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Thursday, August 27, 2009

• Off The Pier 8-27-2009: Good With The Bad

Cross Lake. Shreveport, Louisiana.

I had some extra time this evening, so I decided to wet a line one more time. Went with a different color Trophy Series Scumfrog and worked over the same spots. Ended up catching six again. Two best fish were 2lbs 8oz and 3lb 7oz. Started fishing with a green/chartreuse Trophy Series Scumfrog this time. Ended up losing it on a blow up at the end of the pier. Last fish came on a brand new black Trophy Series Scumfrog.

Started off casting in the shallow duckweed and didn't get a hit. Moved a little further out and cast near the clump of weeds that has drifted in and picked up the first. It was little, but it hit with some determination. That told me they were in still in a biting mood.

Second one came from the same spot where I hooked into that catfish featured in the Slow Scumfroggin' video. I ended up accidentally swinging it into the side of the pier before lifting it up. Didn't weigh it. Might have been close to 2lbs. Kept me on my toes trying to reel it in though. Had to do lots of maneuvering with the rod to keep it away from weeds on one side and trees on the other.

Standing half way up the pier, I cast out to the left towards some pads a few times and had a good taker slam it at the edge of the duckweed a few feet from the pads. It decided to collect some weeds as I reeled it in, so after cleaning all that junk off, I weighed it. That was the 2lb 8oz'er. The Scumfrog took some damage on that hit. I spent a few minutes figuring out what exactly had happened. The button on the rear end had been forced forward and that made the plastic jam between the two hooks.

Next fish was a lively little runt. I backtracked and fished the shallow duckweed again because there were a few splashes worth checking out. Had this one hit along the weeds lining the bank. Noticed the hook penetrated behind its right eye making it bulge out. Hope I didn't do any damage to its vision. I hate hooking fish in the eye almost as much as in the gullet.

Worked the entire right side and came up with nothing. Made some nice long accurate casts though. It was good practice. Didn't even see much activity on that side, even around the trees.

Went out to the end of the pier and cast to places at random. Finally hooked up with a small one underneath a tree on the left. I bobbed the frog a couple times and it hit.

Then I had a blowup about 10 feet from the pier, but it missed the frog, so I let it sit still for a moment. A split second later, whatever it was slammed the frog. I gave it about a 1 second count and set the hook only to have my line come back at me without anything on the other end. Went back inside and tied on a new frog.

Came back out and spent the next 30 minutes fishing without any bites. I didn't even hear anything hitting the top anymore. I thought the bite had died. Started making my way back in, making short casts to either side of the pier. Put the frog near those pads where I caught the 2.5lber and had another good hit. Took me a while to drag it in, but when I lifted it out, I couldn't quite tell how big it was. Too many weeds around its head. The mouth was impressive. I hooked it good though. Ended up weighing 3lbs 7oz.

Mosquitoes were out in full force around 7:45pm, so I called it quits. Another quality evening with the Trophy Series Scumfrog. Time to restock.


swese44 said...

Those are some nice fish. You should post some of your catches at FellowFishermen.com, and make sure to send me a friend request, I'm swese44

W3FishingReportdotcom said...

Ive always liked the scumfrog, only have a flat green standard scum frog though, Im thinking I'm gonna have to upgrade :)