Tips & Tactics
Low Water, Big Opportunities
Low Water, Big Opportunities

Written By: Cal Kellogg, April 16, 2014
Species:Bass, Trout, Panfish,

It’s raining hard today, so I feel a little strange sitting here at my keyboard writing an article about low water fishing opportunities. Yet the reality is that we are in a drought. How severe the drought will be is anyone’s guess.

The more it rains this spring the less intense the drought...

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Artificial Lures For Delta Linesides!
Artificial Lures For Delta Linesides!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, April 3, 2014
Species:Stripers,

As I sit here writing these words the spring striper bite is starting to rage throughout the West Delta. If you’re a regular reader of The Fish Sniffer, you likely know that I am and avid striper angler and I especially enjoy bait fishing. There is a long standing debate whether trolling,...

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Your Guide To Grubbing
Your Guide To Grubbing

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, March 18, 2014
Species:Bass, Trout,

Have you noticed that often the best looking, sexiest baits aren’t the best fish producers? I’ve seen it time and time again, when a simple impressionistic offering will out perform a highly detailed, high dollar plug or spoon.

When it comes to super simple, cheap, versatile lures, the plastic...

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Finessing Them With The Shakey Head
Finessing Them With The Shakey Head

Written By: Mark Fong, March 17, 2014
Species:Bass,

Each year new baits and techniques make their way into the Bass Fishing World. Recently anglers have seen the flow of innovation travel from the Far East and western United States eastward across the country. The soft plastic stickbait, swimbaits and drop shotting are prime examples of baits...

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Winter Drop Shotting
Winter Drop Shotting

Written By: Mark Fong, February 17, 2014
Species:Bass,

A quick look at the calendar confirms that the end of winter is still over a month away. But as I am sure you know this has been an atypical winter. Drought conditions combined with periods of near record warmth have many anglers convinced that spring is near.  

These conditions have created...

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Lizards Baits And Big Bass!
Lizards Baits And Big Bass!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 10, 2014
Species:Bass,

Before swimbaits, before computer designed crankbaits and before high tinsel alloy spinnerbaits bass anglers were using lizards to tempt big fish. A good number of today’s young bass addicts have never had a lizard attached to one of their rods, despite the fact that lizards are just as...

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Is Bigger Better?
Is Bigger Better?

Written By: Dan Arbuckle, Headwaters Fishing Team, February 7, 2014
Species:N/A,

The debate has been raging lately in the kayak business about "Is bigger better?" Many companies are focusing a lot of money and effort building the new ear of bigger feature rich stand up stable fishing kayaks. The Pro Angler, Jackson Cuda and Tuna, Nucanoe Frontier, Oldtown Predator, and the...

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Trout And Salmon Trolling With Natural Baits: Part Two
Trout And Salmon Trolling With Natural Baits: Part Two

Written By: Cal Kellogg, February 6, 2014
Species:Trout, Kokanee, Landlocked Salmon,

We kicked off this discussion of natural bait trolling in the last issue of the Fish Sniffer. Here’s the conclusion-Cal Kellogg.

Over the years my thoughts on the best speeds for rolling bait have changed significantly. There was a time when I was convinced that the presentation had to be made...

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Dialing in your Fish finder
Dialing in your Fish finder

Written By: Forum Member: BlueBoat, February 2, 2014
Species:N/A,

let's face it, we all like to see arches on our fish finders. The problem is that it's not all that easy to get them to show up like we think they should.

There's three things on your fish finder that can be adjusted to make those arches look better. 

The first thing is the boat speed, the second...

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Trophy Hunting With Swimbaits: Quotes, Observations And Insights
Trophy Hunting With Swimbaits: Quotes, Observations And Insights

Written By: Cal Kellogg, January 22, 2014
Species:Bass,

A while back I had the privilege of spending several hours on the water with master swimbait angler and self described trophy hunter Matt Allen. The insights he shared with me were informative and often surprising, but the learning didn’t stop there.

While I found the wisdom he shared with his...

