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Greg Gutierrez – New Melones Recap – CTT, California Tournament Trail 2nd Place
Category : BASS FISHING REPORTS, BASS TOURNAMENT NEWS
Hey folks here in the West we have so many awesome bass fisheries, these lakes and rivers rate with some of the best fishing locations in the world.
My home water of Lake Shasta produces some magnum spotted bass and in my experience ranks up there with some of the best lakes in the country. But, I have got to tell you about my recent experience to another Northern California lake that has made me rethink about where I want to go to fishing for magnum spotted bass.
I recently competed in a Pro/Am tournament event put on by the California Tournament Trail (CTT), the tournament was held on the Mother Load lake of New Melones which is located right out of Angles Camp in the foot hills east of Modesto.
First of all let me explain what makes New Melones so special, the lake is loaded with all kinds of bait, it has long flat points, steep drop offs, rock piles and all of it has wood on it. This makes for the perfect combination to grow giant spotted bass, and did I mention giant large mouth bass too?
So let’s get to the story of how my tournament week went and how I ended up catching 36.68 pounds and finishing 2nd place in the event.
My co-angler travel partner, Steve Adams of Bass Angler Headquarters (BHQ) and myself rolled onto the lake early on Thursday morning and our first run was straight across the lake to an area that had a steep bank that was covered by larger rocks.
I often target these steeper banks so I can more quickly establish the depth the fish are holding. I could target the deep and shallow fish by simply casting to the bank in one foot of water and fishing out to forty-five foot of water.
As we located fish, I began running the main lake and the river arms looking for areas having something a little different from the surrounding area. I was doing this a couple of different ways.