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Mantecan among many attractions at FLW tournament

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POSTED June 11, 2010 2:51 a.m.
There are very few tournaments held on the Delta that are as big as the Forest L. Woods National Guard Series (FLW).

With a $2,000 entry fee and a $50,000 payoff, you can bet that some of the best names in bass fishing are competing.

One of those anglers is Manteca’s Gino Campiotti.

With 23 FLW events fished, hopefully this will be lucky 24!

The tournament started on Wednesday and after three days of fishing the top 5 will fish a fourth and final day. All weigh-ins are being held at Weber Point Event Center in Stockton starting at 2:30 pm for Days 1-3, and at 4 on Day 4.

On Saturday, fans will be treated to FLW’s Family Fun Zone from noon to 4 p.m. There are also going to be drawings for a free rod and reel every 30 minutes during the event, as well as a $300 Cabela’s gift card at the conclusion of the weigh-in.

Delta Report
The fishing has been tough on the Delta for a lot of anglers.

There are a lot of small bass willing to bite with a few bigger fish being caught for those willing to stick with big fish baits like top-water frogs and buzz baits.

Currently, very few professional anglers fishing the FLW Tournament on the Delta have weighed in limits topping 20 pounds.

New Melones Lake
Melanie from Glory Hole Sports reports: “Easy limits of 14-16” Kokanee for most.  Kokanee are most active in the main lake, especially near the dam/spillway, and around Rose Island.

Many anglers report luck fishing 25-40 feet deep over 100 feet of water. Target the side of the river channel or island humps where the wind is pushing the plankton.  

With the water being more stained, it is time to tie on a bigger profile lure.  Pink or orange Apex, Uncle Larry’s Spinners, Humdingers, R & K Hootchies, and GlitterBugs Hootchies are all productive baits right now.”

This time of year is really good for bass, as they have yet to travel deep for the summer months. Lots of fish are being caught.

The morning and evening top-water bite is wide open. Once the sun is up, try fishing Carolina rigs and Zoom Baby Brush Hogs in green pumpkin.

Lake Don Pedro
Easy limits for both king salmon and rainbow trout are being enjoyed by anglers fishing the lake.

For King Salmon, try fishing the west end out of Fleming Recreation Area in open water at depths to 60 feet. Rolled shad or anchovies on a ProTroll harness continues to be the hot bait.

Bass fishing is fair to good.

Most fish being caught are keeper size but very few are any bigger. Anglers are fishing from the bank down to 20 feet with a variety of small plastics.   

Lake Camanche
The trout fishing has really slowed down, but the bass fishing has been excellent recently. Most bass have been caught fairly shallow with plastics such as lizards and tube baits. The crappie bite has been improving for anglers fishing between 15 and 20 feet of water while fishing stick ups and brush piles.

Night fishermen are also doing well using live minnows and crappie jigs under lights.

Lake Pardee
Trolling for trout is good. Anglers are having success while flat lining, using 3 to 4 colors of lead core or drift fishing the river starting at the mouth and going up as far as Indian Rock.

For Kokanee try fishing around the River arm or near Twin Coves. The Kokanee have dropped down a little and are now at 40 to 50 feet.  

Bass fishing is fair for anglers fishing small jigs or shaky head worms. The bass in the lake relate heavily to any shoreline wood this time of year, I’d focus on fishing the wood first thing in the morning with a top-water bait.

Tip of the Week
For some anglers, the mere mention of color selection can bring up fish story after fish story.

Personally, I prefer to stick to the basic colors, my favorite being watermelon red flake. There are times when a change is necessary though, in muddy water darker colors are going to be more visible and in clearer water something more natural is always a good choice.

Also, if you ever find yourself getting short struck, a subtle change in color can make a world of difference.

To contact Jarod Ballardo, e-mail jgbbass@yahoo.com.
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