|2/13 Hack Jig/Craw Fatty|
Water Temp: Mid 60's
The Day: For the last part of my drive up it was thunder and rain. I loaded my stuff in the boat in the rain. I believe the rain quit by the time we blasted off. We headed North to the inlet. Within the first 15 minutes we both had a two plus pound keeper in the boat. I got mine throwing a 1oz Hack Attack Jig along the thick inner reed wall. The fish really smacked it. I think Alan then got a fish he culled out later in the sparser reeds. I had a fish hit my frog and not get it along a cattail wall. I kept casting back with a black blue Lake Fork Craw Tube and eventually a 1.63lb bass hit it. I then got a 1.38lb pitching the 1oz Hack Jig in the deeper reeds. We got over by the closest dock. I pitched the Hack Jig into the boat lift and caught my biggest bass of the day (2/13). I had to play it up and over the boat lift frame. It was barely hooked in it's upper lip.
We then moved to the West side of the upper lake to some reeds, pads, and rice. While I was putting together my Double Magnum Fluke Alan caught two quality fish on a spinnerbait. I was fishing again and Alan got at least two more fish before I got bit again. Alan had just caught a fish in a boat lane. I cast my Terminator Frog across the boat lane and a 2lber grabbed it. I then rolled two small fish on the hookset. I got a 1.78lb fish on the Frog. I missed a couple of bites. who knows if they would have helped. We started working our way South. I culled my two smallest with a 2.53 and a 2.31 on the frog. Alan caught his big bass (4/10) in the pads and reeds on a swimbait. I thought it was only a high 3lb fish. I caught a fish or two that didn't help me on the frog. We got over to where Chuck and Nate were fishing and got out of there.
I think we then went farther south to an area where we got some fish during pre-fish. Same kind of stuff: reeds, pads, and rice. I think Alan got maybe one that helped himself and I got one or two that didn't and missed a coupe of hits on the frog. I think the one's I missed were probably pike.
We went to a weedline spot off of some reeds. I missed a bite, before getting one that didn't help me on the Craw Tube. I then missed a couple of bites. The second one I got a great hookset on and it felt like a really good fish and then it just came off. The same thing then happened to Alan a couple of times.
We then went back and re-fished our second spot. I think Alan got one or two more culls and I got one that didn't help. There was now just a couple hours left. We went to make a move and the starting battery didn't have enough juice and Alan couldn't get it to jump. While Al was messing around with the batteries I missed a hit on the craw tube. We decided to throw traps over the large weed flat/point we were on. Alan had a big something get off and caught a small bass and I got a pike. We then headed off at full speed for Little Boy Resort.
|Alan with the 1st Place "Wood_|
|What my scale said I had|
Thoughts: With the weights packed so tightly above me losing the last couple of hours because of the dead battery probably cost me a higher finish. After the way the last couple of years ended for me I can't complain too much though. At least I was culling fish and I got a front row seat to see how it was won.
To make the Top 10 in Angler of the Year I needed to finish in 2nd Place. I ended up in 13th Place for the year. I fished much better this year and got to fish with 4 boaters I'd never fished with before. All in all it was a good year for me even if I didn't reach any of my goals in terms of finishes. I had the smallmouth on at the Mississippi that would have gotten me "wood" had I landed it. Oh well, those are the breaks. On to next year.
Congratulations to Dennis Lothspeich on being Mr. Bass for 2017!