti on the screen. Drop a spoon down and start hooking up non-stop until they move.

We did mostly white bass today. If you saw a real thick pack of fish move through, you'd get a double on spotted bass. It happened 3 times. The thin lines are the whites. I'm guessing 20+ white bass in the 1 to 1.5lb range and 20+ spotted bass. Pretty much everything on jigging spoons anywhere from 20-70 feet of water. Mostly in 45.

Topwater sucked, reaction sucked, c-rigging sucked. Drop shot could get you a bite here or there. The most pathetic part was that I only landed two keeper spots today for a whopping total of 1lb 12oz. Either I have no clue what I am doing out there, or fishing is just that bad.

Also worth noting is that the morning bite was much better than the afternoon. We got on the water at 10am and caught most of our fish by 11:30am. When you were on them, you could drop anything shiny and metal and catch a fish.

We capped our epic day when I snagged an anchor rope in 40 feet and decided I didn't want to lose my spoon. 10 minutes later up came the anchor. Too bad you can't weigh anchors in in tournaments...

typical Naci spot - 9 inches long



Typical white bass - about a pound



catch of the day
http://www.calfishing.com/files/Images/daily_reports/10_7_07_anchor.jpg

swimbait
9879 posts
September 30, 2007
Water: 67-74
Clarity: 1.5 to 5 feet
Level: 738.65
Wind: 0-10
Baro:
Transition time at Naci
I put in 11.5 hours Sunday at Nacimiento, practicing some more for the first WON team tourney of the year. Water temps ranged from 67 in the morning to 74 in places in the afternoon. Clarity ranged from 1.5 feet in the river section to 5 feet on the main body. Winds were light, conditions were bluebird - high pressure type stuff.

Went up to the river first thing. This took quite a while in my little boat. Started a couple hundred yards past the 5's and caught a few small drop shot fish. I didn't like the way the water looked so I started working my way back down the lake, hop-scotching all the way back to the ramp during the day.

Did about 30 fish on the day, with 6 keepers. Big fish a whopping 1lb 6oz. Best 5 went 5lbs 4oz. The biggest fish of the day came on inchi wacky on 4lb test. It had the head of a 3lber but the body was just wretched looking. I thought it was going to die from being lifted out of the water.

Things that worked were rattle traps, drop shot, grubs, spooks, tailspinners and spoons. Jigs didn't work very well, neither did spinnerbaits or c-rigs. Saw a few guys who were probably practicing for the Western Classic, but not much pressure out there.

Big excitement of the day came on the way back to the ramp when some seagulls started picking shad on top which resulted in a half dozen spotted bass and a half dozen white bass. White bass were pound and a halfers. The school fish would eat anything if could get around them. Too bad it only lasted for about 20 minutes.

I predict 16lbs for 2 days will win the Western Classic.

goletafishin
93 posts
September 27, 2007
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Goleta report
Fished goleta off of goleta beach in my kayak. Drifted from just behind the moored sailboat all the way to the pier for one mackerel. I has been full moon so maybe the halibut have been eating at night. Nice day on the water though and since UCSB is back, good beach scenery to boot. Used 5 inch big hammers with calico cocktail.

MountainBass
973 posts
September 23, 2007
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9-23-07 - Berryessa
Got my old man out on the water today finally. Since he hadn't been fishing in about a month or so, we decided to just goof around and catch fish all day instead of going for a few big bites. There definitely isn't a shortage of fish in this lake! We quickly put 15-20 fish or so in the boat on lipless cranks. We just goofed around all day. Fish seemed to be holding to the edges of weedbeds. I caught 7 slammer fish in the afternoon once we got a little cloud over. We ended the day catching about 10 more fish on blades near cappel launch ramp.

swimbait
9879 posts
July 29, 2007
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Clarity: 2-4 feet
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Wind: 5-10 knts
Baro:
Nice Legal
Nico has been down for some fishing here in SB, so we tried Goleta Beach today. We launched out by the point at about 9:30am. Waves were small with dingy water in close but very clear out off shore.

We paddled around and I picked up 2 small calicos. Lots of small funny bites which were probably ronkies based on the fact that Nico managed to catch one on a 5" Big Hammer. I thought we might get seabass or halibut but nothing was happening. I had one very small halibut follow my lure up and that was it.

After 2 hours we decided to go up to Haskells. I thought it would be doable, but I think the swell is coming in from the north right now, because there were 2-3 foot faces at Haskells, and the waves were moving fast to the beach. It was definitely not a good idea to launch so we went back to Goleta and tried by the pier.

Paddling out there I got a bite on my 3rd or 4th cast and caught a 25.5" legal Conditions seemed pretty good so we felt optimistic. It wound up being slow for a while but then Nico found a pod of fish and caught 3 shorts in a pretty quick flurry. They were 18-20" type fishes. We got everything on 5" #13 Big Hammers like always. We both missed quite a few bites and had fish follow up to the boat.

