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Fishing with Johnny Johnson – Roosevelt Lake, AZ – Spring Spinnerbait – March, 2015


Got him. He hit that underspin,
by golly. [giggles] That’s a good one. Get out of the tree. [laughing] Oh, yeah, Little Rhody’s
got a big bass. Look at how that thing
sucked that bait in. Oh, look at that, little male bass. That’s–look at the mouth
on that baby. Oh, my goodness. Folks, today
we’re at Roosevelt Lake, beautiful springtime fishing, and I’ll tell you what. This little bait
that I’m throwing here, I’ve been running
around throwing a spinnerbait, but every time I see
something a little shallow going on or whatever, I think an underestimated… A lot of guys
like to throw swimbaits and things like that on beds and, you know, in the areas, but I can tell you right now, just from watching
that fish’s reaction to this bait was incredible. This bait actually,
it’s called an underspin, and they have, you know, a little blade that actually
goes underneath the bait, so when you’re bringing it
in the water, it’s actually twirling
like this, and it’s coming across. You can see I’m using
a little bluegill-type pattern to the bait. They can’t stand it this time
of year in the shallows, any fish around the area. The problem is,
this bait falls really fast, so you got to keep your eye on
the bait in certain little areas like around these weeds
and things like that. And he just annihilated
that bait, and that fish wasn’t on a bed. I just saw it roaming, but they’re in the areas
making beds, so we’re gonna throw
a little bit of this. We’re gonna try to back it up
a little bit with a spinnerbait
going down the bank and see what we can’t do here
at Roosevelt Lake. The water temperature’s
62 degrees, and this could make
for a fun day, you know? The fishing at Roosevelt is a lot better
than it’s been in a long time, partially because we all know
what the fish are doing. You know, the hardest thing
to do this time of year, or any time of year,
is to find those fish basically, and that’s why it gets tough
for guys in the summer, fall. They’re trying to search
where the fish are. There’s a lot of fish
in this lake. There really is. I know for a fact,
when we go out deep, we spoon, things like that,
we’re catching healthy fish. I think they do something a little bit different from what
they used to do on this lake because of maybe
the gizzard shad, but I can tell you this: in the springtime,
it’s real simple. Just get up
in the shallow water, get up into these
flat, shallow bays, and I’ll guarantee you you’re
gonna have a successful day on pretty much whatever
you like to throw if you take your time
and fish it right. With a little bit
of breeze blowing, you can’t go wrong
by throwing a spinnerbait. And up in these trees and weeds
and things like that, you can get it through there
pretty well. We’re in the flats. You know,
you got to find some flats. Just cover some bank,
cover some water. Oh! Oh! There’s one
out of a tree right there, a little spinnerbait bass. [hooting and giggling] Come on out of there. Ooh, yeah. [grunting] Get up there
in that shallow water. Come on, buddy. Oh. Nothing like a little salad. There’s a little spinnerbait
bass right there, folks. Nice little keeper. Went back to my spinnerbait. Like I said, when the wind’s
blowing a little bit, you got to throw that
spinnerbait a little bit, man. It’s just the ultimate lure
for this kind of water, and as you can see… You know, when you’re fishing
real shallow water– 1/4 ounce, 1/8 ounce,
3/8 ounce– you know,
staying with the weights that are a little bit lighter when you’re in that
2 foot of water is key. That way, you can slow roll it
and still keep it up above, and they just demolish it when
you come by a tree or something. But you can see
what I’m throwing. It’s a bluegill pattern. We’re in dingy water. I like the chartreuse tail
this time of year, in the spring,
and the reason why is ’cause I want to imitate
that bluegill or the perch. So, I mean, the bluegill,
the pan-sized fish all have that little bit of
a chartreuse-tip tail to them, so that way,
I get a more aggressive strike out of these bass
that are up shallow. So that’s a lot of fun to throw. You can throw this on… Some guys throw it on braid. I like 17- or 14-pound
test line. I think the key for me is,
I like– I still like to throw
that fluorocarbon– a little bit less stretch in it. I’m using my rod. You can use a medium-heavy
to a medium action rod and get yourself a good– a good baitcasting reel,
and you’re good to go. This isn’t something–
this is a heavier type lure, and it’s a little bit harder
to throw this kind of bait on, say, a spinning outfit,
you know, an open-face reel. So you want to learn
how to throw these baitcasters if you don’t
because it’s like a winch, and it works out perfect
for throwing spinnerbaits. (Johnson)
Got him.
