I still have a bunch of vacation and it's use it or lose it so I took this week off.
I've been fishing mostly at Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington, but the bass there all seem to be 9 - 12" so I decided to mix it up a little and hit a pond in Grand Prairie that I drive by most mornings on the way to and from work.
Yesterday I got into a bunch of green sunfish. There was a small canal between 2 parts of the pond. I caught about 15.
I was watching a guy pull in bass after bass over by a fountain. I finally caught this monster on a #8 beadhead olive woolly bugger.
This morning I went over by the fountain and caught a few more tiny bass on a bugger and a #8 chartreuse/white closer.
I switched to a bream killer and caught this bass that went 13".
I could see bass busting the surface around the fountain and switched to a stealth drone which is a type of foam gurgler. The fountain was out of my casting range (60-70'), but I started picking up small bass on almost every cast a couple were 12".
Then it happened. My bug just kind of disappeared. I was thinking that it was a small one, but when I set the hook it pulled back hard. I fought it for a couple of minutes. It stayed deep but I finally got it up near the bank. I had a net, but stupidly tried to drag it onto the bank across a foot or so of 1" water. My tippet broke and I watched the bass scoot back out of sight.
I know the ones that get away always get bigger, but it was by far the largest one I have ever hooked on a fly rod.
I also lost one on a popper that buried itself in the weeds 5 feet or so out from the bank, but wasn't as big.
The popper was a Boogle bug so I cried about losing a 5 buck bug.
I was using my 6 wt today. I'm taking my 8 wt out tomorrow morning because I can cast it farther and I want to get where I could see the bass breaking the surface.
Here is a picture of the type fly I hooked the big one on.