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August 28, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 8/27/2017

Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 8/27/2017 – As most of you know I run a tournament trail called the “Rich Tauber Fishing Tour”. Many people know it as the “RTF Tour”. Had to post this great picture of my fantastic players this Saturday night. We didn’t have the biggest field in the world because many people were watching the fight on television…but my 24 fearless fisherman that decided “fishing is more important than fighting” had an absolutely wonderful time. In the winners Saturday were Chris Chandler and Dave DeLucca pictured holding the fish surrounded by some of the greatest fisherman in the history of Lake Casitas proud of all of you and glad to have you as my friends!

RTF "Casitas Nights" 8/26/2017 Final Results

August 13, 2017
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Saltwater Fishing Charter Report 06/06/2017

Saltwater Fishing Charter Report 06/06/2017 – By Captain Jake Klinshaw …

Today we had two long time members of the Los Angeles rod and reel club. Joel and Randy came out with hopes of catching a seabass on an artificial lure this morning. After the trek over the lake like conditions to get to the island, unfavorable water conditions caused us to look at many seabass that were lockjaw. We cut our losses for a seabass and went in tight to fish for grumpy boiler rock calico bass. Multiple double hookups and steady catching on mixed grade but overall nice size calicos ensued for several hours thereafter. Saw really good signs like multiple bass followers chasing hooked ones to the boat and a huge school of barracuda on the way home. Signs that lead to exciting things for the future. Hope we see you on the water!

-Captain Jake Klinshaw

June 30, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 06/30/2017 – Basic Principals of Tournament Fishing

Title: Basic Principals of Tournament Fishing 

It all starts that memorable day when each and everyone of us catch our first ever largemouth bass. It's just the American way. Americans love to challenge themselves and the moment you catch your first ever largemouth bass the first thought in your mind is how can I go about catching more? It's just the American way I guess. I found out very quickly that the best way to improve as a bass angler was to get around people that could beat me. People that were better fisherman than myself. Even when I was in my early teens when I first joined my first ever bass club I was mesmerized by the gentleman in the club that were better fisherman than myself. And the more you get around good fisherman the more you want to find others that can teach you more about the sport. That was always my attraction to contest fishing, the ability to compete in an event and leave that tournament and know a lot more about the sport than I did before I went. Really that's what drove me from starting out in a small bass club in the mid-70s to spending nearly 20 years fishing with the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society in televised bass fishing tournaments. The thing I miss most now that I’m basically retired from fishing professional bass tournaments other than our U.S. Open each year is how much I miss being around the top fishermen in the world and learning from them on a daily basis. That's why I've always recommended fisherman of all levels to pursue some type of competitive environment that will stretch their minds so they can improve their angling skills. Without question contest fishing is the best way to improve your skills as an angler so today I'm going to go over the basic principles that are necessary for consistent contest bass fishing.

Let me say the basic mental approach that I'm about to explain works whether you're fishing in a small bass fishing club tournament or fishing with the Bass Masters on ESPN in a televised fishing tournament. The approach is exactly the same every single time. There are no changes. There are the obvious preparations that all of you are aware of. If you're using your own boat in the fishing event you of course want to make sure that your boat is in good running order and you have all the precautionary parts and pieces on board so that you can eliminate that controllable variable. Having your boat running and in good shape eliminates that issue. You of course want to practice on the lake or reservoir that you're fishing as much as you possibly can prior to the fishing event. You obviously want to take a look at the weather and try to prepare so that you can control that variable and be dressed properly so that you can focus on what you're doing during the contest day. These are all pretty much basic things that most everyone of us do to compete in a fishing tournament. The part that throws so many bass anglers for a loop is the mental side of the sport of contest fishing or tournament fishing. This is the part that most every tournament angler overlooks and it's without question the most important part of the entire process. I really want to focus on this mental preparation as this will be the key to you having consistent contest performances throughout your fishing career.