Got that one that time. I just let it fall. Ooh, look at that. [giggling] A little 2-pound bass. Oh, my goodness. [chuckling] That’s what I call
a little spinnerbait bass. Oh, yeah, come on, baby. Oh, that is so much fun. Oh, look at that. My bait
fell right out of its face. [laughing] That’s a good 2-pound fish
right there. [laughing] Oh, my goodness,
that is so much fun, folks. I’ll tell you what.
I got bit in that tree earlier. And we went back into this cove
kind of looking around and throwing the blade
and the underspin a little bit, and I thought,
“I know that fish is there. I got a ferocious strike,”
you know? It always pays to come back
if you missed the fish, because a lot of times if you
give it a different angle, they’ll come back
and just wallop it, you know? They’ll grab it,
so that’s what he did. And what I had to do
was bring it by the tree, and as I’m bringing it
by the tree, as soon as I hit in front
of the tree, just kill it, and right there,
he whacked it. That was a lot of fun. That’s why you use
that heavier line, so you can get them fish out,
and I’ll tell you, that’s very key, is,
you’re throwing a reaction bait, so you want to use
a little bit heavier line. Don’t try to do this
with 8-pound test line. Number one, you’ll get
too much stretch in your line to even set the hook, and number two,
it’s just, you know– it’s so light that if you get caught up
in some of this stuff, you could break a good fish off
’cause you don’t know– you know, yeah, the fish
are spawning shallow, but out here, there could be
a 7, 8-pounder that just hit that spinnerbait. And you need to get him
out of there, so that’s key. You know, one thing
that’s really important about throwing a spinnerbait,
in my opinion, especially this time of year,
is, you know, my… I like Colorado blades, but, man, that double
willow leaf here in Arizona, it’s hard to beat. I use a nickel, and I also use a gold. I used to use
just straight gold, and that works great too, but I like the nickel
and the gold. I get a real good flash. You know, one thing to remember,
with willow leaf blades, you’re gonna get maximum flash
off willow leaf blades. You’re gonna get
maximum vibration off of the Colorado blades. So if you’re fishing
a little bit dingier water and you can’t see
but maybe a foot or 1/2 foot, 6 inches, then I like to throw
the Colorado blade. And a lot of times,
if I get, like, that foot visibility
and that’s all I get, then– or a little less than that– I’ll throw
what they call a tandem, which you’ll have
a little Colorado blade, say, on the front
so it gives it great vibration, and I’ll still use a willow leaf
on the back. But either way, just remember
that if you’re fishing really, really
“chocolate milk” water, I would have a Colorado blade
on one way or the other just for the vibration. But today, I can see
at least a little under a foot, or a little over a foot down, so I can see pretty good. The water’s what I would call
real dingy-stained, but I can still see
probably 2 feet underwater, so this works out great,
this blade combination. [twangy music] ♪ ♪ Hey, folks,
for my tip of the week, one thing I want to tell you
that’s really important, if you’re not fishing around
a bunch of trees and brush and you’re in open water and you
can get away with a trailer hook on your spinnerbait, it’ll help you tremendously. Always use a trailer hook where
you can use a trailer hook, and I’ll tell you what. You’ll hook a lot
of those short strikers. The other thing I want
to tell you is make sure that– see how our grub is? Make sure your grub is pointed
in a downward position if you use the trailer hook
for sure, because what’ll happen is, that grub will get caught up
in that trailer hook, so leave it
in a downward position, and it’ll help you a bunch from getting all caught up
in your trailer hook when you go to cast
so you can still use your grub. That’s my tip of the week. Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh, there was another one
following him. Oh, my goodness.
