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Hola amigos from bass pro Pedro Carrasco of Monterrey. Main lake points, humps, underwater islands, channel ledges and all manner of offshore hot spots are fished daily by Mexican anglers. On a typical day, fishing starts in the morning in shallow brush, flipping Texas rigs or tossing spinnerbaits, for example. If the shallow bite shuts down or is not working, Mexican anglers shift focus to offshore hotspots.
The same heavy rods, lb braid and same Texas rigs are used offshore, say in 10 to 30 feet of water. Even offshore structure in Mexico has heavy cover mainly mesquite trees on it. And the chances of hitting a giant bass are equally as good offshore as in shallow cover. So the use of heavy tackle and snag-resistant Texas rigs makes as much sense in deep water as in shallow. For these reasons, Mexican anglers use the same heavy tackle, lb braid, tight drags and Texas rigs offshore too.
On the surface, offshore fishing may look like snag-free open water, but it's not. There is almost as much heavy tree and brush cover offshore as in shallow water. It's just not visible to the eye. Big fish and heavy cover make stout tackle and Texas rigs the most popular offshore option, same as in shallow cover. Tree lines like this are obvious when they emerge in shallow water as shown here being fished by pros Jorge Bruster left and Pedro Carrasco.
What's not so obvious is that these same kinds of tree lines exist offshore submerged under feet of water behind Pedro and Jorge.
Pedro Carrasco, a top tournament angler, bested this bass approx. The structure was a very long, underwater main lake point, about feet on top and dropping off to 25 feet deep on the original river channel side, thick with gnarly brush and trees. Jorge Bruster, one of Mexico's top pros, landed this bass approx.
The fight lasted only seconds. Mexican anglers have perfected a unique fighting technique whereby they adroitly use their rods instead of line drag to expertly land big fish in almost no time, without losing them. This bass hit in feet of water far offshore on a wide flat peninsula that protruded way out into the main lake. Most every offshore spot has treacherous underwater trees and brush that give big bass chances to foul your line and get away.
Another nice offshore bass approx. He's a very good team tournament angler and proud to be a member of Mexico's original bass club, formed about 25 years ago.
This bass hit a bullet-weighted Texas-rigged 5" Senko 9-series in color green pumpkin with luminous chartreuse tip. Again, a very long main lake point with plenty of tree and brush cover in feet of water was the trophy bass location. Yamamoto's 8" Big Grub series in color black chartreuse core-shot Yamamoto's 7" Lizard series in color green pumpkin lemon laminate Yamamoto's 5" Senko 9-series in color watermelon cream laminate Yamamoto's 5" Senko 9-series in color watermelon lemon laminate Yamamoto's 7" Lizard series in color watermelon cream laminate Busy booth of BEST FOR BASS at Monterrey's Interkampp outdoor show.
Two Colors are Better Than One. That doesn't mean one color won't work. Classic monotone colors like green pumpkin or watermelon red pepper are top producers that will catch fish all day every day. Basic black will excel every time everywhere. However, the water color in many of Mexico's lakes often runs a pale tea brown or else a pale pea green, and can range from lighter to darker brown or green in different areas of the same lake.
In fact, brownish and greenish water can often be found at different areas on the same lake. Sections of very dark and quite clear water also exist on every lake, but to a lesser degree.
The predominant water color fished most often in Mexico is stained green and stained brown water, in varying degrees. These kinds of water colors, plus the fact that heavy cover often blocks a fish from fully seeing a bait, these sight-diminishing factors combine to raise the odds that you'll get more hits quicker with soft baits that embody marked visual contrast between two colors on the same bait.
Any two colors may do the job in any combination or pattern. It could be a laminate where the bottom is one color, the top another color. It could be where the body is one color and the tail tip is another color. Silverio Machuca left and Carlos Gloria are two of the premier tournament pros and the top fishing guides in Mexico. It does not matter much within reason what the two colors are; what matters more is that they contrast.
Shown below, the rainbow trout color top is a secret "big bass" color of Mexico's pros in the know. There are little or no rainbow trout in Mexico's bass lakes, but the marked visual contrast of green and bubblegum clicks with fish, often big ones. Shown in the middle is the "luminous" as it's known in Mexico.
Color 's chartreuse tail tip is luminous, like a little beacon beckoning behemoth bass to belt it. Shown at bottom is color It combines two of Yamamoto's top ten colors - smoke pepper with purple flake back and white pearl blue with silver belly - to make color a worldwide producer of large numbers quantity and large sizes quality of bass.
