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Thursday, August 14, 2008

• A Little Topwater Action 8-14-2008

I hadn't planned on doing any fishing this evening, but when I glanced down at the water from the house, something was splashing around. I watched for a few minutes to see if I could tell what was out there. The splashes looked more like a gar because of the upward movement of the splash. When I noticed something was moving a little faster and chasing, I knew it had to be a bass. I grabbed my PQL10P with the 7' MH rod, my small tackle box, and a few extra plastic frogs. It's been a while since I've been able to get any time in with topwater frogs, so I wanted to get the practice in while the fish were hitting like that. I like to stay sharp when it comes to getting that topwater bite.

When I came down to the bank, the hits were still at the outer edges of the duckweed just behind the line of cypress trees. I started out throwing a Ribbit with a weighted hook, but didn't get any immediate takers. I made a few more casts and put on a Horny Toad. A few taps just did miss the toad, so I slowed things down and finally had a solid 12-incher take hold. There were at least three other bass doing the exact same thing just out of my casting range. One missed strike looked more like a gar.

I'll catch the rest some other day. Lots of smaller bass back in here lately. It's a fun way to fish, but I would like to start seeing the bigger ones again. Things have really been slow with the dry weather and hot temps. I can't wait for fall to get here. Sorry I didn't take a photo. I didn't bring the phone with me. An under isn't exactly exciting to see anyway.


Anonymous said...

Was out on the south side of the lake around an island with a house on it that week.It was mid afternoon I got in close to one of two islands with cypress trees out into the water. I was pitching a hardon torpedo top water in a frog color up next to the bank. Had a bass splash the surface a few feet away but wouldn't strike. I tried to slow the action, but still no strike. My trolling motor was not operational at the time so i couldn't get in where i needed to be. planning another trip after the rain stops to try the top water action again. seems like the bass are holding in any shade they can find.

BassFishingDem said...

If it's the house I'm thinking of with a boathouse on the west side of the island, I can tell you a few things. I've never caught anything off the front side of that dock, but bass seem to lurk in the shallow stretch within 15 feet on either side along the bank.

The two islands on the east side of that island seem to hold more bass. A swimblade or shallow crank both work well over there. I always go all the way around the one closest to the middle of the lake and pick it apart. I want to give a jig a try over there now that I have more confidence in the lure.