Re: Fishing the Delta.....????
Welcome to the Delta, and may your first Delta fish be a pig. Pardaise Point Marine dumps you into Dissapointment Slough and to the right is Bishop Cut and starts or ends Whites Slough. Both are great fishing grounds and where I spend a lot of my time on the delta. So really you dont need to run far, as a matter of fact there are days I will put my trolling motor down and start fishing. Especially on the west slough that leads into Paradise as the stripers run bait in there almost every morning.
If you want to catch some froggy fish you will need\want braid 55lb - you can run a top shot of about 50yrds and this will get you through your trip. For your other rigs, you can leave your football head jigs at home, they are crap in the grass and in the tulles, and youll lose them in the rip rap. You may want some flippin jigs in Black and Brown, I prefer TnT Wadda Jigs, but Pepper, rodstrainer etc... make a good jig. Brown jig with a purple trailer or black jig with a blue saphire trailer I like the Zoom 3.5" pork chunks for the blue saphire and the yamamoto 193 (Purple Blue Flake)
For Flipping and pitching Brush Hog in Green Pumpkin and Black blue, or Beavers in Xmas Pumpkin and Blck Blue. Its advise to use some strong Fluro(some guys use braid) 17-20lb - I flip with 20lb.
Senkos still take down thier fair share of big fish, 6" senkos in Green Pumpkin is a staple color dont be afraid to throw your 7" senkos and 8" dead ringers shhhh.
A speed trap in spring craw or red craw for crank bait and a chartruse blue one.
Drop Shot or finnesse rods are at times necessary on the delta, last weekend I had the 8lb tst out and was putting down a so cal clear water technique on em, but only catching rats...go figure. You can drop shot out here just be prepared for some heartbrache, but you may end up strockin em on it especially on the deeper ledges.
Give me a shout when you get closer to your day of reckoning and I will shoot you a PM with some details.
If I were you, I would have two frogs tied on and a follow up bait of a 1oz beaver and a punch skirt, maybe a senko....this will show you the delta for what it is.