First don't get too wound up about the competition that you're involved with too far ahead of the actual competition time. Slowly build your mind as you work your way towards getting ready to make your final decisions the night before you're about to compete in a contest. It's great to have theories and ideas for weeks or months prior to a fishing tournament. But don't let them overwhelm your mind and clutter your thinking. What I mean by this is anglers will go practice for a tournament two weeks before the event and get so set in their ways that they have it all figured out and that's exactly the way that they're going to go about fishing the tournament not taking into consideration how much the conditions will change in those two weeks until the event actually starts. When you're mentally getting ready take everything in stride. Take it for what it's worth. And don't make any decisions or determinations as to how you're going to go about competing until the actual day prior to the event. This is the same thing that we use during multiple day tournaments. What I mean is each and every day of a 3 to 4 day tournament we set down at night let's say after the second day of competition and decide at that point what we will do on the next day of competition. After the third day of competition we set down that night and then think about what we will do on the fourth and final day of competition. Once again everything must stay consistent. Too many fishermen come to me and tell me exactly what they plan on doing three weeks before a fishing tournament. You just can't have any consistency operating in this fashion. Calmly consider all the conditions and the day before the tournament you will make up your mind as to how you're going to progress with your day. What I mean by this is you are going to take an allotted amount of time and tell yourself that you were going to spend a certain amount of time on the first day of the tournament in a certain area. You fish calmly and with confidence in that area and don't rush the process. Panic and fear are the two largest enemies of any contest fisherman. Anglers that have premeditated that I believe in an area and I'm going to go to that area and I'm going to give it time and work it thoroughly have always been the most successful. The night before your fishing tournament you're already have made preparations in your mind that if your area does not work and believe me most of the time it won't. That you already have premeditated another area that you're going to go to and fish for the second part of the day. Maybe the remainder of the day. But based on the number of fishing locations that you have a premeditated plan or schedule set up in your mind as to how long you will spend in each area. A small hypothetical example of this would be I say to myself prior to the US open. I'm going to spend the first four hours of the U.S. Open fishing in the Virgin Basin. If that does not work,,and there's a good chance it won't I will then run to the Echo Bay area and spend the remainder of my day. I've taken into consideration that Lake Mead is a large body of water and I know that I can only possibly fish two basic areas based on the size of the lake during an eight hour day. Regardless of what happens during the first day of competition I don't stray off of this premeditated plan. What I'm getting at is when you set up your fishing day make sure that you look at the lake that you're fishing and set a plan of exactly how much time you want to spend in each particular area of the lake or river that you're fishing. No matter what happens you stick to your plan and you follow it through. Remember you don't have to be right. What I mean by this is you fish with confidence knowing that there's a chance that your decision was wrong. There's a chance that you won't do well in the tournament. But one things for sure you're going to fish with confidence and you're going to fish calmly and you're going to believe in your plan. If you get to the weigh-in and you happen to not do well it's okay. You came up with a theory you came up with a plan and you followed through. This is how you improve as a contest angler. Now I'm not telling you that while you're on the water in your contest at 10 o'clock in the morning and you happen to see some fish breaking in some obscure place as you're moving to one of your next fishing spots of course you modify your plan and go over there and catch em. What I'm basically trying to say is too many anglers get on the water and when their very first spot doesn't work there absolutely lost from that point on. They are looking at their partners for help and scratching their head and not really sure exactly what they're supposed to be doing. Professionals do not do this. They live with their mistakes. It's okay. You come up with a theory, a plan and you follow through on it. If it's a two day tournament you'll have the opportunity that evening to reassess your plan and set up another game plan for day two of the contest. If it's just a one-day tournament you'll leave and be able to hold your head high knowing that you came up with a plan and you follow through and it just did not work this time. You make your choice on what lures and techniques you believe will be best for the competition you're involved in and you move accordingly. I am not telling you at all to be stubborn and go out and just fish one place with one technique and if it doesn't work just go up in flames in the fishing tournament. No I'm not saying that at all. What I am saying is that you come up with a solid game plan that shows some versatility in fishing techniques and areas that you're fishing. Take the two or three best areas that you have in your mind and the two or three best fishing techniques that you believe will work and utilize those in strategic periods of time throughout that day of competition. Believe me the tournaments I feel worse about in my career where tournaments where I strayed off of my original game plan and found myself confused and lost as I was competing. It happens to the very best of all fisherman. But if you make a conscious decision the day before your competition as to exactly what you're going to do believe me you'll sleep much better at night.

