FLW Stren Series California Delta May 2009

FLW Stren Series California Delta May 2009

Encompassing approximately 1,000 miles of waterways the California Delta is located in Northern California roughly between Sacramento on the north and Stockton on the southwest. The Sacramento River, coming from the north, and the San Joaquin River, coming from the southwest are the main contributing rivers.

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Encompassing approximately 1,000 miles of waterways the California Delta is located in Northern California roughly between Sacramento on the north and Stockton on the southwest. The Sacramento River, coming from the north, and the San Joaquin River, coming from the southwest are the main contributing rivers. The American, Mokelumne, Cosumnes, and the Calaveras River feed the two major rivers. These rivers will flow through San Francisco Bay before empting into the Pacific Ocean and provide some of the best largemouth bass fishing waterways in this country, if not the world. The California Delta is a labyrinth of sloughs, canals, water tracts, lakes, and bays with names like Potato Slough, Whites Slough, Victoria Canal, Frank’s Tract, Sherman Lake, and Discovery Bay. As one explores the vast watery avenues, vistas of blackberry brambles, tulle grasses, and vine-covered trees appear at practically every turn. It is truly a bass angler’s paradise. 

This satellite image shows a portion of Northern California, The largest black area to the left is the Pacific Ocean. The next largest black area, somewhat centered is San Francisco Bay. The area shown in green is the California Delta.

This satellite image shows a portion of Northern California, The largest black area to the left is the Pacific Ocean. The next largest black area, somewhat centered is San Francisco Bay. The area shown in green is the California Delta.

Originally populated by the Maidu Indians the Delta saw Spanish explorers arrive in 1772. Many others followed the Spanish, including trappers in the early 1800’s. The trappers brought with them malaria, resulting in the death of many Maidu people. With the discovery of gold in the California foothills, many came to this new world seeking their fortune. At the same time, the settlement of the Delta region was beginning. Farmers were in need of a method to keep the land from flooding in spring and winter, resulting in the construction of the levee system, which defines the Delta today. 

Drop your trailer, boat launch at Bethel Marina

Drop your trailer, boat launch at Bethel Marina

One of my favorite fishing destinations

One of my favorite fishing destinations

Mount Diablo (Mountain of the Devil) a geographical landmark silhouetted in the background is visible from most everywhere on the Delta

Mount Diablo (Mountain of the Devil) a geographical landmark silhouetted in the background is visible from most everywhere on the Delta

An abundance of cover that invites several techniques

An abundance of cover that invites several techniques

The Cement Factory

The Cement Factory

Wind turbines; the wind will blow strong at the Delta, but don’t hide from it, it will provide opportunity

Wind turbines; the wind will blow strong at the Delta, but don’t hide from it, it will provide opportunity

The Antioch Bridge framing Antioch industry

The Antioch Bridge framing Antioch industry

Floating vegetation/Water Hyacinth, punch through

Floating vegetation/Water Hyacinth, punch through

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Frog water, notice anything about the length of the ‘legs’?

Frog water, notice anything about the length of the ‘legs’?

Honker Cut Swing Bridge

Honker Cut Swing Bridge

This bridge rotates on the center abutment to allow passage of taller vessels

This bridge rotates on the center abutment to allow passage of taller vessels

Crane barge, do you see the happy face?

Crane barge, do you see the happy face?

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Fisherman’s Cut turtle

Fisherman’s Cut turtle

Canadian Geese, quite a few goslings. Troy do you recognize the wooden steps?

Canadian Geese, quite a few goslings. Troy do you recognize the wooden steps?

Time the high tide and you can enter certain places, don’t stay too long!

Time the high tide and you can enter certain places, don’t stay too long!

It is a small world; woke up in the morning, checked the BBZ, read the post from Delta Dan about Lake Castaic (my home water) and then met him the same day on the Delta (his home water). Dan you’re a cool dude nice to have met you.

It is a small world; woke up in the morning, checked the BBZ, read the post from Delta Dan about Lake Castaic (my home water) and then met him the same day on the Delta (his home water). Dan you’re a cool dude nice to have met you.

On pad

On pad

Tulle point

Tulle point

Prime spot, rock levee with a tulle edge and submerged vegetation (dark areas in the water) out from the levee. Look for the bass between the levee and the vegetation next to the tulles

Prime spot, rock levee with a tulle edge and submerged vegetation (dark areas in the water) out from the levee. Look for the bass between the levee and the vegetation next to the tulles

Sparse tulle point/flat; there are many techniques that are worthy here, swimbaitters can cast a Mission Fish, Maverick, Bass Trix, … Line up down wind and cast parallel with the grain of the wind blown tulles, TMB

Sparse tulle point/flat; there are many techniques that are worthy here, swimbaitters can cast a Mission Fish, Maverick, Bass Trix, … Line up down wind and cast parallel with the grain of the wind blown tulles, TMB

This is the same snake from Oroville, still swimming downstream

This is the same snake from Oroville, still swimming downstream

White Crane

White Crane

Sea Lion; they have found easy hunting grounds up river and enjoy the absence of sharks, or is there sharks here?

