January 16, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 01/15/2017 – With a full moon set for February 11, 2017 this is the time for clients to begin to book fishing trips for an incredible spring season at Lake Casitas in Ventura California. Here is just one of several pictures of our February fishing clients from 2016. Each and every year we see a huge movement of fish into shallow water on this February moon. All of Southern California is aware that Lake Casitas is one of the very first places where fish move into shallow water to spawn and it's the place to be in Southern California. Anglers interested in booking their fishing trip for the month of February can call or text me at 818-439-1154.
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January 11, 2017
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Winter and Early Pre-Spawn Movement.
We're super super close but we're not quite there yet. That's right I know it's hard to believe but as an example here at Lake Casitas in Ventura California we're maybe 30 days away from seeing our first cycle of bass move into shallow water to spawn. All of us are constantly reminded each and every year when we see bass fry in the water very early in the season just how early some of the fish move into shallow water to spawn. Now let's make it clear I'm not trying to sell the theory that there's large volumes of fish that move into shallow water during the month of January and February. What I can tell you is that more fish and especially large fish move in early in the season to spawn than most all of us will ever be aware of. As we all anxiously await the first sign of bass moving into shallow water and start to build nests in the ultra clear waters of the western United States. This is really a super fun time for us. We have all this beautiful clearwater and have some of the most famous reservoirs in the country for spotting that bass of a lifetime. Until that first sign of bass showing up in shallow water where you can visually spot them I thought I would go over the specifics of pre-spawn fishing. I thought I would go over exactly what pre-spawn fishing is really all about. Kind of clarify for people exactly what the term pre-spawn means and share with you a couple of my best techniques for this time of year.
The actual term pre-spawn means bass that are setting up in staging area and getting ready to move into shallow water and build spawning beds in anywhere from 2 to 15 feet of water. Usually bass will pick a spot that is very close to an area that they like to spawn and kind of set up there. What I mean by this is the fish will pick a little drop off or ledge with some good deepwater access nearby where they can set up and feed on threadfin shad and crayfish and bulk up as they prepare for the long and tenuous act which we call spawning. Bass will stage in these types of areas, these ledges and drop off next to shallow spawning areas and you can generate some fantastic fishing as the fish appeared to be somewhat grouped up on these isolated places. This can be one of the best times of the year if you are fortunate enough to find one of these super cool pre-spawn areas as you can set there for a good 30 to 40 days and catch quality bass that are all set up on this one isolated spot. The trouble is finding a spot like that. But it is exciting and that's why so many of us love pre-spawn fishing because it gives you that opportunity to look around and hopefully find one of those spots. Try to focus on areas of the lake that you believe the most bass spawn in and try to locate ledges or drop offs that are in close proximity to those areas and that's your best chance of locating your own secret spot to catch pre-spawn bass. Boy when you find a spot like that it's really cool. A lot of the bass are super chunky and healthy and look fantastic as they get ready for it this spring spawning season.