Many people have come up to me over the years and say I remember Rich seeing you at a seminar many years ago. You told me that "No fish has ever talked so therefore the entire sport must be based on the theory". And you know that's probably one of the greatest quotes I ever came up with. But it's so true. No fish has ever talked so this entire sport is based on a theory and that's something you must always keep in mind. Go out there and utilize the theory that you believe in. Sure there are anglers that will stand around the award ceremony and complain about a fish that they lost, boat troubles during the day, mechanical issues, but without question the most common mistake and the most frustrating element of contest bass fishing are the mental mistakes that we anglers do to ourselves during the tournament. Mental breakdowns by anglers and competitors are without question the most common mistake made by contest fisherman today. Yes get your boat ready for competition, put the best fishing line you can purchase on those quality rods and reels that you'll be using during competition. Make sure that you're trolling motor is running well and your big engine is tuned up and ready to go. These are all controllable variables for any contest fisherman. The most important tuneup is with your mind the night before. The basic principles. Relax. Start out in the morning with a calm approach as to what you are about to embark on. Put your boat in the water and calmly set yourself up for your game plan. Follow your game plan to a T and fish with confidence and your head high. Give the fish a chance to come to you. I can remember very few tournaments where I started out in a nervous condition and started to fish in some type of a panic state that anything good ever came of it. If you'll calmly move yourself into the very first spot you want to fish in the morning and fish calmly and confidently that's how tournaments are won. That's where the term letting the fish come to you got started. Anglers calmly go about their day and find themselves in good situations that produce winning stringers. 

Last but not least try to make sure that when the competition is over that you do you spend time with fellow competitors talking about the fishing day. There's so much that can be learned from a successful day and also a very unsuccessful day on the water. Sometimes they're so much more that can be learned from an unsuccessful day if you'll just take the time to speak with some of the anglers you know that found their way to the winner circle. Taking that time after the event to set down and even if you only get a small amount of information it can be so helpful in making better decisions at your next event. Learn from every victory and every defeat. All the best and good luck in your next competitive event.

Rich Tauber Fishing
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June 17, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 06/16/2017

Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 06/16/2017 – Once again it's time for our annual summer fishing special! All of us at RTF want to try to get as many youngsters and families out fishing this summer as possible. So here we go again with a $200 flat rate price for our half-day fishing trip which is four hours. We also offer a flat rate $300 price for a full day trip which is eight hours. You can choose the bass boat or the pontoon boat which are pictured. This offer expires on July 31, 2017. Anglers interested in more information can call or text me at 818-439-1154.

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June 7, 2017
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Southern California Fishing Guide Service – Early Season Grass Fishing 06/06/2017

Southern California Fishing Guide Service – Early Season Grass Fishing 06/06/2017 – Well here we go it’s that time of the year for our bass fishing guide clients at Lake Casitas in Ventura California and most of our western reservoirs as we are beginning to see photosynthesis that is creating grass beds and grass fields throughout our California lakes. I thought I would go over some simple basic principles for fishing grass that most bass anglers overlook. I've always told my fishing guide clients at Lake Casitas in Ventura California grass is natures way of constructing high-rise apartments and condominiums for bass. I've always felt like these grass fields are at basses way of staking claim in a new housing development. Let's face it grass beds provide fantastic cover and the fish absolutely gravitate to these spots all throughout the west. One of the keys early in the season is trying to find the location on your lake where the greatest amount of grass is growing. This is where you want to focus your efforts. You want to try to find what area of the lake harbors the best grass especially early in the season. Once the entire lake is covered with grass the proposition gets much trickier. But early in the season and you can have a tremendous edge and actually be able to be lead right to the fish if you concentrate on where these first areas of grass begin to grow. When you're fishing this early grass it is never a question as to whether or not the bass are there. The fish are there! Just trust me it's one of the few times and fishing when you find grass especially early in the season there is no question you are fishing in the correct spot. Once that grass begins to grow everywhere like I said things will get much more difficult for you. The grass filtrates the water and provides nice clear water with good oxygen content so it's a perfect situation to harbor large areas of fish and  perfect for baitfish to move through. The best part about fishing grass is the anglers confidence in knowing that they are fishing the correct spot. There's no question about that. Now the question is whether or not you can catch these fish they are located in this early-season grass.

