Well tomorrow is Christmas, and after a long day at work, I decided to head to the Roost. My theory was that the recent rain would put the bass at it:s influent areas. It was dark and the water is also much darker here than in the lake by the house. I tried a dark purple worm, but this is a high pressured lake with lots of light, so I went to a shaky head, with a zoom finesse in Houdini. Since I was working ledges that the bass are patrolling, I didm:t see the lighter color as an issue. and there are lights around, so maybe they would reflect some of the flake. This worked well and as I hopped it along the ledge, on my third retrieve, I felt something like a snag, where I would:t expect one. I set the hook and she fought hard on the lighter line. Every time I thought I could bring toward the shallow water, she buried down again and went deep.
The rain was close by tonight and the bait was stacked where I thought it would be. It wasn:t just because of the flowing water though; there was also a strong wind coming from the west and pushing everything this way. The bass were hitting and a nice gentleman, who stopped to watch me fight, was also kind enough to help me with a picture. I don:t think he was from around here though, not that it matters, but when he asked me if this was a catfish, I could:t help but smile. Very fat fish in here though, but on my next cast I heard something go kerplunk at my feet. I thought I was reaping the product of my laziness for not tying a new knot after thinking that would be the right thing to do following each of my last two fish. As I went to reel in what I thought would be empty line, something didn:t feel quite right.
It was the handle from my Quatum Smoke, and it was like losing a dear friend, but at least her last few fish were good ones. I can:t cry too much, because she has taken many bass over 4 pounds, red fish, sea trout, blues and flounder. My girls heard from someone that it takes big lures to catch big bass, but I have showed them time and again, that there are times of the year especially during periods of spring when the water is loaded with fry, and in the fall when they are aggressively feeding on small shad and or other pelagic fish, that small works best. I love to catch bass, and it is a pleasure to take schoolies on light line, but it is epic when a big one nails your rooster tail or drop shot. This was a lot of fun on the shaky head tonight as well.
Well the rain came, just like it threatened, and they did not seem interested in the larger baits I had on my other rod. This worm is about 4.5 to 5 inches and the finesse head is 1/16 of an ounce. I think the hopping action with the weight helped, but I was out of bullet weights so I could not experiment with this on my other rod and larger senkos. Well good luck fishing, and may God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas. Merry Christmas from our house to yours, Calvin *Cheese Grits* Yerke.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.