View Full Version : New Melones (2/21/09)- Kastmasters still work

02-21-2009, 11:27 PM
Being off the water the past 3 weeks was driving me crazy, so I took my dad out for a much needed 1/2 day trip to Melones late this morning. After digging my boat out from a ton of snow and finally getting to the Tuttletown launch, it was around 11:15 before we hit the water.

The ramp area was nice and quiet with only a handful of bankers in the vicinity (this will likely change after they stock again next week).

We motored over to the Morman Creek area, and my dad started throwing out the legendary Melones Kastmaster and I started throwing a 4" grub to see if the bass bite was starting to heat up yet. I got hit hard my first cast out but lost a LDR without seeing just how big it was. Two casts later and BAM... nice fight back to the boat. Landed it this time, and it was a nice 15" rainbow that destroyed my grub (literally- no idea where it went).

Not any action on my dad's end with the Kastmaster for the first 1/2 hour or so, but I managed to land a couple 13-14" bass on my grub and missed a couple other strikes. We soon entered some trout friendly looking water and were both throwing Kastmasters after seeing some fish rise. Within a couple casts, this 15" rainbow hit the KM and quickly came back with a 2nd strike that locked in the trebbles.

We proceeded to land another 7-8 rainbows ranging from 14-15" out of this area (all on Kastmasters), including this one on a silver/orange combo.

After the bite slowed in the cove, we started throwing 5" swimbaits on our way out and landed this feisty 15" LM. A little later, we were amazed to watch a rainbow that couldn't have been more than 14" repeatedly strike this same swimbait despite not being able to fit it in its mouth- pretty entertaining.

We eventually headed further up the creek and caught a couple more rainbows on Kastmasters. They were all still in the 14-15" class and we were getting to that "one more cast" phase of our trip and ready to head out. On the last cast of the trip, my dad pulled out our biggest fish of the year from Melones so far, a thick 17" holdover rainbow. This time it was a gold KM with a yellow tail (line actually broke just as I got it in the net).

Here is a shot of the Tuttletown ramps. The water is getting really close to the middle ramp and is almost up onto the lower end of the parking lot of the current ramp. It's great we're getting more water, but I am not looking forward to hoofing it all the way up that middle ramp when it first opens up.

02-21-2009, 11:53 PM
Great report CZ and great pics to go along with it. And haveing your pops there with you makes it that much better. I wish I could get my pops out fishing with me more. Sounds and looks like a day to remember. Good job ;) and thanks for the report [smiley=thumbsup.gif]


02-22-2009, 12:27 AM
wow nice fish. You gotta love Kastmasters

02-22-2009, 04:57 AM
Great story and pics Zilla
Fishing with Dad is a good thing and what a great day.

Z :)

02-22-2009, 09:19 AM
:)Great report on how and what used,also pictures were awesome thanks for the update. [smiley=clap.gif]

02-22-2009, 09:47 AM
Thanks for the report & pictures. Regards.

02-22-2009, 10:11 AM
Good looking fish!

02-22-2009, 10:24 AM
Digging out the boat was certainly worth while. I enjoyed your report. Good lookin trout and that LM was a score- NICE

02-22-2009, 12:14 PM
Way to go! Nice fish! It looks like you got some full finned holdovers.

02-22-2009, 03:05 PM
spent the day on the water saturday. trolled for for about 6 fish plus one koke and bass. stopped in a few coves also, caught a trout on a crappie jig and had a few other bites probably bass. but the kicker was a trout that measured 17-1/4in caught on a super spook, i was surprised. :D

02-22-2009, 03:06 PM
Nice job.. good to see Melones producing some trout, hope it continues through the year.

02-22-2009, 06:39 PM
Great report! Just wondering what size the Kastmasters were and did you jig them or reel them in steadily?

02-22-2009, 06:59 PM
great report!....KASTMASTERS will always work! ;) :D

02-22-2009, 11:21 PM
Just wondering what size the Kastmasters were and did you jig them or reel them in steadily? *
We caught just about all of them on 1/4 oz. I briefly jigged for what I presumed to be bass off a rock pile in 30 ft of water (with no luck), and all the trout were caught on varying steady retrieves.