Morning Session Before Work
Well I had to start back at work today after a nice long break and decided to head out for an early morning session to stop myself thinking about work. I had made a few more homemade lures and the plan was to test them out somewhere close to home so I could spend more time fishing and less time travelling. This meant an early start and so I was on the water just as the light hit the sky at about 4:30AM.
The first lure I tried was the fat cicada which didn’t swim the best unless twitched and so I quickly replaced it with another Thunderbird 2 which swam beautifully. Not a true surface lure unless twitched very slowly along the surface it did however swim nicely just below the surface. On one retrieve within 10 minutes of launch the lure was hit hard just near the yak and I was onto a good fish. The pull on this fish was awesome and I thought I was onto a cracking bass until I finally got the fish to the surface and it was a 40cm + Catfish. I haven’t caught one for years and had forgotten why they were called “powertails”
I headed downstream and found a few bass but they were just boiling at the lure often repeatedly and refused to commit to a serious strike. I hope d it was more their mood and not that the lure was turning them off at the last minute but who knows. After reaching the end of the pool without a serious hit I decided to cast my Fat Cicada in the frog pattern and although it didn’t entice any bass it seemed to swim much better than my black model and even created a wake. Back to the drawing board!!
I switched to a diver on the return trip just to see if the bass where “off” surface lures and still could not entice any bass to hit my sub-surface lure. I headed upstream for a cast at the pool up from the launch and with only 10 minutes until I had to leave I finally found a fish.
Casting at some structure I managed to get my Duel 60mm Hardcore shad draped over a small spindly limb. It had done a “loop de loop” and so I gave it a few twitches to see if I could loosen its hold on the branch but my leader had bit in and it was bound tight. I gave it a few more twitches and with good ol’ Murphy watching a good bass smashed the lure off the top. As you can imagine I though the bass was lost for sure as it tea-bagged on the branch and I was glad that I had upgraded to 16lb FC Rock for this trip. I paddled in and after getting almost everyone of the kayak accessories I had on board tangled in the vegetation I somehow managed to net the bass and then untangle everything.
The fishing gods must have been smiling on me on my first day of work as I had netted a very healthy, solid 41cmFL bass! Yea Ha!