View Full Version : McClure Sunday 12-17-06

12-17-2006, 04:23 PM
Launched at Bagby at 6:45. Surface temp was 55* and air temp was 30*! [smiley=cold.gif] I had my first trout on before I could even get my second line in the water. Pretty much nonstop action all day, I don't think we ever went more than 15 minutes between fish. Not much size to them though, biggest went 1lb 7oz, with most of them being around 1lb . All caught on apexes and hand-tied flies from the surface down to 30 ft. I lost count of fish somewhere around twenty. I'd say my dad and I caught at least 25 each, probably more around 35. Saw mtalley and his friend, they were the only other boats we saw all day besides the sheriff. Bank anglers looked like they were doing decent too. Marked some bigger fish in the 30 ft range, no takers though. Off the water at noon, and they were still biting!






mtalley and friend

got snowed on a little

12-17-2006, 04:29 PM
Nice report Z. I bet catchin' all those fish kinda made you forget how cold it was, huh?

Martinez Frank
12-17-2006, 04:31 PM
Thanks for the report looks cold [smiley=nerves.gif] where is Mclure?

12-17-2006, 05:04 PM
Where in the heck did you find snow?

12-17-2006, 05:11 PM
I measured water temp at 55 at the same place I got a 57 read on Thursday. That's a 2 degree drop in 3 days! The water temp at the inlet was as low as 47! I think some of the recent snow has melted and lowered the temp of the river. Same story as Zinger, but I think he caught a few more, I ended the day with around 18. Biggest of the day was 1 1/2 lb. A buddy that was supposed to go with me didn't get out of bed so I was 45 minutes behind. I couldn't believe there was another truck in the parking area at Bagby, but I was glad it was Zinger (or someone else from here). I got mine on humdingers, needlefish, bumblebee, and smal firetiger Rapalas. My buddy Matt showed up also and had a similar day in his boat (in Zinger's picture). I'll post some more pics in the morning when I get to work. Hey Zinger, was that your dad with you?

12-17-2006, 06:10 PM
When you're catching fish, you don't even feel the cold ;D.

MF, McClure is north of Merced, east of Modesto, just south of Lake Don Pedro.

Marty, yeah that was my dad with me, couldn't you see the resemblence? Woops nevermind, we were wearing too many jackets and hats for you to see ;D. The snow was on the pass between Mariposa and Oakhurst. It only lasted about 5 miles.

12-17-2006, 06:41 PM
This is how I get there from Madera. *99 N to Ave 20 1/2. *Exit go right (E) it will soon bend to the N becoming Rd 22 and passing the prison. *Stay on it, it will become Sante Fe which will lead you through Le Grand. *Towards the N end of Le Grand go right (N) on Cunningham and it will end at 140. *Go R (E) on 140 through Catheys Valley. *3 miles past C.V. go left on Mt. Bullion, a narrow winedy road. *It dead ends into 49, where you go left. *(You know the rest) *After 7 or so miles of flat land you drop off into a very steap 3 miles to Bagby, the launch. *It takes me about 1:10 from my house in "Central" Madera.

12-17-2006, 07:20 PM
By the way, that picture that you got of me and my friend (Matt), is when I was borrowing lures from him that I thought would work and I couldn't find in my box. Looks like I have to by some more tackle!

12-17-2006, 11:13 PM
Looks like I missed another great day on the water. I was planning on going to mclure, but I kind of sleep through the alarm. :'(. Well I'm mon vacation all next week, so I guess it'll be some time for me to fish a little more. Congrats Zinger and Mtally.

12-18-2006, 06:49 AM
Great job out there. I am sure the non stop action made up for the quality of fish. The water looks awesome. Thought maybe Pedro would of been your choice?

Great Pic's, I am sure you got to see some scenery you have never traveled before.


12-18-2006, 08:56 AM
Here are some more pics.http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/501/McClure_12_18_06_004_450_x_338_.jpg
Sunrise at the river inlet.

Largest fish of day, had some good color.

A buck that I saw on the bank, pretty hard to see.

A tom with a beard so long he could step on it.

My buddy Matt with approaching weather.

Sorry for not getting a decent picture of you and your dad Zinger. *Every time we passed I was more interested in how you guys were doing and what you were getting them on. *That hill is pretty steep heading down to Bagby!

12-18-2006, 12:55 PM
Nice Pics

12-18-2006, 01:10 PM
Nice pic's Marty. If the seasons were right, a shotgun, rifle and a pole would of kept you busy.

Great job and thanks for the update.


12-18-2006, 02:41 PM
Good reportd guys keep them coming.


12-18-2006, 05:30 PM
Ironhead, I did want to go to Pedro but it was kind of last minute. We didn't decide to go fishing until about 8:30 Saturday night, and kind of wanted to see some new scenery if you know what I mean. You ready to hit it up over break though? This is the time of year.

Marty you're darn right about that hill. I came around the corner and saw the gorge and just went :o. Don't worry about the pics, I was more interested in talking when I was next to you too, notice how far I had to zoom on the pic? That's a good looking fish by the way. How do you like your rubber net? My dad caught some fish on a rapala and it was a pain to get the hooks out of the net everytime. I'm thinking about switching to rubber.

12-19-2006, 01:29 PM
The rubber nets are the only way to go. I bought it for the "hookless" reason and because I thought it would be easier on the fish's scales. I had one with a real long handle that was great for Kokes but it fell out of the boat and before I could get back to it the net sank.