Sea Lion; they have found easy hunting grounds up river and enjoy the absence of sharks, or is there sharks here?

A technique:

Find the back pocket

Find the back pocket

Push the boat in and pitch

Push the boat in and pitch

And pull out one of these; nice bass, sorry Miss Bass hope I didn’t hurt your belly, every time I tried to lip her and photo she would curl her tail away from me, we talked about and I think she is ok.

And pull out one of these; nice bass, sorry Miss Bass hope I didn’t hurt your belly, every time I tried to lip her and photo she would curl her tail away from me, we talked about and I think she is ok.

The banks of the canals, sloughs, and cuts receive much of the bass angler’s attention. As non-descript as the open water may look this water has the same structure elements as a lake. Use your sonar just like in a lake to find the off shore structure and you may just find under pressured fish.

Creek Channel

Creek Channel

Ridge Line

Ridge Line

Let’s crank them with a deep diver

Let’s crank them with a deep diver

Osprey; winged talon

Osprey; winged talon

If I could just get them to fly towards me and not away

If I could just get them to fly towards me and not away

Soaring hawk

Soaring hawk

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The tracts a flood
And our pilings turn to rust
Were beaten and blown by the wind
Boat position is a must
I’ll show you a place
High on the Delta plain
Where the docks have no name 

Troy has a nice one

Troy has a nice one

Hopes to see her again

Hopes to see her again

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Tulle Grabber, fine tool

Tulle Grabber, fine tool

Excellent combination; the 4” BBZ-1, if the fish misses or is telling the blue gill to go away follow up with the senko and…

Excellent combination; the 4” BBZ-1, if the fish misses or is telling the blue gill to go away follow up with the senko and…

… Score

… Score

A very good spot; rock levee, submerged weeds (unseen in photo), pipes, and wood pilings, it can be checked quickly

A very good spot; rock levee, submerged weeds (unseen in photo), pipes, and wood pilings, it can be checked quickly

Nice

Nice

What to target first?

What to target first?

Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay

AKA Disco Bay

AKA Disco Bay

Awesome Boat

Awesome Boat

Nice set-up

Nice set-up

Discovery reminds me of Balboa Island Newport Harbor CA

Discovery reminds me of Balboa Island Newport Harbor CA

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The Delta is enjoyed by many but remember;

The Delta is enjoyed by many but remember;

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Safety and caution should prevail when boating anywhere; it is especially true at the Delta. From large ocean going vessels, fast boats, large wakes, blind corners, inexperienced and sometimes intoxicated boat operators, crowded holiday and weekend traffic, submerged wrecks and obstacles, floating tree trunks, fluctuating tides and unseen river currents the Delta is not a place to let your guard down, life vest on and kill switch attached. 

Boat wreck, there are many and not all are visible, especially at certain tides, go over one on the wrong tide and it could be serious

Boat wreck, there are many and not all are visible, especially at certain tides, go over one on the wrong tide and it could be serious

This pilot is practicing touch and go landings in Victoria Canal; bet he doesn’t do it on the weekend, I know it was a male pilot, I could see in the cockpit, that's how close he was

This pilot is practicing touch and go landings in Victoria Canal; bet he doesn’t do it on the weekend, I know it was a male pilot, I could see in the cockpit, that's how close he was

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Fortunately these guys are out there for our benefit

Fortunately these guys are out there for our benefit

Sometimes even Vessel Assist needs Vessel Assist, program your cell phone with that phone number

Sometimes even Vessel Assist needs Vessel Assist, program your cell phone with that phone number

Time to get busy; largest turn out of the season for the Western Stren Series, speaks to the popularity of the Delta

Time to get busy; largest turn out of the season for the Western Stren Series, speaks to the popularity of the Delta

We have all heard of ‘Dock Talk’; I call this ‘Tulle Talk’, same rules apply

We have all heard of ‘Dock Talk’; I call this ‘Tulle Talk’, same rules apply

Waiting to dock and take your fish to the scales, the word fish is both singular and plural

Waiting to dock and take your fish to the scales, the word fish is both singular and plural

Well, that’s it for the Western Stren Series 09 season. Troy and I will see you in November at Pickwick Lake in Florence Alabama for the FLW Stren Series National Championship

Well, that’s it for the Western Stren Series 09 season. Troy and I will see you in November at Pickwick Lake in Florence Alabama for the FLW Stren Series National Championship

‘Keep Casting’ – Chris Jones

‘Keep Casting’ – Chris Jones

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