I have been praying for the kind of rain that would bring the bass closer to the spots I like to fish from the bank, and yesterday as I approached the Roost, I got a little excited. The beach that had been growing grass was gone and now the carp and Tilapia were in there feeding. The water had not reached the levels that existed when I started fishing here, but it was a significant change, and the water was now covering an important strike zone. There were two men fishing the spot I wanted to be in, so I moved elsewhere.
I had one more Rebel Gill and one more Molting Craw, and I rigged my medium heavy bait caster with a 3/8 ounce weight, bead and 5/0 super line worm hook. This is what I brought to work the pads, only the real bite didn't seem to happening in the pads. During the time it took me to miss 2 and land the one above, the older gentleman had already tagged 8 fish. I am never too proud to ask what you're using, and it was interesting to watch someone fish, who had an obviously intimate relationship with this lake. I thought I was pretty good here, but his was history far older and more in tune than my own. It slowed down for him and he came over to talk to me, "that looked like a decent fish you caught a while ago," he said. From there we went on to talk about the history of the lake and the different methods we had employed with success. He had a rod rigged with a black and blue stick bait, I'm guessing because the water was pretty silty where he was fishing, but he was also employing a method that my brother likes to use with the weight on the bottom. What he was taking the fish on though was actually a paddle tail worm in a darker color. He seemed prepared to fish the cover if need be, but every time he hooked up it was in the open.
When he left that spot I move in, and the higher the moon got it seemed the crazier the bite. I missed several, and took about 5 between my Rebel Gill and Molting Craw. I tried a stick similar to his, but with no luck. So, looking around my bag, I happened upon my StankX baits Villians, a 10.5 inch Trick worm. I bought these in Camo, and was saving them in the hopes of getting a canoe and hitting some deep water. I rigged it on my Abu Veritas 2.0 medium fast, with a weedless jig head. Money! They loved it and I caught 3 fish back to back, including this bass that was just shy of 5 pounds. She is actually my biggest bass this month.
Well, I lost a lot of fish last night but I was able to land 5 on the sticks, 3 on the Villain, and 3 more on a Bitter's 10 inch ribbon, using the same weedless jig head. I tried it in june bug first, but finally went to a Tequila, and nailed 2 fish, missed 2 and finished out with 11 right after 11PM. All together I think I missed almost as many as I caught, but I can hold my thumb up high, so don't cry for me Argentina, I'll be back again.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.