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Top 10 Baits from the Cal Delta
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Top 10 Baits from the Cal Delta

Punching and vibrating jigs do most of the damage
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September 29, 2019 • David A. Brown and Rob Matsuura • Toyota Series

The Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Power-Pole on the California Delta had a lot of punching as usual, but it was far from the only thing going. Due to the lush grass and windy and touch conditions, vibrating jigs and finesse played a big role as well. Blake Dyer earned the win with a 62-13 total and a handful of baits. Behind him, some pros opted to be “one rod Todd” and others kept their options wide open.

Complete results

Dyer’s winning pattern

Top 10 patterns 


1. Claiming the wire-to-wire victory, Dyer caught  the bulk of his fish on a 1/2-ounce green pumpkin Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a Yamamoto Zako. He also caught keepers by punching hyacinth and hydrilla mats with a 1 1/2-ounce Woo! Tungsten weightDirty Jigs Punchin' Skirt in the big Texan color and a Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver in the tramp stamp color.


2. In second place, Jason Borofka relied on a 1/2-ounce Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a Yamamoto Zako trailer and a wacky-rigged 6-inch Yamamoto Senko.


3. Punching was the main deal for third place pro Austin Wilson, who alternated between a Missile Baits D Bomb and a Berkley PowerBait Bunker Hawg. He also caught fish on a 1/2-ounce Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer.


4. A Snag Proof Poppin’ Phattie turned out to be Nick Nourot’s top producer. He also fared well punching a Missile Baits D Bomb in black/blue and California 420.


5. Mike Birch placed fifth by casting a Strike King Thunder Cricket bladed jig with a Strike King Rage Menace Grub trailer and punching a Strike King Rodent.


6. Punching a Strike King Rage Bug in two colors and casting a Yamamoto Senko led John Pearl into sixth place.


7. Taking seventh place, Michael “Bub” Fong amassed most of his weigh with a red Z-Man ChatterBait Jack Hammer paired with a red Strike King Rage Bug. He also caught some flipping fish with a Reaction Innovations Double Wide Beaver.


8. Bub Tosh employed his renowned punching skills to take eighth place. Fishing a bluegill shaped bait imported from Japan by SDG Tackle, he used a 2-ounce weight to penetrate dense mats.


9. Phillip Dutra says he used 16 different rods on the final day, but a 1/2-ounce white spinnerbait and a Toxic Baits Wade Hogg ended up accounting for most of his better fish. 


10. Jamond Andrews kept a big stick in his hand all week and earned a 10th place finish by punching a Reaction Innovations Smallie Beaver in green pumpkin or bluegill colors.