Buying a boat nowadays is such a huge commitment that I’m in no hurry to buy right away. I’m enjoying looking around at all the different boats. My biggest concern is purchasing a boat or engine that is in its first year of production. Unlike a lot of pro’s, I plan on keeping my next boat until at least retirement age. So, my next boat must be the right one for the type of fishing that I plan on doing and be tested through in and throughout. It’s easy to want to get the latest and greatest but when it comes to vehicles but sometimes, go- ing with something that has all the kinks worked out of it is the wiser decision, than going with a completely new model. Maybe I’m just being overly cautious, I’d rather wait until a new product has been mass produced and tested by every day anglers like myself, before committing to an expensive new product.
There are lots of smaller schools of largemouth and striped bass actively feeding on small baitfish which can be caught on reaction lures and small top water baits. For the larger bass, anglers are fishing Senko’s or pitching in the grass with creature baits such as Reaction Innovation Sweet Beavers. Catfishing remains good right now for anglers fishing cut bait. Look for bigger catfish to be relating to deep holes along the river right now.
New Melones Lake:
Bass fishing continues to be good for smaller bass on soft plastics while worked along the bottom. Bigger bass are being caught in the early morning hours on topwater lures and at night on top as well. During the day anglers are dragging Carolina rigged plastic baits such as brush hogs and lizards. Kokanee fishing continues to be good for anglers trolling between 70 and 90 feet deep with Hootchies behind a dodger. Bluegills continue to provide steady action for those fishing around boat docks and the backs of coves. Fishing for catfish is good right now for those fishing at night.