The wind picked up nice today so I decided to throw a Bomber out on Lake Destiny, and I got a few, plus noticed a few trailers. Some even opened their mouth at the bait but did not commit.
Well, I went to the Roost with my little brother, and we decided to try some crank baits. He hooked up straight away, and landed this gar. All the fish look well fed in here, bass, gar and blue gill. He switched out to a Rebel Gill stick bait we continued down the pads. Where were all the spawners I was expecting to find in here? Pete got to the end of the pads and was trying to pull the stick through a lily pad crack when it got hammered. He tried to keep the fish down and never got a good set on it, but when she came completely clear of the water, it looked like she had eaten a basket ball for lunch, and then through the lure. The hook point had never exited the worm, yet she held on that long. I hurt for him, but he brushed it off and kept fishing.
There were a lot of dead Tilapia in here Wednesday night, and an otter that stayed with us for 2 hours. Usually he catches something right away and then I fish while he eats. That night he kept raiding the pads, which looked a bit yellow and were pulling up rather easily. There were a lot of Tilapia on beds in the area too. Maybe this was keeping the bass away, or maybe the cold front that I didn't know about. I lost 2 bass on my Rebel gill and then two more on my crank bait. Peter got tired of it and decided to salvage the evening with a little cat fishing. He grabbed a couple of apple snails, cut them up and tossed them to edge of some pads. Instant action, and of course he missed the first one, because that's just how our night was going.
Some nice eating size butter cats, but I don't know if would eat them out of here. There are a lot of signs for reclaimed water, which they use for the sprinklers.
The biggest difference between the Yankee and the Rebel Gill seems to be a little added blue hue in the Rebel. Both have been excellent baits for me.
I wrote Stank X baits back when I first received my order. When I saw the Bluegilla for the first time, I thought he had sent me the wrong thing. It looked sort of Plum/root beer, but I told him I'd give it a try.
He wrote me back and told me to take it into some different light.
I did and this is now something I really like a lot on overcast days. It takes up the UV light well and the bass nail it. Its not the best color for night time fishing, as it seems to disappear, but really excellent during the day especially on over cast or in slight algae bloom. It picks up its surroundings well. I've lost 4 nice fish on it this week, trying to be slick and casting way deep in to cover, but I've also managed to pull a couple out. I will be ordering some more.
The wind picked up today so I decided to throw a Bomber.
Tough week, and feeling more than a little humbled. I found some nice ones in the pads on Lake Destiny, but I may have to go wading to get a better handle on the monsters that seem to hold up on the other side of the reeds. There is this small opening that I cannot resist casting to, but I can't seem to pull the bass out of there.
Ive used these Abu Garcia Verita's 2.0 for a few weeks now, and some of my buddies were asking me about it. I think its safe to say at this point that it is one of the lighter, more sensitive rods in this price range. I am very hard on equipment, as you can see the Lily pads and reeds behind me, but these have held up well. I haven't taken anything big on the crank bait rod yet, but quite a few big girls on the medium fast, and through weeds, I am impressed. I will probably go with these or the new Ike rod when I set up some spinning outfit. The new power finesse spinning reel is really intriguing, since I gave up on fluorocarbon a while back. It is supposed to manage it better, and that is something I would like to see.
Lily missed the chocolate factory, and I can't imagine why. Wow, those look good, and my guidance counsellor really steered me in the wrong direction. Lily says it's not even like working.
And a little time with my girl at ZAZA.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.