Fishing with Pro Angler Jared Lintner and G.Loomis
received an invitation to head to Clear Lake with members of the G.Loomis team
as well as prostaffer B.A.S.S. Angler Jared Lintner to fish the complete E6X
Series lineup. We headed to the lake just as the fish were starting to move up
to see just how Jared fished the new rods and what approach he used to target
fish in transition.
Jared Lintner, B.A.S.S. Pro Angler, rigs up a
giant tube in preparation for some sight fishing
Clear Lake is one of our favorite testing grounds as it offers such varied types
of structure and has seemed to hold up well as a fishery, even when under
pressure. Big bag limits and plenty of largemouth caught weighing 10 plus pounds
has made Clear Lake the stuff of bass fishing legend, but those that regularly
fish this lake know that it isn’t always exactly easy to catch quality fish
here, and this was one of those times.
On the week that I met up with Bruce Holt, PR and Communications at G.Loomis,
Jared was just finishing a tournament on the lake in which he and his co-angler
took third place. Fishing had been tough and the only way that anyone was
reportedly catching fish was sight fishing. If you couldn’t see them you
couldn’t catch them, which is often the case as bass get into spawn mode and
literally just have one thing on their minds.
Bruce fishes the slough with blind casts but
nearly all of our fish would eventually come sight fishing
Bruce had prepared the complete spectrum of E6X rods for us to fish with and we
got a download from Jared on how we would be fishing over the next two days. For
this event we were also joined by Renaud Pelletier a seasoned tournament angler
who would run the second boat as we looked to stress the E6X rods on whatever
fish we could find. Jared prepared us for what would be two days of intense
sight fishing, using a combination of techniques which included pitching Texas
rigs, drop shotting, and even some unconventional swimbait fishing.
Jared points out a locked on fish to Bruce
The next morning when we launched I inspected some of Jared’s tournament used
E6X rods and found that they had held up well, and though the cork had a few
miles on them, there were no issues that would have altered performance. Jared
uses a variety of G.Loomis rods on tour, picking rods from various lines that
match up with exactly how he likes to approach various applications. Our mission
today was to find the fish that were locked onto beds and catch them.
We had the opportunity to fish the complete
assortment of E6X rods
While there are some anglers that have issues with bed fishing as it disturbs
the bass it is undeniable that the technique is productive when you are looking
to catch big fish. Jared and Bruce were both adamant that if we caught any fish
they were put right back into the same location quickly.
Renaud carefully positions the boat to target a
fish bedded up near the tules
The first thing we did
was head down the shoreline, looking for beds which usually were indicated by
dark patchy areas or in some cases patterns that had brightly exposed rocks and
shells which fish had polished off as they built their nests.
Bruce lands a fish with the Jackall Gantarel