Monthly Archives: February 2015

My Tackle Box – LB’s Custom Lures –

I just received an order of 1/2 ounce and 3/4 ounce swim jigs from my friend at LB’s Custom Lures. I wanted some big swim jigs in larger size for my fishing this year. I’ll be using Robo Eazy Shads as trailers on these large swim jigs. The skirt color I was was one that Larry and I developed back several years ago called TFS for Threadfin Shad.

LB's Custom Lures - Swimjigs

LB’s Custom Lures – Swim jigs

My Tackle Box – River2Sea S-Wave’s

I just received an order that I had placed with River 2 Sea. In this order I had ordered three different lures. The lures I ordered were the S-Wavers, in three different sizes but one of the sizes was out of stock. I ordered two of the S-Waver 200’s, five of the S-Waver 168’s (out of stock) and 5 of the S-Waver 120’s. These lures are hard bodied swimbaits made famous for the California lakes. I’ve decided that since I will not get to do much fishing this year with the illness of my Mom I’ll just try for BIG fish when I do get to hit the lake. I’ve also ordered some Huddleston swimbaits, Spro BBZ’s in different sizes and a couple of Moreau Rats and Frogs. I’ll post a review on these lures once I receive them.

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Bass Basics 101 – Tackle Selection List

I’ve put together a list of rods, reels and lines for the different lures that are most often used in bass fishing. Some of these brands I use some I don’t but I used these for comparioson to other brands you might like.

Tight Lines hope it helps:


Lure Type: Crankbaits

Lipless Rat-L-Trap style lures:
Rod: 7′ Medium Heavy, fast tip Lew’s #TS70MHFC
Reel: 6:3.1 – Your Choice (Lew’s BB1HZ)
Line: Seaguar 15 lb. Florocarbon

Small crankbaits Sq. Bill 1.5 to 2.5″
Rod: 7′ Medium Action: Lew’s #LDFP70M
Reel: 5:1.1 – 5:4.1 – Your Choice (Lew’s BB1)
Line: 10 lb. mono I prefer or 10 – 12 lb. Florocarbon

Large crankbaits: SK 6XD, 10 XD – (Hard Swimbaits)
Rod: 7’11” Medium Heavy: (Gander Mountain Crankin Stick or Lew’s #DF76MHC
Reel: 5:1.1 – 5:4.1 – Your Choice (Lew’s BB1)
Line: 10 lb. mono I prefer or 10 – 12 lb. Florocarbon


Lure Type: Spinnerbaits, Buzzbaits, Swimbaits, Frogs, Topwater

Spinnerbaits:
Rods: I prefer a 6’6″ – 6’10” Medium Heavy Action on spinnerbaits up to 1/2 oz. Lew’s #LSBR
Reels: Reel: 6:3.1 – Your Choice (Lew’s BB1HZ)
Line: Seaguar 15 lb. Florocarbon

Spinnerbaits up to 1 ounce:
Rods: 7′ to 7’3″ Heavy Lew’s #LFBJR
Reel: 6:3.1 – Your Choice (Lew’s BB1HZ)
Line: Seaguar 15 lb. Florocarbon

Buzzbait: & Frogs
Rods: I prefer a 6’10” to a 7″6″ Medium Heavy for for distance Lew’s LSBR
Reel: 7:2.1 Lew’s BB1SHZ
Line: 20 to 30 Braid Suffix 832 (no leader)

Swimbaits (Soft Plastic) & Scroungers
Rods: I prefer a 6’6″ – 6’10” Medium Heavy Action Lew’s #LSBR
Reels: Reel: 6:3.1 – Your Choice (Lew’s BB1HZ)
Line: Seaguar 15 lb. Florocarbon

Topwater: Pop-R, Spooks, etc.
Rod: I prefer a 6’6″ Medium Action Lew’s LSPS
Reels: Reel: 6:3.1 – Your Choice (Lew’s BB1HZ)
Line: Spooks – Suffix 20 lb. Braid (no leader), Pop-R – 10 Mono clear.


Jigs, Worms, Big Spoons, Carolina Rig

Rod: (all except Carolina Rig) – 7’3″ Heavy Action Lew’s LFBJR
Carolina Rig: 7’6″ Heavy – Lew’s SFC76H
Reel: 7:2.1 Lew’s BB1SHZ
Line: 20 to 30 Braid Suffix 832 (17 mono leader)


Shakyhead, Drop-Shot, Tube

Rod: (Shakyhead & Tube) 7′ Medium Action Lew’s LSHS
Rod: (Drop-Shot) 6’10” Medium Lite Lew’s LDSS
Reel: Shimano Symetre 2500
Line: (Shakyhead & Tube) – Mr. Crappie Hi-Viz – 6 lb.
(Drop-Shot) – Suffix 20 Hi-Viz (Seaguar Red Label 8 lb. Florocarbon)


 

My Humminbird Onix Update

Follow Up March 10, 2015: Okay I had a chance to carry my Onix out this past weekend to make sure if my issue was repaired. Oh no, I’m still having the same problem. But I did just get off the phone with Humminbirds customer service and we think that the problem is with the transducer and not the unit itself. So they are shipping to me at no cost a new transducer to try. Once I receive it and have a chance to test it on the water again I’ll keep you posted.


Well I finally received my Onix back from Humminbird today from their note attached it was a software issue??? Bad news now is that I have been on vacation for the last three days and will not be able to test the unit for a few weeks to determine if had been repaired or not. Oh well at least I got it back!

Pickwick – Feb. 10, 2015 – Fishing Trip

I had a chance to make a trip to Pickwick with fishing buddy Lynn Melton yesterday. Of course the day I finally get to head to the lake the wind was howling with swells of two to three feet blowing straight up the lake.

Conditions: Weather air temp 50*, WSW wind 15 to 20 mph, heavy cloud cover no sunshine at all. Water temperature was 49* in most of the places we fished.

We managed to catch five keeper size bass all on crankbaits. The bite was slow and we found them in two places that had to be close to deep water. Now when I say deep water we were fishing near a creek channel swing that was about 12 to 15 feet deep. Our best fish was a 5.75 pound largemouth caught by Lynn and I had one over four pounds and another one close to four. The other two were just keepers.

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