There’s a heavy marine layer this morning, the water temperature just can’t crack that 70-degree mark, but I’m going to try and see if I can keep up with the shad spawn that is seemingly underway. Hoping the situation will be comparable to years past; we’re going to throw topwater, though everyone thinks it’s a bit early here in western Riverside County.

The real science will manifest itself tomorrow (Wednesday) when I head south to see how similar the conditions are at Lake Hodges, maybe 30 miles from here.

Chrome has always been a good color when the water is clear under cloudy skies, so that’s what I’ve got tied on. I’ll know more in a few hours. Gotta run, still have to spool on some new line….

salt-and-pepper1JUST GOT BACK— So much for anticipating a topwater bite. I got one dumb one to come up about 11 a.m. and that was that.

But early, as advertised, the shad were all over the banks with an occasional crasher up tight.  We just didn’t have anything to compete with the real thing until we got away from flitting bait. Still, keeping the shad theme, I switched to smoke pepper ring worm on the Carolina, and got one good bite among a bunch of 2 pounders.

The scale wobbled on 6-3 or 6-4. But better than a poke in the eye with a Flippin’ Stik.


One Response to “Trying the shad bite without the shad”

C’mon Kramebo, don’t you remember how good clear baits worked on overcast days?