Fifty Ways to Rig a Senko. The 5" Senko 9-series is regarded by many worldwide as the best bass bait ever made. Many Mexican anglers may be inclined to agree with that, and they rig the Senko many ways, such as: What can be said except weightless is what made the Senko so famous, and always a good way to rig one. A new jig style designed to Texas-rig soft plastics. Mojo in-line Carolina sinkers shown top right are favored in Mexico for Carolina-rigging on deeper offshore structure.
These have a line hole bored directly through the sinker from end to end. The thinner Mojo shape comes through heavy cover better than other bulkier Carolina sinker shapes. Mexican anglers who Carolina rig a lot may carry an additional rod - an extra heavy and longer 7'6" model primarily for Carolina rigging.
This is a longer and heavier rod than used for Texas rigs. With a weightless Senko, especially on windy days, a very light screw-in sinker helps casting accuracy and distance while reducing spool snarls. Secondly, a small screw-in sinker helps prevent heavy cover from pulling the head of a weightless Senko down off the hook. The mainstay of anglers in Mexico. There are ways to peg a bullet sinker in place, however Mexican anglers tend to let a bullet sinker slide unpegged on the line.
This lets a soft bait express a little more freedom of movement and independent action. Mexican fisherman constantly assess how much weight or how heavy a sinker they have on the line.
They'll vary the sinker weight throughout the day until they hit the sinker size that's just right to trigger more bites quicker. This attentiveness to sinker weight as a strike-inducing variable applies to Texas rigs in shallow cover and also offshore structure. A switch in sinker weight can make a difference in how many hits - and a difference in sinker weight will affect how many snags happen.
So it is wise to constantly calibrate the correct sinker weight to use to maximize hits and minimize snags. Usually, a heavy sinker will snag more. Some days it may be problematic. If you sense you are snagging too much, lighten the weight. Every day is different. Okay, so maybe there aren't fifty ways to rig a Senko, but Mexican anglers do possess knowledge of many rigging variables, big and small, that all add up to their success with Texas rigs and soft plastics.
And although we used the Senko as our example in order to talk about the rigs above, keep in mind that most any other soft bait Yamamoto Lizards, Kreatures, Yamamoto's Big Grub, etc.
Swimming Senko and Gary's new Jig. This year, Gary's Jig is new. For Texas-rigging soft baits like the Swimming Senko, Gary's Jig proved exceptionally snagless during its debut this year. Gary's Jig fished through Mexico's heavy cover proved to be about as snagless as the traditional Texas bullet sinker rig. The Swimming Senko has a tail like a swimbait so that it can be swam along through shallow cover on Gary's Jig - or on a traditional Texas sinker rig. It is not designed to work weightless like the original Senko.
Instead, the Swimming Senko is designed to swim it through heavy cover. It performs especially well when fish are actively roaming the shallows early each morning, when it's overcast or windy. In fact, it's common to run out of Swimming Senkos first some days, and then spend the rest of the day mainly fishing with 5" Senkos and 7" lizards. You Gotta Love the Lizard. Rogelio Villarreal of Monterrey with his lifetime personal best.
Rogelio landed this behemoth on a lizard.
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Lizards are a staple of Mexican bass fishing. Lizards are steady producers of monstrous bass. Either on a Texas rig or Carolina rig, the wider, flattened body of a lizard and the protruding side legs provide a little better snag-deflection, ushering the hookpoint away from snags before they happen. In comparison, a thinner, round bait like a skinny worm puts the hook point into much closer proximity to snags. That little extra bit of snag protection given by a lizard is what makes it a winner.
L-i-z-a-r-d spelled success with this mammoth monster. This trip in was the first time that pro and fishing guide Carlos Gloria had ever tried Yamamoto's series double tail on a Texas rig - and it instantly proved productive! Using Gary's new jig, Carlos hit several nice bass right away on the Double Tail Grub, including a massive eight-pounder that hit it within the first few casts.
For the next two days, Yamamoto's big twin-tail grub generated a noticeable number of hits and fish. Yamamoto's 7" Big Double Tail Grub series is shown above in color black body blue tail and black body with red tail. Yamamoto's 8" Big Single Tail Grub series in color black body with chartreuse tail is also shown for size comparison purposes.
