Bassin’ in the Dark
Author: Tristan Mace (Enjoyfish1)
After our initial night fishing success from the bank we decided to take the kayaks to cover a bit more distance and have the opportunity to cast closer to all the snags. We picked a spot closer to the salt water hoping that more fish were located in this region. The night was perfect for a bass fish, there was some light from the stars however there was not a breath of wind which really assisted the surface lures to make some noisy bloops and splutters.
The launch pool was a shallow one that didn’t provide any initial action just lots of annoying weed getting caught on the trebles and the ever present small bats knocking and bumping our lines. We made it up to the small causeway where Leper asked me if I had cast at the rapids. I replied ‘not really’ as I knew it was extremely shallow and didn’t really make the effort. Leper didn’t have to ask twice and fired a cast past me into the base of the white water. As the lure travelled past me a serious bass began chasing and boofing his lure two or three times before finally finding the hooks and taking some drag. Leper carefully played and netted a lovely 45cm bass and his previous discussion about the lack of results from this particular pool were quickly forgotten. Leper had also managed to find a fish in an area that I chose to ignore (mental note that no water is too shallow for a big bass at night).
We then worked our way up the next pool; I stayed on the right side of the pool while Leper worked the left. Given the shape of the pool I moved ahead of him. I then heard Leper yell out he was on and had caught a small spangled perch that was nearly as small as the jitterbug (the first perch have seen in this system). Not long after this Leper had another fish, this time from the water behind me, that I had just fished! I moved up the pool further and thought I heard a fish near my lure, after a long pause the bass found my lure. Yay donut avoided.
As we worked up the pool I would constantly hear Leper yell out ‘Im on’ and I would turn around to get a photo of him with his fish. I couldn’t understand how he kept catching all these fish directly behind me? Maybe I was waking them up for him?
Hitting the top of the pool we turned around and headed back down again. I was lucky enough to hit another bass however Leper had smashed me in terms of numbers. All in all it was a good nights fishing. Back in bed by 12.