Early Season Grass Fishing

 

I want to make this very clear and it's actually super simple. Everything about grass fishing is about keeping your bait clean. Let me repeat that. At all times do everything possible to keep your bait clean and your way ahead of the game. Let me make this clear what I mean by "clean" is a lure that has absolutely no grass hanging from it or attached to it after each and every cast. Do not choose lures that do not work properly in the grass and come back after each and every cast with grass hanging on them. You need to limit your selections to baits that come back "clean". This is crucial. Let me give you the easiest example that I can. You elect to go ahead and fish a grass bed with a drop shot plastic worm. You want to make sure that you have a Texas rig hook that is small and sleek and will work through the grass in a clean fashion. You want to select a drop weight that is made for fishing grass. For instants I use a "Bakudan skinny drop shop weight" when ever I fish grass. Once again I'm just trying to make my rig as grass free as possible. Do you not pull up to grass field and throw the same drop shot plastic worm set up that you have fished all winter when there was no grass around. Put away the round drop shot weights. Put away the open hooks that you nose hook your drop shot worm with. Those are used for winter and spring when there's absolutely no grass in the lake. Now listen if you're going to fish in deep water outside of the grass lines that's a different issue. But if you're going to fish where the fish are right up in the grass you have to have a clean bait. Another good example: you love to use a football head jig it's a great fishing lure. But it's a terrible lure in grass. You can still fish a jig in grass but you got to put the football head jig away. Pick up a jig that is made for fishing grass. Most manufacturers make jigs that our grass specific. I don't care how much you like that one particular football head jig it's just not going to work when fishing is thick grass. You have to make the change. No matter how much success you had this winter and spring the world is different now the grass is growing so you have to change your approach. Every bait that you select when fishing grass say to yourself how clean will bait come through the cover. I know I'm going on about this but it's without question the biggest mistake I see anglers make. They make absolutely no changes to their lures or rigging and continue to fish in the grass and wonder why their results fall off dramatically. It's because your bait is covered with grass and it's what we call "dirty". You can't have anything hanging on your bait when you're fishing it. Your bait has to fish nice and clean. You'll know when you have the right rigging when cast after cast your bait will come through the cover clean and be ready for the next cast. If you find yourself every other cast having to pick away at your lure you have made the wrong selection. Another great example is if the grass is not matted on the surface a buzzbait can be a fantastic lure. But if you cast a buzzbait and every other cast you have grass hanging off your best bait you've made a poor selection. Maybe you can continue with the buzzbait but the style of the buzz bait you're using just catches too much grass. Just try to make modifications to your lure selection so that your lure is always clean. A perfect example is the success of the top water frog. It's greatest asset is that in matted conditions the frog can come through the area clean. I've never really believed that the frog is the absolute reason the lure works so well I think it's the fact that the frog comes through the water so clean. 

So next time out once you've located that first good patch of grass on your reservoir remember to look at your tacklebox in a different fashion. Try to make lure selections and modifications to your rigging so that your day is as clean as possible. That your bait each and every cast comes out of the water with little or no grass on it. Preferably with absolutely no grass at all is always best. I understand that all of us have to pick away at our bait just a little bit during the day when fishing grass but it should not overcome your day. It should be a small part of the day. Many many lures will work in grassy areas but the best ones are the ones that fish clean in and around the locations in the grass where the fish live.

Byline: Anyone with questions about this article or have any questions for Rich can always contact him at RichTauberFishing.com

 

March 18, 2017
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Saltwater Fishing Guide Report 03/15/2017

Saltwater Fishing Guide Report 03/15/2017By Captain Jake Klinshaw … Just wanted give a quick report on the saltwater side of things. Splashed the new  Bahia in saltwater for the first time yesterday with owner Rich Tauber. Launched out of Channel Islands harbor (our harbor we will mostly be operating out of to fish our local waters) and ran outside for a test run. Like predicted, the boat handles incredibly on the ocean! Even had some time to stop at a couple local spots I know of to break the boat in with calico bass, sand bass, cabezon, sculpin and a quick limit of rockfish for dinner. Early spring time conditions are upon us and it's shaping up to be another incredible season. I personally am looking forward to being the captain of this beautiful boat and have high anticipation of an exiting rest of our local fishing year.

