Clowers puts clients on swimbait, carolina rig fish at El Capitan


I guided Robert and his buddy on El Capitan Thursday, January 16th. They both wanted to learn about swimbaits, carolina rigs, ice jigs, and reading electronics, so thats what we set out to do. We arrived at the lake to be greeted with a chilly 42 degree water temperature in the morning. 

They started out with 8″ Huddleston ROF 12s, and after about 30 minutes Robert was hooked up. He bounced a nice fish up on the deck, and we were all smiles and high fives. It was very cool to see Robert get bit on the Huddleston, they don’t come everyday on the big swimbaits. 

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  • After that we went looking for spoon fish in the back (North End) of the lake and turned on the Lowrance HDS8 sonar with structure scan. The fish were there, but couldn’t get them to bite. Its a “time of day” thing on the spoon bait, and the timing wasn’t right. But after seeing what the HDS8 could do, Robert said, “man, I need to upgrade my electronics.”

    Following the attempt at getting the spoon fish to go, I put carolina rigs in their hands and let them get back to catching fish. They caught some decent ones throughout the day. All in all it was a very instructional day for them, they learned 3 really good ways to be successful on the water. 

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    Alan Clowers

    Captain Alan Clowers has over 25 years of fishing experience on Southern California lakes, bays, and oceans. He offers guided fishing trips, private fishing lessons, and San Diego Bay tours.


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