Cold, Foggy and Slow

 Friday January 8, 2021 – The first work week of the year flew by for me in anticipation of fishing the lake this weekend.   Even though the reports as of yesterday suggested I should go to the Forebay instead,   I decided to see if I could go back a week later and duplicate my…

Merry Christmas Nick….

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. To honor Nicholas Gray , we celebrate the placing of a…

The Hedge is the Dredge…

Friday December 19, 2020 – Last week on the forebay  with Tony Yap was a pretty fantastic  as December days go.   I thought that it was perhaps an accident that things went so well and I was anxious to get back to forebay to test  some things we discovered on our last trip.  The day…

The Winter Pattern begins….

Friday Dec 4, 2020  – The Fishing at San Luis and the Forebay was getting pretty tough over the last couple week  as the first rains and cold nights came rolling through the second half of December.  Yesterday, California announced another massive stay at home order.   Hopefully,  they wont close boat ramps and As far…

Don and I on the Forebay

Sunday November 22, 2020 -The water temps on the forebay are down to 52 degrees after the first rains of the winter this last week.  Ice covered my truck as we departed from my house at 7:00am.  The ramp was busy this morning with more than 15 boats and at least as many Kayaks.   We…

Post Election Stress Reduction

 Saturday November 15, 2020 -Fishing is the perfect escape and isolation from politics and covid.    Out there on the lake, alone and focused is the most peace I get these days.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with a Vaccine around the corner as I prepare to hunker…

Pre Election Stress Reduction

In retrospect of all the presidential elections I actually voted in ,   I could be the ultimate cooler, having voted for almost every loser in the last 10 elections.   I was in desperate need of some stress reduction today and a good day of fishing helped me realize that whatever happens tomorrow,  I’m going to…

Don’t Stop till you get enough

 Friday October 16, 2020 – Sometimes I see people launching when I’m taking the boat out and I wonder if they are going to do better than us fishing late.   They launch to fish a couple hours before sunset.   It reminds me that  great day can happen in a couple hours of a hot…

Sometime they just dont eat..

 Monday October 12, 2020 -The problem with advanced electronic sonar is that you can’t blame a slow day on lack of fish.   Instead you have to invent new excuses not to be catching fish when you can see them all around you and they just aren’t interested.  Sometimes they just don’t eat.  I should…

Don of the Racks

Monday Oct 5, 2020 -The best wind day of the week  had me excited to take Don Chesnek out to the racks for some non dink action.   Last time we fished ,  I could only guide up a bunch of dinks from the forebay channel while Vaughn was landing 20 lbrs   Everything was right today. …

Stripers in the Smoke , Heat and Covid

 Friday Oct 2, 2020– Just when 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, The president was diagnosed with Covid-19 last night.  The Lake wind predictions have been outright wrong the last couple days.  Perhaps smokey air acts differently because its thicker and heavier.  I decided to take a chance on a pretty windy forecast and hit…

Aerial Oneill Forebay

I find it very helpful to see what you are casting too from the air.  Often you loose purpose when you dont consider the context of where you are fishing.   Where the fish position themselves in the this weedy mess depends on many factors such as temperature, wind and current speed and direction.   Imagine yourself…