Today was slow day, but the combination of bass biting odd lures at a weird time of day and good quality pan fish, made it all worth it.
I got out on the water by midday and didn't know what to expect. Sunny sky, calm - breezy and water up from recent rains. The north end of the lake has changes in depth and weed clumps in different areas. When I go fishing, my priority is lure design
- which designs do better and why?
A camera photographs important catches an is proof a lure worked by catching more than a few fish.
Presentation and location is noted because certain areas/depths require certain presentations.
Just because I start out using pan fish grubs doesn't mean I don't expect to catch bass - I do! In this particular lake, panfish are huge
for my area: 13" yellow perch, 15" crappie and 7.5" sunfish and on light tackle, they all fight and feel like large bass. Though the lake has few bass over 2 lbs., they're are still fun to catch regardless the lure.
Okay, so I started with a grub I poured and modified.
After catching a few bass and pan fish to confirm it's fish catching quality, I moved on to a lure I never expected to catch bass on: a snake-like worm, no weight, Texas rigged and cast into 4' or less water near weeds. Five bass caught in less than 20 minutes at 1:15 pm in shallow water!
There was another lure but with a straight thin tail that was as successful when I came back to the area an hour later. I added the thin tail using a candle flame after cutting off the prong tail. Worked great as a T rigged jerk worm
and bass clobbered it!
At 3:30 pm I lucked out catching six big schooled perch in 7' (all a foot long!):
Here was my next to last fish of the outing: a 14.5" crappie caught on a 4" Yamamoto KutTail Worm rigged on a 1/16 oz jig head - one lure that always
works for various species.
This bass was the last fish caught on the same lure in 6':
37 fish boated is nothing to brag about (yesterday I logged 74 on a different water/ fish quality poor). But what made the day so special were the fish caught on a few lures I either haven't caught fish on or used for over 15 years. Plus, I caught fish on certain lure modifications thereby confirming their effectiveness for future
outings - you can never take along too many good lures!
There are more pictures of other lures that worked, but you get the picture
So peaceful - until fish hit!