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Saturday, July 17, 2010

• Off the pier 7-17-2010 - Glad I brought the net.

It rained for half of the day and I've been on a night schedule lately, so opportunities to fish have been few and far between. Throw in the sticky daytime heat and fishing just isn't all that tempting. Luckily, with rain comes cooler temperatures. Rain also changes the landscape, often shifting around any weeds that float, but also creating an opportunity for fish to make a drive to shallow water.

I have always said I prefer fishing on cloudy days. Throw in good timing and I'm a happy angler. What I mean by that is, in the summer time, I love that 7pm to 8:30pm time slot. Quality fish seem to come out of hiding right around then. I can't begin to recall all the times I've either been fishing topwater, cranking, or even tossing a spinnerbait, and I've hooked into a solid fish with a fat gut. Sometimes an entire day on the water cannot compete with that special 90 minute time frame.

Tonight was no exception, and while I did not slaughter them, I caught one decent fish. Then the mosquitoes started congregating and that killed my confidence, not to mention my focus. I hooked into a 4lb 7oz fish on a black Trophy Series Scumfrog fishing duckweed. I know I sound like a broken record at this point to my regular readers. Sometimes I wonder if I should be out on the water throwing lures in order to write reviews, but the trade off often means I miss out on a good fish.

First few casts were to some usual spots just to warm up my casting arm. The net was within reach at all times because lately, a few fish have been coming off at the very moment I decided to hoist them up onto the pier. After a few warm up casts, I switched sides, noting that the rain had shifted a thick stand of weeds further to the left and away from the pier. I've already mentioned catching some fish off this patch in a few of my recent reports. My cast actually ended up landing short of the target, but I moved the frog slowly and paused. Bobbed again. Paused. Then something hit, but it wasn't that heart stopping splash topwater bites are often known for. No, it was a much softer hit, but my hookset told me I had just stuck a fish that was much more fierce than it let on.

After some thrashing around, it had yet to give up, my line still taut and the fish still out of reach. My drag was holding just fine. In fact, I thought maybe I had it set too tight. Worried about a break off, I made myself pull the fish along side the pier to my left and then swung it to the right, into the net. Relief settled in and I went about cleaning off the hydrilla around its head. Hooked it right in the corner of its mouth, my frog more or less hanging on the outside. Pretty lucky, if you ask me. I hooked it at just the right spot.

To me, it didn't look like a 4lb fish at all. I rechecked the weight with my scale. Even I was in disbelief. Still registered 4lb 7oz. This thing was all gut. They must be eating pretty good right now.

And since everyone likes photos and because I only caught the one, here's a shot of where the fish bit so you can gauge what I was faced with.


Coloradocasters said...

Always enjoy your posts. Looks like some thick water for sure. Bass are nailing the frogs here in Colorado as well. Thanks for posting.