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Thursday, June 25, 2009

• Off the Pier 6-25-2009

The only gear I had with me this evening was a Patriarch on a 7' rod, two pairs of hemostats, my license, a black Scumfrog, and a black Bronzeye frog as a back up just in case. I should have brought my scale, but I did bring my phone for taking photos.

First cast was around 6:45pm. Only spent about 90 minutes out there. Fished the same few spots I've been hitting over duckweed. Water beyond the duckweed has cleared up nicely. I did not see much of that brown scum that was on the water a week ago. I'm sure the water temps are in the upper 80's to low 90's. The heat here has been brutal. Even the good breeze this afternoon was hot.

About fifteen minutes later, I made a cast and put the frog about six or seven feet from where I caught the catfish featured in the video a few posts back. Tapped it a few times and had a bite. The strike was fairly subtle and in my post on Scumfroggin' over duckweed, I mentioned how hits may not always be huge blow ups. Sometimes a bass under duckweed lifts its nose out of the water and inhales the lure instead. I set the hook and used the high speed reel to my advantage. This fish fought me the whole way. Hooked this one in the roof of its mouth a little deeper than I'd like, but thankfully not in the gullet or gills.

Didn't have my scale with me. I'd say this bass fit into the 2 to 2.5lb range. Although the photo makes the fish look long, it probably landed at the upper edge of the slot limit. Still a great fish. Only had two more hits the rest of my time out there. Both were probably from fish too small to even care about.