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Morning fishing trip a Thanksgiving tradition

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POSTED November 19, 2010 3:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and while some will be playing football or staying warm inside, I’ve kind of made it a tradition of mine to get out fishing for the early part of the day.

Usually, I stay local and fish until noon.

It all started a few years ago when a couple of my longtime friends got together on a Thanksgiving morning for a fishing trip. I still remember that morning, as the fog was very thick.

I had found this spot for striped bass. I had previously found them schooling on this long point.

The drive through the fog took at least 45 minutes, but when finally arriving there we caught a small limit of keeper-sized fish.

We proceeded to have great time that day, even though I remember it being extremely cold. As we departed, I remember us saying to each other that we were going to try and make this one of our yearly traditions.

Fishing to me is an excellent Thanksgiving tradition — it gets you out of the house for a good part of the morning, and you definitely come home ready for a warm meal.

I look forward to getting out this Thanksgiving, but most importantly, getting together with old friends.

Maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll also catch a few fish!

Delta Report
The tough bite continues for largemouth bass anglers.

Striped bass are really starting to bite on the outgoing tide. Anglers fishing for stripers are jigging 1-ounce Hopkins jigs trolling broken back rebels, or drifting live bait.

Remember, the limit is two striped bass per person per day, and they must be over 18-inches long.

Largemouth bass are still being caught on reaction baits but the bigger fish continue to elude anglers. Fishing the outside edges of deep weed lines are good areas to try.

Bluegills continue to bite, while fishing baby night crawlers off the bottom. A lot of nice-sized bluegill are being caught while fishing around the docks at Paradise Point.

New Melones Lake
Fishing for trout continues to be slow but should get better shortly as the lake continues to cool.

The Department of Fish and Game have started its weekly trout plants, which have helped create a fair bite.

Power Bait under a bobber or inflated Nightcrawlers fished on the bottom has been the trick lately. Trollers are fishing down to 25 feet while dragging shad imitating lures.

Bass fishing has been slow for a lot of anglers who are struggling to catch many fish.

For numbers, anglers are targeting schools of fish found at a variety of different depths or tossing large swimbaits in hope of imitating one of the many trout being planted in the lake.   

Lake Tulloch
Trolling for trout is good for those trolling from the surface down to 35 feet.

Anglers trolling are catching them while trolling slim fins right outside of the 5-mile buoys. The trout being caught are biting best in the early morning hours and weigh as much as 3 pounds.

Bass fishing is slow, as anglers are struggling to get bites.

Lake Don Pedro
Trout fishing has been great recently on the lake. Anglers catching them are having to cover a lot of water, but once finding an active school the bites have been in bunches.

Birds can be seen feeding on schools of shad that are being pushed to the surface by schools of feeding trout.

Some of those trout are as big as 4 pounds. Anglers are doing well while fishing from the surface down to 25 feet while trolling Chucker T Spoons.

Bass fishing is slow right now, as anglers are having to work hard for bites. Many of them have downsized their baits and are searching for schools of bass feeding on the lake abundant shad population.

New Hogan Lake
Bass fishing has been steady for anglers fishing small plastics.

Anglers are also doing well on jigs and shad imitating crank baits. Striped bass fishing is good to fair for anglers fishing the early morning hours.

Anglers fishing for Striped Bass are using Hopkin Jigs or using cut bait.

Tip of the Week
One of the biggest problems anglers have when storing their hooks is rust.

A friend of mine told me to toss in a few of those little gel packs that sometimes come within packages that are sensitive to moisture.

The gel packs actually work great and should be placed in all your tackle boxes to avoid rust.

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