I wanted to throw a crank bait, so I took my Abu Veritas 2.0 winch and an Academy Sports H2O in Blue Gill, and headed out to the lake behind the house. By the time I got to the main lake it started pouring, and so since the wind was blowing pretty good and I could see an outline of clear skies, I decided to wait for it to pass.
This lure has produced numbers for me here and so I bought it in 2 sizes. I love square bills and medium divers on this rod; it loads up well and cast far. While I catch a lot of bass on this in Destiny, it does not take fish in Crane's Roost. Visually, the Roost looks more like a crank bait lake, and there are thousands of Blue gill in there in every size, but it is lined by rocks, has deep water, areas with 45 degree slopes, gizzard shad, shiners, Tilapia and the same pelagic minnows that are in my lake. I have not been able to get anything close to a stellar crank bait bite day, and we have only managed a handful on smaller cranks. At Destiny I have had a fight with my biggest crank bait bass, days when I have taken 8 smalls inside and hour, and most off points or casting to the weed line. I lost the smaller square bill, pictured above, last night at the Roost, but saw a very large bass chase one of the minnows into the rocks. My brother reached down and scooped it out of the water. Now I finally know what they look like, and when the bass are feeding on these, you can see why a noisy square bill might not be the answer. I even tried one of my small mirrolures in a slim, suspending, lipless, and I have caught many red fish, trout, blues, jacks and even flounder on this bait, but after a 100 cast or so, I gave up in here.
Well at least I have a picture to work off of now and if anyone has any recommendations, I'm all ears. As far as hard baits I am leaning toward the more silent style with less wobble, and I like the slimmer bodies of the hard jerk baits, but I would change out the back hook for a feathered one. The pic doesn't quite do justice to how much orange was in the tail. It is called an Inland Silverside and I remember seeing these in brackish water. I think they are significant in this lake because of how prevalent they are.
I found this Tilapia all dried out in the rocks; he was quite camouflaged. We didn't manage any fish out of the shallow, open water coves where they were feeding on silvers, but I caught one in the pads on a Stank X, Yankee Gill, which he destroyed, but I noticed the roof of his mouth was pretty red, so I switched out to a Yamamoto in an orange bottom with green top. My brother gave me some of these because he thought they would be cued to this color now from feeding on craw fish. I love the color, but Gary puts so much salt in his baits, that they fall apart quickly in the weeds. The bass did like them but I think I will look for something a little more durable considering the price, but they do catch fish.
I snapped off on yet another monster out here while throwing my last Bluegilla; it is disheartening at times.
Well, no really big girls landed, but several good tussles in the weeds, and I learned a little more tonight.
Its interesting, the things you see when your outside for the purpose of another activity. This Black Racer I found swimming across the canal, so I went over to say hello while he shook his tail at me. I have seen 2 big browns, several banded water snakes, and a water snake that I need to look up the identity of, so far this spring. The racer was the only one I could get a pic of though.