Both the double tail and single tail are big, beefy grubs. Both were designed around the same time mid's by Gary Yamamoto in Mexico for Mexican bass fishing.
The big single tail went on to become one of Mexico's most famous big bass baits. Meanwhile, the big double tail fell into relative obscurity - until now. You can bet that Carlos Gloria, his fishing partner Dago Luna and I will be Texas-rigging the unsung series double tail in Mexico from now on.
You should use it too. Big bass will thank you for it. It just may become the new "secret" Yamamoto bait of Mexico - twelve years after Gary designed it for that purpose! Gary and Beverly Yamamoto shown here on Baccarac are "veterans" of many trips to Mexico. In Gary's case, he's made more than fifty trips spanning two decades. Yamamoto originally designed the world famous 5" Senko during fishing trips to Mexico in the early 's.
I brought a big bundle of them to Mexico on my recent trip. It's 7" long, has quite a girth and weighs a lot even without any sinker. Suffice it to say, a lot of soft plastic goes into a 9X Senko. For Mexican anglers, the 9X Senko is not commonly used and may not even be sold in Mexico tackle shops today.
But I knew it needed to be tried there now. I really hoped that they would try them. Only Dago Luna did. That's good for Dago because he landed a 7-pounder and many other fine bass with the super-sized 9X Senkos Texas-rigged on Gary's new jig.
Dago Luna, a leading tourney pro, landed many bass like this on 7" Senkos 9X-series Texas-rigged on Gary Yamamoto's new jig. Dago flipped Gary's Jig with the 9X Senko dead-center into the crowns of shallow flooded mesquite trees. Another angler who has discovered the big 7" 9X Senko is Rogelio Villarreal. Big bass love this presentation. You need to use a rubber O-ring or a rubber band in the middle of the Senko, so the bait lasts a longer time.
If you place the hook directly in the Senko, they'll tear off the hook too quickly. Not only doe this cause a bad backlash if the big Senko flies off during a cast, but you will run out of them too quickly, and that's the most terrible thing that can happen to you in Mexico. So use an O-ring, a rubber band or another way to help wacky-rig the big Senko so it lasts," explains Rogelio. In a pinch, however, the 7" Senko can be wacky-rigged by double-hooking it as shown below.
Exposing the point as shown is recommended for better hook-ups.
La Kreatura in Mexico. No, we are not talking of the mysterious chupa cabre here, but something almost as surreal. Hard to believe, but the Yamamoto Kreature is considered a down-sized or finesse bait in Mexico. It's true the Kreature is a bulky, compact flipping bait, not quite as big as other soft plastics used in Mexico.
However to hear it called a "finesse" bait fished on lb braid is unusual yet true. That's the role of the Yamamoto Kreature in Mexico. In this way, the Kreature displaces more water, creates more turbulence and causes a commotion like some kind of creature in the water.
Shown Texas-rigged with blue plastic bead. When the sinker hits the bead, it makes a click that may entice fish. Other Undiscovered Yamamoto Models for Mexico. I've had good results with Yamamoto's 5" Swimbait SB5-series there too. Also, we had good action with the series Big Double Tail Grub on our most recent trip, but other anglers do not try them in Mexico.
Same thing with the huge 7" 9X Senko. Good results on this last trip, but the 9X Senko may not even be sold in Mexico at this time. Super Line Hooks or Bust Mexico features bigger fish in badder cover caught on heavier rods and lines with tighter drags than most anywhere else on the planet. Because of these rare and extreme fishing conditions, hooks have to be in line with the rest of the program.
Only specially-designated Superline hooks will do. Most every hook manufacturer has these Superline hook models. For use with heavy braid, Steve Tagami, sales manager for Mustad, suggests two Mustad hook models - one for flipping and the other for casting: For Flipping and Pitching. Steve says, "The primary model we are referring for heavier braids is the BLN Big Mouth Tube Hook shown in photo below for flipping and pitching soft baits.
The BLN is designed to let you make the most consistently reliable hooksets when flipping. What makes it so good is the soft bait will move down the neck of the BLN, but only when a fish grabs hold, and that moves the bait out of the way, leaving the partly bared hook in prime position for a solid hookset. It's the ultimate flipping and pitching hook for solid hooksets with soft baits. Tagami adds, "We are also referring the BLN "Z" bend for fishermen to cast soft baits some distance or with harder force.
