On behalf of the HUB family, we want to thank Gerry Mahieu, Tournament Founder and Director, who started the Saltwater Bass Series in 2011 for a great 2020 tournament series and the Championship tournament held recently in San Diego. Hookup Baits is so proud of all of the participates and those who made it into the Championship Series. We are especially proud of our Hookup Baits teams that participated this year in the tournament series and made the championship. Hookup Baits had a number of Father/Son teams for 2020: Tom and Cash Troop - 3rd in the Rookie Division Scott and Danny Higley - 2nd in the Rookie Division Ty and Luke Wiese - Ty and Luke just missed qualifying for the championship tournament. Next time, guys! Other Hookup Baits team included: Chad Gierlich and Al Vazquez - 2nd in the Master's Division for the entire series Dale Shaw and Frank Santiago - 9th in the Rookie Division We are proud of how well each of you did this year and loved watching you become better anglers. We treasure every laugh, every moment, and we are blessed to have you as part of our family. Looking forward to 2021! Tournament Photos
Trout Fishing-Mountain Lakes, Rivers, Streams Black/Gold 1/32, 1/16 & 1/8 oz. are our top performers this year! Other popular colors are Brown Gold, Chovy, Red Crab, Shad White, and Yellow White. New addition - Trout are loving the new Mermaids Milk Crawfish scent available in 2 oz size. New addition - We are offering Unscented Baits for fishing areas where artificial unscented baits are required! Comes in 1/32, 1/16, and 1/8 oz sizes. Available colors: Black Gold, Brown Gold, Chovy, Sardine Green, Red Crab, and Shad White. Always popular is the Mermaids Milk Garlic Scent available in 2 and 4 oz sizes. Freshwater Bass Fishing Large mouth and Stripe Bass chasing schools of shad in open water, using Mint, Chovy, Shad White, Black Gold, and Purple Silver in the 1/8 and 1/4 oz sizes is highly effective. Add the Mermaids Milk Crawfish or Fin Bait scent. Bay Fishing Spotted Bay Bass - ¼ is the go-to size in most bays from rocks, docks, or shore. When fishing from a vessel use the 3/8 and 5/8 oz. size for San Diego Bay and Long Beach Harbor in the Chovy, Sardine Green, Mint, Glow Green, Shad White, and Brown/Gold. There is always a good chance of catching a nice Halibut, Corvina, Corbina, or Sand Bass while fishing the bays with HUBS. Inshore Fishing Calico and Sand Bass - Staples for these fish 3/8 and 5/8 oz. near the kelp line. 1 & 1 ½ oz. double rigged with Owner 3-way swivels in [...]
We have put together a list of the most popular baits, techniques, and suggestions for your springtime fishing. Though these are suggestions based on what we found most effective all colors that we offer can be used and work. Sierras Trout Opener Target Species-Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat, Brook & Brown Trout 1/32 & 1/16 oz Hookup Baits in Black Gold, Brown Gold, Red Crab, Shad White, and Yellow White. Adding Mermaids Milk Garlic Scent to the bait helps with a 2 or 4 lb. line on an ultralight rod with a spinning reel. Freshwater Bass Fishing Target Species-Large and Small Mouth Bass, Striped Bass Majority of the bait fish in the lakes are small during the Spring. For best results match the hatch with the 1/16 & 1/8 oz. Hookup Baits Chovy, Sardine Green, Mint, Shad White, and Brown Gold. The replacement bodies Texas weedless rigged freelined like a fluke or on a drop shot filled with Mermaids Milk can also be deadly. For Stripers throw the 1 oz. Big Game in Chovy, or Shad White. Light to Medium set up with 6-10 lb line for large and smallmouth bass. Medium set up with a 10-20 lb line for Stripers. Bay Fishing Target Species-Spotted Bay Bass, Sand Bass, Calico Bass & Halibut While targeting the bay bass bite in the spring, we experience the bonus of Halibut coming into the bays to spawn. 1/4, 3/8 & 5/8 oz. Hookup Baits are the sizes you want depending on depth and current. Sardine [...]
