Got up early this morning and tested the Sacramento River waters for striped bass activity. Yesterday I blanked as the school had moved upriver. Coupled with the weekend boating activity, any bass around today will be spooked and wary.
I decided to use a salmon live-bait (size 3/0) hook instead and buried the entire hook into a big chunk of cut sardine. 20-minutes later, I noticed a light tap-tap-tap on the line. Assuming it was a small fish nibbling at the bait, I ignored it.
A few minutes later my rod almost doubled over and I grabbed it and set the hook! It was a 13-lb female striped bass and it gave me a pretty decent run for my money. After I netted it, I noticed that the fish had swallowed tbe hook deep down in its throat. Caught 2 more 17-19 inch stripers but released them back into the river.