The bass in here glow brighter than the fish at the discharge end of Nuclear power plant, or maybe I just need to face the other way.
Usually it's dark when I get out here so I don't wear any shades, but these polarized glasses came in handy today. I was just going to pull my lure up and out of the water, to avoid some rocks, when I saw this girl opening her mouth around it. Good thing, so I dropped the rod tipped, reeled in the slack and set the hook. I am using a Big Bite Baits version of a brush hog. It has a smaller profile than a full size hog which does seem to make a difference at certain times of the year. My wife sent me to Dick's Sporting goods the other day for some treadmill lube, and I guess she was unaware that they had a fishing section, so I would be there for some time. It's actually been a few years since I was in this store, and I have to say the people there are very attentive. I had 3 different sales people offer to assist me. It is possible that they were more concerned with me sitting Indian style on the floor, as I went through 100's of bags of assorted baits. They have sample sized bags of Big bite baits that contain a 5 count of their soft plastics for a 1.49. If you've never used these, the rubber is very sturdy and is not as prone, as some baits are, to sliding down the hook. This particular bait outlasted 3 fish, 3 misses, twice stuck in rocks and several times in the pads, and it is still on there. The down side to the sample packs is that the store seems to get an assortment of whatever BBB sends them, and there is nothing on the label denoting color. I was looking for their coontail worm in Tilapia, plum and green pumpkin Texas red, and I'm not sure what this color is exactly, but it worked really well. I also got some worms in a green that reminds me of one of my favorite worms as a kid. This also worked well for me right away. Well, no coontails this time, but I am happy with the stuff I got and the way the BBB's performed.
I don't know the woman with the beautiful smile, but I think she was more excited about this fish than even I was. She ran over and asked me what it was, then I asked her if she could do me a solid and hold the rod while I jumped over the fence. She was happy to, and rather than risk braking off or braking another rod tip, I hopped over fence and then laid down on the sea wall, where I could get a better reach on the fish. This lady was a natural, and with her perfect assist, and warnings not to fall in, we safely landed the bass. He was in an interesting spot on the backside of the stage, opposite of the wind, like a stream trout waiting behind a big rock. The wind was crazy today so I got the lake all to myself, no other fisherfolk. I like windy days, the wind directs me to places to look, it pushes plankton and bait fish, and sometimes drives the bass to the cover. I caught fish in all those places today, but I was told by the ranger that I was only aloud to fish the north side and the grass areas. I guess my first south sider will also be my last. "What if you would have fallen in?" Well, I would have gotten wet I suppose.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.