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Double-digit largemouth tops DVL bass scene

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Apr 11, 2018

HEMET — Even as bass continue to trickle into shallower environs at Diamond Valley Lake, it seems that the bigger models are still being caught relatively deep. Reports sent to Western Outdoor News still include a decent amount of new personal bests for heaviest five, but a monster bucketmouth caught by one of SoCal’s most-decorated guides takes the top spot this time.

formerwonbassFORMER WON BASS U.S. Open Champion and very busy SoCal guide Rusty Brown with a 10.03-pound DVL bucketmouth that inhaled a Roboworm on a shaky head.


Former WON BASS U.S. Open champion Rusty Brown has DVL in his “starting rotation” when it comes to where he puts clients on green ones, and this time he had Long Beach angler Brady Garrett on deck. While Garrett swung away at chunky bass on finesse stuff, Brown send down some light gear of his own and closed the deal on a bucketmouth that tipped the scale at 10.03 pounds.


Not averse to sharing all the details, Brown told WON the toad ate a 6-inch Fat Roboworm in margarita mutilator on a shaky head deployed 25 feet down into Rawson Cove. He winched her in with a prototype 13 Fishing reel loaded with 8-pound Maxima and combo’d up with a 13 Fishing Omen rod.


Turns out, that’s been the recipe for success at DVL for Brown’s client quite a bit lately.


“The bite is solid at DVL right now,” Brown told WON. “Twenty to 30 feet is the prime depth for the quality fish; Senkos, drop-shot, shaky heads, Texas rigs and some jig fish.”


He added the Quarry, Saddle Dam and secondary points with larger rocks are also producing, and his go-to colors along with “M.M.” have been green pumpkin, prism shad and watermelon/red flake. While 6- and 7-inch straight-tail Roboworms have been “the snack of choice,” Brown suggests keeping Brush Hogs close at hand, too.


Garrett had this to say about his guide trip with Rusty, “Dude is cool as hell. He shares everything he has and knows and even gives advice to other boaters. He also explains where to go at certain times of year, and why we go where we go, and he knows everything about Diamond Valley.”


bradygarrettBRADY GARRETT OF Long Beach with an impressive haul made while fishing with guide Rusty Brown on Diamond Valley Lake.


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