BassWestUSA - January/February, 2011, Page 56

I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not true. With such great numbers of bass in the lake, you might suppose it would be easy to hook them up with virtually any technique. Actually the El Salto fi sh seem quite sensitive to multiple factors. Clearly they seem to prefer a slow speed to the action of soft baits. They are quite fi nicky about color, strongly discriminating toward darks and reds. They certainly seem to like magnum-sized lizards very much and by far it seems they want the Senko style more than other similar types of worms. During our father-son tournament in early June, the only top water action was in the early morning. This did produce some fi sh over eight pounds.

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Top Gun. This watermelon red magnum lizard was the standout bait when rigged Texas style. It outproduced all other soft bodies by a wide margin and shed better Texas style than when Carolina rigged. Shad-mimicking, deep-diving plugs really produced in some spots, with 18 foot deep-divers being the best

sounded like a esta (the Spanish word for party) in the plane’s cabin. The beverage cart had just been stowed in preparation for landing, and proper grammar was no- ticeably backsliding as the volume of the trash talkin’ amped up a few decibels while the Boeing 757’s noisy wing aps came down and the pilot lined up the runway for arrival at Mazatlan airport, Mexico. It looked like a esta as the melodic Paci c surf pounded a white-rimmed edge onto the aquamarine blue sea as our party of anglers now barreled down the highway in air-conditioned vans, passing elds of blue agave cactus grown to make tequila. It even tasted like a esta when we waltzed into the El Salto Lodge and were handed frozen Margaritas and taquitos at the door. But when the big dogs came off their leashes and hustled our gear down to the lake for some late afternoon shing on the rst day and those outboard motors came alive, you just knew the party was truly on then. The introduction of Florida strain black bass (Micropterus salmoides oridanus) into warm water impoundments has revolu- tionized shing destination travel in North America. In the moun- tains of western Mexico, it was the need for irrigation water that originally established a couple of dozen lakes starting back in the 1940’s. Years later now, most all have been populated with large- mouth bass, usually Florida strain that have grown to hefty sizes in the sultry climate. This is a chain of glistening jewels for sher- men seeking an experience which surpasses literally all northern waters. Without a true winter, there are multiple spawns and shad and tilapia are abundant food sources for growing bass which can add two pounds per year. These are waters of triple digit catches per day and repeated shots at trophies over ten pounds. Over time, many of these lakes will cycle through peak years of excellent productivity and periods of grossly dimin-

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