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Bass: The Movie

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This week on Bass: The Movie Mini Show

We'd seen some amazing hideway spots deep in the Delta. But, today we had the good fortune to have Delta Guide and topwater guru Bobby guide the HowardFilms crew to a some spots that looked like a medieval stage set. The tides were big on the Delta too. A full moon meant the water would swing big in and out of the levees, and Bobby knew how to work these tides for bass. Bobby was paired with fly rod Delta guide Kevin Doran, and the duo found some interesting ways to contrast skills (Kevin used his "rat" and Bobby his frog) and scare up one seriously medieval sized bass hiding under the floating moss and willing to come up for the right presentation! This was not bass fishing as usual. And it was safe to say that this would excite any angler. There were unlimited spots to fish and a potential citation-sized bass lurking on every cast, and without any pressure or people, as you work the fish how you want. Bobby worked one trophy, well, quite well indeed. And Kevin got the "assist".

About Bass: The Movie

Bass: The Movie was featured in issue 8 of This is Fly Magazine. Click on www.thisisfly.com to view the whole article!

TV schedule

4/03/2010
Airs at 10:26 am ET
Bass: The Movie begins in the mysterious delta region of Northern California. The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet and form a massive and still being explored "bass eden" delta. The miles of levees create a different habitat at every corner. We headed into the maze with Delta guide and legend Bobby Barrack, and fly rodder John Sherman, to find big bass on topwater with two contrasting styles - fly and conventional. This production follows the action by helicopter, jeep, underwater and always shares key info for those wondering how to fool these big hidden bass.


4/10/2010
Airs at 11:56 am ET
Why are the fish so big in California? Well, as we learned, they eat a lot of stocked trout, and when the trout aren't there, they switch to bait fish and if you're lucky, the shad spawn! And since it never gets that cold, the temperate climate means a year-round growing season! And the lakes and reservoirs of CA are well maintained with minimal pollutants. We went in for a closer look with world record holder Larry Kurosaki in the reservoir in Ojai California. (He caught his record in the Lake Castaic after-bay) and were wowed! We had limited time, and there was the typical afternoon wind in inland CA, but he found the fish. We saw some gorgeous fish, and Larry, of course, brought a 9 lb'er to his little tin boat. What a display! We caught up with Raymond Easely and his IGFA record 21lb and 3.25 oz record fish. Raymond sure took his time in to catch it. In fact, he scouted his record spot a year earlier and came back on a certain day to get it...It worked! His fish was caught his 21 lb. 3.2 oz. bass 1980, but yet it is still an 8 lb test line record today, and one of the very few 20+ lb. bass ever recorded. Raymond had a house full of fishing memories and more information on how to catch big bass than you could ever get in one show.


4/11/2010
Airs at 9:26 am ET
Today we knew what the fish would eat, but we didn't know exactly where. The plan was to look for sight-fishing opportunities, that would be truly unique. A sort of saltwater/bass approach. Like tarpon in the mangroves, or fish on the white flats, we wanted to get the bass in a situation where we could entice them out and study their body language. After some slow going in some deeper cuts, we found some reeds where big fish had shad in their sights. John cast under the reeds and got some follows with his diamond hair streamer, but no bites. Marc moved the boat closer and John skipped his cast under the reeds and let it sink. The first sign of movement he got it going...WAMMO! Big bass that followed and kicked at the last second if you found the right retrieve - and committed. It was very cool. And Marc was making us laugh because he wanted to learn how to use the fly rod! In the afternoon, when the wind came up, we found the shad pushed up with the windy current in a nearby cove and Marc and John got a couple hogs by dancing lures just outside the school. Note: The waterproof camera was not working 'til the afternoon, but once it was, the shad lit up our lenses. We knew how those bass felt!


