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Changing angles can change your luck when angling

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POSTED March 13, 2009 4:13 a.m.
Recently, I viewed a TV show featuring bass pro Rick Clunn.

For those who don’t know who he is, he is arguably one of the world’s greatest bass fishermen. In his show he was discussing angles and how the person fishing in the back of the boat could become just as successful as the person fishing the front.

Basically, what he was saying is that the person fishing the front of the boat is casting at a 45-degree angle. If you’re fishing the back of the boat, casting at a different angle will often catch fish that are triggered by bait presented at a different angle.

This helps explain how the person fishing the same bait can often catch more fish than his or her partner. It’s becoming well known that bass are often triggered by not just bait, but the angle in which the bait is presented.

This was made obvious to me while fishing with a friend, who is a great swim bait angler.

While fishing a main lake point, he turned the boat around and we both cast across the same point at a different angle, and both ended up hooking up.

He drove home the importance of changing angles, and since then, when I approach a known hot spot, I make sure to make multiple casts at different angles.

Try it next time you’re out, you may just be surprised at the results.

Delta Report

The largemouth bass bite is great for anglers fishing jigs and Senkos.

Large groups of fish are making their way into the shallows and can be found around tulle points.

The current weather has shut down the reaction bite for a lot of anglers, but with the water temperature rising, the reaction bite could turn back on.

Once the tide bottoms out try fishing the outside weed line, as bass will often move to the edge once the tide drops and return shallow one the tide rises.

Not too many stripers are being caught right now; the ones that are being reported are all coming from the West Delta, mainly around Big Break.

New Melones Lake

Trout fishing continues to be good; anglers are catching them on Power Bait and inflated worms combined with marshmallows.

Anglers trolling for trout have been doing well while trolling the top 25 feet, the hot lures right now have been Apex lures and Cop Cars in shad imitating patterns.

Bass fishing is picking up as a lot of fish have been cruising the shallows looking for areas to spawn. Senkos have been working very well as a lot of fish are being caught while roaming the banks.

Crappie and bluegill fishing remains good for anglers fishing at night under lights, as the water warms the crappie bite should improve.

Lake Don Pedro

Fishing has picked up lately with trout being caught while fishing the top 25 feet of water.

Mexican Gulch, Jenkins Hill, Laughlin Island, and Middle Bay are areas that are producing plenty of nice fish. For the king salmon target, Hatch Creek, Six Bit Gulch and Woods Creek, target depth from 45-60 feet rolling shad or anchovies.

Bass fishing is tough right now, the water temperatures have been rising but the bite remains slow for a lot of angers. As the weather stabilizes more look for the bass to seek the shallows in search of spawning areas.

New Hogan

Not much attention has been given to this lake, and it’s one my personal favorite springtime destinations. How can anyone argue paying a $4 launch fee to fish gin-clear water during spawning season?

Currently, the bass can be found hanging right outside of spawning areas and can be caught with shaky head worms. In the backs of coves there are even a few bass that can be fund cruising the shallows.

Tip of the Week:

Electric trolling motors have come a long way in the past 10 years. When purchasing a trolling motor I recommend that you purchase one that will provide you with more than enough thrust.

In the Delta, tide movement combined with wind can make it impossible to stay in one place unless you have ample thrust. I currently have a 101-pound thrust trolling motor for my 20-foot boat.

For a mid-size bass boat, I recommend a 74-pound thrust engine, and for anything smaller 40 and 50 of thrust should be fine.

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