Fishing with Noble: The importance of the cast

Fishing with Noble / Noble Smith

I always believed the better the cast, the better the odds of catching a fish. Since most fish are relating to structure casting, accuracy is important. The key is presenting your lure or bait in a natural way to trigger a strike. When fishing near a visual structure, like a rock or tree, cast beyond the structure. Bring it back by so fish believe the lure or bait came into the strike zone naturally.

There are times when not-so -good casting accuracy pays off. I was fishing a rocky bank at the California Delta with a buddy. My fishing buddy made a long cast well into the rocks on the bank. I laughingly said, “Good cast, buddy! You will catch some good rock fish that way.” He then freed his lure, brought it into the water and struck a two pound bass. He got the last laugh.

It turns out the fish were holding tight to shore. From that point on, the closer to shore we could cast the better the odds for catching fish. So accurate casting came into play after all.
River fishing has been really good for stocked rainbow trout. The key is finding the areas that are stocked. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) usually stocks areas that are heavily fished. So common sense tells me near campgrounds, Riverside Park or the Edison Powerhouse are all good spots.

I talked to a young fisherman in Kernville, and he told me he has been catching numerous fish daily. Of course, he did not tell me where any of his hot spots were. For me the fun of fishing the river is moving from spot to spot. I enjoy the different scenery and looks of the river. I know if I fish enough different areas I will find the stocks.

I am really surprised at the shallow water crappie bite this time of year. The fish have been biting well in 10 feet of water or less. I talked to a couple of crappie fishermen at the South Fork launch ramp on Saturday, Aug. 11. They had a total of 48 fish caught that day. They also told me they had done better the previous week.

During our last tournament, I caught a crappie using a large plastic worm. I was fishing for bass at the time. That was the second crappie I have caught on a plastic worm. The worm is nearly half the length of the fish.

That same day, I also saw a young man wading in about two feet of water fishing. He was next to the boat dock at the South Fork launch ramp. It was the middle of the day, so the ramp was very busy. He caught a nice crappie during all of the boat activity. Now that is a good crappie bite when you can catch fish under those conditions.

I have not talked to many trout fishermen fishing the lake. Water temps in the high 70s and the lake dropping like crazy make trout fishing in the lake difficult. If you want to fish for trout, I would recommend river fishing this time of year.

The American Bass Anglers (ABA) Tournament on Aug. 11 was another good one. Eight boats signed up to fish it. There was also another club fishing a tournament. There were a lot of bass boats on the lake Saturday. It makes it tough to fish some key spots when there are two tournaments going on. Ray and I arrived at our hot spot only to find five boats along the bank we had been doing so well at.

The fishing was decent that day. We were able to find some small active fish in other areas. We ended up with four fish just a little over 6 pounds total.

The tournament was won by Brett and Brian Jordan. They had nearly 20 pounds for five fish, which is a good example of perseverance. They caught a couple of big fish with minutes to go in the tournament. Not only is accurate casting very important in bass fishing, but to keep casting is also important.

It just takes one cast to catch a fish of a lifetime. I remember a bass tournament on Lake Isabella in the early ‘80s. First prize was a brand new Ranger Bass Boat. Back then, it was worth about $25,000. After the tournament, the announcer awarded the winner the boat and he said, “One cast, one bite and an over 9 pound bass wins a new Ranger Bass Boat.” That night’s winner caught one fish to win first prize and that’s why after a day of fishing, my arms are usually tired from casting.

See you on the water.