We don’t see them together quite as much anymore, but there’s a reason. John and Tammy Morrow both call Brea home, but as for their home waters, that’s another matter. Tammy is much more likely to be found on nearby Diamond Valley, while John (from their second home in Kingman, Ariz.) is a fixture on Lake Mead and all the Colorado River.
And they’re serious about their choices.
“I’ve done the local lakes for years,” said John from the Kingman abode, “but when I started fishing the River lakes, I just liked them. My boat is up here and I work on the river.”
Size (in a lake) matters, of course. “There’s a huge variety of things to get on, unlike a Lake Castaic,” he told me. “There you can drop-shot a People’s Worm and 5-pound test all day. At Mead there are so many variety of baits–spinnerbait and crankbait; fluke fish, drop-shot, Carolina rigging. It’s cool about this place.” And he added, “You can hold your own doing what you like to do.”
Says Tammy, after serving as the perfunctory non-boater to her husband of 27 years, “I love the River, but I have my own boat now. [The local lakes provide] a more manageable learning curve–as far as being a boater.”
That time to be her own…woman has changed her thinking. “I’m more comfortable and getting better at adapting to the changes during the day.” Still she says of fishing local, “I have to move more. I know that intellectually, but sometimes I haven’t because I think I will get a bite or the fish will move up. I have to get better at moving.”
Curiously, John says, the whole issue of massive surface acreage is not the total story between local waters and the Colorado River lakes. “Mead fishes very small,” he opined. “The fish are so spotty, the bass relate to the bait. You find the bait and you find the fish. You may go in 30 coves, but you only find two that can sustain fish.”
And of the competition, he says, “Sixty percent of the fishermen will know the same areas to find the same fish.”
On the local lakes, Tammy says, “It’s a learning process every time you go out. At the River lakes we move very fast for worm fishermen. We cast, let it sink, work the bait [reel it back] and make another cast. We find a little strike zone and we concentrate on that.”
Still, the speed of approach is still on her mind. “With my boat we [Tammy and local team partners] have slowed down. But I think I need to move more.”
Because that’s the way the Morrows roll.
2 Responses to “The Morrows: Together, but waterways apart…”
Great people the Morrows!!
Good article George! They are awesome people!