Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Delta Report 1/28

Delta Report 1/29/2014

Very little pressure from anglers on the river this week. Most are finding better things to do with the less than desirable conditions. Big tides combined huge masses of Hyacinth clogging water ways making things extremely tough on boaters in many areas. The lack of run-off also has made for some really clear water and tough bites. 

Rio Vista-The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon seems to be below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or sardine filets. Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught. 
Take plenty of bait because the river water is so salty because of the lack of runoff that flounder have shown up throughout the area. 

West DeltaThe best bet is stripers to 12 pounds from Chain Island, Broad Slough and outside the towers, mainly coming on shad, sardines and bullheads.
While Pittsburg anglers are gearing up for Superbowl Sturgeon Derby, Steffan Masters at the Lost Anchor Bait in McAvoy’s Boat Harbor in Bay Point reported a few stripers have been landed including one between 20 and 30-pounds within the past few days. They are loaded with bait for the Super Bowl Sturgeon Derby, 925-458-1717

East Delta- The annual winter bass push into Fourteen Mile Slough is well underway with fish to 24 pounds  coming to minnow drifters in Village West Marina and to Ladd’s Marina. Each year, the larger bass seem to clog up in and around the marina near the end of navigable water.
Jigging and spooning also is scoring school-sized stripers at the Port of Stockton where boaters locate balls of bait, then go to work. Bass aren't huge, but there are plenty of 18- to 24-inchers.

Discovery Bay- Black bass bite is hopeful as water temps start to rise into the fifties. Don’t be surprised to start seeing some giants on the next moon cycle. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with rip baits and a-rigs searching ledges near flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are drop shotting 6 and 7 inch worms. Schoolie sized stripes are grabbing minnows drifted in the Indian Creek side. There seems to be a run on small minnows at many area shops. This would indicate a crappie bite but no ones talking 


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oh Its good to be back!

After weeks of Doc visits its great to start writing again.

Isleton Area Finally a break and back up and writing again. Bite is promising as salmon numbers are on the increase temps should become more normal. Salmon are showing for anglers from Isleton to Walnut Grove.   Most Salmon can be enticed with Silvertrons and Shasta Tackles new Scorpion spinners as well. Bank anglers this past week along the highway 160 from Decker to Isleton Bridge on cut baits grass shrimp, pile worms in the evenings to beat the scorching days . Cut baits and crawlers scored some nice catfish. Panfish bite is also on the upswing wax and red worms under bobbers out of the current.  Courtesy of Dan Mathisen Outdoors 

Walnut Grove  Heat slowed the trolling a bit, but an occasional 25 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up.  Silvertron and Wiggle warts are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for translucent patterns here. Bank anglers livers and cut baits prevail for plenty 2 to 4 pound catfish evenings are top for those looking for night fun.  Bass anglers try some smallie fishing, crankbaits and brown blue jigs and getting the Smallmouth.

Discovery Bay area  Top water fishing was great with the Hot conditions of the last week, Frogs and wake baits are scoring some nice fish as well. Bass pushing the 3 to 5 mark are showing on occasion. The keys are fishing higher current and shade. As the sun penetrates the water start punching. Schoolie sized Stripes are still showing in Old River From Disco south, River2Sea Rovers can draw an abundant topwater bite on most points All the way south to Tracy. Panfish bobber fishing action is improving throughout the area.

West Delta Mr .Diamondback is around  but boaters have best shot at  getting them Broad Slough, Bouy 1 and Pittsburg PG&E. While bank and pier anglers are getting decent action, again moving tide is the key for the stripers and catfish. Pile worms, shad and cut offerings are the best bet for them. Boaters in search of stripers look for the Eddo’s area to start .



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Simms unveiled new products at icast

http://www.anglingtrade.com/2013/07/09/simms-unveils-largest-offering-in-years/

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th from Dan and Sandra

Great morning on the water. Sandra and I wanted to say Happy 4th everybody as we go to fireworks in early catching some explosive Delta blackies.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Delta Report 7-3 Too Hot To Fish?

