WINCHESTER — As reported two weeks ago in the pages of WON, Chip Gilbert of San Marcos landed a new lake record 15-pound largemouth bass at Lake Skinner. Since then, however, it was brought to the lake’s attention that the on-site scale may have needed a bit of calibrating, as Gilbert’s digital scale had the fish weighing significantly less. As it turns out, however, that didn’t matter much, as Gilbert was back at it again this past week; this time sticking a “legit” 14.5-pound new lake record largemouth, according to staffers.
The big bass fell for a Black Dog Shellcracker and Gilbert also had a 10 pounder to his credit on the same bait.
As staffers noted, “The largemouth bass are bedding up in the shallows.” Gilbert noticed the bluegill were also up on beds, and the big largemouth are merely waiting on the outskirts to pounce; hence his bait choice. “Dragging watermelon 4-inch Power Worms” has been an effective approach, staffers added.
Last week’s warm, beautiful weather also spurred the lake’s bluegill, catfish and stripers.
“Bluegill and some catfish have been starting to show themselves over in the dam and inlet area,” staffers added. The best baits for the ‘gills have been mealworms, while the kitties have been seeking out anchovies. “Anglers have been successful catching stripers over in the inlet area using anchovies and nightcrawlers.”
Philip Bouranshanh of Temecula had 3 stripers totaling 11 pounds, capped by a 5 pounder, using anchovies at the inlet. William Edward Larson of Beaumont had a striper and a 5-pound catfish while fishing the same area.
THIS ‘LEGIT’ LAKE RECORD LARGEMOUTH tipped the scale at 14.5 pounds and was caught at Lake Skinner by Chip Gilbert of San Marcos. Gilbert had an “alleged” 15 pounder a couple of weeks prior, but it was determined the scale used to weigh his fish was inaccurate.