3/18-Murray: Had to worm fish

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  1. VinnyBass

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    What a surprise that I had spoons tied on to my go-to rods today when I headed to Murray.
    Caught some decent bass so far this year and I figured....heck, why not try again? I was being pretty stubborn but finally realized that the spoon bite(at least for me) was not going to materialize today. I vertical fished them, dragged them along the bottom after longs casts, pumped them up and down and even went to a ice jig(a few close friends know I almost never use an ice jig). The heat of the sun felt good, but catching no bass on a spoon started to get old. Almost tried one of the forks mcfish designed for me(just kidding!).
    I had to make a decision. I went to one of my worm boxes and set up a drop shot rig and a Texas rig with MM Robo worms and headed to shallower waters. First bass was tiny but felt good to get one on a worm. Ended up with a limit of bass, all on MM Robo worms. Nothing too exciting, as you can see most of the bass were small, but was lucky to catch a healthier one(long cast and in shallower water.. female most likely) that was 4lbs on the button.
    It was a nice sunny day(no rain gear today...ha ha).........I can't wait till the topwater action begins! :)
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    Great report as always Vinny.
    I'm thinking of tubbing Murray Wednesday, more then anything to get my tube Barrett ready lol. Good to see I may even catch a bass or 2
     
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    What time do they close the gates there ?
     
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    I’ve never stayed that long but I’m assuming around 8pm.
     
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    Thanks Vinny...thinking on heading there after work one day this week !!
     
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    Good luck to you! As the weather gets warmer I think the afternoons might have a better bite.
     
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    Nice job on the open mind. 6"grape by Tom Mann is one of my favs.(old school). You always find some beautiful bass. Congrats once again.
     
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    Now that's some old school color/worm. I used Mann Jelly worms and Creme plastic worms when I first started bass fishing. 90% of my worms were purple with about 10% black. Then came along the Delong "Otay Specials" and that worm took over for several years and gave some rest to my other colors. The purples and grape colors still work today.....just have to get out and put them in the water.
    (I just took a pic of the Creme logo on a very old fishing windbreaker that was in the back of my closet. I wore it proudly when I was in my teens)
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    And it still fits!
     
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    No.....that jacket fit back in 1972 or so...ha ha. I kept it for its sentimental value of times when
    my father used to take me each week fishing. Mostly to Miramar and Henshaw.
    Anyway, I was going to take a selfie in a mirror with me trying to fit in it, but you know the old thing about mirrors and vampires, so I could not do it.
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    Ah yes, the year I graduated from Granite Hills! Is that the selfie-mirror pic?
     
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    Actually yes. :)
     
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    1972 graduate!! I'm really starting to think we have a lot of experience between us. I'm a 1971 graduate and still kicking I have a few Otay specials in my tackle. I was telling my 24 yr old what they are called and he looked over at my grape worm and said"is that a Hodges special". There's only one special for me !! The Otay!!
     
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    Nice day at Murray for you VinnyBass ! Nice job switching over to the MM worms and keying in on em!
    Thanks for the report...hope to see you "out there" soon.
     
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    1972 Crawford high graduate. I also still have some of the Otay specials. Years ago I used to boil water, put them in it and then pull them out one at a time. Then I would stretch them to make them longer and run cold water over them to keep them at that length. They had more action then and it softened them up. They were great worms!
     
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    Geez... am I the youngster? '73 Helix High. I still have my Otay Specials...can't find my purple and black Cremes, must be dead! I only splitshotted the 4" purples at Murray all through the sixties! Flipped the blacks at Hodges in the tulles!
     
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    Damn, Hodges was sheezazle back in the late 70s 80s we used get a rental, bring our own 9.9 evin wfo to the narrows tie up to rocks and catch 5 to 6 lb bass till we ran out of worms. Good times!! I'm still trying to get that feeling back 50 yrs later. I love bass fishing!!!
     
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    Nice fish,,hoping to head out to Mur in the morning.
     
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    I bet a lot more bass have moved in pretty shallow. by now. The bass I caught were all in less that 12 feet of water.
    Good luck to you and hope the bite are biting.
    Tight lines my friend. :)
     
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    I did the very same thing to the worms and I think they floated better, I still boil some of my soft baits to soften them up, I’m a 1968 Point Loma grad so I guess that makes me older then you which I find is always the case
     
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