Archive for May, 2014

Back when I was a kid, my friends and I used to go down to the shore of Big Bear Lake in the summer and do some fishing. You have to understand that this was before cell phones, tablets, facebook, selfies, 892 cable channels and even before the internet. We actually had to go outside to be entertained. We spent our entire 3 months of summer outdoors – climbing trees, riding bikes, building forts, fishing….I think kids are really missing out by having so much technology at their fingertips. 😦

Anyway, when we went fishing, the only bait I remember using was worms and Velveeta cheese in a jar.  Apparently, bait has become a lot more advanced and fish specific. It also appears that it is all about the lures. They are extra showy and have funny names (made in Hollywood? 😉 ), but it seems that this is the way to catch a modern trout. I guess fish are harder to entertain these days as well. 🙂

Since there are a couple of fishing tourneys happening this weekend in Big Bear Lake, I thought I would share with you the best Trout lures (according to the all-knowing internet):

Courtesy of OutdoorLife.com

Rebel Wee-Craw
Designed to imitate a crawfish scooting across the bottom, this 2-inch-long crankbait reaches 5-7 feet. Formed with a tucked-under tail by the bill and bulging claws facing the aft treble, the Wee Craw (and its Teeny version) give the appearance of a fleeing crustacean.

Berkley Gulp!Trout Worm
When the fish need a finesse presentation, Berkley’s buoyant worm does the trick. Packed with the all-natural Gulp! scent attractant, the Trout Worm suspends off the bottom when fitted with a light wire hook. A good choice for float rigs, three-way rigs, or scaled-down dropshots.

Lindy Fuzz-E Grub
Trout like this grub’s soft-plastic body with its slick, life-like appearance and tantalizing marabou tail enhances the display. This, along with a two-color painted eye on the jig head prompts aggressive strikes and entices the fish to eat the whole bait, then hold on longer for greater hook sets.

Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogue
A good choice for larger trout, the Rogue offers lots of flash and erratic action, along with the ability to sit motionless – a common strike-triggering tactic. The bait’s nearly neutral buoyancy enables it to hold its position when paused and then dart away with the next twitch. Equipped with internal noisemakers, this Rogue is a good choice for cold or clear water.

Rebel Tracdown Minnow
The sinking version of the original Rebel Minnow, the Tracdown enables you to reach trout holding lower in the water column. Made for moving water, the bait’s straight tracking facilitates targeted presentations.

Strike King Bitsy Minnow

At 1 ¼ inches and 1/8 ounce, this little crank offers a bite-size morsel for feeding trout. Fished on light line, the enticing action and reflective eye makes this little crankbait appealing to fish, while ease of use makes it a good choice for kids and beginners.

Luhr-Jensen Hus Lure

With a narrow profile and compact design, the Hus Lure casts like a bullet and cuts through surface current to reach big-fish depths. An erratic minnow-like action produces strikes with minimal angler-imparted action. Swift currents will “work” the Hus Lure for you, but in lighter flows, slight rod twitches snap the bait forward so it can flutter back into the current.

Rapala Count Down

A consistent sink rate of one foot per second allows for precise targeting of specific depths whether the fish are suspended, at the weed tops or holding on bottom structure. Trolled or cast, this weighted balsa lure swims with a slow-rolling Rapala action. Sized well for stream trout, the inch-long, 1/16-ounce CD01 runs 1-3 feet and sports a single No. 12 treble.

Blue Fox Vibrax

With a 60° shallow depth blade, this detailed spinner runs from the surface to two feet, so it’s a good choice for shallow scenarios. The die cast and chrome plated body has a laser holographic painted finish and emits sonic vibration when the interior section strikes the outer bell. The treble hook is dressed with calf tail and tinsel for visual appeal and enhanced profile.

Mepps Comet Mino (Size #1)

The soft plastic minnow’s erratic swimming motion and hand-painted finish imitate an injured baitfish, while the flash and vibration of a Mepps spinner call attention to the presentation.

Mepps Little Wolf (Size 1/4)
Genuine silver plating and a reverse curve design yields intense flashing from this sturdy little spoon. Balanced for consistent side-to-side wobbling over a range of retrieval speeds, the spoon maintains its action when paused for an active fall. Ideal for 2- to 4-pound line and ultralight spinning tackle, the Little Wolf casts easily so it’s a great way to introduce kids and novices to the sport.

Mr. Twister Micro Crawfish
Sized and shaped to resemble a juvenile crawfish, the Mr. Twister Micro presents an irresistible meal for trout foraging over stream rocks. Rig this soft bait on a 1/64-ounce jighead and slowly scoot it over the bottom like a real crustacean.

Mr. Twister Twister Mite
Crafted to resemble a hellgrammite, this soft plastic bait performs well on a light Mister Twister jig head, a drop shot or a Carolina rig. Work the Twister Mite in an around structure to temp hungry trout.