Originally posted on 2/26/2020. Updated on 4/28/2020 A White Sea Bass (WSB) in California is on many angler’s bucket lists as it a favorite for its table fare and a challenge to catch. Over the past 3 years, a big majority of WSB were caught on California's coast on a Hookup Bait (HUB). From Ventura's Channel Islands, Santa Monica Bay, Catalina, Kelp lines from Newport to Oceanside, San Diego, Coronado Islands, and Ensenada. This data comes from social media, fishing reports, the many success stories we love and receive at Hookup Baits and from our own personal experiences from the HUB Crew. We would like to share this information to help anglers in trying to catch one of these elusive ghosts that we are blessed to have living on our coast. Where to Look? Let’s start with the Channel Islands and work our way down to Ensenada. Each area’s technique differs a little. But the main thing they all have in common is keeping the bait in the zone. WSB are usually suspended so keeping the bait in the middle water column is important. A lot of the WSB are caught while fishing calico and sand bass while the bait is sinking or being retrieved through the zone. If you are going just for WSB you’re going to want to make a long cast, let the bait sink halfway down then do a slow lazy retrieve with a pause every 5 to 10 cranks. Slow trolling also works. Channel Islands [...]
Last week we were featured in the Western Outdoor News on Hookup Baits catching (3) WSB on the 3 oz Mint! Two big WSB came aboard the Hookup Baits boat last week. The first one caught while having the monthly vet trip by Dixiewrecked Fishing and Hookup Baits. It was caught in 85' of water with a long cast and slow retrieve with the 3 oz Mint HUB. The WSB weighed in at 65 lbs on the certified scale at Dana Landing. The second WSB was caught the following day with a long cast but this time caught on the sink (Don't Blink On The Sink). It was a similar size also on the 3 oz. Mint HUB. Both were caught in San Diego waters! Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tpYZl8v7q8&t=1s
About a year ago Hookup Baits had the opportunity to participate in collecting adult Halibut for a study with HUBBS SeaWorld Research Institute. On Thursday, 10/24/19, the HUB team as well as several other volunteers helped release 2,300 baby Halibut into Mission Bay! The study was a huge success! It was such an incredible learning experience and privilege to talk to the Scientist about the program, assist in releasing, and being a part of this amazing day on the water. We asked Tom and Cash Troop as well as Little Jax to join us so they too could be a part of this successful day. Get involved in volunteering for future events to support our San Diego fishing community. Learn more here: Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute Photos Enjoy a few select photos below. View entire gallery here, thanks to CCA Cal! Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMgh__yqyR4&feature=youtu.be
Such an honor and privilege to fish against the best saltwater bass teams out there. Nothing makes you try harder and learn more than fishing against talent like this. That being said, actually winning is a huge blessing for us. The Saltwater Bass Series Championship 2-day tournament seems to be our event that we do well at. Winning by weight 3 years straight! Last year a dead fish penalty moved us to 2nd place by 4 tenths of an ounce. That one still hurts. We made sure to take great care of our fish this year. Fishing was good for us as we stuck to our plan both days and everything worked out. My tournament partner, Al, was there for his dad who had been struggling with cancer this whole season. Al never missed a tournament, but I can tell my long time fishing buddy wasn't at his best...understandably. Sadly his dad passed a couple weeks ago, so this one was for Al senior. RIP my friend. Al was back this weekend and we both put lots of quality fish on the boat with Al getting a 2.96 lb Spottie and one slightly smaller on Sunday. Way to go brother! On day one the 1.5 & 3 oz baits worked for us, catching Calico & Sand Bass. On day 2, Spotties only, the 1/4 oz. baits were the ticket. This shows how effective and versatile the Hookup Baits truly are. Thank you again to Gerry and crew of the SBS [...]
Richard is a HUB Customer and he asked if our HUB Team could join them on a company charter today. Fred and Mikey joined them on the Premier and had a great time helping those fishing to learn how to use the HUB baits! Plus, they were able to fish with them using baits we brought for the boat. Thank you, Richard, for asking us to join you and your company. It was a pleasure!
Busy weekend! Friday night = SD Anglers Award Banquet. Congrats to Luke on Jr. Angler of the Year, Lori for Women's Angler of the Year and I got the Mens Angler of the Year! All 3 are HUB users and supporters. Saturday = Anglers Clothing spotty series tournament #3 @ Mission Bay. Took 4th place. Saturday night = Nice Guys charity dinner/auction. Sunday = Coronado Islands. Stayed away from the fleet because I hate fishing in the fleets. We got 1 yellowtail on the second cast and a few big bones. The the wind came up early, so we headed for shelter and picked at the bass and rockfish. Congrats to Frank on the nice halibut. All 4 of us only threw the new HUB Bullets the whole day. Check out the original facebook post here and share from our page!
Couple boys from the shop and I had to break in the new guy yesterday with a day on the HUB boat. Welcome aboard Nate. Fishing was on the slow side locally but we found some fish that were willing to play. Check out the original facebook post here and share from our page!