I know that many of you who have fished with me in the past frequently visit the site and review the latest photo's to see the size and amount of the fish we are catching. My photo tab is set up in date order, simply go to the photo page and click on the photo's and you will see the date and the amount & size of the fish my customers caught. If you fished with me anytime over the years, we saved your photos and they can be found under the photo archives.
Currently, (3/13/12) we are getting some badly needed rain but unless we get some massive rainfall amounts, we are going to have a below normal lake level for the year. What this means is that we will probably have clear water conditions and also the fish will have to spawn more offshore and more out in the open since the Tule areas along the banks will not have enough water on them for the fish to spawn in. Clear water conditions for me means you need to have a ""Quiet" approach, make longer casts, and possibly even use lighter line with your baits. With the fish starting to stage in their typical areas on points and secondary points and the mouths of creeks, a variety of baits are working now to catch them.
The Months of March and April are really great months to get out and target big fish and use some of your favorite baits.
The senko will really come on strong these next two months, plus the normal drop shot rigs with four and six inch worms rigged either wacky style(in the middle) or nose hooked will put fish in the boat. Swimbaits such as the top hook Osprey in the "light hitch" color, the Little Creeper Trash Fish (made here locally) the River to Sea S wave, and the Huddleston swim baits are all good choices. Many other stand by baits such as jigs, jerkbaits, and lipless crankbaits will all work. It doesn't get any better when you can use such a variety of baits to catch fish and this is certainly the time.
The Live bait bite is always a sure thing and my customers have been catching solid fish in the three to six pound range on a regular basis. I am sure you have heard of the ""Alabama Rig"" if not you have now. This rig has been catching some phenomenal weights for the tournament people with their best five fish averaging over 30lbs. There have been at least six tournaments held so far this year that it has taken over 30 lbs with a high of 36 pounds for the best five fish to win. All of these winners have credited the """RIG"" and swimbaits for their success. I have invested a lot of time and money in testing and working with a variety of baits and rigs. I recently signed on as ""Pro Staff"" for the ABT Lure company and they make the best rig on the market. You can check them out at www.abtlures.com.
This coming weekend, 3/17 & 3/18 there will be an annual tournament that's been going on for years that should draw around 100 boats. It will be a slug fest with almost everyone throwing some type of a "Rig"" Records could be broken, I will keep you posted on it. If you want to catch some big fish and possibly several fish and you have a boat and the gear, tie on a couple of your favorite swimbaits, a River to Sea Swave, a couple of ABT Alabama rigs, and target the pre spawn areas. You are going to need some muscle/joint relief after using these rigs all day long.
A day of fun, relaxing fishing, tie on your drop shots, senko's, jigs, or use live bait and you can still catch big fish.
That's it for now, check this section often for reports and fishing tips. Feel Free to comment at anytime. Thanks' for your support, Bob