Winter is Coming!
After a successful bass session over Easter I decided to head off for another quick morning chasing bass but in a different part of the river from my previous misty morning. I was keen to target them yet again on the surface but must admit I was not overly optimistic as SEQ was experiencing its first cold snap for the year. The only good thing about heading off early chasing bass this late in the season is that the starts are not as early!
I reached the launch as the skies lightened and was greeted by the birth of another glorious day and a river again wreathed in a ghostly mist! The only negative was that it was really cold, or at least much colder than I had felt all year. At 7oC it was well below what I would call prime surface conditions but I have caught surface bass in cold conditions before and so I decided to be persistence and began casting surface as soon as I hit the water.
As I targeted the various structures with my home made popper I decided I would switch to my Duel Hardcore Shad at the same time just in case a hungry bass was reluctant to hit the surface. Within ten minutes of doing this I was finally rewarded with my first bass on the diver after numerous casts with the popper. At 34cmFl it was a solid start to my quick session.
As I continued my drift downstream the sun rose over a distant hill to the East and bathed the river in light. The mist was still clinging to the river’s surface and when the heat reached the water it created an amazing effect! The mist took on a golden hue and started to dance on the surface where these amazing little twisters played above the water. It was hard to keep fishing while the air around me seemed to come alive! It truly was an amazing sight!
I continued downstream and picked up a couple of bass casting sub-surface lures tight to the structure. Like my previous trip the size of the bass was mostly in the late twenties to early thirties and no matter how many times I cast a surface lure at the timber the bass refused to rise up and hit the surface.
I managed to get a small amount of footage during the quick session and although not a surface hit it is always worth watching. This particular structure had produced numerous bass on previous trips and so after churning the surface to a froth with surface lures it only took 2 casts with the diver to pick up a 34cmFL bass.
Soon after it was time to head back to the launch and although I squeezed in a few casts on the way upstream I had to paddle back pretty quickly to get home in a reasonable time. I hoped that the cold weather had not shut the bass down for the season but there were a few signs that this was a possibility! I guess I would find out next weekend when I headed off on my next big adventure.