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#1 Shewillbemine

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Posted October 12 2012 - 12:10 AM

I started bass fishing when I was approximately 15 years old, hampered by the Southern California reality that I could not drive and had scarce lakes to fish at. Most of my days were spent with dough baits catching catfish and carp since I felt limited fishing from docks and banks (now I know better).

So my passion for bass fishing hibernated although I kept up with information via tons of books followed by the emergence of the internet.

At 20 years old, I pursued it again but only catching bass via nightcrawlers. This was unsatisfying because it still didn't feel like "real" bass fishing. I caught a tiny one on a crankbait as well but that seemed like an accident to me since I wasn't even really trying/paying attention.

Fast forward to 14 years later and I finally pick up the sport again. I'm wiser, more well-read, have the financial means for better equipment, fishing permits and boat rentals. And of course, I have this forum to thank for a deluge of information and motivation even in such a short amount of time after discovering it.

Road Warrior's article regarding Senkos is amazing. I caught my first 2 bass on the tube bait which made me feel like I was doing something right. I went out again and caught 1 bass, again on the Senkos.

Today, it was rainy and overcast in CA so I applied what I learned. Mostly, I knew that I should be out on the water because rainy, overcast days encourage bass to feed.

I tried the Senko again but only had 1 bait that didn't set properly. But this time I was prepared. From my studying, I concluded that a fast moving crankbait would be appropriate for more active bass fishing (due to the weather), mimicking the minnows/shad I'd seen in shallow waters AND hit the deeper bass my fish finder identified (yes, I'm that guy who bought a fish finder).

I purchased the Rapala Deep Runner Shad Rap that ranges from 5 - 11 feet. I also knew my technique should be to keep my rod tip down AND
I remembered an old trick of using a permanent marker to enlarge the eyeball of this lure.

So long story long, I CAUGHT SIX (6) BASS TODAY!

I apologize for the long post. If you can't tell, I'm really amped about my really successful fishing day. I feel like I've "leveled up" after being baptised in the harsh bass waters of CA.

Looking forward to learning a lot more from all of you. Thank you.

I didn't take pics of the 3 dinks I caught. They were quite small and it amazed me that they even hit the crankbait. These bass are aggressive!


A Senko Caught Bass on One Day
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First Bass on Shad Rap
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The Biggest Bass I've Caught In My Life So Far
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Same Bass - Another Pic
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Last Bass of the Day
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#2 North Ga Hillbilly

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Posted October 12 2012 - 01:35 AM

That next to last bass is built right. Great job man!

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#3 Tuckahoe Joe

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Posted October 12 2012 - 02:22 AM

This forum is definitly great. No question. Great fish man!

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Posted October 12 2012 - 06:52 AM

Great story, and nice looking fish. Congrats on a great day of fishing. I lived in SouCal for years. Whereabouts are you located? If SouCal, try Lake Casitas or Castaic. Both have monster bass, but the fishing can be tough with smart fish and lots of competition.

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Posted October 12 2012 - 06:57 AM

Senko bass looks biggest! Nice outing!
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Posted October 12 2012 - 07:46 AM

Nice catching! Congrats!


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Posted October 12 2012 - 08:02 AM

Nice read.... Congratulations on your final success. You stuck with it, and it has paid off.

#8 LgMouthGambler

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Posted October 12 2012 - 08:13 AM

Good fish. Keep it up!
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Posted October 12 2012 - 08:20 AM

Congrats ~ !

Here's to many more bass filled days for you on the water.

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Posted October 12 2012 - 09:15 AM

Good stuff, man! Nice fishing trip.

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Posted October 12 2012 - 09:19 AM

Very Cool!

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Posted October 12 2012 - 10:12 AM

Congratulations! Im a big believer in eyeballs on lures. I even add three eyeballs to bullet weights with white and black nail polish{That way one is always visible}. I never heard of using a permanent marker to enlarge the eyes on a crankbait. You taught me something.

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Posted October 12 2012 - 09:14 PM

Shewillbemine, on October 11 2012, they WERE yours!
All ya have to be, is a little smarter than the bass.

#14 Shewillbemine

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Posted October 12 2012 - 09:30 PM

Great story, and nice looking fish. Congrats on a great day of fishing. I lived in SouCal for years. Whereabouts are you located? If SouCal, try Lake Casitas or Castaic. Both have monster bass, but the fishing can be tough with smart fish and lots of competition.


I'm around LA, OC and San Diego. I do plan to check out many more lakes including those two, but I want to test my mettle and earn experience points with the smaller lakes first. The large, popular lakes in SoCal are way overfished and I'm taking baby steps as I learn more.

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Posted October 12 2012 - 09:38 PM

Great idea... Nice catches also, congrats...