This was my biggest of 4 landed and 3 lost tonight. I may have to switch setups to get better connection through the snot. I just prefer the lighter test and the fight, but I lost one after a huge, surging wake towards my lure. The mosquitoes were out in force tonight, and the lady I was fishing with abandoned me right before this guy hit. I gave her two of my previous smaller ones and Lily contributed some Gills, but this one is well past the size I am willing to eat. It's not my biggest fish here but was fun. The bats were back tonight chasing the blood suckers and I saw a massive fish body come clear of the water, leaving a huge boil. Oh that feeling, I cast for it like I was sight fishing the Mosquito Lagoon, and my 10", well more like 8 and a half after I bit off some tears and tapped a bit of super glue on the shank bend, went sailing in the direction of the ripples. It hit a bit to the left, and as I flipped the bail on my spinning reel over the rod was already bent, so I set the hook. I think I shall return to Bitter's for some bats. Who know's? It looks like a craw fish on steroids, with oversize pincers, but it may prove the perfect silhouette.
Lily caught some very pretty blue gills and got two bass and I missed two trying to imitate that pattern with a Houdini craw.
Lily with a nice shiner. I wish she would have told me she planned on catches these big ones and I would have brought my bait caster. That would have commanded the attention of some big girls for her.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.