March 14, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 03/14/2017

Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 03/14/2017 – Wow what a difference a month makes. Since the last time we talked the entire western United States has had an onslaught of rain and snow and reservoirs all throughout the western part of this country are flooded, at full pool, or back to reasonable water levels which is going to be a tremendous shot in the arm for the entire western bass fishing industry. It's without question the most exciting event to hit western anglers in a long time and I has to put a smile on everyone's face as the future is so bright with so many fantastic bass fishing opportunities. With that said the entire western United States is in the middle of a full-blown spawn and the spring bass fishing season is in high gear I thought we go over some of the truths about what spring bass fishing is really all about and clear up some of the misnomers about the spring season. When you spend almost every single day floating on the water and working with fishing clients you get to hear a lot of interesting questions and some of them are quite common at certain times of the year. I'd like to go over some of the most commonly asked questions and clear up some of the most misunderstood facets of the sport of spring bass fishing. First and foremost it's a very important for anglers to understand that when a bass is in the spawning mode eating has absolutely nothing to do with their day-to-day life. To the best of our knowledge fish do not eat at all during the actual spawning cycle. Whether or not this period is 3 to 4 days or 1 to 2 weeks has never been very clear. But we do know is that bass that are caught while involved in the spawning process almost always are caught in some form or fashion of defending their spawning bed or area that they choose to nest in, or fry that they have produced. Just so that we're clear fry is a terminology used for freshly hatched small bass. Fry appear almost dust like in the water as brown very small dots in a dust like fashion. Once again let me make this clear fish do not eat during the spawning process period! The reason spring bass fishing is so productive is bass are willing to defend certain areas or certain zones as this is natures way of protecting and defending their spawning process. This is why I have always made quite a stance on the sport of sight fishing. Anglers will talk about how wrong it is for fishermen to target and fish for bass that they can see visually with their eyes. But that same angler has absolutely no problem throwing his crankbait out at long-distance and cranking it in shallow water and as that crankbait goes through a spawning area and the fish attacks the bait this somehow makes that catch somewhat of a sporting like achievement. Let's be honest with ourselves and the sport that were involved in. In the spring of the year a great majority of the fish in all of our Western lakes, reservoirs and tidal waters are defending spawn related areas. Most all of the catches in the spring come from bass defending an area and your bait happens to go through that zone and that fish gets caught. Whether you see the fish before you catch it or not that fish was most likely spawning. It's just a simple fact that goes with our sport. That being said this is why it is so important during this time of the year to release all the bass that you catch even if you did not see the fish before you caught it that fish is in an area getting ready to spawn or defending an area that the fish has spawned in. Most anglers that I speak with have no idea that a great majority of the fish are not feeding during this time of year. I spend a great deal of talk time making it clear to anglers that can physically see a fish in the water that you want to move your bait in a fashion that makes the fish react to your bait. You want to aggravate the fish in a fashion so that they will strike your bait. So many fishermen make a presentation to a fish that they see in shallow water and slowly work the bait right in front of the fish as if the fish is going to go up to the bait and eat the bait. That's just not part of their life at this time of year. I know this is a known fact to many professional anglers but there are so many of our anglers out there that have no idea that eating is just not part of the program at this time of the season. So don't present your bait in a fashion where you're trying to get the fish to eat your bait you want to present your bait in a fashion that will aggravate the fish into striking your bait.

Another thing that you will notice at this time of year are certain markings and colors on the fish that you catch. One of the most common is what we call "Blacktail". Especially when you see fish in shallow water you'll notice that their tail has a black almost halo like finish on the very end of it. This is very common for the spring of the year. There's not much known about why this happens but it is very very prevalent during the spring of the year. What is known is that these markings appear on some of the bass during some period of the spawning cycle. Another thing that you'll notice in the spring of the year is many times you will see and tails on bass that have been "brushed off" from building a bed for the spawning season. This is very common place and heals on its own and is quite normal for this time of year. Many of the bass that you will catch will have sores and red marks and other almost disease like looking markings on fish during this time of year. These are fish that are very weak and tired from a long spawning process. It is quite normal and nothing to be alarmed about. As fish begin to gorge themselves on crayfish and threadfin shad right after the spawn they will build up their strength and get their natural weight back. As they beef up on shad and crawfish these markings and sores will heal on their own.

Some of the absolute best reaction bait fishing always occurs just after the spawn. Fish as we talked about begin to gorge themselves on crayfish and shad and these are bass that are actually feeding and they're feeding hard. These are fish that you want to present your bait in a fashion to allow them to eat your bait. They are no longer in the mode of defending anything. They're interested in getting their body weight and mass back up again. This is just natures way. The fish will gorge on shad, crayfish and anything else they can capture to build their strength back and get back to a normal healthy weight. Once fish have finished the spawn this is when you want to utilize lures that mimic these food sources. This is when you will find fish schooled in certain areas and the fishing at times can be absolutely fantastic. This is when we get back to the mindset of "catching" fish and feeding them a bait in a fashion where they will eat our lure presentation. I think this is a very important fact that is overlooked by most anglers. Most anglers go fishing in the spring and really don't understand the two distinct differences between a fish spawning and a fish that is in the post spawn period. It is very important for you to try to understand these two very different periods of the spring spawning season. It will be a crucial part of your success as to how you present your bait based on what cycle the fish are in.

