Tuesday, September 27, 2016

26 September – They’re still in the weeds.



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The water level from the weeklong storm is finally down to acceptable levels so I went back to Beggars Bridge to see if they were still holding in the grass beds. I fished my way out to the bay but only picked up a dink until I got to the mouth of the creek. Once I got to the grass things got a little livelier. I tried the Plopper but it picked up too much junk so I resorted to a Swimming Senko, a Ribbit, and a Johnson Silver Minnow, the Back Bay must haves. I was surprised that nothing was on the banks with the higher water. 90% of what I caught was out in the big weed beds in the middle of nowhere, no structure to be found. The trick today was to drag a bait across the grass and they would smack it, sometimes jumping clean out of the water. Only problem is most were dinks and not very good at hitting the target. I must have missed twenty or more strikes. Poor little guys have a lot to learn. The wind was pretty strong out off the east and with big swells coming in towards shore it was a bit of a bumpy ride. The last two trips here were also windy and I think that helped the bite. My best trips seem to be on windy days. The outing ended with 13 boated and the top five going 1-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-8, and 3-3. Like the last two trips here, nothing much happened until about 11:00 and that’s when the bite started. Around 1:00 a front moved in and that killed it for the day. It was a solid wall of clouds and it went from full sun to total clouds in about 20 minutes. Very strange looking. More rain is forecast for the next couple of days so it might be Thursday before I’ll get out again. Stay tuned.

The front moves in.

HD trip video is on my YouTube Channel.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

16 September – Windy and wet on Beggars Bridge.


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On my last trip to Beggars I did so well I wanted to see if the same scenario would hold with similar conditions. Strong northerly winds have an interesting effect on bass and they seem to congregate along the edges of the grass beds. This time I went straight to the bay and started working the channel edge where the grass ends with plastics, Johnson Silver Minnows, and a Yo-Zuri 3DB wake bait where the grass allowed. There were whitecaps on the bay with large swells but if you stayed in the grass where it was calm and cast to the outside edge it was a smooth ride. For a change, everything worked out as planed and the fish were there and co-operative. An occasional cold light rain made conditions a little uncomfortable but with hot fishing I hardly noticed. I did have to shut down and cover the rear camera near the end of the day as the rain got a little heaver. When I packed it in at one, I had boated 21 bass, a good-sized pickerel, and one lone striper. While I tried the Whooper Plopper, the chop seemed to kill the action and it didn’t even get the first look see. Plastics and the 3DB accounted for 80% of the fish with 13 between one and two pounds. This time however, nothing hit the two-pound or greater mark.   


HD trip video is on my YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

13 September – Two Feeding frenzies in one day. WOW!


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Today was a long awaited trip to Landing Cove. It’s been almost a year since I was there and I wanted to see what had changed. I don’t go very often because it’s a five mile paddle and I’m getting a little old for long trips, especially in the wind like I had today. The grass was nice and thick so it was a Johnson Silver Minnow, Senko, and frog day. After a one dink slow start, I found a nice open area in the grass bed and a school of dinks were going crazy. For 20 minute they hit everything I tossed to the hole, then it was lights out but not before I scored 13 dinks.  Nothing happened for the next 2 hours so I headed into the wind and after a long hard paddle entered Beggars Bridge again. As I drifted by the northern grass bed a 1-5 grabbed the Senko I was dragging and the next frenzy was on, but this time it was much bigger fish. Anchoring in the grass to avoid the large swells, I cast out into the wind swept channel and retrieved back across the edge of the grass and that’s where they were holding. The next 30 minutes were awesome with 12 nice keepers landed before the bite ended. I must have lost another 3 or 4 good ones. The top five fish weighed in at 1-5, 1-7, 1-13, 2-14, and 3-4. So ended a great day. All 25 fish were caught in a window of less than one hour out of the 6 hours I spent on the water. To bad I couldn’t lump the two bites together then I could have been home before nine.   


HD trip video is on my YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

31 August – Dink City on House Cove.


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I’m working on a new video project and needed some underwater shots so headed to House Cove today. The water in the grass was nice and clear for video and while on the low side I was hoping for a good day. As it turned out it was another “Day o’ the Dink” just like last trip. There seems to be a ton of small bass in the cove and a Senko run over the grass jerk bait style collected most of the fish today. A hollow body frog and a Johnson Silver Minnow each got a bass and the minnow also scored a pickerel. I must have missed two-dozen strikes or more from fish to small to handle the 5” Senko. I think the low water really had an adverse effect on the fishing and another foot of water would have been a big help. So the totals for this trip were 10 bass with the best two going 1-7 and 1-8. Not the best day but at least the weather was great for a change.    

The weed beds of Back Bay. Shades of 1978.

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.