GARY DOBYNS, 2009 Open champ speaks

Gary Dobyns is one of the preeminent tournament anglers in the West, and when he has been injury free, there may be no better power fisherman in the Golden State. But capturing the 2009 (corrected) U.S. Open on Lake Mead, after several close calls, Dobyns has established him not only as a major champion, but also as a source of key information for competitive anglers.

In fact, at his recent stop at Anglers Marine in Santee he had plenty to say about fishing the desert–for anyone who was paying attention.

As he spoke of the site of this, the 28th Open, there were key items in his gameplan. For example, he noted, “Light penetration is huge (in crystalline waters). You need wind and clouds (to knock down the light). At Mead, Gary declares, “When the wind blows, the weights go up.”

To know the Dobyns mindset is to understand how he reacts to such weather conditions. As he puts it, “I try to target the better quality fish–I never have fished for (mere) keepers.” To that end you’ll find him fishing faster in shallow water.

And while he has had success on jerkbaits and cranks he admits, “You get better quality fish on a spinnerbait.” But one size does not fit all, regardless of whether he is fishing shad colors or traditional chartreuse and white. “Blades are more important than color,” he says. “Bigger blades have too much lift unless you’re fishing over grass. Smaller blades are easier to fish deeper.”

The latter, of course, is in keeping with Mead water clarity. Without the wind, he may have to fish farther down in the water column, either on the bottom or at mid depths, depending on what the fish are doing. But his reaction baits are even more expansive. For example, he fishes 3/4- to 1-ounce jigs that sink fast. “To catch fish in clear water,” he says, “you sometimes have to get them on the drop. Throw it up in 5 feet and hop it down to 10 and 15 feet.”

Of Mead he told the audience, “Fishing is better this year (than when he won). They have had 20-pound stringers and there are smallmouth to catch.” But despite that, he is adamant about is his pre-fishing style: “You don’t want to over work an area. When I get a bite or a fish, I just move on.”


3 Responses to “U.S. Open champ tips Lake Mead success”

George, Gary won the 2009 Open. 🙂

by George Kramer

I knew that. Freudian slip? Prophetic blogging? Sorry! 🙂

I wish he’d win it again but the last time I talked with Gary he said he wouldn’t be fishing the Open this year because ICAST was so close? I hope he’s changed his mind since then.