Well with that being said I think the most important thing for us all to remember is to release as many bass as possible at this time of the season. Go out and enjoy the sport we love as this is the golden timeframe for all of us in the bass fishing world.

February 21, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 02/20/2017

Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 02/20/2017 – Great video of the water charging into Lake Casitas over the weekend. This is just fantastic news for our bass fishing guide clients. The lake is set to touch 500 feet above sea level this coming weekend. This is up 16 vertical feet from November 15, 2016! This gives our clients an opportunity to fish what we call "Up and In" as now we can utilize heavier fishing line, a spinnerbait and various other techniques that will now come in to play. Should be really entertaining for guide clients who for the most part have been forced to fish light line over the last 5 to 6 years. Anglers interested in booking a fishing trip can call or text me at 818-439-1154 for more information.

February 8, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 02/07/2017 – Challenges of Early Spring Time Bass Fishing

Title: Challenges of Early Spring Time Bass Fishing.

Well this is the time of year we all wait for as bass anglers. With a fantastic amount of western rainfall and snowpack the entire west got a super jumpstart on the spring season and it's future over the last few weeks with all the storms we've had in the western United States. As I write this there's a tremendous band of beautiful warm weather in front of us and we all know there's more storms heading west for the spring season. I'm sure we have quite a few more battles in front of us as we try to maneuver through the storms of the spring season but for the most part the spawning season has arrived for much of the western United States. Even though I have spent quite a bit of time speaking about how incredible it is for us as bass anglers to enjoy the springtime season. That doesn't necessarily mean that everyone of your fishing trips is going to be a complete slamdunk. Can't simply just drop your boat in the water and expect springtime is here to rescue you from all of your weaknesses that you may have in your fishing game. The spring of the year requires a lot more flexibility an adjustment than one might think. Yes on the perfect sunny days that are beautiful and water clarity is  fantastic sometimes spring fishing can be quite easy. During perfect condition you have so many options. You can set the boat out in 12 to 15 feet of water and cast a plastic worm, a Senko and many other well-known springtime weapons. When the surface of the water is smooth and you have 10 to 15 feet of visibility in the water boy there's all kinds of options for site fishing and all kinds of cool stuff. On those perfect days in the spring when conditions are right you can have some of the greatest days of your life and actually begin to believe although it's just for a few brief moments that this sport of bass fishing can actually be quite easy. I really don't think that you need my help when conditions are perfect. What I have noticed in the spring of the year is when the weather gets a bit nasty and you have overcast conditions and you don't really have the optimum conditions that you would want for your day spring fishing can get a bit tricky. I thought we would talk about some of the techniques you can use to maximize your effort when the weather isn't cooperating as you had hoped for. One of the toughest things that anglers run into across the western states is low light conditions early in the morning when they launch their boats. It's what many of us in professional fishing call "Fishing in the Gray". Fishing in the gray is actually a term that was taken from ocean skippers all up and down the California coastline. We have so much fog along our Pacific Coast that it's a slang term for going fishing under gray skies or foggy conditions. A typical situation would be you I plan to go out and do some site fishing first thing in the morning and the overcast conditions make that very difficult. I would go ahead make the choice to start your morning off with all of your casting techniques. Pick the area of the lake that you believe you want to start in and rather than trying to look for fish in that area make long casts and fish the area thoroughly and wait for the conditions to get better. Don't go out and try to force something that the conditions are right for. You will have your window of time where you will have a chance at the sun coming out and the surface of the water being smooth where you can capitalize on a key sight fish. It's much like fishing a spinner bait. Sometimes of the year you'll want to go out and fish a spinnerbait but there's no wind to make the spinner bait bite really happen. Yet you still go out and try to fish the spinnerbait under less than perfect conditions and really don't have any success. It's the same way in the spring when your sight fishing. Don't force the issue. Speaking of the spinnerbait you may go out in the spring of the year and have overcast windy conditions first thing in the morning. Put your whole sight fishing game plan behind you and get to work with a crank bait and a spinner bait in the same shallow water areas that you believe the fish are spawning in. Utilize the techniques that you have that work best under those conditions. Like I said as the morning progresses conditions will change and you will