Lake Mead Report and THANK YOU to Jack Flash

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Just wanted to give a special thank you to Captain John Moehlenbrock (Jack Flash on BD) Cap'n J's Hookup.

John is a licensed guide at Lakes Mead and Mojave with over 30 years experience fishing the lakes and guiding for 15 years. He PM'd me that he had four charters in the up coming week and that he was planning to scout the lake. He invited me to come along. I knew this was a huge opportunity to fish my home lake with a professional experienced guide and I jumped at the opportunity.

Weather was nice, we met at Lake Mead Marina at 5:30 am and left the marina shortly thereafter. It was a pleasure meeting John and fishing with him too. He is a very cool guy, laid back but as serious a fisherman as ive ever fished with. His eyes were constantly on the electronics and it paid off. John loves to fish and gets excited when the fish are chewing. Its fun to fish with someone else that shares the passion.

John showed me several techniques that i have not been utilizing. Its the time of the year that the shad goes shallow and they are easy to catch with a casting net. My livewell and casting net work great. Also, John should me how to fish the topwater bait, including in the main channels as well as in coves and even throwing the rebel jumpin minnow almost to shore and walking it back to the boat. This technique was productive for John, and i was catching them with a chugger type topwater which has always worked for me.

Next was the killer part. A technique i didnt know about which is the deep jigging spoon. Fish are holding is 50-100 feet in 160 feet of water and can be jigged up using 2-4 oz jigs. You bounce the jigs at the depth the fish are seen on the meter, and then you grind it as fast as you can. Straight up yo yo fishing for striped bass. These fish bite the jig on the sink, on the bounce, and burnin it as fast as you can. It simply doesnt get any better than this. Its alot of fun and the fish go off at times. These fish bite the jig very hard, IMO harder than Calicos and the species in general is aggressive as any species ive seen including tuna. This fish are like schools of tuna in Lake Mead. They eat constantly and then they move looking for more food.

These stripers are so aggressive that you cant get skunked this time of year if using these techniques. You can catch these fish using all techniques right now including live shad, jigging spoon, topwater, "slow rolling" shad swimbaits near the bottom in 20-40' of water, trolling and dunking. If none of the techniques are working its because there are no fish in the area. If they are on the bite, no bait is safe. If you like catching, striped bass at Lake Mead is for you.

Ive since gone back and fished these techniques with great success. I farmed two fish on the jumpin minnow in the am. Then i went and caught shad in a location that John showed me. I then took the bait out to the deep water stripers and caught probably 14 at least on maybe 20 pieces of bait. I also caught another 5 fish on the jigs, workin the jig for no more than 10 minutes. Wind picked up and i got off the lake. I was fishing a 2.5oz braid beta bait on my Seeker 270H and Shimano Trini 14 with 50# spectra and 30# topshot. a 3# striper fights hard even on this "heavier" gear. Its a blast.

Ive heard it said before that its worth it to pay a guide to take you fishing on your home lake so you can find out how to catch fish successfully year round. I must agree that it is absolutely worth it. If i had not gone fishing with John id still be dunkin chovies in 60 feet of water. This too is a great technique but not all year long and it isnt the most exciting. Not to mention i paid nowhere near the full price to go, John was happy to school me.

Anyone looking to go to Lake Mead and literally kill fish (or release if you choose) should give John a call or an email. He has a very nice rig 21' Sea Ray center console and high quality tackle. His prices include fish cleaning i believe, and soda and water, all tackle and bait if available. Cant beat it for a truely memorable trip. We were mainly scouting checking out areas and not fishing super hard and still probably caught 20 fish in 5 hours. A private charter could catch all you wanted. Its a good idea to harvest a limit of stripers this time a year as there are a tremendous number of catchable stripers in the lake. Actually there is currently no limit on striper under 20" at Lake Mead and a 20 fish limit on fish over 20".

Here is a link to Johns website, check it out. VegasFishing.com

Thanks again John. It was the most fun Ive ever had at Lake Mead and my confidence level has skyrocketed. You are an excellent guide. Let me know when its on again. I can go on a moments notice.
 
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+1 fishing with John on lake mead.I Started a thread almost 7 months ago looking for a fishing guide for Lake Mead and John popped in and said he could take me and my 6 years old son out. I gaved him a try and me and my son had a blast!! We caught about 30 stripers up to 5 pounds and John said "That was a slow day" and I was like WTF:confused:
He then said that they usually catch 60+ stripers. LOL
John was always looking for fish on his electronics and worked really hard to keep me and my son on fish. we did like 10 drifts along an area and everytime we did, we end up with 2-3 fish. He doesnt care how far he has to drive in order to catch fish as long as we catch fish. The next time I go to vegas, Im gonna give John a call and maybe this time we can catch our 60+ stripers.
You guys have got to give him a call next time you guys go to vegas or lake Mead.
 
