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New Addiction - Largemouth Bass Fishing

Posted 08-25-2009 at 11:57 PM by MoscaPescador
Updated 12-19-2009 at 08:02 PM by MoscaPescador (grammar)

Yesterday evening, bossman Ricky Bobby and I had a chance to fish with Captain Kevin Doran on the California Delta which is one of the nation's premier bass fisheries. "KD" is a popular guide because his specialty is topwater LMB fishing. Another claim to fame is that he was part of the Sage BASS rod design team.

Ricky Bobby and I are very experience fly fishermen, but we have never sought out LMB fishing topwater. So at the start of the trip, KD gave us instructions on tactics and explain why they work. One piece of infomation that stuck to me was that if the fly is one foot off the water, it's within play. So casting into rocks or tules was fair game.

On the first run, we fished up against a rock wall. Ricky Bobby and I were slamming our flies against the rocks. On one cast, as soon as I stripped the deer hair frog off the rock, an 8 inch LMB engulfed the fly. Fifty feet down the wall, I casted underneath some hanging brush. As the fly was coming out, another fish attacked the fly. I immediately strip set the fly, but I pulled the fly out of the fish's mouth.

Strip setting, I learned, wasn't the proper way to set a hook. It basically pulls the fly out of the fish's mouth. I lost probably a dozen fish this way.

Ricky Bobby had some great action. He's a better caster than I. His accuracy into the smallest corners helped him entice more fish with his presentation. He also had the biggest fish which was about 3 pounds.

The best thing about the trip is that Ricky Bobby and I have a better understanding of the topwater LMB scene. Today we went through the fly bins and put some flies on clearance because they were either too small or just the wrong flies. Ricky Bobby ordered the different flies that we used on our outing for the shop.

I now have a full understanding why so many people enjoy the topwater LMB game. The takes are violent. LMB will tug you to death. Another great thing, I can see the fly.

MP
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