Folsom Sunday 3-30-08
Went out Sunday to Folsom to fish for a few hours. The plan was to throw swimbaits all day and see if I could get a nice fish. On the water at 7:00, just in time to see all the boats blast off for the ABA tourney. I point jumped as much as I could, the ABA guys were on a lot of the stuff I wanted to fish. At 10:30 or so after breaking off a swimbait and drifting to the back of a cove, I decided I wanted to at least catch a fish. I tied on a c-rig lizard and went a dragg'n. To my defense I have had a pretty crummy year so far, I have been fishing 5 times before this trip and have only caught 5 fish (4 fish came last Monday out on the Delta) none bigger than 3.8. Within minutes of "giving in"I hook up with a nice chunky 2.4 spot, a minute later another 1.3, then a rat, then another rat, then a 2.2. in the period of about 20 minutes I have landed just as many fish as I had all year up tho that point. I moved to the back of the next cove and started dragging again. I am watching the meter trying to keep the boat in 15-20 feet, and I see a nice arch on the graph and I think to myself if that is a fish it is a good one, About a minute later when my bait is over the spot I saw the arch, I get bit, set and its a good one. The fish comes out of the water and I about freak, its at least 8 pounds. I fight the fish all the way to the boat and it jumps one last time surges and POP the line breaks at the swivel. I fished until noon catching a few more spots, although I did not weigh them as none of them were as big as the fish I caught earlier. Lesson learned; when dragging a C-Rig check your knots often. At least I caught a few fish.
Went out to the mud puddle formally known as Folsom on Saturday the 15 of December for a swimbait only trip. It is unreal how low the lake is, it is a great time to GPS rockpiles. Got on the water around 9:30, third cast with a Hudd caught a 4 pound spot. Worked the the rock piles along the same section of bank and got railed three more times but they would not load up the rod, most likely smaller spots. Threw smaller swimbaits around the same area and did not get touched. Threw the Hudd again and hooked up almost right away but the fish came off, again a smaller model of spotted bas was the culprit. After the fast action in the morning I hopped around and did not get another bite. It seemed liked the fish only wanted the Hudd, but were not committing to it enough or were too small to eat it all the way. I can not wait for the smaller Hudds to become available, or a faster sink rate on the ABTs or Baitsmiths. As it is now I need a new 8 incher, the teeth on those spots can really tear up a bait.