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Fishing El Salto with pre-release Shimano Tackle and Jimmy Houston (continued)

Fishing and Filming with Jimmy Houston: One of the highlights of the trip was fishing with Jimmy Houston. We filmed a couple upcoming “Jimmy Houston Outdoors – El Salto Edition” shows in which both Jimmy and our editors field tested and compared notes side by side. Jimmy liked the Shimano products and boated a ton of fish with crankbaits and spinnerbaits, with a couple over 10lbs.


Zander fishes with Jimmy Houston while filming Jimmy's Outdoor show


Watching Jimmy work the fish and the camera at the same time was like poetry in motion, and by the end of the trip he had convinced Zander to start kissing the bass as he jokingly explained “gotta kiss them fish, show them some love, you want them going back and telling the other ladies about you, not saying bad things.” 


Jimmy lands a bass on a crankbait

Later in the day when Jimmy caught a 1lbr Zander remarked “Jimmy, you going to kiss that one?” At which point Jimmy simply put the fish back in the water and said “nope, don’t you know? That fish there is underage, its too young to be kissed just yet.”


The bass actually was tangled up in a Talapia gill net and Jimmy takes the time to cut off the net which was cutting into the fish as it grew


Fishing with Jimmy and his cameraman Pat was a riot and we did shows about both the new Shimano product, and also about how anglers are using the internet more and more to find out more about fishing and tackle, a fact that our Editors could easily get behind.


Jimmy jokes while filming

John hooks into a nice one

Tackle tips: Most anglers will want to be prepared for fishing El Salto, and the following are some of our recommendations for the trip. We actually interviewed the guides to find out what lures and tackle work well, and compiled the following list of tackle that would form a good foundation in which to fish with year round for the lake.

Another nice El Salto bass caught with the new gear


During certain parts of the year different lures will be more effective, but for the most part these lures are recommended and worked for us during the week. You can always check Anglers Inn’s website prior to a trip to El Salto to see what has been the recent hot bait.


Greg owner of the "Tackle Box" tosses a buzzbait

Recommended reels: Regardless of what time of year you come down you're going to want to bring a baitcaster. El Salto is famous for its many points and coves filled with both visible and submerged structure. In fact there are even two cemeteries on the lake that you will either fish over or next to, depending on the water level.

Meanwhile JIP fishes with the new main man of Shimano rods, Justin    


A baitcaster is the way to go for handling heavier lines, and for enhanced casting accuracy. A spinning reel is good for more delicate presentations, and casting lighter baits. Casting distance is important at El Salto, but getting  your bait right into or up against structure is also key.


Justin works the rocky bank, and showed Zander and JIP a thing or two about fishing swimbaits


A reel with decent capacity and a proper blend of casting distance and powerful gearing is ideal. In fact we found El Salto the perfect location to really feel the benefits of HEG gearing. If we were to go back we would bring three baitcasters and one spinning reel each.


El Salto bass has a ton of fight, and were willing participants in our tests

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