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CORN
10-08-2005, 08:23 PM
My buddy and I decided to go for bass in the delta today. On our way there, we listened to 1140am and heard that it was absolutely howling in the delta. The forecast was for more wind in the afternoon. We decided not to fish Frank's and try to find some sheltered waters in White's and Disappointment sloughs.

The wind made it hard to work the shoreline, so I decided to tie on a Rat-L-trap and cast towards the middle for stripers. On my first cast, BAM! Fish on. This one was a good one. I just worked it, let it run, worked it some more, and finally got it to the surface for a glimpse. "That's not a striper; that's a 20lb salmon!" I continued to work it for 10 minutes and finally got it to the boat. We weren't prepared... I usually don't bring a net when black bass fishing, since I lip them all. So I had to really wear it out until it came in sideways. Then I slid my hand in the gills and hauled it into the boat. That was a blast, catching a 22lb 6oz salmon on a bass cranking rod:

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/4161/salmon18bk.jpg

We fished a little more, alternating between black and striped bass. We had no luck on black bass, so we decided to move to Disappointment Slough. We were working one shoreline when my buddy saw a few birds crashing down river. We got our cranking rods ready and headed over there. We cast our crankbaits into the mess and hooked lots of 12-14 inch stripers. We must have hooked one every 2 casts. The fishfinder was going crazy, so I rigged up a spoon. Dropped it down and started jigging and hooked more 12-14 inch fish. We just tried to stay near or on top of the big school. If we saw this, we would continue to get bit:

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/8818/finder19ls.jpg

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/2830/finder24sb.jpg

I thought all of the fish in that school were supposed to be the same size. But then my buddy hooked into a fish that peeled out a few times. We were surprised to see a keeper in the mix:

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/8537/striper17rt.jpg

We finally lost track of them, and went back to black bass fishing ... which was not very good. We had only 2 hits all day. At 2pm, we decided to hit one more spot on the way back to the ramp. That last stop paid off because we hooked about a dozen largemouth in about 45 minutes ... all small (8-13"), but it was fun to feel the tap tap. That's it. Sorry, I didn't know where to post this since we caught 3 different species. Tight lines to all.

Jeff
10-08-2005, 08:39 PM
A day you will never forget. Kind a makes you want to go back tomorrow, huh?

RPM
10-08-2005, 09:01 PM
Nice job corn :o sounds like you guys made one good decision after another.Thanks for the report ;). rpm

Christopherjake
10-08-2005, 09:34 PM
Nice fish! I haven't had a day like that in a while. Days like that make up for those days when you get http://programgeeks.com/information/report/skunk.gifed.

CORN
10-09-2005, 07:38 AM
Thanks guys. Without the salmon and stripers, it would have been a very slow day with the black bass ... our original target.

14_blast
10-09-2005, 07:42 AM
Corn,

That's funny, you're bass fishing and you catch a salmon. I was trolling for Salmon and caught a largemouth...go figure.

That was an awesome day!!!!

CORN
10-09-2005, 07:56 AM
LOL 14 blast. That's why it's good to have a boat ... cover more water and increase your chances of catching, well, anything.

new2fishing
10-09-2005, 03:29 PM
Sup....corn.....Nice fishing day. You will have to teach me again. I haven't been out for a couple weeks but I'm planning to be out there next weekend. I will probably hit Wimpy's for salmon if I hear the good word that they came in. That's it....just wanted to say "hi".

docfisher76
10-09-2005, 03:50 PM
where exactly is white and dissapoinment slough..is it fishable from the bank for those of us who dont have boats..LOL

tight lines.

CORN
10-09-2005, 06:45 PM
Hey new2fishing. *You gotta get out there and practice if you still want to be a "great fisherman". *;)

docfisher76, I saw a bunch of bank fishermen fishing next to their cars on White's Slough. *If I were to give directions using the Fish-n-Map Co's map, I would say go north on highway 5, past Stockton and exit "Eight Mile Road". *Head west. *Turn right immediately after you cross the second river. *I believe that is the road that those guys fished off: you'll be alongside Honker Cut, and then you'll be in White's Slough. *Buy the Fish-n-map Co Delta map and you'll see what I mean. *Or, get a good map of the local area. *I've never driven there before (on road) so can't guarantee you the accuracy of the map. *Good luck.

Lawaia
10-10-2005, 10:52 AM
Excellent report! Great pics!