There’s one. -Get him?-Yep. -Get him?-Yeah. -Alright Max!Bring him in son!Oh, that’s a good fish!That’s a good fish!Get him. Boy, he’s takingit, isn’t he?-Oh yeah. They got someshoulders on them. -And you’re using a baitcaster, drop shotting,I love it. Love it. 12 pound test leader?-Yeah. -Oh my goodness. Get up here little dude. Man, fight it out. Yeah, they’reeating crawdad. You can tell bylooking at them. Look at how large thatlittle dude is. . Come on!Come on come on come on. There we go. There you are!He swallowed it son!-Yeah. -Nice fish. There you go. -Yeah, see howorange they are?-Look at that. Look at that fish. Oh, you got him deep, too. -Yeah. -Anyways. . Folks, todaywe’re at Canyon Lake. We’re gonna havea good time today. He got me all wet- thatfish. . that- splattered mysunglasses and everything. We’re with Max Hernandez. And I’ll tell you what:a great fisherman,and he’s done really wellthe last couple of years. And he says “Hey Johnny,you want to see some fishon Canyon?”And I’m like “Sure,I’d love to”. Here we go!Great job man, great job. -Thank you. -You need cutters?-Yeah. -Here’s some cutters. -Anyways, it’s goodto have him on. We’re going to fish today-we’re throwing some dropshots out here. Now, we’ve had some issueswith our lakes this yearbecause we haven’t hada whole lot of water,having this goldenalgae bloom,and everybody thinkingthe lakes are all dead. I think Apache got hit theworst and- and it reallydid take a- aheck of a hit. But, um, you know, thislake, a lot of people werewondering about it. And that’s one of thereasons we came out. Just to see what’sgoing on out here. And uh, Max told me- what-in the meeting the otherday at Bass Pro Shops,he’s like, you know,these fish are still here. There’s fish here. And you know, it didn’tget hit as hard as everybodysays it got hit, so. . And Ithink you just proved that. We’re out here 10 minutes,and he catches a fish. So we’re gonna go around. The other difference is:show us your outfit here,man. He’s throwing a dropshot. And this is what I wastrying to tell folks: youknow, you can throw a dropshot on a bait cast uh,equipment if you like. What size rod is- what-tell me the equipmentyou’re using here. -Uh, using aDD 26 uh, rod. It’s a medium- 7 footmedium uh, fast action. -Okay. -And uh, I just-I personally,just like using a baitcaster for the dropshot. Um, I grew upfishing, you know,with the whole ‘fingeron the line’ type thing. -Mmm hmm. -And uh, I just- I feelmore bites that way than Ido off of atraditional, you know,dropshot spinning outfit. -Well, I’ll tell youwhat, that thing works outpretty good. Now tell us the sizebraid you’re using. -I’m using 40 pound braidand uh, 12 pound fluoro. -And there you have it. And we’re- I’m doingthe same thing. I’m using a Taipan- mySignature Series drop shot rod. And it’s an awesome- Iuse the spinning outfitbecause we’re in openwater and things. But if you feelcomfortable enough- andthat was living proofright there with your baitcaster- and alot of guys do. And they’re like ‘oh,I don’t want to go to adropshot because I haveto use a spinning outfit’. You don’t have to use aspinning outfit to catchfish, drop shotting. You can use your baitcaster as well, so uh,that kind of took thattheory right out thewindow, so. -Oh yeah. -Anyways, we’re gonnaget to fishing here. See if we can’t go workour way around thesepoints and uh- youknow, these fish are. . . We’re here duringa full moon. -Yeah. -So we got a lotof work to do here. Hopefully we cancatch some fish. I know that you said youhad like a 40 fish day orsomething?-Yeah, we had a 50 fishday one day and- and rightaround 40 another day,and 35 another day, so. -Yeah, that was beforethe full moon now. We’re duringthe full moon,so you can’t hold usaccountable to catch thatmany today, butwe’re gonna try. -We’re gonna try!We’re gonnagive them heck!-Let’s get it done son!That was an awesome,awesome start!Re-tie, and let’sget to work!There’s one!There’s one!-Nice!-Max, you’re right, dude!