Southern CA Freshwater

Jamul: Nine-pound northern lipped at Barrett

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 22, 2019

JAMUL — It's been a bit of a grind for most at Barrett Reservoir most of the past few weeks — at least for Barrett’s usually-lofty standards — but one angler was able to crack the code and pluck a trophy northern-strain largemouth from its waters this past Wednesday. San Diego's John Wall was throwing topwater for the first couple hours of the morning to not much avail when he decided to switch things up to a small swimbait to try and change his fortunes, and boy did it turn out to be one heckuva decision.

THIS BIG BARRETT NORTHERN ate a Cabela’s 3.5-inch swim minnow in smoke metal flake/pearl belly on a 1/8-ounce ball jighead for John Wall.

“I got there at about 5 a.m with my son and we couldn't get topwater to go in the Hauser Arm so I tied on a Cabela's 3.5-inch swim minnow in smoke metal flake/pearl belly and a few casts later I end up landing my personal best, a 9-pound beast that took long, deep runs stripping drag like nothing I've caught, at least in freshwater anyway,” Wall said. “That big one bit right at 9 when it seemed the bigger fish started hitting our swimbaits on small 1/8-ounce jigheads. Fish were also jumping on our 4-inch Zoom Fat Albert grubs in smoke color – needless to say, we both threw those for the balance of the day until checking out at 1:30. We caught about 25 or so between us and saw other anglers sticking fish too despite the light crowd. Barrett never disappoints!”

The topwater bite continued to be slow going over the weekend but there has been a decent early reaction bite on chatterbaits, jerkbaits and blade baits. There are also a few isolated spots of breaking fish here and there when lipless crankbaits and spoons are working for bites. From mid morning on it’s been all about working wacky-rigged Senkos and drop-shotted and Texas-rigged plastics on deeper main lake points.

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