Back to Pinto although I don't really want to fish the lake at the moment. I guess after so much time at only Pinto even if
you catch a lot of fish you get bored. I catch a few fish but it is still slow, and nothing outside the junk. I do find the whole
back area past the virgin mary dock covered with vegetation. I work the whole area with the toad but nothing rises. I have
to flip all my fish again. I see my friend Luke on the lake and go talk to him about Coyote. I say I was duped by someone
talking me into going to Coyote for a top water bite. I tell him nothing was on the surface, all day long and only caught a
few fish. He laughed and says he swears they where chasing the day he went. The only good thing about today was I
caught a small turtle. I named him Pinto after the lake, I have a aquarium at home just waiting for him. I always wanted one
but never caught a small one. Until next blog.
Wednesday 9/ 7/2016
I head back to Coyote today, I want to film a show now that I know where to catch them. I go straight to the launch to see
if all day will get me more fish. I take my second camera with the wireless mic, last time here it was windy. The wind is down
as I arrive but that does not last long. It comes up a little bit as I catch a few fish update style. Right as I am ready to set up
the hat cam the wind really starts to blow. Then white caps start blowing down the lake and its a cross wind. Even my se-
cond camera with the lapel mic will not handle this wind. So I do update style almost the whole day, found some times I could
use the hat came towards evening. I managed to make a pretty good show, about fifteen fish I think. I caught a lot of them
on the gotcha stick flicking. In a 15 to 25 mph wind, never thought that would be my choice of baits but it worked. I also got
a few on the jig, might need to make up some more jigs next time here. So over all it was a good day, have a few Pinto shows
to edit before this one comes out. Until next blog.
Back to Pinto although I really would rather go back to Coyote but the winds are suppose to blow again. I have a surprise
when I get to the lake, my friend Kevin is fishing. I have not seen him in months, I search for him on the lake before I do
the kick back thing. He says he caught fish out in the middle of the lake on a rattle trap. I follow him to a buoy in the mid-
dle of the lake. He tries then trolls around to try and find the fish, I decide to try the under spin around the buoy. I catch
a three pound fish first past, then nothing for the next thirty minutes trolling back a forth. I go to flipping after that and
of course get some fish. The water is cooling off even more, never did bounce back after the cold front in August. I get
70 as a surface temp now, that's pretty cold for the start of this month. We might have our indian summer this month and
it could come back up a little. As I fish near the dock on the left side of the lake my friend asked why boats are allowed
on the lake. I guess they closed the lake while I was out, caution tape all around and a lake closed sign. The algae got
to toxic levels I guess, might be closed for a month. last year it happened in October so if it keeps blooming it might be
closed that long. Until next blog.
Since Pinto is closed and I have three days off I am back to Coyote to film another show. I learned about a point just
past the launch, a kid caught them big time last time I was out. I also heard the drop shot is a good technique, makes
since because live crawlers seem to kill them at this lake. I film some drone footage before heading down the hill to
the point. I find fish right away at the point and I was able to use the hat camera. I leave after a couple hours and try
the launch. A few fish but people start to show up and my spots are fewer and fewer soon. I go back to the point to
finish the show. Back at the point I finally hook up the second camera, no mic since the wind is down. It all works out
and I end up making a good show. Getting backed up with shows, like these blogs as of late. Need to spend a whole
day just editing. Until next blog.
I just needed to throw in a pier blog, it has been pretty good. The fish have been bigger then normal and they have been
in the kelp. It is thick right now which keeps most fisherman away but I love it. I need to do another show because my
last one was all outside the kelp, way outside. I can label it punching for rockfish this time, sounds like a fun show and
I have not filmed it yet. I also did some drone filming at the pier the other night, it was dead calm and right at sunset , it
turned out really good. Next week I have some short days at the day job so maybe I'll film. Until next blog.
I decide since Pinto is closed I might as well make the best of it. I look for directions to Anderson lake, its down the valley
from Coyote. Only ten minutes further at most from Coyote so why not give it a try. Well while I am checking it out I see
another lake right across the valley from it. Chesbro, never even heard of the lake but I decide to give it a try. It is a little
lake, 245 acres, and a little bit closer the Anderson. I find it no problem, takes about 50 minutes and park at the dam. I
talk to some people and its not good, they never catch much at this lake. They say its the worst of the five lakes in the
area. Five, I need the check out the other two I don't know of soon. Well I figure I am a pro I can catch some fish, no
dice for almost seven hours. One bite total on every bait I try, and that is many at this point. The water is clear, maybe
5 or 6 foot visibility. Finally at the very end a local shows up, fishing a jerk bait, thought about it never threw it. He
catches five small bass as I follow him down the lake, I get one on the under spin. Now I know the bait and will come
back for revenge on Chesbro lake. Also might explore more of the lake, stayed at the dam all day. So much for a show
fishing a new lake. Until next blog.
