Wednesday, August 24, 2016

24 August – The Whopper Plopper, great lure, terrible name.


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It’s been a long time since I was in Albright’s Creek and it was about time to give it a whirl. The north wind finally dropped the humidity and the water level so the bass were hopefully out of the reeds and back in open water. Time to give the Plopper a workout. Good choice, because that badly named thing trumped all other baits today. It was a fairly steady bite that lasted all day although the fish seemed to be concentrated in schools. If I got one I anchored and worked the area with several baits but the Plopper always came out on top. I also went back up into the center of the oxbow island to work the grass but the water was only 8 – 10 inches deep and I only found one dink. Not worth the effort of paddling through the slop. I was surprised that even the chop as the wind picked up didn’t detour them and they would still murder the Plopper. An awesome sight to behold. Of the 14 bass caught today, it accounted for 11, including all the bass over a pound. Top five went 1-0, 1-7, 1-10, 2-7, and 2-10 along with a small striper and a 6 -7 irate bowfin. It was a great day to be out and about.
  
HD trip video is on my YouTube Channel.

Monday, August 22, 2016

22 August – A great end to a slow day.


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Finally a cool day with lower humidity, so I was on the water at the Lotus Garden by sunup. The grass has really filled in to the point it’s very hard to fish.  I went with hollow body frogs, Senkos, and Johnson Silver Minnows but not a tap for the next three hours. When the wind picked up and the grass started thinning out I got the first bass. I had to go all the way to Muddy Creek to find fish but when I did they didn’t disappoint. Once again the Senko was a winner and while the fish were nowhere to be found on the grass beds, they were hanging in the cypress trees where the water was three feet deep or better. Once I found the formula it was pretty much steady catching. I found one school of good sized bass and missed two great strikes while messing with the anchor. I got one hit on video. I had to fight the wind heading home but with 15 bass boated it was worth the ibuprofen I wound up taking. Top fish today were 1-5, 1-9, 1-12, 2-0, and 2-1 a great day in anybody’s book. I met Bucky in the parking lot and he had fished frogs yesterday and said the bass were hitting the frog but couldn’t get it in all the heavy grass.
HD trip video is on my YouTube Channel.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

18 August – Muddy water kills the fishing.


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The first thing I noticed as I pulled up to the launch was the water. It looked like weak chocolate milk. This creek is usually clear but the south wind was driving the water into the creek from the North Landing River and it was nasty. I knew it was going to be a tough day and unfortunately my prediction came true. I paddled way up small snake infested creeks, saw three big cottonmouths, but there was no clear water or grass to be found. Good thing I didn’t bring the fly rod today. I went with a Chigger Craw, Whopper Plopper, and 3DS for starters and after an hour landed a small bass on the craw. From then on it was craw all the way. I never had the smallest bump on any other bait. Another hour drags by and I found a good sized bowfin but he didn’t put up much of a fight. They usually go berserk but this one was pretty docile. Around eleven, another bass, a 1-9, went for the craw and 20 minutes later another dink bass did the same ending the day. I put on a lot of mileage for three dinks and a swamp donkey but at least it was a little cooler today. 

Only decent bass was a 1-9.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

16 August – Dinks galore in the milfoil.


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Want a difference a month makes. On my last trip to House Cove the weed beds were looking pretty good, today it was almost solid across the entire cove. That called for a Senko, a Johnson Silver Minnow, and a Hollow Body Frog, but when I could find a section where the grass was not to the surface yet, the Whopper Plopper worked well. Fish were scattered everywhere today. With plenty of cover they move around a lot, and you could see the water ”bulge” as they chased minnows. That called for a Senko to be tossed to the spot and it was usually readily accepted.  When I fish the grass with a Senko, I fish it like a jerk bait, almost like “walking the dog”, just short jerks along over the top of the grass, and when there’s a hole, let it drop down for a second so it gets about a foot deep then continue the jerk routine.  While all four baits used today scored fish, once again the Senko dominated the catch. Final tally today was 23 bass with maybe 5 over a pound, the best a 1-12. Also thrown in were two pickerel and a white perch. While nothing was big enough to brag about, the dinks kept thing interesting all morning long.  I think next trip will lean a little heaver on the fly rod action.


Why I get up early in the morning.


The grass beds of House Cove. The look of Back Bay in the 70's

HD trip video is on my YouTube Channel.

Friday, August 12, 2016

12 August – Each trip is slower than the last.


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I was here yesterday on a photo shoot and saw how clear the water was and how great the weed beds were looking so I had to come back today and hunt for bass. The water was high and 82° to start, and as it turned out, they were way back up in the reeds. The wind was a problem today but it kept things cool for a change. I was hoping for a calm morning to give my frog a workout but the chop precluded the hollow body frog from making much of a ruckus so I tried a Ribbit. It looked and sounded good to me but not the bass. The Senko had to carry the load today. All I could manage were 5 dinks scattered throughout the day. With the water this clear I had brought the underwater rig and took a few clips to breakup the void between fish. I didn’t know if it was worth getting up at 4:30 but at least I can check this spot off my list for now.  

HD trip video is on my YouTube Channel.

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