UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Kentucky / Barkley Lake

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Delta delivers dim, dreary day

Delta delivers dim, dreary day
Overcast skies and cooler weather greeted anglers on day one of the EverStart Western Division tournament on the Cal Delta.

OAKLEY, Calif. - After several weeks of mostly warm, sunny conditions, day one of the EverStart Series Western Division tournament on the California Delta brought overcast skies and about a 15-degree temperature drop. As cold fronts go, this late-season deal is relatively minor. Nevertheless, it will change the game enough to merit strategic considerations.

The drop in air temperature won't drastically affect the more important water temperature and few anglers will bother with gloves. The biggest factor will be the dimming effect of the overcast skies throughout most of the day.

Roy Desmangles, Jr., who won the Delta event's co-angler division in 2006 and 2009, said he expects the day-one conditions to diminish some options, while expanding others: "I think this weather might hurt the guys who were punching the mats. Weather like this makes the fish want toCalifornia pro Ken Mah hopes today come out from under the mats, so I think moving baits will be effective."

California pro Ken Mah agrees and notes that he's hoping the clouds and windy conditions actually spur reluctant fish into brash behavior.

"I think the fish will probably be more aggressive," Mah said. "I'm going to switch to some bigger baits - stuff that I was getting fish to look at in practice; I'm hoping that they will eat today because of the low light."

Throughout this vast ecosystem, Delta anglers will find fish from prespawn all the way to late post-spawn. Mah said he'll target the prespawn-to-spawn fish and throw a mix of jointed swimbaits and crankbaits.

Crankbaits and chatterbaits will comprise Tuan NguyenTuan Nguyen, of Woodland, Calif. said the topwater bite he was on in practice will probably take a backseat to more reaction baits. He's planning to split most of his time between crankbaits and chatterbaits.

"I'm happy to see the wind and the clouds come in because I think that's going to help my bite," he said. "I'm looking for fresh grass. This winter, a lot of the grass died off. The fresh grass is (scattered) on the Delta right now, but I was able to find a few stretches where I was able to catch fish on rip-rap banks with fresh grass."

Other likely producers include the iconic wacky-rigged Senko, swim jigs, dropshots and hollow body frogs. Paired Mah today, co-angler Zak Elrite said he caught practice fish on the new River2Sea Spittin' Wa 65. The bait's cupped face produces the kind of surface disturbance that attracts attention in conditions of low visibility.

The Delta's tidal habitat always presents another level of variables that anglers must consider. Fluctuating water levels position baitfish and predators, but sitting on a spot all day just doesn't work here. Some anglers want high water to push fish into shoreline shallows, while others may work patterns that benefit from falling tides, which pull fish to the edges of certain habitats.

On the flipside, the Delta's enormous range affords anglers plenty of opportunity to stay with aJeff Michels will spend much of his day fishing over grass and a swim jig will be one of his main baits. productive scenario. It's called "running the tide" - you find a stage that's producing bites and when the action dwindles with rising or falling water, you simply move up or down the tidal range to find the same scenario in different locations.

For example, Jeff Michels, of Lakehead, Calif. said he expects his best action during the last hour and a half of the incoming and the same time range of the outgoing. He'll rely mainly on a swim jig to tempt bass that feed with the water flow

"When the water's moving, I want to find clumpy grass with holes in it and if there are scattered tules in it, that's even better," he said. "I'm just going to throw reaction baits over the top of the grass and through the tules and hope to get a couple big bites. They'll just sit down in those holes, and as the tide comes past them, the fish are little more susceptible."

Logistics

When co-angler Zak Elrite finds himself around hydrilla, he will throw the new River2Sea SpittinAnglers will take off from Russo's Marina, located at 3995 Willow Road in Bethel Island, Calif. at 7:00 each morning. Weigh-ins will be held each day at the take off site beginning at 3:00 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.

