Another weekend at clearlake with blue bird skys. Coleman going in blind this weekend not having time pre-fishing cause of lake Mead tourney being so close together. Mornings 62 to 64 degrees with Clarity 3 to 4 ft. Micheal Coleman drew Mike Wright Pro for day one. They ran south using both guys water putting together 26 pounds. With Mikes spots he found in the past that worked this time if year. Helped out both anglers very well. throwing drop shot and LV yoyoing from shallow to deep. Drop shot working best letting sit for long periods of time dead sticking large mouth bass. Coleman said it was easy to hold our spots with calm wind all day. Day two Coleman drew Johnathan Daughtery starting at the south end of the lake scrathing a small limit. Both anglers desited conditions have changed and to run south looking for bed fish they found and caught. Johnathon caught two great solid keepers on his water. couling out their two smaller fish in the last hour of the day. Coleman also found and caught two bed fish which helped out there bag for both anglers. Bringing to the scale 12.13. Helping Coleman busting him into 2nd place AOY. Also 2nd place big fish AKA BIGOLPIG with 9th over all out of both days. THe keys he found that helped mostly this weekend was pre spooning fish back in creeks, cover etc. Micheal Coleman would like to thank all sponsers Rb Bass, Bigolpig appearl,Bass Angler Magazine,catching Concepts pro,Angler Hub,THCG,river2sea,Pro Cure,Tackleboxlabels.com and EVO Reels.
I've had the honor of speaking with michael Coleman about his experiance at lake Mead. Coleman and Lassange drove out together early to have time for prefising. 8 days on lake Mead really helped Coleman adapt to the lake and elements. Starting on Day 1 Coleman drew Sean Minderman. Water tempeature 65 degrees and grew on a daily bases with blue bird skys getting up to 68 degrees. The wind came up only in the afternoon 10 to 15 mph all three days. Visability 10 to 15 ft in most areas other dirty. Michael Colemans boater Sean bed fished all day why Coleman fan casted catching staging and cruising fish. Throwing drop shot and hollow grups was Colemans key. Coming to the scale on day one with 4.90 pounds. Remember its only three fish limit for non boaters putting Coleman in 57th place going into day 2.They fished mostly in the Overton arm good majority of the day.
Day 2 was apoun Coleman drawing David Nugle Boater. Davids Key spots he found fishing was just out of the narrows bed fishing also. Coleman repeated day 1 techniques moving him into 17th place with 8.90 pounds. Barley making the cut for him to advance to day 3. When speaking to Mr. Coleman he sounded very excited and proud he made it into day three of the B.A.S.S Federation. Going into day 3 the weather changed it rained a good majority of the day which dirtyed up the water. Colemans boated with Jesse Milicevic fishing narrows and arms looking for and catching bed fish. Coleman again throwing out drop shot and hollow grups. Fan casting the areas why Jeese bed fished. Bringing to the scale 7.1 pounds good enough for 10th place which Coleman becoming your 2016 Califorina Federation Champion. Congradulation Michael Coleman time on the water pays off man way to go
Got on the water a bit later than normal, close to 8:00. I decided to run main lake points first thing with swimbaits looking for big pre spawners. Water temp was 58-62 and was very clear. Visibility was really good so I stayed off as far as possible making long cast to with in 5 foot or so of the bank and slow rolled them back to the boat. The best action was from 8:30 to 11:00, then the wind picked up and the swimbait bite dropped off. I was throwing a variety of swimbaits like Hudds and Deps 250s and 10″ Jds customs trout in slow sink. After my first ten casts I had a good follower 5-6lbs on the deps. I quickly picked up the Jds 10″ and chucked to the same spot. Most times I like to show them a different bait the next cast. On that cast 10 feet from the boat a giant crushed it. I knew immediately it was big by how small it made the 10″ bait look. My first DD of the year weighing in at 11.24lbs. After collecting my self I went right back to chucking. Immediately it got crushed again right at the boat. Seemed most of the fish were waiting till the last second to take a swing. It was a 5 1/2 pounder. It turned in to a bit of a flurry till about 11:00. Most fish were in the 3-5 range and came on the Jds customs 8″ and 10″.
