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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

• A New Fishing First For Me

As anglers, we always hear our buddies tell stories about funny ways they have caught fish. Some talk about catching two fish at the same time on one lure. Others seem to catch something completely unintended. Then you have guys who catch bass by dangling a worm from a limb they just accidentally cast over.

Well that last one happened to me today.

I was fishing off the pier. Picked up a chain pickerel on a spinnerbait. Let it go. Went back to working the spinnerbait. Had another boat encroach on my fishing spot and pick up two little bass on a soft plastic of some kind. I was not very happy about someone "passing through" picking off fish I might have a shot at catching minutes later. After all, when fishing on the pier, I have a limited number of options. Someone in a boat can go anywhere they please. I did take notice though and switched over to a Wave Worms Tiki Stick. After a few casts, I lobbed the worm towards a tree about 20 feet to the left of the pier, but the line went over some brush growing off the base of a cypress tree and landed a few feet behind that tree.

That's when I decided to give this technique a try. Why not? I've been trying it out a lot this year, but never had anything take notice yet. I lifted my rod and brought the worm to the point where it would just dangle at the surface of the water. I stood there on the pier just shaking the worm so its tail slapped against the water. Then I paused. I started shaking again. Up came a bass. It bit down on the worm and I set the hook. Unfortunately, it surfaced moments later and threw the hook. Nice fat little one probably in the 2lb range. You know, short and fat.

So the next time somebody tells you they caught a bass this way, don't forget about trying it out yourself. It works. It may take you a while to make it happen for you, but be patient.


Dave said...

I tried it by mistake last year. I was casting to shore into some cat tails with some friends and the crank bait went a bit to far and got hung up on a "leaf". Not being an experienced fisherman I started joking around jiggling the line saying things like "please don't eat me, I'm just tasty little crawdad." and WHAM!!! Second biggest bass of the evening. That was a good day.