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Big Bear LakeBig Bear Lake is enjoying beautiful, spring weather this coming week with sunny skies and daytime highs in the 70’s through the weekend and cooling just a bit early next week. Gorgeous!!

We have a couple of fishing tournaments happening this weekend – Aaron’s Bass Tournament and the 32nd Annual Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic. Dust off that tackle box, dig out your fishing pole and come up to beautiful Big Bear Lake for a chance to win some cash while enjoying the lake!

If fishing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities to take part in. Get some thrills biking the downhill at Snow Summit, Take a helicopter ride to enjoy the sights, go bowling or ice skating, play a round of golf, or just wander through The Village. There are shops, restaurants and clubs to appeal to everyone. These things and so much more await you in Big Bear Lake!!

RS Vacations has some sizzling deals on vacation cabins going on right now. Enjoy a last-minute deal and save 25% on a 2 Night Stay on select homes through May 22. Thinking of coming up for Memorial Day Weekend? We have specials for that weekend as well. Visit our specials page to see the details. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!


5-15-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 5-17-14Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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warmemorialbackground.jpgMemorial Day Weekend is just around the corner. Come join us in beautiful Big Bear Lake to welcome in the official start of the summer season!

We are currently running a couple of fantastic specials for the Memorial Day Weekend. Check them out below, then visit us at RSVacations.net and book your Big Bear Cabin. Hurry, with these sizzling deals, we are sure to fill up fast!!


Memorial Day Specials

5/23/14 – 5/26/14
Sizzling Memorial Day Weekend Deal: 3 Nights for the Price of 2 on select homes.
NOT TO BE USED WITH OTHER RS VACATIONS DISCOUNTS AND ONLY FOR NEW RESERVATIONS. Select homes only. Discount will automatically apply to applicable homes.
Get 15% off a 3 night stay for Memorial Day Weekend on select homes.
Offer can NOT be combined with any other offer. Select homes only. New reservations only. Discount will automatically apply to applicable homes.

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After a brief burst of winter weather, we are expecting slightly warmer temperatures in Big Bear for the week to come, with clear skies. Snow Summit has the sky chair and bike park open Friday-Sunday for now and the lake is open as well.

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate Mom and all she does. Several local restaurants have Mother’s Day specials this Sunday – be sure to check out the flyer below for more info.

Memorial Day is just around the corner and RS Vacations still has homes available. Join us in beautiful Big Bear Lake for the official opening of the summer season. Visit our website today and book the perfect Big Bear Cabin for your family’s holiday weekend.

See you soon!!


5-8-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 5-10-14 revEvents courtesy of BigBear.com

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The nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation is committed to conservation, environmental education and promoting responsible recreation aimed at the millions of visitors to our Southern California National Forests and Inland Empire community parks. They are also committed to the cleanup of unsightly and unhealthy trash littering our public lands.

Litter abatement is at the core of the conservation work this nonprofit performs every day. Through a team of 100 Corpsmembers and 500+ volunteers, the Mountains Foundation cleans up over 5 TONS of trash from Southern California public lands every year with a focus on the Inland Empire, San Bernardino County. The San Bernardino National Forest is one busiest national forests and; consequently, one of the most impacted forests in the nation.

According to Wildlife Fact File the magnitude of the problem is growing every day. It’s becoming more unhealthy and difficult to remove along with clean up and public education costs on the rise.

How does this impact the environment??? About 10,000,000 land animals die from litter-related causes each year in the U.S. (answers.com/animal life) Birds, mammals, and reptiles can be injured or killed by the trash we throw away. Some types of litter do not readily disintegrate and therefore remain in the environment as a threat for decades. For example, aluminum cans do not disintegrate and some plastics take decades to break down.

However, since this problem begins with us, everyone can be part of the solution. Everyone can get involved by disposing of waste properly and providing financial assistance to organizations like the Mountains Foundation to fund the on-the-ground work and, as importantly, the public education to turn the tide.

One large initiative the Mountains Foundation is working on through their Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Education and Safety volunteer program is to address large-scale dumping on National Forests. Working in conjunction with law enforcement officers, OHV volunteers are mapping dumping sites on the San Bernardino National Forest and developing the cleanup projects to remove tires, boats and parts, inoperable vehicles, and large appliances to address forest dumping and the offenders. National Forests have become popular dumping sites.

Through the Give BIG San Bernardino campaign and its conservation work 365/24/7, the Mountains Foundation is committed to bring change and clean up by facing trash head-on through public and youth education and small- and large-scale trash removal projects.

To make a donation, please visit: http://www.mountainsfoundation.org/


About the Southern California Mountains Foundation: The Southern California Mountains Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that (1) supports youth development through conservation initiatives integrating environmental education, training and hands-on service projects; (2) protects our natural resources through adult and family-led programming; and (3) provides interpretive services that focus on outdoor recreation, responsible use, and stewardship of our natural environment. The Mountains Foundation achieves its mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources, and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of our Southern California mountains and urban “forests”. Visit www.MountainsFoundation.org

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