Pros and Press on Pardee Lake
Fishing with FLW Pro Anglers Greg
Gutierrez and Richard Dobyns on Lake Pardee
and Cal moved their gear over to Richard’s boat and proceeded to head back out
and do some sight fishing. With the water at Pardee so crystal clear and the sun
overhead it was possible to see 30 plus feet down to the bottom. This was
Richard’s very first time ever fishing Pardee so rather than rely on experience
he had to focus on his strengths.
us his arsenal, Dobyns rods of course
It didn’t take long to see
bass cruising around and there were a few times when all three of them let out
collective expletives when a giant cruiser would rise out of the depths. Every
time one of the guys would toss their lures out the fish would retreat, wanting
nothing to do with the baits whatsoever.
patiently fishes a swimbait
fish were proving to be both shy and elusive and Richard backed off the bank
making sure that even when sight fishing they approached silently and
cautiously. This approach required longer casts and more patience with a slower
retrieve. The strategy worked and it didn’t take long for Cal to hook into a
nice fish on a Roman Made Trick Swimbait.
Richard uses a
stinger on his Huddleston and it works...
Richard followed suit by
getting two hits on a 6” Huddleston slow crawled right on the bottom,
unfortunately neither fish stuck. Making sure the next short strike counted he
added a stinger hook right in the back of the tail. Within the next five casts
he had a 6lbr. In the boat, and sure enough it was stuck with the stinger only.
does provide a beautiful setting for anglers
Over the next two hours
more fish were boated using the same technique and Richard talked fondly about
“his old man” and his love for all things fishing. In addition to fishing
professionally for bass he enjoys fly fishing and routinely dives for abalone.
He also talked about the family’s rod business and on his boat were numerous
prototypes of early Dobyns Extreme rods. In the current lineup the 743 Champion
Extreme spinning rod is his favorite due to the rod’s versatility. He uses this
rod for fishing everything from Senkos to Texas rigged plastics and working
Mark Lassagne with a nice fish
Pardee is a serene place
to fish and being surrounded by such a pretty backdrop makes it easy to both
fish and enjoy conversation. At the same time it can also be a challenging place
for bass anglers as the ultra clear water requires either subtle presentations
with light line or persistence with big baits. This challenge combined with the
opportunity to catch a lunker make this a prime destination for those willing to
invest the time to learn the lake’s secrets.
Zack Thompson with a largemouth and smallmouth combo
On this particular day the
bite started out tough but as the temperature heated up so did the bite. Double
G demonstrated why he is such a force on tour and adapted quickly with a tough
bite and worked hard to find the fish. Richard Dobyns demonstrated why
competitive fishing runs in the blood and attacked the lake which he had never
fished before by first taking the time to study where the fish were holding and
making adjustments to the strategy resulting in quality fish going into the
A moment of
silence for fellow anglers that have recently passed
As with many things
knowledge pays dividends and those pro anglers that had more experience had the
edge when targeting the big fish. At the dock a number of the pros including
Mark Lassagne and Zack Thompson also showed us quality fish that they had
boated. Spend a minute with any one of these pros and it is clear that they have
a passion for the sport.
Taylor Parsons and Kent Brown show us what it is all about
Kent Brown put it all in
perspective when he thanked all the pro anglers and writers that came together
yesterday to just simply celebrate the sport that we all love as well as observe
a moment of silence for a number of regional standouts in the industry that
passed away over the last few months. At the end of the day fishing is so much
more than just wetting a line, it can be a hobby, for others it is a job, for
some it is a passion, and for all of us it represents the perfect opportunity to
spend valuable time with friends or family.
Thanks to Kent Brown and the team at Lake Pardee for bringing the Pros and the
Press together for yet another memorable event