Tom's Fishing Blog

Tournament Report - Lake Hodges 3/17/2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

What a day! 21 teams went to war at lake Hodges in the National Bass West 5th event of the series. Stormy, windy, rain, and cooler temps did not stop the bass from chewing today. Lake Hodges is back (for now) and we had a great day of fishing. How great? The top 5 teams all had 5 fish limits over 20 lbs. My partner and I had 23.78lbs and that was good for 2nd place.

I only practiced 1 day the weekend before. Lake Hodges is like 2 different lakes right now. From the narrows to the bridge the water is stained and dirty. The whole Dam arm side and the front of the lake is clear clean water. Fish are spawning and there are alot of fish shallow. I did see fish on beds that I could catch but noticed many larger fish just "cruising" the bank. I found an area about 100yards long just loaded with fish. It is a flat that gets alot of sun and it has tullies, brush, scatered rocks and a couple points. I really felt like it was an area we could fish all day.

It was raining from the start and hard to see the beds. We caught a couple small fish early and my partner caught a 5lber on a senko in 5ft of water at 7:30am. That was the start of the many quality fish that bit over the next 2 hours. We caught 2 fish over 4lbs then a 3lber and then I caught our big fish a we had a nice limit. We left the area to let it rest and hit a couple other spots. Then we returned around 2pm to finish the day. Catching another 4 or 5lber would cull out the 3lber we had and boost our weight. And that's exactly what happend. I caught a 4.25 and we culled out the 3lber. The key to the quality bites was to fish really slow just outside the spawning beds in 5-8ft of water. We fished senkos, creature baits, and a small jig/craw trailer. I thought we had enough to win. Time to go weigh in.  Here were the top 5-

Place Team Fish Wgt Pen Bonus B/F TotWgt


1 KEVIN NORLING-MARCO FENELLI 5/5 28.97 * 7.67 28.97

$1,710 Bass King Shirts

2 TOM LOWERY-DENNIS KOLENDER 5/5 23.78 23.78 $1,030
3 CHRIS PATEK-STEPHEN PATEK 5/5 22.78 6.52 22.78 $810
4 CAMERON SMITH-TREVOR LINCOLN 5/5 21.33 5.49 21.33 $40
5 TOM LEEDOM-BRIAN KOWALSKI 5/5 21.27 5.75 21.27 $110

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Guide Trip Report - Lake Otay 3/14

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Spring is here and the Bass are biting! Those deep fish have been waiting for the water temps to rise and move shallow....the wait is over! The fish are up. Great weather today and great conditions to sight fish.

We fished shallow all day using a variety of plastic baits; jig, brush hog, ika, senko, and a special lil bait I like to use on the bed fish. Mark must have caught 15 fish. We found a big one around 7lbs that we got fired up but she was picky and kept swimming off. Mark said he would rather "keep moving and catching the smaller ones" so we did just that.

Fun day of spring fishing.


Guide Trip Report - Lake Murray 2/29

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Todd and I were greeted to a beautiful morning at Lake Murray in La Mesa CA. We have had some great warm sunny weather in February. With the water temps rising we were hoping to find shallow active Bass.

We found the Bass but they were not all that shallow. 028

Our best bites came from 15-20 ft around the isolated concrete structures scatered around the lake. The drop shot 6in worm was the rig. Also got a couple hard bites on the jig but those we missed.

We caught a bunch like this one shown here. No big bite today but very enjoyable anyways.



El Capitan Guide Trip Report - 2/25/12

Sunday, February 26, 2012

IMG 3875Fun day on the water with Rob. Fishing was a bit slow for this time of year. I feel like I have been fishing the "winter" pattern for ever. It's alomost March! The water is warming and we did see signs of spring but the Bass are still in winter mode. There are some small fish up shallow and the bait is shallower than it was. We started our day with the Huddlestone Trout ROF5 8in Swimbait. Rob was looking for that BIG bite....but we had no love. We found the worm bite to be a bit slow so we switched over to reaction baits.

The A-rig, ice jig, and a deep crankbait. Rob got his first a-rig and ice jig fish today and was stoked! We saw the ice jig fish on the graph eat the bait which is really cool. My favorite thing about the A-rig is they bites are so strong it make you jump...they hit it so hard! Also, the A-rig is a big fish catcher. Rob lost a giant and a guy near us boated a fish over 6lbs. 

The Bass are ready for Spring. With warming water and the Full Moon coming soon things are about to get real fishy!

Good Luck!



55 degree water and using your electronics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Hey Bass Kings! Winter fishing is still here but not for much longer. We are all waiting for the water to warm up a few IMG_3870more degrees and trigger the bass to move shallow. The Bass are waiting too!

Winter fishing can be a challenge but you can increase your success by using good electronics. Besides the swimbait fish most of my Winter Bass have been coming from 25-45 ft of water. Some on the bottom and some suspended well off the bottom. With the use of good electronics you can "catch them off the graph" if you know what to look for.

These beauties and a few more were all caught "off the graph" on 3 different baits. To learn more about using your electronics to catch more fish book a trip with me.



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