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Monday, August 25, 2008

• Off The Pier 8-25-2008

I was not intending to catch anything this evening. I bought a new Bandit 100 series square billed crank earlier today along with some jigs and I wanted to break in the crank. The weather has calmed down since yesterday when the remainder of Fay came through east of here. Wind and rain stirred things up out there. A championship tournament was held on Saturday, so I really did not expect to catch anything after all the pressure. I worked the usual hot spots off the pier testing how well the lure would cast. I worked it through some shallow spots where I knew some hydrilla was growing to see how weedless it could be. I was actually enjoying the new lure. Around 7pm, I heard a splash behind me and spotted ripples behind a cypress tree about 80 feet away. I put the crankbait a few feet from the tree and started with a very slow retrieve keeping the crank just beneath the surface. It worked. I set the hook and fought the bass up to the pier. It started to head underneath, so I used my rod to guide it to the right along the outside edge and then lifted it out of the water. It looked like a nice healthy slot bass, but I didn't measure or weigh it. Removed the hook, took the picture, and let it go. I also had fun watching a couple of kingfishers swooping down snagging minnows further out. The turtles took an interest in what I was doing too. No gators to speak of tonight. Last time I saw the gator was on Saturday night.

What worked:
7' ML Crankin Stick
6.3:1 Baitcaster
Bandit 100 Series Chartreuse/Blue back
12lb Gamma Copolymer
Calm lightly stained water
Water temps in the mid to upper 80s