Tom's Fishing Blog

April / May...Still Biting! Let's GO!

Monday, May 20, 2013

April / MAY! - I like this time of year because things are changing. Fish are on the move and in search of food after all that hard work they did spawning. After a brief recovery they will be ready to chew and get fat again. May is the month I start throwing smaller swimbaits, topwater baits, and all types of "reaction" baits. You can catch em on a rapala type jerkbait pretty much anywhere right now. I like the lucky craft pointers. Flukes, crankbaits, smaller swimbaits, buzzbaits, topwater, and my favorite "wake bait" will all be effective over the next few months. The grass beds will start growing at Otay and hold nice fish all summer long. So get all those fancy expensive baits you've been buying and go use em!



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Fishing is GREAT!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


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Winter Report and What's to Come

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

San Diego City Lakes Winter Bass Fishing has been good with the best bite going at the Red Hot El Capitan Lake. It’s nice living in a place where you can fish and catch Bass year round! The bite at El Capitan has been crazy.

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Recently, a 32lb 5 fish limit took 1st place at the National Bass West Team Tournament with limits of 20lbs plus common. I have had many days of quality 15lb plus limits of Bass during a time of year usually considered “slow”. In typical fashion, the Bass have been gorging on Shad and Crayfish getting fat and healthy for the upcoming spring. For the last several weeks I have caught em shallow on Crankbaits, small swimbaits, Jig and craws, and drop shot. My bigger fish have come very early and again at mid day. The deep bite for me has been the best from 8-10am on a Carolina rig and drop shot watermelon and green pumpkin plastic baits.  Also, the Umbrella Rig and Rapala Ice Jig have been great fish catchers on the right school of deep water suspended Bass.  This time of year my Lesson trips have helped Anglers learn the deep “offshore” bite that is often overlooked or a new technique like the Rapala Ice jig. Don’t look now but things are about to change….SPRING IS COMING!

Yes Spring is the time of year all Bass Anglers wait for. February – May will offer San Diego Anglers very good Bass fishing at all San Diego City Lakes. As the water temps get warmer Bass will start moving shallow. They won’t all rush the banks at once. During the pre-spawn Bass will be “staging” on the outside points, channels, and breaklines along the banks where they will be spawning. This is a great time of year to catch a Giant. Big fish will be staging in waters a bit deeper than the keeper size fish roaming the shallows. Most productive techniques will be fishing on the bottom with a drop shot rig, Carolina Rig, or other soft plastic baits and the always reliable senko. Large Swimbaits will also catch big bass looking for an easy meal before moving on the beds to spawn. I like to throw a texas rigged 9in fat worm and crawl it slowly from deep to shallow. Once the spawn is on shallow Bass will be very aggressive striking many lures that invade their homes.

Spring is a great time to introduce our sport to a friend or a kid new to Bass fishing. Visit one of our local San Diego tackle shops and get geared up!  



ABA Tournament 12/29/12 Lake El Capitan

Friday, January 04, 2013

We were on em good all month. Fished with my friend Art Bailey. Caught our fish on the Trip Jig, Ice Jig, C-rig, Phenix Jig, and drop shot Robo worm. Our limit went 22.78lbs and we had big fish of the tournament with the 8 lber. Here are some pic's-

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December Fishing

Friday, January 04, 2013

Fishing has been excellent this winter. Better than expected really. Guide trips and my tournament went well. We have beend catching them mostly deep and suspended over deep water. Using my Lowrance Electronics and following the shad have been the most important factors to success. Here are some pictures-

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