Now let's get into some of the favorite pre-spawn lures and techniques that you can use. Without question one of the greatest pre-spawn weapons is a lead head jig. First of all let's talk about your set up. Of course I recommend a baitcasting outfit for this type of fishing. A 6 1/2 to 7 foot long medium heavy action bait casting rod is best. As most of you know I'm a big Daiwa guy and I always like to use technique specific equipment for each lure than I'm fishing. I like to use it worm/jig rod manufactured by Daiwa and put that rod together with one of the brand-new Tatula casting reels. Let me tell you if you have not tried one of these new Tatula reels you absolutely need to check it out. I've got three or four of them now and I absolutely love them. They have a super cool low-profile and a slightly larger spool as far as width goes. I like this because I can use this new Tatula reel and do a lot more things with it. For instance it's a fantastic reel for fishing the larger swim baits and umbrella rigs. It has just a tad more line capacity and that works well for fishing jigs also. The fact that when you press the thumb bar down and the line guide pops completely open is fantastic. What I mean by pops open is that the actual level wine pops open yet the hood of the reel and top of the reel stay completely rigid. This allows you to press the button and make some of the longest casts that you ever make in your life. The fact that that level wind completely pops open and there is so much area for your fishing line and it not be hindered by that level wine is what makes the difference in this fishing reel. It feels like every other fishing reel that you fished with. The difference in the Tatula is the fact that when you press that button the reel feels like every reel that you own except this one will cast better than anything you've ever used. The reel has an absolutely incredible handle on it also which I really love. It feels great in your hand and has the perfect amount of texture on it and really is built for power. Probably the most attractive thing to most people about the Tatula reel is it's super affordable. You can purchase this reel for under $150 and have something that you will have with you for a very very long time and you'll be able to cast a variety of baits with tremendous distance. For my jig fishing I like to take the Tatula real and match it with a technique specific Daiwa worm/jig rods and you will be set up with one of the best outfits you'll ever use. As far as fishing the jig the most important thing is to fish the jig with confidence and stick with it. This is a quality fish bait. Sure you can catch more fish on a drop shot plastic worm or shaky head worm or any variety of worm techniques. But the Jig produces quality bass and it's very rewarding at this time of year. What's nice about jig fishing at this time of year is the bass are really focused on feeding on crayfish in the pre-spawn season and you're actually choosing the bait that the bass are very very focused on. This is always a good thing and this is one of the few times that I tell anglers to try to focus on fishing jigs at this time of year. There's a lot of times during the year were I don't think that a jig is the best choice when it comes to bass fishing. This does not happen to be one of those times. The spring is when you want to pull your jigs out of your tacklebox and focus on it in particular during the pre-spawn season. I like to fish the jig on 10 to 12 pound florocarbon fishing line. I think it would be a good idea for some of you to look into some of the new green florocarbon fishing lines that are available. I started to experiment with that myself and I have noticed osome pretty good results. If you're fishing a smaller lighter jig 10 pound floral carbon is a really good choice. If you're fishing a heavier jig usually 12 pound florocarbon is your best choice. About the heaviest line that I ever fish the jig on is 15 pound florocarbon and that's when I feel pretty confident about the spot and that the water color is a bit stained where I feel like I can get away with the 15 pound test line. I don't know about you but I feel pretty confident when I hang a bass on 12 pound test line. It's pretty strong stuff and you can handle most anything that you hook. Tie the jig to the florocarbon with a Palomar not. Try to focus on fishing your jig slow and keep it on the bottom. You can experiment with small movements and twitches in your rod tip as you move through the day. You sometimes can dead stick the jig as you move it along, even stop it for 20 to 30 seconds maybe even longer on certain fishing spots whatever retrieve that you come up with is fine, the biggest problem with jig fishing is most of the people end up putting it down. Be devoted to fishing with the jig and fish it hard. Give it some time and keep grinding away at it. This bait will produce quality bass and like I said this is the time of year you want to develop your confidence when it comes to jig fishing. As far as colors of jigs you can use a wide variety of colors but I recommend you start with something that you have confidence in. Some of my top color choices are obviously the old standby a brown half ounce football head jig with a purple trailer. Without question a brown football head jig with a purple trailer whether the trailer be plastic or pork has absolutely been my number one producer for me over the last 20 years. It can be like I said a pork frog chunk if you like but I really like to use a zoom chunk trailer also in a purple color. If I had to pick a second color it would definitely be watermelon with red flake. I like to use a watermelon red flake jig with a matching trailer. Then my third choice would probably be a straight black jig. What I mean by straight is a black jig with a matching black trailer. Those would be my three top color choices for fishing in the western United States. I really feel like it if you have those three basic colors you're pretty well set. Try to focus on fishing a 3/8 ounce jig and also a half ounce jig those being your two top choices. Don't focus too much on the color of your bait, focus more on sticking with the jig and fishing it hard and keeping it on the bottom and fishing it slow. If you'll focus on those simple facts that will produce the best results. Good luck with your pre-spawn fishing and if any of you ever have any questions about this article or any of my other columns you're always welcome to visit me at www.RichTauberFishing.com.
