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San V holding numbers of bass shallow and better fish offshore

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 19, 2018

Monster bluegill also firing

LAKESIDE — Largemouth bass activity at San Vicente Reservoir has been on a steady incline for weeks other than a couple storm-related setbacks, and local bassers are having great time hammering away at shallower fish, many of which are being caught on reaction stuff. Anything’s better than drop-shotting 40-plus deep right?

CHIP GILBERT OF San Marcos with part of a limit that helped him and Charles Hernandez win the weekend’s National Bass West team tournament.

San Marcos angler and Tow Boat US Captain Chip Gilbert found plenty of biters at the weekend’s National Bass West team event at San V, enough for the duo to finish in the top spot. He was fishing with Charles Hernandez.

“The lake is coming alive,” said Gilbert. “Bass are about mid-swing in the spawn with a lot of fish still on beds, however, the bigger fish are outside the tree lines.”

Gilbert and Hernandez ripped a lot of fish up to 6 pounds working Senkos and Roboworms in 10 to 15 feet of water along those trees.

“There is a nice reaction bite in the morning as well,” added Gilbert. “The Coolbaits Underspin will put a lot of fish in the boat, and by ‘a lot’ I mean 20 to 30 fish if you find the right areas. There are also schools of giant blue cats up shallow, cruising the coves. We saw a school of 50-plus cats up to 100 pounds . Giant bluegill are also up in the shallows, and fish of 2-plus pounds are being caught.

Silversides are all over the banks, so Flukes, rip baits and some topwater are also connecting with these bass at times.

Lake staffer Ken Hemer also mentioned the bluegill thing, and at press time, he was trying to track down details of a new lake-record ‘ gill that was allegedly caught. He said nightcrawlers on a drop shot or under a slip bobber is key, and the best areas have been the rocky areas in the Toll Road Arm or Barona Arm.

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