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Misty Morning Session

Headed to the same location as my last morning session to see if I could crack the surface code of the local bass population. My initial plan was to hit the water very early as I have the feeling the bass are switched on to the surface only during the night and twilight hours and wanted to see if fishing during these times improved the action.

Unfortunately “Murphy’s Law” kicked in and my son decided to wake up just before I was set to go and complained of not feeling well and so I had to delay my departure until he was back to sleep. As a result I hit the water later than my last visit and new the surface activity potentially would shut down a meer hour after my arrival.

I reached the water and launched the twilight began and initially the fishing was really quiet even though conditions were perfect.

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I had decided that I was going to use my recently broken (and fixed) Duffrod to give it a test run since the repair. Eventually a cast to a section of bank-side vegetation saw my Sammy 65 hit on a pause which missed only for the the bass to connect on the next delicate twitch. It wasn’t a big fish but the donut breaking fish is always a pleasant start regardless of size. It measured 34cmFL and was a respectable start.

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I switched to the opposite bank and cast onto a shallow bank that dropped into the deeper water further in the pool. Halfway back the Sammy was hit again and another rat bass connected with the lure and I netted a nice 28cmFL fish. Three casts later an almost identical cast was plucked off the surface by an even smaller bass that was so small t put up barely any fight as I dragged it along the surface to the kayak.

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The sun started to rise and the surface activity virtually disappeared again. Casts at good structure could not raise a bass and it wasn’t until I started targeting the less appealing structures that I managed my next hit. I spied a section of bank where the dropping water levels had not fully exposed an undercut bank. My cast in was perfect and the mass lunged at the lure as it landed. Again the fish wasn’t a monster but at 32cmFL it was a nice way to finish the morning. I got it on video too!

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For a two hour quickie it was a great way to start the day!