The BLN "Z" bend will keep soft baits securely in place for a proper presentation even with weightless baits cast hard and far. With the BLN, the bait will come through tree branches, limbs, brush or thick weeds with the "Z" bend holding the soft plastic bait more securely in place.
When you are pulling through thick cover, you can be more confident that the bait won't get pushed down the shank of the hook as much. This allows you to continue fishing the bait all the way back to the boat, and you'll enjoy more casts and more fishing time with the bait presented properly with this "Z" bend hook" For flipping and pitching, the Mustad BLN Big Mouth Tube Hook.
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Big Spinnerbait Bass Texas-rigged soft plastics are by far the most popular lures in Mexico. Spinnerbaits are second most popular. The reason why spinnerbaits are so popular in Mexico is that spinnerbaits come through heavy cover better than most other lures except the Texas rig.
The wire arm safely guards a spinnerbait's hook from snagging in heavy cover. That makes the spinnerbait a top lure in Mexico. Following are photos of trophy bass all caught on spinnerbaits in October at Lake Baccarac by a small group of friends.
Please enjoy their spinnerbait bass photos first. After that, we'll tell you tips how you can increase your chances to land trophies like these on spinnerbaits in Mexico.
Rogelio Villarreal above of Monterrey and friends below landed these trophies - all on spinnerbaits - during their trip to Lake Baccarac in October Full one ounce spinnerbaits are not as popular. However, the bigger presence of a one ounce spinnerbait tends to attract bigger bass and can support bigger blades. The odds are you will catch fewer but larger bass on larger spinnerbaits. Double Willow blades are by far the most common spinnerbait blade configuration on the planet, and double willows one nickel, one gold are favored in Mexico also.
One problem or opportunity depending how you look at it in terms of Mexican fishing is that most spinnerbaits on the market don't have any bigger than size 5 Willow blades. On most spinnerbaits, the front Willow tends to be a size smaller than 5. The back Willow may be a 5 at most. These size blades will catch many bass in Mexico including big bass.
However, using bigger than 5 blades increases your odds for big bass. Bigger blades will catch fewer yet bigger bass. Smaller blades will catch more numbers of smaller bass. So your chances are better when you use bigger baits for bigger bass," says master angler Rogelio Villarreal.
In terms of blade colors, you have four basic options: Many days, all four of these blade configurations will work. Some days, you may notice or suspect that one of the four set-ups seems to work better.
So be attentive, try several of these configurations every trip, and see if it matters. Keep in mind, many days it may not matter much. Painted blades also have their moments, although most anglers do not throw painted blades much.
Fishing is all about bettering the odds, and trying painted blades for a few minutes each trip will increase your chances, through empirical trial and experimentation, of showing bass something they may want to bite.
One blade painted white and one painted chartreuse, for example- or two blades painted white - are both reliable configurations always worth trying for a few casts every day. If you happen to get a bite, it's then worth trying for a few casts more. If you get a second bite, you're onto some good fishing here. Actually, spinnerbaits don't come in many other colors except those three. Those three colors do work, but if you can get spinnerbaits in other colors, they will also work nicely.
Fish can be selective like that. The spinnerbaits shown below have heavy duty closed wrapped loop eyes on. This provides better odds that you will land any lunker largemouth that latch onto one of these spinnerbaits.
Because the wire loop is wrapped closed, your line can't slide up the arm and force the swivel end loop open as can happen with an unwrapped open R-Bend arm. The closed wrapped eye does not fatigue and snap as easily as an open R-bend wire. In Mexico, the odds are lower you'll land lunker bass on unwrapped open R-bend eyes. And the odds are lower that you will land big bass on arms less than.
Odds are higher you'll land more bass on closed wrap loop eyes of at least. So play the odds. You'll come out ahead in the long run, with more big bass to show for it. Dual interlaced front blades.
Don't Forget the Heat Shrinkable Tubing Too Thin wall heat shrink tubing is a nice add-on to prevent the fishing line from fouling in the wire wraps during a cast.
It's vexing to make a cast and have the line foul in the wire wraps. You'll spend annoying little moments stopping in between casts to unwrap the line out of the wire loop. Worse yet, a lunker bass can snap your line more easily when the line's fouled in the exposed wrapped wire eye.
Covering the wrapped wire in heat shrinkable tubing ends that potential problem. The heat shrink tubing can help to keep the line positioned properly, prevent fouling, and it only takes a few seconds to add it onto the eye. It's also recommended to use the heat shrink tubing on open R-Bend wires. This will help keep the knot placed on the R-Bend, and reduces the chances that the knot will slide out of place and up the wire arm when fighting a fish.
