Rincon Beach party -2008
Striper boils have been replaced by beach
parties in the southern lake. This morning we saw much surface
action but it was 5 stripers chasing shad right on to the beach or into the
last tree in shallow water. Stripers are unmistakable in shallow water. They
churn the whole cove and throw water two feet in the air. A striper splash
can be seen at great distance and each large splash is worth investigating.
Feeding fish are fearless and can be hooked. Getting them to the boat is
challenging as these 24 inch fish are much stronger than they have been in
Shad schools are still hanging out in brushy shallows hoping to avoid both
bass and stripers. Shad schools are smaller than last week, probably
resulting from numerous attacks that fragment schools into smaller groups.
Periodically each group is visited by a wandering striper school that rush
in, feed quickly and then back off to deep water.
This is repeated often during the first two
hours of daylight.
Fishing strategy is easy. See the splash
near shore, get in range, and toss a surface lure. When the commotion dies
along the beach, back off to the first drop off and jig spoons at 30-50
feet. Timing is important. Many more stripers can be caught from first light
to 8 AM than during the rest of the morning. Fish
early for best results. Then repeat the striper search in the
evening. Most of the daylight hours are better spent fishing for bass.
Recent reports indicate more boils in the mid and northern lake. Still I
suspect that near shore boils are much more common than open water surface
action. Coves and canyons where boils have been reported recently are still
producing stripers early and late with bass fishing being good all day long.
Bass are being taken on the standard senkos, plastic grubs and tubes fished
on jig heads or drop shot rigs. Surface lures work best in twilight but "(zara)
Spooks and (zoom)
Flukes" work most of the day around brush where shad schools are
Fishing success is actually less in numbers than normally seen this time of
year, particularly for striped bass. However the quality of fish caught is
so good that satisfaction levels are very high.
Crappie and bluegill fishing is
beginning to get very good. Crappie fishing will improve as water
temperature drops. Look for the best crappie fishing of the year during the
next four weeks. They will be deep in the trees but can be caught on small
grubs and jigs fished straight down into the thickest cover of the largest
submerged tamarisk thickets.