-I told you. -You find that school. . . Two minutes afterhe catches his fish,here I come!Come on. . Come on. I don’t think he’sas big as yours. Well, he’s. . Where’s he at?I don’t think he’sas big as yours. Oh. . Well, I don’t know. -They got someshoulders, right?-They don’t fight untilthey get up close to theboat, you know?-Yeah. -Oh yeah, that’s apretty good little fish. That’ll work. Oh! I was trying toget your sunglasses wet!-Yeah, right?-Alright, bud. Alright!He ain’t quite as big asyours, but he’ll work. The ‘Super BassMan’ strikes again! What was that,two fish?-What. . First cast?-Yeah, right after that. . . -Yeah. -Look at that. Beautiful fish. Look at how fat they are. -They are fat. You see the gut on that?That’s what he’s talkingabout: they’re feeding upgood. -Oh yeah. -They gotta be eating goodcrawdads in this area. We’re in the rockyareas, where they’re at. But, you know, I’mthrowing that ArizonaCustom Baits uh,it’s more of anoxblood with redflake in it. -Mmm hmm. -But it’s thelight oxblood. You know,because he says,use something with red ororange or something in it. So I’m like ‘Ah. . . ‘. I’m going through all ofmy worms, and I’m like,”Oh, let’s try these”. So but really, it’sa straight tail worm,4 inch- or 6 inch. It gets the job done. Set that hook!Get him?-Yep. -I’m down here tryingto get my rod ready,he’s got a fish on!Did you water-moochmy spot? Did you see that, folks?-It’s a little guy. -You’ll be able toswing him in, huh?-Yeah. -Look at that. There you go. Another Canyon Lake bass!Look at that. You caught him onthat, kind of a,patty craw color, huh?-Yeah. -Yeah, that’s uh,that’s awesome. Something with alittle orange in it. Perfect forcrawdads folks,when you’re out here. -Mmm hmm. -We’re in a rocky area,and that’s where thecrawdads are. You know folks, you wantto- you want to fish therocky spots. If you get away from that,and you’re not getting alittle bit hung up, thenyou’re really not in theareas you need to be in. And it- it- itreally, you know,to be a goodfisherman, I think,and do this kind offishing- even with jigs-you’re gonna have to learnthat re-tying’s part ofthe game. It just really is. Because if youwant to get bit,you know. . It’s just-you put yourself in thatsituation. Haven’t even tossedout there again yet!What are youdoing to me, son?Oh, that’s anicer fish!Way to go Max!Nicer fish, right there. Hey, we’re in it!We’re in the- we’rein the fish now. Oh!Did you see anything? I didn’t! Nice fish!-Wow, look at that. -Good job. I didn’t even get achance to throw out yet. I just put mydrop shot on. Oh, look at that folks!Look where hehooked that fish. -Barely on it. -He’s uh- we’re lucky wegot that one to the boat. Nice job. Okay. Are you serious? Another one?Alright. . Alright. . Alright, now it’s on!I want that worm!Now we’re starting tofigure out color, here. Eww yeah!That’s a nicer fish. You need some help?-No, I got it. -You sure?-Yeah. -There you go. We haven’t movedfrom the spot, folks. Of course, he musthave the sweet spot. He brings me over here,tells me “They’re all upand down this”,and I’m casting,and he keeps castingin the same spot:”Oh, there’s a fish”!-It’s a real subtle bite. -Sure it is!-Yeah. -Turkey! “It’s a real subtle bite. . “-There’s a fish. -He’s got one!He’s got one!Another fish! There you go Max!Man, you’re tearing it up!He’s got the secret worm! Look at that!That’s a nicer fish, huh?Good job. What is that, three?-Ahh. . 2 1/2. -I love it. . They’realways bigger when’we’ catch them, you know?-Yeah. -No, that’s nice. There we go!There we go son! Well, it’s notquite as big as yours,but it’s a fish!-It’s a fish!-There you go. That’s why you gotthat spongy tip. Well. . There’s fishalong this bank. I just had to switch backto the worm I caught thefirst fish on. I switched threedifferent colors of worms,and I finally went back tothat straight tail oxbloodred flake, and got it. How do you likethat- those apples?That’ll hit the spot. -There you go. -See? I told you Icould catch a fish. -I know you could. Can I catch one now?-No!You can’t!-I was on pause!