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Sunday, May 9, 2010

• Off the Pier 5-9-2010: Vengeance is mine!

Fished off the pier this evening. Water was very clear after the rain that came through this morning. The wind also died down as the day progressed. Otherwise, I don't think I would have bothered fishing at all. Had a specific plan in mind.

Put a 1/4oz red/white Walmart spinnerbait on the E5 Curado. Left a weightless sapphire blue Zoom lizard on the finesse rig. Also left a Trophy Series Scumfrog on the 7:1 Patriarch, but planned on changing it out once I was done fishing skinny water. Bluegill were not up shallow yet, but I saw nothing wrong in matching the baitfish a little early just in case the bass were looking for a particular meal. Had a jig with some brown and orange in it that might pass as a bluegill or redear. Put it within reach, ready to go.

Pitched the Scumfrog around in a few spots. Noticed a swirl around a cypress tree close to the pier. Put the frog over the same spot and bounced it in some sparse duckweed a few times. Let it sit. Bounced it again. Then the fish hit. Nice little bass, but nothing spectacular. Easy catch.

Swapped out the Scumfrog for the 1/2oz Revenge Baits craw colored Flip Jig. Threaded on a yellow grub trailer. Looked like it could pass for a sunfish. Cast it around for a bit as a swim jig and not a bottom bait. Had one quick hit, but missed it. Made a few more casts and hooked into something with a little more kick to it. I knew instantly I had a fighter and started cranking it in. The fish made a run to my left and I let it have some room, but brought it back around to the right and lifted it up on the pier. Wasn't a bass. Nope. Turned out to be a bowfin.

Vengeance was mine tonight. Couldn't have caught it on a more appropriately named bait either. After losing two finesse jigs and a Rapala Floating Minnow to bowfin, a little retribution was in order. Didn't weigh the thing, but I'm going to guess it went at least 4lbs. Did some rough calculations using a bowfin formula I found (Girth^2 x L/780 + 0.75). Length was around 23 inches and girth was probably between 11 and 12 inches.

Switched to the Curado after I couldn't get any more hits swimming the jig. Worked the spinnerbait at varying speeds and at every target I could hit. Dragged in lots of pieces of hydrilla. Finally hooked into a fish. In clear water, I can always see when my spinnerbait gets hit. Shortly after pitching to a nearby tree, the spinnerbait snapped to my left. I felt the hit too, but nothing obscured my view either. I knew a fish had just attacked my lure. I paused to let the fish take it, but probably shouldn't have. Turned out to be a nice crappie. They hit so fast that it would have been a better idea to set the hook a lot sooner than I did. Luckily, I didn't miss this time.

That's all I could catch this evening. Never bothered throwing the lizard, but I would have probably fished it as a topwater bait. A light rain came in a little later. Didn't check water temps, but whenever I removed weeds from my lures, I could tell the water was pretty warm. We're probably pushing upper 70's by now even though air temps the last couple of days have dropped.


Niagara Angler said...

Nice fish you got there, I've never cought a bowfin yet. Great report.

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Jason said...

Nice work. That should count for a grand slam.