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 1. Alan's Tip On Fall Delta Striper Fishing

 2. California Delta Large Mouth

 3. Using Fish Finder 

 4. Spring Run Striper

 5. Springtime Delta Bass

 6. Springtime Shad

 7. Frogging For Bass

 8.Delta Summer Fishing

 
9.Vertical Spooning For SALMON

10.DROP-SHOTTING FOR BLACK BASS

11.Night Fishing For Salmon

 

 

DROP-SHOTTING FOR BLACK BASS


There is a new way to fish for bass and it is called drop-shotting. It
reminds me of fishing in the ocean for bottom fish. The bell sinker is on the
bottom and there is two or three octopus hooks tied directly to the line
above, using a palomar knot.
 First of all you will need good electronics with a gray line that will
show good contour and bottom separation. Most depth finders with three
thousand watts of power will work well. With these electronics I look for the
thermocline in the lake, which is where the most oxygen in the lake is. After
finding this depth, I start to look for structure like rock piles and break
lines near deep water. Most lakes in this area the thermocline is usually in
about fifty to eighty feet of water depending on the lake. You will start to
see the baitfish and bass from the surface to the depth of the thermocline.
During the summer and thru the winter this method of fishing can be very
effective. Once you locate the balls of bait and bass over the structure,
keep the boat right on top of them by using your depth finder. Lower the
drop-shot rig down to the depth of the baitfish and start to shake the rod
tip slowly, working it down to the bottom. Make sure the line is straight up
and down. Pause the shaking and feel for the rod to load up. You won't feel
the bite very often, it is a pressure bite. During the summer months I have
found the bass to be in forty to sixty feet of water.
I have found that using a G-Loomis crank'in (61/2 to 7) foot rod in a
light action works the best. Bait casting or spinning rods will work fine
with a Shimano reel that will hold 150 yards of ten-pound test line. I like
to use a bait-casting outfit because there is no line twist and you just have
to let it over the side of the boat. I like to have the feel of letting the
line out as it rolls out of the reel, because you will get a lot of hits as
you are letting it down.
I like to have at least ten of these drop-shot rigs tied up before I get
to the lake, because it takes to much time to tie them up on the water. On
the top of the drop-shot rig, I tie on a barrel swivel then ten inches down a
#4 octopus hook tied right onto the line with a palomar knot, put another
hook three feet down and ten inches down tie on a 3/8 to a once bell
sinker. I use a ten-pound test leader when drop-shotting. The 3/8 oz sinker
is used to the depth of forty feet, if fishing any deeper use a oz weight.
You need to be in good contact with the bottom at all times.
One of my favorite baits is a PRO 4LEE in 64spf, 236, and 261c. I have
also done well on four-inch hand pour worms. Berkley power bait has a new
drop-shot worm, it also works well. Just try to match the size of the
baitfish and you will be successful.

Good Luck,     Alan Fong

You can contact "Alan":  Email  fishfong@aol.com or at:

Fisherman's Warehouse
9035 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, Ca
(916) 362-1200