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Friday, June 19, 2009

• Off the Pier 6-19-2009

By now, you probably know that whenever I fish off the pier, I only catch one or two bass. I call that a good day by pier standards. If I happen to catch more than that, I consider it a spectacular day. The area around the pier offers only so many casting options and let's face it, if the fish aren't there, as so often is the case, nothing is going to bite anyway.

The summer heat has settled in down here in Shreveport. Air temps are hitting the mid to upper 90's and we start out our mornings in the 70's. The middle of the day is certainly no picnic. We're in post spawn mode now and shallow water may not always yield a catch. Mornings and evenings are certainly more ideal.

So today, I started fishing around 3pm. The sun was beating down at an angle from the west creating shade behind many cypress trees. I was armed with my Pflueger Patriarch on a 7' MH rod and a Trophy Series Scumfrog in black. Oh yes. I fished the Scumfrog again today.

After working over the duckweed without seeing any action, I moved out to fish some of the shadows behind cypress trees. One particular tree had a clump of weeds behind it creating the ideal cool spot for a bass to lurk. I worked from the outside in making long casts at my intended target. Nothing. Then I put the frog right where I knew something must be hiding. Three bounces of the frog later, a splash erupted. I made the necessary one-two count. Fish on.

Didn't have my scale with me, but felt like a solid 2lb bass in the slot limit. Let it go of course.

Fished some pads and other shaded areas within casting distance and came up with nothing. I went back to fishing duckweed and had something nip at my frog a couple of times, but never hooked up. At that point, I looked down at my reel. My hands were stained brown and a similar scum had tarnished my shiny reel. The line had also accumulated a significant amount of brown scum, so I went inside to tediously clean it all off.

I came back out around 6pm armed with some finesse gear and a tiny 1/16oz jig meant for fish like sunfish and crappie. When the duckweed fills in this time of year, I can often walk the full distance of the pier flipping the jig into various spots along the way and come up with fish ranging from small sunfish, crappie, warmouth, channel catfish, and even bass. Sometimes even a turtle takes an interest. The fish are rarely of significant size, but it's guaranteed fun. Occasionally, I get a nice surprise and land a good bass or catfish. Unfortunately, the hook on this tiny jig is weak and any fish with enough gusto can straighten one out or break it clean off without much effort, so the surprise can often turn into disappointment.

Caught two mid sized sunfish off of two different cypress trees right off the bat. Had a few nibbles here and there, but missed them. I went back to flipping into the duckweed. I dropped the jig into a spot and let it sit. My line started to move which is unusual because normally, I get a quick series of taps first. I set the hook. It was a 1-2lb bass. Like I said before, the fish are usually small, but once in a while, I get a surprise. Landed one more small sunfish and hooked another which I sent flying up into a cypress tree. That was enough fun for one evening, so I quit.