Off to Anderson this time, sure hope it works out better then yesterday. I arrive at the lake, pay my fee, Chesbro is
free, and park my car. Wind is down so I shoot some drone footage then check out the area. You can only fish the
dam area, no road leading anywhere else. I hit up the closed ramp, to low for boat access right now. I want to go
towards the dam but its to steep of a shore line. I head the other way but its not much better, right by the shore is
like quick sand. Up above is not much better, steep and loose rock are all you get. I find three fish along the shore
but almost die going it. Slip one wrong way and you will probably break an ankle, or leg, or arm, ect. I find that if
I round the bend it flattens out and there is a flat and point to fish. Problem is the bend is a rock out crop that does
not look fun to climb. I make it and catch a fish on a jig, I spend a long time fishing the area. I then wonder even
further down lake to find no fish. I finally head back and fish some along the way, get a few bites. Back to the safety
of the launch I get one bite on a jig before I call it quite's. At least this one will become a show, although it is fish
first then mostly adventure after that. But the adventure is half the fun, not really in this case, more like being glad
you did not kill yourself. Until next blog.
Back to a lake I know I will catch fish, Coyote, after the last two outings it feels good. I met a French tourist at the
pier yesterday and he is heading to the lake. He films a show back in France as I find out by the link he sent me. We
arrive at almost the same time, he pulls out of the ranger area as I pull in. I find him at the launch, I pull out the drone
and do some filming. He dawns a hat with a go pro attached and grabs his stuff and says lets go catch bass. I say I
am going to the point, he says he is going to walk the lake. I expect to fish with him but he never shows up, he does
fish across the cove from the point but goes back to the launch. Later I see his car leave the launch, he drives by my
car and I wave. I expect him to pull over and come down but I see him keep driving towards the dam. He saw a video
of a guy catching them at the dam, I told him I tried and it sucked. I never did see him again, I did meet two other guys
that I had a lot of fun fishing with. They are both in the video I was filming, caught a lot of fish again in fact. The drop
shot rules that lake, used the debunked Blade worm in green pumpkin, still have some left. Sure wish the French guy
would of shown up, don't know if he found fish. If he would of fished the point he would of had a great show of his
own. Until next blog.
I head back to Coyote and straight to the point, seems to have great fish on it. I am filming another show so I shoot
some drone footage first. I then make my way down to the point and something is different. I am getting no bites to
start with. The water seems to be a little more stained but that should not make a difference. I get a few fish and a kid
shows up at the point. He gets one on a senko, I get one more that jumps off. We talk and the fishing is slow, I say
maybe the launch is better. After an hour of slow fishing and a couple hours left to fish I head to the launch. I find a
lady catching them cast after cast on a night crawler. She says she got a 6.01 and a 4.5 already today, The kid shows up
and we fish next to her. I get them right away, she leaves and gives the kid some crawlers. We both catch fish all the
way up till its go time. A bad day turned good, if we would of stayed at the point we probably would of caught nothing.
Always good to have a back up spot when fishing, the show turned out great. Until next blog.
Hit up Anderson today but go to the other side of the lake this time. It is a state park and a really nice picnic area that
you park in. I film some drone footage and talk to another fisherman before heading down the hill. The wind is calm but
as I get to shore it has picked up. As I head to a point for the first cast the wind is over 10 mph, not good. By the time I
start fishing it is pushing 15 mph and white caps are starting to show. I catch a couple right away on the drop shot, then
the wind goes full force. I found out it was a red flag day for wind, it blew 15 to 20 mph the rest of the day. The water got
all dirty, I could hardly fish at all, not to mention film. I had to go update style but I did manage five fish for the day. It will
become a show but man what a bad day to fish. Until next blog.
Back to Anderson today and well the conditions are a bit different, its a 105 degrees. No wind which is nice but I only
brought one small water bottle. I film some drone footage first and then head down to the lake. I hit up the point but I find
no fish willing to bite. I head toward the bridge and a point that leads into the narrow river section. I work the drop shot
but then notice fish chasing shad. I grab the under spin and wait for action to happen, then cast at it. It works and I get
some fish right away, and they are good fish. This goes on for about a hour and a half, I get six fish but then they stop
working the shad. I sit and wait, and wait, and wait, casting random from time to time. The fish never do work the shad
again all the way until I leave. I pick up a couple more fish on the under spin before dark and some guys get a few crappie.
Not sure why they never chased again, full maybe from all the earlier action. Filmed all the action for a show so that was
nice, have not hunted top water bass for awhile. A big fire broke out while I was fishing, put it in the show and took a few
pictures. I leave and head to a store to buy water, my mouth is so dry. Until next blog.
Back to Coyote and the weather has cooled down a bit, I am hoping for some top water action here. I find no action on
top water and at the point, no action on the drop shot. I do manage two small fish after working the whole point, what the
heck is going on. I head to the launch, it was good last time the point was dead. The people fishing the launch left so that's
why I headed there, to stake my claim. Good idea but even the launch is dead, well at least for keepers. I get some small fish
the rest of the day but it is slow. Some other people showed up towards the evening but they did not catch much. Thought
for sure that after the hot weather the fishing would be good. I did get one fish that threw up a big shad so maybe the fish
were feeding mid column and not on the bottom. Never did throw the under spin around the launch, a couple times at the
point and got a small hit. I am hopefully heading to some ponds this weekend, a viewer invited me and the pictures he sent
show some nice bass. Until next blog.
The pier has been pretty fun as of late, well if I can get the fish over the kelp. Bigger then normal fish but the kelp is dieing
off and it if pretty bunched up. The fish head strait into it and you end up not being able to get them out. I have broke off
so many rigs as of late. I am also just throwing whatever worms I have in my trunk, they don't seem to mind. I am going to
film another show as soon as the winds die down. They have been really strong but that is what you get at the ocean in
the fall. The lakes have been the same way, making up date style all I can do some shows. Until next blog.
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