The EverStart Series consists of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title, which allows them to fish the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

The EverStart Series tournament on the California Delta is being hosted by Hook, Line & Sinker of The large profile of a jointed swimbait should prove effective at tempting bass in todayOakley, Calif.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the EverStart Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Thursday's conditions:

An iconic Delta bait, the wacky-rigged Senko will likely produce plenty of bass today.Sunrise: 6:56 a.m.
Temperature at takeoff: 60 degrees
Expected high temperature: 70 degrees
Water Temperature: 74-76 degrees
Wind: W 10-15 mph
Humidity: 55 percent
Day's outlook: Overcast to partly cloudy

Tags: david-a-brown  morning-story  2013-05-16-california-delta 

Let the Rayburn Catchfest Begin

Let the Rayburn Catchfest Begin

We’re five months later into the year now, and while the water level at Rayburn has fluctuated in the months since the Tour event, it’s still about 4 1/2 feet above full pool as anglers take to Big Sam for the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury. READ MORE »

National Championship Gets Going

National Championship Gets Going

Bright and early this morning, 148 teams of the best college bass anglers in the country rolled out for day one of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River. The 10th annual National Championship is the culmination of the 2018 season, and the winning duo qualifies for the 2019 FLW Cup and earns a new Ranger boat for its club.  READ MORE »

All-American Underway on the Potomac

All-American Underway on the Potomac

Winning the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American is a lifetime accomplishment, and this week, 49 boaters and co-anglers will have the chance to do it on the Potomac River. Presented by General Tire, the crowning event of the BFL season runs May 30 through June 1, and the winner on the boater side will walk away with $120,000 and a trip to the FLW Cup. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Clear Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Clear Lake

An unwavering commitment to one fish-laden area enabled Kyle Grover to earn his first Costa FLW Series win with a three-day total of 66 pounds, 13 ounces at the Western Division event at Clear Lake. The tournament was presented by Ranger Boaters and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Clear Lake

Top 10 Baits from Clear Lake

Even though cold, windy and rainy conditions challenged the field throughout the event, Clear Lake still showed the caliber of fish that swim in it during the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division season, which was presented by Ranger Boats.   READ MORE »

Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Huntze Closes Door for Co-angler W

Logan Huntze, the youngest competitor in the co-angler field, showed that age is just a number, as the 19-year-old earned a convincing Clear Lake victory at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats by amassing a three-day total of 57 pounds, 15 ounces. READ MORE »

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

After taking a brutal pounding from the strong winds of day two, the top-10 pros and co-anglers in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats are taking advantage of Clear Lake’s calmer final round conditions. A steady light rain began around 10 a.m., but without yesterday’s white caps, the lake’s allowing easy runs to wherever anglers want to fish. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Big Bags Coming on Rainy Clear Lake

Big Bags Coming on Rainy Clear Lake

One of the gems of California bass fishing might have its luster muted by the week’s weather, but Clear Lake will likely still provide plenty of opportunity for anglers competing in this week’s Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina.  READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, is primed to be an all-out show. It seems like the lake’s entire population of bass is rushing to the bank to spawn, with all three species willing to eat a vast array of offerings. The only question: Will Mother Nature play nice? READ MORE »

Tougher but Still Santee Cooper

Tougher but Still Santee Cooper

The Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale began this morning at Santee Cooper, where even though fishing has been tough, everyone expects to see mega-bags brought to weigh-in. The bass are nearly done spawning, but a strong shad spawn in the mornings offers real potential. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Kentucky Lake

Top 10 Patterns from Kentucky Lake

Power-fishing tactics with spinnerbaits, jigs, Texas rigs and ChatterBaits on prespawn cover and structure dominated the top 10 at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in April. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

Top 10 Baits from Kentucky Lake

April is transition time in the Tennessee Valley, when bass make their push from prespawn staging areas toward spawning grounds. They set up on rocky banks, shallow points and any kind of wood cover near shore in areas adjacent to spawning pockets. As we saw at the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, some of the best baits for catching bass this time of year are old-school springtime classics: spinnerbaits, jigs, shallow-running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Add in vibrating jigs and wobble-head jigs, and you have about all you need. READ MORE »

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

Co-angler Bickers Wins by Ounces

One fish is unlikely to win a three-day tournament, but the right one can help an angler dig out of a hole. Just ask co-angler Troy Bickers, who rebounded from the dreaded day-one goose egg to go worst-to-first in the Costa FLW Series Central Division opener presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake with a winning weight of 20 pounds, 14 ounces. READ MORE »