We quit about 2pm. I won't mention about how Nico got knocked off the seat of his u-boat by a random big wave on the way in He survived. We had a good time

http://www.calfishing.com/gallery/d/18467-2/7_29_07_25inch_halibut.jpg

swimbait
9879 posts
June 28, 2007
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Clarity: 2-5 feet
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Wind: 5-10 knts
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Halibut in my lap
Went by myself this evening for about 2 hours. I had the funniest feeling when I got out of the truck that it wasn't going to be good. There was just an odd feel in the air. The conditions looked ok, bigger swell than yesterday but do-able.

I paddled my way out off the beach and fished around. I had a lot of short strikes right away, just the slightest taps as the bait was sinking or a sudden 'stuck in the kelp' feeling. My bait was getting shredded but I wasn't landing any.

That seemed to be the theme today, short bites and funny-ness. I had two fish boil on my bait as I lifted it out of the water, one of them was a legal for sure. Finally I caught a short, then another one. Caught one on the 5" #13 Baitfish and the other one on 5" olive herring (discontinued color). You can tell I was desperate to switch baits When I unhooked one of the fish, it swam straight up in to my lap and got stuck under the apron. Nothing like having a halibut in your lap lol

One cool thing that happened was very tight to shore, maybe 200 feet of the bank, I suddently heard a very loud spooooosh noise, startled, and looked right to see dolphins just flying up through the shallows. They were purely hauling ass and they were within underhand casting distance of my tube.

Another weird thing that happened today was that my fin came unclipped after about an hour. I heard the click as it came free and luckily it did not fall off my foot. After some contortions, I got it secured again. Toward the end the water started really moving, the kelp got churned up and the waves started to pick up, so I left.

So I think overall, today was just slightly off at Goleta. Maybe the fish bit earlier, or just didn't bite today. They're still around.

swimbait
9879 posts
June 30, 2007
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Clarity: 6-15 feet
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Wind: 0-5 knts
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Short Kayak trip
We borrowed some kayaks from a friend and had a beach day at Goleta today. Mostly we just paddled around but I fished a little. The weather was nice, the water was nice, fishing was a little slow.

I tried the seabass spot and had three bites. The first bite I actually saw two seabass following my bait, free spooled it and one ate it, but I missed. Then I hooked one that was probably close to legal but it shook off the hook, and quickly missed another one.

Caught one little halibut close to shore, then headed off toward the pipe about 3/4 mile out but didn't find anything there but bait and small mackerel. The mackerel would be nice bait size for big fish, they're mostly 10" mackerel it looked like. Now I'm itching to go somewhere new with the kayaks

swimbait
9879 posts
June 27, 2007
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Clarity: 4-12 feet
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Wind: 3-10 knts
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Calico / Halibut combo
Today I went for a little adventure... I parked down by the pier side of the beach, walked out to the point, launched there, then fished all the way back. I tried way out in the middle of the bay along the way which was fun, having never fished out there before.

The first 30 minutes were slow although the conditions were very nice with clear water and decent current. I tried the spot where the seabass were the other day and got nothing. But I had a secret weapon with me this time in the form of a Lucky Craft Pointer 128. I figured it looked like the baitfish I keep seeing swimming around so why not give it a try.

About 5 casts with the Pointer Minnow and I got a nice hit and caught a 4lb calico, stoked I took a pic of the fish, turned around and fired in the same spot and caught another one exactly the same size. That was cool. I sat there for a while longer but got nothing.

Along my way to the parking lot I picked up one very small white seabass on the jerkbait but that was the only bite. At the end of the day I went back to the 5" #13 baitfish Big Hammer and caught 3 halibut, one 23" legal, one that was probably legal but I released it without measuring, and one short. I missed about 6 other bites, they were short striking a lot. I was going to release the legal halibut but it had the hook down around it's gills so it went on the barbecue tonight. Fun trip, good exercise

calico



halibut
http://www.calfishing.com/files/Images/daily_reports/6_27_07_halibut.jpg

swimbait
9879 posts
June 25, 2007
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Clarity: 4-15 feet
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Wind: 5-10 knts
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White seabass action
I fished the harbor earlier in the day, but left because it seemed dead.
I saw Brian and Brian launching but didn't hear much of a report other than that they had one calico bass bite about an hour later.

I didn't get out to Goleta until late. The waves weren't big, but they were big enough to make you sit and watch for a few minutes before paddling out. I decided to be gung ho and head out to some of the kelp beds a ways off shore.

This produced one 2 and a half pound type calico bass and a short seabass that railed me with about 10 feet of line out That was pretty entertaining. I had another seabass follow my bait up and missed one more bite all in the same spot. There were fish there but they didn't seem aggressive after I caught the first one. After that I tried for halibut again and only had one small strike. Everything caught on 5" #13 Baitfish color Big Hammers as per normal.

short white sea biscuit, about 25"
http://www.calfishing.com/files/Images/daily_reports/6_25_07_seabass.jpg

 
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