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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

• Off the Pier 7-28-2009

In between the rain yesterday, a gap in the clouds gave me a quick opportunity to fish off the pier. Armed with the Patriarch, two pairs of hemostats, and a black Trophy Series Scumfrog, I set out to see what the rain stirred up. The surge from the torrential rain had not arrived yet, but the duckweed was already spread out beyond where it normally sits. The water was already starting to stain up too. I had no idea whether the front was done for or if my window of opportunity had passed.

Started out working the Scumfrog slowly as I've done in the past. Hit all the usual spots and then worked over the same areas with the frog much faster to draw something out. Something swirled to the right of the pier and made a hole in the duckweed. After about five or six rapid casts over the area, I came up with the first bite. Nothing to brag about, of course, but a bite nonetheless.

I spent the next 10 or 15 minutes trying to repeat what I had just done by working the frog faster, essentially hopping it across the surface. A clump of hyacinths within casting distance caught my eye, so I cast the frog behind them and dragged it through. Nothing. I did it a second time and had a hit. This one was smaller than the first.

After that, I couldn't draw out any more strikes. I could have tried a swimblade, but I had other things to do. After a healthy rain, a swimblade can usually do well out here.

At the time of writing this post, the water levels have already surged over the bank. That means I'll need to watch the news to find out if any of the area lakes are closed to boat traffic in order to protect lakefront property from wake damage and erosion. More rain is in the forecast too. Hopefully this rain will drive a few good fish out of the deeper water and into the shallows.

2 comments:

Ultralight Bass Fishing said...

Nice, at least you got out to do some catching, instead of just fishing. I just wish I could get out, too much work lately.

Allen Arthur said...

Those are some good catches. Check out our update page to see some of the fish were catching in South West Florida.

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