SACRAMENTO RIVER FISHING | More American SHAD Action at FREEPORT
American Shad are super fun to catch! They are in the Sacramento River! But this does not mean that they are easy to catch. In this episode, I am with Captain Kirk Westervelt of YouTube fame. He was very generous in taking me on his North River 22-foot boat! We fished the outgoing tide between 8 AM until 4 PM. There were more than a hundred fish caught during that time frame. Unfortunately, we were not in that category this time. However, it is a tremendous blessing to be along side someone who enjoys fishing as much as I do. Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. Please do not forget to hit that "Follow" button and that "Like" button. Grateful for your visit.Read full story
SIERRA Stream TROUT FISHING Opener Report | How Will JU NATION Do?
Every year, On the LAST SATURDAY of April, trout anglers in Northern California anxious await the opening for trout fishing in the Sierra streams. This year is no exception! Anglers from all over congregated to hunt for that trophy trout in the streams of Northern California. The destination is one of the most picturesque in the world. Hence, even if no fish were caught, anglers can enjoy the day with family and friends. JU Nation was definitely on board with the scenery. We stopped by many different locations trying to get that elusive trophy trout. Come along with us on this journey. Please hit that follow and like button. Thank you kindly.Read full story
PROVEN Rig to catch AMERICAN SHAD from a boat | SACRAMENTO RIVER FISHING How To
I was blessed to received some pre-tied rigs for catching the American Shad in the Sacramento River from a boat. The developer allowed me to share this setup with JU Nation. In this episode, I am fishing with Captain Eric aka Bare Foot Fishing. We fished along side JU Nation's Captain Chris and crew. By the end of the day, Captain Chris and crew landed TWENTY-FIVE shad; JU and Bare Foot Fishing were blessed with EIGHT. If you like this video, please smash that follow button. Thanks.Read full story
SACRAMENTO RIVER FISHING | American SHAD Fishing Report
American Shad fishing through the Sacramento River is still in the early stages. However, at the outgoing tide, and in the correct seam where the fish travel, an angler can easily catch many shad!!! In addition, in this episode, Phat Dog and I got to rescue a local residence pull her jet ski to a nearby boat ramp. If you like this video, please hit that follow and like button. I really appreciate it.Read full story
Sacramento River Fishing | American Shad Hot Bites at Freeport
The big hype for local anglers in Sacramento right now is catching a poor man's tarpon aka American Shad! The shad take-downs are amazing. They have soft mouths, so they can not be horsed in. Thus, boating them is so much fun. Come and join me in this trip. I am also sharing a special rig used to boat more shad in this episode. If you enjoy this video, please consider following me by pushing that "Follow" button. Grateful for your visit.Read full story
SACRAMENTO RIVER FISHING | Here Comes the AMERICAN SHAD, the POOR MAN'S TARPON!
I hope you are prepared for the American Shad run! Not to worry if you are not yet ready. There are plenty of information out there for how to catch them. I recently released four videos to help you along if you are a novice. And if you are an angler like me, you can never have enough tools at your disposal to catch more fish, right? I went yesterday in the Sacramento River near Clarksburg, CA, in search of the American Shad. It is still early in the season, but I managed to boat a few.Read full story
Sturgeon Fishing in Suisun Slough - Braved 20 MPH Wind to get a Keeper!
There are many ways to catch a keeper white sturgeon in Suisun Slough, CA. There are many baits that have been known to entice a white sturgeon to bite; however, we prefer using grass shrimp when targeting white sturgeon at this location. There were no grass shrimp nearby. Thus, we traveled an hour out of the way to get grass shrimp all the way in Pittsburg, CA. The weather forecast called for windy conditions up to 20 MPH wind! We braved the bad weather; and we were rewarded with a keeper!Read full story
American Shad Fishing in the Sacramento River from a Boat - Simple Setup
Every year around late March / early April American shad enter the river systems through Sacramento, CA, on the journey to their spawning grounds. Unlike the salmon, which die after spawning, shad can make their trips back to the ocean around late July / early August to live and return again to repeat the cycle until they are captured and / or died in the process. In this video I am sharing the shad setup that I use for catching shad from a boat in the Sacramento River. This is part 1 of 4.Read full story
American Shad Fishing in the American River from Shore - Simple Setup
Every year, in Sacramento, CA, at the beginning of spring, from the ocean, the American shad return to their spawning grounds. When they enter the Sacramento River, some go straight to other waters; however, a significant number make a right turn and enter the American River!!! Hello… they will be greeted by eager anglers. In this video I am sharing the two shad setups that I use along the shore. The American River current is very fast and dangerous. Please be careful. This is part 2 of 4.Read full story
How to Cook American Shad | Easiest Way to Clean, Cook and Eat Shad
Wow! Did you know that the First President of the United States, George Washington, and his troops ate American Shad and that American shad is also known as the Founding Fish! Of course, most anglers know that American shad is a super fun fish to catch on light gear. They are also known as the poor man's tarpon. Shad have lots of small bones that are difficult to remove; they are extremely difficult to fillet as well. I learned an easy way to clean and cook shad. This is part 3 of 4.Read full story
American Shad Fishing in the Sacramento River | Watch out for Sea Lions!
