The devil is in the details, or so they say, and in those same details may be keys to winning the 2014 Dream Extreme Fishing Tournament, May 3-4 at Lake Elsinore. Once again, it will be a bargain at $100 per team, (more…)

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On a day when last minute tax returns trump almost other issues, let me mention something about the weather. It’s warm; it’s dry, and unless something Biblical in nature should occur shortly, we can expect no further relief for drought conditions, whether manifested in fire danger, low lake levels or heck, the price of hamburgers. (more…)

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then and now


If I wasn’t hunting through shelves and boxes for something totally different for an upcoming tournament, I wouldn’t have stumbled onto a bait that briefly flashed (pun intended) as brightly as any other hard bait in Southern California for a time.

After dominance by the #11 (or #13) floating Rapala as San Diego’s premier twitch and later jerkbait, the new-at-the-time Bomber Long A appeared sometime in the 1980′s with clear body and foil insert.

You had to have one–and most of us did. (more…)

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shades of red

SHADES OF RED in clear water work very well. Unscientific?

The Rolling Stones have been more candid about science and bass fishing, than any other monitoring agency in the nation.

While most of us still give credence to the “scientific method” we learned of in elementary school, yet today, much of the great laboratory of on-the-water experience of millions of actual fishermen is deemed unreliable.

The great lab-coated slur toward all bass anglers is that insights from our experience are “anecdotal.” By definition, that means: “(of an account) not necessarily true (more…)

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DVL quarry

BAROTRAUMA takes toll at DVL winter tournaments…

UPDATED, 3-26–For those regulars fishing Diamond Valley Lake this past winter where tournament limits were reduced to three fish per boat for a DFW study of barotrauma, you should know the results will soon be published, according fishery biologist Quinn Granfors.

Having seen the report, all I can say is, if there was a bright spot in the data, it was that, “deflation significantly reduced mortalities.” But as the insurance commercial says, “Everybody knows that.”

Here’s a brief synopsis. A portion of all the fish–specifically those showing some signs of barotrauma taken from eight winter tournaments–was divided into two groups. Of those 214 bass (more…)

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Maybe not in some major national event, but don’t think for a minute that tournament cheating (or attempts at such larceny) are any less prevalent today than say a couple of years back. (See special note below).

Case in point. While enjoying the taco lunch following today’s (March 22) El Cajon Ford team tournament at El Capitan Lake, I saw on display at the gazebo (more…)

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flat surface area

THE MORE FLAT surface area of the sole, the better contact with the trolling motor button…

Here is a question. Can it matter what shoe you wear while operating the trolling motor? After a few years on the bow of my rig, I’m thinking–well, yeah.

The fact of the matter is, regardless of the trolling motor brand (and thus the placement of the “button” on the pedal) your switching from right foot to left and vice versa means you don’t get the same contact–foot to button.

While bodily, we may have individual variations, yet neither are we robots. (more…)

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Dream Extreme returns

DREAM EXTREME Derby returns…

UPDATED again–sponsors–(2:20 p.m.) UPDATED (1:24 p.m.)–The second annual Dream Extreme fishing competition will return to Lake Elsinore, May 3-4, with boats, jetskis (personal watercraft) kayaks and float tubes all eligible to participate.

Presented by the Lake Elsinore Casino and hosted by the City of Lake Elsinore, the Chamber of Commerce, CR&R, Phenix Tackle, Bass Knuckles, Sierra Slammers Bite-On Fish Attractants and Owner Hooks, (more…)

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salt creek

SALT CREEK flows had dropped to less than 30 cfs this morning…

Every weather TV forecaster (in a suit or some go-go outfit) got to comment on this past weekend’s precipitation, but I hope the reality of the storms is not over-stated.

Ski guy was pumped; Offroader guy was digging it, but Bass guy was hardly lovin’ what he saw in the Southland.

My sources in North County (San Diego) say Lake Hodges raised maybe a foot. And the low water level (and thus no ramp) may have contributed to the possible drowning of one bass angler who, (more…)

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El Capitan

SATURDAY destination, El Capitan Lake…

As a kid I remember playing football with friends and others on Thanksgiving or New Year’s Day–inspired by the major games scheduled on those and other dates. We were never going to play big time college sports, but it was still exciting to be out there ourselves, when the big guys were on the air.

Presently, with the Bassmasters Classic going this week (Feb. 21-23) then it only seems fitting that maybe a number of us will be competing in our own local tournaments first, (more…)

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