Bass in Clear Water – Lake Pardee Media Day
we transitioned to afternoon session it looked like a completely different day
on Lake Pardee. The sun was out and this allowed for even greater visibility.
There were some parts of the lake where the water looked downright tropical. We
bid farewell to Double G and loaded our gear into Jason Borofka’s boat.
Jason adapts quickly and nails a
few fish with finesse techniques
Jason is a an
up and coming pro that had a great year last season on the FLW Everstart Trail,
with a season high second place finish at Clear lake on his way to a 3rd
place finish in the points race. He then kicked off this season with another
second place finish at Lake Havasu. On this particular day at Lake Pardee we
would be fishing with “Team Borofka” which included Jason and his wife Tara, who
is also a talented angler and will be fishing co-angler side a few times this
season as well.
Jason's favorite jig? The full
bodied Johnny C Mop Jig!
It didn’t take
long for us to understand just how much Jason and Tara love the sport of
fishing. I think the fact that Jason proposed to Tara on the deck of his bass
boat pretty much says it all. Jason’s approach to Pardee was different than
Double G’s. He was boating fish using good old fashioned senkos, fished wacky
style on spinning gear. Casting real tight against the rocky structure he was
not only getting bites but landing fish in the 2lb. class at just about every
stop on the lake. Though there wasn’t a whole lot of “stopping” going on.
It doesn't take too long for Team
Borofka to land their first double of the day
Jason is the
definition of a power fisherman and his approach is to hit spots hard and fast.
If there are no bites he moves on to the next spot and repeats the process. In
the clear water of Pardee Tara fished a Senko rigged wacky weighted with a nail
and this was also proving effective. In a tournament situation they typically
fish different but complimentary styles, but it was clear that Tara was also
used to fishing quickly to maximize casts in each location.
Under the sun the clear water
looks almost tropical
targeted fishing using an umbrella rig, and his favorite is the “Crazy 8” made
by Hi’s Tackle Box in San Francisco. He has a well-deserved reputation as a big
bait angler and loads up on his arsenal at Coyote Bait and Tackle which carries
a variety of his favorite custom swimbaits, and on his boat were some of our
favorites including the Deps Slide Swimmer.
Jason and Tara fish fast and
aggressively from point to point
Even though he
clearly enjoys fishing big baits when it came to catching fish in the clear
water at Lake Pardee he was quick to adapt to more finesse oriented techniques
and this paid off in a high number of 2-3lb. fish caught in a short amount of
Jason nails a fish with a senko
and it goes aerial out of the emerald green water
In a tournament
situation this would give Jason the luxury of turning back to those big baits he
loves so much and focusing on catching that kicker fish. Watching Jason and Tara
fish and interact on the boat was a pleasure, and there is no doubt in my mind
that he is one to watch in the coming seasons as he is certainly hungry to break
that 2nd place finish.
It is clear that Jason and Tara
have a passion for fishing
Back at the
dock we compared notes with other pros and media at the event. We met up with
friends like Dan O’Sullivan of Advanced Angler and Jody Only and Mark Lassagne
from Bass Angler Magazine.
Big fish of the day goes to
bassin legend Mike Reynolds, who lands a beautiful 10lb. largemouth
There were a
number of nice fish caught but big fish honors went to Mike Reynolds, a bassing
legend out here in the West, who landed a beautiful 10lb. largemouth on a drop
shot rig. Once again proving you can catch some really big fish on really light
Kent Brown, organizer of
yet another fantastic media day, shows us what fishing in the clear water at
Pardee is all about
As you might
expect when you get a bunch of people that fish for a living and people that
write about fishing for a living all in one place there are going to be plenty
of fish stories and just the right amount of trash talk to keep things
interesting. There are a lot of different personalities and yet we are all bound
by that love of all things fishing.
This is what it is all about, Pros
and Media coming together for a day of techniques and tackle.... and one epic
photobomb courtesy of Dan-O of Advanced Angler
resonated for me this year were the different approaches to successfully
targeting bass in clear water. On one side we had Double G representing the
seasoned veteran angler patiently working spots in search of those big bites
with Roman Made glide baits, and on the other side we have Jason Borofka
representing the bassin’ young guns power fishing his way to success. Lake
Pardee once again proved to be a worthy stage for a showdown between the Pros
and those elusive green fish, and on this particular day the conviction and
adaptability of the pros was more than enough to conquer the clear water.