Saltwater bass fishing is really similar to freshwater bass fishing. I’m getting better at using weedless swimbaits, hardbaits, and lead head/big swim jigs to probe the depths. I have spinnerbaits and jerkbaits in my game. You rarely fish super shallow, for any period of time, but if you are fishing shallow, you’re likely looking over your shoulder for a wave. Boiler rocks, crashing waves, beds of kelp—these are where big calico bass live.
I had the chance to fish some water near the Mexico/US Border with Kevin Mattson. We took his boat and he got us around fish, and did the heavy lifting. Great trip. Here are some highlights and things I’m confident to share:
If I wasn’t so dumb, I would have picked one of these up sooner and committed to it. The cut tailed Triple Trout floats, which means it can be fished extremely slow. Much slower with the an awesome waking action you only get when you burn the standard Triple Trout. You get a great wake at a much slower speed, is the net net. You can ‘stall’ it around the sweet spots and let the bait dead stick a little to draw a bite. Very ideal for grass fishing and a little theory of fishing truth I like to call ‘rate of stall’. You can fish the Cut Tail Triple Trout around grass pockets, laydowns, big shade spots—-and really milk the spot. You spend a lot of time with your Triple Trout making killer S Turn surface wakes vs. burning it for 3-5 feet before it gets waking on the surface. And it fishes much slower and can be twitched/jerked. I am getting blown up on calico bass in the kelp around Dana Point, and recently smashed some good ones with Kevin:
The Cut Tailed Triple Trout comes in a few sizes. I like the 8″ and the 10″ Models. I have a couple of sweet ones Scott has made me. You can get them at Tackle Warehouse or you can order them directly from Scott’s website: www.tripletrout.com They have a similar, yet slightly looser action. More joints = more clack and more foldability of the bait. The tail is really lazy and whips around nicely.
I fished mine on 80# PowerPro and upgraded my hooks to Owner ST-66 Trebles, and Owner Hyper Wire Split rings. I direct tied my 80# Braid and always use Fitzgerald Braided Line Paint. I have been fishing the Cut Tail on a Daiwa Lexa HD 300. I am exploring a bunch of low profile saltwater grade bass reels. I’ll do a review on them at some point. The Lexa is good, but I’ve blown it up a couple times. I have to admit, being a back seater cramps my bigbait lobbing style. I have the 8:1 which makes it fish fast, but you lose that torque and low end. If you are good with your rod and have the drop on the fish, you can make it all work, but I wonder if I’m setting myself up for disaster on a really big calico bite or one that gets me out of position. Too fast of gear ratio and big fish that live around heavy cover can spell disaster. That is what makes bass fishing fun, a lot of times. Fishing around visible structure, and literally, yanking them out from their ambush spots. Calico bass are no different.
We threw the 8″ standard Triple Trouts and caught some fish, but the better quality, and most action was on the Cut Tail.