Delta Yesterday - Sat...

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-10-06 10:00:59

I rarely fish weekends because of the boat traffic. It's not so much that there are a lot more anglers on the water - the delta is a big place and there is plenty of room - although I did have one boat of fly-anglers cut me off by less than 150 feet. I couldn't believe it! I guess they just had to fish the HPS before I got to it. Well, I suppose I shouldn't have, but I let them know I was not pleased by their ill-manners...

I fished with Bill Siler and it was a tough day. The water was actually in pretty good shape after the big blow and there was bait everywhere. I ran my high percentage spots on the outgoing but the fish were hunkering down. I wasn't surprized since I've found it takes a day or two after a big blow for the fish to regroup. All the recreational boats ripping up the water doesn't help either.

Bill had a few to hand before noon, and my score was zero until around 1 p.m. or so. I didn't score a fish on the entire outgoing tide - my favorite tide to fish on the SJ.

I finally picked up a few sub-legal fish by late afternoon; and then finally got lucky and nailed an 8- and 10-pounder from one of my HPSs (high percentage spots). The tide was running perfect for the spot and they were right where they were supposed to be. Both fish pulled like hell and put themselves on the reel.

All toll, Bill and I ended up with a dozen or so fish. Like I said: for us, it was a tough day.

We did run into old pal, Matt Havelock on the SJ and he said he'd got into one good session on top and caught a bunch. He also had just landed a nice one of around 9 or so pounds. Good to see you out there Matt.

Mike Burch of Santa Cruz found a good school of nice-sized fish in one spot and caught a dozen or so from it. Good on ya Mike!


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