Oh, my goodness. [giggling] Come on, dude. Oh, man, that is so much fun,
spinnerbait fishing. [growling] And he crushed it. He got it down in there deep. Look at that. Boy, he’s a fat,
little chunk too. Yeah, we just came off
this little point right here where the little flat is,
and that’s exactly where he was. You know, the one thing
I want to mention that’s really important when
you’re fishing spinnerbaits– and a lot of guys don’t do it, and it’s very important
to do this– you have to learn to retie. It never fails
when you get them in the tree or the line gets caught
in the blades a little bit when you’re fighting the fish, it’ll fray your line. It’ll weaken it, so every once in a while,
think about it. Retie, retie,
and retie. It’s a pain in the neck. I use a Palomar knot
on all my spinnerbaits here, but I’ll tell you what. When you do that, you’re gonna save yourself when
you do get that one big bite. Now, there’s another thing
to think about, too, with spinnerbaits. You have to remember
than when a fish fights you with your spinnerbait, that most all spinnerbaits
have the wire here that’s not the piano-type wire
that goes back, but it’s–
the wire will get bent, and those blades have to run
straight over top of the hook, okay? That’s very important. The blades have to come
over top of the hook for the bait to run true. You can tune the bait. If a fish fights you
and it’s off here, you got to make sure
that you bring the arm back, that clothespinned action back, where it’s straight
over top of the hook, because if it’s on one side
or the other when you reel, it’s gonna flip
to one side or the other, or it might turn. So you can tune your baits. It’s real easy to do, and I suggest that. And the other thing
to think about is, after so many fish– and it’s gonna
happen with any bait; I’ve thrown them all,
trust me– after a while,
your wire gets weak from all the bending
and all the vibrating, and it’s gonna break,
especially if you use it for a long time
and don’t lose the bait. If you’re fortunate to have
that bait last you that long, the wire eventually breaks,
and you lose your blades, and then you’re gonna have
to put on a new bait. So why I’m saying that
is because I don’t want you to go to the store
and just buy one spinnerbait, come out here and just have
a ball catching all these fish, and all of a sudden have
your spinnerbait break, and you’re like,
“Oh, doggone it, I only bought
one or two baits.” You know,
make sure you buy a couple of baits
’cause that really helps too. This kind of area like this
on Roosevelt Lake is great. I love it when you have
a flat point that comes out, and you can see the trees
on the end of it. You can see where
it’s a little bit dingier, where it looks
a little muddier right there. That’s ’cause it’s
real shallow in there, probably a foot and a half,
2 feet deep, at best, and then you’ve got your trees. But those kind of flats like
that that come out to a point, a lot of times
on the end of these points, you can catch some fish
that are right up on the flat if they’re spawning. So you want to fan-cast
all this stuff. Work your way around it. Take your time. Some guys have a problem with
just not going shallow enough. I’ll see a lot of guys–we’ve
already seen a lot of boats just hitting the outside
of the trees on the deeper edge, and that’s
not a bad place to fish. Don’t get me wrong. But, you know, when they’re
up spawning and stuff, you want to get up shallow. You can’t worry
about 6 inches of water. Get up in there. A spinnerbait is so versatile. You learn little tricks
when you’re fishing this bait, like if you’re in an area
that doesn’t have– where you can’t bump– what I call “bump the stump,”
you know, where it’s not ricocheting
off rocks or something, I can make my own blades twitch. And just by twitching
the rod tip– I’ll just give it
a little shake. I was in an FLW tournament here, and I was just giving that thing
a little shake, and as soon as I shook it, stopped the bait
and actually shook it, the bass would hit it. And if you’re in open water and you don’t have nothing
to make it ricochet off of, a lot of the times
that’s the ticket right there. [rockabilly music] ♪ ♪ Got it. Got that one. Ah! [giggling] [sighs] That’s the deal, is, you just
can’t pass up a little bit of those site-fishing bass
hiding in the weeds over there. [laughs] The lake went calm, and when the lake
goes calm like this– and you can see
it went dead calm– the spinnerbait bite
kind of went away on us, so you got to figure
some other stuff out. Well, you know
what time of year it is. It’s spring. I mean, these fish are there, so my whole plan was just to get up in there and try to
catch some of these other fish. I’m using that little jig head made by Cactus Wren, and what I’ve done
is stuck a little white grub– it’s real subtle–
for some of these spooky fish. When you get into an area where
there’s a lot of spooky fish, just downsize a little bit. I still use a pretty
good-sized chunk grub, but you need to downsize
just a skosh. And so what I did is downsized. I had to see the bait, so I had
to go to something light, but here’s the other thing, is,
I also chartreused the tail just a little bit, and that helps a ton when you’re trying
to catch these fish, ’cause they’ll hit it
real aggressively. Let’s see if that other fish is still in there
guarding a nest. ♪ ♪ ‘Cause there’s a bigger fish
in there without a doubt. ♪ ♪ Here she comes. ♪ ♪ Got her! We got her! [hooting and giggling] Ooh, my goodness. Oh! This could not happen to me! Got him.