Isleton Area HOT, HOT,HOT but finally a break for the weekend as temps should become more normal. Smallies are showing for crank bait anglers from Isleton to Walnut Grove.  A few bronzebacks can be enticed with Old Ugly tubes as well. Bank anglers this past week along the highway 160 from Decker to Isleton Bridge on cut baits grass shrimp, pile worms in the evenings to beat the scorching days . Cut baits and crawlers scored some nice catfish. Panfish bite is also on the upswing wax and red worms under bobbers out of the current.  Striper trollers for stripers  caught and released about 8 fish to 12 fish per trip but has slowed a bit.  
Walnut Grove  Heat slowed the trolling a bit, but an occasional 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up.  Angry Eye minnows and Yo-Zuris are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit more call for Trout patterns here. Bank anglers livers and cut baits prevail for plenty 2 to 4 pound catfish evenings are top for those looking for Summer night fun.  Bass anglers try some smallie fishing, crankbaits and brown blue jigs and getting the Smallmouth.
Discovery Bay area  Top water fishing is starting to improve greatly with the Hot conditions of the last week, Frogs and wake baits are scoring some nice fish as well. Bass pushing the 3 to 5 mark are showing on occasion. The keys are fishing higher current and shade. As the sun penetrates the water start punching. Schoolie sized Stripes are still showing in Old River From Disco south, River2Sea Rovers can  draw an abundant topwater bite on most points All the way south to Tracy. Panfish bobber fishing action is improving throughout the area.
West Delta Mr .Diamondback is around  but boaters have best shot at  getting them Broad Slough, Bouy 1 and Pittsburg PG&E. While bank and pier anglers are getting decent action, again moving tide is the key for the stripers and catfish. Pile worms, shad and cut offerings are the best bet for them. Boaters in search of stripers look for the Eddo’s area to start producing this week with salmon being dropped in 
 "The U.S. Anglers Choice DELTA X TREME Teams will be making its 2nd stop of the 2013 season on Saturday July 6, 2013 at Russo's Marina on the California Delta.

NOTE: There is a time change, on all of the Delta Xtreme tournaments. The new time will be 5:30am to 11:30am or safelight to noon. Teams need to fish at least 4 of the 5 Delta Xtreme tournaments to qualify for the TOC based on points in the Delta Xtreme trail. . Teams who did not qualify for the TOC during the regular season may fish the Delta Xtreme trail to get a total of 7 events in two or more different trails to make the TOC via the Choice division. The Delta Xtreme trail is a great way to make up these additional tournaments you need to e Trail. This is a great way for you West Delta and East Delta teams that did not make the regular season cut to get a second bite at the apple and make the Oroville TOC.

For any questions or details regarding this or any future events, I can be reached at 916.801.4532 or email:
adorlopez@hotmail.com

 




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Delta Report...l like the Rain...

Isleton Area Rain and temps in the 70’s really not a bad way to start off the week, but heating up for the weekend. Bank anglers scored this past week along the highway 160 from Three Miles Slough Bridge to Isleton Bridge on cut baits grass shrimp, pile worms. Cut baits and crawlers scored some nice catfish. Panfish bite is also on the upswing wax and red worms under bobbers out of the current.  Smallies are showing for crankbait anglers from Isleton to Walnut Grove. Striper Trollers for stripers  caught and released about 8 fish to 12 fish per trip.  

Walnut Grove  Stick with the trolling! The trolling bite continues strong. Angry Eye minnows and Yo-Zuris are the top choices here as well, there seems to bit a bait more call for Trout patterns here. Bank anglers livers and cut baits prevail for plenty 2 to 4 pound catfish. For fun, try some smallie fishing, crankbaits and brown blue jigs and getting the Smallmouth.

Discovery Bay area  Schoolie sized Stripes have invaded the Old River From Disco south, River2Sea Rovers can  draw an abundant topwater bite on most points All the way south to Tracy. Bass pushing the 3 to 5 mark are showing on occasion, The keys are fishing higher current and shade. As the sun penetrates the water start punching. Top water fishing with Pop’Rs is starting to improve greatly with the conditions of the last week, Frogs and wake baits are scoring some nice fish as well. Panfish bobber fishing action is improving throughout the area.


West Delta Mr .Diamondback is around  but boaters have best shot at  getting them Broad Slough, Bouy 1 and Pittsburg PG&E. While bank and pier anglers are getting decent action, again moving tide is the key for the stripers and catfish. Pile worms, shad and cut offerings are the best bet for them. Boaters in search of stripers look for the Eddo’s area to start producing this week with salmon being dropped in 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tired of Broken Trolling Motor Cords?

Oh my I can't tell you how many cords I have broken over the years. Those that know me already know of balance issues due to health, yes I have gone overboard at the snap of a cord.. I made my own replacements in the past, yet they scratched the housings and boat. I was excited when long time friend and Irod Owner Matt Newman told me of the releasing his new Viking Marine Rip Cord.  Endorsed by two of the Best Anglers in the Country, Aaron Martens and Brent Ehler it had to be worth trying. Especially at a retail of around 20 bucks..

Step 1 
Remove existing Cord. Simply cut with a pair of dikes and remove handle (pic 1). Then use needle nose to remove from trolling motor latch and pull out. (pic 2). Hint: Pay attention to the routing of existing cord prior to removal.

  Step 2 
Run your New Viking Marine Rip Cord back through...

Step 3 
This is the most difficult step, attaching the handle. Pay close attention to the sleeves provided. one side is flat one is beveled.  Strip back about 1/2 to 3/4 inch of Vinyl  coating and twist sleeve onto bare cable. It takes some effort but push all the way on until touching vinyl. Crimp with good crimping toll and you're done.


The whole process took me about 7 minutes start to finish. (it took twice as long to Blog it) A great affordable replacement to cords of the past and at that price I am buying an extra just incase someone needs one on game day to keep in the boat! Thanks Matt