4/24/2010
Airs at 8:26 am ET
We went into Ojai's Lake Casitas with expectations of big fish, but we also wanted to time it to catch the shad spawn. As the fog clung to the water and the sun came up over the mountains we were not sure what to expect. Our guide, local bass pro Marc Mitrany, was looking forward to showing off his homewaters. He also wannted to see how his conventional tactics would fare against a fly rod. Fly rod pro John Sherman had driven down the coast and had never fished Casitas before. Marc was using a combo of live bait and fluke lures. A stark contrast to John's 1 aught diamond hair fly. As the sun rose John switched to a heavier line to get below the schools and man did it work. He could have placed in the money in a traditional bass tournament for sure. He was catching 5-7 lb. bass with regularity. Marc was generous in sharing some awesome spots, and he got himself on the board with a 6 lb'er on a fluke lure. His fish were a bit less frequent but nice and heavy. The day ended with both guys agreeing to try to combine forces the next day: Marc would guide and John would entice and Marc would toss when the fish were "on the grab." What a day!


5/02/2010
Airs at 8:26 am ET
We'd seen some amazing hideway spots deep in the Delta. But, today we had the good fortune to have Delta Guide and topwater guru Bobby guide the HowardFilms crew to a some spots that looked like a medieval stage set. The tides were big on the Delta too. A full moon meant the water would swing big in and out of the levees, and Bobby knew how to work these tides for bass. Bobby was paired with fly rod Delta guide Kevin Doran, and the duo found some interesting ways to contrast skills (Kevin used his "rat" and Bobby his frog) and scare up one seriously medieval sized bass hiding under the floating moss and willing to come up for the right presentation! This was not bass fishing as usual. And it was safe to say that this would excite any angler. There were unlimited spots to fish and a potential citation-sized bass lurking on every cast, and without any pressure or people, as you work the fish how you want. Bobby worked one trophy, well, quite well indeed. And Kevin got the "assist".


5/8/2010
Airs at 8:56 am ET
Delta Fly guide took fellow fly some rodder, and Delta resident John Sherman out on the water and worked the tides of the Delta in open water. The only rods today were fly rods. The question was could they work their homewaters as effectively as Barrack worked his backyard. A friendly rivalry perhaps. But, also a little incentive to see if their techniques could stack up. They worked top water lures only, and found some classic ways to get some big bass's attention. The guys wanted to go all day to try all tides. Their patience paid off! A trophy bass on a fly, on top....The exploration of great bass grounds goes on.


5/15/2010
Airs at 8:26 am ET
Bass: The Movie begins in the mysterious delta region of Northern California. The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet and form a massive and still being explored "bass eden" delta. The miles of levees create a different habitat at every corner. We headed into the maze with Delta guide and legend Bobby Barrack, and fly rodder John Sherman, to find big bass on topwater with two contrasting styles - fly and conventional. This production follows the action by helicopter, jeep, underwater and always shares key info for those wondering how to fool these big hidden bass.

Airs at 8:56 am ET

Why are the fish so big in California? Well, as we learned, they eat a lot of stocked trout, and when the trout aren't there, they switch to bait fish and if you're lucky, the shad spawn! And since it never gets that cold, the temperate climate means a year-round growing season! And the lakes and reservoirs of CA are well maintained with minimal pollutants. We went in for a closer look with world record holder Larry Kurosaki in the reservoir in Ojai California. (He caught his record in the Lake Castaic after-bay) and were wowed! We had limited time, and there was the typical afternoon wind in inland CA, but he found the fish. We saw some gorgeous fish, and Larry, of course, brought a 9 lb'er to his little tin boat. What a display! We caught up with Raymond Easely and his IGFA record 21lb and 3.25 oz record fish. Raymond sure took his time in to catch it. In fact, he scouted his record spot a year earlier and came back on a certain day to get it...It worked! His fish was caught his 21 lb. 3.2 oz. bass 1980, but yet it is still an 8 lb test line record today, and one of the very few 20+ lb. bass ever recorded. Raymond had a house full of fishing memories and more information on how to catch big bass than you could ever get in one show.


