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Time spent with brother makes up for tough fishing

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POSTED January 7, 2011 2:09 a.m.
Now that Christmas is over I’m sure many of you have new fishing equipment that you’re dying to try out.

Personally, I stopped asking for fishing equipment years ago — I usually wait until New Years is over before I make any purchases.

I’m also pretty content with my current collection, just wish I had more time to go fishing.

I was able to take my younger brother out fishing recently, and it was the first time we had been out in a long time.

As expected, it was a cold, high-pressure day, and fishing was extremely tough. After a while, it became evident that catching fish wasn’t nearly as important as spending time with my brother.

For years, I’ve been involved in competitive fishing, but that has changed because I haven’t had the time. It’s been good to take a step back and be reminded of what I liked most about fishing.

There’s something about being stuck on a boat together where you’re bound to either become closer to someone, or want to toss them overboard.

Overall, I had a great time.

The fishing on the other hand was horrible, but we didn’t care.

Delta Report
Anglers are struggling to find fish, as the water has muddied up in a lot of places and the water temperature has also dropped into the 40s.

For largemouth bass try tossing a chrome and blue rattle trap or flipping a jig. This time of year, bass can be found out of current in or around the many deep holes that can be found throughout many sloughs.

Once finding these deep holes, try working a drop-shot rig or jig slowly through the area. Striper fishing has been very tough for angers as there is very little activity to be found around these areas of the Delta. Most striper reports are coming from the Rio Vista area.

Lake New Melones
Trout continue to bite for a lot of anglers who are fishing off the bank. Anglers are fishing around Glory Hole Cove and catching trout up to 2 pounds.

Currently, the hot bait has been Power Bait. Trollers are catching fish up shallow but of the smaller size giving bank anglers the advantage. Bass fishing remains consistent as the bass have moved deeper.

For numbers, try targeting points and backs of creeks with soft plastics and jigs. The lake is currently 86 feet from full capacity. Because of the rise in water level, water clarity has been a factor as anglers have had to change the color of their bait in order to make them more visible.  

Lake Don Pedro
The trout and king salmon bite is good for anglers fishing from the surface down to 25 feet. Anglers are targeting the bigger fish that are combing the bank while using side planers and trolling a variety of shad imitating lures.

Bass fishing has slowed right now as anglers are struggling to find a consistent bite anywhere on the lake. There have been a few anglers that have been able to catch fish on spoons while searching for schooling fish.

Lake Amador
Heavy loads of trout are being planted into the lake on what seems like a daily basis. Anglers fishing off the bank are getting their monies worth in most cases. Power bait has been the ticket either fished off the bottom or beneath a bobber.

Lake Camanche
Trout fishing is great on the lake despite the weather. Anglers are catching them while fishing with power bait just about everywhere on the lake.

The ponds have also been stocked with trout. The big fish of the week was caught by Jim Cooper from Burson, with a trout weighing 9.03 pounds. He caught his fish near the dam using a rainbow trout patterned Rapala in about 10 feet of water.

Tip of the Week
You can often tell what a fish has been feeding on by the sharpness of their teeth. A bass that has feeding on crawdads teeth are most likely to be worn down and easily held by the lower jaw.

A bass that has been feeding on shad often has razor sharp teeth which can be felt immediately when trying to grab the fish by the lip.
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