Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lake Amador

I set out to try my new Rooster Tails I mentioned Tuesday. Since I've not caught anything at Lake Pardee and I did catch one at Lake Amador, this was the place to test them. Yesterday I had to go to the Lab to give blood for my semi-annual checkup, so I stopped at Fisherman's Warehouse in Sacramento and picked up 3 Rapala Clackin' Rap lures. I couldn't help myself.

When I got to Amador, I put out a slip sinker rig with rainbow Power Bait, then I tried the usual group first, just to see if anything was interested. Nope. OK, so then I tried the Rooster Tails (Worden's Sonic Rooster Tails). First white, then yellow, then chartreuse, and finally red. After 5 or 6 casts with the red, I got a good bump, but missed the fish. 5 or 6 more casts, nothing.

Then I tied on the Clackin'Rap with the Rapala knot. I only made 5 casts, and quit. Two reasons. One, I was fishing on the dam and didn't want a $9.00 plug caught in the rocks. The second reason, is that this lure is really heavy. 3 1/2 oz. Like throwing a freight car out there. I think I'll wait on these until I get a rod with 8 or 10 lb test. Should be shortly, I have the reel, waiting for the rod.

Then I tried the red Roostertail again. About the 5th cast, I got the same bump as before, but couldn't keep the fish on. These were pretty hefty bumps. Waited a while, messed with a couple of other colors of Power Bait and then went back to the Roostertail again. I find that if you give it a "rest", the fish will usually take another stab at your lure.

The 3rd cast produced this:

This little beauty is 20" and just a smidgen short of 2 lbs. On the Worden's Sonic Rooster Tail in red. First time out. Can't beat that. Well, that 's it for today, the Shoreman is back.

Till next time, remember: "A bad day fishing is better than any day at work".


1 comment:

  1. Wow, now that is a nice fish. Congratulations on your fishing success and for reporting on your lure choices. Rooster Tails are a great spinner. Very popular up my way. Sounds like the Rapala Clackin' Rap definitely needs a good strong medium to medium-heavy rod to fish adequately.