5/22/2010
Airs at 8:56 am ET
Today we knew what the fish would eat, but we didn't know exactly where. The plan was to look for sight-fishing opportunities, that would be truly unique. A sort of saltwater/bass approach. Like tarpon in the mangroves, or fish on the white flats, we wanted to get the bass in a situation where we could entice them out and study their body language. After some slow going in some deeper cuts, we found some reeds where big fish had shad in their sights. John cast under the reeds and got some follows with his diamond hair streamer, but no bites. Marc moved the boat closer and John skipped his cast under the reeds and let it sink. The first sign of movement he got it going...WAMMO! Big bass that followed and kicked at the last second if you found the right retrieve - and committed. It was very cool. And Marc was making us laugh because he wanted to learn how to use the fly rod! In the afternoon, when the wind came up, we found the shad pushed up with the windy current in a nearby cove and Marc and John got a couple hogs by dancing lures just outside the school. Note: The waterproof camera was not working 'til the afternoon, but once it was, the shad lit up our lenses. We knew how those bass felt!


5/29/2010
Airs at 8:56 am ET
We went into Ojai's Lake Casitas with expectations of big fish, but we also wanted to time it to catch the shad spawn. As the fog clung to the water and the sun came up over the mountains we were not sure what to expect. Our guide, local bass pro Marc Mitrany, was looking forward to showing off his homewaters. He also wannted to see how his conventional tactics would fare against a fly rod. Fly rod pro John Sherman had driven down the coast and had never fished Casitas before. Marc was using a combo of live bait and fluke lures. A stark contrast to John's 1 aught diamond hair fly. As the sun rose John switched to a heavier line to get below the schools and man did it work. He could have placed in the money in a traditional bass tournament for sure. He was catching 5-7 lb. bass with regularity. Marc was generous in sharing some awesome spots, and he got himself on the board with a 6 lb'er on a fluke lure. His fish were a bit less frequent but nice and heavy. The day ended with both guys agreeing to try to combine forces the next day: Marc would guide and John would entice and Marc would toss when the fish were "on the grab." What a day!


6/5/2010
Airs at 8:56 am ET
We'd seen some amazing hideway spots deep in the Delta. But, today we had the good fortune to have Delta Guide and topwater guru Bobby guide the HowardFilms crew to a some spots that looked like a medieval stage set. The tides were big on the Delta too. A full moon meant the water would swing big in and out of the levees, and Bobby knew how to work these tides for bass. Bobby was paired with fly rod Delta guide Kevin Doran, and the duo found some interesting ways to contrast skills (Kevin used his "rat" and Bobby his frog) and scare up one seriously medieval sized bass hiding under the floating moss and willing to come up for the right presentation! This was not bass fishing as usual. And it was safe to say that this would excite any angler. There were unlimited spots to fish and a potential citation-sized bass lurking on every cast, and without any pressure or people, as you work the fish how you want. Bobby worked one trophy, well, quite well indeed. And Kevin got the "assist".


6/6/2010
Airs at 8:26 am ET
Delta Fly guide took fellow fly some rodder, and Delta resident John Sherman out on the water and worked the tides of the Delta in open water. The only rods today were fly rods. The question was could they work their homewaters as effectively as Barrack worked his backyard. A friendly rivalry perhaps. But, also a little incentive to see if their techniques could stack up. They worked top water lures only, and found some classic ways to get some big bass's attention. The guys wanted to go all day to try all tides. Their patience paid off! A trophy bass on a fly, on top....The exploration of great bass grounds goes on.


6/12/2010
Airs at 1:56 pm ET
Bass: The Movie begins in the mysterious delta region of Northern California. The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet and form a massive and still being explored "bass eden" delta. The miles of levees create a different habitat at every corner. We headed into the maze with Delta guide and legend Bobby Barrack, and fly rodder John Sherman, to find big bass on topwater with two contrasting styles - fly and conventional. This production follows the action by helicopter, jeep, underwater and always shares key info for those wondering how to fool these big hidden bass.