Lily did thing at school called wax museum. This is where the children have to pick someone who was an inventor and talk about their contributions to society. She had to stand there like a statue and every time someone hit the start button on her desk, she would give her presentation on Beulah Louise Henry.
After her presentation, I was tired, but it was Thursday, and as much as I hate to do it I decided to go fishing. I lost yet another big girl in the pads, but managed a few fish anyway. The Biospawn Exosticks have proven to be very good baits. I lost some whoppers on them, but the fish seemed to stay interested and word didn't get out too fast about the new bait in town, so I kept getting hits, and one thing I noticed is that they will hold on to these for a long time. It's a really great action, but the pro model doesn't last very long. The bass tore them up and also threw some off the hook during fights, but I like what ever they like, and they love these.
I rigged them on an EWG after I lost a few hits, and then turned the point out 3degrees, as someone recently recommended to me. The hook eye is exposed and there is a bead between the weight and the hook. This isn't just for clack, I find it helps protect my not too, especially when I'm throwing tungsten.
Fortunately there were a lot of big girls out here tonight, so even though I lost a couple, I still managed to get a few in on Exosticks and Bitter's slings in Green pumpkin red and Okee candy.
I also brought a crank bait rod and a frog rod. My frog rod is an old bass pro 7' 6" that I bought about 8 years ago for snook fishing. It has one of the original Abu Garcia Revo Inshores on it. This is an almost bullet proof reel and has handled big reds, snook and crazy hook sets while frog fishing. The rod seat, on the inshore extreme rod, however is not the most secure. The plastic thread wears out easily and it doesn't match well to to certain reel bases, even though it came as a combo. Well, I got the reel to stay put with a couple of zip ties, and I caught a few small bass on frogs behind the house, but I couldn't get a rise at the Roost.
I think every lake has a top water and a crank bait bite, but some lakes are definitely more conducive to this. I wanted to throw a crank in here, and at this time of year I prefer something that imitates the main forage fish, red craws, red and dark green craws, green and orange craws and blue gill. The water level is way down so I went with a 2 to 4 feet, Strike King in chili. Now that I know there are gizzard shad in here, I think I will be looking for some stuff in that pattern. Whenever they are present I think they become the predominant forage. This is not a lake that I normally throw a crank on, and I have watched guys go around the whole lake with a crank bait, or a frog and catch nothing while I took my limit. When the bass are tight to the Lily pads, a crank bait isn't the best option, and while I love frogs, I would never show up here with a only frogs. I have caught bass on top here, but I think the Boze Sumo is not a good choice in this lake right now. I got the chili craw to work by casting it in an area that has 45 degree sides, and is a place that I don't think bass ever visit except for the purpose of crushing bait. With crank baits I try to fish points, bars and ditches. I like to rip them through weeds or dig them into hard bottom. In some lakes I use the ends of Lily pads, weed humps and steady wind with good success. This is a great time of year for throwing a crank so don't give up, but look for irregularities and bring another rod that allows you to get in to the thicker stuff.
I took Lily the next night and I lost one that I couldn't control in the pads. It was charged up and pulling my rod way down. We lost 2 more, but then our luck started to change. Lily was throwing my last Exo Stick and I was into a bag Okee candy, when we started getting hits on the edge of open water, where it is was much easier to play these fish out.
She couldn't lip this girl with one hand and so I had to stop and pull her out of the water. Incredibly healthy fish. Very proud of Lily for putting in the time with me tonight even through all the missed hits. We both got a little discouraged, but then started finding them again around 10pm. She is exhausted now.
I love the Spring and I will lament yet another monster, but I will be back.
Forty years old and still in awe of the outdoors.