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I'm about to go out and fish the CA Delta for the first time.  This place has both numbers and trophy bass.  My conditons will be overcast skies, possible light showers.  The delta has a muddy bottom with tules on the banks and floating hyacynth and a myriad of docks, pilings, and rip rap banks.  The water is tidal, so there is high, low, and slack tides.  The water will be stained to slightly muddy with water temps in the upper 60's.  If you were hitting these waters for the first time, what what you try?  FYI, buzzbaits, jigs, and cranks have seemed to be hot lately according to local reports.

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flip beavers and jigs in the tulies. run traps/cranks along rip rap walls. blades around outside weed edges. that would be my plan if i was hittin the delta tomorrow.

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Hi mudcatwilly. I'm also planning to hit the delta in the next week or two. Please post back up after you trip and let us know how it went. What worked...what didn't...ect...

Thanks

TL

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I would echo what fourbizzle said. Be prepared to try different things. If you got em have three to four rigs ready to go with different baits. Also don't forget to move. Things change very quickly in the delta so if things aren't wrking where you are move.

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I live 3 min from the delta. I would tri ratle traps in shad or craw colors on rip rap banks. Pay attention to any thing odd on the bank (little pionts or  hollows) I fish from the bank most/all the time. Most off the time my fish come from within 10 feet of the bank. High tide is always best but there are fish to be had any time.  But as stated abuve be prepered things change quickly out hear.

 Where on the delta are you going?

       

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Thanks for the tips.  I'm launching out of Pirates Lair and I will either head to Frank's Tract or to White slough via Potato Slough, depending how nasty the winds are.  The sweet beavers have been mentioned a lot lately for guys who have 20+ fish days.  I think my main strategy to start with is to go topwater with buzzbaits and hula poppers (overcast skies) and then fish jigs in the tules and cranks along the rip rap.  If that doesn't work, there are also some big striper running through there right now, but we won't worry about that unless it's 3:00 and I don't have any fish in the livewell.

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