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Stampede Macks take Pro-Troll Sting Fish

By Frank Galusha
On New Year’s Eve morning at 7:30, Rick Kennedy of Tight Lines Guide Service met up with his clients at Stampede Reservoir and headed out behind the island where they began fast trolling Pro-Troll Sting Fish.

“We no sooner got the third line out and we had our first fish on,” Kennedy reported on New Year’s Day.

Carter Crean, 13-pound Mackinaw, Stampede Reservoir, Rick Kennedy, Tight Lines Guide Service, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Nine-year-old Carter Crean of Monte Sereno took a few minutes to get this nice 13 lb. Mackinaw in the boat. Photo by Rick Kennedy
Caden Seevers, 13-pound Mackinaw, Stampede Reservoir, Rick Kennedy, Tight Lines Guide Service, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Not long after, Caden Seevers, a seven-year-old from San Jose, landed a 13.5-pound Mackinaw. Photo by Rick Kennedy

“Things slowed down after that,” Kennedy said. “After a couple hours Kellan Crean, six years old, landed a nice two-pound Mack. We needed to get one more fish for 5-year-old Cole Seevers. We tried everything we could, but the bite was done.  I made a deal with Cole and made him the guy in charge of driving the boat after we were done fishing.”

All three fish were caught on Pro Troll Sting Fish covered with Pautzke Krill in 40 to 60 feet of water fishing 20 to 30 feet deep.

“One thing I realized yesterday is that in the last two weeks we have caught three fish that weighed 13 pounds and two that weighed in 8 pounds. Even though my scale is certified, I was beginning to think it was stuck on these numbers. After checking it out I guess it’s just a coincidence,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy expected to be back on Stampede today and will continue to fish there until a storm arrives or it gets so cold the lake freezes over. Stampede should continue to produce some nice Mack’s since the weather pattern for the next seven days appears to be mild even in the Sierra Foothills. Kennedy can be reached at fishtightlines.com


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