The California Delta is a massive, intimidating body of water. If you're trying to figure out how to catch Delta stripers it can be a daunting task.
One of the top fishing guides in Northern California, JD Richey, shares the pro tips you need to catch striped bass in the Delta. Packed with photos and insightful diagrams, Richey shows you how to locate stripers, what to look for in a spot, how to work the tide to your advantage… and how to get bit using light tackle techniques like topwater, swimbaits and jigging.
The book also covers how to stay safe of the Delta, the interesting history of the striped bass in California and Richey’s thoughts on conservation.
Here's an excerpt from the first chapter of the book:
Chapter One: Introduction
California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is an amazing, one-of-a kind place. Though hemmed in by the urban sprawl of Sacramento, Stockton and the Bay Area, the Delta still feels like a wild, remote place. There are countless sloughs, channels and islands to explore and, beneath the water’s surface, lurk several species of gamefish. None is more sought-after by Delta anglers than the iconic striped bass.
Considering that they can grow to over 60 pounds (though 3 to 7 pounders are most common these days), fight hard, taste great and make for exciting sport, it’s easy to see why stripers have such a dedicated following. Another really attractive attribute of striped bass is their “equal opportunity” nature – they can be caught by everybody from a bank angler using a forked stick to prop up his rod to the guy in the $50,000 dollar boat that’s armed with $10K worth of tackle. Trollers, bait dunkers, casters and fly anglers all have a shot at the Delta’s favorite species.
In this book, I am going to cover catching stripers on lures fished on light gear.
To keep things as simple as possible, I’m going to teach you how to use three basic lures: topwater plugs, swimbaits and spoons. Of course, there are many other ways to skin this cat but if you get the hang of these three, you’ll be in really good shape.
Master the fundamentals first and then you can move on to stuff like rip baits, traps, black worms, wake baits, Clousers on the fly rod, etc. Perhaps I’ll do an advanced stripers techniques book in the future, but I’m going to focus on the basics this time around. So without further adieu, let’s jump on in!
Please note that this how-to guide is delivered in a digital format called PDF (it's not a physical book). Other digital download formats are available on the FishwithJD website.
Table of contents:
- Where do you Start?
- Basic Needs
- Clean Water
- Moving Water
- Structure, Structure, Structure
- Channel Edges
- Tule Banks
- Rock Walls
- Cuts and Breaks
- Topwater: Where and When
- Plug Style/Technique
- The Grab
- Follow-up Baits
- Swimbaits: Where and When
- The Grab
- Spooning: Where and When
- Spoon Styles
- Tackle & the Big Secret!
Staying Safe on the Delta
- Shallows and Shoals
- Rough Water
History and Conservation
- Fishery Advocacy Groups
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