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Hey Jason,

Good to hear you learned some new tactics for stripers. Now you'll have to sweet talk John into taking you on a trophy hunt for the 20#+ models when they the trout plants start :D
 
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    Thanks for the report. I've lived a total of about 10 years here & spent probably 100 days out at the lake and never even wet a line! :imdumb:

    For some reason bass & striper fishing never really appealed to me(I've seen some monsters out there). Since we bought the Mako I've been trying to get time to make it out so I can get my sounder dialed in, as well as get some blood on the decks.

    Any of you guys care to ride along & show me the ropes (gas, beer, snacks, cleaning etc.. all included)?:D I should probably go with a guide the first time but since my free time is limited, I'd prefer to spend time at the lake getting the kinks worked out of the boat and gear. I was thinking about heading out this weekend but the forecast does not look that good. let me know if any of you striper guys are interested!
     
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    Thanks for the kudos,Jason and Hung,both you guys can flat out get with it.The sweet thing about mead is even if your a little rusty or a novice,that doesn't stop you from going bendo.This time of year is hard to beat,many ways to catch em,nice weather.We have so much bait out there it hurts,a few less fish caught,but the quality level goes up.Should be mid nov. when some size shows,but my buddy Sam got a 20 on the live last week,and Mohave always kicks out a few.Best of Luck---Captain John
     
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    You got a nice Mako Corey, you need to be gettin that thing waterspotted at lake Mead weekly. You'll have more fun catching stripers close to home then trailerin that sucker to the coast. Fishing is good as it gets. Get out there and get you some. I suggest going full speed at it. Give John a call and get schooled. If you can afford it, then go buy the tackle you need which isnt much. 4-5 nice baitcasting rigs, a few specific topwater, jigs, plastics, rattletraps, hook line sinkers. You will love it. Big lake. Doesnt get the props it used to, but lets not forget what a bitchen lake Mead is, as well as all the others in the river system. The level will come back, hopefully soon. Im hoping for a wet winter.

    80 feet of snow in the rockies would be nice for about the next 5-10 years.
     
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    sixty

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    Thanks for the compliment.. Too bad she sits so much! I just got off the phone with John & it looks like me and a buddy will be going out with him tomorrow in the AM. Lake mead is a great lake & I know the lower half like the back of my hand, just never fished it :imdumb:

    I'll post up a report if the trip works out.

    Thanks
     
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    That is awesome, You will have fun. Not only will you catch fish but you will see life on the electronics and the birds go apeshit in the morning and you will see and hopefully catch some on topwater. You wont regret it, Best money you will spend. Might see you out there tomorrow. Ill be in a 18' Fisher tan hull, burgandy and navy trim, navy blue carpet.
     
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    must be a slow server, the pics arent loading for some reason....
     
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    George this report is pictureless. Sorry mang. John and i didnt take photos and my last two trips have been solo. Hopefully going tomorrow. If so I will take some photos.
     
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    Wind is supposed to pick up in the afternoon, we are gonna be on the water at grey and probably head for the barn around 11:30am or so. Hopefully we'll have some fish and chips material for tomorrow night by then. Good luck if you go.
     
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    Bump.

    So if any of you BD'ers like to come to Vegas, why not take a charter with John. You could blow $300 in the Casino in 30 minutes, maybe faster, why not go out and rip fish while in Vegas from 5:30am to noonish. Its always good to break up the casino time with a few other activites so you dont blow $5,000 in a weekend. All you need is a one day license you can get at any Walmart in town and meet John down at the Marina.

    I ended up going on Monday and got skunked, i had to eat my own words about not being possible to get skunked at Lake Mead. I only fished four hours, early, and i guess the fish dont bite till the afternoon on full moon. There is so much shad in the back channel and coves that the stripers must be gorging at night on a full moon. I was bumping live shad on their heads in 85 feet of water, fish at all depth and no biters. Frustrating. Tried deeper water bait and jigs, also i was fishing too heavy with 15# fluoro, need to drop down to 10# for live shad fishing. I was fishing heavier wanting to be prepared for a 20# or bigger fish in the deep water.

    Well it was still a full moon today, 100% full last night and John still managed 30 fish for todays charter group of four with no real fishing talent. Man, the guy can find the fish. It is less than 30 minutes to the Marina from the strip, go out and get you some jig fish. John is a diehard jig fisherman, if you like to fish deep jigs "smokin it" full speed and get bit on the grind or on the sink John's your guy. Other guides might have you dunk chovies all day, or sit in one spot and jig for hours when no fish are present. John will move and work to find you the fish. All you have to do is listen and you will catch fish. It truely is amazing the difference in catching between going in your own boat and being taken by a guide. Kind of like going out looking for tuna on your private boat, versus going out to the same area on a sporty with an experienced captain.

    You can find contact info for John on his website VegasFishing.com
     
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