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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:53 pm 
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Been bass fishing from my Hobies (Sport and Outback) for 4 years now, and loving every minute of it. If anyone has any questions about my set-up, please feel free to ask. Here are a couple bass fishin' adventures I shot earlier this spring.







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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:48 pm 
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Nice fish!

I fish the Hodges Reservoir in Escondido often for Large Mouth Bass, but have a hell of a time catching anything. Can you tell me....are you jigging the bottom, up off the bottom? Where is the weight in relation to your bait (i.e. are you using a jig head, a carolina rig, or some other way? Any tips you can provide on how rig would be much appreciated. :)

Also, how crucial would you say having a fish finder is when fishing for bass?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:41 am 
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There are a lot of variables to consider when bass fishing. Fishing tactics for largemouth in the delta is way different than fishing for spotted bass or largemouth in Reservoirs. Time of year affects things greatly too, as does water clarity. Your best bet for gear and rigging advice would be tackle shops closest to that lake.

I am fishing for shallow (3-12 feet) pre-spawning bass. The Texas rig is a small free sliding bullet weight (1/8 ounce to 1/4 ounce) above a plastic worm, lizard, or creature rigged weedless. The weight rests right above the plastic lure. I am tossing the rig close to, into, and through cover (weeds in the delta).

Small jigs or the Carolina rig might be better for rocky places.

Bass will hold near cover (weeds, rocks) at specific times of the year depending on water temperature and clarity. Once you know that, you can locate likely areas and depths to fish with a fish finder. A fish finder can also help find schools of baitfish and bass. It's not essential, but it is a great tool.

I hope that helps.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:44 pm 
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Thanks for those videos. Man that really gets my heart pumping!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:19 pm 
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Thanks. That is definitely helpful. I've been Texas rigging, but still keep losing hooks. Going forward, I'm going to try keeping the hook buried in the lure, rather than having it poke out slightly. Hopefully I don't sacrifice ease of setting the hook by doing this, but the number of hooks I've lost at Hodges is rediculous.

Much appreciated!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:10 pm 
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Another option with the t-rig hook is to learn how to skin hook it. The hook comes through the top, then gently push the hook back under the skin of the plastic on top so the tip of the hook is just barely covered.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:40 pm 
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Ah, yes. Good point. Thanks.


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