-Who’s show do youthink this is, anyway? Hey, that was fun!-Yeah. -One thing I think we’veall learned during the dogdays of Summer, and. . . You know, I get a littlebit of the grief a littlebit. I gotta admit, Max, I geta little bit of the griefabout pulling out the dropshot rod on some- on somany shows, andthings like that. But living in Arizona?If you don’t havea dropshot, man,you’re in trouble. -Yeah. -At times. Not all the time. But at times, I think you-it’s part- it’s somethingyou really gotta have inyour repertoire of goingout fishing. I mean, it’s- it’slike in the old days,split shotting wasthe ticket, you know?-Yep. -And- boy, this dropshot’sthe ticket when it’s slow,you know?-Yeah. It’s- it’s- it’sdefinitely uh,something that every-every angler here inArizona needs tohave in an arsenal. -Yeah. -It really does. Oh! I was shaking it offthat rock and he hit it!Can you believe that?Well. . Maybe that’s the ticket. -Yeah. -I was just dead stickingit instead of- I should’veuh, been shakingit the whole time. -Got him, or do youwant me to get him?-I got it. Can you believethat happened?That happensonce in a while. -Oh yeah. -That’s why it’s importantto shake it a little bitbefore you go yanking itall off the- he pulled itoff the stick, or the log,or the rock and everythingthere. He’s not a big fishfolks, but he’s a keeper. ‘Sardine’ keeper,but we’ll take him. That was funny. Because that- I’djust got hung up,and I was just gonna goover there and try to getit off, because I’ve beenbreaking off quite a bit. And I’m like“You know what?I can probably get overthere and get that bait. “And I’m sittingthere shaking it,thinking I can get itoff, and he smacked it. That’s happened to me atLake Pleasant, Roosevelt. -It’s happened to mequite a few times. -Once in a while,when you get hung,it doesn’t hurt to shakethe worm a little, does it?-Or when you popit off, you know,when it finally pops off,let it sit there for asecond. -Yeah, if you canget- yeah, exactly. Folks, Max’s got a- a littlething here with his uh,bait casting outfitand of course,dropshot and everything,that he can explain to you. It’s a great tip when youwant to rig up a dropshotrig and have your leader. Go ahead and tellus how you do that. -Yeah, so on myleader, um, you know,on a typicaluh, spin-cast,your fluoro-leaderis a lot shorter. -Exactly. -Um, what I’ve- whatI’ve tested and learned,that I usually usea lot longer leader. So I get about,I don’t know, uh,probably 15 foot or so?That way, it windsup on the spool,so when you- when youcast, the knot, you know,from your braid toyour fluoro, uh,doesn’t get- doesn’t gethung up on your eyelets. Um, I tried it fromdifferent lengths andnow, now I just go towhere it’s a good,I don’t know, five, sixrounds on thespool, um, you know,at cast length. And it castsreally smooth,it goes through theguides really good so. . -Good tip, yeah. -If you’re going to use a-if you’re gonna use a baitcaster, that’s the wayto set it up, for sure. -Alright, good tip. Because a lot of timeswhen we’re using thespinning outfit, youknow, you want your leaderbetween these two guides,or right behind this one. A lot of times betweenthese two guides when youreel up to cast. We don’t reel the knot upin this- in this spool. -Yeah. -You can, with that,because it comes off adifferent way, evidently. -Yeah. -And you haven’t hadany issue with the it?-Never. -So, there you go. When you putyour leaders on,just reel a little bit upinto the- into the spool,so you can geta good cast. And plus, lookat your guides. They’re a little bitsmaller coming out,so it really helpsfor the cast. Great Tip ofthe Week, Max!-Thank you. -Not a bad looking fish. He’ll do, in a pinch!Just a little guy. I caught that one alittle- he swallowed it. You know, and that’ssomething think aboutfolks. Max, you weresaying that. . . We went a while withoutcatching a fish. -Yeah. -And Max says, hesays “You know what?”I was using a real-a lot longer leader. And I think- I gotta retiehere but- you were sayingwe need to probably goa little bit longer. Look how longthat leader is. That’s what. . 