We all see it, but sometimes we don’t make better use of it.

You know, when we catch a fish (or see someone catch one) out of certain spot or depth or condition, and it’s not textbook “green and black.” Bass (and other species) have the ability to alter their color and affect how they contrast with (or blend into) the bottom or immediate cover. (more…)


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Having been beaten to death by four years of drought, my haggard brown lawn almost matches my hope of ever seeing wet sidewalks again. And so we carry on, each year hiking farther and farther up the ramp to where we parked the truck. (more…)


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Invasive species stamp

AT LAKE MEAD all boats will need one of these.

The New York Yankees once tried to get more out of pitcher Joba Chamberlain than maybe he could deliver, and so the player was subjected to what was popularly called “Joba Rules.”

For those who didn’t understand the organization’s intentions, that was always a quirky situation as the directives were somewhat counter to tradition.

But for Lake Mead, home of the 33rd U.S. Open in September, some contestants might be surprised that the State of Nevada has its own Joba Rules in place.

For example, (more…)


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Rare find

SCHURMY’S SHAD, still in the package!

UPDATED 3:45 P.M. (Link added below)–Nothing like a new boat to force you into digging, dusting and moving through eons of garage clutter and paleolithic layers of old fishing tackle. How coincidental (and possibly fortuitous) that my most recent excavation found something perfectly suited for our summer boiling bass.

Indeed, there were several of Kent Schurman’s “Schurmy’s Shad,” an aluminum body spoon, made to stay up on top, yet compact enough to cast. In San Diego for a time in the 1980’s was easily the most popular and effective lure for the task.

Clearly it would have probably produced far out across the country–if those Neandrathals were yet using spinning gear (more…)


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THE RIGHT SINKER for the situation makes a difference.

THE RIGHT SINKER for the situation makes a difference.

Even my mere dabbling in team competition has forced me to make some discoveries for myself, rather than wait for the pros to confide (as I had for years). And one area that has been a revelation to me is the size, shape and weight of drop-shot sinkers–and how they matter.

I wouldn’t begin to address all situations here, but there are a few that keep popping up locally, and each one seems to make a difference.

Some examples. (Again, I’m just talking a narrow realm). (more…)


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Some of the chatter this week centered on dates in September: the 24th thru the 26th for the Rayovac tour event at Clear Lake and, in my view, the more significant Sept. 14-16 for the U.S. Open at Lake Mead.

And while I totally understand a tour guy’s dilemma over the narrow window (more…)


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Top shelf

COMFORT ZONE will be compromised when the new boat arrives in the next week or so.

Over the years, it seems the there was always some trepidation over changing tools: rods, reels, sonar and so on. And the fact is, there’s something to that.

Reels (baitcasters, anyway) were always an issue…though much less so now with the quality models featuring smooth revolving spools under control, usually by magnets.

Casting distance was an issue with the older equipment, which let to the cottage industry of “tricking” or “tuning” reels for max distance.

Still, there was that place, (more…)


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almost every lure type

ALMOST EVERY lure type may signal a pre-bite…

From my medical resource, the bass fishing physician, Dr. Joe Johnson from Alabama, I got an introduction to the term, prodromal. It refers, in lay terms, to an early symptom (and most likely one consciously detected) that precedes an attack or illness.

EMT and BBZ angler, Bill Siemantel, likewise referenced the medical issue, noting that people in his profession have seen or at least heard of the behavior of certain seizure patients. In said situations, these individuals recognized in an instant what was happening and either (more…)


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good one

LAKE SKINNER is going to draw a crowd with the DVL ramp closure.

UPDATED–Since the announcement of the closure of the ramp at Diamond Valley in April, a couple of things have happened. One, guys are getting out to Hemet for one last hurrah–no one knowing when it might reopen.

And more significantly, anglers have to figure out where to fish. Perris will take some of the traffic, yet Elsinore is not an option and Vail still doesn’t have its pricing in order. Like it or not, and regardless of the plodding 10 mph speed limit, that place is going to be Lake Skinner.

While it too, suffers from low water, the fact is, the average fish is very good, and as seen with the latest flurry since trout plants were resumed, there are some very big fish to be had on top of that nice average.

The facilities at Skinner are excellent, parking substantial and distance relatively the same as DVL, depending on where you live. But here they don’t let you get up on plane (well, maybe that first run in the morning) but even that (more…)


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