|19.5" b/b Chigger Craw|
Conditions: Calm, 70 degrees, mostly sunny perfect for sight fishing.
I went to Reeds to pick up the shirt I got for entering a Facebook contest then headed to Eddy's. Here are the rods I brought with me.
I didn't see anything for about half an hour and went up for one last look when three 17' class fish swam into sight from the NW. I made a cast to them and they initially spooked, but two of them quickly turned around to investigate. I hadn't noticed that a 4th smallie came in with them. I finally noticed him when it picked up the bait as a smallie I was watching went to try and steal it. I set the hook and played the fish across the Jetty into the South harbor where I landed it.
|17" Chigger Craw|
There was nothing for quite a long time and I threw various topwater lures including the cool Salmo Bass Bug. Which is basically a floating round rock with a lip and a single treble hook. Darned if that little bug doesn't throw a wake and sound like a small buzzbait. It didn't attract any bites or lookers.
What did attract a fish was a chart. 1/2oz Rippin Rap. I could see something trailing it. But that was no smallmouth. It was a 40" ski and it nearly caught the Rap before I jerked it away. The thing then stared me down. I thought if your gonna do that then I'm going to get a picture of you and I went back to get my camera. By the time I got back up on the rocks it was swimming off to the NW. I put my sun glasses over the lens and this was the picture I got.
I did take this next pic to show how close it came in. I got a really good look at the fish.
Here is the set up I got my fish on tonight.
St. Croix Legend Xtreme 6'8" Medium XFast. The rod is a medium light compared to the Avid, but quite a bit more sensitive.