He followed it down. [giggling] That was so much fun. You know what, folks? I’ll tell you something else
that’s a lot of fun. And I got to tell you, when
you’re just going down the bank and you see these fish roaming, I saw the fish just
coming over top of the– we actually turned the boat
around. I’ll let him go real quick. And he was just swimming
around the… tire right there. All I did was
throw my bait down. It fell all the way
to the bottom, and I felt “thunk,”
and I watched him go all the way down and grab it. I mean, I didn’t get
to see him grab it ’cause the water’s
not clear enough, but that kind of stuff
is a lot of fun, if you tie yourself on,
you know, a little tube
or something like that. You know,
and that’s another reason why I like that little jig head
from Cactus Wren, is, it just drops everything
right there and now. It’s got that little flathead
on the bottom so it’ll sit down like so, you know, and I’m just
throwing a tube bait on it, and that’s what he just hit. But that’s a lot of fun, so if you’re going down the bank
and you see fish especially roaming through
the weeds or anything like that, this bait’s awesome. Well, I saw him dart
after it though. When you see them dart after it,
you get really excited. [bluesy music] ♪ ♪ Got him!
We got that one! Oh, yeah! That’s what I’m talking about,
son! [hooting and giggling] Yeah, that’ll turn a frown
into a smile. [sighs] Come on, dude. Oh, you couldn’t stand
that bait, could you? He couldn’t stand it. [laughing] Right in the upper lip. I’ll tell you what.
Are you kidding me? Springtime at Roosevelt Lake,
man, it’s a lot of fun, had an opportunity
at a big fish, lost it because I was trying
to pull it out of the water, but, you know,
I’ll tell you what. I’ve had a great time
on this lake. Underspin, we started with that, caught a fish on that,
a real aggressive fish. Ended up going
to spinnerbaiting ’cause the wind picked up. As you can see now,
it’s flat. When the water goes flat, you want to start moving up
into the shallows. You can throw your Senkos;
you can go site-fishing; you can do–you know,
a little topwater even this time of year,
you can catch fish on. But you’ve got all different
kinds of variety of ways of catching fish. The key is,
is don’t fish way out deep. Start moving into the shallows
where the fish are, and you’ll catch fish. Take your kids out.
Have a good time. Until next time,
we’ll see you on the water. I’m Johnny Johnson. That was a product of me
trying to get that fish to come out of that water so
you folks at home could see it. If you think I’m taking
the blame for that fish, you’re crazy, because I would
have never pulled that fish out of the water
if I was in a tournament. I did it so you folks
at home could see it. I knew I could find a way
to calm down and figure out somebody else
to blame for losing that fish. I can’t hear you,
so, I mean… [laughing] It’s your fault. Oh, my goodness.

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  • Im from AZ so its awesome to see someone who fishes the local waters. Awesome vids. Do you ever go to Pena blanca or Patagonia?

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