January 9, 2017
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Castiac Lake Fishing Guide Report 01/08/2017 – Our guide service is pushing all of our attention toward Castaic Lake in Castaic California. We had a very very difficult week of fishing at Pyramid Lake. I personally took trips the last three days in a row and had little to no success. Today things started on an upward swing as we are now seeing good movement of large 5 to 7 pound striped bass at Castaic Lake. There's a variety of techniques that work and we are very excited about what the coming week will bring. Anglers interested in booking a fishing trip and call or text me at 818-439-1154.
January 5, 2017
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This summer we will have a boat and a captain available for local saltwater fishing – Jake Klinshaw our saltwater inshore and island captain with some exciting news today: I ordered 6 fully custom rods from Seeker and am going to get some reels for them so that way we have designated boat rods for the 2017 Ranger Bahia 22 foot center console. That way if anybody wants to book a trip and does not have the right tackle or would like to use it we have that option. There's 3 each of two different types that are totally versatile for any application of fishing we'll be doing around here. That way there's enough for 3 people to be outfitted.
January 4, 2017
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Lake Casitas Fishing Guide Report 01/01/2017 … Smiles and great memories is what this sport is all about. All of us at RTF want to say Happy New Year and looking forward to a fantastic 2017 fishing season.
Southern California Bass Fishing Guide Service – Lake Casitas 01/01/2017
December 27, 2016
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Southern California Bass Fishing Guide Report 12/25/2016 – Well here it is Christmas day and I thought I would share this picture of what it's all about for our fishing guide clients at RTF. Lots of fun, lots of fish, and memories that last a lifetime. Merry Christmas from all of us at Rich Tauber Fishing.
December 24, 2016
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Best Of Fishing Guide Report 11/23/2016 – Well it's almost New Year's so we thought we would spend this week showing off some of the "best of" pictures from our fantastic season at RTF. First up is Kentucky Derby winning jockey Stuart Elliott and his son pictured below this summer at Lake Casitas during a wide-open bite on 3 to 6 pound bass at Lake Casitas in Ventura California with guide Rich Tauber.
Southern California Bass Fishing Guide Service – Lake Casitas 07/02/2016
December 22, 2016
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Winter bass fishing tips for our Southern California fishing guide clients Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake, Lake Casitas 12/21/2016 – Before I even begin the Southern California bass fishing guide client tips segment I have to give a quick shout out to my great friend George Kramer at WON BASS. When I first started working at Western outdoor news seven or eight years ago George is actually the person that named my column "The Tauber Perspective". He helped coach and guide me through my first several articles that I wrote and gave me good ideas on what topics to write about and taught me some of the finer points in putting together good stories. George Kramer is in my opinion without question the finest writer in the business when it comes to the sport of bass fishing. I actually started reading George's columns when I was in my early teens and then met him when I became a professional bass angler in 1978. George used to interview me at press conferences when I happen to have a good day on the water. As I walked into the press conference George always looked at me and said wow it sure helps when you "Fish where the fish are". We used to look at each other and laugh and it seemed like such a simple statement at the time but it actually is the lead into what we will speak about in this column. The simple words stated by George Kramer to "fish where the fish are" really embedded on in my mind during my professional fishing career. It all seems so simple but it's so very very true and without question as we work our way now into the winter season there is no time that it's more important to concentrate on fishing where the fish are then it is at this time of the year. The areas where you can consistently catch fish in the wintertime become very finite and it's so important for you to focus your efforts in the right area if you're going to achieve success during the winter. Winter fishing is all about patience and timing. Here in the western United States the main food source that's consistent for our fish is threadfin shad. Western fish love to gorge themselves on large mature threadfin shad all through the fall of the season. By the time it gets to winter these fish are fat and choked with a abundance of threadfin shad. The fish are healthy and fat as they prepare to relax for the most part through the winter season. As the water cools the fishes metabolism decreases and for the most part fish do not need to feed that often during the winter months. You're dealing with very short windows of time that the fish are actually active. With this being said you need to concentrate your efforts in areas that you believed to have a good populations of bass and keep working the area in an attempt to be there when the timing is right and the fish decide to bite. Whether you're going to fish in a tournament or you're going fun fishing