Castaic: Steady summer bassin’

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 11, 2019

CASTAIC — The beat rolls on at Castaic Lake, where it’s seemingly been a broken record — albeit a good one — with good numbers of biting bass out there for the taking for the last three or four weeks. That trend continued once again this past week as anglers are still finding more than a fair share of biters amid the ramped up boating pressure, even if they might quite not be the Castaic chunks they’re particularly looking for heading toward the meat of July.

TEN-YEAR-OLD DOMINIC DUGANDZIC had a blast fishing with dad Ante and Castaic regular Jay Poore on a recent outing. Dominic fished hard and caught 28 fish on the day including smallmouth, largemouth and trout after watching some fishing videos on the internet and asking his dad if they could go out on the lake.

Local Jay Poore has been getting out recently with friends and has his pulse on the current bite. “It’s been no problem catching fish, it can just still be a challenge to find those 15 inchers,” Poore told WON. “One day you might find yourself a great limit, the next you might only find 3 or 4 keepers but catch 40 or 50 fish.” Poore said it’s been just an occasional topwater bite for him recently with most of his fish coming on prism shad Robos on the drop-shot, shaky head or split-shot setup anywhere from up shallow down to 35 feet.

Another guy who’s been in tune with things at Castaic amid the holiday traffic is guide Jim Taibi, who’s dabbling in a little bit of everything for his clients, from green bass to stripers to rainbow trout. Bass wise, he’s starting to see signs of the quality perhaps starting to trend in the right direction.

“We have noticed a lot more bigger post-spawn fish to 7 pounds roaming the bluffs and rocky areas and likely looking for small bluegill lately,” Taibi said. “Fishing the early shade lines and the afternoon mudlines is proving fruitful. We’re mostly fishing Senkos and Daiwa Neko 5-inch worms in watermelon/red flake and green pumpkin and green and purple flake as our main approach, then switching over to jerkbaits like the Lucky Craft Pointer 78 and 100 in ghost shad or aurora black for the afternoons.

Drop-shotting 4½-inch Robos in Aaron’s Magic and Hologram Shad has also been a good way to go in 5 to 15 feet in the Fish Arm around secondary points. A few nice largemouth are also taking squarebills in the Sharon’s Rest and Hawk’s Nest areas. C3 Baits Shimmies and Ice Picks in Neptune Shad or Red Smoke are also stacking up numbers when worked on Carolina rigs in about 20 feet of water.

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