Tom's Fishing Blog

Guide Trip report - El Cap! 4/1

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Here is Lon from texas. He was impressed with our clear water and watching Bass eat his lure. All fish were very shallow; senkos, ika, and a small jerkbait caught day!



Guide Trip Report - Lake Otay 3/25

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I had the pleasure of fishing and teaching Chris today at Lake Otay. Otay is a special place for me because thtas where I started. Chris is new to Bass Fishing but a very skilled saltwater angler. The Bass are in full spawn mode and there were fish on beds and lotsa fish cruising the shallows. We sight fished for a bit but opted to try different techniques so that Chris would learn other stuff besides just catching the bed fish. He did get this nice crappie on a bed!

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His first bite of the morning was a good fish and on the senko....but the fish broke off after coming to the surface. Bummer!

We threw the senko, dropshot, crig, crankbait, and jerkbait. I did some teaching on equipment, line, lakes, and baits to use. Hit alot of spots and caught a few small ones on the jerkbait then the front moved in.

I have never in my life seen the wind blow from the South as hard as it did this day. We returned to the senko and that was what they wanted. We fished a protected area and Chris caught a few more. All our fish came shallow less than 7ft of water. 

I really enjoyed today and fishing with a guy that was so appreciative of our surroundings and just being out on the water. 



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.



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