for the weekend try to focus your efforts on two or three particular areas that you really like. Give them a good amount of time and be patient and work the area thoroughly. This is not the time of year to fish 10 or 12 different spots during the course of the day. This is when an angler focuses on two or three areas that he or she really likes and works those areas with confidence in an attempt to be in the right place at the right time. The majority of the success that is celebrated by Western anglers in the winter is being had by being focused and having the confidence and patience to stay in the area you know the fish live in. The same goes for your lure choices. Keep your lure selections down to a minimum and try to focus your efforts on proven baits that always produce each and every winter. My personal choice is to limit my winter fishing arsenal to a Hopkins Shorty 75 jigging spoon, a Rapala Ice jig, Senko, some version of the plastic worm, and a football head jig. Keep your color choices very simple. Keep your jigging spoons in some type of a threadfin shad color pattern. I like a plastic worm in the natural ox blood or nightcrawler like tones. Just something very natural don't be flamboyant at this time of year. Keep your jig very simple and try to resemble the colors of the crayfish at this time of year. I've always liked something in a brown and purple color and there are many anglers that love watermelon colors during the winter also. Once again decide on a jig that you're going to fish and don't overthink it. The most important thing about all of these fishing techniques is to really slow down the movement on your bait and really try to minimize the amount of tip action that you use on your bait in the winter. Without question I can tell you the biggest mistake that anglers make in the winter is they move their rod tip too much because they had so much success doing that during the spring and summer of the year. When the water temperature is warm a bait that has a lots of movement in it and works erratically looks very natural to a fish. In the winter it's the furthest thing from the truth. Remember the water is now getting cold. Everything in the water is slowing down. It just does not look natural to the fish when they see something moving in a quick erratic fashion at this time of year. It's a dead giveaway to fish that this is not the the real thing. Anglers are so used to throwing out there plastic worm and jiggling their rod tip as they have in the summer and I see them all the time doing this during the winter of the year. This is the biggest mistake that you can make. Try to fish your bait as slowly and evenly as possible. Let me give you a small example of what I'm talking about. In the winter time of the year I much preferred to fish the split shot technique with a plastic worm. Without question the split shot technique has faraway been the most productive plastic worm technique for me in the winter. The simple reason is that by having a split shot on your line in front of the worm kills or deadens all the erotic movement that an angler imparts with there rod tip. If you insist on using the drop shot technique when you plastic worm fish don't move your rod tip. Just drag your split shot or fishing with very very slow movements during the winter. You'll see a marked difference in your success if you won't move and impart too much action into your bait during this time of the year. Another great example of that is fishing with the Senko in the winter. One of my favorite ways to fish it is to throw it out a long distance on a spinning rod with 8 pound test line. I actually don't move the bait for the first two minutes that it's in the water. I let the bait sink all the way to the bottom and let it rest on the bottom for at least 30 to 40 seconds before I even move it. Generically this is called "dead sticking". It's absolutely one of the most productive Western techniques for catching bass in the winter. The problem is most anglers just don't have the patience to throw a Senko out with absolutely no weight on it and not do anything for over two minutes. It's just so difficult for people to comprehend. You'll throw your Senko out and you will not have touched it for two minutes and then all of a sudden you'll see your line moving away. The fish see the bait slowly undulating on the bottom and they just simply come up and inhaled the bait right off the bottom. Once again this is an example of not moving your bait and keeping your focus in small areas and being patient. Even when you fishing with the jigging spoon whether it be the Hopkins Shorty 75 or the Rapala Ice Jig you don't half to move the bait so radically with your rod tip. Try moving your jigging spoon with subtle movements. Small hops. Or slow lifts with gentle falls. These all can change your results dramatically in the winter. Now remember that were speaking about largemouth bass in this column. When you're speaking about fishing smallmouth and Kentucky spotted bass they absolutely love cold water. When you're fishing for Kentucky spotted bass and smallmouth bass in the winter you can throw all these rules out the window. There's lots of stuff that you can work at high-speed and have great success on smallmouth bass and Kentucky spotted bass. But when you're fishing for northern strain largemouth bass and Florida strain largemouth bass in the west boy you better slow your bait down because it can really change the course of your day. Like my good friend George Kramer says "fish where the fish are". Hope this helps and good fishing to all.
