Posted by: socalsalty | March 28, 2012

Meet The Pros: Corey Sanden – Part II

Corey Sanden talks swimbaits (photo credit – The Juj)

In the last post, I explained how Corey recommends fishing his new, smaller swimbait.  Today I’ll share what he said about color, and how to fish his new slugbait.

bright/less clear; less bright/clear; lower light/lower visibility

Picking Colors

Corey’s philosophy is simple: brighter day=brighter colors…cleaner water=clearer lures.  He typically takes 4 baits, representing different combos of color and clarity that he chooses from depending on conditions as the day progresses and his observations at the rail.  He likes using leadheads with eyes on it.  Corey believes big predator fish got that way by being efficient killers.  They attack the head and even if they don’t take it on that first pass, the target fish is now fatally disabled and the predator will get a second shot at it.  Eyes are a key focal point for the predator, so leadheads should have eyes too.  On leadhead colors, he usually fishes a plain one.  If he does use color, he likes yellow and red.

The Smaller Slugbait

Unlike the swimbait, the idea with these baits is to let them hit bottom.  Cast, then face your rod tip down.  Let it hit bottom. Wind it in 5 ft, lift the tip of your rod up slightly, then let it sink again.  Repeat and work a fan (or different parts of the boat) and cover your area.  Corey paints a picture of a fish is sitting in it’s spot and it sees the bait come whizzing by.  He thinks to himself, “Oh it’s going too fast, I’ll wait for the next one.”  Then you let it drop…Oh!  I better grab it!  That’s the reaction bite.  (Note – I highly recommend going to one of our local aquariums like Cabrillo or Long Beach and observing the fish.  You’ll learn a lot.)  In fishing you always want to work edges.  Corey agrees and cited examples…edges of walls, edges of eelgrass, edges before dropoffs etc.  This bait was designed to work these edges in skinny water, so perfect for the kayak or skiff fisherman.  With this bait and this methodology, Corey has caught spotted bay bass, sand bass, shortfin corvina, and halibut in his home fishery (and research lab) around San Diego Bay.

Seems easy enough.  I can do this!  I’m going to try and fish the spot Corey mapped for me this coming Friday.  I’ll let you know how I do.  Tight lines!

Video: How To Rig These MC Swimbaits

Corey was super cool and suggested I take this video.  Done.  Thanks.  I can’t wait to fish them.  Enjoy!


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