For being my first time at Lake Nacimiento, and not pre-fishing, I knew it was gonna be a tough day. The Last Best bass tournament out there didn't take much to win. If you got a three pounder that was something to talk about. My father and I arrived for sign ups around 5:10 that morning. The air temperature was 41°F with a little fog. We launched the boat and waited for blast off. The water temperature was 55°F with muddy water 2 ft clarity and floating wood. We stayed on main lake points and secondary points. Sat in 20-40 foot water and threw up shallow and slowly dragged Senkos and jigs back to the boat. Also 4' skinny bear swimbait look for those active fish. Majority of the bass caught were in chuncky rock. The bite shut off like a light switch in the afternoon water warmed up to 60°F fish seemed to move deeper. Air temperature hit 81°F before check in. Wind blew on and off all day 5 to 10mph. The majority of bass~ caught were clones between 1.5-1.8 pounds, Still looking for that three pounder or bigger.
Turned out to be a great day water level still holding good going up slowly. Partly cloud in the morning burned off and got up to 70° less then 2 ft clarity. Dragging jigs on Main lake with water temperature 52 degrees.
The waters still coming up fast about a foot a day. keeps eyes open alot of debree floating around. The water temperature 51° party cloudy in the moring warmed up quick in the afternoon. Throwing huds on secondary points and drop shit up the creeks was the key for us. 14.10lbs best of five.
Tough day out on the water beats a good day working. Teambigolpig member Josh Parris and myself junk fished all day looking for pigs. Throwing JDS Custom Swimbaits for the first few hours of the morning. After that we moved onto drop shotting, tubes and cranking still throwing the JDS Custom swimbaits on first and secondary points looking for the Bigolpig. It was a grind only able to pick up 6 bites all day with a few that didn't wanna hold on for the ride. Water temperature @ 7am 49° and gradually moved to 52° in the afternoon with clarity only three feet of visablitly. Mostly party cloudy good majority of the day with winds 5 to 10 mph on and off all day.
By Roger Tarin
I recently had the opportunity to make the 5 ½ hour trip to Lake Don Pedro for the opening Best Bass Tournament of the year. It’s always nice to get out and knock the rust off early in the year. Let me tell you, I was like the Tinman in a field with no oil. It had been 5 years since I last fished Don Pedro and I had fond memories of the lake. Well, this trip wasn’t one of those memories.
The morning we launched it was 36 degrees with the wind blowing 5-10 mph. The water temperature was 53.5 and didn’t really change all day. The clarity was 1-2 feet at best and stained. The sky was filled with black clouds and the forecast was for rain early.
Well the weather report was spot on. As we waited for our boat number to be called, the rain started just in time for a nice rain pelting boat ride. We spent most of the day in Middle Bay, Rogers Creek and Big Creek Arm fishing a variety of structure trying to determine what the fish where doing.
First, we fished the standing timber with 3/8oz. tubes and had some luck but nothing of any size. We slowly and methodically worked our way to the back of the creek thinking the fish might be following the bait. Once we realized this wasn’t the case, we moved on.
Next stop was on a long shallow flat on a main lake point that was adjacent to deep water. We worked the point for some time marking bait but no fish. We then decided to start ripping. The wind was up and it was raining so this seemed like the perfect option. We started fishing points but realized the fish were on the flats in 10-15 feet of water. We were able to produce several fish this way, but the rain stopped and so did the bite. Back to square one.
The remainder of the day we threw “A” rigs, drop shot, darter heads, rip baits and jigs in 3-40 feet of water with limited success. We spoke with some other anglers after the tournament and it seemed that a lot of people where fishing in the 40-60 feet range with some success.
Most anglers where using the drop shot or darter head. The winning weight was just over 13 pounds. I think with the multiple storms back to back and the rising water had most of these fish suspending and unwilling to feed. The lake is still 142 feet from capacity.
The fishing will pick up just as soon as the weather stabilizes a little. This is a great place to fish,.. We just had a slow day.
I started my morning lauching out of Orwood 6am. The fog was so thick you couldnt see 10' in front of you. Cruised to my first spot waiting for fog to blow off. Water temp was 48° fluctuated depending on where you were. The fog didnt burn of till around 10:30 hard to run and gun when you cant see anything. 3' visablitly with an incoming tide.
Started out at Russos 8am water clarity was pretty murky and other areas little cleaner. blue bird skys most the day little clouds light wind in the morning start warming up towards the afternoon water temp was anywhere from 56 to 58 degrees tough bite lot of small fish didnt get any bigolpigs. Mostly threw senkos and flipping. sorry about the pic website was acting funny
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