Encountered with a sea lion & bent hook, this video’s got it all…. Hope you enjoy it! Currently, we don’t have a fish finder on our boat. On this fishing trip with "da Captain," I learned that one of the best indicator of American shad being active is the presence of sea lions. Be careful, you can lose your fish or your rigs if you don't use a rod holder! A sea lion enjoyed my catch and saved me a head for left over. Judging from the head, it was a trophy size shad! This is part 4 of 4.Read full story
Classic Sturgeon Take-Down
Arguably, the white sturgeon, North America's largest fish, is on a lot of anglers' bucket list! Rightly so, because it is pretty difficult to catch. In California, in addition to a regular fishing license, a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card is required to fish for sturgeon. For every sturgeon fishing trip, if we had one classic take-down, we considered it a successful trip! On Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, we had one such take-down captured on video; unfortunately, it was on only for a few seconds.Read full story
Landlocked King Salmon from Lake Oroville - Rough Fishing Day, But Managed to Boat One
Part of a trilogy targeting landlocked salmon in nearby local lakes in Northern California, this video features our fishing trip to Lake Oroville; the other two feature Folsom Lake and Lake Berryessa. We tried everything in the book to catch a salmon from Lake Oroville, but finally boated one using the same lure that was used in Folsom Lake. As a matter of fact, the same lure is now proven to catch a landlocked salmon from three different lakes! Please join us. Grateful for your visit.Read full story
Fishing Big Landlocked King Salmon from Folsom Lake - Surprised Two Additional Species
I fished with Captain Dave Hunter aka "Phat Dog" in 2020 for salmon twice in the Sacramento River; we were skunk both trips. However, I believe Phat Dog to be a very good fisherman and teacher. Thus, I was elated that he invited me out once again. This time, we are to target landlocked king salmon from Folsom Lake. He introduced me to a locally manufactured "Hot Ticket Lure." Lo and behold, this short fishing trip turned out to be one of my most memorable: I landed my first landlocked King!Read full story
Feel the Power of the White Sturgeon! Cuts Through 80 Pound Test Line!
Back to #SuisunSlough for my 8th #DinoHunting aka #SturgeonFishing trip in 2021. Da Captain, Excitable Fisherman, and I stopped by our usual bait shop, Virgil's bait shop, in #SuisunCity to get some #sturgeon candy aka grass shrimp. For three anglers, 1/2 pound of grass shrimp is plenty for a day's worth of sturgeon fishing. We were blessed with so many take-downs. However, we only managed to boat one dino to barely keep our streak alive. Come and join us on this dino hunting trip.Read full story
Fishing for Giant White Sturgeon in Northern California
Most anglers go their entire lives chasing these exotic river monsters white sturgeon and never landed one. I have been exceptionable blessed this year hunting these big game fish, sometimes referred to as dinos or dinosaurs! These huge fish are known for their power and the razor sharp scutes, i.e., bony plates topped with sharp ridges on their sides and back. This fishing trip, we fished all day from sunrise to nearly sunset. As we were about to call it a day... bam! Watch and find out...Read full story
Fishing for Big Kokanee Landlocked Salmon in Lake Berryessa
Monday, March 22, 2021, Phat Dog and I tried to hunt for Landlocked #KingSalmon in #LakeBerryessa. We worked hard all day and managed to get two hookups. However, we loss one close to the boat. We did land a nice #LandlockedSalmon before the end of the #fishing trip. I thought it was a king salmon because it was too big to be a #KokaneeSalmon! As it turned out, that was my very first kokanee salmon, a hefty 15 incher, as chrome as can be!!! God is good! Thank you all for watching.Read full story
Phenomenal Trout Fishing Day at Collins Lake, CA
Once again, it was an incredible day of fishing with PhatDogFishing. It was my first time fishing at beautiful Collins Lake, CA. For the first hour of trolling using 1-inch Gulp Berkley worms, we did not get any bites. However, upon switching to top water trolling Rapalas at between 100 - 120 feet back, putting Hot Ticket Lures using down riggers to ten feet depth at 65 feet back, and trolling at 2.7 mph, we were having a fantastic trout fishing day. Come along for the ride.Read full story
The Fourth Keeper Sturgeon in 2021 for JU Nation Fishing Family & Friends
Fished with Antonio Apodaca on this 7th #DinoHunting trip in 2021 in #SuisunSlough. We planned to fish in Pittsburg, but changed our minds when we marked a bunch of sturgeons in Suisun Slough. We had all the typical sturgeon baits such as eel, ghost shrimp, grass shrimp, night crawlers and a bunch of others.... Antonio was prepared to catch his first slotted sturgeon. Which bait did the keeper sturgeon finally prefer? Please join us in this exciting adventure to find out....Read full story
First Sturgeon Fishing Trip in 2021 Turned Out to be Epic!
First #fishing trip of 2021 for JU, da Captain, and #ConnectedFishing. We decided to go #DinoHunting in #SuisunSlough. We used all kinds of different baits, but the most successful was #grassshrimp! We pretty much used the same setups as our previous 9 #sturgeon fishing trips in Suisun Slough last year. It was an epic fishing day in terms of getting lots of take downs! At the end of the day, we boated three sturgeons. A boat near us landed a SEVEN footer!!! Thank you for joining us.Read full story