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Big browns on a Optimizer bite!

What a specimen we landed today on Shasta Lake! This could be you!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin


by Jeff Goodwin

Today Mark Simons and I fished Shasta Lake with one objective in mind, to find and catch a big German brown.  Well it took all of 10 minutes to find Marks personal best brown which scaled out at 10.5 lbs.  It was a great fish and after a few quick pics Mark released the big buck back into the lake.  It was a short day on the water and after two more hooked fish we called it a day.  Afterall, how many 10+ lb browns can you expect to hook in one day!  The lake is in great shape and we've seen a bit of a rise in the level, but temps are still at 50 deg's.  Marks brown was caught on a #3 Optimizer spoon off a downrigger set down at 15 ft and trolled at 3.8 mph.  


Mark fights his trophy Shasta Lake brown from the back of my boat!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin
Trinidad tackle are true trophy trout spoons!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin


Jeff Goodwin is a full time Northern California fishing guide.  He guides year round for salmon, trout, steelhead, Kokanee, and bass on Northern California rivers and lakes. He fishes many bodies of water in the Redding area, but also guides the Sacramento River and Feather River during certain times of the year. Jeff can also be found on the California coast chasing ocean fresh King salmon and steelhead each year. To learn more about the fishing trips Jeff has to offer, please visit Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service.  You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or please feel free to call him anytime at (707) 616-1905.


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