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California Delta Bass Fishing Report June 2013 – Zak Elrite



The post spawn can be a difficult time of year to fish if you’re searching for tournament winning bass. However, this time of year can be loads of fun if you just want to go out in search of numbers of fish, especially for our younger generation of anglers. Here’s how I went out recently and put the “Zak-Attack” on the fish of the California Delta for a recent 4 hour afternoon trip.

Zak-Elrite-River2Sea-Spittin-WaOn Wednesday, 6/19, I launched at 12:45pm out of Russo’s marina and headed towards the north side of the delta. With low winds and clear skies, my goal this trip was numbers of fish and boy did I achieve that goal. Because the tide nearly bottomed out by early afternoon, I knew I wanted to focus on three baits; a River2Sea Spittin’ Wa (available soon at Coyote Bait and Tackle), a R2S Biggie Crank squarebill and a D&M Piranha swim jig all rigged on Dobyns Rods (Champion series). I found large numbers of fish on the rock banks with sparse tules and shallow weed lines near inside bends of sloughs. The Biggie and the Piranha were catching several fish in the 1-2lb classes both shallow on the inside of that weed line and outside to 6-foot depths. By far my best numbers of fish came on the R2S Spittin’ Wa rigged on a Dobyns Champion 735c fished on those same banks. The key was to make accurate casts right to the water line, then letting the bait sit after two-three quick twitches and SWOOSH! The fish in the smaller sizes are very active right now so you can definitely plan for a fun day on the water.

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