BassWestUSA - September/October, 2009, Page 46

here on the California Delta can have its extremes. It in- deed can produce some of the most exciting bass fishing in the country today. There are a lot of giant bass that roam these fertile waters, with great numbers too, that offer many opportunities to a wide array of angler prefer- ences. On the flip side, it can also be one of the toughest places for anglers to fish on an annual basis. The diversity of this river system, with its many meandering le- vee walls, deep dead end sloughs, back water ditches and canals, open flooded lakes, the dock laden communities and main river channels, provide the bass here, many different options in how they spend their daily and annual lives. The river system is loaded with a wide array of vegetation, no less than 10 major varietals of surface and sub-surface plant life

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exists. Toss in the facts we have daily tides sweeping in and out of the system, some ever changing weather patterns coming off the San Francisco Bay coast line and the wind tunnel created by the interior mountain range surrounding Mt Diablo, we’ve got an endless and confusing puzzle here that is foreign and can be very confusing to many anglers. As a guide here, who lives on the water, I am afforded the op- portunity to see and experience many daily and seasonal changes that most anglers aren’t aware of or totally over look. What most anglers get caught up here with are the tide, the current and the wind. Probably as much as 95% of the anglers here spend all their time in 0-6 feet of water chasing the bass. Constantly work- ing the tulle clumps, fishing the trough between the rocks and that first grass line, or chucking and winding on the outer edge of the same grass. Anglers get stuck in this box of bad habits here.

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