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Saturday, June 13, 2009

• Off the Pier 6-11 & 6-13 2009

Over the last two months, I have been trying to get the topwater bite going. Horny Toads, Rage Toads, Zara Spooks, and Torpedoes haven't worked. Best I could do was draw a strike by burning a spinnerbait so that the blades broke the surface. During my last two outings on the pier, I tossed a Scumfrog and got a few bites. Never checked water temps. Only fished during the early evening hours around sunset. Water clarity seems to have improved since the last batch of rain, but I'm sure it'll muddy up over the next few days.

Thursday evening wasn't all that enjoyable. I had two bites and went through both of my Scumfrogs. The skirt legs came off the first one. I think I might have replaced that skirt once before. I tied on my second frog and had something take it, but my line snapped on the hookset (still trying to get rid of some P-Line Evo). The first fish was a bass. I almost had it, but the lure slipped out of its mouth right next to the pier. The second fish might have been a gar. It hit with a more horizontal lunge than a gulp. Used a slow technique over duckweed that I plan on posting about soon.

Went to Academy on Friday night and picked up two new Scumfrogs and tossed a Bronzeye Jr. in there just for kicks. I already have some spare buzzbait skirts, so I threaded one onto the legless Scumfrog. Now it's black with black and red legs, not brown and black.

Tonight, I tried the same thing, but could only attract the attention of turtles. I changed my plan and started fishing outside of the duckweed closer to cypress trees. Not long after the frog hit the water, I had a small blowup and I set the hook after the fish took it under. Then I put my Patriarch to work and cranked like mad. The bass jumped a couple of times, but I landed it fairly fast. It was only about a 1lb or so, but a bite is a bite. Both hook points penetrated the roof of its mouth, so I had that fish on there good. I quit shortly thereafter because the mosquitoes were relentless. They weren't the only ones who were hungry either.

I'm not sure if I should keep throwing frogs or get a feel for the buzzbait bite. I know in years past, I could have a fun day on Cross with a buzzbait once the summer bite got going. From now until fall, I'm only going to focus on fishing in the morning and evening. The middle of the day will just be too much for me. The sun beats down all day without a cloud in the sky or even the slightest breeze. Days like that zap me.

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