Below is an example with one of my clients on his bass fishing guide trip with me at Lake Casitas this winter the results that can be achieved when you focus your efforts in the small areas that fish cycle in during the winter.
December 17, 2016
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Topwater for Christmas 12/17/2016 – Well here it is one week before Christmas and the fantastic topwater fishing continues for our Castaic Lake Fishing Guide clients and our Pyramid Lake Fishing Guide clients. It's been a steady dose of fishing a topwater bait. The trick is we know the exact bait and exact color they want. There are three or four keys we are looking for everyday and were completely dialed in on exactly what the fish are doing. We know the area that the fish are holding in and there's a particular pattern that they're on that we are focusing our efforts around. It's been as steady as we've ever seen. We only have a few openings left through New Year's Day but anglers interested in getting involved in this fantastic winter fishing should call or text me directly at 818-439-1154. In the truest sense of the word it's the real outdoors. Many mornings begin with 30° temperatures and in the afternoons it peaks out at 50 to 60°. Dress warm, wear gloves and be prepared for cool mornings. The afternoons can be absolutely beautiful. We're trying to get everyone fishing by 7:30 AM and we are returning to the dock at 3:30 PM. What's great is our anglers can fish right away because we know exactly where the fish are and we have the lure that the fish want tied on all of the fishing rods in the boat so there's no wasted time after we leave the dock…. were fishing within 10 minutes. Water remains absolutely crystal clear and beautiful. If you have time to break away for the holiday season we would love to hear from you and will do everything we can to get you out to participate in this fantastic winter action.
Southern California Bass Fishing Guide Service – Pyramid Lake 12/17/2016
November 30, 2016
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Title: The "Rich Tauber Fishing" Christmas Wish List 2016
Here it is the holiday season so I thought I would go over some of my top choices for best gifts for 2016.
Without question the # 1 selection on my personal Christmas wish list is the Daiwa Tatula baitcasting reel. I have told my bass fishing guide clients so many times over the last several years how I am completely taken aback by how wonderful this fishing reel is and how affordable it is at the same time. For the first 20 to 30 years of my fishing career it was mandatory that you had to spend $200-$400 to have anything that was even vaguely acceptable to use at the professional level. Manufactures in the reel business had completely engraved in all anglers minds that they had to spend $250-$350 to get something they could use for tournament fishing. And I have to admit when I used my very first Tatula reel several years ago I thought there is no physical way that this reel will hold up with me putting it to work 300 days a year. I figured the reel might last a couple of months but for $100 that would be fine. Boy was I wrong. Without question this is the greatest baitcasting reel I've ever used and that's at ANY price point. Let me repeat that…any price point. I just use the Daiwa Tatula 100H. I don't even own any of the nicer versions I just have the basic 6.3 to 1 gear ratio 100H and it is still absolutely the greatest fishing reel I've ever used. We're so busy with my fishing guide and charter business that I don't have lots of time so I'm getting ready to leave for this year's U.S. Open…I grab the rods that I believe I will use during the tournament and I just grab five or six Tatula reels off of the rods that my clients use in our fishing business. What I mean by this is at "Rich Tauber Fishing" we provide all the rods reels and tackle you'll need for the day. These are basically boat rods. These are baitcasting rods that people use every single day of the year and I'm taking the Tatula reel off of that fishing rod and using it myself in the U.S Open. These reels have taken a tremendous amount of abuse and here I am using these same reels on my personal rods fishing the most prestigious tournament in the history of Western fishing. And as always they performed perfectly. I know I go on and on about this but when I find something that is a good value that I can pass on to the readers and they can have a great experience with the product I'm so happy to pass that along. Any of you that don't have a Daiwa Tatula baitcasting reel need to make a point this holiday season to try one and I'm sure you will be like me you will probably cross over and need to have five or six of them so that you feel comfortable and you're getting the most out of your fishing day. And what's really great is instead of like the old days where you would spend $600 and get yourself two $300 fishing reels you can now purchase six fishing reels for $600 and they perform better than any $300 reel on the market.The biggest difference is the T-Wing system. On the reel you will see TWS. This is the abbreviation for their patented T-Wing system and this is what makes this reel different than anything else in the market for fresh water bass fishing. When you press the thumb bar to make your cast your level wind pops open which allows for a cast that is easily 10-20% further than any other baitcasting reel on the market. All other bait casting reels have a fixed or Fuji line guide that has been around for 50+ years and totally inhibits the distance of your cast. For me it has completely eliminated me considering using any other reel for freshwater fishing. When I look at a fishing reel from any company and it has a fixed line guide or Fuji style line guide I have no interest. Now you can completely focus your attention on T-Wing system reels.
