Tom's Fishing Blog

Guide Trip Report - Lake Otay 3/14

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Spring is here and the Bass are biting! Those deep fish have been waiting for the water temps to rise and move shallow....the wait is over! The fish are up. Great weather today and great conditions to sight fish.

We fished shallow all day using a variety of plastic baits; jig, brush hog, ika, senko, and a special lil bait I like to use on the bed fish. Mark must have caught 15 fish. We found a big one around 7lbs that we got fired up but she was picky and kept swimming off. Mark said he would rather "keep moving and catching the smaller ones" so we did just that.

Fun day of spring fishing.


Guide Trip Report - Lake Murray 2/29

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Todd and I were greeted to a beautiful morning at Lake Murray in La Mesa CA. We have had some great warm sunny weather in February. With the water temps rising we were hoping to find shallow active Bass.

We found the Bass but they were not all that shallow. 028

Our best bites came from 15-20 ft around the isolated concrete structures scatered around the lake. The drop shot 6in worm was the rig. Also got a couple hard bites on the jig but those we missed.

We caught a bunch like this one shown here. No big bite today but very enjoyable anyways.



El Capitan Guide Trip Report - 2/25/12

Sunday, February 26, 2012

IMG 3875Fun day on the water with Rob. Fishing was a bit slow for this time of year. I feel like I have been fishing the "winter" pattern for ever. It's alomost March! The water is warming and we did see signs of spring but the Bass are still in winter mode. There are some small fish up shallow and the bait is shallower than it was. We started our day with the Huddlestone Trout ROF5 8in Swimbait. Rob was looking for that BIG bite....but we had no love. We found the worm bite to be a bit slow so we switched over to reaction baits.

The A-rig, ice jig, and a deep crankbait. Rob got his first a-rig and ice jig fish today and was stoked! We saw the ice jig fish on the graph eat the bait which is really cool. My favorite thing about the A-rig is they bites are so strong it make you jump...they hit it so hard! Also, the A-rig is a big fish catcher. Rob lost a giant and a guy near us boated a fish over 6lbs. 

The Bass are ready for Spring. With warming water and the Full Moon coming soon things are about to get real fishy!

Good Luck!



55 degree water and using your electronics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Hey Bass Kings! Winter fishing is still here but not for much longer. We are all waiting for the water to warm up a few IMG_3870more degrees and trigger the bass to move shallow. The Bass are waiting too!

Winter fishing can be a challenge but you can increase your success by using good electronics. Besides the swimbait fish most of my Winter Bass have been coming from 25-45 ft of water. Some on the bottom and some suspended well off the bottom. With the use of good electronics you can "catch them off the graph" if you know what to look for.

These beauties and a few more were all caught "off the graph" on 3 different baits. To learn more about using your electronics to catch more fish book a trip with me.



Fishing Lessons Anyone?

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I had 2 "FISHING INSTRUCTION" trips last weekend and they were great. This popular on the water Fishing Instruction session is much different than a traditional Guided Trip. We fished but the focus was learning. I did teach; proper equipment, line, seasonal patterns, finding "spots", how to use ALL the different baits we use, when to use them and why, structure fishing, fishing during the spawn, boat position and why it matters, swimbait fishing, how to catch big fish, and yes I shared a few secrets too.

If you want to improve your skills with these baits and more call me!




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