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Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!
Halibut: You Know How To Eat Them, This Is How To Catch Them!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, April 2, 2014
Species:Halibut,

Ask Bay Area saltwater enthusiasts what their favorite gamefish is and you’ll get several different answers. Some guys will point to the chinook salmon that traditionally roam the waters outside the Golden Gate. Others will name the voracious lingcod that lurk amongst coastal reefs. Still...

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How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner
How To Mooch Up A Salmon Dinner

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 25, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

The conditions were ideal. It was late summer and a dense fog hung over the dark water. The groundswell was low and the surface was dotted with hundreds of marine birds. The screen of the sonar unit was cluttered with yellow and red masses punctuated by multiple arches indicating tightly...

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Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!
Deadly Salmon Trolling Techniques Using Hot Spot Flashers!

Written By: FishSniffer Staff, March 23, 2014
Species:Saltwater Salmon,

Designed and produced by successful fishermen, Hot Spot’s deadly trolling approaches have been proven to catch more and bigger salmon time and time again. The Hot Spot trolling system was originally developed with for commercial salmon anglers.

Rigging techniques and tricks provide the vital...

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Using The Right Jig
Using The Right Jig

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, March 23, 2014
Species:Rockfish,

Jig fishing for rockfish off of our coast shouldn't be such a difficult thing to do. After all, aren't rockfish the dumb blonds of the fishing world?

Aren't these fish so stupid and unrefined that anybody at any time can catch a limit without even trying? Aren't these fish so easy to catch that...

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Bank Fishing The Fantastic Waters Of San Francisco Bay!
Bank Fishing The Fantastic Waters Of San Francisco Bay!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 3, 2014
Species:Saltwater Stripers, shark,

I grew up in the Bay Area and learned the productivity of fishing the rich waters of San Francisco Bay at an early age. Indeed, some of my earliest fishing memories dating back to the early 70’s concern accompanying my dad and uncle Bob on outings along the Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro...

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Drop Shotting For Rockfish
Drop Shotting For Rockfish

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, November 20, 2013
Species:Rockfish, Lingcod,

Drop shotting for freshwater bass has been an especially deadly technique that has been practiced for a few years now, for which a growing amount of tackle is being developed specifically for this technique.  

Special extra light tipped rods, featherweight reels, precision light lines, and...

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Anchovy, I Love You!
Anchovy, I Love You!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 18, 2013
Species:Catfish, Sturgeon, Stripers, Saltwater Stripers, Saltwater Salmon, Saltwater Sturgeon, River Salmon, Halibut, Rockfish, shark, Steelhead, Trout, Tuna,

Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for one thing, deer sightings were few and far between.

As I waited and watched my mind started to wonder and soon I was contemplating different fishing baits. My...

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Tackling Crabs, Part 2
Tackling Crabs, Part 2

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, November 5, 2013
Species:Crabs,

Last time around, I was mentioning that snaring crabs has become a very popular and productive manner for nabbing a bunch of tasty bugs. While "any ol' tackle" will do, for a while, to be successful for the long haul, proper equipment is a must.

Rods don't need to be the most expensive...

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Scotty Line Puller Makes Crabbing Easy
Scotty Line Puller Makes Crabbing Easy

Written By: Cal Kellogg, October 24, 2013
Species:Crabs,

Say hello to your new deck hand…Who pulls his weight and more!

The Scotty Line Puller is the ultimate crab and prawn trap pulling machine. This compact puller makes for easy stowing, and attaches directly to your existing Scotty downrigger mounts. It’s high torque 12 volt motor pulls 1 crab...

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Getting Ready For The Upcoming Crab Season
Getting Ready For The Upcoming Crab Season

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau, October 24, 2013
Species:Crabs,

When I see Halloween decorations being put up for sale, I get that special feeling inside me ... not the feeling of fear, or doom, or dread usually associated with the holiday, but the feeling of excitement knowing that crab season will soon be upon us!

Yes, big, beautiful Dungeness Crabs will...

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