2 feet?-Yeah. -Foot and ahalf, at least. But, so it’s a little bitlonger leader we’re going with. I went to the longerleader and caught thatlast fish. So. . Sometimes, just playingwith the leader a little bit. Because if they’re way onthe bottom, that’s fine. But when they’re alittle suspended up,and they’r he ase the kindof moving up and eatingshad, then comingdown and eaten craw,I don’t know. . You know,you can let that- thatworm free fall uh,a little longer. You know–With the longerleader, yeah. -Little longerleader, yeah. And uh, I don’t know,it’s- it worked out. I caught that fish, there. Can’t complain. I’ll re-tie. There’s a fish. -Got him?-Yep. -Good one?Alright Max, you got one!We came right back to thatspot and he catches one. Right back to that spot,and that’s a nice one. -It’s a little better. -You need help?That’s probably the bigfish of the day rightthere, for us. Close anyway, huh?That’s a good fish, dude. Uh-oh, you barely got him. We don’t want tolose that fish. Oh, you had him good. Right in the nose. Good job!Folks, and thereyou have it!We left this area, wherewe started out thismorning, and hesaid- Max is like,”Let’s go back therebecause I did better inthe afternoon there”. So we came back, andwasn’t too much longer. . -Look at his belly. -Yeah, I know. They’re big. They’re fat. -They’re eating,they’re healthy. -Yeah, people arethinking the lake’s dead. It’s not dead. Not dead at all. Good job man, thatwas a nice fish. Nice fish. I knew you were going tocatch one out of there. Soon as I threw outthere I’m like, “Ah man,I threw in thewrong spot!” Oh Sweet!-Oh, that feels bigger. -Is it good?-Feels a lot better. -How good?-Oh, I don’t know. He’s comingtowards me now!-How good?What a way to end ashow right there, son!Oh yeah!Now, that’s the bigfish of the day!-Yep. -Come on!-Come on baby. -There ain’t nothingwrong with this lake. Look at that. That’s a healthyfish right there. Ohhh yeah!Those are the ones thatyou were wanting to catch,right there. -Yeah. -Isn’t that what you weresupposed to be bringing meout for?I’m gonna let himjump a minute. Because I don’t wantthat hook in my. . Ew,you barely got him, too. Got it!-Yes sir!-There you are son!Now there’s alot bigger fish!Good job!What a way to end the day!-Look at that thebelly on that fish. -Huh?Wow. You can drop shot with abait caster, obviously. -Yes. -With a littleheavier line. He’s shown that today. He did really well. You caught, what, sixfish today, I caught four?I mean, it was- we’ve hada- we got a fun day today. We weren’t outhere very long. Four or five hours and-and got a good show done. But Max, I’ll tell you, wesure enjoyed having you onthe show today. -Thank you, sir. Thank you for having me. -Keep doing A&Mgraphics a good job. -Yes, sir. -And uh, if you haveany questions for Max,he’s got a Facebookpage, too. Right?-Yes. Absolutely. -Tell them where to go. -Uh, just MaxHernandez on Facebook. Um, I’m not sure aboutthe- but you can just typein Max Hernandez,it’ll come up. There’s not a whole bunchof Max Hernandez’s outthere, so. -And he’s out herefishing a lot. Not just Canyon,but other lakes. He actually fishestournaments with us, too,so if you have anyquestions or you want toknow what’s going on,he might have been out,you know? You mightget some info, so. . So that’s pretty awesome. -Yeah. And if I’m everout on the water, uh,I get a lot of guys say “HeyI saw you out on the water. I was gonna say hi but Ididn’t know if I shouldbother you”. Feel free. Come right over, sayhi, introduce yourself. That way, I can puta name to a face. -Ask for a fewworms, you know. . -Yeah. I hand outwhat I’m using, so. . -I hear you!-Yeah. Well, thank you so much. It’s been a greatday on the water. Canyon Lake!We’re here towardsthe end of summer,but it’s still hotas all get out. But we’re gettingoff the lake by noon. Full moon. We caught. . What. . 10 fish. -10 fish. -So we had agood time today. Thanks for joiningus on the show. We’ll see you next week,I’m Johnny Johnson.