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CALIFORNIA: Horseshoe Bend – Big Striper (27.5lbs/44-in) Caught on Frozen Shad

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Allison Shawnego of Hap’s Bait in Rio Vista said a big striper at 27.5-pounds/44-inches was caught and kept by a Stockton resident on frozen shad in Horseshoe Bend on Monday. The angler’s name won’t be mentioned, but I am disappointed that this fisherman is from my hometown. It does make sense however, as the Stockton Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association is the only chapter that promotes a big fish derby in spite of the State Board’s recommendations. Some large salmon to 28-pounds have been taken out of Viera’s Resort near Isleton, but there are about one salmon for every eight boats trying. Shawnego said, “We are selling lots of pile worms, blood worms, night crawlers, mudsuckers, and frozen shad.”

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, has been out several times this week during the heat wave, and he said, “You have to be very accurate with your casts in these flat calm conditions.” Moving the bait through the strike zone in a slow, methodical manner is the best technique, and Pringle advised using bluegill, perch, or crawdad imitation lures with the bass loading up on these baits. He has been scoring with the new ima Floating Flit worked similar to a floating Rebel by tossing it up against the banks on the high water and pulling it down to 6 feet in depth and letting it float up again. The new lure has either a yellow or red bill, and it resembles bluegill or a perch. The cold weather in the mornings, including tule fog on Wednesday morning, has slowed the top water bite to a crawl. He has found a good bite on the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper in June Bug on a Zappu Head at depths from 5 to 15 feet using 8-pound test. They have had 50 fish days throughout the week with the better cut of fish on the bluegill or crawdad patterns. Pringle added, “When the wind does blow, the reaction bite with spinnerbaits or crankbaits is a good option.”


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