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Sunday, August 23, 2009

• Off The Pier 8-23-2009 - Another Fun One!

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana.

Tonight was a fun one. Caught six on my black Trophy Series Scumfrog in the span of about 30 minutes. One of them was a solid 3lber.

I haven't been fishing off the pier much. In fact, I haven't been fishing much at all lately. Not many boats have been fishing this part of the lake either, so I knew the pressure had been fairly light. It made me wonder if the bass had come up in here.

Started fishing off the pier around 7:30pm. I grabbed two rigs. The first was my Patriarch with the Trophy Series Scumfrog tied on. The second was a Shimano Callisto with a weighted Zoom Finesse Worm. When I walked onto the pier, I started casting the frog parallel to it into the duckweed and noticed some swirls further up.

After walking another 15 feet or so, I noticed two good swirls, so I cast near the closest. During the retrieve, I saw some movement in the duckweed. Small fish of some kind were schooled up in the shallow duckweed. That's what the fish were after.

Hooked two right away back to back. Both were small. Kept fishing over the same spot and had a gar nip at it a few times. Cast further up along the pier and missed a short hit, so I kept advancing my way up the pier. Then I heard splashes from behind me where I had thrown the first two back. Thinking they might hit a second time, I tossed the frog over. Picked up a somewhat larger bass than the previous two. Also had another gar nip at the frog. They make a very distinct swirl and their nose is easy to spot bobbing up and down on the surface.

Fished a weed line a little further out and noticed a very subtle swirl behind my lure. That's what I love about duckweed. If a fish is stalking your bait, its movement disrupts the duckweed on the surface. I quickly reeled back in and cast out to the same spot. It hit. Another small one.

Went to the end of the pier and saw a splash, so I put the frog right on it. Had something small blow up right away, but I missed it. Made a lot of random casts and came back to a more reliable tree. Put the frog a good six feet away and started working it back. Had a short hit and missed it. Cast back there again and missed the spot. Made a third cast that was dead on and worked it slower. Wham! I started cranking and felt the weight of the fish on the other end. Then it jumped. I knew I had a nice one on this time. It pulled me into some weeds, but I kept taking up the slack and brought it along side the front of the pier. Aware that I was wasting time, I lifted it out of the water. Nice solid 3lb bass.

Made a few more long casts and then went back to that same spot where I had just caught the good one. I put the frog close to the tree this time and lost sight of my lure for a moment. Then I couldn't see it on the surface after a more intense stare. I set the hook. Yep. Another one, but it was small. After a few more casts, I called it quits. Mosquitoes were eating me alive.

Sorry about some of the photos. My phone does not take good shots in low light conditions.