have other opportunities to utilize different techniques. Another thing that I found very common in the spring of the year is on a warm sunny day you'll see lots of fish in shallow water or catch lots of fish in shallow water that are often aggressive during those warm sunny afternoons. On the very next day you will go out fishing in the same area and the conditions will be cold and windy. You'll notice that the fish aren't in that shallow water, it seems as though they vanished. Most likely those fish have moved out on a ledge or drop off that's adjacent to the area. Fish really like to sit out and stage in a bit deeper water when the conditions are not perfect for them. Later in the day if the sun comes out and the water warms you'll notice those same fish will run right back into that shallow water and you'll begin to see them like you did the day prior. I guess the focus of this is don't believe that the fish just move into shallow water and stay there permanently through the spawning cycle. The fish still move and change each and every day based on the conditions. It's very important that you make those changes with the fish. We are all of the belief that  a warm sunny beautiful day is the optimum situation for the fish to come into shallow water and set up around something and really get after it during the spawning season. Most of us are also of the belief that if you have nasty cold windy conditions that those same fish that were in shallow water the day before will move into deeper water and almost sit back and wait for conditions to get better. You will notice for the most part that most of the fish in your area are still there but sitting out in slightly deeper water and staging waiting for better conditions. Most of us are also of the belief that once a fish is right in the middle of its spawning cycle almost any kind of weather can come through and that fish just will not leave. These are very few of the fish though. There's only a certain number of fish there in the absolute peak of their spawning session and just refuse to leave. With that being the case the majority of your fish are going to be out deeper water on those cold nasty days. It's a major mistake for you as an angler to fish under beautiful conditions and find an area loaded with fish and just continue to fish there regardless of the conditions. That's a just a major mistake made in the spring of the year. This spring can still be one of the very toughest times that you have as an angler. The only saving grace for us bass fisherman is that as most of us know once spring is in full swing most the time the weather becomes pretty consistent. That's really the saving grace for us bass fisherman during the spring season. That good consistent warming weather keeps those fish up and aggressive for us to experience fantastic fishing. Just be prepared every day that you go fishing in the spring and know that if any adverse conditions come through you're going to have to make changes in your approach. If you do not make the changes you will suffer through a very tough fishing day. As a basic overview try to keep your fishing from 2 to 10 feet of water throughout the spring season when you do how the Octomom sunny warm conditions. When things get windy, cold and nasty try to move your focus more to 12 to 20 feet of water even 25 feet as a general rule. Try to narrow your lure selection to baits that actually touch the bottom. For instants try to focus on a plastic worm, a jig, a split shot plastic worm. If you're going to use a crank bait make sure it's a crank bait it actually makes bottom contact throughout the retrieve. Make sure it's a crankbait that will hit the bottom in anywhere from 2 to 15 feet of water. If it's cold and nasty definitely pick a crankbait that you can fish down into 20 to 25 feet of water. I've always been of the belief that fish are very very bottom focused during this time of year. It's just a personal theory but I really believe that fish are very very focused on the bottom at this particular time of year. You've heard me talk quite a bit about suspended fish at different times of the year. This is not one of those times. I'm a big believer that the fish are looking down and really focused on things on the bottom. Whatever lure you select just try to remember to keep that bottom contact during this time of year. Enjoy your spring time fishing but don't take it lightly. You can make a major mistake by going to the lake and just expecting the fishing to be fantastic everyday in the spring. When nasty cold weather comes through it could be some of the toughest fishing you'll experience this season. Be ready for it. If you don't enjoy success right off in the morning be prepared to adjust into slightly deeper water and use your electronics and look for subtle breaks, hills, ledges and isolated cover in deeper water that you think the fish may move to once inclement weather comes to town.

January 26, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 01/25/2017

Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 01/25/2017 – We wanted our Lake Casitas bass fishing guide clients to check out just one of several fantastic videos that we have from last weekend's monster storm. This influx of freshwater rushing into Lake Casitas sets us up for a fantastic spring spawning season. We have already seen lots of fish moving into shallow water to spawn and a full moon is set for February 11. Anglers interested in booking a bass fishing guide trip can call or text me directly at 818-439-1154.