The next completely amazing gift on my holiday list is the brand-new Minn Kota 112 Ultrex trolling motor. It also comes in a 80 pound version for those of you that would like a 24 V trolling motor. Now most of us in the bass fishing world have little to no experience with remote trolling motors. They're definitely the wave of the future. But the most important feature on these trolling motors is "Spot-Lock"Once you use a trolling motor with "Spot-Lock" you absolutely cannot go back to what you used in the past. I own 3 boats for my fishing guide and charter business, 21 foot phoenix bass boat, a 20 G3 fishing pontoon boat and I just purchased a brand-new Ranger 22 foot center console from my great friend Rick Grover and all of his fantastic people at Anglers Marine. Rick spent a lot of time speaking with me about how much I was going to love "Spot-Lock" and being able to press a button and allow my boat to stay put in all kinds of weather, wind, current and tide conditions. Like I said "Spot-Lock" has been out and been used by walleye fisherman and a great number of salt water anglers for a few years now but the first ever freshwater trolling motor completely geared toward the bass angler is going to be coming out in the next few months and the new Minnkota Ultrex is going to revolutionize the trolling motor business and the bass boat business. I mean I have a beautiful Minn Kota Fortrex 112 trolling motor on my Phoenix bass boat and now that I've used this new "Spot-Lock" trolling motor that's on my Ranger center console it's absolutely a night and day difference. Being able to press a button and your boat stays right on the spot your fishing is absolutely amazing. Once you use "Spot-Lock" you'll never ever want to go back to using a regular standard foot controlled trolling motor. The Ultrex had all of the best features of a foot control but it also incorporate "Spot-Lock" so that you can press a button and stay on the fishing spot as long as you like. Many have you watched BASS Pro Brent Ehrler just a few weeks ago on the Bassmasters TV show as he fights a 6 1/2 pound smallmouth bass in 4 foot waves and they caught the whole episode on film. As soon as Brent hooks the bass he uses his right foot to tap the "Spot-Lock" button which is on the foot pedal and he is able to fight this monster smallmouth for five or six minutes as the boat holds itself perfectly on the spot. He walks around the boat a couple of times times fighting the fish, land the fish, talk to the cameraman, re-rig his bait walk to the front of the boat and he's right there on exactly the same fishing spot where he hooked that monster fish. We use my center console boat for fishing stripe bass and fishing the Ventura coastline and the Channel Islands. When you're fishing in the ocean and heavy current and watch how these trolling motors perform first hand and you utilize the "Spot-Lock" feature you go can't go back to your standard bass boat trolling motor, you don't even want to run the foot controlled trolling motor anymore. Now let's be clear I'm a huge fan of the Minn Kota Talons especially their new 12 foot model. The new 12 foot Talons are going to allow western anglers to utilize a shallow water anchoring system that will be without question the best for us based on the deeper water we have here. There is no substitute for being able to put the "sticks" in the water and basically turn your boat into a boat dock. Dropping the talons and being able to turn off your electronics and go into a "stealth mode" and sit in a particular spot in shallow water is second to none. There will always be a place for Shallow water anchoring systems like the Minn Kota Talon for all bass anglers but what's unique about "Spot-Lock" is it allows us to do the same thing in deep water. It's crazy, I don't think that my Minn Kota Fortrex is more than a year old and already it's now obsolete as once the new Minnkota Ultrex hits the market place every serious angler will have to have one.
Well I guess that's about it for the 2016 season. I hope that you all have enjoyed the many years that I've written this column I wish you all the best for the coming 2017 fishing season and as always if you'd like any more information you can always reach me at www.richtauberfishing.com.