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Do you use google Earth to search the Delta? Kayak fishing.


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I try.  It’s staggering.  It’s intimidating.  Everything looks “bassy”. 
 

I have a yellow pad at work where I jot down potential spots.   I fish the delta on a buds bass boat frequently, but he has his usual haunts.  I don’t really get a say.  But we do well.  Hard to argue. 
 

but a kayak is different.  You’re are pretty much committed once you launch. It’s slow, it takes effort.  I’d rather launch relatively close to my fishing spot versus peddle miles and miles. Well, it’s the pedal BACK that usually gets me.   At least I have pedals!  I’m the worst paddler. 
 

any Google earth tips?   For a rookie?  

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I love it.  I believe there is a premium package where you can look back at different times to see it at water levels.  I think this would be especially beneficial for a kayak

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6 minutes ago, NHBull said:

I love it.  I believe there is a premium package where you can look back at different times to see it at water levels.  I think this would be especially beneficial for a kayak

Ya - Google Earth Pro. Few years ago they had a special...get Pro for free. I did, so I have the 'premium' version. I've looked back at various things...once for someone here who wanted to see his own waters at different times.

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14 hours ago, They call me “Gaiter Salad” said:

I try.  It’s staggering.  It’s intimidating.  Everything looks “bassy”. 
 

I have a yellow pad at work where I jot down potential spots.   I fish the delta on a buds bass boat frequently, but he has his usual haunts.  I don’t really get a say.  But we do well.  Hard to argue. 
 

but a kayak is different.  You’re are pretty much committed once you launch. It’s slow, it takes effort.  I’d rather launch relatively close to my fishing spot versus peddle miles and miles. Well, it’s the pedal BACK that usually gets me.   At least I have pedals!  I’m the worst paddler. 
 

any Google earth tips?   For a rookie?  

I’d go with an “olde school” approach by getting a good Delta map to locate areas of interest and expand the knowledge of where you currently fish. Then fine tune those specific areas you’ve identified using Google Earth. Couple this approach with an app on the tides and I think you’ll be in business. Good luck 

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I think you need to really spend time on the delta to be a good fisherman there.  Since you have so many variables, wind, tide, water levels, etc.

I learned a whole lot when an old timer invited me to fish stripers one time. He saw I was serious about learning so invited me back for about 10 trips.  My confidence level went way up.

If black bassing I think Bricker's recommendation to grab some maps is pretty good.

It can be frustrating when your range is limited, such as I experienced for years fishing my BassHunter plastic boat.  A yak, peddle powered is similar.

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You are dead on that if you look via Google maps or even drive by spots...they all look like they hold fish.  As you actually start trying spots, you find this is not the case.  When you go with your buddy in a boat, try and observe the details on the spots you are hitting...I'm sure you guys fish a lot of the same spots as they hold fish.  If you try and observe some of the subtle changes you can see why they may hold fish and a spot 50 yards away won't.  The one thing I found out about the Delta is you need to check the area out physically to see if it actually looks as good as it appears on the maps.  Take an area on the Delta that's big like Frank Tract.  It gets a lot of pressure and looks very good, I've spent some time fishing Franks and have a handful of spots which consistently produce fish while a majority of it doesn't.  The first few years I fished the Delta, I fished a ton of areas.  I have the advantage of a boat so could cover a lot of water exploring.  I look at my map now and I have 100's of spots marked and rotate around based on the weather/tide/time.  I still try and cover new water but a lot less now.

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On 11/16/2020 at 8:17 PM, They call me “Gaiter Salad” said:

I try.  It’s staggering.  It’s intimidating.  Everything looks “bassy”. 
 

I have a yellow pad at work where I jot down potential spots.   I fish the delta on a buds bass boat frequently, but he has his usual haunts.  I don’t really get a say.  But we do well.  Hard to argue. 
 

but a kayak is different.  You’re are pretty much committed once you launch. It’s slow, it takes effort.  I’d rather launch relatively close to my fishing spot versus peddle miles and miles. Well, it’s the pedal BACK that usually gets me.   At least I have pedals!  I’m the worst paddler. 
 

any Google earth tips?   For a rookie?  

I love fishing the delta from my kayak. My favorite spot has to be Tracy Oasis. Frog fishing is great there. I also like Bethel Island for the buzzbait fishing. Rivers End for the frog fishing and stripers. I tried paradise point but it’s too busy with the boat traffic. I prefer the west delta. I avoid the area with no trees. 
I will be up there soon, can’t wait. 

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