Early morning is the best time of day to fish shallow heavy cover with spinnerbaits. Bass tend to be up in shallow cover during the morning hours, actively looking for food. So morning is the best time to use the big one ounce spinnerbaits with big blades.
This is a good time to use some of the bolder, brighter color skirts too. Fish will tend to be aggressive and active in the morning in shallow cover. So the bigger, bolder spinnerbaits have more appeal at this time. Due to their size, presence and coloration, they can be glimpsed and sensed from further distances through the sight-blocking, shallow heavy cover. One ounce spinnerbaits cast farther and more accurately than lighter spinnerbaits - and long, accurate casts are keys to spinnerbaiting thick shallow cover.
The X's above mark small open pockets tight against the bank. These kinds of sweet spots on the bank tend to hold good bass. The problem is, heavy cover tends to be so thick, that it is too time-consuming and therefore counterproductive or even impossible to move a boat close-in along the bank.
Usually, a boat can only maneuver effectively with the trolling motor down when kept in the more navigable water representing the outer tree line, which puts you a far cast off the bank.
So one ounce spinnerbaits can hit sweet spots on the bank when cast from the outer perimeter of the tree line. Smaller spinnerbaits can't reach these spots. A boat can be impossible to operate inside the heavy tree line or up against the bank, but a one ounce spinnerbait can hit tight spots accurately from a long distance where the boat can't go.
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In the section above, we emphasized one ounce spinnerbaits in order to up your odds for bigger bass. As the morning wears on, say by nine or ten o'clock, the shallow, active spinnerbait bite may tend to shut down.
Fish may still be in the shallows, but may start to hole up in the center of flooded mesquite trees, not willing to come out of the cover to chase spinnerbaits any more.
So by mid to late morning, especially on clear or bright, sunny wind-free days, Texas-rigged soft plastics flipped directly into the heart of heavy cover may tend to be the better choice when bass stop roaming the shallows and start to hole up in heavy cover by mid to late morning. By noon or early afternoon, activity may diminish or be finished in the shallows by this time on some days.
However, fish in deeper water may still remain active.Monster Mash Bass Lesson
So odds to find active fish may be better in deeper water after noon, say 10 to 20 feet deep. This is a good situation to try slow-rolling spinnerbaits along the bottom. Deep bass tend to relate directly to the bottom much of the time. Therefore, slow-rolling a spinnerbait must stay close to bottom.
In this situation, small-to-average size blades may work better because the reduced blade size helps a spinnerbait to better hug the bottom.
Keep in mind, there are many trees and brush on bottom in deep water too. That's the strike zone. Chances for slow-rolling trophy bass are good on offshore structure in Mexico. Therefore, the stronger, more reliable. Slow-rolling involves a lot of pauses during the retrieve to let the lure periodically settle back to the bottom.
You will reduce your chances for a hit if you let the spinnerbait lift too high above bottom. So always throw in a few pauses to let the spinnerbait settle back to bottom, then resume reeling. A lot of hits may come when you pause reeling as the spinnerbait settles. As soon as the snag is no longer felt, then pause to let the spinnerbait settle back to bottom.
You'll receive many hits right at that moment. Below are two good blade configurations to slow-roll close to bottom in deeper water: Ideal to slow-roll deep water. Good deal for slow-rolling deep. As the day progresses, if it becomes overcast or if wind creates a chop on the water, then there's a good chance that shallow bass may again become active and start roaming the shallow shoreline flats again under overcast or windy conditions.
If that's the case, the same larger spinnerbaits as used in the early morning may produce in the shallows again. On the other hand, if the afternoon remains sunny and relatively windless, you may need to tone down the size, color and blades of spinnerbaits used around the shallows or to try up high for bass suspended in the crowns of flooded treetops.
You can think of this as a finesse or more stealthy, subtle spinnerbait for high sun and low wind situations, such as the following spinnerbait examples: Neutral coloration and "downsized" blades. Berry's objection ultimately led the line to be changed to "hang your freedom higher. On-stage collapse and leaving R. He recovered and rejoined the band, but left in Octobersaying that he no longer had the drive or enjoyment level to be in the band, and that he wanted a career change. I didn't wake up one day and decide, "I just can't stand these guys anymore" or anything.
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