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Sunday, November 8, 2009

• Off the pier 11-7-2009: One bass didn't take the hint

I didn't do a lot of fishing this evening, but I did catch one bass. I guess word never got out that the Scumfrog bobbing up and down had hooks. I also acquired a little bit of knowledge about bass behavior.

I actually started fishing from the bank. Several swirls caught my attention this afternoon. The sun had already started to set when the opportunity to fish rolled around. I tied on the Scumfrog again and started casting. I couldn't draw out any takers, so I hopped up on the pier.

I made my usual casts up along the pier and to the sides. Half way up the pier, I turned to my right and worked the frog through some trees and over weeds. One small blowup left me swinging a Scumfrog over my head. I made another cast and put the frog back in the same spot. Missed again. I didn't miss the third time. Hooked the little devil in the roof of its mouth. Not a big one, but fun nonetheless.

Even though that was the only fish I caught, I was reminded of just how persistent bass can be when they're active.

I cast back to the same spot a few more times. On one cast, something nipped at the back of the frog. On another cast, something swirled behind my lure. Was it the same fish? I'm pretty sure it was. After getting hooked the first time, the bass had learned its lesson, so it wasn't quite as gung-ho about hammering a frog going across the surface.

Had I been out in the boat, I guarantee I would have been on some fish. Something had them turned on today. The full moon has passed. No major fronts came through. The only thing that stood out was the air temperature. Maybe these last few warm days affected the water temps enough to get the bass going again.

And yes, I quit because of the mosquitoes. They were out in full force. Hasn't been cold enough to kill them off yet. This warm weather won't help the salvinia situation either. That stuff is probably here to stay.


Fish Whisperer said...

Nice bass, persistence does pay off.
Tight lines