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Saturday, March 21, 2009

• Cross 3-21-09: Lost a nice one

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana

So as you can tell from the post title, I had a frustrating evening. I started out around 6pm in the little boat again. Headed out into the thicker stands of cypress trees casting a black/blue flake Big Bite Baits Trick Stick at trees. What I noticed first was that some kind of fry were swimming up against lots of trees out there. Not sure if they were young bass or something else.

So the first fish came off a pair of trees on the outside edge of the tree line. I was casting from behind, not the outside edge. It got off at the boat because I lost my balance. Looked like a small slot bass maybe pushing 15 inches.

Kept doing the same thing as I moved out into thinner stands of cypress trees. I came up to a stand of about four or five trees with a nice small pocket in between all of them. I put the Trick Stick in there and felt a tap tap, so I set the hook. Very firm on the other end. It went like a rocket to my right and I followed with the rod. I sensed it was about to jump, so I dropped the rod, but it was too late. Up it came, upside down and backwards. I was staring at its beige belly. Came loose in mid air. Spent the next 45 minutes or so picking apart trees with the same worm and a couple of other plastics, including a Wave Worms Tiki Stick in smoke shad (trying a different color approach) and a beaver style lure. Even tried a 1/4oz spinnerbait to search for a while. Nothing. Gone. Did not check water temps. Must still be in low to mid 60's.

I'm going to be modest with my estimation and say this bass went between 4 and 5lbs, but 5-7 was not out of the question.

So what would you have done? Would you have shaken it off and gone about fishing elsewhere? Would you have tried some follow up lures to search the bass out? What lure(s) would you have tied on?

I went back to the same stand of trees and cast around for a while. A boat that had been back in the cove was heading in my direction. It was a couple. They came up and stopped their boat about 50 feet from me through some trees. They just sat there fishing. Not sure if they had a nose problem or if they were trying to edge me out. They were moving at a pretty good pace until they came up near me. That happens to me a lot when I fish the small boat. People come right up on me and never even say a word. That never happens in the V18. Never. Mosquitoes were bad and it was getting dark, so I eventually caved and came on in.

Might go back out in the morning to see if I can find 'er again.


Basspastor said...

I think once a fish has flipped you off like that you are probably not going to get another shot at it the same day. Shake it off and keep fishing the area maybe there are more near by.

Fish Whisperer said...

I agree with the Pastor, once bitten twice shy. I think that was a song. Shake it off and move on. It still made for a good read.
Tight lines

Mad Apothecary said...

When you loose a nice one you've got to take a step back, file the where, when, and how in the back of your mind for a later shot at revenge, then keep progressing forward on your pattern. It pays to have a selective memory.

HellaBass said...

Once in awhile I will get a fish on lose and catch it again, but if that happens it almost always bites on the next couple casts, if it doesn't happen quick probably move on.

Fishinggod said...

Thats a tough site once you know that they will jump, 70% of the the time when they jump I loose them. I love the wave worms tiki stick there very affordable and extremely reliable, id put them up against a senko any day of the week. Sorry to hear you loose a big one like that, i have a tough time myself when i loose a monster.

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